Posted on 9th Jan, 2023 by Mark Skinner
Some of the finest children's authors currently writing have books publishing this month, from Natasha Farrant to Elle McNicoll and from Tahereh Mafi to Harriet Muncaster. Across all areas and age ranges there are plenty of fantastic titles to keep junior bookworms occupied this February.
Posted on 20th Dec, 2022 by Mark Skinner
Confirming her as one of the most accomplished proponents of middle grade children's fiction, Sarah Ann Juckes' The Hunt for the Nightingale dealt sensitively and compellingly with issues of anxiety and loss through the emotional journey of ten-year-old Jasper. Her latest novel, The Night Animals, tackles themes of mental health and their impact on children and the family unit in a mesmerising and magical way. In this exclusive piece, Sarah Anne elucidates upon her favourite children's fiction that highlights issues of mental health.
Much like everybody's favourite child hero Skandar Smith, we are ready to soar into a thrilling new year of children's publishing - even if we're still working on getting our own warrior unicorns. From much-anticipated continuations of beloved series to exhilarating new voices, this is where your exciting journey of discovery begins. Roll on 2023!
Posted on 7th Dec, 2022 by Mark Skinner
Now that Christmas is over for another year there may well be a lot of young bookworms out there who have racked up a fair number of gift cards and book tokens. Fear not, the Waterstones Blog is here to help you find the very best children's and young adult books released this January. From Cassandra Clare to Jamie Smart, it's time to create a whole new to-be-read pile.
This is the blog we know you've all been waiting for. We present the top 10 titles for 2023 in fiction, non-fiction and children's books; a glorious mix of masterful storytelling, compelling subject matter and page-turning thrills. And if you are hungry for more, don't miss our three category blogs for an even deeper dive into next year's literary riches.
As the author of the phenomenally successful A Good Girl's Guide to Murder series, Holly Jackson knows a thing or two about what makes a page-turning young adult thriller. To celebrate the publication of her latest nail-biting novel Five Survive - which sees a group of teens on a road trip caught in the crosshairs of a sniper - Holly picks her favourite examples of the much-loved genre.
Posted on 25th Oct, 2022 by Anna Orhanen
Brimming with tales of festive skulduggery and yuletide mystery, The Very Merry Murder Club boasts an incredible array of bestselling children's authors all contributing fiendish short stories with a Christmassy spin. In this exclusive blog, co-editors Serena Patel and Robin Stevens reveal their top picks for all junior detectives.
Whether it's travelling the world with Dean Nicholson, finding the magic in everyday life with Joseph Coelho or being thoroughly villainous with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, 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 2022 below.
Whether it's riding warrior unicorns with A.F. Steadman, starting a scout troup with Sharna Jackson or rocking out with Jeff Kinney, the quality of children's publishing this year has been truly astonishing. Covering fiction for 5 to 12 year olds, pick the perfect present for all junior bookworms courtesy of our wide-ranging blog.
Posted on 27th Sep, 2022 by Anna Orhanen
Set in a richly imagined prehistoric northern forest, Aisling Fowler's Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest - our Children's Book of the Month for October and the first part of a magnificent new fantasy trilogy - follows a young girl called Twelve who sets out to look for a lost child no one else seems to be bothered about finding. In this exclusive piece the author shares her five favourite heroines from children's literature.
Whether it's kissing the prom queen with Casey McQuiston, eliminating curses with Frances Hardinge or confronting gang violence with Danielle Jawando, this year's young adult literature has revelled in thrilling adventure and tackling timely and challenging themes. Discover the best of the best with our invaluable guide to the class of 2022.
Posted on 8th Sep, 2022 by Mark Skinner
October sees the return of some beloved children's characters reliably getting into all sorts of side-splitting scrapes; Greg Heffley (a.k.a. Wimpy Kid) embarks on a disastrous rock tour, Tom Gates won't let common sense deter him from earning pocket money and Andy and Terry are preparing for a crazy, catastrophic Christmas in their treehouse. Elsewhere, there are hotly anticipated releases from Adam Silvera and Alice Oseman, a stunning picture book guide to the universe from Oliver Jeffers and not one but two interactive treats from the Story Orchestra - amongst much, much more.
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