Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction, Picture Books

My Favourite Books of 2021

In honour of my 500th post for Scope for Imagination, I’d like to share my favourite books of this year. Not all have been published in 2021 but I have had the pleasure of reading them between January and December. (I have a few more great books to read in the next couple of weeks so I’ll be sure to share them separately). There are so many more I could mention but I’ve tried to limit it to 20 fantastic books.

These are books that have stayed with me – ones I can still remember where I was when I read them and elements of the story keep coming back to me. These are all books I’m sure I will still be reading and recommending for many years to come.

Click on each title to read my original review:

The Invisible by Tom Percival (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

Melt by Ele Fountain (Pushkin Press)

Twitch by MG Leonard (Walker Books)

Mystery of the Night Watchers by AM Howell (Usborne Books)

The Incredible Talking Machine by Jenni Spangler (Simon & Schuster Children’s Books)

The House of Serendipity by Lucy Ivison (Usborne Books)

Arctic Star by Tom Palmer (Barrington Stoke)

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes (Usborne Books)

Between Sea and Sky by Nicola Penfold (Little Tiger Press)

When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle (Andersen Press)

Keeper of Secrets by Sarah J Dodd (Firefly Press)

Danger at Deadman’s Pass by MG Leonard & Sam Sedgman (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll (Faber Children’s)

The Unexpected Tale of Bastien Bonlivre by Clare Povey (Usborne Books)

Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List by Jenny Pearson (Usborne Books)

Nisha’s War by Dan Smith (Chicken House Books)

The Secret of the Treasure Keepers by AM Howell (Usborne Books)

Who Will Love Me When You’re Gone by Anna Friend & Jake Biggin (Scholastic Books)

Special mention for two books I read in 2020 but published at the beginning of 2021:

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold (Harper Collins Children’s)

The Shark Caller by Zillah Bethell (Usborne Books)

The books published in 2021 that I’m most excited about are the first four books in my Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series.

2022 will see the publication of the remaining four books – Contemporary Children’s Literature & Non-fiction for Years 3/4 & 5/6. I’m thrilled about the very recent titles I’ve been able to use for extracts and can’t wait to share them with you!

Thank you for all of your support for Scope for Imagination over the past year!

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2022!

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