Our picks of the best children’s books coming out in Summer 2020

Here’s our selection of new books coming out in Summer – June, July, and August 2020. Please note, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, the publication dates for many releases expected for summer 2020 have been moved to later in the year, or to next year. The titles below are books that (at the time of writing) are now due to be released this summer – in time for the autumn term in UK schools. These reading recommendations include picture books, early and middle-grade fiction; young adult novels, and non-fiction for children and teens.

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Summer 2020 new children’s books – our recommendations

New picture books for summer 2020

There’s a Superhero in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar
Oi Puppies! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Ten Little Monkeys by Mike Brownlow
The Wordsworths Mick and Brita Manning and Granström
The Story of Pop by Lindsey Sagar

Octopus Shocktopus by Peter Bently and Steven Lenton
Snooze by Eilidh Muldoon
No-Bot the Robot’s New Bottom by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra


New fiction 5-7 for summer 2020

You’re a Star, Lolo by Niki Daly
Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival
Mirabelle Gets up to Mischief by Harriet Muncaster


New fiction 7-9 for summer 2020

Dog Man: Grime and Punishment by Dav Pilkey
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney
Scribblewitch – Magical Muddles: Book 2 by Inky Willis

Knights and Bikes 3 by Gabrielle Kent

The Boy Who Dreamed of Dragons by Andy Shepherd
Pizazz by Sophy Henn

New fiction 9-12 for summer 2020

Wonderscape by Jennifer Bell

The Ghost Garden by Emma Carroll
Stig and Tilde: The Loser Squad by Max de Radigues

Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson

Time Travel Diaries: Adventure in Athens by Caroline Lawrence
Return to Roar by Jenny McLachlan

Umbrella Mouse to the Rescue by Anna Fargher
Death Sets Sail: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery by Robin Stevens
When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke
Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant

New 12-16 young adult novels for summer 2020

Again Again by E. Lockhart
Magpie by Eve Ainsworth
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

You’re Not Special by Meghan Rienks
Summer Spirit by Elizabeth Holleville
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis


The Great Godden by Meg Rosoff

First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson
Loveless by Alice Oseman


Fall Out by CG Moore

Where We Go from Here by Lucas Rocha
Midnight’s Twins by Holly Race

New nonfiction children’s books for summer 2020

A Trip to the Future by Moira Butterfield
Ancient Games by Iris Volant and Avalon Nuovo
I Am Not a Label by Cerrie Burnell

Fungarium by Ester Gaya
Engineer Academy: Marble Run by Rob Colson
The Extraordinary Elements: The Periodic Table Personified by Colin Stuart

The Secret Life of Spies Hardcover by Michael Noble
The Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Adventurers! by Marcia Williams
Urban Forest School: Outdoor adventures and skills for city kids by Naomi Walmsley and Dan Westall.


This page was first published on May 25 2020 and last updated on May 30, 2020 @ 8:45 pm.

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About Tom Tolkien

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Tom Tolkien is an experienced teacher and educational consultant who taught for 20 years in primary and secondary schools, including Woodleigh School in North Yorkshire, where he was Head of English and ran a 4000 book prep school library for pupils aged 3-13. He now reviews books for children and teens. Social profiles: Twitter | Linkedin