New books we love this month
Every month, we review dozens of children's books. Here are the ones we liked best of all in April.
Whether they're a teeny toddler or a particular teen, this is where you can find your child's next amazing read: just scroll down to find books for a range of ages.
Sophy Henn has the perfect touch when it comes to tapping into childhood emotions and readers both young and old will relate to George’s wobbly feelings about trying new things. A brilliant book for sharing, and for giving little ones a little extra self-belief.
Ash the Magpie is lonely. Everyone thinks she is shy but the truth is, she is just quiet. After meeting a sad elephant, Ash makes him a shirt to cheer him up. Beautiful illustrations, which display Chinese culture, with simple text for very young readers.
Little Truck is eager to get ahead but he needs the help of his ever-watchful parent when he gets tired. A cute and concise story about little ones taking their first steps of independence: the illustrations are really effective and the text is lovely to read aloud.
Every toy or animal in Sophie's sight is given a horn, and because she is a unicorn expert, she teaches them about magic, hunting and other important unicorn things. But Sophie is a little too busy teaching her “unicorns” to even notice a when a real one shows up...
This joyful picture book beautifully celebrates the birth of a child and highlights the importance of recognising everyone’s unique qualities and interests. The charming collage illustrations are full of detail, creating a warm, imaginative setting.
Set on a wild and windy night, a stray cat called Tantrum O'Furrily is out and about with her three hungry kittens. Soon, they discover the power of stories and the courage they can give you. Cressida Cowell's story reads like a heartwarming fairy tale.
Thirteen-year-old Marnus finds himself at the centre of a protest when he and a girl named Leila camp out in a tree to prevent it from being cut down by developers. This is the perfect feel-good book from one of South Africa’s top children’s authors.
You’ve heard the story of Humpty Dumpty – what we will now refer to as the Great Fall. But did you know what happened afterwards?
Anderson’s writing is as zany as ever in this third instalment of the Amelia Fang series. It's all presented completely accessibly and with tons of humour. The book reads well on its own even if children haven’t read the previous two.
Elise gets a secondhand mongrel to keep her company – and turns out, the dog's name is McAddudi and he’s from Scotland. Elise and McAddudi soon grow to become best friends. A quirky and original book that is full of laughs and heart.
Fabio is the world’s greatest flamingo detective, and the new head judge of the local talent show. But then Julia – a fabulous singing hippo – disappears from the stage right in the middle of her audition. A bright and jazzy young reader’s chapter book.
Celebrated in this lavish hardback, the stories of 50 great women redefine their “herstory”, from disability activist Helen Keller to Indian poet, singer and saint Mira Bai and Aboriginal Australian Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman.
This beautiful and profound book chronicles the struggles and achievements of historic and contemporary black women. Not just for girls, this is an inspiring book for any child as it shows how determination, ambition and hard work can bring important change.
Written from his own perspective, readers can follow 11-year-old space enthusiast Stan as he and his friends enter a competition to win a much-desired telescope. How fantastic to see a book packed with mathematical concepts and space facts and yet be so hilarious.
Twelve-year-old AJ lives within a stone’s throw of the London Stadium, and his dream is to one day run there. However, his parents have learning difficulties, mounting bills, and are struggling to cope. A powerful book: convincing, uplifting and immensely readable.
Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. This funny, fast-paced chapter book is the first in a series of Sam Wu adventures. Full of humour, black-and-white illustrations and a wacky plot.
Frankie Banister and his family run the Nothing to See Here Hotel, which is cunningly hidden from human view by magic and lots of really bad TripAdvisor reviews. The cast of characters in this laugh-out-loud book are full of sparkle, oddness and vitality.
The Zoological Times is laid out like a newspaper and jam-packed with news, fun facts and interactive features. It's all kept light and is very, very funny. It's s a brilliant way to keep kids entertained in the holidays – and they won't even realise they're learning.
A beautifully written, evocative tale with gorgeous descriptions of the Scottish Islands. It’s a story about learning to be brave and become your true and best self, with some real adventure along the way. Perfect for more grown-up Katie Morag fans.
Ruby, mourning her dead mother, finds friendship, adventure and endangered animals in the Himalayas. Full of adventure, mystery, family drama and friendship, this will especially appeal to children who enjoyed Planet Earth and love the animal-rescue genre.
Elin's mother has a very special job - caring for the magical Toda which protect their kingdom. But when something goes wrong, Elin must flee and discovers an astonishing talent for communicating with creatures. A sophisticated fantasy that will have teen readers gripped.
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