DTRH shortlisted for FutureBook Podcast of the Year

By Katherine Woodfine | 11 October, 2018

Exciting news! We’re so delighted that Down the Rabbit Hole has been shortlisted for the Podcast of the Year 2018 Award at the FutureBook Awards.

The Awards are designed to surface and celebrate the very best innovation from all corners of the publishing industry. The Podcast of the Year award is a brand new category for 2018: Down the Rabbit Hole, which The Bookseller described as a 'four year-strong pioneer' is joined on the shortlist by a fantastic selection of literary podcasts: the Penguin Podcast, Simplify, Mostly Lit, Not Another Book Podcast, and The Bestseller Experiment, as well as another children’s podcast - Story Shed, an original fiction show from primary school teacher Jake Harris.

The winners of the Awards will be announced at the FutureBook Live conference on 30th November: find out more about the Awards and read more about the shortlist announcement.


New Children's Books: September 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 26 September, 2018

September always brings a bumper crop of new children's books - here are a few of our favourites from this month's delights.

Picture Books

Oi Duck-Billed Platypus by Kes Gray & Jim Field

The Bear, the Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle by David Litchfield

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

Angry Cookie by Laura Dockrill & Maria Karipidou

Storm by Sam Usher

Children's Fiction

First Prize for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius, translated by Peter Graves

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

The Legend of Kevin by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

The Lost Magician by Piers Torday

The Skylark's War by Hilary McKay

The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Angela Barrett

Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

Power to the Princess: 15 Favourite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Murrow & Julia Bereciartu

Non-fiction and Poetry

Poems to Live Your Life By, chosen and illustrated by Chris Riddell

She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women, edited by Ana Sampson

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, edited by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon

A History of Pictures for Children by David Hockney and Martin Gayford

Teen and YA

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai




New Children's Books: June 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 27 June, 2018

We didn't have time to share our usual round-up on this month's show - but here's a few of our favourite new children's books to be looking out for in shops this month!

Illustrated books

Billy And The Beast - Nadia Shireen
Grandad Mandela - Zindzi Mandela and Sean Qualls: Mandela's great-grandchildren ask 15 questions about his life to mark the centenary of his birth
If All The World Were - Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys
The Day War Came - Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cobb
Picking Pickle - Polly Faber and Clara Vuillamy
Between Tick And Tock - Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay
Baby's First Bank Heist - Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins
Hansel & Gretel - Bethan Woollvin
Suffragette: The Battle for Equality - David Roberts

Children's fiction

Wizarding For Beginners - Elys Dolan
Pony On The Twelfth Floor - Polly Faber and Sarah Jennings
Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks - Sibeal Pounder and Jason Cockcroft
Flying Fergus: The Big Biscuit Bike-Off - Chris Hoy and Clare Elsom
Sam Wu is NOT afraid of Sharks! - Katie & Kevin Tsang, illustrated by Nathan Reed
Midnight - Derek Landy (the eleventh book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series)
My Arch-Enemy Is A Brain In A Jar - David Solomons
Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity - Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman
Girls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy - Emma Moss


Teen and young adult

In Paris With You - Clementine Beauvais, translated by Sam Taylor
Bookshop Girl - Chloe Coles
All Of This Is True - Lygia Day Penaflor
Little Liar - Julia Gray
Run Riot - Nikesh Shukla




New Children's Books: February 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 28 February, 2018

Just in time for World Book Day, check out our list of new children's books to look out for in bookshops this month!

Picture Books and Novelty Books

Moo Cow Moo Cow Please Eat Nicely by Jo Lodge

Are You There Little Bunny? by Sam Taplin and Emily Dove

That's Not My Chick by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells

The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Spyder by Matt Carr

The Pirates of Scurvy Sands by Johnny Duddle

Simon Sock by Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet and Nick East

The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared by Petr Horacek

Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee and Heath Mackenzie

Children's Fiction

The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

The Phantom Lollipop Man by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham

Make More Noise by various authors

Twister by Juliette Forest

Tin by Padraig Kenny

Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

Battle of the Beetles by MG Leonard

Hari and His Electric Feet by Alexander McCall Smith and Sam Usher

Teacup House: Meet the Twitches by Hayley Scott and Pippa Curnick

Barry Loser: Worse School Trip Ever by Jim Smith

A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens

Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow by Julie Sykes and
Lucy Truman

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts by Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang and Nathan Reed



Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You by Lucy Beevor and Sarah Green

Politics for Beginners by Alex Frith, Rosie Hore, Louie Stowell and Kellan Stover

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History by Kate

Dear Katie by Katie Thistleton

Young Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins

Teen and Young Adult

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

New Children's Books: January 2018

By Katherine Woodfine | 24 January, 2018

Check out our selection of some of the best new children's and young adult books that have been published this month.

Picture Books

Neon Leon by Jane Clarke and Britta Teckentrup

If I Had a Dinosaur by Gabby Dawnay

The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Christopher Corr

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (25th anniversary edition) by Maya Angelou, Jean-MIchelBasquiat and Sara Jane Boyers

All at Sea: There’s a New Baby in the Family by Faye Hanson
and Gerry Byrne

The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes by Ying Compestine and David Roberts

We are Family by Patricia Hegarty and Ryan Wheatcroft

Chalk Eagle by Nazil Tahvili


Children's fiction

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Sky Chasers by Emma Carroll

The Ice Garden by Guy Jones

The 1,000 Year Old Boy by Ross Welford

Trouble in New York: The Travels of Ermine by Jennifer Grey and Elisa Paganelli

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

My Sweet Orange Tree by Jose Mauro De Vasconcelos, translated by Alison Entrekin


Teen and young adult

I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

The Fandom by Anna Day

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Second Best Friend by Non Pratt

Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff, translated by Annie Prime



Rebel Voices: The Rise of Votes for Women by Louise K Stewart and Eve Lloyd Knight

Women in Sport: Fifty Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky



Children's Books of the Year 2017: The Book I Wish I'd Published

02 January, 2018

We asked a host of top children’s books editors, literary agents and publicists which books - published by a publishing house other than their own - had really grabbed their attention in 2017. Here are the books they told us they most admired:


Linas Alsenas, Scholastic:

The book that sent me over the moon (ha!) last year is Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum (Walker Studio). To me, this is non-fiction at its very best, wearing its complexity lightly and making the most of its picture-book format to spark awe in readers. Walker was very smart, I think, to set up a dedicated imprint for books that have extra appeal for crossover, design-oriented book buyers, and each of the titles on that list is just phenomenal; in time I can totally see them building a dedicated following just of that list. I’m excited to see what’s in store for next year!

Chloe Seager, Diane Banks Associates:

Noah Can't Even by Simon James Green (Scholastic) - this book is fun & funny, whilst talking about some important stuff at the same time. I also love the way it's published - the cover is pitch perfect and who could miss the giant blow-up bananas at YALC? The possibilities for banana merch are endless!

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling) this was one of the most unique books I read all year - I loved the blend of humour and emotion. It's a perfect cover, too.

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky - Wren & Rook have published some amazing books this year but I particularly loved this one. It's beautiful, fascinating, inspiring and emphasises to young girls that STEM subjects are not just for boys.

Rachel Leyshon, Chicken House:

A number of books have caught my eye this year: Usborne’s Kick by Mitch Johnson, which was much enjoyed in my house
of boys; The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker), a justifiably global phenomenon; and Laura Ellen Anderson’s fabulous Amelia Fang (Egmont). But I remain really impressed by Lisa Thompson’s Goldfish Boy (Scholastic), edited by Lauren Fortune – immaculately well done in every aspect, inside and out, and published (seemingly!) with lots of time to spare, including early proofs and a successful build to publication and then beyond. It’s great news for us all when quality fiction like this sells so well throughout the year. And more recently I think Faber has done a lovely job on The Polar Bear Explorer's Club by Alex Bell, making it look so magical and Christmassy – irresistible!

Clare Whitston, Oxford University Press:

I would select Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo (Penguin) because it is a really clever piece of publishing, responding swiftly to a specific gap in the market, but with an authentic feel as its heart. I loved the high production values and the colour insides: the project feels like a labour of love – the illustrations from sixty female artists are beautiful and the length of each story perfect for bedtime reading. The book seemed to hit at exactly the right time and is absolutely everywhere which is no mean feat for a book without an established author or illustrator behind it. It is indicative of a trend in Children’s Publishing for books celebrating the lives of women and in a
world where the word feminism is still treated with some suspicion and confusion I think this book is a particular cause for celebration. So hooray for rebel girls (and also bookish, slightly nerdy, law abiding ones too of course…)

Rosi Crawley, Walker Books:

It will probably be in every list but I can’t help but be hugely jealous of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris – not only is it absolutely stunning, but it’s had astonishing coverage – I was green with envy at a big double page spread in The Guardian on publication – a very
publicist way of admiring a book! I think Walker has a pretty fabulous line in gorgeous books but it’s always a pleasant surprise when something truly beautiful, but potentially quite niche captures the imagination of the book buying public. Who could have said a giant £20 hardback non-fiction about words would take off to such a degree? Much like our beautiful edition of Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley Holland with illustrations from Jeffrey Alan Love, I think it shows how much people want to invest in a level of dramatic production when they’re shelling out for a physical book. These are things to keep on the shelf for years and show off to your friends when they come to visit. Although in the case of The Lost Words I’m not sure what shelf we’re ever going to fit it on, because it’s flippin massive.

Tom Bonnick, Nosy Crow:

My children’s book of the year for 2017 would be a toss-up between The Explorer by Katherine Rundell (Bloomsbury) and The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius (Pushkin Press).

I think that The Explorer is Katherine’s best book yet: beautiful writing, wonderful, hugely evocative atmosphere, and a really exciting, gripping story. Comparisons to Journey to The River Sea are as obvious as they are overdone, but for me it really is a worthy successor - in fact I enjoyed it more. And I admired Bloomsbury’s publishing of the book: stunning cover artwork, hugely impressive press coverage, and lots of clever pieces of pre-release marketing (I thought the trailer was a very good example of simple but effective video content). I’d put money on the book winning the Costa.

I absolutely loved The Murderer’s Ape - I’m not sure if any of Wegelius’ other books have been translated yet, but this
was the most exciting new discovery of the year for me. And I take my hat off to Pushkin Press for having the courage of their convictions and publishing a 600 page middle grade novel in translation by a relatively unknown author in hardback.

Nina Douglas, Nina Douglas PR:

The book I wish I’d had a hand in publishing/ promoting in 2017 was Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen). I’ve long been an admirer of Sally’s writing, and I think in this story of love of many different kinds  power, struggle and sacrifice, she truly excels. A stunning PR campaign has seen reviews across the board, and with the centenary of the first British women to get the vote coming up in 2018, and calls for deeper equality (including movements such as #metoo) ongoing and highly placed in the media, it takes an important scene setting part in the conversation; it feels like just the start of a journey. I sit this alongside the equally excellent contemporary novel, Moxie by Jen Mathieu (Hachette) in my favourite feminist takes in YA this year.

And if I’m allowed an honourable mention for a second, I’m also going to pick the entirely magical and imaginative
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend (Hachette) - there is just so
much fun to be had with a creative campaign for the wundrous
world she has imagined (I’m envious of that publicist); I can’t wait for book two.

Lauren Ace, Little Tiger:

I have been a fan of Sally Nicholls’ writing since reading a proof of her first book, Ways to Live Forever, when I was a bookseller. It would go on to win the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and secure Sally’s position as an exciting new talent. As an industry we are a little obsessed with debuts and bright young things, which is why I am so delighted to see the wonderful reaction Sally has had to her sixth novel, Things A Bright Girl Can Do. The book itself is a masterclass in historical fiction which feels relevant to our modern times, with brilliantly realised characters and genuine heart.
And how clever of Andersen to publish in hardback in September to hit the Christmas gifting period and scoop up all those marvellous Books of the Year accolades, boldly positioning themselves to publish the paperback just five months later to coincide with the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. I’m sure this won’t be the last you hear of this book.

Felicity Johnson, Bonnier:

It’s been a brilliant year for middle grade. One middle-grade debut I’ve particularly admired is A Girl Called Owl, by Amy Wilson (Macmillan). I loved the design of the book proof and also thought the finished package was stunning – really
striking and atmospheric. (And the cover for Amy’s next book
looks pretty gorgeous too.)

Stevie Hopwood, Usborne:

Oliver Jeffers, Here We Are – Notes for Living on Planet Earth (HarperCollins). Everything about this book is beyond beautiful. For me it sums up exactly what a children’s book can do so well (and often better than an adult book!) and that is to make you curious about the world. The artwork speaks for itself – I’ve spent hours just staring at one spread (the underwater one is a personal favourite) – so it was lovely to see this lead the campaign alongside the climate change angle seen through a father’s eyes. It felt personal, and that made the book and the message mean even more to me as a reader. I was gutted to miss the Brian Cox talk – that must have been fascinating!

Campaign-wise I have to mention the proof of The Rosewood Chronicles Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn (Penguin)! Oh my, the most magical of proofs – I HAD TO HAVE IT. I also had to have one of the house badges, and notebooks... I’m a sucker for merch.

Emma Bradshaw, Bloomsbury Children's Books:

Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll (Faber). I adore Emma’s books. They are exactly what I wanted to read as a ten year old and still thoroughly enjoy now. This is a brilliant adventure story, full of mystery and surprises, with the added bonus of a Devon setting. The main characters share my surname, which I rather enjoyed too.  It’s also a book to make you think – about war and immigration and how we treat our local community. I think Emma is a wonderful writer and I’m keen to get my hands on her next book, Sky Chasers, which has just published.

Thanks to all our contributors for telling us about the books that most impressed them in 2017! Take a look at The Book I Wish I'd Published from 2016.

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Children's Books of the Year 2017

By Katherine Woodfine | 31 December, 2017

Following our 2017 Christmas Special, here's our list of our favourite children's books of 2017!

Illustrated Books

Melissa: Thornhill by Pam Smy

Ruth: Oi Cat by Kes Gray & Jim Field

Louise: On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna translated by Jill Davis

Piers: The Worm & the Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Katherine: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers


Children's fiction

Ruth: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond illustrated by Peggy Fortnum (new gift edition)

Melissa: Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T Smith

Piers: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe

Louise and Katherine: The Explorer by Katherine Rundell


Young Adult fiction

Ruth: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Piers: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Melissa: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Louise: Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais, translated by the author herself

Katherine: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge



Melissa and Piers: The Lost Words by Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris

Louise: Little People, Big Dreams: Agatha Christie by Isabel
Sanchez Vegara and Elisa Munso, translated by Raquel Plitt

Ruth: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Plus - here are our  favourite new discoveries (or rediscoveries!) of 2017:


I often feel it's a shame that in this country we don't read as much American children's literature as we could.
They certainly read a lot of ours. Books I wish I'd read as a child include From The Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E.Frankweiler and A Wrinkle in Time. Now I add to that list my discovery read this year, Half Magic, the first in a series by Edward Eager. It tells the charming, enchanting tale of a family who find a magic coin on a sidewalk. It grants wishes but only *half* a wish, so you must always wish for twice as much to get what you want. Not only does this lead them into some brilliant, classic and very funny scrapes, it is also a very good rule for life.


This year I finally bit the bullet and spent the three minutes required to understand how to sign up to (and then use) Audible. The whole thing has been a bit of a life-changer and I am now fully evangelical about the magic of audiobooks. The one credit a month has been brilliant for picking up books I just know I won't get round to in print form (Sapiens anyone?) and it has meant I can "read" while cooking or doing my make-up, which to a compulsive multitasker, is very appealing. There are also Daily Deals where you can get audiobooks for a mere ninety-nine pence (Rebecca! The Ruby in the Smoke!) plus it's a new ways of discovering much-loved classics or favourite authors (The Book of Dust audiobook is really something special, read with great flair by Michael Sheen).

However, the biggest discovery of all has been that finally, after a decade of pretending to be an expert in children's literature, I have got round to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. It will come as a surprise to no one reading this to hear that this book is indeed excellent. The audio version I have is read by Michael Hordern and it has been great for cosying up with at bedtime this cold winter. I'm so glad to have discovered it - though have not quite had my head turned so much that I am willing to agree it is a better book than Winnie-the-Pooh, a claim made in a
national magazine recently. Bunkum!


So this was the year that I finally read Harry Potter, and all I will say is: 3, 7, 4, 6, 5, 1...............2. My other discovery of the year was Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle: catching a group of kids just on the cusp of adulthood as they embark on a quest that will take them to uncharted territory beyond their estate where monsters lurk, this is an astonishing novel - tender, inventive, bold and snappy. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, but it should have won everything else too.


My team has a children's book club on a different, specific theme once a month and we had one on picture books as they'll grow into our readers. The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle was one of those choices and it was universally loved. I have since given it to lots of parents and children as a gift. I love the detail in it and the fact that whatever age you are you spot something new each time you read. I love the clever rhyme and the lovely message.


One of the authors I’ve enjoyed rediscovering this year is Leon Garfield. I remember reading one or two of his books when I was growing up, but recently I stumbled on an old Puffin paperback of John Diamond in a second-hand bookshop, which proved to be a real treat. With shades of Charles Dickens and Joan Aiken, this surreal, funny and exciting adventure follows our naive young hero William through the murky streets and rooftops of 18th-century London, and even into a disreputable tavern where he gets drunk on sherry (something you’d be unlikely to find in a middle grade book published today!) Garfield’s London is a wonderfully sinister and perilous place, full of urchins on the ‘snick-and-lurk’ and mysterious gentlemen who may be either friends or foes. Next up I plan to revisit Smith - his classic tale of a pickpocket who witnesses a murder.

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New Christmas Children's Books Round-Up: December 2017

By Katherine Woodfine | 24 December, 2017

Looking for some lovely new children's books to give as gifts, or to add to your bookshelf of festive favourites? Look no further than these newly-published titles just right for Christmas!

Hetty Feather’s Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt

Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story by Nadiya Hussain

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-Tuck and Karl James Mountford

Twelve Days of Christmas by Anna Wright

One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell and Emily Sutton

Katinka’s Tail by Judith Kerr

The Story Orchestra: Nutcracker by Jessica Courtney-Tickle

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig illustrated by Chris Mould

Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould

Bah! Humbug! by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Tony Ross

Winter Magic edited by Abi Elphinstone

The Snow Angel by Lauren St John, illustrated by Catherine Hyde

Christmas Dinner of Souls by Ross Montgomery

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New Children's Books October 2017

By Katherine Woodfine | 25 October, 2017

October is always a big month for children's publishing, but this year, it's bigger and more exciting than ever. As well as the opening of a blockbuster exhibition at the British Library, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, it's seen the arrival of a new book from US YA superstar John Green, Turtles All the Way Down, and of course, the publication of the much anticipated The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman.

Here's our round-up of what to look out for in shops this month (sharp-eyed readers may notice we've left out this months' new festive  titles - but don't worry, as usual we'll be discussing them in our DTRH Christmas Special!)

Picture Books

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton (adapted from Dodie Smith)

Wow! It’s Night-Time by Tim Hopgood

The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams and Alex T Smith

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

A Dog with Nice Ears by Lauren Child

Luna Loves Library Day by Joseph Coelho illustrated by Fiona Lumbers

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet

The Wildest Cowboy by Garth Jennings and Sara Ogilvie

Dress Up with Ted by Sophy Henn

The Sacconejolys and the Great Cat Nap by the Sacconejolys, illustrated by Francesca Gambatesa

When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin, illustrated by Steve Anthony

Chapatti Moon by Pippa Goodhart and Lizzie Finlay

Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara


Children’s fiction

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher illustrated by Shane Devries

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (illustrated edition) by JK Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay

Witch Snitch by Sibeal Pounder and Lauren Ellen Andersen

Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky, illustrated by Ashley King

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Andersen

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders

Sky Dancer by Gill Lewis

The Sinclair's Mysteries: The Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R M Romero

The Girl with the Lost Smile by Miranda Hart, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano

The Princess and the Suffragette by Holly Webb

Dog by Andy Mulligan

Teen and Young Adult

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman, jacket and illustrations by Chris Wormell

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Monster by Michael Grant

It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

The Fandom by Anna Day

My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Nat Barlex

A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Luddeke

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins


Dinosaurium by Lily Murray and Chris Wormell

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Illumanatomy - by Kate Davies, illustrated by Carnovsky

Egyptomania by Emma Giuliani and Carole Saturno

Jolly Good Food: A Children's Cookbook inspired by the stories of Enid Blyton by Allegra McEvedy

The Moomins: The World of Moominvalley as created by Tove Jansson by Philip Ardagh

The Greatest Magician in the World by Matt Edmonson & Garry Parsons

My Miniature Library by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris




New Children's Books: September 2017

By Katherine Woodfine | 27 September, 2017

September brings a beautiful crop of new autumn children's books. Here's a few of our favourites:

Children's fiction

Birthday Boy by David Baddiel, illustrated by Jim Field

The Racehorse Who Disappeared by Clare Balding, illustrated by Tony Ross (catch our episode with Clare about the previous book, The Racehorse Who Couldn't Gallop)

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The Huntress: Sky by Sarah Driver

Kick by Mitch Johnson

The Five Realms: The Gift of Dark Hollow by Kieran Larwood illustrated by David Wyatt

Tom Gates: Dog Zombies Rule (For Now) by Liz Pichon

Goth Girl: The Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T Smith


Picture books and non-fiction

The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

Franklin's Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell, illustrated by Katie Harnett

The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Oh No, Where Did Walter Go? by Joanna Boyle

Little People, Big Dreams: Emmeline Pankhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser and Ana Sanfelippo

Little People, Big Dreams: Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser and Marta Antelo

Little People, Big Dreams: Audrey Hepburn by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Amaia Arrazola

Nibbles: The Dinosaur Guide by Emma Yarlett

A Poem for Every Day of the Year ed by Allie Esiri


Young adult fiction

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud

Genuine Fraud by E Lockhart

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera