Give children the reading bug this May

GREEN boys, book-stealing rabbits and tiger ticklers all feature in Jane E Sandell’s round-up of the best new children’s books

My First Scottish Things That Go book by Kate McLelland. Picture: Contributed


The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name (, £18.99) is that rare thing, a self-published book that delights on all counts. Written by David Cadji-Newby and illustrated by Pedro Serapicos, it tells the story of a little girl (there’s also a version with a little boy) who wakes up one morning to discover her name is missing. The story is enjoyable and the illustrations dynamic but what will please children most is that the lost name is theirs. The high-quality book is produced to order using a selection of components, meaning that any name can be used. This is hugely exciting for children.