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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6th December 2023

Lands of Belonging: A History of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Britain

A comprehensive, engaging and visually enticing children's information book which offers a strong anti-racist message and makes a compelling argument for seeing South Asian history and culture as an i

6th December 2023

The Secret School Invasion

6th December 2023

Finn Jones Was Here

6th December 2023

Corpse Talk Dead Good Storytellers

4th December 2023

Explodapedia: The Cell

An illustrated reference book that details our understanding of the cell as the foundation of all life on earth.

4th December 2023

If you Still Recognise Me

Teen summer romance with heart and a serious message about representation

3rd December 2023

One Little Bug

An enchanting and educational lift-the-flap book designed to captivate young readers and spark their curiosity about the natural world.

3rd December 2023

Ancient Myths, Legends and Superheroes

This text takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the stories that have shaped humanity's understanding of the world and its origins.

3rd December 2023


A candid, refreshing and much-needed guide for teens navigating the complexities of sex, relationships and their changing bodies.

27th November 2023

Mike Falls Up

A charming tale of new friendships formed by children from different sides of the world.

26th November 2023

All That’s Left in the World

Two boys in a world undone trying to find a way home.

26th November 2023

Welcome to St. Hell: My Trans Teen Misadventure

A brilliant graphic memoir of transitioning.

26th November 2023

Am I Made of Stardust?

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock uses her cheerful, accessible style to answers the sorts of questions that children, and many adults, ask about Space.

26th November 2023

Supertato presents Jack and the Beanstalk

It’s showtime in the supermarket as the vegetable is transformed into a stage for the production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

26th November 2023

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

Skander is a classic hero who children will identify with – he overcomes bullying and sadness to build friendships and fight evil.

26th November 2023

The First to Die at the End

Two new strangers spend a life-changing day together after Death-Cast make their first fateful calls.

23rd November 2023

Einstein the Penguin:  the Case of the Polar Poachers

Another mystery for Einstein and friends to solve when penguins start to go missing from the wild.

21st November 2023

What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas

Ladybird and her animal friends foil the robbers who want to steal the children's Christmas presents

21st November 2023

Discovery Atlas

A huge and richly illustrated picture-atlas of the diverse and fascinating world of human discovery.

21st November 2023

Odwar vs. the Shadow Queen

21st November 2023

Finding Bear

Another adventure in the Arctic for April and Bear with higher stakes and a new, and very cute, cast member to care for.

21st November 2023

Yapping Away

Light, bright and buzzing with creativity, ranging in theme from grandparents to reading journeys to being angry, there is a poem for every occasion.

21st November 2023

Tap! Tap! Tap! Dance! Dance! Dance!

A wonderful book, full of action, playfulness, and colour and one to be shared with the very youngest children.

21st November 2023

Amy Gets Eaten

a brilliant explanation of the human digestive system.

21st November 2023

The Worst Class in the World

20th November 2023

You Think You Know Me

In this debut YA novel, Ayaan Mohamud provokes the reader to consider the power of voice and choice.

20th November 2023

Merry Whatmas?

A story that is a delightful way to think about the real meaning of Christmas.

20th November 2023

Winnie and Wilbur: The Witches Sports Day

An action-packed story about the importance of enjoying the taking part and teamwork.

20th November 2023

The Amazing Edie Eckhart

A heart warming and insightful story exploring the nuances of making new friends.

20th November 2023


An unputdownable YA dystopian thriller about teenage mental health.