Hot Picks for 2012: Children's

The Bookseller's Philip Stone picks out the children's books he thinks will win over the little ones in 2012


Michael Grant - BZRK (Feb)
The first in an exciting new thriller series from the author of Gone. Publisher Egmont has teamed up with a media studio to create a cross-media experience (apps, website, books). 
Rachel Hartman - Seraphina (July)
Début novel by Canadian Rachel Hartman, billed as Eragon meets Game of Thrones. A gifted musician becomes embroiled in an investigation into the murder of a member of the royal family in the Kingdom of Goredd - populated by humans and dragons able to fold themselves into human form.
Christopher Lloyd - The What on Earth? Wallbook of Sport (April)
The original What on Earth? Wallbook was fantastic - an A3 book containing more than 1,000 illustrations that, when unfolded, stretched for over two metres. The new one delves into the history of sport from the ancient Olympics to the present day.
Val McDermid - My Granny is a Pirate (Jan) 
The prolific crime writer's first children's book is the story of a swashbuckling granny who captures pirate ships but is always home for tea.
Chris Riddell - Wyrmeweald: Bloodhoney (Feb)
Second instalment in the three-part fantasy series, Wyrmeweald, where dragon-like monsters roam. Random House tells us to think True Grit meets Avatar, with dragons . Wizard!