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 November: 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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Giraffe has decided he doesn’t like his neck. It’s too long, too bendy; it’s just too… necky. Lane Smith’s stunning illustrations are a perfect match for Jory John’s hilarious text, which also has an important and timeless message of self-worth and body positivity.
The latest book in the Oi Frog! series sees the return of our favourite characters who are cheeky, adorable and ever so clever. More than a fantastically funny story, it’s a book that will encourage talk, play, rhyme and laughter for everyone in the family.
When a little girl leaves her teddy on the train, her Grandpa has a brainwave and takes the little girl to the Lost Property Office, which is full of all manner of amazing things. A reassuringly lovely and vivid story about where the lost things go – and are found.
This is the fabulous story of the millionaire family The Bobton-Trents, and how their only child Hubert becomes a responsible and sensible child due to his woefully irresponsible and senseless parents! A great first chapter book that's a fun and witty read.
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, this splendid collection of five short stories focuses on a variety of characters from the original tale. Full of stylish illustrations and a hardback cover, it would make a stunning gift book.
Looking back at the life of Josephine Baker, this book captures a bubbly personality but also shows another side to this public figure, away from the jazz and razzmatazz. As ever, the Little People, Big Dreams series both educates and inspires.
This richly illustrated collection of ghoulish poetry is set in a kindergarten full of young ghosts, goblins and zombies. Accompanied by macabre illustrations and plenty of gruesome humour, these spooky rhymes are great fun to read aloud to little monsters.
Alex T Smith’s second book in the hilarious Mr Penguin series is a plunging plane-ride of action and excitement with a very British sensibility that will delight fans of funny illustrated books. A cross between Poirot and Indiana Jones for younger ones!
The mythological worlds of 12 cultures from Ireland to Japan, Polynesia to the mythos of the Hindu world are explored here in a beautiful collection, which helps children to celebrate and respect the wonderful differences in the way people see the world.
The second book from Nick Sharratt about the long-suffering, loyal cat and the well-meaning but somewhat ineffectual King: perfect for younger ones that want something longer than a picture book but still love silly humour and a great, well-written concept.
For as long as there have been wars, animals have been saving lives. So begins the short preface to this fascinating and heartwarming book, featuring 33 true stories of heroic animals in wartime.
Orphan Seren Rhys has been sent to live with her mysterious Godfather after living for 12 years in an orphanage. The possibility of her first happy family Christmas seems like it might finally be within her reach.
On her solo journey to Wales, Seren is given a mysterious package to look after by a stranger and ends up feeling obliged to take it with her. But…
Briggsy, his best friend Terror and the love of Terror’s life, Caldonia, are 14 year olds living on the wrong side of the tracks. Soon, their vague fantasy of robbing a post office descends into farce. A hilarious, thrilling and uplifting read that's a breath of fresh air.
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