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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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.
Forgotten Fairy Tales and Unlikely Heroes
A collection of literary and traditional fairy and folk tales that foreground unlikely heroes.
Can I Sit In The Middle?
The amusing story of a child and a group of animals coming together to experience the joy of books and reading.
Meet the Wildlings
Two children learn that arguing and fighting can have immense - and amusing - consequences.
One little boy's sadness turns to joy when he meets a snail.
The Lucky Red Envelope A lift-the-flap Lunar New Year Celebration
A narrative non-fiction book that follows Yue her family through the joyous celebrations of the Lunar New Year.
Diamond Jack: Your Magic or Your Life
An exhilarating and magical tale that captivates from start to finish.
A Horse Called Now
'When I'm afraid, I breathe in and out and let the feelings come . . . and then go. Nothing lasts forever.'
The Code of Life
A large, colourful, illustrated, non-fiction book explaining what DNA actually is and celebrate the stories of the scientists who first investigated it.
The Adventures of Invisible Boy
A funny superhero graphic novel which will be hard to miss.
A Season for Scandal
Can the Aviary and Marigold Bloom find Oliver Lockhart's sister?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Overlode
In this book of the series, Greg gets in over his head with helping Loded Diper, Roderick’s band.
Deadly and Dangerous Animals
As you delve into the facts and animals within, you will soon see that sometimes it is the smallest who have a greater risk aligned with them.
The Cat Who Couldn’t Be Bothered
A story about friendship, kindness and understanding, that promotes empathy and explores the importance of being honest with those who care about you.
Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet
Green: The Story of Plant Life on Our Planet is the latest collaboration from award winning duo Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton.
Dig, Dig, Digger
Once Digger starts on her adventure to the stars, there is no stopping her: a tale of courage, ambition and determination i
Two and a Half Wishes – Fairytale Ninjas Book
When fairies start getting trapped and their magic constrained, the ninjas soon realise that a new villain is at work.