Mini Travellers Children’s Book Recommendations January 2021


A brand new year can mean only one thing, new children’s books! We have a brilliant selection this month for readers of all ages. Do keep an eye on twitter for a chance to win copies of some of the books featured.

Baby Books

Monster Clothes by Daisy Hirst (Walker Books)

These cheeky monsters all like wearing different things. With bright artwork and lots of humour, this book is perect for very young readers.

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Monster Food by Daisy Hirst (Walker Books)

Some monsters eat pears, other prefer chairs! A fun rhyming book about cheeky monsters and the things they like to eat.

Love Makes A Family by Sophie Beer (Little Tiger)

This is a lovely book celebrating different families and all the ways that they can show they love each other.

What Are Unicorns Made of? By Amelia Hepworth, illustrated by Louise Anglicas (Little Tiger)

This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered what unicorns are made of. With bright artwork and a fun pop-up on the final page, it’s ideal for unicorn fans.

Picture Books

Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Even through Arlo the lion is really tired, he just can’t get to sleep. Luckily his new friend Owl can help. With its stunning artwork and gentle text, this makes a lovely bedtime story.

The Couch Potato by Jory John and Pete Oswold (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Couch Potato’s favourite place in the whole wide world is on the sofa, in front of all his screens and devices. But when there’s a power cut, he has to venture outside. Couch Potato soon starts to learn that there’s more to life than sitting on the couch. My son loves the humour in this story.

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield (Walker Books)

With rhyming text, and beautiful artwork, this uplifting book reminds readers of all ages that after the darkness, there will always be light.

Thank You by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Sam Usher (Frances Lincoln)

Tatenda says thank you whenever he can, but lately all of the grown-ups around him seem too worried to notice. So, he says an extra big thank you that cheers up the whole community. Thank You has striking illustrations and an uplifting message that even someone small can make a big difference.

Young Fiction

Isadora Moon Goes to a Wedding by Harriet Muncaster (Oxford University Press)

Half fairy, half vampire Isadora is super excited to be a bridesmaid at her aunt’s wedding. But when her cousin causes magical mayhem, can Isadora make sure her aunt’s big day doesn’t get ruined? With black and pink artwork throughout, this is perfect for newly confident readers.

The Boy Who Sang With Dragons by Andy Shepherd, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie (Picadilly Press)

Dragon grower and protector Tomas, and his new friend Aura embark on an exciting adventure that will unlock the final secret of the dragonfruit tree. This is the final book in the bestselling The Boy Who Grew Dragons series.

The Princess Rules by Philippa Gregory, illustrated by Chris Chatterton (Harper Collins)

Princess Florizella isn’t like the other fairy-tale princesses, she doesn’t follow the Rules like they do. Instead she’s an independent free-spirited princess who thinks for herself and rides her horse Jellybean all over the kingdom to have adventures of her own. A brilliant read by a bestselling author.

The Broken Leg of Doom by Pamela Butchart (Nosy Crow)

When Maisie ends up in hospital with a broken leg after some extreme dancing, her friend Izzy is there to help her navigate disaster after hilarious disaster. This is the tenth book in this hilarious series.


The Boy Who Met A Whale by Nizrana Fook (Nosy Crow)

When Razi and his sister Shifa find Zheng all alone on a fishing boat, he tells them tales of missing treasure, sea monsters and evil villains. To find out if his stories are true, they must all run away to sea. This is a beautifully written, captivating story full of adventure.

Stick Boy by Paul Coomey (Little Tiger)

Stick Boy lives in a 3D world. When his family move to Little Town, starting at a new school is the least of his problems, there is also an evil plot to uncover. With illustrations throughout and plenty of humour, this is ideal for middle grade readers.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang (Knights Of)

Ten year old Mia and her parents arrived in America with only $200 in their pockets in search of a better life. When they end up running a motel, Mia has to juggle running the front desk, with the pressures of school and her dreams of being a writer. Inspired by the author’s childhood, this is a powerful story about community, hard work and following your dreams.

Uki and the Swamp Spirit by Kieran Larwood (Faber & Faber)

After defeating Valkus, Uki and his friends still have two more spirits to find and capture. This is the fifth fantasy book set in the world of Podkin One-Ear written by bestselling author and winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award.


The Touch Book by Nicola Edwards and Thomas Elliot (Little Tiger)

With ten different textures for tiny hands to touch and explore, this sensory book is perfect for very young readers.

Climate Emergency Atlas (DK)

With a mixture of illustrations and photographs throughout, this atlas is packed full of information about how climate change is affecting countries around the world and has suggestions for changes that can be made.

Black and British: A Short, Essential History by David Olusoga (Macmillan Children’s Books)

This book tells the untold history of Black British people from the Roman Africans who guarded Hadrian’s Wall right up to present day. This is an enlightening and fascinating book that every child should read.

Wild City by Ben Hoarde, illustrated by Lucy Rose (Macmillan Children’s Books)

This is a beautifully illustrated book full of facts and information about the wild animals who share our cities all over the world with us.

A mum of two, Naomi Jones spent eight years working for Children’s Publishers in London and is now a children’s author and freelance editor. Her debut picture book, The Perfect Fit, will publish in March 2021.

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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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