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 October: 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.
You can also keep track of the latest titles by looking at our past reading recommendations for:
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.
A truck makes its way through a busy city, heading to a construction site and passing houses, farms and children on their way to school. A chunky board book with thick pages for little ones to grasp and hold.
Tanisha is so embarrassed when she spills grape juice on her dress at school, but the little girl telling the story thinks of lots of ways she can show kindness to someone in trouble. A wonderful picture book that reminds us that being kind is one of the simplest and most profound things we can do.
Organised into eleven double page spreads of creatures with enormous eyes, snazzy spikes, black and white markings, fantastic fins and many more, this large board book is the perfect introduction to ocean wildlife for young readers.
Even the most difficult times, like saying goodbye to a pet when it dies, or a friend when they move house, can lead to saying hello to a heart full of emotion and letting go. Cori Doerrfeld's beautiful picture book is perfect to talking to children about feelings of sadness or in times of change.
A witty, dynamic, cautionary tale about a seemingly angelic little girl who doesn’t like saying sorry.
When Maxy's beloved herd of cows has to be killed for suspected disease, Maxy refuses to believe they're gone, choosing instead to sit in her favourite tree and talk to them as if they're still there. But when Mum falls ill and Maxy starts to help Dad with his chickens, she finds a way to heal.
When Nick discovers that his crush, Jessie, is leaving at the end of term to go to drama school, he devises a plan - show off his acting talents and ensure that she falls madly in love with him. There's only one problem - he's been cast as the donkey in the school play...
This beautifully illustrated book provides an introduction to a variety of magical cultures, from Haitian vodou and Central American brujeria to more well known practices such as Wicca.
A riotous and witty fantasy adventure in which miserable, warring twins must find a way to work together if they are to save two worlds from being swallowed up by dark magic.
Following a badly timed sneeze at a funfair, Riley finds himself cursed - everything he does is doomed to be a complete disaster, whether it's wetting himself onstage or losing the school rabbit. Could his cool new friend Brad Chicago be the antidote?
This is the incredible true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim woman who spied for Britain during the Second World War. Noor is written by Sufiya Ahmed as a brave and fiercely impassioned young woman, painting her life with meticulous detail and a realistic first person voice.
October has a happy life living with her dad in the forest - but when Dad gets injured in an accident, she's forced to go and live with her estranged mum in the city, where nothing is natural and everything feels new and frightening. Can October let her mum into her heart?
Tamarind's mum died when she was a baby, so when she goes to stay with her family deep in the Himalayan mountains she's destermined to find out all she can about her. But the house - and family - holds many more secrets than Tamarind thought...
11 year old Mirren is dismayed to learn that her mother is being held captive inside the Nowhere Emporium, an enchanted shop which appears at will in any time or place. Mirren and her friends must race against time to save her from the evil overwhelming the shop. This is a thrilling conclusion to the award-winning Nowhere Emporium trilogy.
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