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 April: 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.
The second in Hart and Neal’s Mini Monsters series is a perfect read for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with, a simple but effective storyline and sympathetic characters - as well as a strong message that thoughtfulness, kindness and being a good friend are things we can all try to do better.
Sam is NOT impressed with his new baby brother. All he's done is stop Simon playing with his blocks and ruin his fun - but when Simon thinks he hears wolves at the window, he leaps into action to protect him. An excellent picture book which understands the trials and tribulations of a new sibling from a child's point of view.
No matter whether it's time for breakfast, time to get dressed, or a lovely day to go and play - Rabbit's answer is NO! Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as parents of little ones who have just discovered “no” and like to use it at every opportunity.
Before she became Queen Elizabeth I, Bess was just a little girl who struggled to get out of bed in the morning - just like everyone else! This charming, gently humorous picture book makes an important historical figure relatable to young people.
Princess Bess loves playing football and climbing trees with her brothers, but she's always told 'Not in that dress!' Frustrated at this inequality, she decides to show everyone all the amazing things you CAN do whilst wearing a dress.
Joe just wants to play pirates, but the other children notice that he only has one leg and start asking him a barrage of questions. A stunningly clever book with a clear message that someone who happens to be disabled is not a teaching tool, with practical advice for parents on handling questions about this.
All aboard the Book Express! Young people are encouraged to develop a love of reading in this inspirational picture book, which celebrates books as sources of knowledge, entertainment and adventure. All you need is a sprinkle of imagination...
Professor Wooford McPaw is a cartoon dog who knows a LOT about cars. This marvellous exploration of the history, design, engineering, technology and innovation of car-making is essential reading for any child with an interest in cars.
This lovely non-fiction book is filled with incredible facts about the Great Barrier Reef, from the weird and wonderful creatures that live there to the sheer scale of it - the size of 70 million football fields - and is stunningly illustrated by Lisk Feng.
Poppy loves listening to her grandpa's stories of the wildlife that used to make his farm their home - but modern farming techniques and pesticides have made it impossible for them to survive there. Poppy learns all about rewilding and decides to bring nature back to the farm.
When Lizzie spots a suspicious man stealing a puppy from a garden, she's determined to investigate! An engaging illustrated early reader book, this is the first in the series to feature Lizzie (who is deaf) and Lucky the dog.
Engineer Railey and her bio-robotic gecko Atti dream of winning the big drone races - but when a bounty hunter comes looking for them, they're forced to flee into Earth's trash-filled atmosphere, finding themselves in a race against time to save the world...
When a passenger on the Safari Star is found dead in his locked compartment in strange circumstances, it's up to Harrison Beck to crack the case! Another fantastically fun, gripping mystery in the Adventures on Trains series.
Genna is a First Ascendant - a reincarnating soul from the dawn of humankind - being relentlessly pursued by Soul Hunters intent on destroying humanity. With a thrilling plot, exciting characters and moderate violence, this fast-paced fantasy adventure is the first instalment of a riveting trilogy.
When 16 year old Piper, who is deaf, falls in love with Marley, she becomes captivated by the beauty and freedom of expression of sign language - she herself has used lip-reading and hearing aids all her life. However, this new world brings with it some challenging questions about identity.
Lottie Brooks is just starting secondary school and she's just about ready to die of embarrassment - she hasn't got a bra, her hair is totally wrong, and the whole class has started calling her Cucumber Girl. Just how cringe can one year be? A hilarious tween diary from Katie Kirby.
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