There is a great crop of titles for new readers, starting with the lovely full-colour crossover book Little Rabbit’s Big Surprise by Swapna Haddow & Alison Friend (Little Tiger £7.99) to bridge the gap between picture and chapter book. This is an adorable story which newly independent readers will love.
Equally sweet from the Mummy Fairy & Me series by Sophie Kinsella (Penguin £5.99) is Unicorn Wishes continuing the magical adventures of Ella and her family from flying to school to the most unusual playdate ever.
More cats from Sue Mongredien and Kate Pankurst with first of the fab Captain Cat series, Captain Cat & the Treasure Map (Macmillan £5.99) brings us the swamp of doom, skull mountain and the jungle of terror to get to the Cursed Treasure.
You’ll all want to book a room at Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway (Piccadilly Press £6.99) the super-fun 4 book series featuring Anna and her array of animal friends. Super-readable heartwarming story complete with its very own recipe for lettuce soup incase you ever have tortoises to stay.
Crazy things are going on in Sam Copeland’sdebut novel Charlie Changes Into A Chicken (Penguin £6.99) introducing us to a brand new illustrated series for 7+ with huge amounts of humour and a powerful underlying message. A series that is here to stay.
Lastly, something rather special from Pushkin Children’s list is the Hungarian classic translated into English for the first time Arnica the Duck Princess by Ervin Lazar (Pushkin Children’s £10.99) we have our very own Hungarian in the office who remembers the book fondly growing up and the English translation tells the fairy tale of love and friendship beautifully. Perfect to read aloud or to share with new slightly more confident readers.