Here’s our selection of top new titles coming out in summer – June, July, and August 2022. These reading recommendations include picture books, early and middle-grade fiction; young adult novels and non-fiction for children aged 5-14. 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 books have been chosen with classroom teaching, school libraries, home learning, holiday unwinding and summer reading challenges in mind.
Summer 2022 new children’s books – our recommendations
New picture books for summer 2022
Just Like Grandpa Jazz by Tarah L Gear
Frank’s grandpa has a gift for storytelling and explaining their rich family history and experiences – both positive and negative – with enthusiasm, insight and grace. The bright engaging pictures and lyrical text made this ideal to read and share in KS1. A good book to explore oral and written storytelling in literacy, it’s also a valuable book that explains the concept of migration to younger children in a family orientated and accessible style.
Picture book | Family
New fiction 5-7 for summer 2022
New fiction 7-9 for summer 2022
Indiana Bones and the Lost Library by Harry Heape
The ruins of Ephesus are the Roman-themed setting for the latest instalment of Indiana Bones and a renewed quest to find the Avenger’s lost treasure. With lots of dialogue and a pacy storyline of surprise and intrigue, children in lower KS2 may well read this in one sitting. A great plot and a satisfying ending will keep readers gripped and left wanting more.
Adventure | Mystery
New fiction 9-12 for summer 2022
Mia and the Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy
When Mia’s parents are captured and caged, she is forced to embark on a perilous journey to seek help and rely on her unusual gift for taming the magical wild umbra creature. Refreshing, fun and unputdownable, this is an epic and ambitious adventure with magical and memorable characters. If you want to kickstart your child’s reading this summer, this is the perfect book.
Fantasy | Adventure
New 12-16 young adult novels for summer 2022
Once Upon a Fever by Angharad Walker
Siblings Payton and Ani live in a world consumed by strange illnesses and confined in the hospital where their father works to find a cure for their mother’s fever. Venturing outside for the first time, they explore a city world they cannot have imagined. Thought-provoking and timely, Once Upon a Fever thrusts the reader into a highly believable world of mystery, dark forces and moral dilemmas. This exquisitely presented flapped paperback is a joy to read and will appeal to children in KS3. Perfect for discussing in book clubs, it’s an unforgettable novel that will make you question your state of mind. It’s like nothing else you’ll read this year.
New children’s poetry books for summer 2022
New nonfiction children’s books for summer 2022
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Summer 2022 new titles – bulk orders and class sets
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