There are so many wonderful reads coming out this month – picture books from Jon Klassen and Aaron Blabey! YA novels from bestsellers Jennifer Niven and Danielle Paige! New reads for kids who love magic, baking, cricket, music…. Click on the titles or covers below for more information, and let us know what you’re planing to share with your young reader this month.
Karen Foxlee’s A Most Magical Girl will sweep you away to Victorian-era London, and settle you in a world where visions come in puddles, brooms need to be treated politely, and little girls are capable of being very brave indeed. This will be a great fit for young lovers of magic and fantasy, ages 9-12.
Holding Up the Universe is the second novel from Jennifer Niven, who wrote the tear-jerking bestseller All the Bright Places. Libby and Jack are both notorious for their own reasons, and when a nasty high school prank brings them together, find they have a lot in common than they could have realised. We adored this book, and think fans of John Green will too, ages 14+.
The Sisters Saint-Claire by Carlie Gibson and Tamsin Ainslie is quite a treat: in this delightful, hardcover picture book, a set of five mouse sisters learn about the importance of supporting each other, dreaming big, and enjoying delicious food.
Have you got a little one who never seems to get to sleep easily? Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin is here to help, following on from his worldwide bestseller The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep with a new story featuring Ellen the Elephant in The Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep. This picture book has been crafted with language and pictures to encourage kids to start snoozing!
Danielle Paige wrote a series of teenage novels set in Oz, and now she’s turned her hand to fairytales with Stealing Snow, inspired by Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen.’ It’s dark, romantic, and full of twists and turns as seventeen year old Snow discovers her true identity as princess of Algid. Ages 13+
We Found A Hat is award-winning writer and illustrator Jon Klassen’s third picture book in the ‘hat trilogy,’ and we loved it as much as the first two. Two turtles find a rather fetching hat. It looks good on both of them, but there are two turtles and only one hat – how will their friendship survive? Klassen’s wry humour is back in full force, and like his others, it has an ending that will stay with you…
Pig the Pug adores Christmas, because that’s when he gets presents. ALL the presents. Aaron Blabey’s greedy pug is back in a brand new picture book for the holidays. Pig the Elf will (hopefully) have your child appalled by Pig’s awful manners, but laughing along the way!
Teenage fantasy readers are always looking out for a new book from Garth Nix, and his most recent release, Goldenhand, will not disappoint. It’s the fifth title in Nix’s ‘Old Kingdom’ series that began with Sabriel, and “Lirael is no longer a shy Second Assistant Librarian. She is the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, with dead creatures to battle and Free Magic entities to bind.” For fantasy fans 12 and up.
Young sports lovers will enjoy cricketer David Warner’s series ‘The Kaboom Kid,’ with new title Test Match released this month. The sandhill flat kids are headed to the beach, but things aren’t going as expected… this is a great series for little cricket fans, ages 7 and up.
Artist Joel Moore is better known as Mulga, and his kooky colouring books were some of our favourites from the colouring craze. Now he’s written a picture book, and it’ll help encourage a love of music. Mulga’s Magical Musical Creatures has all his bright, funky, colourful style and will answer the question: where does music come from?
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