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November children's books: what to look out for

We highlight five books with strong female characters, and list every other children's book published this month

Check out the children's books released this month

We highlight five books with strong female characters, and list every other children's book published this month

In recent years, we have begun to see a real positive change in the way that women are represented in popular culture, with a slew of TV shows and movies providing new and relatable role models for young girls around the world.

This month, our five books to look out for all feature female leads, and actually, we didn't have to look far to find them. These books stand alone as brilliant stories but also provide opportunities to share a message of empowerment and equality with your students.

Tes' five to watch


She persisted around the world

By Chelsea Clinton

She Persisted Around the World shows the value of persistence in the face of adversity, courage in the face of challenge, and compassion in the face of indifference. Chelsea Clinton has collected 13 stories of incredible women from across the world that will reach both young girls and boys and show them both just how much women are able to achieve.

Only the Ocean

By Natasha Carthew

Only the Ocean is a story of survival and finding love in a post-apocalyptic world. The protagonist, 15-year-old Kel, is relentless and determined to make a life for herself and fix her heart defect. It’s a poignant story about searching for comfort wherever you can find it, all told through Carthew’s intense prose.

Endling: The Last

By Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate has had huge success in the past with her Animorphs series, so it is little surprise that the first book in her new series, Endling: The Last, is already a hit in the US. The war-torn kingdom of Nedarra is a well-crafted fantasy world that will draw young readers into its forests full of intelligent anthropomorphic animals under threat of extinction at the hands of humans.

Ronja the Robber’s Daughter (Illustrated Edition)

By Astrid Lindgren

Ronja the Robber’s Daughter is a story of defiance and independence in an enchanting fantasy forest.

Whether or not you have already read this classic tale of youth and adventure by Astrid Lindgren, you will find new life in its pages in the fantastic illustrations taken from the Studio Ghibli TV series adaptation.

Explorers on Witch Mountain

By Alex Bell 

This is one for girls who enjoy unicorns, fairies and fluffy animals, but also want to be able to do whatever the boys do, too. Stella has become an explorer, despite the Polar Bear Explorers' Club specifically banning girls from joining. This is the second book in the series by Alex Bell, and it is an easygoing read full of unique takes on classic tropes with some unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Every children's book released this month

A T-wit for a T-woo by Charlie Farley

Doctor Who: The Secret in Vault 13 by David Solomons

Dragons: Dangerous Songs by Dreamworks

Dragons: Thor Bonecrusher by Dreamworks

Endling: Book One: The Last by Katherine Applegate

Explorers on Witch Mountain by Alex Bell

Frockodile by Jeanne Willis

Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

Lots of Frogs by Howard Calvert

Midwinter Tales from Moominvalley by Tov Jansson

Once Upon a Snowstorm by Richard Johnson

Ospira the Savage Sorceress by Adam Blade

Ronja the Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lingren

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Enid Blyton

Twelve Nights by Andrew Zurcher

War is Over by David Almond

When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney by Nanette Regan

Doctor Who: Dr Thirteenth by Adam Hargreaves

A New Home in Space by Damian Harvey

Agent of P.A.W.S. by Tony Lee

Bitra and the Witch by Andy Elkerton

Dragon Dance by Sue Graves

Harry and the Dinosaurs Romp in the SwampIan by Ian Whybrow

Jack's Junk by Elizabeth Dale

My Little Brother's a Zombie by Tony Lee

Oolaf and the Golden Book by Andy Elkerton

The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson

Tom the Naughty Tooth Fairy by Elizabeth Dale

Cicada by Shaun Tan

Dog Diaries: happy howlidays! by James Patterson

The Ultimate Book Hugger's Guide by Chris Colfer

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