Our picks of the best children’s books coming out in summer 2022

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.

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Summer 2022 new children’s books – our recommendations

New picture books for summer 2022

Milo's Monster: A Big Bright Feelings Book by Tom PercivalMilo’s Monster: A Big Bright Feelings Book by Tom Percival
Lifesize Baby Animals by Sophy HennLifesize Baby Animals by Sophy Henn
What Do You See When You Look At a Tree? by Emma CarlisleWhat Do You See When You Look At a Tree? by Emma Carlisle

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

Just Like Grandpa Jazz by Tarah L Gear

The Girl Who Noticed Everything by Jane Porter and Maisie Paradise ShearringThe Girl Who Noticed Everything by Jane Porter and Maisie Paradise Shearring
Remixed: An inspiring story about our families by Arree ChungRemixed: An inspiring story about our families by Arree Chung
A New Friend Lucy MenziesA New Friend by Lucy Menzies

Blobfish by Olaf FalafelBlobfish by Olaf Falafel
Strong by Clara AnganuzziStrong by Clara Anganuzzi
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Pirates Ahoy! by Tracey Corderoy and Steven LentonShifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Pirates Ahoy! by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

The Robber Raccoon by Lou KuenzlerThe Robber Raccoon by Lou Kuenzler
On My Papa's Shoulders by Niki DalyOn My Papa’s Shoulders by Niki Daly
I Am Nefertiti by Annemarie AnangI Am Nefertiti by Annemarie Anang


New fiction 5-7 for summer 2022

The Worries: Shara and the Really Big Sleepover by Jion SheibaniThe Worries: Shara and the Really Big Sleepover by Jion Sheibani
Princesses Break Free by Timothy KnapmanPrincesses Break Free by Timothy Knapman
The Smallest Girl in the Class by Justin RobertsThe Smallest Girl in the Class by Justin Roberts


New fiction 7-9 for summer 2022

The Day No One Woke Up by Polly Ho-YenThe Day No One Woke Up by Polly Ho-Yen
Indigo Wilde and the Unknown Wilderness by Pippa CurnickIndigo Wilde and the Unknown Wilderness by Pippa Curnick
Can You Feel the Noise? by Stewart FosterCan You Feel the Noise? by Stewart Foster

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

Indiana Bones and the Lost Library by Harry Heape

Little Badman and the Rise of the Punjabi Zombies by Humza Arshad and Henry WhiteLittle Badman and the Rise of the Punjabi Zombies by Humza Arshad and Henry White
Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola OkogwuOnyeka and the Academy of the Sun by Tola Okogwu
The Secret School Invasion by Pamela Butchart and Thomas FlinthamThe Secret School Invasion by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham

New fiction 9-12 for summer 2022

The Good Turn by Sharna JacksonThe Good Turn by Sharna Jackson
My Friend the Octopus by Lindsay GalvinMy Friend the Octopus by Lindsay Galvin
Stitched Up by Steve ColeStitched Up by Steve Cole

Aubrey and the Terrible Spiders by Horatio ClareAubrey and the Terrible Spiders by Horatio Clare
A Flash of Fireflies by Aisha BushbyA Flash of Fireflies by Aisha Bushby
The Clockwork Queen by Peter BunzlThe Clockwork Queen by Peter Bunzl

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

Mia and the Lightcasters by Janelle McCurdy

Escape to the River Sea by Emma CarrollEscape to the River Sea by Emma Carroll
Giant by Nicola SkinnerGiant by Nicola Skinner
Ali Cross: The Secret Detective by James PattersonAli Cross: The Secret Detective by James Patterson

New 12-16 young adult novels for summer 2022

Fight Back by A. M. DassuFight Back by A. M. Dassu
Oxygen Mask: A Graphic Novel by Jason ReynoldsOxygen Mask: A Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds
The King is Dead by Benjamin DeanThe King is Dead by Benjamin Dean

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.

Mystery

Once Upon a Fever by Angharad Walker

Zyla & Kai by Kristina ForestZyla & Kai by Kristina Forest
My Own Lightning by Lauren WolkMy Own Lightning by Lauren Wolk
Never Forget You by Jamila GavinNever Forget You by Jamila Gavin

Friends Like These by Meg RosoffFriends Like These by Meg Rosoff
Tag, You're Dead by Kathryn FoxfieldTag, You’re Dead by Kathryn Foxfield
Rapunzella, Or, Don't Touch My Hair by Ella McLeodRapunzella, Or, Don’t Touch My Hair by Ella McLeod

New children’s poetry books for summer 2022

Ready for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids by Michael Rosen and Polly DunbarReady for Spaghetti: Funny Poems for Funny Kids by Michael Rosen and Polly Dunbar
Smile Out Loud: 25 Happy Poems by Joseph CoelhoSmile Out Loud: 25 Happy Poems by Joseph Coelho
An Imaginary Menagerie: Poems and Drawings by Roger McGoughAn Imaginary Menagerie: Poems and Drawings by Roger McGough

New nonfiction children’s books for summer 2022

The World's Wildest Places: And the People Protecting Them by Lily DyuThe World’s Wildest Places: And the People Protecting Them by Lily Dyu
It's Tough to be Tiny: The secret life of small creatures by Kim Ryall Woolcock and Stacey ThomasIt’s Tough to be Tiny: The secret life of small creatures by Kim Ryall Woolcock and Stacey Thomas
Spies by David LongSpies by David Long

Raise Your Voice: Make Yourself Heard in a Noisy World by Nadia JaeRaise Your Voice: Make Yourself Heard in a Noisy World by Nadia Jae
The Sea Below My Toes by Charlotte GuillainThe Sea Below My Toes by Charlotte Guillain
Special Delivery: A Book's Journey Around the World by Polly FaberSpecial Delivery: A Book’s Journey Around the World by Polly Faber

Mythical Science by Rebecca Lewis-OakesMythical Science by Rebecca Lewis-Oakes
ABC Pride by Louie Stowell and Elly BarnesABC Pride by Louie Stowell and Elly Barnes
Times Tables Ninja by Sarah Farrell and Andrew JenningsTimes Tables Ninja by Sarah Farrell and Andrew Jennings

 

This page was first published on May 11, 2022, and last updated on May 11, 2022 @ 6:47 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