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Tamzin Merchant on the Magic of Clothes in Stories

As an actor who has appeared in numerous costume dramas, Tamzin Merchant, author of our January Children's Book of the Month The Hatmakers, knows a thing or two about the power of clothes to enhance story. In this exclusive piece, Tamzin reveals her favourite garments and accessories - both magical and otherwise - in children's literature. 

The Books You Need to Read in 2022

The Books You Need to Read in 2022

Posted on 23rd Dec, 2021 by Mark Skinner

2021 may have been an incredible year for publishing but the next twelve months look set to be even more spectacular. From the long-awaited new masterpiece from Hanya Yanagihara to eagerly anticipated crime follow-ups from Janice Hallett and Richard Osman, and from riveting non-fiction from Alice Roberts and the Secret Barrister to enthralling children's books by Marcus Rashford and Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Elle McNicoll, discover our top picks from the three major categories and then explore the individual blogs for even more must-read titles.     

The Children's Books You Need to Read in 2022

Bursting with adventure, romance, unforgettable characters and side-splitting silliness, discover the children's and young adult books to make your 2022 courtesy of our hand-picked list of magical mayhem, compelling real-world drama, picture book perfection and much, much more.

The Waterstones Round Up: January's Best Children's Books

Welcome a new year with a new set of fantastical adventures, gripping drama, heartwarming tales and laugh-out-loud silliness, as we highlight the best new children's and young adult books coming your way in January.  

Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston on Creating Julia and the Shark

A breathtaking union of timeless prose and immersive artwork, Julia and the Shark is the very worthy recipient of our Children's Gift of the Year 2021. In this exclusive piece, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston look back on the creation of this unique project and how they turned a devastating event into a storytelling masterpiece.   

Sarah Lean Recommends Her Top Five Wintry Children’s Books

In this exclusive piece Sarah Lean, the author of our mesmerising Children's Book of the Month for November, talks about the inspiration behind The Good Bear and recommends her five favourite children's books full of wintry magic.

The Best Books of 2021: Children's Books

Whether it's tracking the Greenland shark with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, battling an evil pet poisoner with Noel 'Supervet' Fitzpatrick or unlocking your potential with Marcus Rashford, the quality of children's publishing this year has been truly astonishing. Covering fiction and reference books for 5 to 12 year olds, pick the perfect present for all junior bookworms courtesy of our wide-ranging blog.    

The Best Books of 2021: Baby & Toddler

Whether it's spotting spooks with Oliver Jeffers, hunting for monsters with Malorie Blackman or receiving some dino-tastic hugs courtesy of Rachel Bright, there have been lots of big treats for little hands this year. Check out our selection of the very best picture books and board books of 2021 below.  

The Waterstones Round Up: November & December's Best Children's Books

The festive season is creeping ever closer and it's time to start thinking about what literary delights the kids are going to discover under the tree on Christmas morning. Whether it's a breathtaking gift book, wintry fiction or a picture book about an adventurous sausage roll, we've got you covered. So check out our guide to the very best children's books publishing in November and December.

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé's Favourite Reads of 2021

We are delighted to have Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, the author of the bestselling, unputdownable high school thriller Ace of Spades, sharing her favourite books from 2021 with our readers. In addition to her top five reads, she reveals which book she'd most like to receive this Christmas.

Laura Henry-Allain on Educating Children About Anti-Racism

An award-winning international writer, speaker and consultant - not to mention the creator of the hugely popular CBeebies show JoJo and Gran Gran - Laura Henry-Allain has teamed up with illustrator Onyinye Iwu to create My Skin, Your Skin. Accessibly presented and highly engaging, the book is the perfect way to open discussions with young children on the topic of racism and how to respond if they have either been a victim of a racist incident or witnessed racist abuse being directed at others. In this piece, Laura explains why educating children about these issues is so vital.     

Pádraig Kenny on His Favourite Monsters in Children's Fiction

As demonstrated by his previous Waterstones Children's Book of the Month Tin, Pádraig Kenny is highly proficient at combining enthralling adventure with multilayered characters and thoughtful subject matter. Fresh out in paperback and our Children's Book of the Month for October, The Monsters of Rookhaven, is a similarly nuanced tackling themes of prejudice and togetherness. In this exclusive piece, Kenny picks his top creepy creatures from children's literature over the decades.