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27May

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

A call to embrace wildness, a guide to shells, a tall tree tale, wishing candles, paper spirits, and a tough apology to make

Be Wild, Little One by Olivia Hope and Daniel Egnéus (Bloomsbury, £6.99)
This luminously beautiful picture book is filled with tender, thrilling exhortations to embrace wildness: diving into the deepest blue, swinging along with chimpanzees or wishing on every star.

The Boy Who Sailed the World by Julia Green and Alex Latimer (David Fickling, £6.99)
A little boy loves the sea so much that he builds a boat and sets sail in it, weathering sea currents and storms, making friends, and finally sailing home – before a new voyage beckons. Words and images are rich with wonder in this lovely picture book, based on the adventures of the author’s dauntless son.

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