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The Children's Books You Need to Read in 2024

Posted on 21st December 2023 by Mark Skinner

Think 2023 can't be beaten for unputdownable children's books? Think again, as this year sees the return of Skandar, Lottie Brooks, Supertato and Skulduggery Pleasant, as well as enthralling debuts from Jordan Lees, Jay McGuiness and CBeebies legend Andy Day. So what are you waiting for? Dive headlong into our definitive selection of 2024's most enticing treats.

 

 

Skandar Smith flies again in the exhilarating third chapter of A.F. Steadman's megaselling series, whilst Beth Lincoln spins more off-beat gothic mystery in the second Swifts book and Elle McNicoll returns readers to the world of Waterstones Children's Book Prize-winning A Kind of Spark. But there are plenty of new voices to be discovered as well, as Jordan Lees, Siobhan McDermott and Alexander 'Pointless' Armstrong all deliver spellbinding debuts.  

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More heart-pounding adventures lie in wait for Skandar Smith in the third instalment of Steadman's blockbuster children's fantasy saga, as the friends must take part in a series of dangerous challenges across the island.
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In this mischievous and mystery-filled sequel to The Swifts, a trail leads Shenanigan and her sisters to Paris where they are plunged into an adventure involving long lost relatives and highly artistic thieves.
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The former Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner and modern children's classic A Kind of Spark gets a magnificent prequel focusing on Addie's older sister Keedie, as she comes of age as an autistic teenager in the town of Juniper.
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The enthralling debut children's novel from the much-loved actor and presenter, The Golden Linnet follows thirteen-year-old Sam who discovers he belongs to an ancient secret society which holds the keys to the future of all humankind.
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Coming soon - 24/09/2024
Riordan's mega-selling children's fantasy series continues with another brilliantly realised tale of mythical mayhem, as Percy, Annabeth and Grover are forced to pet-sit Hecate's polecat and mastiff – whilst staying away from the goddess' potions.
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The co-writer of the Adventures on Trains series spins a thrilling, brilliantly clever mystery through the streets of London, as the Chief Horologist in charge of Big Ben disappears and his son must solve a multitude of clues and codes to find him.
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Coming soon - 28/03/2024
A joyous, gripping adventure perfect for fans of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, The Whisperwicks finds a very rational boy whisked away to the magical land of Wreathenwold to join the crafty Elizabella on a quest to find her missing brother.
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Greg Heffley returns in a side-splitting, summery Wimpy Kid story, as the two halves of his extended family come together with riotous consequences.
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Daisy and the Five O'Clock Club embark on a perilous quest to locate the legendary Iffenwild in the enthralling and wildly imaginative sequel to the bestselling Greenwild.
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The first instalment of an effervescent fantasy saga from the acclaimed author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency series, The Forgotten Magic focuses on an adopted boy from an enchanted Artezan family and the problems that stem from his unique ability.
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Plenty more chaotic capers and agonising embarrassments abound in the sixth side-splitting instalment of Kirby's hugely popular Lottie Brooks series.
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Inspired by Chinese culture and folklore, the first instalment of McDermott's breathtaking fantasy series finds orphan Zhi Ging apprenticed to the Immortals and about to begin her magical training in an underwater realm.
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In this glorious, thrilling tale from the much-loved Jacqueline Wilson, two sisters move to a tower with a forbidden room at the top and find their lives filled with curious, magical goings-on.
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Landy's iconic decomposing detective returns in a grisly and gothic mystery, as Skulduggery and Valkyrie are confronted with an ever-escalating body count.
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The author of the hugely popular The Storm Keeper's Island spins a magical and moving adventure of pirate kings, sea monsters and family crisis, as Max receives an unexpected invitation to join a very unusual crew.
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The author of Escape Room delivers a page-turning, truly cinematic rollercoaster ride, as four friends find themselves swept into big screen adventures at their local movie theatre.
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Teen and Young Adult publishing really does have something for everyone in 2024. For fans of twist-laden thrillers there's the latest novels by Holly Jackson and Jennifer Lynn Barnes, whilst whip-smart romance comes courtesy of Lex Croucher and Phil Earle and transformative fantasy has Holly Black, Hafsah Faizal and Kalynn Bayron written all over it.

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When Bel's missing mother shows up just as a true crime documentary about her starts filming, unanswered questions threaten to bring sinister answers in this unputdownable thriller from the author of A Good Girl's Guide to Murder.
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Coming soon - 01/08/2024
The second thrilling instalment in the next chapter of the Inheritance Games finds seven ruthless competitors determined to do whatever it takes to win a place at the Hawthornes' gilded table.
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The Stolen Heir duology concludes in captivating style as Elfhame risks ruin and Prince Oak must find a way out of his terrible predicament.
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The author of the bestselling Sands of Arawiya duology returns with a scintillating crime and dark fantasy mash-up, as a group of outcasts mounts a heist to save a tearoom which acts as a front for local vampires seeking fresh blood.
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The spirited sequel to Ross' much-loved romantic fantasy Divine Rivals pitches journalists Roman and Iris further into a magical war, as a mysterious new channel of correspondence opens up.
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Coming soon - 15/08/2024
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From the bestselling author of Gwen and Art are Not in Love comes a delightful queer romcom featuring Robin Hood's granddaughter and her annoyingly cheerful yet strangely alluring kidnapee.
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Coming soon - 20/08/2024
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In the tantalising finale to Adalyn Grace's deliciously dark Belladonna trilogy, Signa's headstrong cousin Blythe finds out an unexpected truth about a man to whom she's reluctantly bound herself that might just rewrite her entire destiny.
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Another rich and dark retelling of classic fairytales from the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead, this mesmeric counter-story to Snow White finds the clever and courageous heroine preparing to challenge the corrupt Knight terrorising her kingdom.
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Webber and Doyle's bestselling YA romantasy trilogy reaches its heart-pounding conclusion as Rose and Wren must reckon with evil undead ancestors, ruinous curses and affairs of the heart.
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The former member of boyband The Wanted spins a deliciously dark YA dystopia with a serious message about poverty and inequality, as Bear's formidable abilities rocket him into a spiteful world of privilege and entitlement.
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Richly atmospheric and darkly seductive, Greenlaw's heartstopping YA debut centres on an island 'wrecker' and the battle she must join both for her homeland and her heart when her father is spirited away.
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Striking straight into the thrill and turmoil of first love, the award-winning author of When the Sky Falls delivers a funny, sharp and brilliantly real story about teenager Marv who falls head-over-heels with the new girl at school.
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From the heartwarming and sublime work of Laura Dockrill, Lauren Child and Jarvis to the addictively funny tales of Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet and our reigning Waterstones Children's Book Prize Illustrated Books winner Kim Hillyard, explore the fantastically diverse picture books on offer in 2024.  

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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler return with another irresistible rhyming picture book all about the titular penguin who escapes from the zoo on an adventure-packed bid to reach the South Pole.
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A hugely endearing addition to Jeffers' classic Boy series of picture books, Where to Hide a Star finds our young hero journeying to the North Pole to find out what has happened to his cosmic friend.
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A beautiful, sensitively handled allegory of acceptance and understanding emotions from two picture book titans, Grey recounts the story of a child who feels like all their colours have disappeared.
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The Waterstones Illustrated Children's Book Prize-winning author of Gretel the Wonder Mammoth delivers a beautiful and empowering story about believing in yourself, starring unforgettable rock'n roll loving moth Frida.
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Another unbeatable instalment of the beloved picture book series that finds our super spud and his small, green nemesis swapping places.
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A wonderfully warm tale of an ambitious snail, this endearing picture book comes with a charming message of the importance of believing in your dreams.
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The Waterstones Children's Laureate weaves another peerless tale featuring the inquisitive and adorable Luna, as she discovers the manifold riches of her local community garden.
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A beguiling tale that encourages little ones to be grateful and express thanks for the wonders of the world, Thank You is adorned with a host of richly evocative images.
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Crazy comics once more rule the roost for readers aged 5 to 8, as 2024 sees fresh madness in the Bunny vs Monkey and Dog Man series, as well as madcap treats from Adam Stower and Dave Roman. Rounding things off are exciting first instalments of new series from CBeebies royalty Andy Day and the creator of Claude, Alex T. Smith.      

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It's a riot of rabbits in this zany addition to Jamie Smart's bestselling cartoon series, as Monkey and the gang are confronted with many imposters in their search for their faithful friend.
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Coming soon - 19/03/2024
Dyed red after being dunked in tomato juice, Dog Man faces both exile and an army of AI robots in the twelfth side-splitting comic adventure in Dav Pilkey's bestselling series.
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From the author of King Coo and illustrator of numerous David Walliams books comes a bright, wacky and completely adorable tale of unexpected adventure, as Murray the cat and his best friend Bun undertake a mission for some Vikings.
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Fans of Dog Man and Bunny vs Monkey will adore this heartwarming comic all about a boy who suddenly sprouts a unicorn horn and uses it as a force for doing good.
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Legendary CBeebies presenter Andy Day unleashes his debut children's novel with this rip-roaring adventure about a girl whose father can transform into a dinosaur.
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Opening a thrilling adventure series from the creator of the loveable cartoon dog Claude, Attack of the Snailiens! finds 6-year-old Astrid Atomic and her friends headed for a mission to clean up the Milky Way.
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And finally, get to grips with the natural world courtesy of Isabella Tree's gorgeous volume about the benefits of wilding, and make sure you're looking after your body with the latest invaluable guide from the nation's favourite P.E. teacher, Joe Wicks

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Adorned with exquisite lino-cut illustrations and watercolours from Angela Harding, this children's adaptation of Isabella Tree's modern classic presents the enthralling story of how nature was returned to the Knepp Estate in West Sussex.
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Continuing his bravura children's adaptation of the modern classic Sapiens, Harari reveals how monarchs and rulers came to the fore 10,000 years ago and changed humanity forever.
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Joe ‘The Body Coach’ Wicks returns with an inspiring, fact-filled and endlessly fun volume for kids that explores the secrets of a healthy, happy body.
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