New children's books we love

Every month, we review dozens of books for children and teenagers. Here are the ones we liked best in September: guaranteed to get your child reading... 

Whether they're a teeny toddler or a very particular teen, this is where you can find your child's next amazing book: just scroll down to find books for a range of ages. 

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We've sorted our favourite new books into rough age ranges, but this is just a guide and readers might find something they'll love in a different category. 

For ages 0-3 and up

Treacle Street: Where's William's Washing?

Author: Kate Hindley

A colourful, lift-the-flap board book in which youngsters can help William find all the clothes that have blown off his washing line.

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Spaghetti Hunters

Author: Morag Hood

Duck is looking for his spaghetti, but he can’t find it anywhere! Fortunately, Tiny Horse, self-proclaimed spaghetti hunter, has all the kit to help them find the elusive pasta.

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For ages 4-5 and up

Duck and Penguin Do Not Like Sleepovers

Author: Julia Woolf

Betty and Maud are best friends. Their favourite stuffed toys, Duck and Penguin… not so much. But they might need to work together to make it through the sleepover...

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Freedom, We Sing

Author: Amyra Leon Illustrator: Molly Mendoza

In this stunning picture book that brims with vitality, movement and joy, a mother and child meditate on what it is to be free.

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If I Had A Unicorn

Author: Gabby Dawnay Illustrator: Alex Barrow

A beautifully illustrated daydream about an ideal pet with superpowers and rainbow poo!

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Meesha Makes Friends

Author: Tom Percival

This charming picture book is perfect to share with those who may find it difficult to form friendships and is ideal to promote discussions about emotional well-being. 

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Never Show a T-Rex a Book

Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Dian Ewen

A young girl wonders what would happen if she showed her book to a real dinosaur. This entertaining tale celebrates the joy of reading and demonstrates how books can fuel the imagination.

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The Smile Shop

Author: Satoshi Kitamura

A captivating and surprising picture book packed with intricate illustrations and a strong message – that kindness is more important than money.

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For ages 6-8 and up


Author: John Patrick Green

Mango and Brash, two alligator detectives, have an assignment to go undercover at Batter Down bakery when chef Gustavo Mustachio goes missing - and when a customer orders a person-sized birthday cake, the mystery deepens!

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Our World: A First Book of Geography

Author: Sue Lowell Gallion Illustrator: Lisk Feng

A beautiful, nostalgic-feeling book that will delight younger primary school readers and help introduce them to the idea of geography and differing environments for the first time.

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Author: Sophy Henn

Meet Pizazz - a superhero who hates her superpower! Sophy Henn’s new illustrated adventure aimed at younger to middle-primary school aged readers is perfect for fans of her previous series Bad Nana, with the same level of illustration and zany text throughout. 

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The B on Your Thumb: 60 Poems to Boost Reading and Spelling

Author: Colette Hiller Illustrator: Tor Freeman

A fully illustrated, fun and funky collection of 60 poems to help boost reading and spelling or to enjoy as shared reading.

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The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World

Author: Anna Claybourne Illustrator: Miren Asiain Lora

This beautiful and informative guide to the world’s varied mermaid myths is lovely to look at but also full of surprising information about mermaid sightings all over the world (even as recently as 2012!)

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A Mummy Ate My Homework

Author: Thiago de Moraes

Henry's just excited about starting Year 6 - little does he know he's about to end up getting pulled through a time portal to Ancient Egypt! Will he ever find his way back home? A real gem of a book mixing a fast-paced story with lots of facts about Ancient Egypt.

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The Tindims of Rubbish Island

Author: Sally Gardner Illustrator: Lydia Corry

Combining eccentric characters, short chapters and lively illustrations, this delightful new series from a talented mother-daughter team is ideal for confident, independent readers

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Ways to Make Sunshine

Author: Renée Watson Illustrator: Mechal Roe

Ryan Hart’s dad has lost his job and everything is changing. But with friends, family and a positive outlook, she can cope.

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For ages 9-11 and up

Donut the Destroyer

Author: Sarah Graley & Stef Purenins

Donut is the daughter of legendary villains - not easy when you want to use your powers for good. But Donut is determined to choose her own destiny, starting with the prestigious Lionheart School for Heroes.

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Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering

Author: Harriet Muncaster

Meet Victoria Stitch - gothic, glamorous, and determined to be Queen! Perfect for young witchy fans of Muncaster's Isadora Moon or Laura Ellen Anderson's Amelia Fang.

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Death Sets Sail

Author: Robin Stevens

The final adventure in the Murder Most Ladylike series has a wonderful resonance with Agatha Christie’s 1930s Death on the Nile murder mystery with all its Egyptian mystery, heat and splendour.

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Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Adam Hayes

This fun financial handbook aims to encourage children to develop good money habits from an early age. 

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Dragon Mountain

Author: Katie & Kevin Tsang

Billy Chan would rather spend his summer surfing than travelling to China for summer camp - but little does he know, he's about to become whisked off for a fantastic adventure involving dragons, magic, and a battle to save the world...

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The Wizards of Once: Never and Forever

Author: Cressida Cowell

Wish and Xar face one last battle as Cressida Cowell's Wizards of Once series comes to a close in this compelling, mesmerising and captivating final instalment.

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I Am Not A Label

Author: Cerrie Burnell

In this powerful and stylishly attractive non-fiction book, Cerrie Burnell introduces the reader to 34 disabled role models. 

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Llama Out Loud

Author: Annabelle Sami Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

Yasmin is the quiet one in a really loud family, until Levi the magic toy llama comes along and forces everyone to listen to her.

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Moonchild: Voyage of the Lost and Found

Author: Aisha Bushby Illustrator: Rachael Dean

When Amira's magical cat goes missing, she must embark on a perilous quest to save him, calm a mythical stormbird, and discover the truth about her past. Inspired by traditional Middle Eastern tales, this captivating adventure is full of magic, mystery and danger. 

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The Accidental Wizard

Author: Kimberly Pauley Illustrator: Jason Cockroft

A boisterous fantasy adventure in which a humble apprentice is accidentally turned into an all-powerful wizard and finds that fame isn’t quite what he expected. 

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The Invasion of Crooked Oak

Author: Dan Smith Illustrator: Chris King

When Nancy mentions that her mum and dad are acting strangely, her friends Pete and Krish are keen to find out more - especially as other people in their village are starting to display similar behaviour. Fast-paced and sinister, this compelling science fiction adventure will have readers on the edge of their seats.

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When Secrets Set Sail

Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Evan Hollingdale

This moving tale centres around two eleven-year-old girls, Usha - a quiet introvert grieving for her grandmother - and Imtiaz, who grew up in a children's home and has been adopted by Usha's family. Packed full of history, this poignant novel about family secrets and broken promises explores some of the injustices faced by generations of migrants to Bri…

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For teens (12+)

Eight Pieces of Silva

Author: Patrice Lawrence

When Becks' stepsister doesn't come home after seeing their parents off at the airport, it's down to Becks to figure out where she might have gone. A brilliant read for a teenager.

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Love Frankie

Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

14 year old Frankie is having to grow up quickly to help her mum with her developing MS - and now that one of her bullies is starting to strike up an actual friendship with her, Frankie's starting to think it might be something a little more. A delicate exploration of teen sexuality and the difficulties of growing up by the inimitable Jacqueline Wilson.

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Small Town Hero

Author: Patrick Neate

Gabe's Dad has just died in a terrible accident, and his world is falling apart. But Gabe's just discovered the ability to step into alternate realities - and something about his video game, Small Town Hero, feels all too familiar.

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The Girl Who Became A Tree

Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Kate Milner

In Joseph Coelho's story told in poems, the ancient Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo is seamlessly woven into the modern-day tale of a 14 year old girl who becomes lost in the tangled woods of her grief and anger .

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