Here they are – the latest and greatest new reads for kids of all ages!
The Odd One Out, Brita Tekentrup
Which bird has caught the worm? Where is the poorly monkey? And can you spot the shy little shrimp? Each spread matches an amusing riddle with a complex patterned artwork, within which the answer lies. Never has a search-and-find game been so pleasing to the eye than with this stylish title presented in an upmarket, contemporary format.
Peep Inside Animal Homes, Anna Milbourne, Simona Dimitri
Ten Little Pirates, Mike Brownlow, Simon Rickerty
Ten Little Pirates set out to sea in search of adventure. But what will the ten little pirates do when they meet a hurricane . . . and a giant squid . . . and a HUNGRY SHARK?
This fun-filled rhyming story, which incorporates counting backwards from ten to one, is great to share with young children who are learning about numbers. The colourful, humourous illustrations feature objects to spot and count on every page. With a bouncy, rhythmic text and lots of great sound words, this piratical adventure is perfect for sharing again and again.
That’s Not My Piglet! Fiona Watts, Rachel Wells
Oi Frog! Kes Gray, Jim Field
Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.
Itch, Scritch Scratch, Eleanor Updale, Sarah Horne
The kids have got – whisper it – nits! All the mummies are going mad with the nit-combs and the mayonnaise and even the hoover – but these nits don’t care! With a rhyming text that trips off the tongue, this laugh-out-loud picture book is perfect for all the family with an easy-read font.
Gorilla, Anthony Brown
Hannah spends all of her time reading gorilla books, watching gorilla TV shows, and drawing gorilla pictures. She has gorillas on her bedside lamp
and even on her box of cereal. Hannah loves gorillas and longs to see a real one, but her father is always too busy – or too tired – to take her to the zoo. Then, on the night before her birthday, something extraordinary happens – and Hannah’s wish comes gloriously true.
The Troublesome Tooth Fairy, Sandi Toksvig, Georgien Overwater
When Jessica loses her first tooth, Granny tells her to watch out for a trainee tooth fairy. That shimmering little creature might look the part in her purple and silver outfit but she’s not too sure of her job. As Granny knows, the trainee tooth fairy has been known to whisk away more than just the lost tooth . . .
Melric and the Sorcerer, David McKee
“More power,” demands the king. But Melric the magician thinks that the king has quite enough power already. A sinister visitor called Sondrak boasts that he can easily grant the king’s wish. But when Melric discovers that Sondrak is an evil sorcerer and up to no good, a dramatic battle follows.
Samuel Scaredosaurus, Brian Moses, Mike Gordon
A perfect book to share with children to show that everyone gets scared, but that there are ways of coping with these feelings.
Includes notes for parents and teachers on how to share this book to help children learn about their emotions.
The Boy Who Cried Ninja, Alex Latimer
Once there was a boy named Tim whom no one believed, even when he was telling the truth. No one believed that it was a ninja who snaffled the last slice of cake; or that a giant squid ate his homework; or that it really was a time-travelling monkey who was throwing pencils at Grampa. How can Tim get his parents to believe him – when the truth is too incredible to be true?
Curious George and the Pizza Party, H.A. Rey
George is going to a pizza party! George promises to be on his best monkey behavior, but when he gets to the party and sees all of that pizza dough, George has a big idea. With rolling pin in hand, George rolls and rolls and rolls until his big idea lands him in big trouble. But George’s shaped pizzas turn out to be his biggest hits!This edition features a tasty veggie pizza recipe, put-the-steps-in-order activity, and downloadable audio!
What’s Under the Bed?, Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom
Fourmile is the story of a 12-year-old boy named Foster whose dad has died recently. His mother is about to lose the farm and is dating an unpleasant man named Dax. Foster rightly dislikes Dax and tries to protect himself, his mother, and his dog Joe as best he can–which isn’t much. When a Shane-like character comes walking up the road with his backpack and a dog, Foster instantly latches onto him, and the man, Gary, stays a while doing work on the farm. Naturally, Dax and Gary clash. Gary’s secret past comes back to haunt him, but not before Gary fights back against Dax and his thuggish friends to protect Foster and his mom.
Fourmile is a heart-wrenching story that is ultimately about fathers and father figures, good and bad. Gary can’t solve Foster’s problems or his mother’s–Gary can’t even solve his own. But he can give Foster and his mother a little courage for grabbing hold of the future.
Dirt Diary, Anna Staniszewski
Now instead of spending her weekends trying out new baking recipes, Rachel has to clean the houses of some of the most popular kids in her grade. Yeah, that’s bound to do wonders for her already loser-ish reputation. But being the new maid to the in-crowd puts her in just the right place to stumble on all kinds of secrets, which she records in her newly christened Dirt Diary. She never means to give up her secrets, but when the hottest guy in school pays her to spy on his girlfriend, she convinces herself it’s for a good cause. She needs a plane ticket to visit her dad and make him come back home.
Robin Hoodie, Dave Woods, Chris Inns
It’s Robin Hoodie vs robbin’ Prince John ‘Tis a terrible crime! Prince John has stolen all the sweets from the children of Sherbet Forest. So it’s up to brave Robin Hoodie and his Merry Boyz–Very Little John, Will Starlett, Friar Tuckshop, and Maid Marionette–to get them back. Will Robin Hoodie’s sweet plan go sour?
Truth or Busted: The Fact or Fiction Behind Human Bodies, Paul Mason
Truth or Busted Human Bodies takes popular notions and ideas about our bodies and examines where the idea came from, how or why it has become well known, and finally whether it really is true or false. This title looks at statements like: ‘Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes’ or ‘A human bone is 4 times stronger than concrete’. Each statement is evaluated and then awarded a Truth or Busted stamp at the end of each entry.
Oddfellow’s Orphanage, Emily Winfield
What do an onion-headed boy, a child-sized hedgehog, and a tattooed girl have in common? They are all orphans at Oddfellow’s Orphanage! This unusual early chapter book began life as a series of full-color portraits with character descriptions. Author/illustrator Emily Martin has fleshed out the world of Oddfellow’s with an episodic story that follows a new orphan, Delia, as she discovers the delights of her new home. From classes in Cryptozoology and Fairy Tale Studies to trips to the circus, from Annual Hair Cutting Day to a sea monster-sighting field trip, things at Oddfellows are anything but ordinary . . . except when it comes to friendships. And in that, Oddfellows is like any other school where children discover what they mean to each other while learning how big the world really is.
Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Cried Fish, A F Harrold
Famous Five: George’s Hair is Too Long, Enid Blyton, Jamie Littler
A Room Full of Chocolate, Jane Elson
Grace’s fun-loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better.
Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn’t quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies’ latest target.
But Grace is no longer alone when she meets Rainbow Girl Megan and her pig, Claude – when she’s with them she feels as if she can confront anything.
At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan’s help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it’s all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum …
Never Ending, Martyn Bedford
Shiv’s best mate, her younger brother, Declan, died while their family was on holiday in Greece. Shiv doesn’t know how to live any more – she can only feel self-hatred; she is tormented by guilt. Now she finds herself at the Korsakoff Clinic, with five other teens and young adults who are undergoing a most unorthodox therapy, which is often painful. But this is Shiv’s last chance – the clinic must help her find a way to live again. But first, their methods will make her face what really happened to her brother.
Rock War: The Audition, Robert Muchamore
The Dark Inside, Rupert Wallis
The House on the Hill has been abandoned for as long as James can remember. So when he discovers Webster, a drifter, hiding there, he’s instantly curious about the story behind the homeless man. What is he running from? Afflicted by a dark curse, Webster is no longer who he used to be. But there is said to be a cure and it might just be that by helping Webster, James will find some solace of his own. Together they embark on a journey, not knowing that what they discover will impact them both in ways they never imagined…A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope, perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.
Bet Your Life, Jane Casey
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black
Storm and Stone, Joss Stirling
American student Raven Stone has noticed something is horribly wrong. First there were the unexplained disappearances. Then there were the teachers’ lies. And now the death threats . . .
Also entangled in the disturbing turn of events is the enigmatic Kieran Storm – a fellow student with a killer intellect and a body to die for. He’s heading for trouble and taking her with him. Raven can feel herself falling in love, but can she trust a boy she knows almost nothing about?
Thirteen, Tom Hoyle
Born at midnight in London, on the stroke of the new millennium, Adam is the target of a cult that believes boys born on this date must die before the end of their thirteenth year. Twelve boys have been killed so far. Coron, the crazy cult leader, will stop at nothing to bring in his new kingdom. And now he is planning a bombing spectacular across London to celebrate the sacrifice of his final victim: Adam.
The Islands of Chaldea, Diana Wynne Jones
Then one day her aunt is set a seemingly impossible mission. She must go to the island of Logra and rescue the kidnapped High Prince from the enemy, and Aileen must go with her. They set off along with Ivar, Aileen’s spoilt cousin, and Ogo his clophopping servant, recruiting on their way a huge and elusive cat, a monk with an uncannily wise parrot, and a boy inventor who keeps a pet lizard up his sleeve. But this is no band of mighty warriors, and the evil Lograns and their wizards have blocked their way with an invisible barrier in the sea. Aileen doubts that even with all the magic in the Islands of Chaldea, including Aunt Beck’s, they will be able to penetrate it.
But Aileen is about to discover that she could be more important to the mission than she realises. Perhaps it is her, above all, who is being drawn to Logra, and for a very special purpose…
For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.
Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead….
A debut novel that will leave you breathless.