Books of the Year 2017 Books of the Year 2017

What a year 2017 was for children's publishing.  So many amazing books were published it’s quite possible even the most dedicated of parents missed a few. Below are favourites, split into age ranges so you can find the books you are most interested in.



Books of the Year Babies & Toddlers

I am Bat
Morag Hood
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | This must be one of the brightest and best picture books of the year. With minimalist illustrations – simple shapes against blocks of Day-Glo colour – and short lines of text,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2017
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Hats of Faith
Medeia Cohan-Petrolino
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | There should be more books like this: in bright, appealing illustrations it tells children how people of different faiths cover their heads to show their love for God. Working on the... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 10/09/2017
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Looking for Yesterday
Alison Jay
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month Beautiful illustrations full of interest and wonder accompany Alison Jay's delightful story about a boy whose grandad helps him to embrace happy memories of the... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 10/08/2017
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Playtime with Ted
Sophy Henn
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Playtime with Ted is one of a new series of interactive board books from the super-talented Sophy Henn and like her bestselling picture books it's fresh and funny, and a wonderful... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Flip Flap Dogs
Nikki Dyson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | February 2017 Book of the Month Open the book and turn its divided pages carefully, top and bottom half together, and you'll discover bright pages of favourite dogs, each with its... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Books of the Year 3+

Katinka's Tail
Judith Kerr
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Fans of the adventures of Judith Kerr's Mog will adore this magical story about the best-selling author's latest very special cat Katinka.... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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Here We Are
Oliver Jeffers
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Inspired by the birth of his son, award-winning Oliver Jeffers has created a deeply touching introduction to the world as a physical... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/11/2017
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Sunk!
Rob Biddulph
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | No child's bookshelf is complete without one, and preferably more than one of Rob Biddulph's joyful, dazzling picture books. Sunk! is a new adventure for Penguin Blue, star of the award-winning... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Old Hat!
Emily Gravett
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 In glorious illustrations about hats of all kinds Emily... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/05/2017
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Triangle
Mac Barnett
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Brilliant and hilarious, award-winning Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett's Triangle is the gem of a book.... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Giant Jumperee
Julia Donaldson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury bring the very best of their award-winning... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Nanette's Baguette
Mo Willems
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | There's a surprise twist at the end of this tale of little Nanette, entrusted by her mother to get the baguette from the baker, and no-one will see it coming. Then... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Books of the Year 5+

The Bad Mood and the Stick
Lemony Snicket
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc as it... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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ABC Pop-Up
Courtney Watson McCarthy
A collectible Alphabet pop-up, for design connoisseurs of all ages. This beautifully presented pop-up book is a refreshing take on learning the alphabet. Spot the connections between the letters sharing a pop - a Letter in a Mailbox, a Pillow... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 05/10/2017
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Socks for Mr Wolf
Tatyana Feeney
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month Beautifully illustrated throughout, this stunning book by Tatyana Feeney is an absolute delight to read. Mr Wolf just loves his socks. He feels particularly good... Featured in: 5+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedWilliam Bee's Wonderful World of Trains, Boats and Planes
William Bee
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | If you love vehicles, then this is the book for you! William Bee shows off a multitude of amazing vehicles, starting with the steam engine, then trains, a hovercraft, the vertical-take-off-jump-jet,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep
Eleanor Farjeon
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep is one of the great Eleanor Farjeon's loveliest stories, and Charlotte Voake's beautiful ink and watercolour illustrations capture all its magic. Elsie Piddock is a born... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Books of the Year 7+

The Journey
Francesca Sanna
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Winner for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | Winner of the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 and awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour | ... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2016
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Hilary Mckay's Fairy Tales
Hilary Mckay
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | This is an absolutely stunning book. Not only is it an absolute treat visually but it's also a feast for the imagination for lovers of fairy tales and the ever elusive... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Matt Millz
Harry Hill
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a nutshell: dreams-come-true adventure plus comedy advice from the master Harry Hill's new children's book is funny (no surprise), features great characters, particularly would-be comic Matt and his terrifyingly ambitious... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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A Song for Will and The Lost Gardeners of Heligan
Hilary Robinson
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | May 2017 Book of the Month | This deeply moving story perfectly conveys the devastating impact of the First World War both on those who took part and those they... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/04/2017
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The Night Spinner
Abi Elphinstone
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | With this action packed third and final instalment to the series, Abi Elphinstone has secured her place in the imagination of young readers. Dark magic threatens to shroud Moll and everything... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/02/2017
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Books of the Year 9+

Lucky Button
Michael Morpurgo
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017 Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of two boys, Jonah and Nathaniel. Struggling to cope with his... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/11/2017
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The Lost Words
Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 A book to make you think and feel, this is an important, beautiful, spellbinding treasure. Words from nature are disappearing, being removed, left to one side to be forgotten. Some words... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2017
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Lockwood & Co: The Empty Grave
Jonathan Stroud
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a nutshell: dicing with the dead has never been so thrilling Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co series about a company of teenage psychics attempting to keep the streets of a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 21/09/2017
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The Dollmaker of Krakow
R. M. Romero
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: An enchantingly heartrending conjuration that weaves folklore magic with the darkness of Nazi-occupied Poland. Karolina is a living doll who's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Letters from the Lighthouse
Emma Carroll
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | July 2017 Book of the Month Lovereading4kids are big fans of Emma's books. Her stories continue to delight and move me, and Letters from the Lighthouse does not disappoint at all.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedRunning on the Roof of the World
Jess Butterworth
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | June 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Spirit of survival abounds on an epic Himalayan journey A captivatingly classic adventure in which two children battle extreme political and environmental... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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A Story Like the Wind
Gill Lewis
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Gill Lewis's A Story Like the Wind, a powerful and lyrical story about contemporary... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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I Funny: School of Laughs
James Patterson
One of our Books of the Year 2018 | June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: more fast, funny, heavily illustrated adventures with everyone's favourite junior comic Lots has happened since Jamie Grimm's first appearance in I Funny.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/06/2017
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Cream Buns and Crime
Robin Stevens
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | April 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: a tasty treat for would-be sleuths and fans of Wells and Wong | Young readers everywhere are hooked on Robin Stevens's Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that will... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/09/2017
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Books of the Year 11+

Illegal
Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Twelve-year-old Ebo's terrifying story of travelling alone from his home in Africa in order to have the chance of a childhood,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month More than two decades after Northern Lights the first book of Pullman's world-famous... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/10/2017
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The Land of Neverendings
Kate Saunders
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017 Award-winning Kate Saunders takes readers on a wondrous fantasy adventure in the best tradition of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/10/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Island at the End of Everything
Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a nutshell: beautifully... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedOne Silver Summer
Rachel Hickman
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | June 2017 Debut of the Month A heady romance for two adolescences each of whom is coping with a family trauma revolves around a horse, secrets and the terrible pressures of... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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The Ravenmaster's Boy
Mary Hoffman
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a nutshell: intrigue and treachery at the Tower of London, and a bird's eye view of the end of Anne Boleyn | Three young people witness the fall and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedWho Let the Gods Out?
Maz Evans
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | February 2017 Debut of the Month Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that will... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Books of the Year 13+

Moonrise
Sarah Crossan
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017 In a Nutshell: Death row injustice | Undying brotherly love A book to break your heart, quicken your blood and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Things a Bright Girl Can Do
Sally Nicholls
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | October 2017 Book of the Month This inspirational novel about three young Suffragettes from very different backgrounds is at once a riveting character-driven read, and an outstandingly rich account of British... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Indigo Donut
Patrice Lawrence
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a Nutshell: Soaring soundtrack to resilience and love Real-life grit, gripping mystery, magnificent love story - this second novel from the highly-acclaimed author of Orange Boy is a mighty fine... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Where the World Ends
Geraldine McCaughrean
One of our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award May 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: beautifully written, totally original, mesmerising storytelling | In the summer of 1727 a... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | May 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Coping with bipolar disorder | Finding the courage to shed secrets | Intense, insightful exploration of how it feels to live... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Orbiting Jupiter
Gary D. Schmidt
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Before meeting his new foster brother, Jack understands what he and his family are ‘getting into'. Fourteen-year-old Joseph almost killed a teacher, and he... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Books of the Year YA

Reader ReviewedThe Hate u Give
Angie Thomas
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | April 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fighting for Justice | Black Lives Matter | Stunning, vital wake-up call of a... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Black Moon
L. A. Weatherly
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | March 2017 Book of the Month A fitting and truly fabulous end to the breathtaking Broken Trilogy. It's 1942, nearly two thousand years after time was reset and war and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2017
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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Lauren James
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | September 2017 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Stellar story of survival in outer space A uniquely thought-provoking, space-set page-turner with an unforgettable main character whose strength and resolve... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2017
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Alex, Approximately
Jenn Bennett
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a Nutshell: Rolling waves of romance in the Californian sun Feel-good fiction at its best: moving, life-affirming, with a heart of sunshiney gold. Movie-loving, vintage-wearing Bailey has found her perfect... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedCountless
Karen Gregory
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a Nutshell: Compelling and compassionate account of a pregnant teen fighting an eating disorder | Insightful, authentic and profoundly moving story of a teenager facing the double struggle of... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Berlin Love Song
Sarah Matthias
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a nutshell: an unusual and unforgettable wartime love story | Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family's circus, growing up part of a warm, loving family, proud of her... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedMind the Gap
Phil Earle
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Carve the Mark
Veronica Roth
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | In a Nutshell: Deadly dilemmas amidst Star Wars-esque intergalactic enmity | First book in an ambitiously epic sci-fi duology from the author of the Divergent series. Akos lives in the... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe One Memory of Flora Banks
Emily Barr
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | January 2017 MEGA Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: the unforgettable story of a girl with... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Each year thousands of children's books are published and each month we feature around 80 of our favourites, all categorised by age range.

Below, after much debate in the office, are the ones we think are the best of the year.

We hope you enjoy the selection.

Many of them are available in a selection of formats including eBooks.

So, browse away and make sure you haven't missed out on our 'must reads' of 2017.

And why not also check our Book Awards category which lists all the shortlisted and winning books for the most prestigious awards of 2017.


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