January book releases

Unlocking the Universe by LucyStephen Hawking (9 Jan) Have you ever wondered how the universe began? Or what it takes to put humans on the moon – or even on Mars? What would you do if you could travel through space and time? Unravel the secrets of the universe with this collection of writings by scientists, including the late great Stephen Hawking.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Peter Rabbit 2 (23 Jan) Peter Rabbit is hopping back into cinemas this spring! So, get a head start on his adventures with this book, inspired by the original Beatrix Potter tale. But be warned; this is Peter Rabbit as you've never seen him before!
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

  • Unlocking the Universe

  • What would it have been like to walk the lava-filled earth four and a half billion years ago?

    Or take your first step on the surface of the moon?

    And what would you do if robots took over the world?

    In their series of novels, George's Secret Key to the Universe, Lucy and Stephen Hawking imagined what great adventures one boy might have if he travelled through space.

    But the books were based on real-life facts - and together Lucy and Stephen collected an incredible wealth of information about everything from life on Mars to the secrets of black holes.

    For the first time this non-fiction content has been collected into one astonishing volume, with brand new content for 2020, including facts about genetics, conspiracy theories and climate change.

    Beautifully illustrated and absolutely bursting with amazing facts and figures, this is the perfect guide to everything you've ever wanted to know about our world and beyond.

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February book releases

Charlie Morphs Into a Mammoth by Sam Copeland (6 Feb) In this third instalment, Charlie McGuffin has finally managed to gain control of his ability to change into animals! He’s basically a superhero. And like all superheroes, he uses his powers for good – and only against school bullies like Dylan. But Charlie can’t control his parents’ arguments or the strange pet-nappings happening throughout town…
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

The Case of the Drowned Pearl: World Book Day 2020 by Robin Stevens (20 Feb) In this exclusive murder mystery for World Book Day, Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are on holiday at the seaside when they discover a body on the beach. And the body is that of a famous Olympic swimmer who appears to have drowned…
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray (20 Feb) For fans of His Dark Materials and The Edge Chronicles, Orphans of the Tide is a dark, absorbing fantasy set in the last city in a drowned world – packed full of secrets and inventions.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

 

  • The Case of the Drowned Pearl: A Murder Most Unladylike Mini-Mystery

    Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

  • A thrilling mini Murder Most Unladylike mystery, specially written and published for World Book Day 2020.

    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are best friends, schoolgirls - and detectives. And wherever they go, mysteries will find them...

    While on a seaside holiday with their friends George and Alexander, the Detective Society discover the body of famous swimmer Antonia Braithwaite - nicknamed The Pearl - on the beach.

    Everyone presumes that she drowned accidentally - but how could such a famous swimmer have struggled to swim?

    Even more mysteriously, three guests at the girls' hotel all wanted Antonia dead...

    Can the Detective Society solve this mystery? Or will they sink under the pressure?

    Praise for the Murder Most Unladylike mysteries:

    'This is that rare thing: a series that gets better with every book' Telegraph

    'Thrilling' Guardian

    'A total delight' Metro

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March book releases

Daisy and the Trouble with Nature by Kes Gray (5 Mar) Daisy is back. And this time she’s very excited about her school’s new nature garden! Trouble is, there’s not a lot of nature in it. Where are the birds? Where are the butterflies? There aren’t any grizzly bears or wolverines either! Luckily, Daisy and her friend Gabby are off on a camping trip – the perfect chance to find lots of nature.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

Mummy Fairy and Me: Mermaid Magic by Sophie Kinsella (5 Mar) Mummy Fairy is still having trouble with her magic but luckily Ella is always around to help! And this time they catch a robber, save a whale, swim with mermaids and cause chaos in a pottery class.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

April book releases

What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen (2 Apr) Libby wants to be a scientist when she grows up. Although Turner Syndrome can make things difficult for her, she has lots of people around her who love her, including her big sister Nonny. And when Nonny finds herself in trouble, Libby has the perfect plan to help her. This is a moving middle-grade debut about family, friendship and how it's ok to be different.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (16 Apr) At just 12-years-old, Artemis Fowl is a criminal genius. No scheme is too dastardly, no plot too devious. And he's just discovered that fairies are real. Poor fairies. Read the original book before the film comes out in May 2020.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Climate Rebels by Ben Lerwill (16 Apr) It’s not too late to save the planet we all love. Hear the stories of humans from around the world, who are fighting to protect Earth. From Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough to the guardians of the Amazon rainforest. Climate rebels unite!
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

 

  • Climate Rebels

  • On the outskirts of the Milky Way, floating slowly through space, there hangs a planet unlike any other. It has oceans, deserts, jungles and mountains. It has life that swims, life that soars and life that swings through the trees. It is a place of dazzling variety and infinite wonder - and it's the only world we've got.

    Climate change is happening, now. But it's not too late to change the story.

    Meet the humans, from around the world, who are fighting to save our planet. This is your call to arms. Featuring 25 hopeful stories including Greta Thunberg, David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, Wangari Maathai - as well as lesser-known heroes, such as turtle-protector Len Peters, the guardians of the Amazon rainforest, and the poacher patrollers The Black Mambas.

    This book will transport you from the poles, to the oceans, to the rainforests, with iconic illustration. These are true stories to make you think, make you cry, make you hope - and these are stories to make us all stand together and protect our home. These stories are the proof that one person's small changes can grow into something big, and powerful, and world-changing.

    So read on to be inspired, as we take our future in our own hands, and together save Planet Earth - for all the living things that call it their home.

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May book releases

Where's Spot? by Eric Hill (14 May) Celebrate Spot’s 40th birthday! Even though he’s still a puppy… Lift the flaps to find Spot in this special anniversary edition of the classic tale. A wonderful book for new fans of this mischievous pup.
Recommended reading age: 0-5-years-old

The Extraordinary Life of Greta Thunberg (28 May) Greta Thunberg is the schoolgirl activist drawing our attention to the devastating effects of climate change. And she's single-handedly inspired a whole generation to take action to protect our beloved planet Earth. 

 

  • Where's Spot?

  • Join the hunt to find lovable puppy, Spot, in Eric Hill's first ever lift-the-flap tale!

    Lift each flap to find all sorts of funny animal surprises, before discovering where cheeky Spot has been hiding. This is the perfect first book for little ones - the playful text is a wonderful spur to read and respond together, and the hide-and-seek flaps encourage curiosity and interactivity.

    This is a special anniversary edition of this much-loved classic, with a ruby cover to celebrate 40 years since the first publication of Where's Spot?.

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June book releases

We Are The Beaker Girls (25 Jun) Tracy Beaker is continuing to blaze a trail with her comeback. Tracy and her daughter Jess have moved to the seaside and opened up their own antique shop – aptly named The Dumping Ground. But then Jess begins to have problems with a bully… Find out what happens in this paperback version of We Are The Beaker Girls.

 

July book releases

The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O'Doherty (2 Jul) The summer holidays are meant to be fun. Not spent on a remote and very rainy Irish island surrounded by sheep. But silver lining; Rex gets to stay with his strange and very brilliant Uncle Derm. And Uncle Derm is planning on robbing the island’s travelling bank…
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola (9 Jul) Science-mad Rocket is back! And this time she’s on a mission to save the Caribbean island her grandparents live on from plastic pollution. An empowering tale that shows how we can all make a difference.
Recommended reading age: 0-5-years-old

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar (9 Jul) Brave, independent and more than a little sneaky, Aleja defies society's expectations to make her own adventurous dreams come true. She’s a modern-day hero. Join her as she hops on board the Ship of Shadows, crewed by a band of ruthless women en route to finding something far across the sea.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke (23 Jul) Hands down, the most exciting middle-grade adventure of the year! Follow Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou – the five ‘unadoptables’ – on a daring escape across Amsterdam.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Never Show A T-Rex A Book! by Rashmi Sirdeshpande (23 Jul) How you ever wondered what would happen if you showed a book to a T-Rex? Well, we have! And the results are quite surprising.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

  • Clean Up!

  • Join lovable, passionate Rocket as she sets off on a mission to save a Caribbean island from plastic pollution!


    When Rocket goes for a holiday to visit her grandparents, she's shocked by the pollution that is spoiling their island home and putting the local sea life at risk. Can she think of a way to save the day?


    This is a heartwarming, timely and empowering picture book, showing how we ALL can make a difference. It's a sequel to Nathan and Dapo's debut Look Up!

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August book releases

Jonathan the Magic Pony by Stuart Heritage (6 Aug) As well as being a pony, Jonathan is a brilliant magician. All he has to do is wave his wand and – Boomf! – whatever it is, is gone. And then – Boomf! – it’s back. But then Jonathan, magics away Sarah’s bear and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t make it come back…
Recommended reading age: 0-5-years-old

The Witches by Roald Dahl (6 Aug) Beware! Witches may look like ordinary women in ordinary clothes but they’re actually always plotting ways to rid the world of children. Read Roald Dahl’s classic tale before the new film – starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock – comes out in 2020.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Extraordinary Lives (6 Aug) Learn about the extraordinary lives of modern and historical figures from all over the world. Alan Turing, the mathematician who helped crack the codes in secret messages between enemy soldiers in World War II. Serena Williams, a tennis star and winner of more Grand Slam titles than anyone else. And last but certainly not least, Freddie Mercury, a musician with a four-octave vocal range and the frontman of the British rock band Queen.
Recommended reading age: 9-12-years-old

Don't Feed the Coos! by Jonathan Stutzman (20 Aug) Those who live in large cities will know the perils of pigeons aka coos. The heroine of this story – a generous but foolish young girl – makes the mistake of leaving a coo a small crumb. But when you do that, all the coos will then come!
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

 

  • Don't Feed the Coos

  • The dynamic team behind Llama Destroys the World returns with a laugh-out-loud tale about the dangers of . . . feeding pigeons!

    When you see a coo, you will be tempted to give it a treat.
    Coos are adorable, peaceful, kind of silly.
    But DON'T FEED THE COO!
    If you feed one, they will ALL COME . . .

    So begins a cautionary tale that details the fallout when a little girl decides to share some bread with a coo (a.k.a. pigeon). From the park to home to karate practice, the coos follow our generous-but-foolish girl who didn't heed the warning. Because when you give a coo a crumb . . . the entire population of coos will come! But fret not: our plucky little heroine will discover that even the biggest of problems can be solved with a little determination.

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September book releases

The Puffin Book of Big Dreams (3 Sep) It’s Puffin’s 80th birthday this year! And although we are getting on, there’s no chance of us slowing down. Our new anthology of stories, poems and illustrations from a bumper list of authors – including Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Fletcher and Malorie Blackman – will make for some very magical bedtime reading.
Recommended reading age: 6-8-years-old

The World of Roald Dahl (3 Sep) Are you a fan of Roald Dahl’s phizz-whizzing world? Then you’re going to LOVE this bumper book filled with splendiferous activities, frothbuggling quizzes and hopscotchy facts.
Recommended reading age: 6-12-years-old

 

  • The Puffin Book of Big Dreams

    • Puffin
  • Stories to spark your imagination in this beautiful collection of stories, poems and illustrations to celebrate Puffin's 80th birthday!

    A brand new anthology featuring extracts from classic family favourites AND brand new stories about BIG dreams from Puffin's best-loved and exciting new authors and illustrators, including:

    Humza Arshad & Henry White, Jeff Kinney, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Nadia Shireen, Tom Fletcher, Anne Fine, Rashmi Sirdeshpande, Jamie Littler, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Sophy Henn.

    This magical book also features quotes and motivational pieces from brilliant inspiring leaders, scientists and actors on their own BIG dreams.

    5% of the RRP from this book will go to the National Literacy Trust, to help them continue their life-changing work.

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