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May's Picks For Children

Malorie, Frank and the LoveMyRead team have chosen the best new releases in each age category to unleash the imagination of your child.

Gift the book to a child you love or choose for your own child

My Red Hat

Rachel Stubbs

0-3 years

In Rachel Stubbs' gentle meditation on love and memory, a grandfather passes down to his grandchild the joyful anticipation of a life lived with wonder and openness ... and a very special hat.


The hat is full of dreams, secrets and stories and can even spark new adventures. Explore all the possibilities that a treasured hand-me-down can bring and see how love is handed down with it.

LoveMyRead Review

Rachel Stubbs My Red Hat was in a different league. Stunningly beautiful.

Available from: 6th May 2021

The Pet: A Cautionary Tale

Catherine Emmett

4-6 years

A laugh-out-loud cautionary tale (for children and grown-ups) written by Catherine Emmett and illustrated by David Tazzyman, bestselling illustrator of the Mr Gum series and You Can't Take an Elephant on a Bus.

Digby David wants a pet, but not just any pet – it has to be TWICE as big as Reuben's guinea pig and even better than Lily Jean's cat. Digby David's Daddy does what he's told, and soon Digby has a guinea pig, which he loves with all his heart... for half a day. Digby demands bigger and better, Daddy's hair gets greyer and greyer, and when Digby's dog gets boring too, he insists Daddy buy him . . . a gorilla!

LoveMyRead Review

The Pet is a swinging swaggering story. Digby David keeps insisting on bigger and better pets. But what happens when his wish comes true. I love the cock-eyed energy of the story and the brilliantly vibrant drawings by David Tazzyman. Who wouldn’t want a gorilla like that!?!

Available from: 13th May 2021

Kate On The Case

Hannah Peck

7-9 years

First in a witty two-colour chapter-book series about a bold young detective and a colourful cast of suspects, in a setting worthy of Agatha Christie.


Young reporter-in-training Kate and her mouse-accomplice Rupert are on board a train, to visit Kate's mum in the Arctic.

But as soon as the train departs, mysterious things start happening. A packet of ginger nuts goes missing . . .

A collection of gymnastics trophies are stolen . . . And some ancient scrolls disappear . . . Fellow passenger Madame Maude seems the most likely culprit, until a surprising - and delicious - twist turns the whole investigation on its head.


LoveMyRead Review

Kate on the Case by Hannah Peck is a great story about an unusual train journey, with quirky illustrations and a twist in the tale (or should we say tail) that we bet you won’t see coming. It is an entertaining, fun and unpredictable whodunnit that is a real pleasure to read. Enjoy!

Available from: 8th May 2021

Noah's Gold

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

10-12 years

Eleven-year old Noah sneaks along on his big sister's geography field trip. Everything goes wrong! Six kids are marooned on an uninhabited island. Their teacher has vanished. They're hungry. Their phones don't work and Noah has broken the internet. There's no way of contacting home . . . Disaster!

Until Noah discovers a treasure map and the gang goes in search of gold...

LoveMyRead Review

This book absolutely sizzles and sparks with Frank’s most marvellous sense of humour. It’s cheeky, funny, heart-warming and so full of love. A tale about believing in your intuition and power to work things out, every parent can delight in the lessons their child will learn from this fabulous book – and all the fun they’ll have along the way.

Available from: 13th May 2021

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