Book of the Month

Every month our Book Club editors choose a Book of the Month for each age range – the perfect stories to share at home or in the classroom. Here are our children’s book experts’ top picks for September 2021.

Let's Find Superworm
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Ages 0–2 Book of the Month

Let’s Find Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

“Experts agree that getting kids engaged in books and print from a very young age helps to turn children into readers in later life. My pick of the month for September comes from picture book royalty Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, so you know it will ‘worm’ (sorry…!) its way into the hearts and minds of your little one. It’s based on the bestselling Superworm book (look out for the TV adaptation this Christmas) and is a truly eye-catching board book with big, bright pictures from Axel Scheffler that really POP off the page! Kids love books that are fun and grab their attention and and, not only is it lots of fun, it helps to build hand-eye co-ordination and develop early speech and word recognition. Great for the bedtime snuggle up and includes easy-to-flip felt flaps to explore.”

Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6
Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6

Saving Mr Hoot PB
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Ages 3–4 Book of the Month

Saving Mr Hoot by Helen Stephens

“September brings a new school start, a change in the air and also a new Book of the month that is topical and with a fabulous autumnal-feeling that I’ve been waiting to share!

Saving Mr Hoot is an inspiring new picture book, written and illustrated by Helen Stephens, who based the story on her own childhood experience of an owl that lived on her street. In this heart-warming tale we meet little Ben, who takes a stand and acts to save ‘Mr Hoot’ when the grown-ups threaten to chop down his tree… With an underlying message of conservation and kindness, this story will encourage your child to look out for, love and protect nature. I adore autumn, and I can’t think of a nicer book to share as the season begins to shift and the pictures convey so much warmth on those approaching dark nights.”

Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6
Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6

The Smeds and Smoos Early Reader
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Ages 5–6 Book of the Month

The Smeds and the Smoos Early Reader by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

“This wonderful tale tells the story of two aliens, a red Smed and a blue Smoo, and conveys an important message about tolerance, avoiding preconceptions, understanding differences and building positive relationships. This edition has been specially reformatted with a child-friendly reading font to encourage fledgling readers to cut their reading teeth. I’ve chosen this as my pick of the month as it is my favourite Julia story, and one that feels especially timely and relevant and has themes of empathy, kindness, acceptance and celebrating difference. More importantly, it’s a great rhyming read that will kick-start a positive and enjoyable reading habit.”

Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6
Yvonne – Book Club Editor, Ages 0–6

Monday - Into the Cave of Thieves (Total Mayhem #1)
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Ages 7–8 Book of the Month

Total Mayhem: Monday – Into the Cave of Thieves by Ralph Lazar

“My September Book of the Month for children aged 7 and over is Total Mayhem: Monday – Into the Cave of Thieves by Ralph Lazar. Dash Candoo can’t help but get into situations of total mayhem every single school day! And today – Monday – the forces of chaos are already in action before breakfast – and he’s still in his pyjamas! With a bottomless backpack of gadgets, it is up to Dash to defeat extraordinary foes and save the planet! From New York Times bestselling author Lazar, comes this hilarious action packed comedy. The easy-to-read chapters, accessible artwork and hilarity on every page make it perfect for reluctant readers.

A great starting point for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and the books of David Baddiel. Into the Cave of Thieves is the first title in the brand new series Total Mayhem – with Tuesday: The Curse of the Blue Spots already published and the third instalment Wednesday: The Forest of Secrets publishing in November. This means if kids love the book, they don’t have to wait and can jump straight in to a whole new series!”

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+

African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends
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Ages 9–10 Book of the Month

African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends by Wendy Shearer

“My September Book of the Month for children aged 9 and over is African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends. This rich collection brings together 18 retellings of African and Caribbean folktales, myths and legends, including Anansi the Spider, Why the Leopard has Its Spots, The King Who Wanted the Moon and The Mysterious Starfruit Tree.

These beautiful tales are classics, but what better time to familiarise yourself with them than in the lead up to Black History Month this October. They have been retold for younger readers so are child friendly, but would appeal to any older children and even adults. It’s the perfect introduction to the classics for future generations of book lovers. Compiled by professional storyteller Wendy Shearer, who regularly performs at The British Museum, The Royal Institution of Arts and Shakespeare’s Globe.”

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+


Aarti & the Blue Gods
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Ages 11+ Book of the Month

Aarti & the Blue Gods by Jasbinder Bilan

“My September Book of the Month for children aged 11 and over is Aarti & the Blue Gods by Jasbinder Bilan. Aarti has lived on the island with her Aunt for as long as she can remember. Like the weather, Aunt rules her world with rare warmth. Aarti’s only comforts are a book of Indian myths full of blue gods and a fox’s friendship. Then she finds clues to a former life such as a toy rabbit in a locked room, and learns her Aunt has been feeding her lies… Will Aarti remember who she really is, and perhaps find a way back home…

This is the third novel from Costa award-winning and Waterstones shortlisted Jasbinder Bilan. Just like Asha & the Spirit Bird, Bilan creates a beautiful world and story that we are immersed in and mesmerised by. She is fast establishing herself as one of the most exciting writers of middle-grade fiction. Aarti & the Blue Gods touches on tough topics such as identity, faith and belonging, in a mature and sensitive way that will help children empathise and develop understanding.”

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+


Endgame
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Teen Book of the Month

Endgame by Malorie Blackman

“My September Book of the Month for Teens has to be Endgame by Malorie Blackman. 20 years after the ground-breaking Noughts & Crosses, it has all led to this. Relationships between Crosses & Noughts are no longer forbidden, but the life-changing story of Sephy and Callum has never been forgotten. People are more divided than ever – over race, politics and class. The first Nought Prime Minister, Tobey Durbridge, has been framed for murder, and Sephy under suspicion. Can Callie-Rose clear the names of both her former boyfriend and her mother? As they search for the truth, they unearth a lot more than they expected…

This powerful conclusion to the iconic Noughts & Crosses series could not be more anticipated, particularly following the cliffhanger ending of Crossfire. This series changed YA forever, and taught a generation to think and act differently. Following the BBC TV adaptation last year, it has garnered even more attention and fans, along with Malorie Blackman winning the lifetime achievement award from the YA Book Prize earlier this year. Now is the perfect time to re-read the whole series in anticipation of this finale!”

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+

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