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 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:
Marcel the postman is a busy elephant indeed. He has parcels for everyone in his trolley and yet there’s one parcel left. Surprise! It’s a treat for our postman. A joyful and brilliantly illustrated book that will excite children as they peep inside the post.
On a far-off planet, a young red Smed called Janet falls in love with a young blue Smoo called Bill. The newest rhyming picture book from the stellar pairing of Donaldson and Scheffler provides all their usual invention, quirkiness and read-aloud expertise.
This colourful guide to all elements of grandmotherly life reminds us that grannies, like everyone else, are full of wonderful variety. They might be hiking around Senegal in their slippers or chilling in their comfy, cauliflower-scented bed, but we love them all.
Nell goes on a journey to the polluted Big City to reveal a machine that can clean the city's air. A beautiful picture book that demonstrates the power of the people against "the man", and will fill every child with big dreams to make the world a better place.
Best friends Kirsty and Rachel are dismayed when Jack Frost steals a magical golden microphone, causing boy band Me-2-U to be struck by stage fright. This tale in the popular Rainbow Magic series of fairy adventures will delight young children.
With a lightness of touch, this book encourages children to record their feelings, as they consider how they interact with others. A perfect way to help any child develop confidence and support good mental health through fun activities.
In this fascinating book, children can learn about 50 courageous creatures from around the world and throughout history. There is enough wonder here to inspire kids to consider the richness of animals, and why we should treat them with respect and care.
Three children discover they are descendants of the Guardians of Avantia, courageous heroes who entered the human world through a portal. Full of monsters, dragons and magic, this fantasy adventure is enhanced by striking graphic novel-style illustrations.
Although budding palaeontologists will love this captivating poetry collection, no interest in prehistoric life is necessary to experience the joy, humour, poignancy and sheer wonderment contained in its pages.
When Max meets Tal and his two dads, he learns that there are lots of different ways to be a man, and that his own dad’s expectations of him at such a young age aren't fair. An utterly remarkable book about families, being a boy and coping with loss.
This guide to Greek mythology combines accessible facts with amazing visuals for a truly amazing read. The artwork really is the star of the book.
Princess Avariella is heir to the throne of the magical kingdom of Biscotti. Bored of behaving with grace and decorum, she gets a BMX bike. A fast-paced contemporary fairy tale with quirky characters, a hilarious plot and funny black-and-white illustrations.
The complexities of families divided by break-up and reformed as blended versions of themselves will have been experienced by many readers. Elin and Jamie’s story is a compelling and affecting book about acceptance, openness and family dynamics.
Whether you’re already a fan of this classic children’s story or a new reader, this wonderful version is a real treat. Chris Mould’s mechanical Iron Man has a great deal of personality and this luxury hardback would be a delight to share at home or at school.
The overarching theme that fruit and vegetables are essential to help you grow strong and smart is repeated through 48 poems that push the theme to places no one could expect, with super silly rhymes and poems.
A heart-rending read about having a severely autistic brother, from the perspective of the older sibling, Frank. The addition of references to coding and powerful observations about life, the universe and everything, make this memorable and satisfying.
This is the third book in the Wizards of Once series, set 3,000 years ago in an ancient magical time. Knock Three Times is thrilling, fast-paced, funny, sad, scary and philosophical, and full of inspiration for children on how to find inner strength in crisis.
This story is about leaving childhood and entering a world where, as George says, 'things are not simple anymore'. Children will love the adorable tale of friendship between boy and dog and Gizmo’s doggie memoirs, which are peppered throughout.
Jemima Small is brilliant and the ideal candidate to go on her favourite TV quiz show, Brainiacs. But why on earth would anyone want to watch a girl as big as her on TV? A compelling, empowering tale about a big girl, small minds and self-discovery.
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