September 2017 – Books of the Month September 13, 2017 – Posted in: Books of the Month

While most of us are just getting the kids back to school and thinking about digging out coats for those chilly mornings, September in the publishing world means it’s nearly Christmas!  Most of the very best books of the year will be published in September and October, as authors, publishers and booksellers aim to entice readers with their fabulous offerings (and boost sales!) in the run-up to Christmas.

While we in the ‘normal’ world obviously don’t really want to think about December’s festivities just yet, it does mean that we’ve got some really great books to share with you this month. (Bet you can’t wait til December to read them!)

Oi Cat!

According to Frog …
Cats sit on gnats,
Dogs sit on logs,
Raccoons sit on macaroons,
Armadillos sit on pillows and
Chicks sit on bricks.

But wait! Cat doesn’t like sitting on gnats, they keep biting his bottom!
Will Frog and Dog help him change the rules?  Perfect for 3-5 year olds.

The Ugly Five

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s brand-new picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved.  It’s the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness, in this funny, heart-warming rhyming story. Perfect for 2-5 year olds.


One little girl dreams of being a star, but somehow her big sister always seems to shine a little brighter. Yet for her grandad she is a star and, as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, she learns, and we all shine in different ways. Perfect for 3-6 year olds.

Greatest Animal Stories

Award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest animal stories from all around the world and put them into this beautiful book.  From brave mice to hungry wolves, and mischievous spiders to ingenious cats, this timeless collection includes Puss in Boots, The Ugly Duckling, and Peter and the Wolf. Perfect for 5-10 year olds.

Billy and the Minpins

Illustrated for the first time by Quentin Blake, this is a brand new edition of Roald Dahl’s last story, originally published in 1991.  Billy’s mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that’s exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks.  Perfect for 6-10 year olds.

Welcome to the Museum

A fabulous fold-out museum for children to build and curate themselves, developed in partnership with the V&A Museum. The book comes complete with a fold-out exhibition space, press-out pieces, 100 reusable stickers and tips on how to create your own museum! Perfect for 7-12 year olds.

Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure

Indiana Jones meets Hercule Poirot in this new Alex T. Smith series with plenty of slapstick humour, mystery and adventure. Mr Penguin and Colin (a spider and Mr Penguin’s silent right hand man) are called in to find the missing treasure somewhere in the Museum of Extraordinary Objects. Highly illustrated throughout with a striking black and orange design. Perfect for 7-10 year olds.

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz

From master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, and illustrated in stunning colour throughout, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy’s pet dog, Toto.  When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house – only to be plucked into the air and whisked away to the mysterious land of Oz. Perfect for 7-10 year olds.

Birthday Boy 

This is the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. But what if it really was everyday?  Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for… Perfect for 8-12 year olds.

The Wizards of Once

From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series – set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.  This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.  Perfect for 9-12 year olds.

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and another spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in the fourth (and final!) book in the Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell, Children’s Laureate 2015-2017. Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land, and Ada has to make sure everything goes according to plan! Perfect for 9-12 year olds.

Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe

People have been dreaming about space travel for centuries – there’s something amazing about the idea of leaving our planet behind and setting out to explore the Universe – there’s so much we still don’t know! UK and Ireland’s best-loved comedian Dara O’Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space (and beyond!) Perfect for 9-12 year olds.

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