Books I can’t wait to read in 2023

1. Libby and the Highland Heist

Jo Clarke, illustrated by Becka Moor

I loved reading Libby and the Parisian Puzzle last year. This cosy mystery for kids was exactly the kind of book 7-year-old me would have devoured. So I can’t wait to see what mysteries Libby will have to unravel next as she heads to Scotland to visit her new friend, Connie.

Luckily, I don’t have long to wait. Libby and the Highland Heist is out on 19th January. Pre-order at Waterstones (or head to your local indie to bag a copy).

2.Villains Academy

Ryan Hammond

Unsurpisingly, I’m a sucker for stories set in unusual schools. So I’m really looking forward to visiting Villain’s Academy in February.

Has Bram the werewolf really got what it takes to be a proper villain? I’ll be first in the queue to dive into this silly (and spooky) story to find out!

Villains Academy is out 2nd Feb 2022. Pre-order at Watestones for a special sprayed edge edition.

3. Michael, the Amazing Mind-Reading Sausage Dog

Terrie Chilvers, illustrated by Tim Budgen

Michael the sausage dog has a rare talent: he can read minds. But is it enough to turn him into the su-paw-star of his dreams?

I was lucky enough to read an early draft of Michael’s memoirs, so I already know his journey to Hollywoof is heartwarming and hilarious. And his sidekick, Stanley Big Dog might just be one of my all-time favourite supporting characters. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to fall head-over-paw for this fabulous story.

Michael The Amazing Mind-Reading Sausage Dog is out on 8th June 2022. Give your future-self a treat and pre-order now.

Which books are you looking forward to reading in 2023? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚

Reading Adventure

Whatever you’re planning to do this summer, if you’ve got a book you can go anywhere. Here’s a downloadable list of destinations 6-11 year-olds can escape to. The chances are, these are places young readers won’t have seen before as every book on the list comes from a 2022 debut children’s author.

Let me know how far you travel by sending pics of the books you’re reading to me (@MissDePlume) on Instagram or Twitter with the #Reading Adventure.

Download the #ReadingAdventure travel guide

Enjoyed the adventure? Send a postcard!

If you enjoyed your travels this summer (or if you go on the adventure with your class) why not write a postcard, inviting others to join you? This PDF includes template postcards for all 16 books on the adventure.

Meet the tour guides

When you’re visiting a new place, it’s good to have a guide. You can meet them all on Twitter. Here’s my unrolled thread where I introduce them all.

Ready to go on a #ReadingAdventure this summer?
Here are some cracking destinations 6-10 year-olds can visit in the pages of books.
I’ll unroll this thread + include a downloadable list on my website today. But first, let’s meet your tour guides…
#ShareStuffSunday ๐Ÿงต

Wands at the ready! First up we have @FinlaysonPalmer: she’ll guide you through the magical village of Sparkledale in AUTUMN MOONBEAM: DANCE MAGIC #ReadingAdventure

If you ever find a boat to Crabby Island, @LetLucyB will show you around. (And if you love LEONORA BOLT: SECRET INVENTOR so much you don’t want to go home, Lucy might even take you on a second journey – pack a snorkel just in case.) #ReadingAdventure

Ooh la la, who better than @bookloverJo to lead you through the streets of Paris in LIBBY AND THE PARISIAN PUZZLE #ReadingAdventure

Dog-lovers can head to Australia with Kate and PAWS.
#ReadingAdventure ๐Ÿพ

@camillacauthor will help you handle the heat in Luton in CALL ME LION… if you can keep a secret. #ReadingAdventure

@MissDePlume (that’s me!) will guide you safely through the Stinking, Sinking Swamp in SMALL! #ReadingAdventure

London’s looking a little different in THE SECRET WILD. Don’t worry, @alexrevelyn will guide you through it. #ReadingAdventure

Off to the seaside in Edge? @fionalongmuir will show you round the local museum in LOOKING FOR EMILY. #ReadingAdventure

Feeling brave? @skyemc_kenna will help you through the dark forest in HEDGEWITCH #ReadingAdventure

Follow @yarrowtownsend to meet some most unusual flowers in THE MAP OF LEAVES #ReadingAdventure

@Emilie_London will show you around the seaside town of Pebblehampton. She might even introduce you to the local animals in THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ALICE TONKS #ReadingAdventure

If you ask nicely, @annabelwriter might give you a tour of The Island in SKANDAR AND THE UNICORN THIEF #ReadingAdventure

Ready to visit a superhero-filled Nigeria like you’ve never seen it before? @TolaOkogwu will be your guide through ONYEKA AND THE ACADEMY OF THE SUN #ReadingAdventure

@justynedwards will take you on a magical mystery tour through the Fox’s Den in THE GREAT FOX ILLUSION #ReadingAdventure

Fancy some ice cream? Follow @_catgray to the world’s best ice cream van in SPELLSTOPPERS #ReadingAdventure

Or head to Blackpool with @JessScottWhyte. She knows where to find all the best sweets in THE ASPARAGUS BUNCH #ReadingAdventure

And that’s it! If you visit any (or all!) of our debut 2022 destinations this summer, why not take a photo and tag us? Don’t forget to use #ReadingAdventure

Originally tweeted by Hannah Moffatt (@MissDePlume) on July 17, 2022.