Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users and enhance your user experience. They also help us improve our site. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Learn more OK, I agree

NEW BOOKS IN FEBRUARY, AGES 5-8

« Back

[Click here for ages 0-5, 8-12 and 12+]

Bright Bursts of Colour, by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff, published by Bloomsbury

 What if cats had flavoured fur or if you swallowed the sun? What if you were a special kind of badger or if you found a map to the stars? And what if your home was split during the week: one half at Mum’s, the other half at Dad’s?

Packed with brilliant poems that explore a whole range of themes from the downright silly to the sensitive, this collection will delight, enthuse and resonate with children and adults alike!

Win 1 of 3 copies of Bright Bursts of Colour

Max and the Midknights, by Lincoln Peirce, published by Macmillan Children’s Books

Magic and (mis)adventures abound in Max and the Midknights, a hilarious illustrated novel from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Big Nate series, Lincoln Peirce.

‘Max is epic fun!’ Jeff Kinney, bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

‘Fantastic! I loved it!’ Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of the Dog Man series.

Join Max’s quest to become a knight in this laugh-out-loud New York Times bestselling adventure!

Max wants to be a knight – too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act . . . and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers – the Midknights – Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former glory!

Hidden Planet, by Ben Rothery, published by Penguin

Perfect for animal-lovers everywhere! A beautiful crossover book for all ages, this is the book natural-history illustrator Ben has wanted to read since he was a child. Facts and descriptions provide insight into a curated collection of birds and animals – some endangered and some less so – told from the perspective of a detail-obsessed illustrator. Fun to read together or independently, let the secrets of the animals on our planet come to life in vibrant detail.

‘This is my love letter to Planet Earth; a celebration of her hidden species, from the bold and the beautiful to the interesting but ugly. And while not a complete list, I hope that these few give a glimpse of the outstanding diversity of nature’ – Ben Rothery

The Bat Book, by Charlotte Milner, published by DK

Take an amazing journey through the upside-down world of bats with Charlotte Milner’s The Bat Book.

Bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations accompany fascinating facts about these furry flying mammals and their importance to the world we live in.

From the way they fly, to how they communicate with each other, how they hunt, and why they sleep upside-down, each of the world’s 1,300 types of bat is unique and utterly fascinating. Bats are also incredibly important to the environment. As well as gobbling up pests, and spreading seeds through the forests, they also pollinate over 500 different species of plants throughout the world, including some of our favourite fruits such as mangoes and bananas.

Following on from The Bee Book and The Sea Book, Charlotte Milner continues to highlight important ecological issues faced by our planet to children, this time focusing on the world’s only flying mammals. The Bat Book is perfect to teach little animal-lovers all about these clever creatures who do so much for our planet. Discover how much they matter, why they are declining, and what we can do to help!

Mermaid School, by Lucy Courtenay & Sheena Dempsey, published by Andersen Press

It is Marnie Blue’s very first day at Lady Sealia Foam’s Mermaid School, and she’s worried. What if she can’t make any new friends? Or has to ride a seahorse? And what will the teachers think when they find out that her aunt is Christabel Blue, the famous singer and DJ but also the naughtiest mermaid in the school’s history?

Marnie’s determined to make a good impression, but the Blue family are never far away from trouble…

Win 1 of 5 copies of mermaid school, ages 5-8

Mermaid School Activity pack

Guinea Pig Superstar! by Ali Pye, published by Simon and Schuster

Harry Stevenson is back for two more super adventures! Harry may look like a guinea pig, and he certainly EATS like a guinea pig, but he doesn’t always behave like a guinea pig. That’s because even though Harry tries very hard to be good, his greedy tummy always leads to trouble.

What will happen when Harry goes to school for the first time? And when he gets caught up in a real-life robbery, can Harry stop the thief and save the day?

Win 1 of 5 copies of Guinea Pig Superstar! Ages 5-8

Guinea Pig Superstar Activity sheet

Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: Peril at Lizard Lake by Laura James, published by Bloomsbury

In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives Fabio, the world’s greatest flamingo detective. He’s not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And he’s very, very clever …

Most of the time. But when an unusual lapse of judgement leads Fabio to accept a ride in his associate Gilbert’s plane, little does he know he’ll be nose-diving into a new mystery!

When the tiny plane crash-lands near a remote village in the savannah, all Fabio wants is a pink lemonade to calm his nerves. But the town well has dried up, and the water didn’t just disappear on its own! Fabio’s on the case, and it’s going to take a daring sting operation to set things right.

The third book in the hilarious and stylish illustrated mystery series from the author of Captain Pug.

Money-Go-Round by Roger McGough and illustrated by Mini Grey, published by Walker Books

Mr Toad has a shiny gold coin. He gives it to Miss Mole to pay for a room in her hotel. Now Miss Mole can pay Sam Stoat for painting the hotel, and Sam Stoat can pay back Mr Badger … until the coin might just end up back where it started! From renowned poet Roger McGough and Kate Greenaway Medal winner Mini Grey, this is an inspired and witty tale featuring beloved characters from The Wind in the Willows.

#WorldBookDay