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25Mar

Children’s and teens roundup – the best new picture books and novels

Dressing up, finding solace during conflict, a monster underfoot and more, plus the best new YA novels

Mum, Me and the Mulberry Tree by Tanya Rosie and Chuck Groenink (Walker, £12.99)
With its lulling, looping rhymes and softly muted palette, this adorable picture-book account of a mother-daughter trip to gather mulberries evokes the sweet immediacy of small childhood rituals – and the loving memories they lay down for a lifetime.

John Agard’s Windrush Child by John Agard and Sophie Bass (Walker, £12.99)
Debut illustrator Bass’s intricate, colourful, arresting pictures bring out all the resonances of Agard’s spare text in this story of a child, a ship, a journey, and a new life enriched by the loves and memories of the old.

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