Every year new children’s books continue to impress us with their imaginative and rich stories filled with heart-racing adventures and unforgettable characters. This year’s selection has been particularly exciting with the start of a number of new series, but there have also been a few endings to our favourite series too, mingling our excitement with a sense of sadness and wonder at what’s to come next.
2015 saw the sad loss of one of the greatest authors of our time – Sir Terry Pratchett – and with it came his final ever Discworld novel; The Shepherd’s Crown, in which Tiffany Aching summoned the witches to stand against a fairy invasion. Cressida Cowell’s series – How to Train Your Dragon – also saw its final release in How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, in which we discovered the reason why dragons became extinct. And Charlie Higson completed his series The Enemy with seventh book The End.
But as those who mourned the end of the Heroes of Olympus series last year know, the end of one series may mean the beginning of another, and Rick Riordan didn’t disappoint with the first book in his new Magnus Chase series, filled with Norse Gods, immortal warriors and enough action to keep us reading way past our bedtimes.
Read on for more of our top children’s books of 2015 to reminisce on some of the greatest titles to be released this year.