The Best Children’s & YA Books of January

by the Brightly Editors

A new year brings a fresh crop of books for readers, young and young-at-heart! If you want to get 2024 off to a great start and make it the best year yet, we have the books to help. From humorous picture books to adventurous novels that will transport you to magical places, these are the most exciting books for children and teens this month.

  • YA

  • Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White

    by Amélie Wen Zhao

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    Magic, romance, betrayal, and war collide in this breathtaking sequel to Song of Silver, Flame Like Night. Epic fantasy fans everywhere are obsessing over this new series from the author of the Blood Heir trilogy. It’s a high-stakes YA fantasy steeped in ancient Chinese folklore and mythology that will sweep you into its pages and on an unforgettable adventure.

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  • Dungeons and Drama

    by Kristy Boyce

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    A music-loving teen with Broadway aspirations gets her heartstrings tangled in a knot in this adorable YA rom-com. When Riley gets grounded, she agrees to fake date a boy at work in exchange for him covering her shifts, giving her time to work on her high school musical. But the more time they spend together, the more their flirting feels like the real deal.

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  • Beasts of War

    by Ayana Gray

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    Ancient gods, monsters, friendship, and romance combine in the third and final book in the bestselling Beasts of Prey series. With threats mounting against them, Koffi and Ekon team up again to try and find enough powerful allies to save the mortal realm from utter destruction. But they’re running out of time, and Ekon’s past and Koffi’s powers could destroy everything they’ve fought for.

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  • Once a Queen

    by Sarah Arthur

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    This fresh YA fantasy novel is perfect for young teens who love stories about mysterious manors, magic portals, and family secrets. At her grandmother’s house in England, Eva learns that the home once had many portals to magical realms. But the portals have started to close, and nobody knows how or why. Eva must dig into her family’s past to unravel the mystery.

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  • The Invocations

    by Krystal Sutherland

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    If you’re craving an immersive young adult novel brimming with thrills, chills, and witchcraft, look no further. A murdered sister and a deal with a demon drive Zara and Jude to seek out Emer, a teenage witch who can talk with spirits. The three girls team up to track down a supernatural killer targeting Emer’s clients before they become the next victims. Keep a flashlight close by while you’re reading this hair-raising tale!

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