Here’s our selection of top new titles coming out during autumn term 2021 (September, October, November, and December). These reading recommendations include picture books, early and middle-grade fiction; young adult novels and non-fiction for children aged 5-12. The titles below are books that (at the time of writing) are now due to be released during the autumn term in UK schools and in time for Christmas. These books have been chosen with classroom teaching, school libraries, home learning and lockdown reading in mind.
Autumn 2021 new children’s books – our recommendations
New picture books for autumn 2021
Lily Takes a Walk by Satoshi Kitamura
When Lily walks home she only sees the positives and the beauty the world has to offer. But her pet dog Nicky sees all the dangers and risks. An ideal picture book to spark discussion and hone prediction and inference skills with younger children. A beautifully produced reissue of the 1980s classic.
New fiction 5-7 for autumn 2021
The Rapping Princess by Hannah Lee
This lively and engaging picture book from the author of ‘My Hair’ is packed with catchy rhyming couplets, rhythm and onomatopoeia. With vivid illustrations and a powerful message about embracing talent and uniqueness, it’s ideal for years 1&2 literacy lessons and will provide a springboard for teachers and children to create performance poetry and classroom raps.
New fiction 7-9 for autumn 2021
New fiction 9-12 for autumn 2021
The Book Cat by Polly Faber
This charming illustrated novel features Morgan, a cat who finds himself a home at Faber & Faber, the renowned London publisher. As WW2 develops and London is bombed in the Blitz, Morgan takes charge and makes plans to lead all the other cats to safety. With an accessible font, short chapters and engaging illustrations, this will be a useful text for teachers of reluctant readers in upper KS2 who are studying WW2 as a topic.
The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll
It’s October 1962, and the world is on a knife-edge. Set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, schoolchildren Stevie and Ray wonder if the world is on the verge of ending. Added to that, a strange runaway girl has turned up in Stevie’s coal shed, and loyalties are tested. Who is she? Why is she on the run? Can she be trusted? A mesmerising historical novel that will in equal measure grip, stun and surprise readers in upper KS2.
The Ash House by Angharad Walker
When a boy arrives at a strange house with no memory of his name or where he is, he is thrust into a world of darkness, mystery and secrecy where his new housemates all try to be as nice as possible all of the time. Atmospheric and enchanting, The Ash House is a memorable read and perfectly suited to book clubs in Year 7.
New 12-16 young adult novels for autumn 2021
Defy The Night by Brigid Kemmerer
In a vividly drawn fantasy fiefdom, Tessa and Weston are a Robin Hood / Bonnie and Clyde couple that teens will root for in this novel where the protagonists are forced to sacrifice their principles to save those they care about the most. This compelling combination of virtuous heroism and blind courage in the face of tyranny makes this YA blockbuster an intoxicating page-turner. An ideal addition to your KS4 library.
New children’s poetry books for autumn 2021
Carnival of the Animals by Michael Morpurgo
In this brand new collection of poems, Michael Morpurgo takes inspiration from ‘The Carnival of Animals’ by the composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Illustrated throughout by Michael Foreman, each poem features a different animal telling its own story. Combining music, environmental awareness, vibrant artwork and light-hearted character poetry, this book presents a unique opportunity for cross-curricular teaching in KS2.
New nonfiction children’s books for autumn 2021
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