Top new kids books 2012
We know books are important for your child’s development and are great fun to enjoy with your little ones. Choosing the perfect book can be difficult when you’re faced with thousands of new books every year! Here we’ve found our favourite new releases of 2012.
Our list of the best new children’s books published in 2012. We are also running a competition to run all nine books, so scroll down and start reading!
- Jack and the Flum Flum Tree
- My Granny is a Pirate
- Dear Fairy Godmother
- Grandpa Green
- Lollipop and Grandpa’s Back Garden Safari
- Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters
- Wow! Said The Owl!
- Chloe, Instead
- Matilida’s Cat
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Julia Donaldson (Children’s Laureate) and David Roberts
Jack’s Granny is sick with a bad case of the moozles! And the only cure is the fruit of the fantastic flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose. It’s a perilous journey, but Jack bravely sets sail, with a motley crew of only three — and a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing-gum to tent pegs. But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey?
My granny is a pirate! She’s sailed the seven seas. She captured many pirate ships But was always home for tea. When a family secret about Granny is revealed, we discover all about her fearsome pirate reputation and her swashbuckling ways – from making other rogueish pirates walk the plank to singing sea shanties to her dog, Jolly Roger. Look again at your granny…could she be a pirate too? This is Val McDermid’s first picture book for children!
Michael Rosen and Nick Sharrat
Deep in the enchanted forest, the fairy tale creatures all have problems. Luckily they can call on the ultimate agony aunt – Dear Fairy Godmother! A sequel to “Dear Mother Goose”, this is a hilarious collection of fairy stories with a difference. All the best-loved fairy-tale characters are here and they all have a different problem, from the pesky girl who keeps eating little bear’s porridge, to Pinocchio’s mendacious habits, to the wolf who just won’t leave Little Red Riding Hood alone. Along with their letters asking for advice comes the scene with the problem – then lift the flap and see Fairy Godmother’s ingenious solutions to their predicaments!
Grandpa Green wasn’t always a gardener. He was a boy who lived on a farm and a child who had chickenpox. He was a soldier, a husband and, most of all, an artist. Follow his grandson through a garden where memories are handed down through the shapes of topiary trees and imagination recreates things forgotten. Grandpa green opens the door to a garden of wonder which parents and grandparents will be able to share with children for generations to come.
Penelope Harper and Cate James
Lollipop and Grandpa are intrepid explorers, always on the lookout for the next adventure! It’s often just the two of them against the world in their expeditions, armed only with ham sandwiches and imagination. In this book they set out on an exciting expedition in the back garden where they encounter Chimpan-trees, a Hippo-potta-compost and even a Croco-logus. They’re prepared for action, but will Lollipop and Grandpa make it back home safely?
Jane Yolen and Kelly Murphy
This is a new rhyming read-aloud from the beloved Jane Yolen about the snarfing, growling, hip-hopping way that monsters go to bed. Creep, gurgle, crawl, tumble! Meet two young monsters who are far from scary – they’re too busy having fun! They go to school, play outside with their friends and eat after-school snacks. But like human children they also have a bedtime, whether they’re ready for it or not! Young children and parents alike will find much to identify with as they follow these lovable little monsters getting ready for bed.
Here’s the story of a curious little owl determined to see what the world looks like during the day. And what does she discover? A wow-worthy symphony of colors—from red butterflies to orange flowers, from white clouds to green leaves. A bright and fun book to introduce colours to your pre-school child.
Molly wants a sister who is just like her. But she got Chloe, instead. The two sisters are nothing alike: Molly loves to colour with crayons. Chloe likes to eat them. Molly loves books. So does Chloe. But she likes to eat them, not read them. And yet, when playing the piano one day, Molly realizes just how much fun Chloe can be. She decides that even though Chloe is not what she expected, she’ll take Chloe, instead.
Matilda is a determined girl, determined that she can find the perfect thing that her cat likes doing, and undaunted she comes up with more and more ideas for her initially reluctant to eventually terrified playmate to join in with. As ever with Emily Gravett, the simple text and funny, inventive illustrations will make this picture book a joy to share and will strike a chord with many a devoted pet owner.
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Images: Graeme Maclean @Flickr, Book covers from MacMillan, Orchard Books, Walker, Pheonix Yard Books and Chronicle Kids