New children's books we love
Every month, we review dozens of books for children and teenagers. Here are the ones we like best in August: 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.
What makes home so special? This is a heart-warming, rhyming picture book for parents to share with toddlers. From playing together to cuddling on the sofa, little ones will be able to relate to the tender everyday moments they share with their loved ones.
Part of the adorable Acorn Wood series, Cat’s Cookbook extols the importance of libraries in a fun way, reminding us how nice it is to browse for a book and also find exactly the one we wanted.
Dai the Duck finds skateboarding hard and is ready to stop, but then he meets skateboarder Barabara the Bear. A funny book that's ideal to share with young children, particularly those who may be quick to give up when they find things difficult.
This hilarious gem from Pippa Curnick is her debut as both author and illustrator, and it’s completely brilliant, immersing the reader in magic and a lovely brother-sister relationship.
Intrepid wildlife reporter Andy Seed is back with another collection of interviews for which he has risked personal safety, and gotten seriously wet, while talking to the giants of the oceans.
After seven years of refusing to speak a word, ten-year-old Yasmin must now learn how to use her voice effectively, helped by a secret guardian: a llama called Levi. Full of mayhem and zany humour, and accompanied by hilarious black-and-white illustrations.
Merman Nen loves to explore the ocean but his heart feels empty. One night, a lonely fishman called Ernest hears his song and the pair strike up an affectionate relationship. A tender tale of love and acceptance, with lyrical text and atmospheric illustrations.
This amusing and interesting book is a great place to start for primary school age children interested in learning more about the great variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports, from Judo to Artistic Gymnastics and everything inbetween.
The first in a series of magical pony adventures, this tale features Bad Bess, a highway horse. With black-and-white illustrations throughout each chapter, this magical ghost story with mixed heritage characters will delight young, independent readers.
Perfect for young fashion enthusiasts as well as children interested in world cultures, this is a fascinating read with lots of inspiration for art and crafts, as well as school projects.
This compelling tale is set in Addis Prime, a dystopian city which is strictly controlled by the Authority. Combining elements of Ethiopian culture with space-age technology, this fast-paced Afrofuturistic adventure is a thrilling read.
In this brilliant compendium of lists, you can find out all manner of amazing facts and rankings. The listicle format is a great one to use to engage young readers and it's the perfect book for inspiring some great “did you know?” conversations.
A zany illustrated adventure about comic characters, Arley and Tapper, who step out of Finn’s sketchbook and into his real life, demanding a final showdown with their sworn enemy, Professor Fart-Munch. A well-told story with lots of laughs.
The third book in the Unmapped Kingdoms series reads very well on its own or as part of the series, with all of Elphinstone’s trademark fantastical beasts and characters. Most of all, these are stories about friendship, love, and having faith in yourself.
Jordan is in remission from cancer but finding it difficult to make friends at his new school. One day, he gives a homeless man some soup and then, in the spirit of doing kind things, ends up secretly running a soup kitchen. Very funny and deeply moving.
Tyler is used to being one of the most popular boys in school, so when he teams up with quiet, shy Emmie to draw a comic for a school project, his crew start making fun of him. A gentle graphic novel all about staying true to yourself and the pressure of fitting in.
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