Today I’ve got a big book haul to show you which I received at the start of the month but I just haven’t had the time to post about it yet because of all the health issues I’ve been having.  I’m super excited for many of these titles though and I hope you’ll enjoy checking out these wonderful books which are new releases, for children and teens.  A big than you to Hannah at Walker Books for send these over.  The brief descriptions of all of these are from the email I got from Walker and are not book blurbs.  Let’s take a look at what is here! 🙂

First are a couple of lovely picture books:

May book haul Walker Books paperback picture books
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Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls & David LitchfieldA girl and her companion fox travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life.

Luna Loves Art by Joseph Coelho & Fiona LumbersAt the gallery, Luna is transfixed by the famous art, but her classmate Finn doesn’t seem to want to be there at all. Maybe all Finn needs is a friend.

Some more picture books for children in hardback format:

May book haul Walker Books hardback picture books
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Maybe… by Chris HaughtonA funny, suspenseful and keenly observed cautionary tale about pushing boundaries and indulging your more mischievous, cheeky side (when nobody is looking)

Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus & Polly DunbarBoy Bear cannot hear Dad Bear coming to wake him up in the morning and cannot catch what his friends are laughing at. With the support of Dad Bear, Boy Bear visits an audiologist and, eventually, gets hearing aids.

The Rock from the Sky by Jon KlassenA hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it.

There are some interesting non-fiction titles here:

May book haul Walker Books non fiction books
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The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph – This compelling book on anti-racism serves as a conversation starter and a tool kit, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to do better.

The Awesome Power of Sleep: How to Sleep Supercharges your Brain by Nicola Morgan – The essential guide to sleep which explores why teenagers so desperately need a good night’s sleep, what a lack of sleep does to their developing brains, and explains how to have the best sleep possible.

Now onto the ya fiction and this is an extra special hardback collector’s edition!:

May book haul Walker Books ya hardback
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The Last Hours: Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare – Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. But the truth is far grimmer. And now a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.

And finally two more ya interesting ya books I’m excited to read, this time in paperback:

May book haul Walker Books ya paperback
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The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud – England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes and conformity is rigidly enforced. Only a few fight back – and two of these outlaws, Scarlett McCain and Albert Browne, display an audacity and talent that makes them legends.

Concrete rose by Angie Thomas – The son of a drug king, seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is negotiating life in Garden Heights as he balances school, slinging dope, and working two jobs. He’s got it all under control – until he finds out that he’s a father.


I’m so excited for so many of these books.  I’ve always loved Jon Klassen books so I’m especially excited for The Rock from the Sky.  I also love the idea of a book focusing on a deaf character, something I’m not sure I’ve ever seen before in picture books (or even ones aimed at older readers!), and if you think you’ve seen the first book about rainbows on this blog before, you’d be right, I’ve already reviewed it here on the blog but that was a digital version and I plan on posting an updated post about it explaining more of what the book feels and looks like as well as some lovely photos of the pages! 😀  I’m also extra interested in reading Concrete Rose.  Even though I liked (but didn’t love) The Hate U Give, I’m still very interested in this sequel, or should I say prequel, seeing as it’s about the father of the main character from the first book. 🙂

In truth I’m excited for ALL of these books and am getting back into reading after taking a bit of a break during my illness.  I’m managing to read more these days and hopefully will be able to post more about what’s happened to me and some more interesting and fun posts very soon. 🙂 In the meantime let me know what you are reading. :)<3

Are there any books in this haul that you’d like to read?  What books are you looking forward to in June?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂