Kids New and Bestselling Books for January

There are so many Children’s books to choose from it gets confusing, so we’re here to help!  We’ve split the best books around into age groups to help you find just the right ones at the right prices!  These great books have been published in December and are already receiving good reviews so take your pick.


How are Insects Helpful? Molly Aloian

From eating pests to being a source of food for other animals, insects play a vital role in the world. This exciting new title examines some of the many ways insects are helpful to other living things and helpful to the Earth. This informative title will inspire a respect for insects and all living things.

Freda Says Please, Stuart J Murphy

Freda likes to play school and pretend to be the teacher. But when Percy and Emma join in on the fun, they realise that Freda needs some help saying please, thank you, and you re welcome.

Burton Helps Dixie Duck, V A Boeholt, Nathaniel P Jensen

Dixie Duck has always wanted a family, but she doesn’t like all the commotion in Farmer Green’s fowl yard! If she raises her babies there, how will she ever get any rest? Deciding to nest near the creek instead, Dixie lays seven beautiful eggs in a pile of soft dirt. When she returns from sharing her exciting news with the birds and animals living nearby, Dixie discovers that her precious eggs are missing! As Burton the Scarecrow comes to help her find them, Dixie learns an important life lesson about cooperation, friendship, and the value of companionship.

Little Beauty, Anthony Browne

Once there was a very special gorilla who had almost everything he needed. There was only one thing he didn’t have: a friend. With no other gorillas at the zoo, the keepers try something new. Will the gigantic ape strike a bond with another sort of creature, one as tiny and innocent as a kitten? Sparked by the story of a real gorilla who learned to sign, Little Beauty is a celebration of a most surprising friendship.

Curious George Builds an Igloo, H A Rey

In this snowy adventure based on the Award-winning CITV TV show, Curious George can’t wait to help his friend Bill build an igloo and sleep in it overnight. But George thinks Bill’s igloo is too small. He decides to build his own supersized igloo – big enough for a party! Will such a big igloo be too cold for a little monkey? This fun-filled Level 2 Green Light Reader includes an activity that helps kids identify things that melt as well as instructions for making their own mini-igloo out of sugar cubes and icing.


Magicalamity, Kate Saunders

Tom is in shock. He’s just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. And that he must trust his life to three dangerous fairy godmothers he’s never met. Two of them are hardened criminals, and one falls out of the window when she tries to fly . . .

Will their mad magic be enough to help Tom rescue his dad from the clutches of some killer fairies?

Lulu and the Duck in the Park, Hilary Mckay

A wonderful new character from an award-winning author. Lulu loves animals. She can’t understand people who don’t like them – people like her teacher, Mrs Holiday. When Lulu tries to help Mrs Holiday to find her perfect pet, she is banned from bringing an animal to school ever again! Then Lulu rescues an abandoned duck egg. She’s going to have to take it to school to keep it safe. She’s not really breaking the rules because it’s just an egg. Nothing bad can happen, can it?

The Big Bad Wold and the Robot Pig, Laura North

The Big Bad Wolf is very hungry…but the Three Little Pigs have got clever and built Wolf-proof houses. Then he had a mad idea to create a very special robot and trap the pigs once and for all!

Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

The Creature Department, Robert Paul Weston

Elliot Von Doppler and his friend Leslie think nothing ever happens in Bickleburgh; the only excitement is the rumours about what goes on deep inside the gleaming headquarters of DENKi-3000, the world’s eighth-largest electronics factory. No one seems to know what goes on, until Elliot and Leslie are invited to take a glimpse inside and find a collection of strange and magical creatures. But when the evil Chuck threatens to shut down the plant, Elliot and Leslie and their new creature friends must create an invention so astonishing it will save the Creature Department.

Mr Wolf Bounces Back, Tony Bradman, Sarah Warburton

Now that the big bad wolf has three cubs of his own, being the neighborhood bully doesnt seem right. He needs a new job. But what job is right for a strong, fast, scary wolf?

Archie 1000, Archie Superstar Books

Archie 1000 Page Comics Jamboree collects 1000 pages of new and classic Archie tales in one amazing volume, with over 100 full-colour stories featuring America’s favourite red-head and friends navigating the pressures and pitfalls of teenagers everywhere! This book’s format is akin to the hugely popular Archie Digest series and is filled with the same mix of wild humour, awkward charm and genuine readability that has kept Archie and the gang popular with kids and families for over 70 years.


Elemental, Anthony John

Most of the US has been destroyed by plague and survivors have formed colonies on the barrier islands of the east coast. In one group everyone has the ability to control wind, water, earth or fire. Thomas has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an element, he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe. After a storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians and claim the island. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the pirates, Thomas and his friends must battle to survive.

Fat Kid Rules the World, K L Going

When Troy (a hugely overweight social leper) befriends Curt (a skinny homeless punk guitar genius), they both get much more than they bargained for. Troy’s macho brother and ex-Marine father think Curt is just a junkie loser – but as Curt stopped Troy’s suicide attempt, Troy can’t just forget him. Curt recruits Troy as the new drummer in his punk band – but Troy has never played the drums in his life. When Curt’s around, though, almost anything seems possible. An outstanding, heart-warming, funny, edgy, debut novel.

The Madness Underneath, Maureen Johnson

When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe…

There’s a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London.
Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose…

But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions. A thrilling teen mystery.

Notable (Smith High), Marni Bates

I take no prisoners. I am Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I cannot handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High Schools biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my parents decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia. Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I am stuck with a bunch of college students who do not take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it is up to me to get us all out of the country alive–even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who will not stop calling me princess. Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?

Altered, Jennifer Rush

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe? Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, lighthearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam …who’s stolen Anna’s heart. Reserved and always controlled, Sam does everything with purpose. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to go, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab — not even their true identities. Now on the run, her father’s warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

Enders,  Lissa Price

Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael – teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations -With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too . . . and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?


No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

Sleeping Angel, Mia James

April Dunne has survived murder, tragedy and the near-complete destruction of her life as she knew it…now it’s time to solve the Ravenwood mystery once and for all.

To save her vampire boyfriend Gabriel, she has to identify the Vampire King. To save her friends, she has to work out what’s really going on at Ravenwood school, in Highgate. To save her family, she has to uncover, once and for all, who really murdered her father and why.

But it’s possible not even being a Fury will be enough to save April Dunne herself…


Carrot Cake Catastrophe, Elizabeth Dale, Gemma Raynor

It’s Mummy’s birthday and Jenny and Grandad are making a surprise – a delicious carrot cake. But when Grandad adds soap instead of butter, salt instead of sugar, and the carrots go into the mixture whole, it starts to look like a catastrophe. Surely no one will want to eat it… or will they?




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