Mini Travellers Children’s Book Ideas for November 2018

Mini Travellers Children’s Book Ideas for November 2018 (1)

As the nights draw in we’ve got some children’s fantastic books for your kids to enjoy. Do keep an eye on twitter as we will be running competitions to win copies of some of these books over the next month.

Picture Books

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna (Flying Eye Books)

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This is a beautifully illustrated story about a little girl whose fear grows when she moves to a new country and can’t understand anyone. As the story unfolds the little girl realises everyone has a fear and slowly hers starts to get smaller. A powerful story about anxiety from the award-winning creator of The Journey.

The Lost Property Office by Emily Rand (Tate Publishing)

A little girl and her mummy travel by train to visit her grandpa when disaster strikes – at a very busy station she accidentally leaves Teddy on the carriage. The little girl is distraught until her grandpa suggests a trip to the lost property office. This book has quickly become a firm favourite in our house.

Find Me & Follow Me: Play for little hands by Lucie Sheridan (LOM Art)

With a lift-the-flap element in Find Me and textured pages for little fingers to follow in Follow Me, these two boards books are perfect for younger readers. My children love the bright interactive artwork by debut Lucie Sheridan.

5-8 years


Teacup House: The Twitches Meet a Puppy by Hayley Scott and Pippa Curnick (Usborne Publishing Ltd)

Full of adventure and colourful artwork, this is the latest title in this charming series about four toy rabbits who belong to a girl called Stevie. But what Stevie doesn’t know is that when she’s not looking, the rabbits come alive!

Maps of the United Kingdom by Rachel Dixon and Livi Gosling (Wide Eyed Editions)

Explore every part of the United Kingdom in this fully illustrated collection of maps. It’s a great way to learn about the incredible history of different counties, from the people born there to the ancient castles and modern feats of engineering.

Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett (Walker Books)

One day a little boy finds a dragon, unsure how best to look after it, he writes to different people for advice. With plenty of humour and vibrant artwork I loved that the reader is fully immersed in the story as they’re able to unfold and read the replies the boy receives.

8-12 years

 The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

When Fionn steps onto Arranmore, the island begins to stir. Once in a generation Arranmore chooses a new Storm Keeper to wield its power and protect it from the evil which is also starting to awaken. This is a fantastic adventure story about magic, courage and family.

The Wizards of Once 2: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell (Hodder Children’s Books)

Set in an ancient magical time, a young Wizard boy and Warrior girl who have been taught to hate each other since birth must cast aside their differences to work together once again. Packed full of Cressida Cowell’s trademark illustrations, this is the second title in this bestselling series by the author of How to Train Your Dragon.

The Train To Impossible Places by P.J. Bell and Flavia Sorrentino (Usborne Publishing Ltd)

Suzy is surprised to wake and find a grumpy troll building a railway track through her house in the middle of the night, and even more surprised when a steam train appears on it. But Suzy’s curiously gets the better of her and she jumps abroad the Impossible Postal Express and into an unexpected adventure. This is a highly enjoyable read with a smart, determined heroine.

Young Adult

Villain by Michael Grant (Electric Monkey)

The latest title in the bestselling Gone series, this is another thrilling story from Michael Grant. Dillon wanted to be a comedian once, but everyone used to laugh at him. They aren’t laughing now he’s able to control others with the power of his voice alone. The only people who can stop Dillon from sending thousands to their deaths are another group of super charged teenagers, but can they stop him in time?

Kerb-Stain Boys: The Crongton Broadway Robbery by Alex Wheatle (Barington Stoke)

Life isn’t easy for Briggy on the Crongton Estate. So when Briggy’s best mate comes up with a plan to impress the coolest chick in the year by making a quick buck, Briggy agrees. But the stakes are higher than he imagined. Written by award winning author Alex Wheatle, this urban story is published by Barington Stoke who specialise in creating books designed to help reluctant and dyslexic readers.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (Penguin)

When a local billionaire goes missing, Daisy recruits her best friend Aza to solve the mystery of what happened to him. But as Aza’s feelings for the billionaire’s son Davis grow, her anxiety and OCD begin to spiral. A compelling story about mental health, first love and friendship.

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A mum of two, Naomi Jones spent eight years working for Children’s Publishers in London and now works as a freelance writer, editor and children’s publishing professional.

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