Books beginning with: A

  • A Bear Called Paddington

    Michael Bond, Illustrated by Peggy Fortnum
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    Paddington, the brown bear from darkest Peru, is found by the Brown family on Paddington Station with his hat, duffel coat and marmalade sandwiches.

  • A Bear Hug at Bedtime

    Jana Novotny Hunter, illustrated by Kay Widdowson
    Child’s Play

    This is a delightful picture book with appealing illustrations and a gentle story about the power of the imagination and the fun of play, featuring a highly inclusive cast of characters.

  • A Beautiful Lie

    Irfan Master
    Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Set in India during the summer of 1947, A Beautiful Lie follows the tumultuous events of the Partition of India through the eyes of Bilal who is looking after his ill father.

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

    Michelle Robinson, Illustrated by David Roberts
    Bloomsbury

    This amusing guide book contains an array of information about how to spot and behave around bears. The result is a stylish, highly entertaining picture book, perfect for reading aloud.

  • A Berlin Love Song

    Sarah Matthias
    Troika Books

    Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family's circus. Max Hartmann is a member of the Hitler Youth, about to be recruited into the German Army.

  • A Big Day for Migs!

    Jo Hodgkinson
    Andersen Press

    Migs is nervous on the first day of school, so he tries a number of things to calm his nerves.

  • A Bird Like Himself

    Anahita Teymorian
    Tiny Owl

    A charming book about growing up, fitting in and finding your own wings. Engaging, funny illustrations enhance the simple text in a story that will delight young readers.

  • A Bit Lost

    Chris Haughton
    Walker Books

    Little Owl falls asleep in his (rather precarious) nest, falls onto the ground with a 'bump' and becomes 'a bit lost'. But Squirrel comes to his rescue...

  • A Book of Feelings

    Amanda McCardie, Illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
    Walker Books

    Feelings. We all have them - and sometimes they're uncomfortable. But what should we do with them? Bright, lively and sensitive pictures complement this warm and thoughtful narrative.

  • A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

    Dave Shelton
    David Fickling Books

    Imagine travelling on a boat with a polar bear as your captain.

  • A Boy Called Christmas

    Matt Haig Illustrated by Chris Mould
    Canongate

    A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic.

  • A Boy Called Hope

    Lara Williamson
    Usborne

    A Boy Called Hope is a moving story about a boy's search for his dad. Dan Hope is a funny and likeable boy who tackles the questions he has in his life head on. His determination to find answers is inspiring and will make the reader laugh as well as cry.

  • A Brave Bear

    Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Emily Hughes
    Walker Books

    A book for families, for dads and for illustration fans, this is in the same territory as the phenomenally successful Guess How Much I Love You, but with a subtler sentimentality that might appeal to a new generation of parents.

  • A Breath of Frost

    Alyxandra Harvey
    Bloomsbury Children's

    Written with humour and wit this first story in the Lovegrove Legacy trilogy is a thrilling Regency adventure with a sinister twist.

  • A Bus Called Heaven

    Bob Graham
    Walker Books

    One morning, a dilapidated bus appears from nowhere abandoned outside Stella’s house; a hand-painted sign on the front says: 'Heaven.'

  • A Busy Day for Birds

    Lucy Cousins
    Walker Books

    This is a bright, lively book, full of cheerful rhyme about the many different kinds of birds in the world. It is drawn with very distinct pop-art colours that really zing and grab your attention from the get-go. 

  • A Cage of Roots

    Matt Green
    O'Brien

    A gripping read with a feisty heroine, about time travel, loyalty, magic, betrayal and bravery which convincingly captures both contemporary and ancient Ireland.

  • A Cat Called Penguin

    Holly Webb Illustrated by Polly Dunbar
    Scholastic

    An entertaining story for fluent younger readers complemented by pen and ink illustrations

  • A Change Is Gonna Come

    Various
    Little Tiger

    This must-have anthology featuring stories and poems from 12 black, Asian and minority ethnic authors deals with the subject of change with wit, emotion and moments that will make you stop in your tracks.

  • A Child of Books

    Oliver Jeffers, Illustrated by Sam Winston
    Walker Books

    A little girl sails across the sea of her imagination to ask a little boy to come away with her to find stories again, worried that some people in the world have forgotten them.

  • A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope

    Michael Foreman
    Walker Books

    In a war-torn, barbed wire-fenced landscape, a boy finds a seedling and cultivates it, attracting insects and birds, bringing joy to all.

  • A Christmas Advent Story

    Hannah Tolson & Ivy Snow
    Bloomsbury

    A gentle introduction to Christmas themes for little ones, with flaps to turn and new words to learn.

  • A Dangerous Crossing

    Jane Mitchell
    Little Island

    This heartbreaking story depicts the reality of fleeing war, as told by a 13-year-old boy. Not only is her story told with compassion and understanding, it is also a timely and vital read. Deserving of a place on every school reading list.

  • A Dark, Dark Tale

    Ruth Brown
    Andersen Press

    A black cat takes the reader from one dark place to another: from a dark, dark moor to the dark, dark corner of a cupboard...to find what?

  • A Darkling Plain

    Philip Reeve
    Scholastic

    Far into the future, cities are earth-churning, mobile predators which eat smaller towns and villages and fight the Anti-tractionists, who long for the demise of the cities and for the world to be green again.

  • A Day I Remember

    Prodeepta Das
    Frances Lincoln

    This colourful account of a traditional Hindu wedding in modern day India is illustrated with stunning photographs, capturing the atmosphere of the preparations and ceremony.

  • A Day With Dogs

    Dorothee de Monfreid
    Gecko Press

    What do dogs do all day? A fantastically fun naming and classification-style book, A Day With Dogs will appeal to little ones that like to list and name different types of things - be it dogs, trains or elements of nature.

  • A Day with the Animal Doctors

    Sharon Rentta
    Scholastic

    Terence the Tapir accompanies his doctor mum to the animal hospital for the day.

  • A Dog Called Flow

    Pippa Goodhart Illustrated by Anthony Lewis
    Troika Books

    This is a powerful story that clearly leads its reader through the struggles of dyslexia. But it is also an adventurous tale of a boy and his dog and the powerful friendship between them.

  • A Dog Called Grk

    Joshua Doder
    Andersen Press

    Returning a lost dog doesn't usually involve running away to obscure European countries, stealing helicopters, masterminding jail breaks and fleeing despotic generals.

  • A Dose of Dr Dog

    Babette Cole
    Random House

    The focus on tropical diseases means A Dose of Doctor Dog is not as educational in its focus as the first in the series, Doctor Dog, but it also means that Babette Cole’s anarchic sense of humour can be fully unleashed.

  • A Dot in the Snow

    Corrinne Averiss Illustrated by Fiona Woodcock
    Oxford University Press

    Miki the polar bear cub is bored: mum is fishing on the ice, but he wants to play. He sees a red dot, far in the distance: what could it be?

  • A Face Like Glass

    Frances Hardinge
    Macmillan Children's Books

    This unusual and highly imaginative fantasy from Frances Hardinge is spellbinding

  • A Fairy-Tale

    Tony Ross
    Andersen Press

    In a dreary town, between the two world wars, young Bessie is lonely and bored. She meets the elderly Mrs Leaf who lives next door and they talk about whether fairies really exist.

  • A First Book of Animals

    Nicola Davies Illustrated by Petr Horacek
    Walker Books

    A wide range of animals are depicted and celebrated in this lovely, colourful hardback - from polar bears to flamingos, fireflies to nightingales. Each double page spread features a full illustration and a short poem

  • A First Book of Nature

    Nicola Davies Illustrated by Mark Hearld
    Walker Books

    Hearld's nostalgic illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this lovely chronicle of a child's first experiences of nature

  • A Flash of Blue

    Maria Farrer
    Scholastic

    A gripping story of love, grief, friendship and trust. The characters and their situations are completely believable and Amber's doubts, guilt and confused emotions are written with real understanding. Ultimately uplifting, this is a compelling read.

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School

    Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud
    Chronicle Books

    Silly and strange, children will enjoy the formula of this arty piece and it will encourage them to think creatively for their own extreme excuses.

  • A Gathering Light

    Jennifer Donnelly
    Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Mattie is entrusted by a female guest at the hotel where she works with some letters and instructed to burn them. The next day the woman is found drowned: murdered.

  • A Ghost-light in the Attic

    Pat Thomson
    Bloomsbury

    While helping to sort out old toys in the attic of a historic house, two youngsters are summoned back to the 17th century and thrust into the midst of the English Civil War.

  • A Girl Called Dog

    Nicola Davies
    Corgi Children's

    Threatening, scary, moving and exciting, this adventure story tackles the serious subject of child abduction with a light touch

  • A Girl Called Owl

    Amy Wilson
    Macmillan

    This is a magical, wintery tale that explores the relationship between the human and fairy world, featuring well-known characters from folklore. Amy Wilson's debut novel is a perfect read for those who love wintery magic.

  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Jaco Jacobs Translated from Afrikaans by Kobus Geldenhuys
    LAPA Publishers

    Marnus's older brother breaks hearts as well as swimming records, his little brother is a precocious entrepreneur, but middle child Marnus feels invisible. Then, one day, a girl called Leila shows up at his house with a petition to save a tree in the local park. When she takes Marnus to the tree, it is the start of an extraordinary adventure that changes his…

  • A Great And Terrible Beauty

    Libba Bray
    Simon and Schuster Childrens Books

    Gemma Doyle struggles to deal with her strange supernatural powers in this first installment of Libba Bray's series set in Victorian England.

  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Riddell
    Walker Books

    Beautifully illustrated poems for young children by two Children's Laureates

  • A Greyhound of a Girl

    Roddy Doyle
    Marion Lloyd Books

    Memories, stories and emotions intertwine in this beautiful, contemplative story about a family and its progress through time

  • A Guide to Sisters

    Paula Metcalf, Illustrated by Suzanne Barton
    Words and Pictures

    A big sister imparts her wisdom on all things to do with having a new little sister in this fun and playful picture book. Smart, funny text from Paula Metcalf is matched perfectly with cute line drawings from Suzanne Barton.

  • A Hen in the Wardrobe

    Wendy Meddour
    Frances Lincoln

    This warm-hearted, cross-cultural story from debut author Wendy Meddour makes a fun, easy and lively read.

  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Ruth Frances Long
    The O’Brien Press

    Izzy, who is only just getting used to her new powers, must try to stop a war breaking out. Hunted into the hills, she encounters an angel of death. This is a magical fantasy, brimming with suspense and adventure.

  • A House Without Mirrors

    Mårten Sandén, Illustrated by Moa Schulman, Translated by Karin Altenberg
    Pushkin Children’s Books

    During hide-and-seek, Thomasine and her cousins find a wardrobe that takes them to a mirror image of the house, but in another time. This beautifully written, poignant and sometimes creepy story is really about a family overcoming difficulties. 

  • A Hungry Lion: or a dwindling assortment of animals

    Lucy Ruth Cummins
    Simon & Schuster

    The author keeps the surprises coming in this hilarious and quirkily illustrated picture book. It proves that, while you can never trust a hungry lion, there’s always a bigger eater waiting in the wings…

  • A is Amazing

    Wendy Cooling (Editor) Illustrated by Piet Grobler
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Whether you are feeling lonely, joyful, bored, excited or naughty, there is a poem for every mood in this delightful children’s poetry anthology exploring emotions and feelings.

  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

    Yaba Badoe
    Head of Zeus

    Real and supernatural threats mingle as a girl saved from a shipwreck tries to find justice for her dead parents. Romance and magic combine with a powerful setting and subject to make a unique, enjoyable read for teens.

  • A Journey Through the Human Body

    Steve Parker, Illustrated by John Haslam
    Marshall Editions

    A clear, accessible and humorous exploration of the workings of the human body. An ideal book to share with budding scientists and curious children.

  • A Lark in the Ark

    Peter Bently, Illustrator: Lynne Chapman
    Egmont

    The animals in the ark are bored. Noah suggests hide and seek, but he knows their usual hiding places, so the animals pick the one place they’re FORBIDDEN – Noah’s bedroom.

  • A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children chosen by Carol Ann Duffy

    Carol Ann Duffy, Illustrated by Emily Gravett
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has created a spirited, enriching and exquisite anthology of poems for children.

  • A Letter for Bear

    David Lucas
    Flying Eye Books

    Bear works very hard, delivering post to all the animals in the wood - but he never receives any letters himself.

  • A Library of Lemons

    Jo Cotterill
    Piccadilly

    Believable, memorable, charming and moving, fans of Jacqueline Wilson's domestic dramas will enjoy this bittersweet story of a family finding their feet in the next chapter of their lives.

  • A Light Song of Light

    Kei Miller
    Carcanet Press

    A Light Song of Light is full of beautiful, graceful poems ruminating on Miller’s various identities: teacher, immigrant, gay man and, of course, poet.

  • A Little Aloud for Children

    Angela Macmillan (Editor) Foreword by Michael Morpurgo
    David Fickling Books

    Ideal for classroom use as well as bedtime reading, this is a delightfully varied and enjoyable collection.

  • A Little Piece of Ground

    Elizabeth Laird
    Macmillan Children's books

    A Little Piece of Ground cleverly combines an exciting story with pressing political issues and as such is sure to encourage passionate debate.

  • A Little Princess

    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Vintage Children's Classics

    A girl has a terrible time when she must go to boarding school

  • A Lullaby for Little One

    Dawn Casey, Illustrated by Charles Fuge
    Nosy Crow

    This heartwarming rhyming story is beautifully illustrated by Charles Fuge - with the huggiest and loveliest bunnies imaginable.

  • A Medal for Leroy

    Michael Morpurgo Illustrated by Michael Foreman
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    A moving story of love, loss and discovering your identity, inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Manga Shakespeare

    by Richard Appignanesi, William Shakespeare, Kate Brown
    SelfMadeHero

    Shakespeare's enduring story set in present-day Athens, but a present with a massive difference.

  • A Monster Calls

    Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay
    Walker Books Ltd

    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute him. And then there is the immense, mythic Monster.

  • A Month with April-May

    Edyth Bulbring
    Hot Key

    Follow bored, angry yet irresistible teen April-May as she negotiates a new school and a new family situation in her own unique way.

  • A Most Improper Magick

    Stephanie Burgis
    Templar

    A 21st-century take on Jane Austen's world, entertainingly viewed through the eyes of a 12-year-old heroine who discovers she has inherited her mother's magical abilities.

  • A Near Thing for Captain Najork

    Russell Hoban Illustrated by Quentin Blake
    Walker Books

    This is another fantastic collaboration between Hoban and Blake. The story is a joyous, nonsensical tale of misadventure and the illustrations capture the absurdity perfectly.

  • A Necklace of Raindrops

    Joan Aiken, Illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
    Jonathan Cape Children's Books

    Filled with poetic repetitions, each story beautifully balances the prosaic with the wondrous.

  • A Nest Of Vipers

    Catherine Johnson
    Corgi

    We meet Cato Hopkins in Newgate Prison in September 1712, on the morning of the day he is due to be hanged for fraud.

  • A New Hero: World of Warriors

    Curtis Jobling
    Puffin Books

    Thirteen-year-old Trick Hope is magically transported to the Wildlands, where the greatest warriors of all time have been summoned to fight the brutal Boneshaker and his murderous Skull Army. To return home, Trick must first defeat the mighty warlord in this thrilling fantasy adventure.

  • A New House for Mouse

    Petr Horacek
    Walker Books

    Mouse sets off to find a new home, one that will be big enough for her and her big juicy apple.

  • A Piglet Called Truffle

    Helen Peters, Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
    Nosy Crow

    When Jasmine discovers a helpless piglet, she takes it upon herself to make sure it has a chance. But will Truffle be allowed to stay with Jasmine for good? This short, sweet story of a little girl looking after the runt of the litter is a perfect early reader. 

  • A Pilgrim's Progress

    John Bunyan Retold by Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrated by Jason Cockroft
    Hachette

    This retelling of John Bunyan's classic story is filled with drama, excitement and adventure

  • A Place to Call Home

    Alexis Deacon, Illustrated by Vivianne Schwarz
    Walker Books Ltd

    A family of furry animals grow too big for their home in an old mattress and have to go out into the unknown world of the back yard to find a new one. This endearing and engaging picture book about growing up is told with gentle humour and illustrated with a blend of painting and photography by 2011 Best New Illustrator, Viviane Schwarz.

  • A Quiet Day in the Jungle

    Andrew Weale Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
    Picture Corgi

    The jungle animals are enjoying a quiet day in the sun. Rhinos are relaxing, snakes are sunbathing and hippos are hiding until, suddenly, ten puffer fish pounce and chaos ensues

  • A Reckless Magick

    Stephanie Burgis
    Templar

    Kat is stalked by a dangerous magical enemy - and finds everything she thought she knew about her late mother called into question.

  • A River

    Marc Martin
    Templar

    A lovely, poetic story following a girl's imaginary journey from the city to the sea, complete with immersive illustrations.

  • A Rocketful of Space Poems

    Edited by John Foster, Illustrated by Korky Paul
    Frances Lincoln

    A galactic display of poems all on the topic of space, with some trademark detail and chaos from Winnie the Witch illustrator Korky Paul: think multi-legged aliens, fantastic spaceships and swirling planets.

  • A Roman Rescue

    Kelly Gerard Illustrator: Emma Dodd
    Templar

    Charlie and his trusty dog Bandit fall down a sinkhole and are transported to ancient Rome where he meets Cosmo and goes on an adventure...

  • A Room Full of Chocolate

    Jane Elson
    Hodder's Children's Books

    On Grace's 10th birthday her mum finds a lump under her arm and her Dad leaves forever. It seems things can't get any worse for Grace, until she is told she'll be going to live with her granddad on a farm in Yorkshire.

  • A Safe Place

    Lucy Marcovitch, Illustrator: Jo Blake
    Tamarind

    Can Kyla and her Dad safely deliver Granny's present, despite the many distractions on the way? Responsibility is a key theme in this (UK based) story.

  • A Seven-Letter Word

    Kim Slater
    Pan Macmillan

    It's a difficult time for Finlay. It's two years since his mother left the family home without any explanation. Marrying some unusual themes and a likeable protagonist, this an absorbing and well-paced mystery.

  • A Shame to Miss: 1, 2 and 3

    Edited by Anne Fine
    Corgi Children's

    Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine has selected some marvellous poems, both classic and contemporary, for inclusion in her trio of poetry anthologies.

  • A Shiver of Snow and Sky

    Lisa Lueddecke
    Scholastic

    When the lights in the sky turn red, the inhabitants of Skane know that the Goddess is warning them of great danger ahead. An atmospheric and thrilling quest that is packed with adventure and magic. 

  • A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

    Glenda Millard
    Templar Publishing

    When the bombs begin to fall, runaway Skip camps out in the State Library with homeless old Billy and little Max, waiting for the mother who never comes.

  • A Song for Jamela

    Niki Daly
    Frances Lincoln

    Jamela is a young girl who lives with her family in South Africa. One day she goes to help out at Aunt Beauty’s hair salon.

  • A Song for Summer

    Eva Ibbotson
    Pan Macmillan

    A deliciously old-fashioned story, which encompasses love, adventure and a host of memorable characters.

  • A Splendid Friend Indeed

    Suzanne Bloom
    Alanna books

    A small goose wants to know what a big bear is doing, and keeps asking him the question while the bear is quietly trying to read, write or think.

  • A Spoonful of Jam

    Michelle Magorian
    Egmont

    To avoid a gang of bullies during the summer holidays, 12-year-old Elsie eagerly accepts a role in a play at the local theatre.

  • A Squash and a Squeeze

    Julia Donaldson Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
    Macmillan Children's Books

    An anxious little old lady has a house that is just too small - but when she asks a wise old man for help, he suggests a rather strange solution to her problems.

  • A Stork in a Baobab Tree: An African Twelve Days of Christmas

    Catherine House, Illustrated by Polly Alakija
    Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    This Christmas tale explores African village life during the festive season. It would be particularly useful in schools, discussing how different people celebrate religious festivals.

  • A Storm of Strawberries

    Jo Cotterill
    Piccadilly Press

    12 year old Darby is excited – it is the weekend of the family's chocolate hunt. However, beloved sister Kaydee has suddenly brought home a friend for the weekend. Plus her parents (who run the family's strawberry farm) seem distracted, increasingly preoccupied with news that a major storm is brewing. Does no one realise how important the event is to Darby?

  • A Story Like The Wind

    Gill Lewis, Illustrated by Jo Weaver
    Oxford University Press

    Gill Lewis’s brief but beautiful story is rich in wonder, as well as being a timely reminder of the refugee crisis. Mixed with an exotic story of wild horses and a Dark Lord that rules a kingdom in peril, this is an unusual and memorable book.

  • A Strange Place to Call Home

    Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Ed Young
    Chronicle Books

    This illustrated collection of poems explores nature's miracles: creatures who survive in some of the world's most hostile places.

  • A Surprise for Tiny Mouse

    Petr Horacek
    Baby Walker

    Expore different types of weather and turn the wheel for a surprise!

  • A Swift Pure Cry

    Siobhan Dowd
    Random House

    Loosely based on the real life case of the Kerry babies, powerful imagery and lyrical prose is woven throughout this unforgettable, outstanding and ultimately hopeful novel.

  • A Tangle of Magicks

    Stephanie Burgis
    Templar

    Kat’s stepmother drags their family to the fashionable city of Bath to remove Kat’s sister Angeline from a most improper suitor. But unbeknownst to Stepmama, Regency-era Bath is full of notorious rakes, Napoleonic spies, and dangerous wild magic!

  • A Taste of Chlorine

    Bastien Vives
    Jonathan Cape

    This beautifully drawn book cleverly examines the intricacies and complications of friendship

  • A Time Traveller's Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything

    Ian Flitcroft Illustrated by Britt Spencer
    O'Brien

    In this quirky, fantastical graphic novel, Albert Einstein is at your service to guide you through time and space on a beam of light and answer all the questions you ever wanted to ask about life, the universe and everything.

  • A Tiny Little Story: Park

    Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood
    Nosy Crow

    A bright and interactive cloth book with a velcro-fastening strap that can attach to a pram, this relatable little story about an everyday trip to feed the ducks can be read either on the go or at home.

  • A Tower of Giraffes

    Anna Wright
    Words & Pictures

    This exquisite volume of collective nouns will be treasured by children and adults alike, and cannot be recommended highly enough.

  • A Traveller in Time

    Alison Uttley
    Penguin

    Penelope is sent to stay with her great-aunt in an old Derbyshire house where the Babingtons used to live where discovers she can slip in and out of time

  • A Treasury of Animal Stories

    Holly Webb Illustrated by Artful Doodlers
    Stripes

    There are puppies and kittens as well as ducks, a hedgehog and penguins too in these 11 stories about animals.

  • A Twist of Fortune

    Barbara Mitchelhill
    Anderson Press

    Sam Pargeter and his younger brother and sister have always been poor. But, in their tiny house in the country, with Ma and Pa, they were one big happy family. Until Pa goes off to America to seek their fortune and Ma dies.

  • A Visit to City Farm

    Verna Wilkins, Illustrated by Karin Littlewood
    Firetree Books

    The pupils of Rainbow Class eagerly embark on a visit to City Farm, where they spend a fun-filled day meeting the animals. This joyful tale, with its vibrant watercolour illustrations, perfectly captures the excitement of a school trip.

  • A Visitor for Bear

    Bonny Becker Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
    Walker Books

    Bear likes to be on his own until a mouse turns up and teaches him that sharing experiences is far better than being on your own

  • A Voice in the Distance

    Tabitha Suzuma
    Random House

    It seems like Flynn has it all - but he's also a manic depressive and two small daily pills represent the border between functioning normally and chaos.

  • A Walk in London

    Salvatore Rubbino
    Walker Books

    Full of fascinating facts about the city, this lovely companion to A Walk in New York is enhanced by Salvatore Rubbino’s engaging retro illustrations and even includes an unfolding panorama of the Thames.

  • A Walk in New York

    Salvatore Rubbino
    Walker Books

    From the talented new illustrator Salvatore Rubbino comes this charming story about a boy and his father who spend an exciting day wandering around Manhattan ‘the busiest part of New York’.

  • A Walk in the Park

    Anthony Browne
    Walker Books

    A welcome republication for an Anthony Browne classic from 1977. Two children from very different backgrounds (and their dogs) make friends where their parents cannot.

  • A Walk on the Wild Side

    Katie Cotton, Illustrated by Louis Thomas
    Frances Lincoln

    This is a great introduction to the world's key animal habitats, accompanied by amazing facts (why do zebras have stripes?) and humour. The stylishly expansive pen-and-ink illustrations prompt your curiosity along the journey. Great fun!

  • A Web of Air

    Philip Reeve
    Scholastic

    The fabulous sixth book in the Mortal Engines series. Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London in a travelling theatre. Now she arrives in the extraordinary craer city of Mayda

  • A Welcome Song for Baby

    Marsha Diane Arnold, Illustrated by Sophie Allsopp
    Tamarind; Random House Children’s Books

    This reassuring, sensitively illustrated story celebrates the milestones of pregnancy as the seasons pass, foregrounding the naturalness of the process as Emma excitedly awaits her new brother or sister.

  • A Whisper of Horses

    Zillah Bethell
    Piccadilly

    An orphaned girl goes on a dangerous journey to find a place where horses still exist. With the government in pursuit, her escape to Whales is an adventure in recovering a past she's never known.

  • A Whisper of Wolves

    Kris Humphreys
    Stripes

    Kris Humphrey's debut is the first part of a four part series for middle grade readers, with each part focussing on a new character and animal companion it will appeal to young fans of fantasy and adventure.

  • A Witch in Winter

    Ruth Warburton
    Hodder Children’s Books

    Anna is bewildered when Seth Waters – possibly the most beautiful boy she’s ever met – dumps his girlfriend and starts pursuing her

  • A World Between Us

    Lydia Syson
    Hot Key Books

    Spirited young nurse Felix shakes off her restrictive family to follow her heart and her political convictions to Spain to support the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    Madeleine L'engle
    Puffin Classics

    When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'.

  • A Year Full of Stories: 52 Folk Tales and Legends From Around the World

    Angela McAllister, Illustrated by Christopher Corr
    Frances Lincoln

    52 stories from around the world are collected in this nicely produced hardback, celebrating the wheel of the year across many cultures. It includes stories from Buddhist, Caribbean, Japanese, French, Inuit and Arabic traditions, among others.

  • A Year in the life of a Total and Complete Genius

    Stacey Matson
    Andersen Press

    Arthur is a genius and he's great at everything he tries, despite the recent death of his mother.

  • A Year Without Autumn

    Liz Kessler
    Orion Children's Books

    Kessler combines a chatty tween novel with a serious dose of 'what if' in which a disused lift transports Jenni between the present and future years.

  • A Zeal of Zebras

    Woop Studios
    Chronicle Books

    Vibrant design fills each page and the alphabetical listings create a clear, engaging read

  • A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E

    Malorie Blackman
    Corgi

    Elliot wishes his Mum was more interesting: everyone else’s parents do exciting things like work for the BBC, but his is only a secretary. But is she?

  • Abandon

    Meg Cabot
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Skilful characterisation, gothic locations and plenty of humour combine to create an addictive read

  • ABC: A Walk in the Countryside

    Rosalind Beardshaw
    Nosy Crow

    Learn the alphabet as you take a walk through the countryside. This is a great book for young readers who are just starting to learn their alphabet.

  • Abela

    Berlie Doherty
    Andersen Press

    When Abela loses her parents and sister to AIDS, she is left in the care of her aging grandmother in their African village. Unbeknowst to her, her selfish Uncle Thomas is hatching a scheme to take her to England.

  • Able Seacat Simon

    Lynne Barrett-Lee
    Simon & Schuster

    Simon was a starving, bedraggled kitten living off scraps in Hong Kong harbour when he was scooped up by an English sailor. So begins his life of adventure aboard the HMS Amethyst. 

  • Above and Below

    Patricia Hegarty, Illustrated by Hanako Clulow
    Little Tiger Press (360 Degrees)

    This fascinating and stylish picture book explores habitats both above and below the surface. The half-page flaps add another level of interactivity to this wonderful information book that young nature fans will love.

  • Accidents of Nature

    Harriet McBride Johnson
    Andersen Press

    Jean, who has Cerebral Palsy, is about to spend ten days at Camp Courage (or ‘Crip Camp’ as her cabinmate Sara calls it), which is to prove an eye-opening experience.

  • Ace Ghosts

    Karen Wallace, Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Catnip

    A humorous first 'chapters' book for newly independent readers or suitable for reading aloud to younger children. Pen and ink illustrations add interest and humour.

  • Ace of Spiders

    Stefan Mohamed
    Salt

    The second in the Bitter Sixteen trilogy, Ace of Spiders fizzes with just as much heart, razor-sharp dialogue, down to earth humour and sci-fi references as the first in the series. One of the best modern takes on the superhero genre, out there.

  • ACID

    Emma Pass
    Corgi

    Jenna Strong used to be pretty, popular and rich - now she is a violent, battle-scarred skinhead in an all-male maximum security prison.

  • Across the Universe

    Beth Revis
    Puffin

    Amy and her family are cryogenically frozen and stored aboard the Godspeed to travel to a new planet - but Amy is wrongly unfrozen 50 years early, forcing her to experience life aboard the ship.

  • Action Rhymes

    Clare Beaton
    Barefoot Books

    Simple rhymes with hand-sewn illustrations

  • Actual Size

    Steve Jenkins
    Frances Lincoln

    Have you ever looked a giant squid in the eye, shaken hands with a gorilla or been face to face with a tiger?

  • Ada Twist, Scientist

    Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts
    Abrams

    A brilliant and beautiful rhyming book about supporting your child's curiosity, and taking inspiration from Ada Lovelace (the pioneer mathematician and programmer), this is an inspirational and entertaining read.

  • Adamtine

    Hannah Berry
    Jonathan Cape

    Four strangers are on the last train home when it is mysteriously derailed. As they all try to find out what's going on, we find out the thing that connects them all, which may be lurking outside the train.

  • Adder, Bluebell, Lobster: Wild Poems

    Chrissie Gittins Illustrated by Paul Bommer
    Oteer-Barry Books

    There is much to savour in this wide-ranging poetry anthology about all things wild. Written in response to the removal of many nature-related words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, each of the forty poems is about one of these 'missing' words.

  • Adelaide the Flying Kangaroo

    Tomi Ungerer
    Phaidon

    This tender and sometimes poignant book is delicately illustrated using a muted colour palette

  • Adelaide's Secret World

    Elise Hurst
    Allen & Unwin

    Adelaide lives a quiet life in a mysterious city. However, one stormy day leads to a chance meeting with someone similar to her, instigating much change in Adelaide's life and her city. Full of beautiful and surreal painted illustrations.

  • Adorkable

    Sarra Manning
    Atom Books

    A quirky, appealing and original young adult romance told from two contrasting perspectives, this is a sharp-eyed and funny insight into relationships for the Rookie generation.

  • Adventure Island: The Mystery of the Whistling Caves

    Helen Moss Illustrated by Leo Hartas
    Orion Children’s Books

    An action-packed beginning to a new series and a good old-fashioned mystery.

  • Adventures of the steampunk pirates: attack of the giant sea spiders

    Gareth P Jones Illustrated by Artful Doodlers
    Stripes publishing

    The Leaky Battery is a pirate ship with a crew powered by steam and clockwork, apart from Pendle the cabin boy (who is really a girl).

  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: Clash of the Rival Robots

    Gareth P Jones Illustrated by Artful Dodgers
    Stripes

    After the motley crew of The Leaky Battery escape the clutches of the King of England, they run into trouble when a mechanical albatross lands on their ship.

  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: rise of the slippery sea monster

    Gareth P Jones
    Stripes

    The Steampunk Pirates' treasure has been stolen by what they think is a sea monster. They make a plan to get their treasure back and uncover more mysteries than they bargained for in this rip-roaring tale of daring-do on the high seas.

  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: The Leaky Battery Sets Sail

    Gareth P Jones
    Stripes Publishing

    Witty, engaging text is complemented by humorous pen and ink illustrations and clever characterisation making this ideal for newly independent readers.

  • African Tales: A Barefoot Collection

    Gcina Mhlophe, illustrated by Rachel Griffin
    Barefoot Books

    Eight inspirational stories plucked from the storytelling traditions of eight different countries, bring the fascinatingly diverse culture of the African continent alive.

  • After

    Morris Gleitzman
    Puffin Books

    The fourth installment in Morris Gleitzman's unforgettable series beginning with Once, tells the story of what happened to Felix in the final, agonising stages of the Second World War.

  • After Iris

    Natasha Farrant
    Faber Children's

    Given a video camera on her thirteenth birthday, Bluebell Gadsby sets out to document her life and her quirky, bohemian family

  • After the Snow

    S D Crocket
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Fifteen-year-old Willo has been left alone in the freezing and snow covered hills that have been his home for years.

  • After Tomorrow

    Gillian Cross
    Oxford University Press

    Matt's world changed forever on Armageddon Monday, when five banks crashed simultaneously. Now he's living in a refugee camp, struggling to survive.

  • Aftershock

    Bernard Ashley
    Frances Lincoln Childrens Books

    After a major earthquake in 1951 devastates their lives, Makis and his mother are re-homed in North London, but they face antagonism from both the British and Greek communities.

  • Afterwalkers

    Tom Becker
    Scholastic Children’s Books

    This disturbing tale in the supernatural, zombie/horror genre has a refreshingly inventive storyline and credible and likeable protagonists the reader can really root for. A very rewarding and exciting page turner.

  • Afterworlds

    Scott Westerfeld
    Simon and Schuster

    Afterworlds is very well written with an exciting double plot that keeps the reader engrossed. An all-round great read.

  • Again!

    Emily Gravett
    Macmillan Children's Books

    It's Cedric's the little dragon's bedtime, but before he goes to sleep, there's just enough time for mum to read him a bedtime story.

  • Agatha Parrot and the Zombie Bird

    Kjartan Poskitt Illustrated by David Tazzyman
    Egmont

    Agatha Parrot suspects Misto the Mysterious is up to no good!

  • Ahmed and the Feather Girl

    Jane Ray
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    This beautiful fairy tale story of hope and dreams is enchanting. Jane Ray's illustrations are truly magical. A wonderful book to keep and treasure.

  • Aidan Abet, Teacher’s Pet

    Guy Bass, Illustrations by Steve May
    Barrington Stoke

    Aiden is a target for school bullies. The only way he can survive is to suck up to the teacher, so he offers to look after the classroom animals. But there is something strange about them... A fun-filled mystery with a great twist.

  • Air

    Lisa Glass
    Quercus

    Iris travels far away to a surfing competition with her boyfriend, Zeke, but when they are both far away from what they know, Iris sees a different side to her boyfriend.

  • Airman

    Eoin Colfer
    Penguin

    A tense and accomplished adventure story from a popular bestselling author

  • Ake: The Years of Childhood

    Wole Soyinka
    Methuen Publishing

    The first volume of Wole Soyinka's acclaimed series of autobiographical works. This vivid, exuberant book is the author's account of his childhood in colonial Nigeria.

  • Aladdin

    Niroot Puttapipat
    Walker Books

    The classic tale is retold and illustrated using delicate silhouettes in six exquisite three-dimensional scenes

  • Alana Dancing Star: Viennese Waltz

    Arlene Philips Illustrated by Pixie Potts
    Faber Children's Books

    Includes sweet illustrations, a cut-out doll to dress and a step-by-step guide to dancing the waltz yourself

  • Albert and Little Henry

    Jez Alborough
    Walker Books

    Henry starts to feel left out and ignored when a new baby sibling arrives at home.

  • Albert and the Garden of Doom

    Phile Earle Illustrated by Jamie Littler
    Orion

    Albie loves playing football in his garden. The problem is, he's always kicking the ball over the fence to the spooky, weed-infested Garden of Doom next door.

  • Albert’s Tree

    Jenni Desmond
    Walker Books

    After hibernating all winter, Albert the bear rushes to his favourite tree. As he settles onto one of the branches, the tree begins to cry, so Albert tries to cheer it up. A delightful tale with atmospheric illustrations, about caring for those you love.

  • Alex As Well

    Alyssa Brugman
    Curious Fox

    Alex As Well is a pioneering young adult story which explores issues of gender, identity and sexuality in a frank and unembellished way.

  • Alex Rider Mission 2: Point Blanc

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    Alex Rider is plucked from his life as an average schoolboy to pit his wits as a spy for MI6 against the frightening Doctor Grief and his evil plans.

  • Alex Rider Mission 3: Skeleton Key

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    Alex Rider’s back, and he’s in trouble. Real trouble.

  • Alex Rider Mission 4: Eagle Strike

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    Fourteen-year-old MI6 agent Alex Rider's fourth case plunges him into a desperate race to save the world...

  • Alex Rider Mission 5: Scorpia

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    The fifth Alex Rider adventure sees the teenage spy in Venice, where he infiltrates Scorpia, an international organisation of assassins.

  • Alex Rider Mission 6: Ark Angel

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    From Cornwall to Cuba, Venice to France, Alex Rider has travelled far and wide as a spy for MI6, facing danger and death at every turn.

  • Alex Rider Mission 7: Snakehead

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    The latest instalment in the adventures of Alex Rider, in which he re-enters earthly events from outer space - and gets tangled up in the criminal world of the Snakehead organisation in south-east Asia.

  • Alex Rider Mission 8: Crocodile Tears

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    A charity broker con artist has invested millions into genetically modified corn that has the power to release a powerful airborne strain of virus onto the world...

  • Alex Rider Mission 9: Scorpia Rising

    Anthony Horowitz
    Walker Books

    This gripping final mission brings together Alex Rider's old enemies to frame the teenage superspy in an unstoppable plot of revenge, from which he can never return.

  • Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink

    Jennifer Killick
    Firefly

    Alex Sparrow is training himself to be a super-agent and has a brand-new superpower that allows him to tell when people are lying. This is a hilarious, exciting, fun read - filled to the brim with great characters and laugh-out-loud moments.

  • Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door

    Ross Montgomery
    Faber Children's Books

    This lively debut novel features a host of eccentric but immensely likable characters.

  • Alfie and Dad

    Shirley Hughes
    Bodley Head

    This collection of three classic Alfie stories is a charming reminder of just how perfectly Shirley Hughes understands little ones.

  • Alfie and the Big Boys

    Shirley Hughes
    Random House

    Children will relish this warm tale of everyday life with illustrations overflowing with colour and vitality.

  • Alfie Bloom: The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle

    Gabrielle Kent
    Scholastic

    This book has a little of everything, time-travel, magic, mystery and an enigmatic butler! It is a satisfying story of good versus evil and little verses big that will resonate with young readers.

  • Alfie Gives a Hand

    Shirley Hughes
    Red Fox

    Shirley Hughes' much-loved Alfie goes to his first birthday party in this lovely picture book for pre-school children.

  • Alfie Outdoors

    Shirley Hughes Illustrated by Shirley Hughes
    Random House

    Shirley Hughes's iconic Alfie takes a trip into the garden and starts gardening and finding out more about the creepy crawlies.

  • Alfie Wins a Prize

    Shirley Hughes, Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
    Red Fox

    Alfie's painting at the Big School's Harvest Fair is judged worthy of one of the main prizes. But Alfie is more taken with the consolation prize...

  • Alice in Sunderland

    Bryan Talbot
    Vinatge Publishing

    Alice in Sunderland is a graphic novel like no other. Bryan Talbot takes the city of Sunderland and the story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell (the ‘real’ Alice) as the spine of his story and around them spins a spectacularly diverse range of different stories.

  • Alice Through the Looking-Glass

    Emma Chichester Clark Based on the original story by Lewis Carroll
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    Alice walks through the mirror above the fireplace and into the topsy-turvy Looking-Glass Kingdom in this glorious retelling of Lewis Carroll's classic story.

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Alison Jay
    Old Barn Books

    This much-loved children's classic features the traditional unabridged text, illustrated by Alison Jay, whose nostalgic and dreamy crackled-finish images are a perfect accompaniment.

  • Alice-Miranda on Holiday

    Jacqueline Harvey
    Red Fox

    Precocious seven-year-old Alice-Miranda is home from boarding school for the holidays in the second installment of this tongue-in-cheek series.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
    Walker Books

    This lovely edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1999.

  • Alien Invaders: Rockhead - The Living Mountain

    Max Silver
    Red Fox

    Set in 2121 about Cosmo, about an earthboy on a mission to save the galaxy from the monster Kaos and his deadly alien invaders

  • Alienography

    Chris Riddell
    Macmillan Children's books

    Have you ever feared a Martian attack? This book recommends creeping up close enough to plant a big wet slobbery kiss on their slimy skins – your germs will do the rest to defeat them.

  • Alienography 2: Tips for Tiny Tyrants

    Chris Riddell
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Find out how to take over the universe in this funny and engaging book from Chris Riddell (and Colin the Alien)

  • Aliens Love Dinopants

    Claire Freedman Illustrated by Ben Cort
    Simon & Schuster

    The return of old favourites in a new adventure involving underpants. When Aliens meet Dinosaurs a rhyming riot must ensue!

  • Aliens Love Underpants

    Claire Freedman, Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Simon and Schuster

    Underpants are a source of humour whatever your reading age, even, it appears, when it comes to aliens!

  • Alive Again

    Ahmadreza Ahmadi Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi Translated by Azita Rassi
    Tiny Owl

    A young boy asks his father what happens to the word 'blossom' when the blossom is blown from the trees. Does the word die, along with the blossom? What about rain, wheat or a journey? If these things disappear, do the words disappear too?

  • All Aboard the Discovery Express

    Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohosy-Cole
    Wide Eyed Editions

    The Discovery Express is a sophisticated and interactive flap bookwhich offers an ongoing and interactive quest where readers follow clues to solve a mystery.

  • All About Alfie

    Shirley Hughes
    Red Fox

    In a brand new collection of stories and poems, Alfie has a spooky late-night adventure with an owl and introduces us to his secret den in the garden.

  • All About Mia

    Lisa Williamson
    David Fickling Books

    Mia is a troubled 'middle child'. For years, she has felt overshadowed by her siblings - and now is she relying on booze and defiance to feel in control. Mia's comical, infuriating and touching story will draw you in and keep you hooked.

  • All Afloat on Noah's Boat!

    Tony Mitton
    Hachette

    Combine bright, funny, action-packed pictures with a rap-style rhyming text telling a favourite story, and you get a book like this, guaranteed to engage readers of all ages.

  • All American Girl

    Meg Cabot
    Macmillan Children's books

    Teenager Sam is the All American Girl of the title. One day, quite by chance, she just happens to save the life of the President - this changes her life in ways she never imagined.

  • All Because of Jackson

    Dick King-Smith, Illustrator: John Eastwood
    Random House

    A superbly-told story of a young rabbit whose dream of travelling overseas comes true.

  • All Fall Down

    Sally Nicholls
    Marion Lloyd Books

    Growing up in a medieval Yorkshire village, Isabel's life is utterly precticable -  until the pestilence that has been devastating Europe crosses the Channel and begins to spread northwards.

  • All Fall Down

    Ally Carter
    Orchard Books

    This thrilling story, set against a glamorous international backdrop, is the first in the exciting new Embassy Row series from favourite teen author Ally Carter.

  • All I Said Was

    Michael Morpurgo Illustrated by Ross Collins
    Red Squirrel Books

    One of an innovative series of dyslexia-friendly picture books which feature accessible fonts, strong contrast, good spacing and uncluttered layout to ensure accessibility for all, including parents with reading difficulties.

  • All I Want For Christmas

    Rachel Bright
    Orchard

    A welcome addition to Rachel Bright's hug-a-licious series - and a timely reminder that the festive season is about more than just receiving presents.

  • All Kinds of Cars

    Carl Johanson
    Flying Eye Books

    A unique, picture book about real and imaginary vehicles of every sort: from a fire engine, small loading shovel and a limousine, to a moving skyscraper car, a sock on wheels and a chewing-gum car!

  • All Mine!

    Zehra Hicks
    Macmillan Children's Books

    This appealing picture book brings together Zehra Hicks' vibrant and energetic illustrations with a quirky story about the importance of good manners and learning to share.

  • All My Secrets

    Sophie McKenzie
    Simon and Schuster

    Fast paced and easy to read, this exciting mystery with unexpected plot twists, new friendships and a touch of teenage romance is a great summer teen read.

  • All Sorts of Possible

    Rupert Wallis
    Simon and Schuster

    When a giant sinkhole swallows Daniel and his father, it not only steals the only life he has ever known, it releases something dangerous within him.

  • All the Bright Places

    Jennifer Niven
    Penguin

    All the Bright Places will pull you in and won’t let you go again, even long after you turned the final page – a must-read

  • All The Rage

    Courtney Summers
    Macmillan Children’s Books

    Romy Grey has given up trying to be heard after she was raped by Kellan Turner, the sheriff's son, and no one believed her story. A heart-rending and gripping novel that pulls no punches and is beautifully written.

  • All the Wild Wonders: Poems of the Earth

    Edited by Wendy Cooling , Illustrated by Piet Grobler
    Frances Lincoln

    Celebrating the wonder and variety of the earth - and the need to protect it - this is an eclectic collection of poetry from across time and continents.

  • All These Things I've Done

    Gabrielle Zevin
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Set in the dirty, crime-filled New York City of 2083, in which basic necessities such as water are in short supply, this engaging young adult novel is the first in a trilogy blending elements of dystopia, thriller and romance.

  • Allies and Assassins

    Justin Somper
    Atom

    When Prince Anders is assassinated, his younger brother Jared's life is dramatically turned upside down. 

  • Almost Everybody Farts

    Marty Kelley
    Sterling

    Part of the joy of this book, featuring the eternally amusing subject of farting, is the skilful depiction of a variety of farting faces belonging to all the different characters. Plenty of laughs guaranteed.

  • Alone

    D J Brazier
    Andersen Press

    Imagine being stranded in a tropical jungle. You're all alone and all you have are the clothes you're wearing and whatever the jungle can offer you. A nail-biting story of survival.

  • Alone in The Forest

    Bhajju Shyam, Gita Wolf and Andrea Anastasio
    Tara Books

    What makes this book extraordinary - and elevates a simple story into a complex, very real emotional and psychological experience of fear and of a particular place - are the illustrations.

  • Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

    Michael Morpurgo
    HarperCollins

    Filled with vividly beautiful descriptions of land and seascapes, this roller-coaster novel quietly maps the changing nature of childhood through time.

  • Along for the Ride

    Sarah Dessen
    Puffin

    Auden decides to go and spend the summer with her father, his new (much younger) wife and their newborn daughter, Thisbe, at their home in a seaside town.

  • Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord

    Bessora & Barroux, Translated by Sarah Ardizzone
    The Bucket List

    A powerful, terrible and essential story, Alpha should be required reading for everyone. The graphic novel highlights the terror and hopelessness experienced by someone forced to leave their own country in search of a future.

  • Alphamals A-Z

    Graham Carter
    Big Picture Press

    From A for Armadillo to N for Newt and X for X-ray Tetra (it's a fish), Alphamals combines alphabet book with poetry and sophisticated printmaking.

  • Alphonse, That Is Not OK To Do!

    Daisy Hirst
    Walker Books

    This charming and very funny book about the ups and downs of sibling relationships perfectly captures the affection and frustration experienced by an older sibling - and the monsters are wonderfully expressive.

  • Also an Octopus

    Maggie Tokuda-Hall Illustrated by Benji Davies
    Walker Books

    This is a lovely story about storytelling which extends the invitation to the reader to continue the tale after the last page has been turned.

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean

    Jenny Han
    Scholastic

    The final instalment of the 'Lara Jean' trilogy: a coming-of-age, romantic story. Fans of the first two books will enjoy Lara Jean's personal journey towards independent thinking and a bright future.

  • Am I Normal Yet?

    Holly Bourne
    Usborne Publishing Ltd

    This is a powerful and engrossing read that successfully informs, shocks, reassures and entertains in equal measures.

  • A-maze-ing Minotaur

    Juliet Rix Illustrated by Juliet Snape
    Frances Lincoln

     A pacy, atmospheric retelling of the old greek myth.

  • Amazing Animal Babies

    Chris Packham, illustrated by Jason Cockroft
    Egmont

    Travel around the globe and meet some incredible baby animals as they begin their journey through life in this beautiful, fact-filled non-fiction picture book by wildlife expert Chris Packham.

  • Amazing Baby: Mummy, Baby

    Beth Harwood, illustrated by Emma Dodd
    Bonnier

    A chunky glossy board book with exciting tabs to slide and reveal which babies belong to which mummies. Little children will love the "slide and reveal" format and it will make for a lovely talking point.

  • Amazing Baby: Party Time!

    Emily Hawkins Illustrated by Emma Dodd
    Templar

    This chunky party-themed board book contains a variety of favourite songs to sing together

  • Amazing Daddy

    Rachel Bright
    Orchard Books, Hachette

    Unabashedly going straight for the heartstrings, this picture book looks at the father-child love between two every-day, house-dwelling pandas. It's full of lovely, funny details that never tips into schmaltziness.

  • Amazing Esme

    Tamara Macfarlane
    Hodder Children's Books

    Follow the wildly imaginative adventures of Esme as she leaves behind her circus home

  • Amazing Grace

    Mary Hoffman Illustrated by Caroline Binch
    Frances Lincoln

    This classic story clearly communicates an inspiring message that anything is possible

  • Amazing True Stories About Animals Behaving Badly

    Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Adam Stower
    Walker Books

    This collection of animal anecdotes is funny, interesting and insightful. Comical black-and-white illustrations bring the true tales to life in this entertaining book for animal-loving independent readers.

  • Amelie and Nanette: Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes

    Sophie Tilley
    Bloomsbury

    Delicate, pastel illustrations with a Scandinavian feel express Christmas excitements, expectations - and disappointments - in this reassuring story about friendship and making the best of things.

  • Among the hoods

    Harriet Sergeant
    Faber

    Harriet Sergeant's three year friendship with a teenage gang, and in particular the gang leader, Tuggy Tug began when she was researching a report on why so many black Caribbean and white working class boys are failing

  • Amy

    Mary Hooper
    Bloomsbury Children's Books

    After falling out with her friends, Amy is lonely and turns to the internet for consolation. An extremely topical story about the dangers of internet chatrooms and date-rape drugs.

  • Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

    Morgan Matson
    Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    This is a heart warming story about facing up to the complexities of life and winning through

  • Amy and Matthew: A Love Story

    Cammie McGovern
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Amy, who has cerebral palsy, is in her final year of high school and she wants this year to be different: she wants to replace the adult aides who help her, with her fellow students, so she can get to know them better.

  • An Abundance of Katherines

    John Green
    Penguin Books

    When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped.

  • An Act of Love

    Alan Gibbons
    Orion Children's Books

    A hard-hitting, contemporary novel exploring issues of religion, ethnicity, friendship, family, duty and democracy from two different perspectives.

  • An Alphabet

    Oliver Jeffers
    HarperCollins

    Everyone knows that A is for Apple and B is for Ball, but in this exciting alphabet book A is for Astronaut, P is for Parsnip and V is for Viking!

  • An Animal ABC

    Alice Pattullo
    Pavilion

    A is for Armadillo, short, stout and round; B is for Beetle, close to the ground. A lovely alphabet book and with accessible animal facts for younger children, this would be a great addition to any bookshelf.

  • An Eagle in the Snow

    Michael Morpurgo Illustrated by Michael Foreman
    HarperCollins

    Stuck on a train, a boy listens to a stranger’s story about one moment that could have stopped World War II. A thought-provoking story that young history enthusiasts will especially welcome.

  • An Egyptian Escape

    K A Gerrard Illustrated by Emma Dodd
    Templar Publishing

    Charlie has already had a narrow escape from the perils of Ancient Rome, but this time he travels back in time to an archeological dig in 1906 and then back to Ancient Egypt.

  • An Elephantasy

    Maria Elena Walsh Translated by Daniel Hahn
    Pushkin Children’s Books

    The fact that a girl is taking her geranium for a walk (the way she does every Thursday) is not the most unusual thing that happens on the first page of this book; there's an elephant on the doorstep. So far, so curious.

  • An Ember in the Ashes

    Sabaa Tahir
    Harper Voyager

    Laia and her family live under the oppressive and brutal rule of the Empire, where all defiance is met with death. When her grandparents are murdered and her brother imprisoned for treason, Laia has no choice but to ask the rebels for help.

  • An Episode of Sparrows

    Rumer Godden
    Virago Modern Classics

    With hints of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, it is a powerful, thought-provoking and subtle story, with plenty to offer to adult readers, as well as children themselves.

  • An Imaginary Menagerie

    Roger McGough
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A welcome republication for McGough's classic collection of real and imaginary animal poems, which first delighted readers of all ages more than twenty years ago. Adults who enjoyed these poems as children now have an excuse to revisit and share them with a further generation.

  • An Island of Our Own

    Sally Nicholls
    Scholastic

    This is a beautiful tale of hardship and family love.

  • Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

    Marcia Williams
    Walker Books

    Marcia Williams explores the rich culture and traditions of Ancient Egypt in this attractive large-format picture book.

  • And A Happy New Year?

    Holly Bourne
    Usborne

    Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for a huge New Year's Eve Party. This is the perfect wrap up to the  series: smart, authentic, funny, and heartfelt.

  • And I Darken

    Kiersten White
    Corgi

    And I Darken is a fictional retelling of the rise of Vlad the Impaler - except, in White's thrilling take on it, Vlad isn't Vlad but Lady Lada. The political intrigue and character relationships are wonderfully done, and Lada is an anti-heroine to root for.

  • And Tango Makes Three

    Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrator: Henry Cole
    Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    Roy and Silo are two boy penguins who live in the zoo in New York's Central Park. This is a really delightful story and the message behind it is subtle. It's a true story, and you can learn more about it in a note at the end.

  • Angel

    LA Weatherly
    Usborne

    A thriller with a difference, this riveting read explores the conflicting emotions felt by two young people who know that only by risking their lives can they save the world.

  • Angel Dares

    Joss Stirling
    Oxford University Press

    Novel five in the romantic supernatural Benedicts series. Light, humorous romance set in the teenage pop world, with the characters' special abilities adding excitement.

  • Angel Dust

    Sarah Mussi
    Hot Key Books

    Serafina is one of the brightest and most beloved of all God's angels - until she is sent down to earth to collect the soul of Marcus Montague, and deliver him to Hell.

  • Angel Fire

    LA Weatherly
    Usborne

    The Second Wave invasion of predatory angels continues.

  • Angela Nicely: Cupcake Wars

    Alan Macdonald, Illustrated by David Roberts
    Stripes

    Three short chapter books in one small volume, containing the further adventures of Angela Nicely. The clear text and funny illustrations complement each other well, and encourage readers to move swiftly through the stories.

  • Angelica Sprocket's Pockets

    Quentin Blake
    Red Fox Picture Books

    Angelica’s small chums are enchanted by the contents of her pockets which include mice, cheese, hankies, frying pans, umbrellas and much more!

  • Angelina's Christmas

    Katharine Holabird, Illustrated by Helen Craig
    Penguin

    Beautifully epitomises the real spirit of christmas

  • Angelina's Halloween

    Katharine Holabird Illustrated by Helen Craig
    Penguin

    Helen Craig's delicate and intricate illustrations beautifully conjur up the Halloween atmosphere and are full of detail children will love to explore

  • Angels Next Door

    Karen McCombie
    Puffin

    This perfectly pitched pre-teen story touches on some bigger issues, but the gentle warmth added through its angelic spin keeps the whole thing lighter than a feather from a shimmering wing.

  • Angry Arthur

    Hiawyn Oram, Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Andersen Press

    First published almost thirty years ago, Otam and Kitamura's depiction of Arthur remains a classic which continues to entertain and warn us all against unreasonable anger.

  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

    Louise Rennison
    HarperCollins

    Welcome to the world of Georgia Nicolson - an angst-ridden teenage girl who keeps a diary to record the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences she faces every day

  • Animal Babies in the Forest

    Julia Groves
    Child’s Play International

    Do you know what a baby orangutan is called? How about a baby raccoon? I bet you don't know what a baby snake is called! Flip through the pages of this book to find the answers.

  • Animal Friends: Swimming Hole Party!

    Text by Chronicle Books Illustrated by Junzo Terada
    Chronicle Books

    Monkey is heading to the swimming hole, collecting all his friends as he goes. Life is so much better when you are all together, sharing the excitement.

  • Animal Journeys

    Patricia Hegarty Illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle
    360 degrees

    This brilliant little hardback tells the stories of animal journeys from around the world. Combined with gorgeous illustrations that capture the awesomeness of these natural quests, this book is perfect for inquisitive young minds.

  • Animal Lullabies

    Mandy Ross, Illustrated by Krisztina Kallai Nagy
    Child's Play

    Mandy Ross's original poems are fantastic, with an appealing mix of everyday language and nonsense words!

  • Animal Spots and Stripes

    Britta Teckentrup
    Templar

    Stripy zebras and spotty giraffes share a grassland habitat despite their difference in appearance; stripy caterpillars turn into spotty butterflies and spotty dogs chase stripy cats. Lots of bright colours and scope for discussion make this an ideal book for the very young.

  • Animal Surprises

    Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Abbie Cameron
    GRAFFEG

    A simple illustrated nature picture book featuring a catchy rhyming refrain, Animal Surprises introduces a variety of animals to young readers in a friendly manner with a good level of text to illustration.

  • Animal Tales

    Terry Jones Illustrated by Michael Foreman
    Pavilion Children's Books

    Terry Jones’s irreverent wit and quirky humour make a compendium of stories that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike

  • Animal Tales

    Dick King-Smith
    Young Corgi

    An anthology of five charming and humorous animal stories from much-loved author Dick King-Smith, accompanied with characterful drawings from a variety of illustrators.

  • AniMalcolm

    David Baddiel, Illustrated by Jim Field
    Harper Collins

    Magic realism and slapstick humour combine in this story about Malcolm: an animal hater living in a family of animal lovers. Inside the book are deeper questions about discovering and acknowledging who you really are.

  • Animalium

    Jenny Broom Illustrated by Katie Scott
    Big Picture Press

    Quirky yet authoritative, this book is bursting with information to engage young naturalists, whilst the spectacular illustrations in a rich colour palette give it real 'wow' factor.

  • Animals are Delicious

    Sarah Hutt, Illustrated by Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson
    Phaidon

    This box set of attractive concertina-style board books explores food chains in three different environments: the sky, the forest and the ocean. Crisp, stylish illustrations create a dynamic visual accompaniment to the simple yet informative text.

  • Anna Hibiscus' Song

    Atinuke Illustrated by Lauren Tobia
    Walker Books

    This delightful story about a happy girl learning to express her feelings is a wonderful celebration of the joy of life

  • Anne Frank

    Josephine Poole, Illustrator: Angela Barrett
    Random House

    This account of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and Anne Frank's family's hiding in a secret annexe to escape them, is sensitively told.

  • Anne of Green Gables

    L M Montgomery
    Puffin

    Anne Shirley is one of literature's finest heroines, and this first book of her adventures is the perfect book about growing up, friendship and family.

  • Annexed

    Sharon Dogar
    Andersen Press

    This fictionalised account of Peter (a teenage Dutch Jew, hiding from the Nazis with his family and their friends, the Franks) is a meditation on the power of written testimony and the nature of evil.

  • Another Life

    Keren David
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    When Ty is imprisoned for knife possession, his privileged cousin Archie finds himself drawn into his cousin's darker and more dangerous life.

  • Anthem for Jackson Dawes

    Celia Bryce
    Bloomsbury

    Megan would never have met Jackson Dawes if she hadn't had cancer.  But as the only teenagers on the children's ward, they soon form a powerful and unconventional bond.

  • Anton and the Battle

    Ole Konnecke
    Gecko Press

    Anton and Luke compete to see who is the strongest and the loudest - who will win?

  • Ants in Your Pants!

    Julia Jarman, Illustrator: Guy Parker Rees
    Orchard Books

    Brilliant colour and lively rhyming couplets tell the story of Leopard and his friends who decide not to invite Aardvark to their party because he's not as cool as they are.

  • Anyone but Ivy Pocket

    Caleb Crisp, Illustrated by John Kelly
    Bloomsbury

    Twelve-year-old orphan Ivy Pocket battles supernatural forces and wicked vengeance to find out her true self. Ivy is an eccentric heroine in a humorous, macabre and quirky story.

  • Anything But Typical

    Nora Raleigh Baskin
    Simon & Schuster

    Jason is 12 and on the autistic spectrum...

  • Anywhere Farm

    Phyllis Root, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
    Walker Books

    Rhyming text and warm illustrations create an uplifting tale that celebrates the joys and pleasures of growing not just food and flowers, but also friendships and communities.

  • Apache

    Tanya Landman
    Walker Books

    Siki already has a fierce hatred for the Mexican warriors but when her little brother Tazhi is brutally slain in front of her, she vows to become an apache warrior and avenge his death.

  • Apes-A-Go-Go!

    Roman Milisic and A Richard Allen
    Harper Collins

    This exuberant story employs repetition alongside highly entertaining variation, bringing security and surprise, the illustrations expressing the apes' antics with endearing gusto.

  • Apple and Rain

    Sarah Crossan
    Bloomsbury

    Engrossing and uplifting, challenging and charming, Apple and Rain brings fiction and poetry together in a well-crafted story about growing up and learning to love.

  • Apple Pie ABC

    Alison Murray, Illustrator: Alison Murray
    Orchard Books

    Here is an introduction to the alphabet featuring a hot apple pie and a hungry pup!  Once he has seen the pie and eaten a crumb of it he must get his paws on some more...

  • April the Red Goldfish

    Marjolaine Leray Translated by Sarah Ardizzone
    Phoenix Yard Books

    Though a simple picturebook, with a limited palette of colours, and sketchy, childlike, crayon images, the subject is anything but childlike.

  • Arabel's Raven

    Joan Aiken
    Frances Lincoln

    A new edition of a much-loved classic by the immensely popular Joan Aiken.

  • Archie Green and the Magician's Secret

    D D Everest
    Faber Children's Books

    If you love books that show you where the magical could be hiding in your everyday world then this is the book for you.

  • Archie's Unbelievably Freaky Week

    Andrew Norriss Illustrated by Hannah Shaw
    David Fickling Books

    Poor Archie! Lovable but hapless Archie Coates manages to attract strange escapades wherever he goes.

  • Archie's War

    Marcia Williams
    Walker Books

    In 1914, ten-year-old Archie is sent a scrapbook in the post by his Uncle Colin, and through the years that follow, we see the world through Archie's eyes.

  • Arctic Hero

    Catherine Johnson
    Barrington Stoke

    American explorer Matthew Henson was one of the first men to reach the North Pole in 1909. But his place in history wasn’t formally acknowledged for many years, due to the colour of his skin.

  • Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?

    Julie Middleton Illustrated by Russell Ayto
    Picture Corgi

    Dave's dad reckons he knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs. But as they walk around the museum, all Dave wants to know is wherther these dinosaurs are really dead...

  • Are We There Yet?

    Dan Santat
    Andersen Press

    A little boy is on the way to his Grandma's birthday party in the car with mum and dad, but after the first hour, the journey gets more and more boring. But as the little boy feels the hours ahead weigh heavy on the horizon, his imagination (or is it?) takes the car further and further into the past until there's a very real possibility that he and his mum a…

  • Are You Sitting Comfortably?

    Leigh Hodgkinson
    Bloomsbury

    The little boy in this book is looking for the perfect place to read his book - but nothing he finds is quite right. Hodgkinson's recognisably quirky and appealing rhyming text and illustration celebrates the enduring importance of reading together.

  • Are You the Pirate Captain?

    Gareth P Jones Illustrated by Garry Parsons
    Andersen Press

    First Mate Hugh is on the hunt for a Captain to help lead a trip out to sea.

  • Ariel: The Birthday Surprise

    Gail Herman
    Disney Press

    Girls who love The Little Mermaid and all things princess-like will be enchanted.

  • Aristotle

    Dick King-Smith, Illustrator: Bob Graham
    Walker Books

    As the mischievous Aristotle sets off on a series of incredibly perilous adventures, his nine lives start to vanish...

  • Arrowhead

    Ruth Eastham
    Scholastic

    With its complex, well-defined characters and vivid setting, Arrowhead's narrative shares much of the same dark driving power that drives Viking mythology, in this thrilling time-slip novel.

  • Art & Max

    David Weisner
    Andersen

    Max and Art are reptilian friends. Art is an artist and one day, as he is painting a conventional portrait, the exuberant Max decides that he’d also like to give painting a try.

  • Artemis Fowl

    Eoin Colfer
    Penguin

    Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl hatches an ingenious plot to steal all the gold in fairy land.

  • Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex

    Eoin Colfer
    Puffin

    In the seventh installment of the series, criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has summoned an elite group of hi-tech fairies to Iceland.

  • Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

    Eoin Colfer
    Penguin

    In this fifth episode in the ongoing saga of Colfer's teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis feels the first stirrings of adolescent emotion

  • Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

    Eoin Colfer
    Penguin

    Faced with the imminent death of his mother as a result of his irresponsible behaviour in an earlier adventure, Artemis Fowl travels back to confront his younger self

  • Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

    Eoin Colfer
    Penguin

    The second book in the epic Artemis Fowl series is another action-packed magical adventure.

  • Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

    Eoin Colfer
    Penguin

    In his third adventure, Artemis Fowl sets out to extract money from a powerful businessman by exploiting stolen fairy technology.

  • Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian

    Eoin Colfer
    Puffin

    In the eighth and final volume in the saga of Artemis Fowl the power-crazed pixie Opal Koboi is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen

  • Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

    Eoin Colfer
    Penguin

    The Fairy People have a problem - the evil pixie known as Opal Koboi is hell-bent on world destruction, and they need help from Artemis Fowl.

  • Arthur and Me

    Sarah Todd Taylor, illustrated by Peter Stevenson
    Firefly Press

    A laugh-out-loud first chapters book, featuring a cast of mythical heroes and an accident-prone schoolboy.

  • Arthur At the Crossing Places

    Kevin Crossley-Holland
    Hachette

    Crossley-Holland's trilogy continues with Arthur leaving Caldicot and his childhood behind and taking up a position as squire to Lord Stephen.

  • Artichoke Hearts

    Sita Brahmachari
    Macmillan Children's Books

    This empathetic account of the process of bereavement, a month’s diary, reassures readers that we grow from our experiences, however painful they are.

  • As in Eden

    R M Lamming
    Faber and Faber

    Using stories from the Bible as her starting point, Lamming breathes life into its female characters who have been condemned to live in the shadows of their male counterparts until now.

  • As Red as Blood

    Salla Simukka
    Hot Key Books

    Set against a wintry Finnish backdrop, this is an intriguing and brilliantly crafted thriller which keeps the reader absorbed right to the end. First in a trilogy.

  • Ash

    Malinda Lo
    Hodder Children's Books

    In this bewitching and sophisticated re-interpretation of the Cinderella story, lonely orphan Ash falls in love not with a handsome prince, but with Kaisa, the King's Huntress.

  • Ask Amy Green: Summer Secrets

    Sarah Webb
    Walker Books

    The second instalment in a series set in Ireland about a 13 year-old girl. As well as the trauma of teenage romance, Amy juggles a number of challenging family issues.

  • Assassinating Shakespeare

    Thomas Goltz
    Saqi Books

    In 1976, Thomas Goltz, then a naive twenty-one-year-old on the trail of his errant brother, worked his way around Africa putting on one-man Shakespeare performances.

  • Asterix and the Picts

    Jean-Yves Ferri Illustrated by Didier Conrad Translated by Anthea Bell
    Orion Publishing

    This is the first of the Asterix books not to be written by at least one of the series’ original creators, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, and has instead been produced by a new  team

  • Asterix the Gaul

    Renné Goscinny, Illustrated by Albert Uderzo, Translated by Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge
    Orion

    In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans.

  • Astrosaurs: Riddle of the Raptors

    Steve Cole
    Random House

    Captain Teggs and his faithful crew are no ordinary dinosaurs – they are astrosaurs!

  • Astrosaurs: The Planet of Peril

    Steve Cole, Illustrated by Woody Fox
    Random House

    Captain Teggs is an astrosaur! With the help of his crew he goes on dangerous space missions in his spaceship, the DSS Sauropod. 

  • Asylum

    Rachel Anderson
    Hodder Children's Books

    Driven by drought, starvation and conflict, Rosa and Sunday have both undertaken perilous journeys across continents – only to end up in Hawk Rise, a decaying tower block scheduled for demolition.

  • At Somerton: Secrets and Sapphires

    Leila Rasheed
    Hot Key Books

    Spring 1910, and the Averley family are returning to their ancestral home, the beautiful Somerton Court, after living a life of luxury in India. But it soon becomes clear that they have some scandalous secrets to hide...

  • At the House of the Magician

    Mary Hooper
    Bloomsbury

    Lucy discovers that she has second sight. This enables her to warn the Queen of danger, and leads to her covert employment as a spy.

  • At the Seaside

    Germano Zullo
    Tate Publishing

    This is a beautifully illustrated picture book which follows a mother looking for her son on the beach.

  • At the Sign of the Sugared Plum

    Mary Hooper
    Bloomsbury Children's Books

    It is 1665 and Hannah, the spirited heroine, is thrilled at the chance to visit London to help her sister in her sweetmeats shop, The Sugared Plum. 

  • At the World's End

    Catherine Fisher
    Barrington Stoke

    Caz has been living in a department store for the past nine years with a group of survivors. They managed to escape the storm of the Blue Star, which turned everything outside into a frozen world. Nine years on, rations are running low and sacrifices have to be made - meaning someone has to leave the safety of the store.

  • Atlantia

    Ally Condie
    Penguin

    This engaging, dystopian fantasy is both entertaining and thought-provoking, raising questions about environmental responsibility and the nature of humanity.

  • Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures

    Emily Hawkins, illustrated by Lucy Letherland
    Wide Eyed Editions

    Millions of years ago, the world was very different than it is now – even in terms of how a map of the world looked. In the Triassic period, the world was one large supercontinent called Pangaea, which, over millions of years, separated into Laurasia and Gondwana in the Jurassic period, and then into the more recognisable continents we know today.

  • Atlas of Miniature Adventures

    Emily Hawkins, Illustrated by Lucy Letherland
    Wide Eyed Editions

    This little non-fiction book celebrates small-scale curiosities from around the world and is accompanied by distinctive illustrations, which contain a wealth of detail. An unusual and informative book, packed full of petite surprises.

  • Atonement

    Ian McEwan
    Vintage Classics

    On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house.

  • Attack of the Not-So-Virtual Monsters

    Kim Harrington
    Sterling Children's Books

    This fun novel taps into the recent Pokemon Go craze, and will appeal to gamers and sci-fi fans equally. It is a fast-paced, heart-warming story that may even charm tech-fiends away from their screens.

  • Atticus Claw Breaks the Law

    Jennifer Gray
    Faber Children's Books

    Atticus Claw is the world's greatest cat burglar, but things change when he is hired by a group of magpies to steal some jewels.

  • Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

    Horatio Clare, Illustrated by Jane Matthews
    Firefly Press

    The holidays are not off to the best start. But if anyone can sort out this mess, it's Aubrey: the boy who can talk to animals. This lively chapter book is a funny, smart look at the animal kingdom and how - and why - we should listen to others' points of view.

  • Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

    Horatio Clare, Illustrated by Jane Matthews
    Firefly

    This fabulously illustrated book addresses the difficult subject of parental depression, at once describing the horror of Aubrey’s dad’s experience but also remaining upbeat and full of surreal humour.

  • Augustus and his Smile

    Catherine Rayner, Illustrated by Catherine Rayner
    Little Tiger Press

    Augustus is a tiger, who though large and fearless, is sad, because he has lost his smile. He goes on a journey to find it.

  • Aunt Amelia

    Rebecca Cobb
    Macmillan Children's Books

    'We were in a bad mood. Aunt Amelia was coming to look after us. We didn't know who Aunt Amelia was and we didn't want looking after.'

  • Aurora

    Julie Betagna
    Macmillan Children's Books

    The third in a series which portrays a future world devastated by global warming, Aurora introduces us to  the headstrong Lily, Mara's daughter, who sets out in search of Fox, her birth father, and in doing so, discovers lands and peoples they had thought completely destroyed.

  • Ausländer

    Paul Dowswell
    Bloomsbury

    Ausländer gives a fascinating insight into life in Berlin during WorldWar II – a perspective not frequently portrayed in young adult fiction.

  • Ava’s Spectacular Spectacles

    Alice Rex and Angela Perrini
    New Frontier

    When Ava doesn’t want to wear her glasses at school one day, her quick-witted teacher offers some wise words of advice about their importance. The reimagined fairy tales are told with plenty of humour and zest.

  • Avery McShane

    Greg Lyons
    Bloomsbury

    Plenty of action and adventure; an exotic setting; well-drawn characters and a plucky, engaging hero, make this a page-turner

  • Awful Auntie

    David Walliams, Illustrated by Tony Ross
    Harper Collins

    A rude, witty and irreverent illustrated story in which an orphaned girl tries to escape from her murderous auntie and solve the mystery of her parents’ death. It's just a bit scary and fantastic fun.

  • Axel Scheffler Rhyming Stories Book 1: Pip the Dog and Freddy the Frog

    Axel Scheffler
    Campbell Books

    • The first in a series of rhyming stories following unlikely friends who love to make noise and have fun.
    • Stunningly illustrated by the artist behind The Gruffalo - children will love to find all the little details!
    • An entertaining story about playing together with friends.

  • Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean

    Axel Scheffler
    Nosy Crow

    Featuring Axel Scheffler's bright, friendly and recognisable animal illustrations and a lighthearted rhyming text, children can also mix the animal names, poems AND animal pictures up to create amusing hybrids.

  • Axel Scheffler's Flip-Flap Farm

    Axel Scheffler
    Nosy Crow

    Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Farm is a rhyming book app: swipe any part of the screen to create 121 different combinations of animal halves, rhymes and silly, hybrid animal names.

  • Azizi and the Little Blue Bird

    Laïla Koubaa and Mattias De Leew, Translated by David Colmer
    Book Island

    Azizi's beautiful land is under threat, but will he be able to save it with the help of a little blue bird? The beautiful illustrations perfectly match the tone of the book and this is a fabulous way to introduce cultural diversity.

  • Azzi in Between

    Sarah Garland
    Frances Lincoln

    This is a moving tale of a refugee family told in graphic novel style and so appealing to a wide range of younger readers.