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 July.
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.
Yumi and her grandmother have the same great idea at the same time: they want to see each other! Simple and lovely with a warm colour palette, Taro Gomi has created another wonderful book about everyday life, with an enduring message that love conquers all.
Bel and Benji meet a friendly dugong, also known as a sea cow, on a tropical beach. This delightful book about friendship, imagination and self-belief includes factual information about these gentle marine mammals, who are sadly at threat of extinction.
Published in partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, this board book for young readers explores some of the places we can find bugs. Each page is an explosion of colour, which can’t fail to grab the attention of any budding naturalists and gardeners.
This arty rhyme book for babies is full of surprises, featuring rhymes that no one will see coming! The glossy board book format is really robust and the fold-out flap pages are easy for little fingers to turn. Definitely a book to share and laugh over together.
A board book specially designed for children who are just starting to talk, with sturdy flaps, bright colours and bold illustrations giving it younger appeal, too. Part of Nosy Crow’s lovely little board series that covers all kinds of animals.
Sarah McIntyre returns to Pickle Rye, the setting for her comic Vern and Lettuce, in this clever book about tolerance and not believing gossip. Readers will love her customary attention to detail, as well as the message about being a good neighbour.
Zeki is a big boy now – he loves hiding toys, playing ball, singing and dancing. Today, he’s going for a checkup at the doctors’ with Daddy and his toy Mister Seahorse. A lovely book to share with toddlers, which marks their developmental milestones.
Agent Alex and Jess are back for the second book in the Alex Sparrow series and still bickering constantly! Their latest mission begins when animals turn against humans. An innocent, funny and exciting read, with characters you wish you could be friends with.
Rhodopis is a rarity in the north of Greece, with her red hair and blue eyes. Soon, she is kidnapped and turned into a slave. When the Pharoah finds a slipper, he declares he will marry the owner. This version of the Cinderella story is based on an Egyptian tale.
Ella's going through a lot of changes - a new home, a new school, and a big family secret to keep under wraps. But how far will she go to stay friends with popular girl Lydia? An enormously entertaining read that will strike a chord with many young readers.
The Peachey family have a rescue dog called McTavish – but McTavish is pretty sure he's there to rescue THEM. So when the family go camping, McTavish decides to bring the family closer together. Gentle, funny and affectionate, with well-drawn characters.
Told in hilarious rhyming couplets and with Tor Freeman’s brilliantly comic illustrations, this little book is about a police horse named Poppy, who was born blind. Poppy learns a valuable lesson: the pride from helping others is the best feeling of all...
Luvander and her companions go on an expedition to find The Hall of Dreaming Teasures. Their journey is like a cross between Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings. A fun fantasy adventure packed with action and humour and comic-style ilustrations.
An epic conclusion to the Railhead series, Station Zero follows Zen and Nova – and the trains Damask Rose and Ghost Wolf – as they fight for the people and the things they believe in. An adventure, a race against time, and a tale of great friendships and power.
Beatrice Alemagna’s highly original illustration style is a wonderful mix of collage and pencil, and her quirky, lovable story about the importance of being yourself – especially when you might be regarded as odd by others – is a jewel among children’s books.
This is the story about how four classmates have a massive impact on the life of Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria. An inspiring and sweet tale that should help children be the best they can be and realise the power of kindness.
Fionn and his sister Tara are spending their summer on the remote island of Arranmore, off the coast of Ireland, staying with their grandfather. Readers will be swept away by the setting, atmosphere and magic of Arranmore as Fionn discovers its history and secrets.
The Universe's Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns sums it all up in its title: this is a book wholly, purely dedicated to teasing out all the possible punniness out of our prehistoric reptile friends. It's zany, it's silly, and perfect for the dino-obsessed.
Jamal wakes to find that everyone in his West African village have been killed. He alone has survived because of how others perceive his epilepsy. This is a powerful, moving and mesmerising story, set in a violent world and seen through a 13-year-old's eyes.
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