Great Books Guide 2018: for 6 to 7 year olds
Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 6 to 7 years will love. We definitely do!
Author: Chris Riddell
Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books
A brand-new fairytale character, Little Green Rain Cape, sets off through the wild woods on her way to Rapunzel’s birthday party. On the way, she meets and helps a host of beloved fairytale characters. A delightful picture book that children of all ages will love.
Author: Sophy Henn
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Bad Nana is quite unlike Jeanie’s other two grandmas. So when Jeanie and her class go on a school trip, it’s no surprise that Bad Nana manages to make it a lot more interesting than anyone expected. A riot of bright colour and laugh-out-loud moments.
Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
Publisher: Faber & Faber
The third book in the brilliantly funny Dave Pigeon series continues its light-hearted focus on friendship and the trials and tribulations younger children can face. In this instalment, Dave and Skipper have to face a too-cool-for-school gang of other animals.
Author: Vix Southgate Illustrator: Iris Deppe
Publisher: Wren & Rook
This informative and exciting picture book details the journey of Belka and Strelka (dogs sent into space as part of the Soviet programme): through training to orbiting the earth and returning home safely.
Author: Carter Higgins Illustrator: Emily Hughes
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Surely there can be no better imaginary treehouses than the incredible ones in this lyrical and beautiful book. The final message is about the power of imagination and aspiration.
Author: Sergio Ruzzier
Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle
Explore the unique friendship and everyday adventures of mild-mannered Fox and excitable Chick: two seemingly opposite friends. Full of personality and humour.
Author: Bethan Woollvin
Publisher: Two Hoots
Willow is a good witch, and it’s the horrendously naughty Hansel and Gretel who wreck her house and her magic spells. A delightful twist on the classic fairy tale.
Author: John Kane
Publisher: Templar Books
A brilliant call-and-response book, which is perfect for fun with kids who can remember and relish all its chaotic rules.
Author: Patricia Valdez Illustrator: Felicita Sala
Publisher: Andersen Press
This amazing and deeply inspiring story of a largely unknown scientist – and pioneer of the care of Komodo dragons – is a fascinating read, beautifully illustrated.
Author: Ame Dyckman Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
Publisher: Andersen Press
Welcome aboard the S S Cliff with first mate Foxy, Captain Polar Bear and three little lemmings. According to Foxy’s book, lemmings don’t actually jump off cliffs. There’s just one problem: the lemmings haven’t read it. An absolute joy to read.
Author: Garth Jennings Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
The Wild West isn’t usually a setting for many picture books (at least in the UK), which seems a shame based on this riotous, colourful adventure, which fuses the joy of fancy dress with the dusty remoteness of a pioneer town.
Author: Dexter Green Illustrator: Jake Dash
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In this second adventure in the series, Max and the Goozillas must navigate through the monstrous maze, avoiding the pixelated ghosts. This fast-paced, accessible series will appeal to fans of computer games, comics and all things slimy.
Author: Anne Booth Illustrator: Rosie Butcher
Publisher: Oxford Children's Books
When Maya receives a colouring book called The Magical Kingdom of Birds, she is transported to a beautiful realm filled with magnificent birds. A magical adventure story that is great for nature-lovers and those advancing to chapter books.
Author: Davide Cali Illustrator: Benjamin Chaud
Publisher: Chronicle Books
When Henry is asked to show a new pupil around the school, he takes her to see some rather fantastical things. A brilliantly quirky book, which is a quick read but still feels super cool.
Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Lorna Scobie
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Did you know there are 400,000 species of beetle but only eight species of bear? Jam-packed with fun facts and figures, this is a glorious celebration of our world by non-fiction specialist Nicola Davies.
Author: Aaron Blabey
Written like a comic book, this is a very funny story, full of action and crazy characters. It's lots of fun and will probably make you laugh out loud.
Author: Stella Gurney Illustrator: Matthew Hodson
Publisher: Lincoln Children's
The Zoological Times is laid out like a newspaper and jam-packed with news, fun facts and interactive features. It's all kept light and is very, very funny. It's s a brilliant way to keep kids entertained in the holidays – and they won't even realise they're learning.
Author: Katherine Woodfine Illustrator: Kate Pankhurst
Publisher: Little Gems
Bestselling children’s author Katherine Woodfine has created a beguiling, silky, beautiful tale based on the true story of the world’s first fashion designer, Rose Bertin. Perfect for any young fashion fans and for children just moving away from picture books.
Author: Gideon Sterer Illustrator: Cory Godbey
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Night time might be considered a time for monsters, except heroic Night Knights guard children’s houses when darkness falls. A magically reassuring book for bedtime.
Author: Ole Könnecke
Publisher: Gecko Press
Full of brilliant detail about a vast range of sports, this highly entertaining illustrated picture book gives children a good introduction to their rules and ethos. Perfect for sporty children but also those less competitive!