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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20th November 2023

Midnight Magic: Mirror Mischief

It’s boisterous and fun, a story old entirely in rhyming verse with short chapters and plentiful illustrations.

19th November 2023

How Does Santa Go Down the Chimney?

A story that offers us lots of ideas to mull over the question that gets asked in homes everywhere: how does Santa get down the chimney?

18th November 2023

The Tindims of Rubbish Island and The Spooky Secret

18th November 2023

The Wild

A tour of our magical world, a wild environment where the natural beauty of the world around us is portrayed in quite simply beautiful imagery throughout.

18th November 2023

All My Rage

18th November 2023

The Stories Grandma Forgot (and How I Found Them)

A beautiful, tender verse novel about family, memory and identity.

15th November 2023


Unspoken is so many things at once: a poem, a picture book, a history of slavery, a manifesto and, perhaps above all, a series of questions.

13th November 2023

The Earthshot Prize: A Handbook for Dreamers and Thinkers

A book for those who are dreaming of a better world and thinking of ways to make it happen.

13th November 2023

Monster in the Woods

An engaging and comedic adventure underpinned by serious messages about the importance of looking beyond appearances and of taking care of each other.

13th November 2023

A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch!

A story about a school trip to a large lake and features Izzy and her friends Jodi, Zach, and Maisie - not to mention Gary Petrie and their teachers.

13th November 2023

Sherlock Bones and the Case of the Crown Jewels

Sherlock Bones and his companion Dr Catson are drawn into solving a crime when the crown jewels are stolen from Kennel Palace, with multiple suspects and a complex trail to sniff out.

13th November 2023


Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation.

13th November 2023

We Are Palestinian: A Celebration of Culture and Tradition

A colourful and illuminating information book which introduces young readers to many different aspects of Palestinian culture and history.

13th November 2023

Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line is a verse novel for teens, a story about safety and security in times of family crisis.

13th November 2023

Away with Words

What would you do if the words we spoke appeared as physical objects in the world? A story of navigating culture and communication.

13th November 2023

Steady for This

The story of 13-year-old Shaun (preferably known as the rapper, MC Growls) as he navigates daily, high school life in South London.

13th November 2023

Mwikali and the Forbidden Mask

An exciting fantasy adventure that revolves around an urgent mystery to be solved and has a clever, double twist at the end.

9th November 2023

Fox & Son Tailers

A story about the importance of parent and child collaboration, understanding, acceptance and keeping hold of dreams.

8th November 2023

Talking History

A beautifully illustrated book, delving into the history of speeches and how they have shaped society through time.

8th November 2023

I am NOT a Prince

Vibrant, intricate illustrations with the bounce of the rhyme, introduces you to a frog who is kind, strong and brave and wants to be a princess.

6th November 2023

The Train of Dark Wonders

A fantastical adventure story in a world that is deliciously dark, filled with characters such as sinister gummy bears, sugar spiders, massive eagles and minty mummies.

4th November 2023

Do You Remember?

An incredibly beautiful picturebook that brings to life a moment in time, and moments in the time of a mother and son embarking on a new life, far from what was home.

4th November 2023

The Wishkeeper’s Apprentice

A boy and a wishkeeper's magical adventure to save a town's hopes and dreams

4th November 2023

Lucy Green Robotics Queen

4th November 2023

Treacle Town

3rd November 2023

The Queen on our Corner

A homeless woman is eventually accepted into a community after she raises the alarm during a fire.

3rd November 2023


Beneath is a perfect way to talk about how we look and feel and how those things may well be different.

3rd November 2023

In the Wild Light

3rd November 2023

The Tree Next Door

A story with powerful messages around the role that nature and intergenerational friendships can provide for a little girl and the community she lives in.

1st November 2023

The Girl Who Planted Trees

It is a story of inspiration, determination, community and the sense that every individual can play a part in caring for our world.