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17Jun

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

A dog’s secret day out; a celebration of wildflowers; a guide to dinosaurs; tales of espionage and more; plus the best YA novels

A Day by the Sea by Barbara Nascimbeni (Thames & Hudson, £10.99)
Mischievous dog Frido is off to the seaside! While his owner naps, he surfs, digs and feasts on ice-cream – but can he get back before he’s missed? A joyful, exuberant, summery picture book.

I am Nefertiti by Annemarie Anang, illustrated by Natelle Quek (Five Quills, £7.99)
Nefertiti’s drumming brings the whole band together – but when her music teacher can’t pronounce her name, shortening it to “Nef”, something happens to Nefertiti’s playing … A deft, empathy-fostering exploration of the importance of names and respect.

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