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 October: 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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When toddlers are just starting to talk and learn new words, books like 100 First Words are invaluable. A bright and colourful book that will be a favourite with little ones as they listen to and repeat the words.
When we’re out and about, we probably walk past all manner of animal homes without even knowing it. A cute and charming board book, perfect for young nature fans at home or at school.
This is a funny and relatable picture book about tantrums for parents and carers, who know all too well how little things can escalate – from wanting a biscuit to having a full-scale meltdown. Perfect for little ones who can feel overwhelmed by their emotions.
The message here is that compassion for others and strength in togetherness is what makes us thrive. The Little Island may raise as many questions as it answers, but that’s precisely why global ideas should be introduced to children at such a young age.
A cute but rather badly behaved little orangutan has appeared in a little girl’s bedroom. Rang-Tan explains that there are humans in her forest, destroying trees. A helpful picture book for introducing this issue to children.
Mark and his best friend Shark run a detective agency, although they’ve not yet been offered any cases to solve. Luckily, they also deal with ‘stuff’, which Shark prefers, as she’s not very good at detectiving. She often gets the wrong end of the stick and tends to mistake most objects for seals, so tries to eat them.
When Ursula, a large, aggressive polar b…
This fascinating non-fiction picture book explores the life of an inspirational woman who overcame race and gender barriers to become an internationally acclaimed scientist. Straightforwardly and accessibly explained, with distinctive illustrations.
Twelve-year-old Ted discovers he has roots in the circus and must join his father’s company for the first time to discover his own talent! Great for history buffs and those looking for historical fiction featuring people of colour.
There are many strange mysteries with the reputation of being unexplained. But could a scientific explanation help us understand the seemingly odd? It’s nice to find a book that respects children’s love of the strange and spooky but also looks at other angles.
McCaughrean has written an alternative happy ending to Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic and bloody tale, so while this stunningly illustrated version is for the most part faithful, young readers and listeners won’t be too disturbed by Delphine’s story.
A bonkers story of unlikely superheroes, an evil genius, a zombified keep fit class and a very angry octopus.
Charlie is back, and still trying his best to avoid changing into animals. He soon realises that the true power of his abilities is knowing he is surrounded by friends and family who really care about him. Heartwarming and hilarious, this book will bring you so much joy.
Space scientist Dr Maggie invites readers to join her on a grand space tour using their imaginations. This fantastic, imaginative reference book would be a wonderful resource in the classroom and treasured by any young person with an interest in space.
By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Kids Fight Plastic presents powerful facts about how oceans and their inhabitants are suffering from our over-reliance on plastic and features fifty bitesize missions to chomp through, from a #2minutebeachclean to how to fight plastics in lunchboxes.
With nail-biting excitement as well as laugh-out-loud moments, children will be queuing up to check in to the haunted hotel, Grave Grange. This spooky story is lots of fun, but is ultimately about family and friends and overcoming fears: children will race through it!
Elite runner Patina is a girl with a lot on her plate and she takes her responsibilities very seriously. The dialogue is crisp, the characters are believable, and it's a beautiful, flawless reading experience that will hook reluctant readers (especially those into sports).
This enjoyable collection of true stories about remarkable dogs from around the world focuses on 30 hounds, each with their own astonishing tale. With an eclectic mix of dog-related facts, trivia, jokes and games and artwork from 17 different illustrators.
Amara, in search of her past, heads to New York City to connect with family she has never met. Fixing old wounds is hard: will her father and grandfather ever get on? A warm, positive story with characters who are easy to empathise with.
An internationally acclaimed performance poet and YouTube phenomenon, Thakur writes with passion and conviction about everyday life alongside wider social issues, reminding us that they are intricately linked: the personal is political, after all.
The Secret Commonwealth is a deeper, darker beast than the previous His Dark Materials trilogy. Some brilliant and excitingly tense set pieces will keep you breathless and with a knot in your stomach – and desperate to know what happens next.
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