Books we love this month
Every month, we review dozens of children's books. Here are the ones we liked best of all for January 2018.
Whether they're a teeny toddler or a particular teen, here's where you can find your child's next amazing read from among the very latest books.
With Quentin Blake's instantly recognisable illustrations, this picture book contains 12 funny poems by John Yeoman: one for each month of the year, with suggested activities. A lovely, funny book that captures the fizz and farce of close family life.
Told in the first person, the book delivers a simple but effective glimpse into Kyla’s life, with help from her father (the author). We see that one way she might differ from some children is that she has autism. Beautifully effective artwork and uncluttered layout complete this delightful portrait.
For those that are new to yoga, TV celebrity Fearne Cotton’s charming picture book about the benefits of easy stretching for little ones might be just the inspiration needed for the start of a new family yoga practice, or just a cute story about everyday life.
Split into platform games, action and adventure, sports and fighting, role playing and strategy, puzzle and arcade and party and music games, this is a handy little guide for gaming enthusiasts which may also enthuse kids about reading.
This fun and fascinating collection celebrates women who left their mark on history before the age of 20. Featuring a diverse range of women, and written in a chatty style, this book will inspire any girl (or boy) to go out there and rock the world themselves.
Every child with a sibling should read this book. This cautionary tale will make children yelp in agreement, roll around with laughter but ultimately leave them appreciating their brother or sister a little bit more.
In Impossible Inventions, the team behind the bestselling Maps detail a wealth of incredible inventions, from 1st-century automatic-opening temple doors, a sweet sorter and an 18th-century magnetic balloon to a 3D-printed space base on the moon.
Nellie Choc-Ice, an adventurous little penguin, finds herself in a spot of bother when a submarine causes her iceberg to break off and drift away from her home and family. This pocket-sized chapter book packs a punch full of energy and wit.
Will is certain that, no matter what his teacher says, he’s right to paint a purple elephant. And he is proved right, when the elephant turns out to be the gateway to a magical world. A delightfully original and amusing adventure about imagination.
Fast-paced and funny, this chapter book with full-page graphic-novel style artwork is a hilarious romp through history. This is the fourth book in the fabulously funny Pigsticks and Harold series, which would particularly appeal to reluctant readers.
Here’s a brilliant collection of tales from all over the Caribbean, perfect for children to read to themselves, but best of all to read together out loud. Some of the stories are famous but each one in this book feels fresh with Trish’s brilliant retelling.
To celebrate their new round drop-leaf table, the Knights decide to hold a party, and the French Knight, who has a hankering for yucky snails, volunteers to do the food. What could go wrong? A perfect, Monty Python-esque introduction to Camelot for kids.
Diane starts to explore her five senses with the help of a virtual reality headset. It’s extremely unusual to see scientific knowledge presented in this kind of fiction/nonfiction mash-up, and this top-quality graphic novel works incredibly well to draw in readers.
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