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October Publications

last updated 01 October 2020


Hurray for October!

We have a whole harvest of new releases from our authors and illustrators this month.

Award-winning artist David Litchfield illustrates Smriti Prasadam-Halls’ uplifting tale about finding optimism, Rain before Rainbows, while George Ermos showcases another action-packed cover for Abi Elphinstone’s second-in-series, Jungledrop. Diane Ewen illustrates Baroness Floella Benjamin’s inspiring true story Coming to England and it seems that some early festive celebrations are in order as Chris Chatterton brings us his second author-illustrated picture book, Merry Christmas, Gus.

Take a look at what else is publishing in October…

October publications


Rain Before Rainbows, illustrated by David Litchfield, written by Smriti Halls // Walker Books

Songs for our Sons, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay, written by Ruth Doyles // Andersen Press

5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime, illustrated by various artists including Olivia Holden, Jacqui Lee, Katie Rewse & Katie Wilson, written by Sally Symes, Jackie McCann, Jen Arena & Rachel Valentine // What on Earth Books

Why? A Sciencey, Rhymey Guide to Rainbows illustrated by Rhys Jefferys, written by Billy Dunne // Maverick Arts


Futuristic Fairy Tales: Goldilocks in Space, illustrated by Chris Jevons, written by Peter Bently // Hodder Children’s Group

Peas on Earth, illustrated by Lindsey Sagar, written by Jonny Marx // Little Tiger Press

Dragon Detective: Sky High!, illustrated by Scott Brown, written by Gareth P. Jones // Stripes Publishing

Malice in Underland, illustrated by Hannah Peck, written by Jenni Jennings // Scholastic

Can’t See Santa!, illustrated by Chris Jevons, written by Mandy Archer // Little Tiger Press


The Princess Rules: It’s a Prince Thing, illustrated by Chris Chatterton , written by Philippa Gregory // HarperCollins Children’s Books

The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars, illustrated by Karl James Mountford, written by Jaclyn Moriarty // Guppy Books

The Twinkly Twinkly Fairies, illustrated by Róisín Hahessy, written by Sam Taplin // Usborne

Theodora Hendrix and the Monstrous League of Monsters, illustrated by Chris Jevons, written by Jordan Kopy // Walker Books

Jungledrop, illustrated by George Ermos, written by Abi Elphinstone // Simon & Schuster Children’s UK


Little People, BIG DREAMS: Ayrton Senna, illustrated by Alex G Griffiths, written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara // Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Who Lives in the Wild?, illustrated by Kirsti Davidson, written by Roger Priddy // Priddy Books

The Fairy Penguin, illustrated by Gavin Scott, written by Tilda Kelly // Orchard Books

The Greatest Inventor, illustrated by George Ermos, written by Ben Brooks // Quercus Children’s Books


Coming to England, illustrated by Diane Ewen, written by Baroness Floella Benjamin // Macmillan Children’s Books

The Extraordinary Life of Nelson Mandela, illustrated by Ashley Evans written by E. L. Norry // Puffin

Merry Christmas, Gus, by Chris Chatterton // Macmillan Children’s Book

The Good Bear, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock, written by Sarah Lean // Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, illustrated by Hannah Peck, written by Jessica Townsend // Orion Children’s Books


The World Around Me, illustrated by Oliver Averill, written by Charlotte Guillain // words & pictures

Ways to Say I Love You, illustrated by Alette Straathof, written by Marilyn Singer // words & pictures

It’s OK Not To Be OK, illustrated by Jessica Smith, written by Dr Tina Rae // QED Publishing

Daisy and the Unknown Warrior, illustrated by Tania Rex, written by Tony Bradman // Barrington Stoke

Little People, BIG DREAMS: Elton John, illustrated by Sophie Beer, written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara // Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

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