Spring 2023 new children’s books – here’s our selection of top new titles coming out during the school Spring term 2023 in January, February and March 2023. These reading recommendations include picture books, early and middle-grade fiction; young adult novels and non-fiction for children aged 3-16. The titles below are books that (at the time of writing) are now due to be released this spring and during the spring term in UK schools and in time for Easter. These books have been chosen with classroom teaching, school libraries, home learning and reading for pleasure in mind.
Spring 2023 new children’s books – our recommendations
New picture books for Spring 2023
Floof by Heidi McKinnon
Floof is a floofy cat – in fact the floofiest cat – and young readers can follow what Floof gets up to around the home in this picture book to share with infants. Charming and memorable, with big bold illustrations and endearing expressions, the whole family will fall in love with Floof! Perfect for cat-loving familes.
Picture book | Animals
New fiction 5-7 for Spring 2023
New fiction 7-9 for Spring 2023
BOB vs The Selfie Zombies by Andy Jones
When an evil genius from the future turns people into rather bitey Zombies using a trick selfie camera, only Bob and his best friend Malcolm can save the world, because Bob can travel in time. But although time travel sounds great in theory, Bob can’t seem to control his talent leading to some hilarious and unexpected situations. After reading this, playgrounds will never seem the same again. This fast-paced and fun easy read will appeal to 7-9 years olds as well as less confident readers aged 9-12.
Monster Bogey by Anna Brooke
When Frank’s towering collection of bogeys is struck by lightning, a colossal green monster is born. Can Frank, his friend Tiffany and her four slug sidekicks save the village of Honkerton? Bound to get right up teachers’ noses, this funny story is snot to be missed. A top pick for your KS2 library.
New fiction 9-12 for Spring 2023
Wild Oak by C.C. Harrington
When Maggie chances upon an exotic pet and its cub roaming free in the Cornwall countryside her first instinct is to try and protect them. But the adults have other ideas. An atmospheric middle-grade novel that blends unsettling school experiences with an otherworldy ancient Cornish landscape, this plot and characters are disconcertingly memorable. Highly recommended for upper KS2 and KS3, Wild Oak is bound to spark discussion in school book clubs. Read Melanie Dillon’s full review.
Historical fiction | Nature
The Rescue of Ravenwood by Natasha Farrant
Bea was only meant to be visiting Ravenwood when her father took her to his old family home to see her uncle and give her mother a break. But Bea loved the place so much – and her mother did need her rest – so Bea ended up staying. The Rescue of Ravenwood is an evocative and atmospheric story that will appeal to budding eco-warriors and fans of Eva Ibbotson and Lauren St John. Read Melanie Dillon’s review.
Adventure | Eco
Xanthe & the Ruby Crown by Jasbinder Bilan
Xanthe looks forward to the time she spends with her grandmother in her cityscape oasis rooftop garden. But she begins to lose her memory, and with the help of a mysterious cat, Xanthe finds a way to piece together her grandmother’s incredible life. Spanning different continents and cultures, this moving story explores themes of home, family, and being a refugee. A beautifully presented flapped paperback with cover art by Bex Parkin, children aged 9-12 will pick this up and not put it down. Highly recommended.
Mystery | Dementia
New 12-16 young adult novels for Spring 2023
This Book Kills by Ravena Guron
Jess Choudhary has always tried to be on her best behaviour. As one of only two scholarship students at the prestigious Heybuckle boarding school, she knows that her position is precarious. With a fast-paced plot and a satisfying ending, This Book Kills would appeal to fans of Gossip Girl and Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. Read Melanie Dillon’s review here.
Thriller | Crime
Game Over Girl by Naomi Gibson
When Lola gets to try out a brand new virtual reality game at school, she’s blown away by what she experiences. But there’s a catch – she mustn’t use real places or people when she plays. When she breaks that rule Lola finds herself trapped in a dark dystopia. With a deliciously deceptive plot and an unforgettable ending, Game Over Girl will fly off the school library shelves. Highly recommended for KS4 students.
Influential by Amara Sage
Because of her mother, Almond Brown has millions of online followers, none of which she knows in real life. She’s an influencer, and everything people see of her has to be perfect, even when her real life is disintegrating. Exploring themes of unrealistic social expectations, discrimination, mental health pressures and manipulated reality, we think this searingly memorable story will be one of the most talked about young adult novels in 2023. Pertinent and likely prescient, ‘Influential’ is a must-read for all KS4 students who flirt with the idea of social media popularity. Highly recommended for secondary school book clubs.
New children’s poetry books for Spring 2023
New nonfiction children’s books for Spring 2023
Questions and Answers About Money by Lara Bryan
Where does money come from, how do you earn and manage money, and what makes a good deal are all questions answered in this book that includes tips from expert Bobby Seagull. The bright illustrations and ‘life the flap’ format makes this a practical and easy to understand text for children in KS1 upwards. This ‘life skills’ book helps to demystify what money is and how it works, and will help to answers pupil’s questions and misconceptions and about money. Highly recommended.
Little Explorers: Maths & Science by Ruth Symons
Packed with short bursts of information and colourful illustrations, these Maths and Science titles from the Little Explorers series blend a chunky board book format with interactive flaps to lift and reveal answers, provoke thought or just surprise! Topics, such as number and shape and space in maths, or the planet Earth and biology in science, are introduced and explained in an accessible way to encourage children to want to find out more. Ideal for guided and shared reading in EYFS and KS1. Highly engaging and great fun.
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