Booklists

Read our themed booklists and discover some of our favourite children's titles.

We've got lots of themed booklists to help you find your next book to read.

 

For example:

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  • Best bedtime books for newborns (0-2 months)

    We know that reading with your newborn baby at bedtime can be lots of fun. It's also a special time for snuggling up and sharing a story: it's important bonding time.

    However, we think the bedtime story's role in getting your little one to sleep can be the best part of a successful sleepy time routine. If you want to get your little one off to sleep, a soothing, sleepy, soporific story or poem will be a big help. Here are some of our top recommendations for sleepy time reads.

     

  • Best bedtime books for babies (2-12 months)

    We know that reading with your baby at bedtime can be lots of fun. And  it's an opportunity for parents and carers to give outlandish accents and voices a try.


    Bedtime stories are the last part of an effective and good bedtime routine for your baby. A story to your child can send your little one off to sleep for longer. Here are some top recommendations for sleepy time reads.

     

  • Best bedtime books for toddlers (12-36 months)

    We know that reading with your toddler at bedtime can be lots of fun. It's also a time to help your child and relax into bedtime

    Books are an important part of a bedtime routine. So, If you want to get your little one off to sleep, a soothing, sleepy, soporific story or poem will be a big help. Here are some of our top recommendations for sleepy time reads.

     

  • Deaf Awareness Week booklist

    This year, Deaf Awareness Week is on 2 to 8 May 2016. The organisers hope to challenge asumptions about deafness, bust some myths and focus on the positive. You can join in with the discussions on social media and find out more on the deaf awareness week's website

     

    To mark the week, here's a list of children's books relevant to deafness. The following selection includes books which feature deafness as a key theme, books featuring a deaf protagonist, and books that happen to include children with hearing aids and cochlear implants, in a subtle and natural way.

  • 14 of the best queens in fiction

    It's the Queen's 90th birthday, which is pretty impressive - and she is already our longest-serving monarch.

     

    Children's books are full of varied and colourful portrayals of queens: some wield Evil Powers, while others save the day in interesting ways. Nearly all are characters you'll find hard to forget.

    So whether you want to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's reign, powerful female role models, or just simply age and wisdom, take a look at our top fictional queens below.

  • Laugh Out Loud Book Awards shortlist

    We thought we'd use April's Funny Books month to have a laugh at the Lollies shortlisted books.

     

    A bear in need of the toilet, a shy viking and a lonely slug make up the laughs on our Lollies list. So, chuckle, belly laugh and even RAOFL (roll around on the floor laughing) at our books perfect for ages 5-13. 

     

    You can even win all of the books

  • Favourite funny books

    Warning: these books will make you laugh, snort, giggle, titter, chuckle and chortle.

    Some of the funniest books around are children's books, so you're in for a treat with these favourites below. Be careful, though - there's a danger of actual tears and serious stomach-hurt from doubling-over with laughter. Don't say we didn't warn you!

  • Down Syndrome Awareness

    Around 750 babies in the UK every year are born with Down syndrome. This equates to one in every thousand. 

     

    Monday 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day and 20-26 March is Down Syndrome Awareness Week, with the theme of ‘My friends, my community’. Awareness Week encourages society to celebrate people with Down syndrome of all ages, and support their rights to participate fully in the community and enjoy real equality.

     

    To mark the week, BookTrust is highlighting children's books featuring characters who have Down syndrome. The following list features UK titles where characters with Down syndrome either appear as protagonists or are simply included naturally in the images.

     

    Go to the Down Syndrome Association website for plenty of wonderful myth-busting information and advice - including a free information pack that can be downloaded or ordered.

  • St Patrick’s Day books for 9+

    Ring in this St Patrick's Day by adding six new books set in Ireland to your reading list.  

     

    Our St Patrick's Day booklist about the Emerald Isle features a range of books. Tales of time travel, magic, witches, natural disasters and mythical worlds are awaiting to be explored.

     

    If fantasy isn't your thing, then there are funny books about contemporary Ireland and short stories too.

     

    Browse the selected books, which sees Ireland transformed in a variety of ways. And all without a single leprechaun in sight.  

  • Shakespeare retold

    Take a look at some of our favourite re-tellings (or reimaginings) of Shakespeare's plays. They all bring these incredible stories to life for younger readers.

     

    From picture book versions to teenage novels, the books provide the perfect introduction to Shakespeare.

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