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 February: 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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This fantastic board book series from Usborne lets us explore a hospital and some of its busy departments. This could provide a reassuring guide to young people before their first visit to a hospital and is great fun to explore for any budding doctors and nurses.
First days at nursery can be really hard for little ones and grown-ups. What Does The Crocodile Say? is a wonderful and emotive picture book that manages to express all the anxieties, along with a happy reassurance that nursery is actually quite fun.
A rollicking, fast-paced space adventure awaits Zelia Lor when terrifying robot warriors attack her planet and force her to flee, alongside unlikely companions. This exciting, action-packed adventure is a great read for children who love the Star Wars universe.
Captain Cat and the Treasure Map is perfect for children starting to read their own books, but also tons of fun to read together at bedtime. There are lots of laughs, and the pace is nice and quick, meaning young readers will power this great new pirate series.
Something strange happens to Charlie at random times for no apparent reason: he changes into animals. This book cleverly portrays ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, and provides some sound advice throughout. Brilliant and positive.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, the incredible authors and illustrators who have held the title have come together to make one magical anthology, full of inspiration to help children’s imaginations soar.
When Mr Ponzio arrives, bringing a whole zoo’s worth of animals, they fill Harold Snipperpot’s house with chaos. Disaster! Yet Harold soon starts to find the chaos quite exhilarating. Tremendously touching, well-judged and just a little bit different.
Third instalment of the graphic novel series about sentient robot brothers Alex and Freddy, in which we learn more about the boys’ origins and a monster from the past returns to get revenge on their mother. Funny and full of fabulous artwork.
The Neighbors is cool, original and simple, presenting a character’s journey up the stairs of her building, imagining all the families and situations behind closed doors. It manages to express ideas about difference, tolerance and the sheer variety of lives lived.
This accessible biography of actor and singer Ariana Grande charts her early life and rise to stardom. Written in a chatty style, it is an interesting read for fans and will help to inspire young people to follow their own dreams.
This volume comprises three new short stories set in the fictional world of Alagaësia, the setting for the Eragon books: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance. Existing fans will adore the extra world- and character-building that this book lends.
The People’s Awards is about to begin – make sure you grab your seat for this excellent celebration of inspiring activists, trailblazers, artists, musicians, athletes, scientists and politicians: here are 50 of the most important people from antiquity to the present day.
There are some worrying realities in the world at the moment when it comes to the environment. Luckily, this readable gem is full of ideas for kids to take charge of their home’s impact on the environment.
Everyone thinks Ella is such a goody two-shoes, but Ella's had enough of toeing the line. Yet will she really break the bigger rules, just to be in with the "in crowd"? A heartwarming and humorous story that deals wittily with everyday teenage angst.
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