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2017's Best Books for Children

Take a look through our list of the best children's books released in the last year to find your kids some great new reading material. We have books that are the latest instalments to popular children's series, as well as exciting new books for every young bookworm.

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1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

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Jeff Kinney

This is the 12th instalment in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and sees the Heffleys go on a very eventful getaway. As Christmas nears, the family decide to venture off to a tropical island for the festive season but it doesn't turn out to be the relaxing break they were hoping for when sun poisoning and scary animals decide to strike. 

2. The 91-Storey Treehouse

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Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

This is the 7th book in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's quirky series where 2 boys live in an amazing treehouse which has just been extended from 78 to 91 storeys. In their 13 new floors, there is a human pinball machine, a giant spider and the world's strongest whirlpool to create even more chaos and wacky adventures for the boys to tackle.

3. Nellie Choc-Ice, Penguin Explorer

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Jeremy Srong and Jamie Smith

This fun story is part of the Little Gems series and is presented in an accessible style (with cream paper and clear font) to help children with dyslexia or who struggle to read. The story is about a penguin called Nellie who is trying to get herself home but encounters a whole bunch of animals that try to catch and eat her. Follow her brave quest for safety in this entertaining read. 

4. Bad Dad

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David Walliams

David Walliams' new children's book is all about the relationship between father and son. Frank's dad has been put into prison for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery but Frank is determined to free him for one night so he can make amends for his actions. However, first, they'll have to get through the crime boss Mr Big. This is another great story that will leave you and your children in stitches.

5. The Creakers

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Tom Fletcher

This new book by Christmasaurus author Tom Fletcher is about a girl called Lucy Dungston whose story begins when she hears mysterious creaking noises at night. Her life is ultimately turned upside down when all the grown-ups disappear and the children start taking charge. Lucy decides she will not stop searching until she finds out what happened to her mum, even if she has to face the strange beings known as the Creakers.


6. All Abroad the Discovery Express

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Emily Hawkins

This unusual lift-the-flap book allows children to play detective as they piece together the clues to find a missing professor. By following the clues, young readers can experience an educational journey all about the history and science of transport. Hop on board and find out where the Discovery Express can take your children.

 7. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

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Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

This fascinating book is written as a series of fairy tales where the heroines are all famous women throughout history who have done amazing things. Including the inspiring stories of Ada Lovelace, Malala, Coco Chanel, Serena Williams and more, this book makes for fantastic bedtime story reading for any young rebel girl.

8. The Ugly Five

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Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are the terrific team behind The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom and now they've teamed up again to make this fun picture book about the savannah's 5 ugliest animals. The wildebeest, vulture, hyena, warthog and marabou stork and their babies are all happy the way they are, despite being seen as the ugliest of animals. The heart-warming message and fun rhymes makes it the perfect bedtime story reading material.


9. The Wizards of Once

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Cressida Cowell

This magical story by the author of How to Train Your Dragon is set in an ancient time when Wizards and Warriors fought against each other. But Xar, a Wizard boy and Wish, a Warrior girl, must team up together in order to survive after disturbing a creature at the Warrior Fort that has been asleep for some time...

10. The Adventures of King Arthur

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Russell Punter

Rediscover the tales of King Arthur in a gripping new way with Russell Punter's graphic novel. Children can learn the legends of Camelot and Excalibur in an action-packed book that is engaging and exciting from start to finish.


These great books will fill up some space on your children's bookshelves but if you still need more new children's book ideas, take a look through our website for more and keep your eye out for all the exciting new books that will be published in 2018.