October is going to be a bumper month, with lots of new titles from some of our most popular authors and illustrators.
If you dare… you can touch and feel the Gruffulo’s Terrible Tusks and tickle his purple prickles in Julia Donaldson’s My First Gruffulo.
Eric Carle is back with his first new book for four years: The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse.
Emily Gravett brings us a book with a title that’s an oh-so-familiar word for every parent of toddlers when reading that bedtime story: Again.
There’s a new title from Maurice Sendak too: Bumble-Ardy, with a fantastic pig on the cover, and a good book to help children to conquer their fears comes from Debi Gliori: The Scariest Thing of All.
Axel Scheffler has a new Pip and Posy story: The Scary Monster, and Kristina Stephenson adds Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Tale of the Terrible Secret to the Sir Charlie series.
There are some winning combinations of authors and illustrators this month too. The Big Snuggle-up from Brian Patten is illustrated in warm style by Nicola Bayley. There’s a wonderful looking Pied Piper of Hamelin (Tales), retold by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. And finally We’re going to a party! a lift the flap book from Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross – sure to be popular.
Taking a break from picture books, Lauren Child publishes Look into my eyes – a Ruby Redfort spin-off from her Clarice Bean novels, starring Clarice Bean’s favourite girl detective. We also see the ninth volume of Hiccup’s How to train your dragon: How to steal a dragon’s sword from Cressida Cowell.
Rick Riordan has a new Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune, with The Lost Hero now out in paperback, and Andrew Lane publishes the fourth Young Sherlock Holmes: Fire storm, by Andrew Lane. As well as two new titles in his Raven series – Vampires and volts and Diamonds and doom, Marcus Sedgwick brings us another new title: Midwinterblood.
Francesca Simon branches out with her new novel featuring Norse myths The Sleeping Army, but also finds time for another Horrid Henry – Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats. Our most popular series keep on coming with three new Daisy Meadows Fairy stories, and a new quest for Tom in Adam Blade’s Beast Quest series: Raksha the mirror demon. And we’re looking forward to seeing a 40th anniversary edition of Michael Bond’s loveable guinea pig stories, The tales of Olga da Polga, illustrated by Catherine Rayner.
Teenage publishing continues to grow with lots published this month including several series titles, including Darren Shan’s Palace of the Damned, the third volume in the Saga of Larten Crepsley; L J Smith’s Phantom (The Vampire Diaries); P C Cast’s Destined (The House of Night) and Dragon’s Oath (House of Night novellas); Lost in time, the latest in Melanie de la Cruz’s vampire series Blue Blood and Becca Fitzpatrick’s Silence, the much anticipated finale to Hush, Hush.
Meg Cabot publishes Abandon, a dark new paranormal romance; the second volume of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight comes out as a graphic novel and we have a romantic adventure Scorpio Races from Maggie Stiefvater, bestselling author of Shiver.
From Lonely Planet comes a new travel series for children that combines history, trivia, cartoons and quirky graphics. The Not for Parents Travel Book covers the whole world and is published alongside guides for London, New York, Paris and Rome. These should be great for homework as well as for travelling.
And finally – there are lots of books coming out at the moment ready for the Olympics next year – look out for them in the sports sections.