With the amount of amazing fiction for younger readers getting published, it can be overwhelming picking what to read! Luckily, we’ve picked out our favourite recently released books for readers aged 5-8 in the list below!
1 | A SHELTER FOR SADNESS BY ANNE BOOTH :
A boy resolves to make a shelter for his sadness, where he can visit it whenever he wants – even if that is many times a day – until the Sadness is ready to come out into the world. Anne Booth’s beautiful picture book, illustrated by David Litchfield, explores how we deal with negative emotions and why it is important to give them a space.
2 | POEMS ALOUD BY JOSEPH COELHO:
Joseph Coelho understands that poems are supposed to be spoken aloud – not just read – and this book serves as an introduction to doing so! These twenty poems cover a whole range of styles, requiring just as many ways to read them out loud, with illustrations from Daniel Gray-Barnett.
3 | OLLIE SPARK AND THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURE BY GILLIAN CROSS:
The first book in a brand-new series! Machinery enthusiast Ollie Spark gets the chance to fix his Aunt Caz’s van, only for it to send him on an adventure filled with spies, secret tunnels and strange plants. Ollie and his dog, Gasket, must race against time to save the city in this tale of mystery!
4 | KITTY AND THE WOODLAND WILDCAT BY PAULA HARRISON :
Kitty is back! When Kitty’s family take her on a camping trip to Whitefern Wood, she hopes to work on her superhero training. As she does, however, she and her friend Ozzy come across a wildcat, mistrustful of humans and separated from her kittens. As Kitty tries to befriend her and find the missing kittens, will this be her chance to prove herself a superhero like her mum?
5 | THE MARVELLOUS GRANNY JINKS AND ME BY SERENA HOLLY
The first in a series based on the true story of the magician Jenny Mayers! Granny Jinks has always dreamed of becoming a magician – a dream that is only realised when her granddaughter, Jada Jinks, discovers the box of magic tricks hidden away in the attic. Jada puts forward Granny for an audition at the Dalton Green Magic society, despite her dad, Jonny Jinks, hating magic…
5 | ELISABETH AND THE BOX OF COLOURS BY KATHERINE WOODFINE
Elisabeth is sent away to a school where everything feels grey, a harsh contrast from her colourful home, and above all missing her father. When things seem like they can’t get any worse, she receives devastating news that makes her world even greyer. Based on the childhood of famous French artist Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, this is a moving story of family, art, and dealing with tragedy and homesickness.
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