Books in this section are often read and commented on by someone in the age group they are intended for. Obviously books for young children are written about by their parents! The reviews represent their personal opinions only.
Fiction reflecting the concerns and issues of modern day children and teenagers is highlighted in the shortlists for the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2016, announced today, Thursday 11 February. While popular trends in children’s fiction such as fantasy, humour and adventure are all present and correct, it is notable how many authors are turning to reality “in all its shades of light and dark” for their inspiration.
Jack Croxall, himself a writer of YA fiction, reviews White Lies by Zoë Markham.
The 2015 Costa Children's Book Award Winner, Frances Hardinge, is the author of The Lie Tree published by Macmillan Children's Books.
Lots of children will have had dolls for Christmas and may be thinking of new outfits for them. Here Jon Bell reviews two books to guide young designers: I can Make: Dolls' Clothes and Fashion Rebel Outfit Maker both published by Thames & Hudson.
Illustrated by James Willliamson, Carolyn Sloan's Welcome to the Symphony A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven's Symphony No 5 introduces children from four to eight years old to the world of classical music. Anne Coates got five and a half-year-old Harriet's reactions.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is one of the most famous Christmas stories. Here one of the most popular children's illustrators brings the story to life – a perfect partnership for Anne Coates who reviews Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol.
A new gift edition of Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler has been published by Scholastic to coincide with the animated film to be shown on BBC One Christmas 2015.
Dan and Mo Hanning were really impressed with Thames & Hudson publication – Dinosaurs: My Beastly Activity Book by Victor Escandell as you will see from their review.
Barefoot Books' Oxford Studio is closing in December and as a thank you for the support they have received during the past five years are offering books at a 30 to 50 per cent and more if you shop online. Plus there's ten per cent extra discount for our readers.
With Teapot and the Dragon, Nick Jordan has created a fantastical and quirky new world, in which friendship, learning to grow with self-confidence and becoming your own person are the central, heartfelt themes. Reviewed by Dan and Mo Hanning.
Published by Thames & Hudson, Making Faces! by Jacky Bahout and Mamoko Kudo provides hours of creative entertainment, write Mo and Dan Manning.
Switch I.T. Off! Josie Lloyd & Emlyn Rees is the cheapest "smartphone" you'll find – made with paper and full of facts and fun to keep you screen free and connected to people in real life, writes Anne Coates.