The best children’s books reviewed by our expert panel
If you are left wondering which books to select for your school or classroom, our trusted children’s books reviews will help. Our recommended books are carefully curated by Just Imagine Reviews Editor Jo Bowers, who convenes the review panel. Our panel of teachers, librarians, education consultants and teacher educators read our selections of children’s picture books, fiction, nonfiction and poetry
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The Piano at the Station
Will Lucy return to her self-destructive ways, or will music offer her a way to save her from herself?
Seven Million Sunflowers
Malcolm Duffy's poignant and sensitively written novel follows a year in Kat's life and the various challenges she and her family face after arriving from Ukriane in the UK.
A beautifully illustrated rhyming story about Bert, the bowerbird, who making a home and waiting for a bird to love and share it with.
Can you see the stars tonight?
This book deals with the real issue of light pollution in a delightful way, telling us the story of a young puffin who is drawn to the lights of a nearby town.
Four friends channel the magical abilities of their ancestors to protect their community in this empowering, action-packed story.
My Life on Fire
My Life on Fire deals with universal themes: loss, friendship, kindness. It is a well-paced and highly enjoyable read.
The Witchstone Ghosts
This story has all the elements for a good adventure and the atmosphere will definitely appeal to anyone who knows Cornwall.
How Does a Lighthouse Work?
A beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book, taking us into the world of the lighthouse, exploring their history, geography, science and celebrating their varied architecture and design.
Rani Reports on the Missing Millions
Rani and her Nani pit their wits against unscrupulous treasure hunters in this funny, fast paced, thrilling adventure.
Time Travelling with a Tortoise
The plot is ingenious, intriguing, and thought-provoking, including time travel through multi-universes, a dinosaur chase, and life and death.
A moving and hopeful novella set on Lindisfarne, with loss at the heart of this strange, fable-like story.
How Far We’ve Come
A complex narrative that deals with a difficult subject in an engaging and challenging way.
Puppy Problems: A Peanut, Butter & Crackers Story
Crackers (dog) and Butter (cat) live a very nice life with their human owners, Until their life is totally disrupted by the arrival of Crackers, the puppy.
Visual Timelines: World History
A beautifully illustrated, non-fiction book covering the world's history in a mere six chapters from our earliest ancestors to Covid-19 and beyond.
With a twist at the end that will leave readers excited for more, this laugh-out-loud adventure makes for a brilliant read for young readers who love construction machines and outdoor adventures.
A collection of 11 Welsh tales, newly told versions of the very old stories from the Mabinogi.
Groosham Grange Graphic Novel
Anthony Horowitz's classic gothic page-turner is brought to life in full colour in this hilarious graphic novel adaptation.
Out of the Blue
A delightful picture book that demonstrates the importance of embracing differences and how love and support can lead to changes.
Black Bird, Blue Road
Moving historical fantasy about a Jewish girl trying to save her twin brother.
The Extraordinary Book that Invents Itself
A one-of-a-kind project book that turns into 30 incredible inventions.
Bunny vs Monkey: Rise of the Maniacal Badger
Attempting to defeat the new evil genius of the maniacal badger is the theme that links the 46 short comic sketches in this latest book on the series.
The Worst Class in the World Animal Uproar
The Worst Class in the World series of books has animal uproar as its focus for the unruly and unpredictable members of Class 4B.
Last Girl In
A time-travelling story with a young, cricket-playing hero at its heart.
A heartwarming story about learning to ride a bike and also fatherhood.
Pablo and Splash
A brand new graphic novel series about two time-travelling penguins guaranteed to make readers laugh.
Mouse and Mole – Boo to the Who
Boo to the Who is the latest in a series of witty and humorous books about good friends Mole and Mouse.
Kevin the Vampire
An hilarious, pacy novel that introduces us to Kevin and Susie and follows their wild and exciting adventure with monsters and very boring aunts.
Tomfoolery! Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children’s Books
A picture book biography celebrating the life of Randolph Caldecott the 19th century artist and illustrator and after whom the prestigious Caldecott Medal is named.
Luna and the Sky Dragon
Science, storytelling and dragons - all the best things! - collide in this story about a girl, whose understanding of the universe conflicts with the beliefs and traditions of her time.
Meet The Dinosaurs
Meet The Dinosaurs takes young readers on a journey of discovery during the time of the dinosaurs.