Booklists

Read our themed booklists and find out about some of our favourite teen titles.

We will add a new list every month, so keep checking this page and remember to leave comments and let us know what you think of the books we have chosen.

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  • Raymond Briggs: a lifetime in books

    Raymond Briggs has just won our Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 - and with very good reason.

     

    He's been writing and illustrating for decades and has won over legions of fans with his ability to be outrageously funny but also moving and reflective. He's unafraid to steer children and adults through some of life's big themes, but always in a way that's completely engaging. His stories and drawings live long in the mind.

    Below are some of our favourites, covering a wide range of reading ages - from teeny tots to reluctant grown-ups. If you only know a couple of Raymond Briggs' works, you're in for a treat...

     

    More on the Lifetime Achievement Award

  • World Cancer Day 2017

    4 February is World Cancer Day, which aims to raise awareness, urge governments to take action, and educate us all about the disease and its impact.

     

    We've put together a booklist for readers aged 9+ full of novels that explore the effects of cancer, so if you and your family want to do some wider reading, take a look at our recommendations below.

  • Books to read during LGBT History Month

    Help teenagers to explore diversity, identity and love with this selection of some favourite books below. They include lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters and relationships.

     

    These are the perfect reads for LGBT History Month, which takes place every February: a month-long celebration of LGBT rights and role models.

  • Spooky reads for autumn and winter nights

    Now the nights are dark and long, there's a definite chill in the air. But is that shiver down your spine caused by the cold weather or something else?

     

    If you like to spook yourself silly, prepare to be scared with these enjoyably eerie books about ghosts, gods, nightmares and monsters. Don't say we didn't warn you...

  • Best diary books for how it feels to be a teenager

    There's something about the diary or journal format in a book that really helps you get under a character's skin. After all, you're privy to their first-person, most innermost thoughts. The relationship between the reader and this character feels so close that it can almost feel like a friendship.

     

    This must be why diary books are at their most powerful when you are a pre-teen or a young teenager: battling through puberty, everyday life, and trying to figure out who you are and want to be.

     

    Below are some of our favourites for capturing the highs, the lows, and the very, very funny bits. 

     

    For readers 12+.
  • Books to support understanding of mental health

    The lives of a huge proportion of children and young people will be touched by mental health issues, whether directly or indirectly. As many as one in ten children and young people aged five to 16 have a diagnosable mental health disorder - that is three in any one classroom.

     

    By adulthood, the figure rises to one in four, meaning many children will come into contact with relatives or other adults who are affected.

     

    Books that acknowledge and explore mental health problems can help to increase awareness, encourage dialogue, reduce stigma and develop real understanding. Such books are still fairly rare, but the following teen/young adult reads offer a range of different perspectives and are well worth seeking out.

  • 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

  • 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.  

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