Children’s books roundup – the best recent picture books and novels | Books

Little Glow by Katie Sahota and Harry Woodgate (Owlet, £12.99)

Little Glow by Katie Sahota and Harry Woodgate

Completely timed for the gathering darkness and the world’s many festivals of sunshine, this glimmering, attractive picture ebook options light rhyming textual content, joyous gatherings and a shy candle flame who steadily realises {that a} small, quiet glow can gentle a complete residence.

You Can! by Alexandra Strick and Steve Antony (Otter-Barry, £12.99)

You Can! by Alexandra Strick and illustrations by Steve Antony
Illustration: Steve Antony

Comply with 14 youngsters as they develop from infants to adults on this inclusive picture ebook affirming particular person skills, wants and rights, the results of asking many various youngsters what messages they might give their youthful selves (“Discover new worlds … uncover what brings you happiness … inform individuals what you are feeling”). Antony’s humorous, dynamic illustrations delicately develop every little one’s story from web page to web page.

I’m Sticking With You Too by Smriti Halls and Steve Small (Simon & Schuster, £12.99)

I’m Sticking With You Too by Smriti Halls and Steve Small 9781471193187.in04
Illustration: © 2021 Steve Small

In the pleasant sequel to I’m Sticking With You, best buddies Bear and Squirrel are aggravated by Rooster’s persistent makes an attempt to interrupt in on their good pairing. When a lure is laid for Rooster, nonetheless, Bear and Squirrel discover themselves racing to the rescue on this wryly humorous have a look at friendship dynamics and sharing.

Sticky McStickstick: The Friend Who Helped Me Walk Again by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Tony Ross (Walker, £12.99)
A robust picture ebook for five-plus chronicling the much-loved creator’s sluggish restoration from Covid, supported by the stick of the title. Balanced completely between the worry and ache of great sickness – introduced out in the blue-white tints Ross provides Rosen’s haggard face – and straight-talking pleasure and humour as the affected person’s (wobbly) mobility returns, it’s going to resonate with any reader who has struggled with sick well being, or seen a beloved one struggling.

Sunday Funday by Katherine Halligan and Jesús Verona (Nosy Crow, £16.99)
For seven and up, a gloriously vibrant compendium of 52 hands-on nature actions for each season, together with egg adorning, rising a secret backyard, making a nature reminiscence jar and making Splendid Soup and cinnamon french toast stars. Full of life textual content and inviting pictures are infused with contagious enthusiasm and pleasure.

Polly Pecorino: The Girl Who Rescues Animals by Emma Chichester Clark (Walker, £10.99)
Polly Pecorino can talk with wildlife – and she’ll want all her ability and kindness when unscrupulous zookeepers steal a cub from the ferocious close by bears. An lovable first foray into younger fiction from the beloved author-illustrator of Plumdog and Blue Kangaroo, with endearing black-and-white illustrations all through.

Sisters of the Lost Marsh by Lucy Strange

Sisters of the Lost Marsh by Lucy Unusual (Rooster Home, £7.99)
A gripping gothic novel for nine-plus, that includes six daughters and one curse. In a swampland settlement the place books are banned, Willa and her sisters have had their fates mapped out for them since start; every should play the half the curse allots her, or tragedy awaits. Then Grace vanishes simply earlier than her preordained marriage ceremony. Can Willa save her sister, and reshape her personal future alongside the method? Eerie and atmospheric, that is good wintry studying.

Ghostcloud by Michael Mann (Hodder, £12.99)
Pressured to shovel coal below Battersea Energy Station, 12-year-old Luke longs solely to win his ticket to freedom. Then he meets Alma, a ghost-girl with powers to form the clouds – powers Luke appears to share. When Luke discovers the horrible reality about the energy station’s output, he’s much more determined to flee – however can Alma assist him, and will his personal unusual, distinctive nature work in his favour? Fantasy followers will dive headlong into this imaginative, action-packed debut.

The Chime Seekers by Ross Montgomery (Walker, £7.99)
Yanni hates his bleak new residence, Fallow Corridor. He hates what’s occurred to his household, and he hates his screaming new sister. However when a charismatic faerie steals the child, Yanni embarks on a determined quest to seek out her, with the assist of his nerdy cousin Amy – and the reluctant changeling the faerie left in his sister’s place. Humorous, terrifying, filled with folkloric strangeness hiding in on a regular basis corners, this glowing homage to David Bowie’s Labyrinth is simply as satisfying as final yr’s The Midnight Guardians.

The Hideaway by Pam Smy (Pavilion, £14.99)
For readers of 11 or 12-plus, a deeply touching, extremely illustrated story from the acclaimed creator of Thornhill. Unable to bear his stepfather’s remedy of his mom, Billy runs away to cover in an overgrown cemetery – however when he meets an outdated man tending the headstones, he discovers there could also be hope for him in any case. Advised each from Billy’s perspective and his mom’s, Smy’s poignant ebook conveys the small cruelties of home abuse and the abiding, ineffable energy of affection through restrained textual content and expressive black-and-white pictures.

The Song That Sings Us by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Firefly, £14.99)

The Song that Sings Us by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Jackie Morris image

On her mom’s orders, Harlon has at all times protected her twin siblings, Xeno and Ash, who possess the forbidden energy of speaking with animals. When the ruthless Automators assault their residence, nonetheless, the siblings are cut up up, and every is drawn individually into an epic battle to avoid wasting the pure world. Who will sing the music to avoid wasting us all? That is storytelling on the most poetic scale – unusual, bloody, grand and unforgettable.

Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen (Penguin, £7.99)
Simidele is a Mami Wata, a mermaid who guides residence the souls of those that die in the sea – till she finds a fantastic boy not but useless, thrown overboard by slavers. Although it endangers herself and others to avoid wasting him, Simi can not let Kola die. Now she should make a harmful journey to ask forgiveness of the Supreme Creator – and to safeguard the complete steadiness of existence. However what occurs if a Mami Wata falls in love with a mortal boy? A compelling, transferring YA fairytale, richly woven with west African mythology and vividly evoked color and heat.

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