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Mini Travellers Children’s Books Recommendations for March 2019

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With the sun shining, it finally feels like Spring is almost here. With Pancake day, World Book Day, International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day all happening in March, it promises to be a busy month, but no matter how busy, there’s always time for a good book.

Picture Books

Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love (Walker Books)

When Julian sees some beautiful women dressed up on the subway, he starts to daydream. Julian Is A Mermaid has a powerful message, beautiful illustrations full of sass and energy and a sparse text that brilliantly conveys all the character’s emotions with subtly and humour. Both my four year old son and I are huge fans of this book. Now in paperback, Julian Is A Mermaid has also been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Julian is a mermaid

This Book Just Stole My Cat by Richard Byrne (OUP)

Ben is playing with his cat when suddenly – she disappears. Bella offers to help, but it’s not long before Ben, Bella and the cat have all vanished into the book and it’s up to the reader to save the day! My son loved the idea that a book had stolen some of the characters and it was up to him to rescue them.

This Book Just Stole My Cat

You’re Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! by Ruth Quayle and Deborah Allwright (Nosy Crow)

Captain Shipshape thinks it’s time for Sidney Green to stop playing and become a proper pirate, but there are just too many other things for Sidney to do. You’re Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! is a fun book all about the power of imaginative play.

You’re Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green!

5-8 years

Unicorn Academy: Rosa and Crystal by Julie Sykes and Lucy Truman (Nosy Crow)

Rosa can’t wait to start at Unicorn Academy and go on her first adventure with her unicorn Crystal. But when a magical map stops working, they find themselves in trouble and have to quickly learn how to work together as a team.  

Unicorn Academy: Rosa and Crystal by Julie Sykes and Lucy Truman

Scratch and Learn: Human Body by Ana Seixas (Wide Eyed Editions)

This is a great introduction to the human body for young readers. Each double page spread focuses on a new part of the body from the brain to the skeleton. The book also comes with a wooden stick that is used to scratch off parts of the body on every page so the reader can literally discover the human body for themselves.

Scratch and Learn: Human Body

Where’s The Sloth? By Andy Rowland (Buster Books)

Suzi the sloth decides to go on a round the world adventure with nine sloth friends – they visit Cairo, New York and Barcelona to name a few. But can the reader spot all ten sloths on every page? Packed full of detailed illustrations, this search and find book is sure to keep readers busy as they search for all the sloths.

Where’s The Sloth?

8-12 years

The Whispers by Greg Howards (Puffin Books)

Before she disappeared, Riley’s mama would tell him stories about the Whispers, magical creatures that have the power to grant wishes. When the police can’t work out what happened to her, Riley decides to take matters into his own hands. If the Whispers do exist, perhaps they can help him find out the truth about his mama? The Whispers is a heartfelt coming of age story.

The Whispers by Greg Howards

A Pinch Of Magic by Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster)

Betty and her sisters live on the isle of Crowstone, surrounded by eerie marshes and a prison. Betty dreams of adventure and is determined to overcome the family curse trapping her to the island. But trying to change their fate could risk all of their lives. With three feisty and determined heroines, a touch of magic and a gripping storyline, this is a really enjoyable read.

A Pinch Of Magic by Michelle Harrison

Step Into Your Power by Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins (Wide Eyed Editions)

Step Into Your Power is an inspirational guide to finding your strengths, achieving your dreams and claiming your power. With practical suggestions, examples, advice, and plenty of positivity, it is perfect for young feminists. I also loved the bright, bold artwork throughout.

Step Into Your Power

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Young Adult Fiction

 Special Forces Cadet: Siege by Chris Ryan (Hot Key Books)

Max will have to use every ounce of endurance, fitness and character he possesses to try and become a Special Forces Cadet. But Max’s skills get tested to the limit when he’s sent undercover to an armed siege in an inner city school during the selection process. By a bestselling author and ex- SAS member, this is a really gripping page-turner.

 Special Forces Cadet: Siege

The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown (Penguin Books)

When Sydney’s dad crashes his car and dies, she can’t help but wonder if it was really an accident. As the town’s only psychiatrist is it possible he knew a secret he wasn’t supposed too? The Truth About Keeping Secrets is a thriller that explores friendship, first love, secrets and lies.

The Truth About Keeping Secrets 

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)

Sixteen-year-old Bri is an aspiring rapper from a tough neighbourhood. The odds are stacked against her but she’s determined to be a success, for her and her family. But when her song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, it doesn’t take long for everyone to make their own assumptions about her. By the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, this is a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech and fighting for your dreams.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

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