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 May: 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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Marley Bear is having a day out at the farm. There’s plenty to spot, from a wheelbarrow to a hen, and even Marley’s friend, Gus the Lion. There are plenty of good, sturdy flaps and the book is tough enough to withstand enthusiastic chewing, too.
Magic Manners, a large blue elephant with a superhero costume and cape, is here to remind us that kindness rules! This bright, cheery, rhyming board book is great for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning to share and treat others with gentleness.
Julian isn’t a very sociable mouse... until he finds an unexpected friend in a fox. Joe Todd-Stanton’s book is full of his usual stylish illustration and the book is a lovely reminder to children that it’s OK to be yourself and have the friendships that suit you.
Doodle Cat has a cape (a tea towel), which gives him some pretty cool superpowers:he can fire furballs at high speed, become invisible and grow 300 times his own size (kind of). An exuberant, zany book that is also a warm-hearted story about friendship.
This charming new tale in the Princess Arabella series, featuring BAME characters, is full of gentle humour about the ups and downs of sibling relationships. A fun book to share with young children, particularly those who are anticipating a new family arrival.
Stefano the common squid feels dull and ordinary compared to the other amazing sea creatures. But when a diver is in trouble, Stefano faces his fears and races to the rescue. A charming underwater adventure about courage and self-belief.
The fifth in Owen Davey’s wonderful non-fiction series about animals adds frogs to the ranks of clear, fascinating reads, accompanied by truly amazing graphic illustration and just the right level of information to inspire all primary school kids.
This easy-to-read story is full of brilliant cowboy slogans and Wild West atmosphere, but at heart it’s really a story about what happens when we impose too many rules on others, denying them the freedom to make decisions – and mistakes – for themselves.
The masterstroke of this dreamy picture book by the former Children's Laureate is to focus on Frida Kahlo's childhood and see the little girl behind the icon. In turn, many children will relate to its themes of bullying and belonging, imagination and hope.
Following Oprah from her beginnings as the first black news anchor in Nashville to her first break on TV, this amazing illustrated biography gives us the life of a formidable and deeply inspiring woman.
This huge world we live in, with its infinitely varied regions, countries and communities, is – so we learn in Rachel Ignotofsky’s amazing new book – actually an interconnected series ecosystems, working together to make the best of our planet’s limited resources.
This fully illustrated book features more than 100 machines and things that go. It's perfect for children who like to ask "why?" or have a fascination with how things work and slot together. It's also great for young ones who just love to watch trucks or trains!
When teacher Hugo is murdered on the council estate block, sisters Nik and Norva are determined to solve the case. This mystery is fast-paced, hilarious and exciting, and Nik and Norva are totally lovable detectives to root for. A great new middle grade series.
It’s no surprise that this book won the Oldenburger Prize for Children’s Books. Reindhart has created an irresistible world of surrealism. The quirky details, alluring mystery and wonderful characterisation are what make this a must-read.
Children will laugh their heads off at this zombie adventure. Full of gooey fun, the story is a rollercoaster ride with monsters, close calls and a sweet friendship, too.
Aya is a Syrian asylum seeker, looking after her mother and baby brother in the cold, unfamiliar city of Manchester – but she is also a talented ballet dancer. Children who love stories of performance and friendship will enjoy this book.
A baleen whale's unique 55-hertz frequency means he cannot communicate with other whales, and 12-year-old Iris is determined to help him. A pacy story told with a tender touch, which also offers examples of common frustrations experienced by deaf children.
Willow's witch family have always looked down on her mundane magical speciality of finding lost things. But last Tuesday is now missing: can she help locate the missing day? Starfell is a fun adventure, with themes of friendship, family and being different.
After Australia is decimated by a killer fungus which wipes out the grass - and the food supplies - Ella and her brother Emery must travel across a treacherous landscape with their dogs in an attempt to find safety. A tense, thrilling adventure with a lot of heart.
A light-hearted adventure for newly independent and middle grade readers, packed with spells, magical gadgetry and witch-related witticisms.
In a world where the spirits of dead people can be harnessed and given new life in mechanical animals, Prue takes on her late brother's apprenticeship in an effort to bring him back. A riotously enjoyable tale mixing fantasy, school stories, science fiction and big questions about life and death.
December needs her wings so she can fly away and be with her real mum but in the meantime she must keep her true nature a secret. A stunning, painfully poignant story about foster care, family and friendship that is, in the end, uplifting and hopeful.
When Gracie takes a pledge to be totally honest for 50 days, whatever the consequences, she isn’t quite prepared for either the hilarious, or the hurtful, results. An ideal book for teens and young adults looking for a lighthearted yet worthwhile read.
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