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 May: 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.
This beautiful and aspirational board book presents babies and toddlers with 17 portraits of black icons, leaders and visionaries from history and the present day, combined with positive affirmation-type statements to instil a sense of confidence in little ones.
If anyone can talk simply and clearly to little ones about endangered animals and conservation, it’s Rod Campbell, the famed author of Dear Zoo. This lovely flap book is a great one to read together.
This brilliant board book is full of realistic tractor noises, short, rhyming text, and simply labelled animals for toddlers to enjoy.
A warm and wonderful story, perfect for toddlers whose mum has just gone back to work, When Mummy Goes to Work reassures its readers that the new routine will be OK, and that even when she’s away, Mum is always thinking of her little one.
Abigail is always fidgeting and giggling at school until Miss Butler discovers her love of singing and songwriting. It’s implied that Abigail has ADHD but this beautifully delivered book will resonate with any child who's ever found it tricky to do what is expected of them.
This entertaining non-fiction picture book presents many ingenious methods of communication used by a variety of wild animals: from farting fish to sneezing dogs.
An illustrated diary-style novel in the mode of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates, with a sparky narrator who perfectly captures the voice of an upper primary age girl and her thoughts about life. A sensitive and funny story.
A wise, witty and very funny illustrated story of the youngest football coach ever and his race to finish at the top of the league.
Twelve-year-old Maggie embarks on a dangerous journey into a sinister realm to rescue a schoolmate, and encounters bizarre creatures, moon witches and dark horrors. A compelling fantasy adventure that explores the nature of happiness, friendship and trust.
Lonny Quicke is a lifeling and has the power to prevent death – but he must keep this gift a secret at all costs. A stunning, unusual and very moving contemporary fairy tale which, like all the best fairy tales, is as scary as it is compelling.
Set in Jamaica and London in 1781, this insightful novel follows the fate of half-sisters Ruth and Anna, who are born to the same slave mother. As well as highlighting the appalling treatment of slaves, this moving tale celebrates the bond between sisters.
When Flick and her friend Jonathan are summoned to a watery world filled with pirates and mer-people, they find themselves in a race against time to save it.
Teacher and motivational speaker Stuart Lawrence is the brother of Stephen Lawrence, who was murdered in a racist attack. This book is full of good advice and reflections on their relationship, with the aim of helping young people live successful, positive lives.
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