Can you believe it’s March already? There’s so many books for all ages coming out this month, so we at Better Reading have compiled a list of some of the highlights you and your children should definitely keep an eye out for.
1, 2, Pirate Stew by Kylie Howarth: This piratical picture book has a fun rhyme scheme and adorable illustrations, and helps younger children count to 22. Ages 1+.
We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio: From the author of the bestselling Wonder comes Augie’s story for younger kids, and a new adventure with his friend Daisy. Her first time illustrating, Palacio weaves an important tale about bullying and acceptance, a lesson that you’re never too young to learn. Ages 4+.
Where’s Wally?: 30th Anniversary Edition by Martin Handford: Kids and adults alike will have hours of fun trying to find Wally and all his wacky friends. A dive into nostalgia for some, this special thirtieth anniversary edition brings whole new scenarios and pictures – but one thing remains the same: where’s Wally? Ages 5+.
Middle Grade Books
Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson: The newest instalment of the bestselling Middle School series goes Down Under! Rafe struggles a little with the Aussie temperatures and critters, and decides to cause a little mayhem… oh dear! Ages 8+.
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi: Twelve year old Farah gets sucked into a mechanical board game with her two best friends. Everything is dangerous in there, and worse, she finds out there’s generations of kids stuck with her. It’s up to her to defeat the game’s architect and make it out – alive. Ages 8+.
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan: Amina has always been proud of her Pakistani culture, but starting middle school is hard. When her best friend seems to be drifting away, Amina struggles with questions of self worth and identity. A beautiful read for kids learning about other cultures – and the kindness and compassion we need to have for others. Ages 8+.
Hamish and the GravityBurp by Danny Wallace: Another side splitting adventure from bestselling author Danny Wallace! Hamish comes home one day to find his family flat on their backs . . . on the ceiling! With other weird and wacky things going on, it’s up to Hamish and his gang of friends to save the day. Ages 8+.
Thunderstruck by Ali Sparkes: Alisha and Theo are struck by lightning one day, and live to tell the tale. But suddenly, they can see the ghosts of two kids who were struck, and didn’t. It’s pretty cool to have two ghosts as your new best friends, but not all ghosts are friendly . . . Ages 9+.
The State of Grace by Rachael Jones: Grace is like everyone else. She just happens to have Asperger’s. So when the coolest boy in school takes a liking to her, she starts running with the cool group, but things at home are spiraling a little out of control. Ages 12+.
Young Adult Books
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco: This exciting dark fantasy launch introduces us to Tea, a witch with a special power – she can resurrect the dead. But there’s always a price for life, and when she resurrects her brother accidentally, she is sent off to study and train. But dark forces are coming . . . Ages 12+.
Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer: As a joke, four fans ask superstar Cash Carter to come along on a roadtrip with them . . . and are shocked when he actually takes them up on it. They’re excited to spend time with the star they love so much, but along the way realise he’s just as flawed and normal as they are. Ages 12+.
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Sophia has gotten used to saying goodbye – she’s lived in so many different countries. But now she’s leaving Tokyo, the one place that felt like home. Seven days before she’s due to leave, an old friend comes back into her life, and that makes saying goodbye even harder. Ages 12+.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner: A retelling of the classic story of the Beauty and the Beast, but with a twist… the Beauty is more dangerous than the monster. A hunter, skilled with a bow and arrow, the Beauty takes off after the Beast after the disappearance of her father in the woods, with her mind set on revenge… Ages 13+.
The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman: The beloved author of His Dark Materials trilogy brings us Ginny, sixteen years old, funny, creative, strong. But when a case worker comes along and tears her family apart, how will Ginny handle her whole world being tipped upside down? Ages 13+.
Echoes of Memory by A. R. Kahler: In the second book in the suspenseful Ravenborn series, Chris knows he needs to defy his magical destiny – and that means defying the gods of the Underworld. And they are angry. Ages 14+.
So that’s all from us for now but make sure to check out our Facebook page for regular updates and new releases throughout the month – there are always some fantastic reads just around the corner! And don’t forget to check out the Adult’s March New Releases here!