September children's books: what to look out for

Find out what's being published in the world of children's books, as well as our five to watch, which will be reviewed by classes through the month
7th September 2018, 5:02pm
Joshua Morris


September children's books: what to look out for
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This week will have been spent getting back into the routine. Hopefully, you've been met with fresh faces, back from their summer break, never more eager and ready to learn.

If you're looking to capitalise on that back-to-school feeling by bringing in some new reads this school year, our five new books to look out for this month is a great place to start. But those of you wanting to do a bit of extra legwork to find the perfect book for your class should look no further than our really big list of everything coming out this month.

Tes' five to watch

Here are some of our top picks this month for those of you who are no longer quite so curious about the incident of the dog in the night time and need something new to kick-start the school year.

The Boy At the Back of the Class

By Onjali Q. Rauf

Onjali Q. Rauf tackles the heavy issue of the refugee crisis with a delicate touch, making the content both relatable and engaging for children. She uses her experience working with refugee families in Calais and Dunkirk to inform the character of Ahmet, a nine-year-old refugee boy trying to find his place in an unfamiliar classroom. Told from the perspective of another child in his class, Rauf lets the reader imagine themselves in the shoes of a pupil learning about what it means to be a "refugee kid".

Our review:

"The refugee crisis is something that continues to make headlines and it is affecting families all over the globe, including many in the UK. This book's greatest strength is how it conveys the emotive nature of its main theme in a way that opens up conversations instead of shutting them down."

Samantha Soper, Year 3 class teacher at Wellsprings Primary School in Taunton 

"I like how the friends try to help Ahmet. He isn't the person they all think he is going to be. It teaches us a life lesson: that we don't have to make up what people are. It helps us to understand a refugee's experience."

Samantha and Summer, Year 5

The Restless Girls

By Jessie Burton

The Twelve Dancing Princesses isn't a Brothers Grimm's tale that all will be familiar with, but for some, it's a classic. As is often the case with old fairy tales, the ideas posed can feel a bit out of place in today's classroom. However, Jessie Burton's feminist revision of the story reanalyses the story under modern themes, bringing "sisterhood, survival and freedom" to the forefront, all while retaining that fairy-tale feeling.

From the publisher: "A dazzling, feminist reinterpretation of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, beautifully illustrated by Angela Barrett. The Restless Girls is the book that every little girl and boy needs to read, a fairy tale about family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery."

A Darkness of Dragons

By S A Patrick

A talking rat, a friendly dracogriff, and a young protagonist face increasingly difficult odds on an adventure across a magical world. A Darkness of Dragons has all of the key fantasy hooks to keep children and adults absorbed in the story. S A Patrick weaves together a story that, while fantastical, always has friendship at its heart. This is one that will be just as hard for you to put down as it will for your students.

Our review:

"If future books in the series are as compelling as the first, this could turn out to be a fantastically popular new series. This is a tale of three unlikely heroes, who take on the most infamous villain pipers have ever known - The Pied Piper of Hamelyn. SA Patrick has adapted the traditional fairy tale to create a fearsome character, and then filled the plot with action, suspense and magic from start to finish."

Angela Kent, librarian, Four Lanes Junior School, Basingstoke

"I enjoyed this story as it gave me, as the reader, many adventures to hold my interest. I liked how engaging the writer made the story by adding suspense and detail in their writing. The book made me feel a rollercoaster of emotions -sad, happy, scare and excited."

Lucy, aged 10

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers

By Anna James

A book for all those children who dream of getting lost in their favourite worlds. Tilly meets a whole host of some of everyone's favourite literary characters. The tale is driven by adventure, mystery and nostalgia with a real love of books shared with the reader. Tilly and the Bookwanderers is so full of references that some will go over the heads of younger readers, but it's a good opportunity to introduce other works of fiction to your students.

From the publisher: "Since her mother's disappearance, 11-year-old Tilly has found comfort in stories at Pages & Co., her grandparents' bookshop. But when her favourite characters, Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Wonderland, appear in the shop, Tilly's adventures become very real. Not only can she follow Anne and Alice into their thrilling worlds, she discovers she can bookwander into any story she chooses."

How to Make Friends with a Ghost

By Rebecca Green

One for the younger readers (and young at heart teachers). How to Make Friends With a Ghost is written as a guide with adorable illustrations and a charming sense of humour spread across the pages. It's just spooky enough going into the Halloween season, without being scary for the younger readers. Readers will love the fluffy marshmallow-like ghosts in this book, and by the end will be a master ghost whisperer.

From the publisher: "What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favourite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren't looking! If you follow these few simple steps and the rest of the essential tips in How to Make Friends with a Ghost, you'll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you."


Every children's book released this month

1-7 September

  • A Christmas Story by Brian Wildsmith
  • A Home on the River by Peter Bently
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Scwab
  • Corpse Talk: Queens and Kings and Other Royal Rotters by Adam & Lisa Murphy
  • Dinosaur Stomp! by Jenny Copper
  • Drone Racer by Andy Briggs
  • Explorer Academy by Trudi Trueit
  • Fire, Bed & Bone by Henrietta Brandford
  • Goodnight Bear by Zhanna Ovocheva
  • Goodnight Lion by Zhanna Ovocheva
  • Greatest Magical Stories by Michael Morpurgo
  • Halloween by Fiona Munro
  • Happy Birthday, Boris! by Sam Llyod
  • Head Kid by David Baddiel
  • Help! I'm trapped at Witch School! by Em Lynas
  • Hungry Babies by Fearne Cotton
  • I am the Seed That Grew the Tree by Fiona Waters
  • Iguana Boy vs. The 30 Second Thief by James Bishop
  • Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic by Harriet Muncaster
  • Lightning Girl Superhero Squad by Alesha Dixon, Katy Birchall
  • Max the Detective Cat: The Phantom Portait by Sarah Todd Taylor
  • Mermicorns by Pat-a-Cake
  • Mini Rabbit Not Lost by John Bond
  • Monster Match by Caroline Gray
  • Moomin and the Ice Fesitval by Tove Jansson
  • Mrs Pepperpor Strikes Again by Alf Proysen
  • Myth Atlas by Thiago de Moraes
  • Night Raiders by Ali Sparkes
  • Norbert by Joanna Boyle
  • Oi Duck-Billed Platypus by Kas Gray
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, Caryl Hart
  • Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker
  • Red and the City by Marie Voigt
  • Rememberance by Theresa Breslin
  • Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon
  • Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood
  • Star Stories by Anita Ganeri
  • Stardust by Jeanne Willis
  • Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne
  • Storm by Sam Usher
  • Super Frozen Magic Forest by Matty Long
  • Survivors by Erin Hunter
  • Ten Little Mermaids  by Susie Linn
  • The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams
  • The Big Cash Robbery by Andrw Clover, Ralph Lazar
  • The Big Dig by Sally Garland
  • The Boy and the Bear by Tracey Corderoy
  • The Boy Who Lived With Dragons by Andy Shepherd
  • The Case of the Red-Bottomed Robber by Richard Byrne
  • The Dinosaur that Pooped a Princess by Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter
  • The First King of England: The Story of Athelstan by Stuart Hill
  • The Five Realms: The Beasts of Grimheart by Kieran Larwood
  • The House With a Clock in it's Walls by John Bellairs
  • The Hurting by Lucy van Smit
  • The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure by Phillip Reeve
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • The Lost Magician by Piers Torday
  • The Puffin Book of Ghosts and Ghouls by Gene Kemp
  • The Queen's Lift-Off by Steve Antony
  • The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin by Nicola O'Byrne
  • The Raven's Children by Yulia Yakovleva
  • The Shadow Guests by Joan Aiken
  • The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
  • The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily by Cressida Cowell
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas by Brian Wildsmith
  • The Unicorn Prince by Savour Pirotta
  • The Wild Girl by Christopher Wormell
  • The Witch of the Ditch by Steven Butler
  • Uncle Oscar's Chairs by Magnus Englund, Daniel Frost
  • Unicorn Dance! by Jenny Copper
  • Winnie and Wilbur: The Monster Mystery by Valerie Thomas
  • Wish for a Witch by Kaye Umansky

8-14 September

  • Bullying by Louise Spilsbury
  • Double Dragons by Enid Richemonth
  • Dr Vlogger by Tony Bradman
  • Funny Footprints by Katie Dale
  • Heroes of Light and Sound by Joy Lin
  • I Want a Cat by Ben Hubbard
  • Magic Marcus by Elizabeth Dale
  • Magisterium: The Golden Tower by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
  • Robot Gets It Wrong by Elizabeth Dale
  • The Superhuman Body by Joy Lin
  • The Toxic Cookie Monster by Tony Bradman
  • Worries by Paul Christelis

15-21 September

  • Bella Donna 1-6 by Ruth Symes

  • Goodnight Sandman by Daniela Drescher
  • Horrid Henry Ghosts and Ghouls by Francessca Simon
  • How to Scare a Ghost by Jean Reagan
  • Magnus and the Night Lion by Sanne Dufft
  • Moon River by Tim Hopgood
  • Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets by Alex T. Smith
  • Mrs Blackhat by Mick Inkpen and Chloe Inkpen
  • Mummytime by Judith Kerr
  • My First Snow Children by Sibylle Von Olfers
  • Oscar the Hungry Unicorn by Lou Carter
  • Princess in Practice by Connie Glynn
  • Santa Claus and the Christmas Surprise by Dorothea Lachner
  • The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth
  • The Garden Adventures of Griswald the Gnome by Daniela Drescher
  • The House of Lost and Found by Martin Widmark
  • The Magical Wishing Fish by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  • The Tomten and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell
  • Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist by Dermot O'Leary
  • Unbelievably Boring Bart by James Patterson
  • Where's Mr Unicorn? by Ingela P Arrhenius
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu
  • Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick, Josh Greenhut

22-30 September

  • Dog at School by Katie Dale
  • Dramas of a Teenage Heiress  by Katy Birchall
  • Jane Dow and the Cradle of All Worlds by Jeremy Lachlan
  • Lifesize by Sophy Henn
  • Little Spook by Penny Dolan
  • So You Think You Know About... Dinosaurs by Dr Ben Garrod
  • Someday by David Levithan
  • Ten Nasty Little Toads by Steve Cole
  • The Magic Misfits 2 by Neil Patrick Harris
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  • The Monsters We Deserve by Marcus Sedgwick
  • The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  • This Drop of Water by Anna Claybourne

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