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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Midnight Magic: Mirror Mischief
It’s boisterous and fun, a story old entirely in rhyming verse with short chapters and plentiful illustrations.
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?
The Tindims of Rubbish Island and The Spooky Secret
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.
All My Rage
The Stories Grandma Forgot (and How I Found Them)
A beautiful, tender verse novel about family, memory and identity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Illuminating the girl behind the legend, it brings alive Medusa for a new generation.
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.
Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line is a verse novel for teens, a story about safety and security in times of family crisis.
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.
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.
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.
Fox & Son Tailers
A story about the importance of parent and child collaboration, understanding, acceptance and keeping hold of dreams.
A beautifully illustrated book, delving into the history of speeches and how they have shaped society through time.
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.
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.
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.
The Wishkeeper’s Apprentice
A boy and a wishkeeper's magical adventure to save a town's hopes and dreams
Lucy Green Robotics Queen
The Queen on our Corner
A homeless woman is eventually accepted into a community after she raises the alarm during a fire.
Beneath is a perfect way to talk about how we look and feel and how those things may well be different.
In the Wild Light
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.
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.