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 September: 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.
This delightful board book is great for older toddlers who might already recognise some of the animals featured (a turtle, an octopus, a shark and a seahorse) or can make a guess at who might be hiding in the pull-out tabs.
Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy, as he learns to share his space and belongings with a litter of kittens. There's no finger-wagging here, only tail wagging – the tone is light and fun and the message about sharing with others sinks in through humour and repetition.
See What I Can Do! introduces a range of characters (based on real-life children) who each share an insight about disability and point out the challenges but also positive aspects of their lives. A beautiful book that celebrates individuality, empathy and understanding.
Best friends Wren, Ebba and Helga live with the Viking folk and love playing together. One day, a scary noise surrounds the village. The Chieftain says it’s just a thunderstorm, but does he really know best? A fairy-tale themed story with a Moomin-esque mood.
A lovely slightly fairy tale-inspired tale about a family with two younger siblings and a teenager getting ready for breakfast, featuring the wonderful storytelling and word wizardry of Malorie Blackman and the illustrations of prize-winning Dapo Adeola.
Three hilarious illustrated stories featuring the Real Pigeons – a motley band of airborne crime fighters, whose mission is to solve the most mysterious mysteries! Not to be read under the desk at school, as the teachers will catch you when you snort with laughter.
A king and queen in a faraway land long for a child, so they consult a wise witch and royal inventor, who give them a girl and boy made from wood. This comic-style picture book is a lovely story about unconventional siblings with a strong and loving bond.
From sugar gliders to red-lipped batfish, this collection of strange and unusual animals from around the world is an enjoyable factfile with lovely illustrations and an amusing read thanks to its rogue narrator, who shares jokey facts and silly names for each animal.
Born in Sudan but brought up in Australia, funny and clever Layla longs to be an inventor, but life takes her back to Sudan in the middle of a revolution. To which country does she belong? This powerful book would be a great addition to any school library.
Did you know that Marie Curie was the single mother of two daughters, Irene and Eve, one of whom would later get a Nobel Prize, just like her mother? The story of a family of remarkable women, this is a truly fascinating and inspiring read.
A magical pencil takes art-mad Peanut and her friends on a quest beyond her wildest imagination in the search for her lost father.
This fascinating tale highlights a troubling period of British history in an accessible manner. It explores the appalling impact of British rule on India, as well as the brutal treatment faced by women in Britain who demanded equality.
Abigail, the author and illustrator of this exceptional non-fiction book, spent most of her life not knowing she was autistic. Insightful, accessible and easy to navigate, this is an essential book for autistic and allistic (non-autistic) readers of all ages, including adults.
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