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Guide to the Best New Children's Books 2018

Guide to the Best New Children's Books 2018

Pick up a copy of the guide to the Best New Children's Books in The Guardian this Saturday 16 June or call into your local bookshop or library to find it and the recommended titles.

The guide has 152 titles, submitted by 17 children's publishers and selected by children's booksellers around the country. The chosen books represent the best new children’s books available this summer from books for babies right up to teenagers, covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The guide also includes the winners of the IBW Award.

Parents, children, grandparents, teachers and gift-givers will recognise familiar brands, such as Elmer, Where's Wally? and Harry Potter, as well as popular middle grade series’ The Bolds (Andersen), Lyttle Lies (Simon & Schuster), The Rescue Princesses (Nosy Crow) and Hopeless Heroes (Sweet Cherry).

This year’s guide celebrates the centenary of women's suffrage with positive female role models featuring heavily, including Big Bones by Laura Dockrill (Hot Key), Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen), Suffragette by David Roberts (Two Hoots), and The Anthology of Amazing Women by Sandra Lawrence and Nathan Collins (20Watt).

The books selected tackle many issues facing young people today, from celebrating difference to living with anxiety (White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock, Walker), coping with the death of a loved one (Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda, Penguin) and gang violence (Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Chris Priestly, Faber).

Big-name authors and illustrators feature such as Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson with The Ugly Five (Scholastic), Patrick Ness with Release (Walker) and JK Rowling with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Bloomsbury), as well as debuts Eve Coy with Looking After William (Andersen), Andy Shepherd with The Boy Who Grew Dragons (Piccadilly) and Muhammad Khan with I am Thunder (Macmillan).


About the guide

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The guide to the Best New Children's Books is produced annually by the Publishers Association on behalf of the Children's Book Group in collaboration with the Booksellers Association. The guide will be released in The Guardian this Saturday 16 June, featuring 152 titles submitted by 17 children's publishers and selected by children's booksellers around the country. This year's guide celebrates the centenary of women's suffering, featuring books with positive female role models including Big Bones by Laura Dockriland Suffragette by David Robert. The guide will be available in local bookshops and libraries. #bestnewkidsbooks2018

Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) was launched in 2006 and is part of the Books Are My Bag campaign. It is a celebration of independent bookshops nationwide, and the important part that ‘indies’ play in their communities and the excellent, personal service they provide for customers. Hundreds of events and promotions will be taking place at independent bookshops around the country. #ibw2018

The Publishers Association (the PA) represents the interests of UK publishers across consumer, education and academic publishing. Our members publish academic journals, textbooks for higher, secondary and primary education, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and learning resources.

The Booksellers Association is a membership organization for all booksellers in the UK & Ireland, and we represent over 95% of specialist booksellers selling new books. The BA exists to support, advise and work with its members to create excellent products for booksellers.