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 January: 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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Bizzy is helping out all over the zoo: visiting the lions in their den, rather alarmingly brushing a crocodile with a broom, and feeding the penguins with a bucket of fish. Children will love spotting all the animals and this bright, bold and brilliant fun!
Pip and Posy are putting up the Christmas tree. Mysteriously, when Posy goes to get some candy, she returns to find that one of the biscuits has gone. What happened? And why does Pip suddenly feel sick? A lovely picture book with a gentle moral.
Children and families will enjoy this calming lullaby of a book, with its gentle refrain, muted colours and fairy tale-like charm. It's a great one for children who are scared of the dark, and it's perfect for bedtime and settling down for the night.
Bunny Wunny belongs to Imelda. He has been her favourite toy ever since she was a baby. However, it’s not always easy being the favourite toy of such a bad-tempered girl. A wickedly funny story that highlights the importance of manners and respecting others.
Jon Agee is a well-known picture book author-illustrator in the US and this deceptively simple concept about walls, and what they keep in and out, is exceptionally well executed. A thought-provoking, topical book about relating to others.
This month-by-month almanac is a whizz-bang tour of nature and culture that includes simple indoor activities as well as inspiration for outdoor fun like rockpooling or looking for bats. A wonderfully colourful, inclusive and joyous exploration of our world.
Dog Man is a comic masterclass, perfect for the surreal sense of humour of the average six- to nine-year-old. It’s a full-colour comic throughout with five to six simple panels per page and split into eight chapters, so kids can feel like they’re reading a lot quickly.
This is a delightful picture book with an extra element of brilliance in the five letters included in the book. Dragon Post manages to be a book about animal conservation, friendship, letter-writing and freedom, all wrapped up in a rather special little package.
This crazy, carefree story has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some wild, imagination-stretching storylines, such as a peahen falling in love with a penguin, and a cake so hard from overbaking it causes a castle to crumble.
With bright illustrations and a smart finish, this is a real treat for any blossoming bakers. The stories themselves are short and sweet with funny dashes of modern life. Like Nadiya herself, this book is full of joy and love for all things family and food.
Organised in different sections, highlighting the history of robotics, robots in the home, robots in the workplace, surgical robotics and even “hero” robots, Robot is an excellent introduction to current robot technology and development.
Catvinkle's peaceful cat existence is disrupted when her owner brings home Ula the Dalmatian. Against the odds, the pair become pals. But how will the other cats react? A chapter book with the inclusive message that friendship should extend to everyone.
This collection of remarkable young people’s achievements is truly inspirational. With a gentle guide to being a hero yourself at the back of the book, and a look back at great children of the past, these amazing young people give us all hope for the future.
This beautifully illustrated portrait of one year in nature is put together by poet Joseph Coelho, with each month assigned a relevant and resonant poem. It reassuringly shows that emotions come and go, like the seasons – and the bad times always pass.
This book's premise is that failure is a necessary part of success as it builds resilience, determination and perseverance. It explores the setbacks that inspiring people have overcome to achieve their goals and tries to motivate children to have more self-belief.
An utterly nonsensical but engaging romp through the weirdest town in the world, featuring a warty witch, a creepy scientist, vegetarian piranhas and a dastardly plot that could change the town forever.
Is there something in the woods stealing children? A creepy, compelling and deliciously dark modern fairytale. For maximum tension and thrills, try reading under the covers by torchlight.
A big thank you to everyone who donated to the BookTrust Christmas appeal. With your amazing support, we have reached over 11,500 children who are vulnerable or in care with a festive book parcel, and made them feel special this Christmas.
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