World Book Day: five of the best new children's books for 2016
A selection of the best new titles in children's literature
There are only so many times you can read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your wee one before they heckle you for being unoriginal and repetitive. Even Harry Potter will grow old eventually (probably, one day, maybe). With that in mind, we thought we'd spend this World Book Day looking at some of the more exciting new releases for children that are coming out in 2016.
Little Red, Bethan Woollvin
This one is ideal for fans of darker fairy tales. It starts off in the same way as the original Red Riding Hood story: girl with coloured jacket cuts through the woods on the way to grandma's house, and meets an omnivorous mammal with a penchant for dishonesty. In Woollvin's version though, Little Red is a bit of a badass, and the wolf best watch its back.
Published 24 Mar, Pan Macmillan.
Eliza Rose, Lucy Worsley
This debut children's novel from TV historian Lucy Worsley offers a glimpse into life in the Tudor court, as heroine Eliza follows her glamorous cousin Katherine Howard into the court of Henry VIII.
Published 1 May, Bloomsbury.
There's an Owl in My Towel, Julia Donaldson & Rebecca Cobb
From the pair behind bestseller The Paper Dolls comes this new story, about how one baby's every move is thwarted by a variety of surprising animals. Ever tried to eat breakfast with a mole in your bowl? Yeah, us too.
Published 19 May, Pan Macmillan.
Archie Greene and the Alchemist's Curse, D D Everest
All sorts of magical mischief takes place in this book, when Archie's cousin Thistle embarks on his apprenticeship at the Museum of Magical Miscellany. Everest's world is full of spells and enchantment, if you like that kind of thing.
Published 2 June, Faber & Faber.
The Building Boy, Ross Montgomery & David Litchfield
A young boy builds a giant iron woman from old building materials he finds in his grandma's garden shed after she dies. When he's finished assembling the pieces, the iron woman comes to life.
Published 1 Sep, Faber & Faber.