Amy's Book Blog

Amy, our Children's Book Buyer, recommends her favourite new books for Kids & Young Adults, reads one of her favourite books 'The Girl and the Dinosaur' to celebrate World Book Day, and presents all the World Book Day books!


Amy's Book Blog - My Favourite New Books in 2021

There have been some fantastic new children’s books released in the last month, and it is such a shame they are not getting their time to shine with our bookshops closed to the public. Here are just a few of our favourites, and all are available to buy now through our website. The first is a picture book written by Irish author Patricia Forde and illustrated by Rachael Saunders. Fidget The Wonder Dog is a celebration of pets. Fidget accidentally loses his way but is brought back to his worried owner in the end by a kind stranger. Perfect for reading aloud to little ones.

Fidget The Wonder Dog

A very timely publication given the current situation is The Worries’ by Jion Sheibani. Sohal draws his worries one night to make them less scary but wakes up the next day to find they have come alive! A story that is full of fun and laughter for 6-8 year olds but also has important messages about worrying. 

The Worries

One book that stands out as a sure favourite in the making is Stick Boy by Paul Coomey. Stick Boy is the only stick person in his whole town and it is not easy. Can he avoid bully Sam for much longer? A funny, adventurous book that has a nice mix of text and comic strip. Perfect for fans of Dogman that may need a little extra to stop them gobbling up the Dogman books in half an hour!

Stick Boy

For teenagers the standout novel this month has to be The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar. A touching novel about a teenager trying to figure out if she can truly be herself without losing her family, something that only becomes harder when Nishat meets Flavia. An amazing book about first love and we are so happy we picked it as our January book of the month. Don’t forget that all of these books and more are available on our website. Books are the perfect escapism for the young (and old!). . 

Henna Wars


Children's Story Time With Amy

Amy reads 'The Girl and the Dinosaur' - A masterpiece of storytelling with evocative and stunning illustrations, destined to be read for years to come. The wishing stars burn bright tonight, the air is thick with dreams, And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up, it seems . . . . Click here to watch the latest episode of Story Time With Amy.

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Amy Reads Girl And The Dinosaur

Amy reads 'Dream Big Little Mole' - A powerful celebration of embracing who you are and finding your own unique talent from Tom Percival, the creator of Ruby's Worry. With charming illustrations by Christine Pym. Click on the image below or click here to watch the latest episode of Story Time With Amy. 

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Amy reads 'Spaghetti Hunters' - Spaghetti Hunters is a brilliantly funny and wonderfully silly picture book, featuring a duck, a tiny horse and quest for spaghetti, from the award-winning Morag Hood – creator of The Steves, I Am Bat.. Click on the image below or click here to watch the latest episode of Story Time With Amy.

Amy Read Spaghetti Hunters


World Book Day 2021 

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