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15 Brilliant Children's Books Coming this Spring

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Who is excited for reading in 2023? WE ARE! And because we are lucky enough to get our hands on so many of the books early (thank you publishers!) we have hand-picked our favourites to share with you! 

But before we get started, if you've not read about our top 100 books of 2022, you should definitely go read that first. 2022 saw some brilliant books that our community L-O-V-E-D! 

We hope you enjoy browsing our recommendations below. What are you looking forward to reading?

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A Tricky Kind of Magic

An exciting action-packed, black and white graphic novel, all about finding magic when you need it the very most. 

Cooper may be BRILLIANT at magic tricks, card tricks and illusions, but the one thing he can't do is use magic to see his dad again after he passes away. Or so he thinks...until a talking rabbit hops out of his dad's top hat! Cooper jumps at the chance to make the impossible happen, but the journey isn't simple and magic can go wrong along the way. This fun graphic novel isn't just action -- it's also filled with humour and emotion.

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The Last Hours: Chain of Thorns

The exciting and much-awaited conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Last Hours series, you will not want to miss this! 

Cordelia Carstairs is losing everything that matters to her: her father, her plans to become parabatai and possibly her marriage to James Herondale! Even worse, she is now bound to an ancient demon, Lilith, stripping her of her power as a Shadowhunter. But there is no time to lose: London is under new threat by the Prince of Hell, Belial and only Cordelia can save her friends, family and her city. An exciting, fast-paced Shadowhunter book with a love triangle, perfect for romance readers and action lovers!

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Blackbeard's Treasure

An adventurous Caribbean pirate tale, set in the 1700s, with a strong female main character, perfect for fans of Emma Carroll or Jacqueline Wilson! 

Eleven-year-old Abigail Buckler isn't allowed to do ANYTHING. She can't wear comfy clothes, she can't play, she can't even go out alone! She must always act like a proper lady. But when PIRATES attack, that changes and Abigail realises she doesn't have to be so ladylike after all... A page-turning, swashbuckling action-packed historical fiction middle-grade book which unravels who the REAL pirates of the Caribbean truly were!

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Albi the Glowing Cow Boy

A beautiful middle-grade story about a boy and a boy calf, and their journey to finding a forever family.  

On a quiet farm in a frosty England, under the glowing light of a magical milk moon, a boy calf is born. Several miles away lives a human boy called Rufus, who doesn't have friends or family but will do whatever it takes to find it. Together they embark on a journey and their life will be changed forever.  A heartwarming, epic, one-of-a-kind story to encourage empathy and open questioning minds.

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That's Not My T. Rex...

A ROARING new title in the much-loved That's not my... series, UK's favourite touch-and-feel baby books. 

Meet five friendly T. rex as they CHOMP and STOMP through the fuzzy, furry, smooth and soft pages of this sturdy board book, perfect for small hands. Which one will be YOURS? One has a squashy tummy, another's tail is too fuzzy. The next T.rex's tongue is too SOFT! And what about the one with super SHINY teeth? Enjoy feeling and giggling at each page, as children develop their sensory and language skills.

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Be Confident Be You: The Teenage Guide to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

This positive and insightful guide gives you the tools to build your confidence, overcome low self-esteem, and embrace opportunities in all areas of your life. The two things you have the power to control in life are your thoughts and your actions. This is great news because these both have a huge impact on how your life turns out. Change your thoughts and you change your world. There are tons of ideas to try from practising positive self-talk, to making a coping kit and tackling fears, plus you'll learn the science behind why they work. Carry out the activities by yourself or with family and friends and take your confidence into your own hands!

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Montgomery Bonbon: Murder at the Museum

A brilliantly funny young murder mystery from a rising stand-up comedian, podcaster and filmmaker - and exciting new talent in children's fiction.

Many people go their whole lives without noticing anything that is afoot, amiss, or even untoward; without ever experiencing that toe-tingling, stomach-twisting sensation that a mystery is about to unfold.

Not Bonnie Montgomery - the world's best detective. Not that anyone (other than Grampa Banks) has heard of her... But they might have heard of the great Montgomery Bonbon, the well-dressed gentleman detective who (apart from the hat and moustache) looks suspiciously like a 10-year-old girl.

Their newest case: solving the mystery surrounding a highly suspicious death at the Hornville Museum. Together they'll interview some dodgy witnesses, scour the scene for clues and - above all - hope no one notices that Bonnie and Montgomery are never in the same room at the same time...

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Villains Academy

Being BAD has never felt so GOOD! The first in a villainously funny, highly illustrated young middle-grade series from author-illustrator Ryan Hammond. For fans of Amelia Fang , Dog Man and Grimwood .

Welcome to Villains Academy - t he most prestigious villain school in the ENTIRE land. You will either leave here as a fully-formed villain . . . or in tatters.

It's werewolf Bram's first day at Villains Academy. He really doesn't feel like a villain at all, but the coveted Villain of the Week trophy is up for grabs, and Bram knows he'll have to dig deep. With the help of new friends Mona the elf-witch, Bryan the lion, Shelia the ghost and Tony the skeleton, can Bram find his inner badness and become the villain he's always dreamed of being?

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Jayben and the Golden Torch: Book 1

Can one boy with no memories save the world?

In the Earth world, a boy dreams of faraway lands to escape life with his horrible aunt.
In the Elf world, he wakes up with a mysterious golden torch but without any clue who he is ...
except for the compass he pulls from his pocket, engraved with one name: JAYBEN

Jayben discovers that many moons ago, a giant put a dark spell on the golden torch, and the elves forgot everything that had come before. Now they hang precious memories in jars on trees, just to try to remember.
But a new darkness grows among them. An evil villain called Null is burning down the forests, hellbent on finding the torch and becoming the most powerful being ever to live. If Jayben can find his own magic and ignite the torch with its fierce violet flame, his power will be unstoppable ... Can Jayben save the world before the lights go out forever?

A story of courage, hope and friendship. Whatever pages are missing in your story, you can be the hero on the next page.

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Out of the Blue: A heartwarming picture book about celebrating difference

ONLY BLUE ALLOWED, by Blue government demand. Anything that isn't blue, by colour law, is banned . In a very blue house on a very blue street, sits a little boy who feels as blue as the world around him. For this little boy has a BIG secret: he loves the colour yellow. In a world where only one colour is allowed, will he be brave enough to tell his dad? And will they be able to defy the rules and create a world where EVERY colour is welcome? One boy and his dad are about to come OUT OF THE BLUE and into life in technicolour! A stunning celebration of being yourself and living in ALL the colours of the rainbow, from debut author Robert Tregoning and rising star illustrator Stef Murphy. Championing difference, diversity and pride, this gloriously illustrated picture book is perfect for fans of Perfectly Norman , Grandad's Camper and Julian Is a Mermaid .

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Catfish Rolling

A dazzling debut. Magic-realism blends with Japanese myth and legend in an original story about grief, memory, time and an earthquake that shook a nation. There's a catfish under the islands of Japan and when it rolls the land rises and falls. Sora hates the catfish whose rolling caused an earthquake so powerful it cracked time itself. It destroyed her home and took her mother. Now Sora and her scientist father live close to the zones - the wild and abandoned places where time runs faster or slower than normal. Sora is sensitive to the shifts, and her father recruits her help in exploring these liminal spaces. But it's dangerous there - and as she strays further inside in search of her mother, she finds that time distorts, memories fracture and shadows, a glimmer of things not entirely human, linger. After Sora's father goes missing, she has no choice but to venture into uncharted spaces within the time zones to find him, her mother and perhaps even the catfish itself... Stylish, accomplished and thought-provoking story-telling explores themes of identity, philosophy, science, ecology, life, loss and love. For 14+

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Being you: Poems of Positivity

Powerful poems for positive thinking!

This collection of 50 poems will inspire confidence and courage, help children to overcome worries and spread kindness. Beautifully illustrated, it is filled with poems for children to read alone or enjoy with the whole family. With themes of friendship, self-belief, embracing change and celebrating people's differences, it's the perfect gift book for children to treasure. From poet, Daniel Thompson, author of Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers.

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Tourmaline and the Island of Elsewhere

When Tourmaline's mother goes missing on a search for precious artefacts, Tourmaline sets off to find her with her best friend George, her new friend (former foe) Mai and her limitless determination. On their adventure, they encounter a band of female pirates, a maze of talking trees and a series of challenges that test the children and their friendship. But will it be enough to reunite Tourmaline with her mother?

The first book in a fun, feminist fantasy adventure series, with a protagonist that flies off the page and into readers' imaginations. Perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell, Vashti Hardy and Abi Elphinstone.

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The Boss of Everyone: The brand-new comedy adventure from the author of The Day the Screens Went Blank

Imagine if you got to be the boss of EVERYONE-even your dad! That's just what happens to 10-year-old Joss in this hilarious, brand-new comedy from bestselling author, comedian and presenter Danny Wallace, with illustrations throughout from Gemma Correll.
Perfect for children aged 8+ and fans of David Baddiel, Stephen Mangan, David Walliams, Andy Griffiths, Jenny Pearson and Helen Rutter.


Ten-year-old Joss's greatest ambition is to be Class Monitor at school. But she's about to go one step further. It's Take Your Kid to Work Day, and Joss's dad takes her to the games company he works for. When the boss calls a meeting and tells them he's giving his job away to the person with the best idea for a company game-changer . . . Joss sticks her hand up. And the next thing she knows, Joss is the boss. Joss is thrilled. Dad is horrified: he's going to have to be on his best behaviour all the time! As Joss whips everyone into shape, maybe they can all learn a lesson or two . . . even Joss herself.

Warm-hearted and beautifully observed, with hilarious artwork from Gemma Correll, this family-centric comedy has massive wish-fulfilment appeal for kids and adults alike.

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Crookhaven: The School for Thieves

"So this is really a school for criminals." It was meant as a question, though it came out more as an accusation.

"We are so much more than that," Caspian said, sitting in a plush leather chair and gesturing for Gabriel to sit in a similar one across the table. "We are a home for the forgotten, a sanctuary for the lost and ... yes, a training ground for the greatest crooks of the future."

13-year-old Gabriel is a brilliant pickpocket, a skill which he uses to keep his often empty belly not quite so empty. And then one day, he's caught.

But instead of being arrested, he is invited by the mysterious Caspian Crook to attend Crookhaven - a school for thieves. At Crookhaven, students are trained in lock-picking, forgery and 'crim-nastics', all with the intention of doing good out in the world, by conning the bad and giving back to the innocent.

But ... can you ever really trust a thief?

With a school wide competition to be crowned Top Crook and many mysteries to uncover, Gabriel's first year at Crookhaven will be one to remember...

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BABY BOOKS

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YOUNGER FICTION

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Graphic Novels

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MIDDLE GRADE

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YOUNG ADULT

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The Last Hours: Chain of Thorns
The Last Hours: Chain of Thorns

BOOK OF THE MONTH - The exciting and much-awaited conclusion to Cassandra Clare's Last Hours series, you will not want to miss this!

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