Here’s our selection of top new titles coming out in spring – January, February, March, April, and May 2021. These reading recommendations include picture books, early and middle-grade fiction; young adult novels and non-fiction for children aged 5-12. These books have been chosen with classroom teaching, school libraries, home learning and lockdown reading in mind.
Spring 2021 new children’s books – our recommendations
New picture books for spring 2021
My Mama by Annemarie van Haeringen
A unique picture book story that explores the different perceptions of adults and small children. The young elephant can’t always understand why his mama doesn’t see things the way he does. An excellent book to read with children in reception and lower KS1, and use to help discuss the values of patience, explanation and understanding.
New fiction 5-7 for spring 2021
The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee
A beautiful hardback rerelease of this classic from the 1980s, which many teachers will remember from their childhood or early teaching career. The fantastic illustrations, funny narrative and sheer imagination make this a perfect book to read to a class – in person or remotely – and inspire KS1 children during lockdown and periods of home learning. Highly recommended for using as an impetus for creative writing in years 1&2. For teachers of P4C there’s useful set free of resources for this book from the Prindle Institute website.
New fiction 7-9 for spring 2021
New fiction 9-12 for spring 2021
The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick
This atmospheric historical novel will give KS2 children a unique insight into how Cat experienced life at court. This book is ideal to read as a class text and perfect for hot seating and discussing empathy in upper KS2. It’s will also make a great addition to classroom collections of Tudor topic books.
New 12-16 young adult novels for spring 2021
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
In this thought-provoking ensemble of Carver-esque vignettes about teens in modern rural America, intertwined themes are juxtaposed to create a poignant sense of 2020s truth, hurt and insidious isolation. Never extreme or explicit, there’s a darkness and an emotional intensity in the characters that lingers beyond a first reading. An ideal book for KS4 and KS5 book clubs, this series of modern short stories is certainly a text worth considering for Y11 classes.
New nonfiction children’s books for spring 2021
This page was first published on Feb 11 2021 and last updated on .
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