September 2021: Children's Previews

Booksellers, brace yourselves. I’ve written at length about the increase in new titles over the past two years, but September is far and away my biggest preview ever. It is slightly inflated by a hefty 30th September publication date, but surely this must be some kind of peak; even Waterstones Piccadilly can’t accommodate these numbers.

The increase is seen across the categories, but most concentrated in Fiction 9–12 and Non-Fiction titles. Choosing a Book of the Month was a near-impossible task—all of my Editor’s Choices would be worthy contenders—but I was bowled over by the dynamite duo...

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