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New children's books for February 2019

Written by · Published Jan 31, 2019

Find Spot at the Library, The Truth About Old People, A Pinch of Magic

Board books

Find Spot at the Library, by Eric Hill

“It’s fancy dress day at the library! Which book characters will Spot, Helen and Tom dress up as?

“Join Spot and his friends as they explore all the different corners and books in the library. Going to the library is an exciting first experience for toddlers, and Spot is no different - he loves reading!”

Where’s Mr Duck and Where’s Mrs Kangaroo?, by Ingela P. Arrhenius

New in the popular series.

Splish, Splash, Ducky, by Lucy Cousins

The bright picture book comes to a younger audience.

Superhero Mum and Son and Superhero Mum and Daughter, by Timothy Knapman

Coming to the rescue just in time for Mothers’ Day.

Are You There Little Unicorn?, by Sam Taplin & Sarah Allen

Another addition to the Are You There series.

Nibbles Numbers, by Emma Yarlett

Nibbles the Book Monster returns in this counting story.

Peep Inside the Forest, by Anna Milbourne & Simona Dimitri

“Peep into the forest to discover twittering birds and busy bugs, sleepy bears and a spring-cleaning badger in this charming book filled with intricately cut flaps and holes to peep through. Little children can see how the forest changes through the seasons, find out what happens to autumn leaves and discover a bird sitting on the eggs in her nest.”

Picture books

Molly’s Moon Mission, by Duncan Beedie

New from the author of The Last Chip and The Lumberjack’s Beard.

“Molly the moth lives in the back of an old wardrobe. She loves her home and her family but yearns for adventure. She wants to fly to the moon. So by day she helps her mother look after the larvae, and by night she prepares for her space mission, until she is ready for BLAST OFF!”

Firefly Home, by Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup

Follow-up to Neon Leon and Leap Frog.

“There’s no place like home, but poor Florence Firefly is lost, and there are so many bright lights shining in the night sky she doesn’t know which way to go. She’ll need some help to find her way back home.

“In this interactive picture book, children can help Florence on her journey by encouraging her to fly faster, suggesting which direction to take and making a wish.”

Do Not Open This Book Again, by Andy Lee & McKenzie Heath

Sequel to Do Not Open This Book.

“It’s time to visit Monster again, but he still insists that you shouldn’t open this book, and you definitely shouldn’t turn the page! But what will happen if you do?”

All the Ways to be Smart, by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

From the team behind Under the Love Umbrella.

“Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes, painting patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons.”

The Truth About Old People, by Elina Ellis

Debut title from the winner of the 2017 Macmillan prize for illustration.

“Discover the truth in this warm and funny picture book celebration of older people.”

The World Book Day Monster, by Adam & Charlotte Guillain & Ada Grey

Out in plenty of time for World Book Day on 7 March.

“Anna can’t decide what to dress up as for World Book Day, but her dad knows just what to do to help - he takes Anna to a bookshop where a friendly bookseller helps her to pick out the perfect book for her. Now she knows exactly what to dress up as!”

Alba the One-Hundred-Year-Old Fish, by Lara Hawthorne

“Alba the fish has spent her entire life collecting precious objects that drift down to the ocean floor. From delicate shells to brightly coloured coral, each year on her birthday she treats herself to one more precious item. But over the years Alba notices that some of them are losing their sparkle and the world around her is changing.”

Hop Little Bunnies, by Laura Hughes

Based on nursery rhyme ‘Sleeping Bunnies’.

“There are lots of sleepy animals to wake up in this bouncy, energetic picture book. Lift the flaps, then hop with the little bunnies, cheep with the chicks, baa with the lambs and mew with the kittens.”

Junior novels

When We Were Warriors, by Emma Carroll

A short story collection including stories linked to other Carroll titles such as Letters from the Lighthouse and Frost Hollow Hall.

“Set in World War Two, Emma Carroll explores the resilience, resourcefulness and inventiveness of children when their lives fall to pieces.”

Asha & the Spirit Bird, by Jasbinder Bilan

Winner of the 2017 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.

“In an unforgettable adventure set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best friend, Jeevan, she embarks on a journey across the Himalayas to find her missing father and save her home.”

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of the Dark!, by Katie & Kevin Tsang & Nathan Reed

“Sam Wu is NOT afraid of anything. Except for quite a lot of things. Like ghosts. Sharks too. And also THE DARK! So when Sam goes camping in the woods with his friends and cousin Stanley, who knows what scary kind of things they’ll face.”

A Pinch of Magic, by Michelle Harrison

“Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse.

“Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.

“Will they be enough to break the curse?

“Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger?”

The Demon Headmaster: mortal danger, by Gillian Cross

“There’s a new head teacher at Lizzie’s school, and she’s great. She encourages the pupils to follow their passions, and there’s even a competition to win an adventure trip to an exciting remote island. But someone is waiting for them there. And once he lays his eyes on them, there will be no escape.”

City of the Lifestone, by Tom Huddleston and Attack of the Necron, by Cavan Scott

The first titles in Games Workshop’s new Warhammer Adventures series, based in Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar respectively.

The Midnight Hour, by Benjamin Read & Laura Trinder

Pitched for fans of Nevermoor.

“Emily longs to be ordinary, but when her parents disappear, she stumbles into the secret, spooky world of the Midnight Hour. There’s only one way she can rescue her parents: she must find the courage to embrace her magic.”

Charlie Changes into a Chicken, by Sam Copeland & Sarah Horne

I’ve heard this one is genuinely hilarious!

“Charlie McGuffin tries to be an optimist, but in reality he’s a bit of a worrier. Some of the things Charlie is worried about: his brother (who is in hospital); their very panicked parents; unwanted attention from the school bully; the fact that he’s started turning into animals!

“Even though every kid wants a superhero power, Charlie isn’t keen on turning into a pigeon in the middle of the school play. But what happens if he does?”


Little People, Big Dreams: Muhammad Ali, by Isabel Sánchez Vegara & Brosmind and Stephen Hawking, by Isabel Sánchez Vegara & Matt Hunt

New titles in the popular biography series.

On the Origin of Species, by Sabina Radeva

Highly illustrated retelling of Darwin’s classic text.

Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders, by Kate Pankhurst

Follow-up to Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World Fantastically Great Women Who Made History.

Flights of Fancy: stories, pictures and inspiration from ten Children’s Laureates

“This anthology marks 20 wonderful years of the Laureateship, with stories, poems and pictures by all ten former honourees. Among others, Quentin Blake tells the stories behind his pictures of weird and wonderful beasts, Michael Morpurgo draws on childhood memories for a moving wartime tale and Michael Rosen plays with language and shapes in his witty, read-aloud poems.

“Each contribution is designed to inspire children to create their own work, and is accompanied by a note from the authors - rare insights from the finest talent in the world of children’s books.”

Amazing Transport, by Tom Jackson & Chris Mould

“Every day, all over the world, people are busy travelling - short hops or great, long voyages, moving slowly and steadily or racing along at super-fast speeds. They make their trips in cars, trains, planes, ships, and on bikes - and some people even blast off in rockets! Make your own amazing transport journeys as you explore timelines and discover the people and stories behind the machines that keep the world moving.

“Take a twist or turn and find out what happened when the Freedom 7 blasted into space, race your way through Japan at lightning speed on the awesomely fast bullet train, set sail on a Viking longship and let the wind carry you away in a hot-air balloon with the Montgolfier brothers.”

The Sea Book, by Charlotte Milner

From the author of The Bee Book.

“Featuring fascinating fishy facts accompanied by bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations, this book takes children on a journey through the sea and all its zones. Touching on mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles, The Sea Book explores a wealth of incredible marine animals and their habitats, from up on the ice, down to colourful coral reefs, underwater forests, and right down to the deepest darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk.”

The Wonderful World of Clothes, by Emma Damon

“Find out about the special clothes worn by astronauts, firemen and deep-sea divers, and see amazing hats, shoes and jewellery from all around the world. Then look to the future, with recycling, 3D printers and space-age fabrics. Come and explore the wonderful world of clothes - and be inspired to design your own!”

Where’s the Sloth?, by Andrew Rowland and Where’s the Bunny?, by Chuck Wheldon

Two new search and find books.

Dream Big! Heroes who dared to be bold, by Sally Morgan & James Rey Sanchez

“The ultimate empowering guide, Dream Big! Heroes Who Dared to Be Bold introduces fearless men, women, boys and girls who have spoken out and changed our lives for the better. They did it, so why can’t you?

“From Emma Gonzalez to Peter Tatchell, Adwoa Aboah to Muhammed Ali, this book celebrates sung and unsung heroes, reaching across all areas of life and to all four corners of the globe. Each personality is given a short biography detailing the inspirational things they have achieved by speaking out, highlighted with striking colour illustrations.”

Roald Dahl’s Matilda’s How to be a Genius: brilliant tricks to bamboozle grown-ups, by Quentin Blake

“Matilda Wormwood is a genius - her brain fizzes and bubbles with brilliance. She outwits her gruesome parents, and even her terrifying head teacher, the monstrous Miss Trunchbull. You too can baffle, bewilder, and bamboozle your friends and family!”

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

I work for the Suffolk Libraries stock team. I also write children’s fiction, short stories and comedy. Visit my website.