The Magic of Books

Time to add to the library!

New Children’s Book Releases for 2019, compiled by Jan Homden and reviewed on Amazon. Click on the book covers to follow the links: it’s time to get reading! But first a date for your diary and an update about an event not to be missed . . . . .  


World Book Day, 7th March 2019

From the WBD website:

‘This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 7th March 2019, children of all ages will come together ‘to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily’.  It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. It’s designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.’ 

Kirsten Grant, Director of World Book Day, said: “We know that sharing stories together, at home or school, in the library or in the park, on a bus or train – anywhere, anytime – for just 10 minutes a day has long-lasting positive effects on a child’s future and creates readers for life.”

Click on the image to follow the link to the WBD website for more!

WBD resources

‘To help make World Book Day special – and to encourage reading for the rest of the year too – we’ve got a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion guides and more. Just visit the NurseryPrimary or Secondary resource areas to find what you need.’ 

Contact WBD

‘If you’ve got any questions, problems, ideas or anything to share, whether it’s about your World Book Day, resources, display materials or anything else, the World Book Day Helpline is only a phone call or an email away.’

Phone 0906 265 0004 (calls to this number cost £1.00 per minute from most landlines. Mobile operators may charge more)

New Books for children from 1 – 12 years of age.
Reviews from Amazon

Hubert Horatio: A Very Fishy Tale: World Book Day 2019 – Paperback by Lauren Child (Author) – released 28 Feb 2019 

‘A hilarious tale from Lauren Child the creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola and published especially for World Book Day! Hubert Horatio Bobton-Trent is quite possibly the most responsible and clever child you will ever meet. This is the very fishy tale of how an ordinary day out with his parents became the death-defying rescue of the one and only Hubert Horatio. And who did the rescuing? Why Hubert, of course…’

Age Range: 7 – 9 years


Diary of Greg Heffley’s Best Friend: World Book Day 2019 (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) – Paperback by Jeff Kinney (Author) – Released 28 Feb 2019 

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s protagonist Greg Heffley has chronicled his middle school years in thirteen journals… and counting. Now it’s time for readers to hear from Greg’s trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson, in a journal of his own. Rowley agrees to take on the role of biographer, recording his pal’s every triumph and tribulation. But it turns out Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” is a comically rambling mess. Rowley’s journal is a new window into the Wimpy World, and one fans won’t want to miss!’ Age Range: 8 – 12 years


Mary Poppins: Illustrated Gift Edition – Hardcover by P. L. Travers (Author), Lauren Child (Illustrator) 

‘When Mary Poppins arrives at Jane and Michael Banks’s house on a gust of the east wind and slides up the banister, their lives are turned magically upside down. Who better to re-imagine this wonderful children’s classic than Lauren Child who brings the magic of Mary Poppins into the hearts and imagination of readers and fans new and old. First published in 1934, this stunning deluxe edition is published ahead of the release of the much anticipated Disney film Mary Poppins Returns.’

Age Range: 4 – 8 years


Claude Best in Show: World Book Day 2019 – Paperback by Alex T. Smith (Author) – released 28 Feb 2019

‘Meet Claude – the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life – in this very special short story created especially for World Book Day 2019. The Great Waggy Avenue Dog Show is happening today – and there are medals galore to be won! Claude nearly wags his tail off and Sir Bobblysock’s bobbles tingle with excitement.’ Age Range: 6 – 8 years


Everything Is Mama – Board book by Jimmy Fallon (Author), Miguel Ordóñez (Illustrator) – released January 8, 2019

‘Jimmy Fallon, one of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC’s Tonight Show host, was on a mission with his first children’s book to have every baby’s first word be DADA. And it worked! A lot of babies’ first words were DADA. However, everything after that was MAMA. So take a lighthearted look at the world from your baby’s point of view as different animals try to teach their children that there are other words in addition to MAMA for familiar objects and activities.’ Age Range: 1 – 3 years


Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders – Paperback by Kate Pankhurst (Author, Illustrator)  released 7 Feb 2019 

‘Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, is back with a brand new wildly brilliant and accessible book about incredible women in the world of work. Prepare yourself for a celebration of women who opened doors and made it possible for more women to achieve amazing things today. Overflowing with beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in.’ Age Range: 6 – 9


The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and the Fiddle – Paperback by David Litchfield (Author) – released 7 Feb 2019


The Great Rocket Robbery – Paperback by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Author) – released 28 Feb 2019


Ten Little Bookworms: World Book Day 2019 – Paperback by Mike Brownlow (Author), Simon Rickerty (Illustrator) – released 28 Feb 2019 

‘Join ten little bookworms on an amazing reading adventure in this brand-new mini picture book, created especially for World Book Day 2019! Ten little bookworms set off to explore the library. As they munch their way through stories of every kind, each little bookworm is whisked off into an exciting tale. From prehistoric swamps and spooky castles to outer space and jungle treetops, the bookworms discover amazing adventures in every story they explore. Join the little bookworms to find out why making friends with books is the BEST thing you can do!’ Age Range: 3 – 5 years.


Jan Homden, Consilium Education

An early years teaching specialist and designer, Jan has taught in international schools around the world. She has also worked with a leading architectural practice in Istanbul and is now responsible for design and research at Consilium Education.


Other useful links: updates from Children’s Book Week and other events (America, Canada, Australia and UK) – click on the images to follow the links. 

Dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America

2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week. Join us in celebrating throughout the year and mark your calendars for our spring week of events at bookstores, libraries, and schools across the country, April 29 – May 5, 2019″.


“We are thrilled to announce the theme and dates for CBCA Book Week 2019! Theme: Reading is My Secret Power” The Children’s Book Council of Australia

Dates: 17 to 23 August 2019


“We are excited to announce the touring creators for TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2019! There are the 29 authors, storytellers and illustrators who will travel outside of their home province to visit classrooms, libraries and community centres from May 4 to 11, 2019. Congratulations to all those selected”.


Events in UK

“BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity. Each year we reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support. Events are a great way to get your whole family excited about books and reading – whether it’s a fun festival, a celebration day, a theatre show or a big award. You can find out about everything that’s going on in the world of children’s books from our calendar, compiled by the BookTrust books team. Do let us know on Twitter or email if you think we’ve missed something!”

PS 18 January is Winnie-the-Pooh Day, so celebrate by dipping a spoon into some honey and indulging yourself with a classic tale about this lovable bear.


You may also like