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New Bright Books for Spring 2020

last updated 14 January 2020


2020 is here, and it’s full of brilliant new books! We’ve got the latest title from award-winning author and illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, as well as the January Indie Book of the Month illustrated by Laura Hughes. There are also two cracking debut author-illustrated picture books from Viola Wang and Holly Sterling. Meanwhile, we’ve got sequels to the highly-acclaimed fiction titles BOOT and Darkwhisper, and the brilliant Fred Blunt has teamed up with Kes Gray for new picture book The Diddle That Dummed .

Scroll down to take a peek at the full list of wonderful books below!



The Day The Banana Went Bad illustrated by Tom Knight, written by Michelle Robinson // Scholastic

Would You Like A Banana? by Yasmeen Ismail // Walker Books

I Was There: Boudica’s Army and I Was There: Tutankhamun’s Tomb illustrated by Ben Whitehouse, written by Sue Reid and Hilary McKay // Scholastic


The Tale of a Toothbrush illustrated by Daniel Rieley, written by M.G.Leonard // Walker Books

Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story illustrated by Alette Straathof, written by Bali Rai // Scholastic

All The Love In The World illustrated by Lucy Fleming, written by Tammi Salzano // Little Tiger Press

Little Bird Lost illustrated by Sebastiaan Van Doninck, written by Patricia Hegarty // Stripes Publishing


The Bear Who Did illustrated by Laura Hughes, written by Louise Greig // Egmont

The Moonlight Zoo illustrated by Karl James Mountford, written by Maudie Powell-Tuck // Little Tiger Press

Mermaids Rock: The Coral Kingdon illustrated by Mirelle Ortega, written by Linda Chapman // Stripes Publishing



The Perfect Birthday Recipe by Katy Hudson // Raintree

You Can Tell A Fairy Tale: Pinocchio by Migy Blanco // Templar Publishing

Gnome by Fred Blunt // Andersen Press

Karate Kids by Holly Sterling // Walker Books


River Stories illustrated by Ashling Lindsay and Irene Montano, written by Timothy Knapman // Egmont

The Pirates Are Coming! illustrated by Matt Hunt, written by John Condon // Nosy Crow

Darkwhispers: A Brightstorm Adventure illustrated by George Ermos, written by Vashti Hardy // Scholastic

BOOT: The Rusty Rescue illustrated by Ben Mantle, written by Shane Hegarty // Hodder Children’s Books



Egg by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet // Macmillan Children’s Books

The Diddle That Dummed illustrated by Fred Blunt, written by Kes Gray // Hodder Children’s Books

Rabbit Bright by Viola Wang // Hodder Children’s Books

Ghostcatcher: Potkin and Stubbs Book 3 illustrated by Karl James Mountford, written by Sophie Green // Piccadilly Press


Once Upon A Dragon’s Fire by Beatrice Blue // Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Stars Before Bedtime: A Mindful Fall-Asleep Book illustrated by Hannah Tolson, written by Claire Grace and Jessamy Hibberd

Princess Poppy: Fantastic No Plastic illustrated by Jennie Poh, written by Janey Louise Jones // Eden Cooper

Harry’s House of Invention illustrated by Chris Jevons, written by Rachel Anderson // Bloomsbury


The House on Hoarder Hill illustrated by Maxine Lee-Mackie, written by Kelly Ngai & Mikki Lish // Chicken House

Mummy Fairy and Me: Mermaid Magic illustrated by Marta Kissi, written by Sophie Kinsella // Puffin

Winged Wonders: Solving the Monarch Migration Mystery illustrated by Yas Imamura, written by Meeg Pincus // Sleeping Bear Press

One World, Many Colours illustrated by Alette Straahof, written by Ben Lerwill // Quarto: words & pictures

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