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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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. 

For ages 0-3 and up

Who's Driving?

Author: Leo Timmers

This fun-filled board book, full of stylish illustrations and detail, contains an array of animals and vehicles which will delight young children.

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Supertato: Super Squad

Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Supertato is on a mission to teach Evil Pea a lesson and rallies the Super Squad to help - but what do sprinkle-covered cupcakes have to do with defeating their nemesis? A hilarious, action-packed, and delicious picture book.

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For ages 4-5 and up

All Because You Matter

Author: Tami Charles Illustrator: Bryan Collier

A poem of a mother’s love in the age of the Black Lives Matter movement, stunningly illustrated by Bryan Collier, this book seeks to remind children that regardless of their background, they are important and valued.

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Wild is the Wind

Author: Grahame Baker-Smith

Cassi watches the swifts as they fly across an African plain, on their way to Japan where a little boy awaits them eagerly. Breathtaking illustrations chart the journey of the wind, and of the birds migrating from season to season.

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Too Much Stuff!

Author: Emily Gravett

Two magpies want to decorate their nest... but lose their eggs in all the piles of clutter and mess! They're going to need help from some friends... a gorgeous picture book from Emily Gravett about sharing and keeping things tidy.

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The Pocket Chaotic

Author: Ziggy Hanaor Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett

Alexander is a baby kangaroo who loves snuggling up in his mum's warm, cosy pouch. The only problem is she's extremely messy - and is always popping things like felt-tips, broken necklaces and spatulas into her pouch! Can Alexander sort it all out?

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Veg Patch Party

Author: Clare Foges and Al Murphy

When the moon is high and the farm animals have gone to bed... it's time for the vegetables to wake up and throw a party! 

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Bling Blaine

Author: Rob Sanders Illustrator: Letizia Rizzo

Blaine LOVES sparkles and glitter - but there are a few kids at school who think he's weird and call him names. It's up to Blaine's friends to help him get his sparkle back (and spread a bit of bling themselves too!)

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Fergal Meets Fern

Author: Robert Starling

Fergal is perfectly happy with his Mum and Dad - but then Baby Fern turns up. This heart-warming tale explores feelings of anger, jealousy and love and will strike a chord with any child who is adjusting to the arrival of a new sibling.

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Tell Tail

Author: C. K. Smouha Illustrator: Katie Brosnan

Dex the dog is a little different to everyone else - he doesn't bark, dig, or fight, but he is happy, his tail won't stop wagging! His family try and get it to stop - but there's a way everyone can be happy together. A thought provoking story about self-expression and acceptance.

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Wanda's Words Got Stuck

Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Paula Bowles

Wanda the little witch loves school, but she's a little shy - and very nervous about the school magic contest! 

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For ages 6-8 and up

The Questioneers: Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote

Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts

Sofia and her class are excited to be getting a pet - but what will they choose? They put it to a vote, and Sofia finds herself in charge of making sure the vote is fair. A great introduction to politics and how elections work.

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The Puffin Keeper

Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Benji Davies

Michael Morpurgo’s story of Allen Lane, the founder of Puffin Books and the man who would become his father-in-law, is a wonderful tale of survival, love, loneliness and friendship, beautifully illustrated by Benji Davies.

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Interview With a Tiger

Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Nick East

Packed with quirky, surprising and sometimes disturbing facts, presented in an accessible and entertaining question and answer format, this book is a must for any animal lover or budding conservationist.

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Great Lives in Graphics: Cleopatra

Author: Button Books

If reading about historical figures usually seems like hard work, this exciting, colourful, graphics-packed book about the legendary Cleopatra could be the one to change your mind.

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Freddy vs School

Author: Neill Cameron

Freddy is proud to be a robot boy - but he keeps getting into trouble at school! This funny, light-hearted chapter book examines what it feels like to be different and explores issues of friendship, jealousy and bullying. 

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The Wolf's Secret

Author: Myriam Dahman & Nicolas Digard Illustrator: Julia Sarda

A wolf in the forest becomes enchanted by the sound of a young woman singing, and promises to tell her his stories in exchange for her music. This stunningly illustrated folk-tale style story is surely one of the most beautiful books you’ll read. 

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The Magic Carpet’s Guide to Earth’s Forbidden Places

Author: Patrick Makin Illustrator: Whooli Chen

Fly an imaginary carpet over some of the most forbidden and mysterious places in the world in this gorgeously illustrated picture book.

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Rashford Rules

Author: Simon Mugford Illustrator: Dan Green

Highly-illustrated biography of Manchester United striker and anti-poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford.

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For ages 9-11 and up

Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies

Author: Introduction by Mireille Harper Illustrator: Lauren Quinn

An essential and fascinating book which follows black history across many centuries to today’s contemporary world.

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History Atlas

Author: Thiago de Moraes

A fascinating, beautiful and occasionally tongue-in-cheek book of maps featuring civilisations as diverse as the Tang Dynasty, the vast empire of Genghis Khan, the Maurya empire, and many more.

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A Secret of Birds and Bone

Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Sofia's mother is the most sought-after bone-crafter in Italy - but when she goes missing, Sofia must uncover her secrets and find out what she was running from. A story about family, full of action, history, and beautiful detail.

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Brand New Boy

Author: David Almond Illustrator: Marta Altes

There's something a bit weird about the new boy in class, George. Maybe it's something to do with the fact his ear just fell off. A funny, profound, and beautifully illustrated story from Skellig author David Almond.

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The Humiliations of Welton Blake

Author: Alex Wheatle

Welton Blake's life goes from brilliant (Carmella's agreed to go out with him - YES!) to dreadful (broken phone, school bullies, and a really embarrassing dad) in the blink of an eye. How much humiliation can one kid take?

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Darwin's Dragons

Author: Lindsay Galvin

Part thriller, part historical adventure and featuring meticulous research and masterful storytelling, Darwin’s Dragons blurs the lines between fact and fiction and will leave you wondering just how much might actually be true.

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Future Friend

Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Steven Lenton

When Pip@256X#YY.3_7, who lives in 3020, arrives in 2019 through an XL toilet seat, Rahul, genius child-inventor, faces a race against time to return Pip to her own world.

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Otters' Moon

Author: Susanna Bailey

Trying to save endangered otter pups stops Luke and Meg focussing on the bad stuff in their lives but sometimes it takes a brush with real loss to make you fully appreciate what you have.

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Space Oddity

Author: Christopher Edge Illustrator: Ben Mantle

Jake thinks his dad is just embarrassing, but it turns out he’s an alien! This is a funny and heart-warming sci-fi story about a father and son relationship.

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Black and British: A Short, Essential History

Author: David Olusoga

David Olusoga’s latest edition of Black and British has been revised and rewritten especially for secondary school children, and explains and illustrates the much-overlooked history of Black peoples in Britain and beyond.

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The Good Bear

Author: Sarah Lean Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock

A lonely girl far from home encounters a frightened bear, hiding in the woods and desperate for food. This beautiful modern fairytale from Sarah Lean is full of heart and family, and brimming with winter magic

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The Danger Gang

Author: Tom Fletcher Illustrator: Shane Devries

Franky's life is turned upside down following a terrific storm one night, with flashes of eerie green lightning and a definite whiff of poo - then everyone around him begins to act a bit weird... time for the Danger Gang to save the day!

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For teens (12+)

Across the Risen Sea

Author: Bren MacDibble

Set in a future world where rising sea levels have collapsed the governments and everyday resources are precious commodities, Across the Risen Sea is a page-turning adventure starring a wild spark of a character who must save her home.

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When the World Was Ours

Author: Liz Kessler

Elsa, Max, and Leo are three friends who live in Vienna - but as Hitler's rise to power begins to cast a shadow over Europe, they find themselves torn in different directions. This moving and well researched book about the holocaust is only suitable for readers 12+.

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