Books beginning with: B

  • B is for Baby

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Atinuke’s text is a series of simple ‘B is for…’ phrases, that take us on a journey through the African landscape. A clever and unusual book, with beautiful illustrations and a fun story that little children will delight in following.

  • Babies Can Sleep Anywhere

    Author: Lisa Wheeler Illustrator: Carolina Buzio
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

    Little ones will love learning about all the places that their favourite animals go to sleep... and the gentle rhymes will soon have them drifting into a deep slumber, too.

  • Baby Aliens Got My Teacher!

    Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Thomas Flintham
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Izzy's teacher has been taken over by aliens, and has an evil plan to make her class into aliens too.

  • Baby Goes to Market

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank
    Publisher: Walker Books

    With a basket balanced on her head and Baby strapped to her back, Mama embarks on an eventful trip to a West African market. With rhythmic text and an abundance of humour, this delightful book is sure to appeal. 

  • Baby Loves Peekaboo!

    Author: Dorling Kindersley and Dawn Sirett
    Publisher: DK

    Play peekaboo with your baby and hear them giggle in delight as hidden surprises are revealed!

  • Baby on Board

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: Puffin

    A trip to the beach with his sisters and friends develops into an epic adventure for a baby and his three toys. Written by a master storyteller, the drama builds with each turn of the page. Charming watercolours, reminiscent of a bygone era, bring the characters to life.

  • Baby Play

    Author: Skye Silver
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Babies love looking at pictures of other babies, so this well-designed book will definitely keep their attention, and the text has enough interest and interactive elements to make it useful in developing motor skills, bonding and play.

  • Baby Ruby Bawled

    Author: Malaika Rose Stanley Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max
    Publisher: Tamarind

    Theo loves his baby sister Ruby who is happy as long as she is awake and being entertained. But Ruby simply will not sleep: not at nap time, not at bedtime, not at any time...

  • Baby Shapes

    Author: Helen and Clive Dorman
    Publisher: The Children's Project

    Four highly stimulating books featuring a range of shapes and facial expressions.

  • Baby Sparkle: Bedtime

    Author: Dorling Kindersley
    Publisher: DK

    This simple board book about settling down for the night is a perfect accompaniment to a regular bedtime routine for babies, especially as they can follow along with the glittery detailing.

  • Baby Surprises!

    Author: Sarah Davis
    Publisher: DK

    • This book is chunky and easy for little hands to hold.
    • Have fun together guessing what's behind each flap and getting a few surprises!
    • A bright and colourful book with photographs of every day images.

  • Baby Touch Animals

    Author: N/A Illustrator: Lemon Ribbon Studio
    Publisher: Ladybird

    The excellent Baby Touch series is a real feast for the senses for newborns, and is the perfect introduction to books for the tiniest fingers. Large tabs make turning the pages easier and the peekaboo animals are a nice touch.

  • Baby Touch Flip-Flap book

    Author: Ladybird
    Publisher: Ladybird

    Touch-and-feel book with colourful pictures to explore with your baby

  • Baby Touch, Farm

    Author: Fiona Land
    Publisher: Ladybird

    This is a great introduction to farm animals.

  • Baby Touch: Busy Baby

    Author: Ladybird
    Publisher: Ladybird

    With rounded corners, peep-holes and a range of textures, this is a stimulating book for little hands to explore and is sure to become a firm favourite.

  • Baby Touch: One! Two! Three! bath book

    Author: Ladybird
    Publisher: Ladybird

    Padded, waterproof counting book for baby bath and meal times

  • Baby’s Very First Play Book: shop words

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Stella Baggott
    Publisher: Usborne

    Each colourful page in this lovely interactive book is bursting with new words and fun games to help young readers learn about different shops and what can be found within them. A great tool to help children learn new vocabulary.

  • Baby's Bathtime

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    Bold, colourful and great fun, this simple and striking book is a humorous depiction of one baby's bathtime routine.

  • Baby's Day

    Author: Little Tiger Kids
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Colourful, rhyming board book with photos of happy babies.

  • Baby's First Days: On the Move

    Author: Pat-a-Cake Illustrator: Mojca Dolinar
    Publisher: Pat-a-Cake

    The visual black, white and red design of this lovely board book about transport will fascinate toddlers. It's been specially made with high contrasting colours and simple patterns to stimulate a baby's developing vision.

  • Baby's First Words

    Author: Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma Illustrator: Christiane Engel
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Designed by a child development expert so it supports the way babies naturally learn language, this book is full of warm colours and down-to-earth glimpses of family life. There are over 100 words to learn in this sturdy board book.

  • Baby's Treasure Hunt

    Author: Priddy Books
    Publisher: Priddy Books

  • Baby's very first black and white book: Babies

    Author: Illustrator: Stella Baggott
    Publisher: Usborne

  • Baby's Very First Outdoors Book

    Author: Jenny Tyler Illustrator: Stella Baggot
    Publisher: Usborne

    An ideal first book, with familiar, easily identifiable images offering plenty of opportunity for interaction between adult and child.

  • Back to Blackbrick

    Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    When Cosmo steps through the crumbling gates of the mysterious Blackbrick Abbey, he comes face to face with his Grandad as a young man.

  • Bad Girls

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    Bitterly unhappy and fed up with being teased at school, Mandy White is in need of a friend.

  • Bad Mermaids

    Author: Sibéal Pounder Illustrator: Jason Cockroft
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Beattie, Mimi and Zelda will change the way you see mermaids forever as they attempt to save their home of Swirlyshell in this delightfully silly story from the author of Witch Wars.

  • Bad Nana: All the Fun of the Fair

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    The fair has come to town, but when Bad Nana's nemesis Mrs Farquar-Haha rigs the pet competition, who knows what could happen? The second in Sophy Henn's bright and brilliant series about a subversive grandma.

  • Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Bad Nana is quite unlike Jeanie’s other two grandmas. So when Jeanie and her class go on a school trip, it’s no surprise that Bad Nana manages to make it a lot more interesting than anyone expected. A riot of bright colour and laugh-out-loud moments.

  • Bad Nana: That’s Snow Business

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    What happens when Bad Nana gets involved with the Winter Wonderland Variety Show? The third book in Sophy Henn’s young middle grade series is brilliant, and and the final message about having fun is pitch perfect. 

  • Bad, Bad Cats

    Author: Roger McGough Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Packed with witty wordplay, and quirky humour, this delightful collection will appeal to children of all ages

  • Badger's Parting Gifts

    Author: Susan Varley
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    When Badger dies, his friends are very sad, but one by one, they recall the special things he gave them during his lifetime. Now 35 years old, Badger's Parting Gifts has been used by countless families experiencing bereavement to help talk about their feelings.

  • Badly Drawn Beth

    Author: Knife & Packer
    Publisher: Orchard

    A comic/storybook crossover where hilarious heroine, Beth, charts her survival of school, friends (best and worst), the dreaded family barbecue and other natural disasters.

  • Badly Drawn Beth – Happy Bethday!

    Author: Knife & Packer
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Dive into this hilarious, school story, featuring embarrassing baby photos, famous film stars, angry zombies, brilliant best friends and lots of cake…

  • Bake Me a Festive Story

    Author: Nadiya Hussain Illustrator: Clair Rossiter
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    The ever-popular Nadiya Hussain is back with her unique combination of storybook and cookbook – but this time, there's a festive twist! 

  • Baker’s Magic

    Author: Diane Zahler
    Publisher: Capstone

    An orphaned girl with a talent for baking must use courage, intelligence and just a little bit of magic to save her country from a wicked mage in this fantasy adventure for younger readers.

  • Ballerina Dreams

    Author: Michaela and Elaine DePrince Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This heart-warming true story about working hard to achieve your dreams will inspire children to believe that they can be whoever they want to be.

  • Ballet Dreams

    Author: Cerrie Burnell Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    One day, a little girl sees the ballet practice for Swan Lake, and decides that all she wants is to become a ballerina. A sparkly, magical book for young dancers, this is the perfect precursor to Noel Streatfield's Ballet Shoes.

  • Ballet Shoes

    Author: Noel Streatfeild
    Publisher: Penguin

    First published in the 1930s, this classic story of three very different girls who work hard to master their talents has captivated children's imaginations for decades

  • Balloon to the Moon: The Story of the Human Journey to Space

    Author: Gill Arbuthnott Illustrator: Christopher Nielsen
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    This is a clear and fascinating route through time in the evolution of the human desire to fly, and then explore space, presented in 13 page-turning chapters. Christopher Nielsen’s fabulous retro screen print-style illustration also elevate the whole thing to a work of art. 

  • Banana Sunday

    Author: Paul Tobin Illustrator: Colleen Coover
    Publisher: Oni Press

    Fitting into a new school isn’t easy, as Kirby discovers. This full-colour graphic novel in a school setting has an intriguing mystery and a trio of wacky, talking primates, which wittily explores "otherness" in a number of ways. 

  • Banana!

    Author: Ed Vere Illustrator: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Penguin

    Follow the cartoon-style adventures of two monkeys. One of them has a banana and the other one wants it - but what is the magic word?

  • Bang, Bang, You're Dead!

    Author: Narinder Dhami
    Publisher: Corgi

    Dhami's thriller takes us from a dysfunctional home, where twins Mia and Jamie live with their divorced mother – who has bipolar disorder – to a school siege in which a pupil holds a class hostage. Compelling.

  • Barefoot on the Wind

    Author: Zoe Marriott
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This stylish reworking of Beauty and the Beast unfolds in mythical Japan. Beautiful visual imagery, viscerally brutal action and desperate passions make this retelling feel fresh.

  • Barking for Bagels

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A quirky canine adventure from master storyteller Michael Rosen, complemented by Tony Ross's trademark comical illustrations, this is a lovely early chapter book for 6-8 year olds, sure to amuse adults and children alike.

  • Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Corgi

    Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Night Wolf introduces readers to the most adventurous and skilled among the ranks of Tick-Tock Lads. For the proper coinage these delivery boys can whisk a message to its destination in a matter of minutes, taking to the rooftops and leaping with acrobatic ease from chimney to shingle, alley to thoroughfare.

  • Barnaby Grimes: Legion of the Dead

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Corgi

    This booksees the return of the most adventurous and skilled among the ranks of Tick-Tock Lads. During a night of mourning at the passing of one of the city's most notorious criminal, a shaky peace among rival gangs is disturbed as the dead begin to rise from a nearby cemetery.

  • Barnaby Grimes: Return of the Emerald Skull

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Random House

    Barnaby Grimes tackles the evil of the Emerald Skull as he tries to save the local school from madness and destruction.

  • Barney the Boat Dog: Very Brave Dog

    Author: Linda Newbery Illustrator: John Francis
    Publisher: Usborne

    One day Barney the dog gets left behind on land when his owner Jim sets off into a tunnel. He has to find a way back to Jim, which involves being very brave.

  • Barry Loser is the Best at Football NOT!

    Author: Jim Smith
    Publisher: Egmont

    When the posh kids from Avocado Hill challenge the Mogden Maniacs to a football match, Barry Loser decides to get his team into shape - but whether they'll pay any attention is another matter. More LOL-worthy stuff from the popular series.

  • Barry Loser: I am not a Loser

    Author: Jim Smith
    Publisher: Jelly Pie

    With lots of silly pranks and a cartoon-style drawing on each page, this book will appeal to fans of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  • Barry the Fish with Fingers and the Hairy Scary Monster

    Author: Sue Hendra
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    A simple and humorous story about overcoming your fears with bold, bright illustrations

  • Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon

    Author: Jonathan Stroud
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    A fantastic, fast-paced adventure story set in a vividly-realised world of Arabian and Biblical myth.

  • Bathroom Boogie

    Author: Clare Foges Illustrator: Al Murphy
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Bathtime gets boisterous when no-one’s at home: flannels, toothbrushes, loofahs and even the power shower boogie the day away to DJ shampoo’s groovy beat! A cracking comical story for young children, for whom bathtime will never be the same again…

  • Bathtime for Little Rabbit

    Author: Jörg Mühle Illustrator: Eve Erikson Translator: Catherine Chidgey
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    It's Little Rabbit's bathtime, but he's going to need some help! Everything about this book is deliciously simple and sweet. Since it's lightly interactive, it's also a nice way to give control back to the child if the bedtime routine is becoming another battle.

  • Bathtime peekaboo!

    Author: Dawn Sirett and Dorling Kindersley
    Publisher: DK

    The Dorling Kindersley team have put together this colourful, waterproof, touch-and-feel, lift-the-flap, fun bathtime book to be shared with your baby.

  • Batman: The Long Halloween

    Author: Jeph Loeb Illustrator: Tim Sale
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, The Long Halloween tells the story of a mysterious killer named Holiday, who murders people on holidays, one each month.

  • Batmouse

    Author: Steve Smallman
    Publisher: QED Publishing

    An endearing story about an imaginative mouse with identity problems!

  • Batpants!

    Author: Jeremy Strong
    Publisher: Puffin

    Short chapters, easy-to-read text and funny illustrations will appeal to children who will find plenty of laughs in the story of an orang-utan who lives with the Loveheart family and loves eating apple crumble!

  • Bats

    Author: Megan Cullis
    Publisher: Usborne

    How do bats find their way in the dark? Where do they live and what do they eat? Beginner readers can find answers to these questions and more in this colourful information book.

  • Battle of the Beetles

    Author: M G Leonard Illustrator: Karl James Mountford
    Publisher: Chicken House

    This explosive series finale has some great humour from the cringe-worthy Humphrey and Pickering, along with moral dilemmas, a strong environmental theme, buckets of adventure and great friendships.

  • Be More Bernard

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Kate Hindley
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Bernard has decided that he's not going to be like all the other bunnies any more. His dreams are altogether more... disco! This is a funny and fabulous picture book that will coax children out of their shells and encourage them to stand out from the crowd. 

  • Beaky Malone: World's Worst School Trip

    Author: Barry Hutchison Illustrator: Katie Abey
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    After stepping through a truth-telling machine, Beaky Malone finds himself in all sorts of trouble. With comical illustrations, short chapters and hilarity on every page, this riotous book is ideal for independent young readers.

  • Bear and Hare - Where's Bear?

    Author: Emily Gravett Illustrator: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Hare gets worried when Bear goes missing during a game of hide and seek.

  • Bear Has a Story to Tell

    Author: Philip C. Stead Illustrator: Erin E. Stead
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    It is almost winter, and Bear is getting sleepy. Before he finds somewhere to hibernate he has a story to tell but all the animals are too busy getting ready for winter to listen.

  • Bear in Sunshine

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Debbie Harter
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    • This is an entertaining introduction to the seasons, with bright illustrations
    • The rhyme and humour make this book a great success
    • Look out for the other Bear books in the series

  • Bear Moves

    Author: Ben Bailey Smith Illustrator: Sav Akyüz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Ben Bailey Smith (aka “Doc Brown”) and Sav Akyüz team up again to deliver this hilariously funny sequel to I Am Bear. Its energetic and colourful illustrations and superb rhythmic text will keep readers in stitches from start to finish.

  • Bear on a Bike

    Author: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Scholastic (Alison Green Books)

    Bear has made a cake for Mouse. But just as he arrives at Mouse’s door, he sees Mouse disappearing around the corner on his scooter. Determined to deliver his cake, Bear chases after her. This is great fun and just a little bit wacky.

  • Bear, Bird and Frog

    Author: Gwen Millard
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    Bear and Bird are best friends but Bird doesn't like it when Bear makes friends with Frog.

  • Beards from Outer Space (Pet Defenders #2)

    Author: Gareth P Jones
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Mitzy the cat and Biskit the dog are back to once again foil an alien plot to take over the earth. The second book in the Pet Defenders series does not disappoint.

  • Bearmouth

    Author: Liz Hyder
    Publisher: Pushkin

    Newt has been living and working in the horrendous conditions of Bearmouth mine from an early age.  Any kind of way out isn’t even contemplated until Newt meets Devlin. This story is exciting, ambitious, unpredictable and breathtakingly brilliant. 

  • Bear's Best Friend

    Author: Lucy Coats Illustrator: Sarah Dyer
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

    Bear has a special talent for topiary - but he doesn't have a best friend, unlike the other animals in the wood.

  • Bears Don't Read

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Bears Don't Read  is a wonderfully engaging picture book about the joy of reading and how much fun it can be to help others.

  • Bear's Magic Pencil

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    The result of a competition encouraging children to draw as a way of making stories, this book perfectly illustrates how a pencil can create narrative paths.

  • Beast

    Author: Ally Kennen
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Stephen has been keeping a secret of unbearable proportions. He can't confide in his foster family, his social worker or his dead-beat father - they wouldn't believe him anyway.

  • Beast Hunter

    Author: Kathryn White
    Publisher: A&C Black

    Jacob and his friends spend their summer playing in an old quarry pond, until one day, a boy is killed...

  • Beast Quest: Creta the Winged Terror

    Author: Adam Blade
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Produced by a team of writers, Beast Quest is an ever-increasing series of short, graphically illustrated novels aimed at early KS2 boys.

  • Beast Quest: New Blood

    Author: Adam Blade
    Publisher: Orchard

    Three children discover they are descendants of the Guardians of Avantia, courageous heroes who entered the human world through a portal. Full of monsters, dragons and magic, this fantasy adventure is enhanced by striking graphic novel-style illustrations.

  • Beast Quest: The Dark Cauldron

    Author: Adam Blade
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Evil wizard Malvel has stolen a powerful item that he plans to use to destroy the kingdom of Avantia, but will Tom and Elenna be able to stop him? You'll be the one to decide in this entertaining choose-your-own-path story.

  • Beastly Bugs

    Author: Sarah Snashall
    Publisher: Kingfisher

    A fun little book about mini beasts with lots of somewhat gruesome looking photographs...

  • Beasts of No Nation

    Author: Uzodinma Iweala
    Publisher: John Murray

    Beasts of No Nation gives us an extraordinary portrait of the chaos and violence of war. It is a gripping and remarkable debut.

  • Beasts of Olympus: Beast Keeper

    Author: Lucy Coats Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    A funny, accessible, adventurous introduction to characters and stories from ancient Greece, starring an endearing hero faced with impossible tasks.

  • Beasts of Olympus: Hound of Hades

    Author: Lucy Coats Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Demon, son of Pan, is now installed as Official Beastkeeper to the Gods. In this entertaining and daring escapade, second in the Beasts of Olympus series.

  • Beatrice's Dream: A Story of Kibera Slum

    Author: Karen Lynn Williams Photographer Wendy Stone
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books

    This is a photographic commentary on the harsh reality of life for some of the world's poorest people and how education is seen as the main escape route from a lifetime of struggle.

  • Beautiful Broken Things

    Author: Sara Barnard
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Then Suzanne comes into their lives, and things get a whole lot more complicated. Heartfelt, hopeful, and surprisingly funny at times, this is a gorgeous tribute to female friendship.

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Author: Katie Haworth Illustrator: Dinara Mirtalipova
    Publisher: Templar

    This fairy tale is told very well by Katie Haworth, but the real star of the show is Dinara Mirtalipova's rich illustrations, full of deep, vivid colour, and the incredible 3D scenes that appear through clever paper cutouts.

  • Because You'll Never Meet Me

    Author: Leah Thomas
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This is an exceptional book, told through a series of letters, sent over several months. A fantastic debut novel. Highly recommended.

  • Becoming Jo

    Author: Sophie McKenzie
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Jo has always wanted to be a writer - but with three sisters, a new friend who's just moved in to her street, and a father working as a humanist minister in Syria, there's a lot going on. A clever retelling of Little Women which transports the March sisters to the modern day.

  • Bedlam

    Author: Ally Kennen
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd

    When Lexi discovers an abandoned asylum in the local forest, little does she realise the sequence of events that are about to unfold.

  • Bedtime for Monsters

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Do you ever wonder if somewhere, not too far away, there might be monsters?

  • Bedtime with Ted

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Little ones will love following the story of Ted's night-time routine - from splashing in the bath with penguins to having some milk with a tiger - in this colourful board book with flaps.

  • Bee

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    This bee-autiful and special book takes children on a poetic journey through the bee's day.

  • Bee Boy and the Moonflowers

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Max Low
    Publisher: Graffeg

    Asin is sent into the treacherous desert mountains to find the rare and magical Moonflowers: only bees that feed on these Moonflowers’ pollen will produce the magical Silver Honey, which will heal Asin’s family from their malaise.

  • Bee Boy: Clash of the Killer Queens

    Author: Tony De Saulles
    Publisher: Oxford Children's Books

    When Mel discovers he can transform into a honeybee, he enjoys an amazing bee's-eye view of life inside a hive. This funny illustrated chapter book incorporates fascinating facts about these invaluable insects.

  • Beegu

    Author: Alexis Deacon
    Publisher: Random House

    This is a heart-warming and satisfying tale that is certain to provide comfort to young children.

  • Beep Beep Beep Time For Sleep!

    Author: Claire Freedman
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    This bedtime book with a difference will appeal to digger-mad little ones as it follows the busy vehicles working on a motorway - at least, that is, until night falls and they can get some much-needed rest.

  • Beep! Beep! Peekaboo!

    Author: Dorling Kindersley
    Publisher: DK

    • Your child will love the peek-a-boo game.
    • Read together and lift the giant flaps to reveal noisy toy vehicles.
    • Giggles and smiles are guaranteed!

  • Beep, Beep, Let's Go!

    Author: Eleanor Taylor Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A family of dogs are setting off for the seaside in their car. Along the way they are joined by a menagerie of their friends.

  • Beetle Boy

    Author: MG Leonard
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When Darkus' father mysteriously disappears from London’s Natural History Museum, Darkus has to move in with his rather odd Uncle Max AND change schools. A wonderfully funny and engaging book, perfect for fans of Roald Dahl.

  • Beetle Queen

    Author: M G Leonard Illustrator: Karl James Mountford
    Publisher: Chicken House

    M G Leonard manages to subtly pack a swarm of scientific information into the adventure story. Fans of Beetle Boy will be thrilled at these further antics, and those who secretly loved the dastardly Lucretia will enjoy seeing her steal the limelight.

  • Before & After

    Author: Jean Jullien
    Publisher: Phaidon

    A brilliant conversation book for even the tiniest toddlers. Jullien's illustrations are always a breath of fresh air, with an inviting bold style that is playful and stylish.

  • Before I Die

    Author: Jenny Downham
    Publisher: Random House

    Stunning in its beauty and honesty, this is an exceptional and utterly compelling read.

  • Before I Wake Up…

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Prestel

    Asleep and dreaming, the little girl in this book floats through a shadowy and beautiful blue-black world with her friend, a watchful lion, at her side. Britta Teckentrup is a gifted illustrator-writer, and this is a wonderful, poetic and stylish book about sleep.

  • Before We Say Goodbye

    Author: Gabriella Ambrosio Translator: Alastair McEwen
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Ambrosio's award-winning first novel highlights the complexity and far-reaching implications of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Jerusalem.

  • Being Billy

    Author: Phil Earle
    Publisher: Penguin Books

    Billy is angry with the whole world and with himself. But when it looks like his younger brother and sister may be taken from him, what is left of his world begins to fall apart.

  • Being Here

    Author: Barry Jonsberg
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    Leah Cartwright is very old. Some days she can’t remember her own name. She has no visitors, until one day, 16-year-old Carly comes to interview Leah for her social history project.

  • Being Me by Adele Vialli

    Author: Pete Kalu
    Publisher: Hope Road

    Adele is determined to play football for England no matter what, but life keeps on getting in the way.

  • Bella Broomstick – School Spells

    Author: Lou Kuenzler Illustrator: Kyan Cheng
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Bella Broomstick has been banished to Person World by her mean Aunt Hemlock. A spellbinding school adventure featuring an endearing witch-in-disguise and 101 magical rabbits!

  • Bella Donna: Too Many Spells

    Author: Ruth Symes Illustrator: Marion Lindsay
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    The second engaging episode in Bella Donna’s life finds about to continue her studies as a witchling

  • Belle and Sébastien: the child of the mountains

    Author: Cécil Aubry Illustratrated by Helen Stephens Translator: Gregory Norminton
    Publisher: Alma Books

    Belle and Sébastien is a much-loved children's classic in France from the 1960s, and has only recently been translated into English. The touching story - of the unbreakable bond between a child and his dog - still possesses a certain charm.

  • Below Zero

    Author: Dan Smith
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When Zac and his family arrive at Outpost Zero in the Antarctica, they are expecting a community in training for a mission to Mars – but they find no one. The tension and sense of dread build rapidly in this brilliantly constructed horror thriller.

  • Benjamin & the Super Spectacles

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Benjamin Bounce keeps bouncing into things and needs spectacles... A lovely picture book about friends making each other feel super!

  • Berserk

    Author: Ally Kennen
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Chas and his troubled mates flirt with danger, girls and law-breaking, in this humorous, gritty story that becomes an irresistible farce-come-thriller.

  • Beswitched

    Author: Kate Saunders
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd

    Flora mysteriously finds herself in a 1930s girls’ school, where her twenty-first century behaviour and language shock and delight her new friends.

  • Betsey Biggalow is Here!

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Jamie Smith
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Betsey Biggalow is here! She may be small but she's full of bright and shiny ideas

  • Betsey Biggalow the Detective

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Jamie Smith
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Despite the sunshine, life is not always straightforward for Betsey Biggalow - though she always manages to have lots of adventures and plenty of fun.

  • Better Nate than Ever

    Author: Tim Federle
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Thirteen-year-old Nate Foster dreams of escaping Jankburg, Pennsylvania for a more exciting life and now’s his chance!

  • Betty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas

    Author: Steve Antony
    Publisher: Oxford

    Betty, the baby gorilla, is a delightfully wilful and impulsive character and her reluctance to surrender to sleep will strike a very familiar chord with many young children and their carers.

  • Between Shades of Gray

    Author: Ruta Sepetys
    Publisher: Puffin

    Set in 1941, Between Shades of Grey is an extraordinary and haunting story based on first-hand family accounts and memories from survivors.

  • Between the Lives

    Author: Jessica Shirvington
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This is one of the most original YA books in a long time. It is gripping and exceptionally well-written with fantastic characters and an exciting plot. One of the best of 2014.

  • Between Two Seas

    Author: Marie-Louise Jensen
    Publisher: Oxford Children's Books

    Marianne and her mother live an insular life in 19th century Grimsby. They are restricted by poverty and their shame in Marianne’s illegitimacy.

  • Beware Killer Tomatoes

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Rowan Clifford
    Publisher: Penguin

    The latest in a series of illustrated short novels aimed at younger readers. Easily read and funny, it nevertheless addresses some deep questions with which its audience will identify.

    Jack is in hospital after braking his leg by riding his bike into a stationary car whilst escaping from a supermarket accident. He had knocked over a display of tinned toma…

  • Beware of the Storybook Wolves

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette

    Lauren Child has created a truly original and hilarious story, and her lively and unique collage-style illustrations are a joy. Ideal for reassuring children who are scared of the dark.

  • Beyond Platform 13

    Author: Sibeal Pounder (from an original idea by Eva Ibbotson) Illustrator: Beatriz Castro
    Publisher: Macmillan

    This thrilling adventure is a sequel to Eva Ibbotson's The Secret of Platform 13, but the reading experience will not be hampered by not having read the original. It’s a rollicking, magical read that already feels like a modern classic. 

  • Beyond the Bright Sea

    Author: Lauren Wolk
    Publisher: Corgi

    A wonderful tale of trying to find your place within the world, Beyond The Bright Sea transports the reader to a luminous island of sea, wind and driftwood, set apart from the busy world.

  • Beyond the Fence

    Author: Maria Gulemetova
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    Thomas, Piggy’s friend, always seems to know what’s best for Piggy. But might there be another way for Piggy to be himself? The perfect book to provoke discussion about toxic friendships and making the right choices for us. 

  • Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe

    Author: Dara Ó’Briain Illustrator: Dan Bramall
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Beginning with the question, 'So you want to go into space?', this book takes readers on a fascinating and hilarious journey through the solar system and beyond. 

  • Beyond the Stars

    Author: Sarah Webb (compiled by)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Twelve brand new stories from the cream of Irish writers and illustrators who jostle for space in this collection of inspirational writing.

  • Big and Small

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    It is never too early to introduce some information about how an apple grows from a seed, or how a shark survives by eating fish, and this lovely little board book is an excellent way to ease some non-fiction facts into even the youngest babies’ book routine.

  • Big Bad Bun

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Bun has run away from home and been accepted into the fearsome Hell Bunnies, renowned for their bad behaviour.

  • Big Ben

    Author: Rachel Anderson Illustrator: Jane Ray
    Publisher: Barn Owl Books

    Matthew wants to write about his older brother Ben who has Down syndrome for a school project on individuals who the students admire.

  • Big Blue Train

    Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    After an earlier adventure with a Big Red Bath, Jarman and Reynolds send Ben and Bella on another imaginary adventure - a train journey to the seaside for a party.

  • Big Blue Whale

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Nick Maland
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Nicola Davies’ chatty picture book describes in detail the dimensions, eating habits and life-cycle of the blue whale.

  • Big Bones

    Author: Laura Dockrill
    Publisher: Hotkey

    Big Bones is a truly refreshing read, and Bluebelle is a wonderful, honest and utterly hilarious narrator to fall in love with. This book will make readers think about body image in a whole new way, and about the importance of self-respect.

  • Big Book of Nursery Rhymes

    Author: Kali Stileman
    Publisher: Doubleday

    A vivid, humorous, modern and highly satisfying collection of nursery songs and rhymes with bold and funny illustrations.

  • Big Change for Stuart

    Author: Lissa Evans
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    In this sequel to the acclaimed, Small Change for Stuart, Stuart and his friend April must solve magical puzzles to discover the whereabouts of his uncle's missing Will.

  • Big City Explorer

    Author: Maggie Li
    Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books

    This fantastic book is a perfect introduction into some of the world’s largest cities. It’s full of fun, facts and great illustrations that will appeal to young readers.

  • Big Game

    Author: Dan Smith (Original Story Jalmari Helander and Petri Jokiranta)
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Everything about this book is excellent. The story is fast-paced, extremely well written and is packed with unrelenting action.

  • Big Momma Makes the World

    Author: Phyllis Root Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Candlewick Press

    This beautiful reimagining of the Christian creation myth places Big Momma as Creator: a rounded, plain speaking woman with a baby, whose warm Big Momma voice speaks the universe into being. A truly amazing book to share.

  • Big Nate - The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World

    Author: Lincoln Peirce
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    This hilarious take on American school life is sure to make readers laugh, cringe and turn the next page. Based on a comic strip by Lincoln Peirce, the inspiration behind Jeff Kinney, this is sure to appeal to any fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

  • Big Red Bath

    Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Hachette

    'Duck dibble-dabbles at a quacking pace. Bubbles fly all over the place!' Ben and Bella have an increasingly crowded bath-time, as animals arrive one by one and ask to get in the bath too.

  • Big Scary Monster

    Author: Thomas Docherty Illustrator: Thomas Docherty
    Publisher: Templar

    A cautionary tale, humorously told and beautifully illustrated, with plenty of scope for noisy participation from young readers.

  • Bigfoot, Tobin and Me

    Author: Melissa Savage
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A tragedy brings Lemonade Liberty Witt to her grandpa's place from San Francisco, but she's determined she won't be staying long. A funny, touching and thought-provoking adventure story examining loss, grief, self-discovery and acceptance.

  • Bigger! Bigger!

    Author: Leslie Patricelli
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A clever concept, imaginatively shown in bright and chunky illustrations with minimal text. This could inspire some creative play at home, and it's lovely to see a little girl shown in a construction role.

  • Bikes for Sale

    Author: Carter Higgins Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    This quirky tale, with distinctive, vibrant illustrations, is delightful. Amusing and uplifting, it explores the joy of friendship and demonstrates that sharing adventures can double the fun.

  • Bilal’s Brilliant Bee

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    One night, just before Bilal's latest test at school, Bumble the brilliant bee appears. He can answer any question at all! Typical of Michael Rosen, this book is funny, sly and gloriously accompanied by Tony Ross' bold illustrations.

  • Billionaire Boy

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Having started from humble origins, Joe’s father is now a billionaire, and Joe has everything he wants, except true friends.

  • Billy and the Beast

    Author: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Puffin

    Billy and her friend Fatcat are enjoying a walk in the woods when they notice that the bunnies and mice have gone missing – and a hungry Beast is collecting ingredients for a terrible soup. An empowering story, full of humour and humanity. 

  • Billy and the Dragon

    Author: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Puffin

    Billy and her sidekick, the amusingly monobrowed Fatcat, are at a fancy dress party when a very large REAL dragon swoops down from nowhere and grabs Fatcat! As always, Shireen’s comic timing is first class.

  • Billy and the Mini Monsters – Monsters in the Dark

    Author: Zanna Davidson Illustrator: Melanie Williamson
    Publisher: Usborne

    An entertaining adventure about monsters who turn out to be much less scary than they sound. Overflowing with funny illustrations, this story will reassure anyone nervous at night-time!

  • Billy Bonkers

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Hachette

    Meet Billy Bonkers and discover how an average day with the Bonkers family always seems to turn into something extraordinary.

  • Bindi Babes

    Author: Narinder Dhami
    Publisher: Random House

    Narinder Dhami has a light touch which girls in particular will enjoy.

  • Bing Bed Time

    Author: Ted Dewan Illustrator: Ted Dewan
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Like many very young children, Bing Bunny finds it hard to calm down enough to get to bed after a busy and lively day.

  • Binky's Time to Fly

    Author: Sharmila Collins Illustrator: Carolina Rabei
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    When Binky the butterfly emerges from his cocoon, he discovers his wings aren't the same as those of his friends - will he be able to fly? A heart-warming book with a powerful message.

  • Binny Bewitched

    Author: Hilary McKay
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Binny hasn't even decided what wonderful birthday gift she'll buy for her mum before she loses the money. She's sure her twitchy neighbour is a witch, playing havoc with her life. Masterful writing makes this touching story bounce along beautifully.

  • Binny for Short

    Author: Hilary McKay
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Since her father died, Binny's family have struggled. Then old Aunt Violet dies, leaving them her house by the sea.

  • Bird

    Author: Crystal Chan
    Publisher: Tamarind Books

    Jewel Campbell’s brother John died on the day she was born: his Grandpa had called him Bird so he went to the cliff to fly off the edge. 

  • Birds and Other Animals with Pablo Picasso

    Author: First Concepts with Fine Artists Illustrations by Picasso
    Publisher: Phaidon

    The book is perfectly designed with thick board pages, each containing a black-and-white line drawing of an animal found in Picasso's notebooks. The drawings are charming and immediately identifiable - a gorgeous addition to any baby bookshelf.

  • Birdy

    Author: Jess Vallance
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Social outcast, Frances Bird, is tasked with looking after confident new girl Alberta Fitzroy-Black. It slowly becomes apparent that their friendship is not quite what it appears

  • Birdy & Bou

    Author: David Bedford Illustrator: Mandy Stanley
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The bright colours, bold style and short text make this a lovely picture book for young readers moving up from board books. It's a simple story of a new friendship with a useful message of sharing together.

  • Birth of a Killer

    Author: Darren Shan
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Birth of a Killer is the first book in a new series that form a prequel to the best-selling sequence The Saga of Darren Shan.

  • Biscuit Bear

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Random House

    In a baking session with his mum, Horace makes Biscuit Bear, but he has to wait until the following day to eat him.

  • Bitter Sixteen

    Author: Stefan Mohamed
    Publisher: Salt

    Funny, sharp and totally original, Bitter Sixteen is the beginning of a trilogy about a tremendously appealing smart-mouthed Welsh superhero (and his talking dog sidekick). Half action thriller, half coming-of-age story, with a wicked sense of humour.

  • Bizzy Bear: Fun on the Farm

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Babies and toddlers will enjoy this sturdy board book with lots of sliders and tabs to push and pull

  • Bizzy Bear: Racing Driver

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Bizzy Bear is having another amazing adventure. This time, he’s a racing driver on a Formula One track. The chunky pages and thick tabs are perfect for little paws, and the text is very simple and perfect to read aloud. 

  • Bizzy Bear: Spooky House

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Bizzy Bear adds a seasonal story to the range of interactive board books for very young readers. This time Bizzy Bear is exploring a very spooky house and he's all dressed up ready for Halloween!

  • Bizzy Bear: Zoo Ranger

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Bizzy is helping out all over the zoo: visiting the lions in their den, rather alarmingly brushing a crocodile with a broom, and feeding the penguins with a bucket of fish. Children will love spotting all the animals and this bright, bold and brilliant fun!

  • Black Arts: The Books of Pandemonium

    Author: Andrew Prentice and Jonathan Weil
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Elizabethan London is a city teeming with traders, thieves, courtiers, cut-throats... and demons. When young thief Jack the Nipper picks the pocket of a mysterious stranger, he discovers he too possesses supernatural powers.

  • Black Dog

    Author: Levi Pinfold
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    A black dog appears outside the Hope family's home

  • Black Hearts in Battersea

    Author: Joan Aiken
    Publisher: Red Fox

    In Joan Aiken's imagined early nineteenth-century Britain, James III of the Hanoverians is on the throne.

  • Black Light Express

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Oxford

    Philip Reeve is a master world-builder and the nuances of the Network Empire world are executed beautifully in this sequel to the stunning RailHead.

  • Black Powder

    Author: Ally Sherrick
    Publisher: Chicken House

    The year is 1605 and if you are a Catholic in England it is a very dangerous time to be alive, so Tom and his family try their best to avoid being noticed.

  • Black Queen

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Random House

    Billy is frightened of his neighbour, nicknamed the 'Black Queen', but when she goes away for a few days, he warily agrees to look after her cat.

  • Black Rabbit Summer

    Author: Kevin Brooks
    Publisher: Penguin

    Addictive, complex and incredibly compelling

  • Black Sheep

    Author: Na’ima B Robert
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Dwayne is sixteen, disengaged from home and school, and a reluctant member of a Brixton gang. When he meets ambitious Misha, the two are instantly attracted to each other.

  • Black Ships Before Troy

    Author: Rosemary Sutcliff Illustrator: Alan Lee
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This stunning children’s version of The Iliad was first published in 1993 and is being republished now. Featuring the stories of heroes Ajax, Achilles and Penthesilea, this is high adventure at its best.

  • Blackberry Blue

    Author: Jamila Gavin Illustrator: Richard Collingridge
    Publisher: Tamarind Books

    A stunning collection of mystical fairy tales that are at once exotic and fresh, and traditionally heartening.

  • Blackbird

    Author: N D Gomes
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Alex McCarthy has lost her older sister, Olivia: she’s gone missing, on New Year’s Eve. At the same time, a flock of dead blackbirds fall mysteriously from the sky... This is a gripping mystery, full of brooding melancholy, red herrings and clues.

  • Blackbird, Blackbird, What Do You Do?

    Author: Kate McLelland
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Pip the blackbird is on a quest to find out what it is that blackbirds are really good at. This soft, beautiful picture book combines Pip's story with a non-fiction element that describes what different birds do in simple but useful terms.

  • Blame

    Author: Simon Mayo
    Publisher: Corgi

    A tense and gripping thriller about a teenager determined to show the world that she's not to blame for the crimes of her parents. Not for the faint-hearted.

  • Blart: The Boy Who Didn't Want to Save the World

    Author: Dominic Barker
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Blart is a 14-year-old illiterate pig farmer who suddenly discovers from the most powerful wizard in the world, Capablanca, that he is the only boy who can save the world...

  • Blindside

    Author: Aidan Chambers
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Ideal for those with reading difficulties including dyslexia, the book is short and accessible and still packs a real punch. The account is factual, convincing and unsentimental, whilst still managing to engage and move the reader.

  • Blitzcat

    Author: Robert Westall
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Blitzcat won the 1989 Smarties Book Prize and is a powerful but tender panorama of life during the Second World War. It’s also a moving portrayal of a cat devoted to her owner. A modern classic.

  • Blobheads

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Ever wondered what might rise out of the toilet when you lift the lid? In Billy Barnes' case it's the Blobheads, three incompetent aliens...

  • Blocks

    Author: Irene Dickinson
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Ruby has red blocks and Benji has blue blocks - and both of them want to build something spectacular. A bright and engaging story about the importance of sharing and working together.

  • Blood

    Author: Alan Durant
    Publisher: Definitions

    This well-deserved republication of Durant's 1992 novel is a murder mystery which goes beyond the obvious.

  • Blood and Ink

    Author: Stephen Davies
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Kadija's bright spirit is a refreshing insight to the life of teenager living in the Sahara.

  • Blood Family

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Locked away by his mother's abusive partner, Edward is seven years old before rescue finally arrives. This is his story.

  • Blood Fever

    Author: Charlie Higson
    Publisher: Penguin

    A sinister and secret society seems to be operating at Eton, while in the Mediterranean a young girl and her tutor are taken captive by a Hungarian pirate - but are the two linked?

  • Blood Line

    Author: Kevin Brooks
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    A republication of a short novel which Kevin Brooks wrote more than 10 years ago for Barrington Stoke's excellent series for reluctant readers.

  • Blood Red Road

    Author: Moira Young
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books

    A violent, desperate and compelling story about family, love and determination, which enthrals through its bold, powerful language.

  • Blood Red Rose

    Author: Anne Perry
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Rosie has problems with reading and doesn't want anyone to know, least of all Zack, the coolest boy in school. Feeling miserable, she cries herself to sleep one night, only to wake up in 1812 aboard The Red Rose, an illegal slave ship.

  • Blood Red Snow White

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: Hachette

    No prior knowledge of Ransome or the revolution is needed to enjoy this beguilingly written account of Rasputin, the Romanovs and Lenin; with Ransome, a troubled Englishman amidst it all.

  • Blood Song

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Penguin

    Utterly addictive reading that comes with a health warning.

  • Bloodtide

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This shocking and brutal novel is not for the faint-hearted, with its chilling portrayal of a bleak future, but Burgess's storytelling prowess is undeniable.

  • Bloom

    Author: Nicola Skinner
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Sorrel Fallowfield is very well-behaved, but her world is about to be turned upside down when she discovers a mysterious packet of seeds. A surreal, sideways take on conformity and the power of breaking the rules.

  • Blown Away

    Author: Rob Biddulph
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Penguin Blue has got a new toy, and it's the right kind of day to try it out. But the wind is a little stronger than expected and along with the new kite, Penguin Blue is blown away.

  • Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

    Author: First concepts with fine artists (group)
    Publisher: Phaidon

    This beautiful book teaches young children all about colours by using the fabulous art of Henri Matisse. A fun new way for children to learn vocabulary while being taught about great artists.

  • Blue Chameleon

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Blue chameleon is lonely, so turns himself into a variety of things in an attempt to make a new friend.

  • Blue John

    Author: Berlie Doherty Illustrator: Alexandria Neonakis
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Author Berlie Doherty has twice won the prestigious Carnegie medal. Beautiful illustrations and a fable-like story will appeal to children who enjoy myths and legends.

  • Blue Monster Wants It All

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Jenni Desmond
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Blue Monster loves new things and ventures out into the world to buy anything and everything he wants. Young readers will secretly delight in Blue Monster’s bad behaviour and recognise the underlying message.

  • Blue Moon Day

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Random House

    Covering an interesting and varied mix of situations, these enjoyable school stories are a satisfying read, with particular appeal to more reluctant readers.

  • Blue Penguin

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Blue Penguin wants to belong. But how does he convince the other penguins that he is just like them? A touching story about friendship and fitting in.

  • Blueberry Girl

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Charles Vess
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Written by Neil Gaiman for the birth of his friend Tori Amos’ daughter, this wonderful, winsome and heartwarming poem is an inspiring read for any child, reassuring the reader that they can be whatever they want to be with a little magic, imagination and kindness. 

  • Boa’s Bad Birthday

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Anderson

    Boa the snake is expecting the best birthday ever, with all his friends bringing him wonderful presents, but things don't turn out quite as he hoped. Each animal brings something that would suit the giver rather than the birthday boy: grand pianos, sunglasses, and mittens aren't much use to someone without fingers, a nose or fingers. So it continues until th…

  • Bob and Flo and the Missing Bucket

    Author: Rebecca Ashdown
    Publisher: OUP

    Flo the penguin is ready for her first day at nursery, and she has her packed lunch with her: fish in a bucket...

  • Bob and the Disappearing Moon

    Author: Simon Bartram
    Publisher: Templar

    Bob has a job with a difference - he takes tours to the moon in his space rocket. He also cleans up space litter, sweeps out craters and monitors aliens.

  • Bob and the Moon Tree Mystery

    Author: Simon Bartram
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Bob and Barry the moon dog discover a mysterious tree growing in Crater 483

  • Bob the Bursting Bear

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    When Bob the bear leaves Mr Ted’s Toy School, he knows that he needs to be the perfect bear in order to be loved by his new owners.

  • Bobbo Goes to School

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd

    Lily and mum are worried when Bobbo the toy dog goes missing - but he soon turns up in a school playground.

  • Bob's Best Ever Friend

    Author: Simon Bartram
    Publisher: Templar

    Bob is the Man who works on the Moon but doesn’t believe in aliens. One day he realises that he is lonely and needs a friend.

  • Bocchi + Pocchi and the Bird

    Author: Noriko Matsubara
    Publisher: Troika Books

    This, the second Bocchi and Pocchi story, with its colourful and happy illustrations, is a warm hearted and cosy tale of friendship.

  • Boffin Boy and the Deadly Swarm

    Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson
    Publisher: Ransom

    Can Boffin Boy find the source of the insect menace and put an end to it once and for all?

  • Boffin Boy and the Emperor's Tomb

    Author: David Orme
    Publisher: Ransom Publishing

    This particular quest sees the schoolboy-turned-superhero, his equally brave friend Chika and a new sidekick (Kat the dog) teaming up to battle evil ancient warriors in a secret tomb.

  • Boffin Boy and the Forest of the Ninja

    Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson
    Publisher: Ransom

    This graphic novel style book is a quick read and perfect for those who don’t like too much text.

  • Boffin Boy and the Poison Garden

    Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson
    Publisher: Ransom Publishing

    Both loyal Boffin Boy fans, and those discovering the series for the first time, will enjoy this outlandish adventure about a famous female scientist who is planting trees that look disturbingly like people and animals.

  • Boffin Boy and the Temple of Mars

    Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson
    Publisher: Ransom

    Boffin Boy discovers an ancient building on Mars containing mysterious creatures.

  • Boffin Boy and the Wizard of Edo

    Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson
    Publisher: Ransom Publishing

    This graphic novel style book is a quick read and perfect for those who don’t like too much text.

  • Boffin Boy Goes to Hollywood

    Author: David Orme Illustrator: Peter Richardson
    Publisher: Ransom

    Rick Shaw might seem like an ordinary teenager, but when danger strikes Ricky becomes... Boffin Boy!

  • Bog Child

    Author: Siobhan Dowd
    Publisher: Random House

    This is a beautifully written coming-of-age tale, which deals with themes of mortality, peace and sacrifice.

  • Bollywood Babes

    Author: Narinder Dhami
    Publisher: Random House

    Geena, Amber and Jazz - the Bindi girls - are back! Amber is still keen to further the romance between Auntie and handsome teacher, Mr Aurora, but things go awry...

  • Bone Gap

    Author: Laura Ruby
    Publisher: Faber Children’s Books

    When Roza goes missing from Bone Gap, no one is surprised. This stunning and beautifully written story weaves Finn and Roza's narrative together with subtle magical realism and references to Greek mythology.

  • Bone Talk

    Author: Candy Gourlay
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Samkad is a boy from a remote Filipino "headhunter" tribe called Bontok in the highlands of the Philippines, back in around 1899 – on the brink of invasion by American invaders. A brilliant, exciting and fascinating adventure story.

  • Boo Boo Baby and the Giraffe

    Author: Eileen Browne Illustrator: Emily Bolam
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    Boo Boo Baby is looking at the animal characters on his cot mobile as he drifts off to sleep. All at once, a giraffe comes along and says 'Hello!' and takes him for a wild ride.

  • Boo!

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Caroline Pedler
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    An affectionate and energetic tale of friendship and surprises to appeal to very young readers.

  • Boo!

    Author: Ben Newman
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    The wonderfully simple visual joke underpinning this story of bravery and inner insecurity is told through the illustrations, graphically bold, strongly coloured, using page space and page turns with energy and stylish wit. Enormous fun!

  • Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals

    Author: Gabrielle Balkan Illustrator: Sam Brewster
    Publisher: Phaidon Books

    Discover which animal has the biggest bone, the lightest bone and even the spikiest bone! This is a great and accessible introduction to the world of anatomy and the wider natural world for inquisitive minds.

  • Book of Lies

    Author: Terri Terry
    Publisher: Orchard

    Piper and Quinn find out they're identical twins when their mother dies. Written with alternating viewpoint chapters between the twins, there is a genuinely spooky feel to this excellent psychological and supernatural thriller.

  • Booked

    Author: Kwame Alexander
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    From fast-paced football matches to school and family drama, this novel written in verse has something for everyone and will grip reluctant readers from page one.

  • Books Always Everywhere

    Author: Jane Blatt Illustrator: Sarah Massini
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Big and small, wide and tall, there are all kinds of books to enjoy in this charming celebration of reading for even the youngest children.

  • Bookshop Girl

    Author: Chloe Coles
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Peggy has a mere four weeks to save Greysworth’s only bookshop from demolition. A funny, accessible and absorbing first novel with a couple of feisty heroines, which explores a love of books, fighting for a cause and the perils of falling for a poser.

  • Boonie

    Author: Richard Masson
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    In a post-apocalyptic world, JD is growing up far from civilisation, out in the Dry Marsh. When the Silver Men kill his father and burn down his shack, JD heads for the City to find out why.

  • BOOT: Small Robot Big Adventure

    Author: Shane Hegarty Illustrator: Ben Mantle
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The heartwarming story of Boot, a junkyard toy, will hook readers from page one. Shane Hegarty has a magic touch with words and has crafted a story that is a true delight to read and will linger long after the book finishes.

  • Boris Babysits

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Join Boris as he tries his best to look after monster baby when monster mummy takes a trip to the shops. Kids will love this book with its adorable illustrations and the brilliant addition of a stick-on monster baby.

  • Boris Saves the Show

    Author: Carrie Weston Illustrator: Tim Warnes
    Publisher: Oxford Unversity Press

    It’s time for the school play and Mrs Cluck’s class are all very excited - except for Boris who is a bit shy.

  • Borka

    Author: John Burnigham
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Borka is a goose born without feathers and when she can't join the other geese in their flight South, she goes on her own adventure

  • Born to Dance

    Author: Jean Ure
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Maddy was born to dance. As the youngest daughter of a famous ballerina and a world-renowned choreographer, she has been training since the age of four. This sweet story, told from Maddy's point of view, is mysterious, exciting and highly enjoyable.

  • Bottoms Up!

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A celebration of bottoms! Knickers are always hilarious to the young (and, secretly, their elders), but in her latest offering Willis questions the need for them.

  • Bounce and Jiggle

    Author: Sanja Rescek
    Publisher: Childs Play

    Each Baby Gym book features a range of rhymes accompanied by simple descriptions of associated movements and advice for the parent/carer.

  • Box of Tricks

    Author: Katie Cleminson
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Every child loves an empty box and here, with the help of some magic, it contains a fantasy birthday party.

  • Boy

    Author: James Mayhew Illustrator: James Mayhew
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Boy, a cave-boy, thinks the cave where he lives with his mother and father is too cold and dark. He tries a variety of other places to sleep, but all prove to be too dangerous.

  • Boy 87

    Author: Ele Fountain
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s

    This is a timely and important book which illuminates the realities of life as a refugee. The horrors that 14-year-old Shif is escaping are all too real, but this is ultimately a story about the power of kindness and the strength of the human spirit.

  • Boy A

    Author: Jonathan Trigell
    Publisher: Serpent's Tail

    A is for Apple. A bad apple. Jack has spent most of his life in juvenile institutions, to be released with a new name, new job, new life. At 24, he is utterly innocent of the world, yet guilty of a monstrous childhood crime.

  • Boy Giant

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Under the masterful pen of Sir Michael Morpurgo, this is an easy and uncomplicated read, and the young reader certainly doesn’t need to know anything about, let alone have read, the original Gulliver’s Travels.

  • Boy Kills Man

    Author: Matt Whyman
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    This tale is by turns both tender and unsentimental, and portrays a violent society that perhaps mirrors the darkest reaches of our own urban subcultures.

  • Boy Meets Boy

    Author: David Levithan
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    This delightful high-school story is set in a town in which being a gay teenager is no more fraught with difficulty than being straight. 

  • Boy Nobody

    Author: Allen Zadoff
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Boy Nobody is a teenage assassin employed by a government organisation, The Program. But when he is assigned to kill the mayor of New York City, things change. .

  • Boy Oh Boy

    Author: Cliff Leek Illustrator: Bene Rohlmann
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    Boy Oh Boy is an entertaining way to meet 30 positive male role models from throughout history. It will inspire all children to use their talents, express their passions and stand up for what they think is right. 

  • Boy Underwater

    Author: Adam Baron
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

    Nine-year-old Cym uncovers some dark secrets hidden in his family’s past. The book highlights the immense flaws of grown-ups and the potency of post-traumatic stress disorder, but does so in a surprisingly light-hearted and readable package.

  • Boy Zero Wannabe Hero: The Curse of the Catastrophic Cupcakes

    Author: Peter Millett
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    The third in the Boy Zero series, this is a short chapter book which continues the story of Charlie Applejack, the world's newest and youngest superhero.

  • Boyband of the Apocalypse

    Author: Tom Nicoll Illustrator: David O’Connell
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    Pacey and page-turning, follow Sam on his quest for stardom – and saving the world (well, hopefully). Several twists and turns keep him, Lexi and his best friend Milo on their toes in a story that is both fun and funny, pulling out all the stops when it comes to boyband humour.

  • Boys Don't Cry

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Dante is waiting for the postman. It's 'A' level results day and he has high hopes, but a knock on the door brings an old girlfriend and some news that will change his plans for good.

  • Boys Don't Knit

    Author: T S Easton
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    'I'm aware that keeping a diary is considered part of the female domain, but in my life, with the family and friends I'm stuck with, it is the only reason I haven't run away and gone to live in the woods...'

  • Boywatching

    Author: Chloe Bennet
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This hilarious story of Chloe and her friends navigating their way through the highs and lows of teenage life is a highly entertaining read for younger teenagers

  • Bracelet of Bones

    Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
    Publisher: Quercus

    Solveig is a fourteen-year-old Norwegian who, in 1036, follows her father to Constantinople, where he is a member of the Viking guard.

  • Brambly Hedge - Summer Story

    Author: Jill Barklem
    Publisher: Collins

    Part of the classic Brambly Hedge series, which also includes Spring, Autumn and Winter.

  • Brave as Can Be: a book of courage

    Author: Jo Witek Illustrator: Christine Roussey
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

    As she grows up, a young girl finds effective ways to deal with things that frighten her. A charming, beautifully illustrated picture book, which encourages discussion with children on how to recognise and overcome their fears.

  • Brave Little Owl

    Author: Penny Little Illustrator: Sean Julian
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Little Owl is frightened of learning to fly, but after a disastrous first attempt, she makes some new friends in the forest who have each conquered their own fears.

  • Brave Molly

    Author: Brooke Boynton-Hughes
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    In this (almost) wordless picture book, a young girl’s anxiety is brought to life in dark shadowy figures that follow her around. Brave Molly will capture the attention of art fans, as well as being useful for children dealing with anxiety and fear-issues. 

  • Bravo, Mr William Shakespeare!

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Illustrator Marcia Williams offers up lively illustrated retellings of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays in this entertaining picture book perfect for use in the classroom.

  • Breaking the Spell

    Author: Lari Don Illustrator: Cate James
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A wonderful collection of myths, legends and fairy tales from Scotland.

  • Brenda is a Sheep

    Author: Morag Hood
    Publisher: Two Hoots

    Brenda might have sharp teeth and big claws, but she's definitely a sheep. Definitely. So why is she working on a mint sauce recipe...? A hilarious picture book with bold illustrations to match.

  • Brian Has Dyslexia

    Author: Woody Fox Illustrator: Jenny Leigh
    Publisher: Holdane Mason

    Not knowing his left from his right, and his bad headaches are also adding to his problems. Then, with some help from Dr Spot and a specialist teacher, the cause is found to be dyslexia and a range of new and fun solutions help Brian understand the condition and overcome many of the challenges it brings. One of Jenny Leigh’s excellent Doctor Spot serie…

  • Brick-a-Breck

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Philippe Dupasquier
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Stephen really, truly loves cereal – morning, noon and night. Luckily, his mum works for Sunfield cereals, but disaster strikes when the factory closes.

  • Brightstorm

    Author: Vashti Hardy
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Twelve-year-old twins Maudie and Arthur’s world comes crashing in when their explorer dad is reported dead in his mission to get to South Polaris, and they race to restore the family name. A real edge-of-your-seat Victoriana romp.

  • Brilliant

    Author: Roddy Doyle
    Publisher: Macmillan

    A high-speed, high-adrenaline and highly surreal adventure which deals with the difficult topic of depression with a sensitive, humorous touch.

  • Bringing the Summer

    Author: Julia Green
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A gentle and moving story about friendship, growing up and making decisions as life starts to change.

  • British Wildlife

    Author: QED
    Publisher: QED

    Nature lovers will adore British Wildlife, as it’s as comprehensive a compendium of animals you could come across in the UK.

  • Britten & Brűlightly

    Author: Hannah Berry
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    There are murder mysteries and there are murder mysteries, but this is a noir where nothing is black and white

  • Broken Soup

    Author: Jenny Valentine
    Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books

    When she meets Harper, a traveller from the US, and Bee, a newcomer to her school, Rowan rediscovers a life beyond mourning, a hope for restoring her family’s life, and a life beyond death for Jack.

  • Bronze and Sunflower

    Author: Cao Wenxuan Illustrator: Meilo So Translator: Helen Wang
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A classic, heartwarming tale set to the backdrop of the Chinese cultural revolution, with the timeless feels of Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea.

  • Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A message from Chief Seattle

    Author: Text adapted by Susan Jeffers Illustrations by Susan Jeffers
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    This book uses illustrations to explore a much-adapted speech made by a Native American Chief over 150 years ago

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    Author: Bill Martin Jr Illustrator: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Penguin

    An all-time favourite that introduces different colours through simple text, presented in a satisfyingly repetitive pattern.

  • Brownstone’s Mythical Collection: Arthur and the Golden Rope

    Author: Joe Todd-Stanton
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Arthur goes to the great hall to help Thor catch the wicked Fenrir. There, he is set the almost impossible task of making a magical Golden Rope. A fantastic version of a Norse myth that falls between a picture book and a graphic novel.

  • Brownstone's Mythical Collection: Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx

    Author: Joe Todd-Stanton
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    The second book in Joe Todd-Stanton’s Brownstone’s Mythical Collection stands alone well as a highly illustrated graphic novel for younger readers. The pictures are stunning and this is a real treat for kids that love adventure and quick reads.

  • Brrrr: A Book of Winter

    Author: Il Sung Na
    Publisher: Meadowside Children's Books

    When snow falls on the ground, and all the trees are bare, everything changes ... including the white rabbit!

  • Bruised

    Author: Siobhan Parkinson
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Fourteen-year-old Jonathan lives with his eight-year-old sister Julie and their mother who is a drunk. One day Ma hits Julie - Jonathan decides the only way to protect her is to run away.

  • Bubble and Squeak

    Author: James Mayhew Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Two major figures in the children’s literature world come together on this loveable book.

  • Bubble Trouble

    Author: Margaret Mahy Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Word and image magically combine in this amusing fantasy. of a baby inadvertently (or purposely?) wafted away in a giant bubble blown by his older sister.

  • Buffalo Bird Girl

    Author: S D Nelson
    Publisher: Abram Books

    Buffalo Bird Girl lived in the 1800s and was one of the Hidatsa People, a Native American community. Here, she describes in her own words how she lived.

  • Buffalo Soldier

    Author: Tanya Landman
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A moving, gritty and convincing teenage historical drama where love and loyalty take on prejudice and greed.

  • Bug Hunt

    Author: Salina Yoon
    Publisher: Stirling Children’s Books

    This lift-the-flap book uses rhyme to teach young children about different types of insects. The illustrations are vibrant and the bugs are instantly recognisable, while the text is simple and easy to remember.

  • Build a… Butterfly

    Author: Kiki Ljung and the Natural History Museum
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This sturdy board book with bold, colourful illustrations guides the reader through the life cycle of a butterfly, slotting together to create a striking large-scale model of a painted lady. Written in conjunction with the Natural History Museum.

  • Bully

    Author: Laura Vaccaro Seeger
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    An exceptional combination of simple, bold artwork and spare, but powerful, text in this book for bullies and the bullied.

  • Bumble-Ardy

    Author: Maurice Sendak
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Sendak explores the joyfulness and anarchic spirit of young children

  • Bumface

    Author: Morris Gleitzman
    Publisher: Penguin

    An extremely funny story, with a touch of poignancy.

  • Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus!

    Author: Tony Mitton llustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
    Publisher: Hachette

    Join in as the dinosaurs stir up a dinosaurumpus! Instantly appealing, with bright and lively illustrations, and Tony Mitton's fantastic poetry and rhyming words.

  • Bunheads

    Author: Sophie Flack
    Publisher: Atom Books

    Whether you're interested in ballet or not, this readable story of self-discovery is absorbing and well-observed.

  • Bunker Diary

    Author: Kevin Brooks
    Publisher: Penguin

    Linus wakes up in a cold, dark, underground bunker with no recollection of how he got there.

  • Bunny Loves to Learn

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Emma Foster and Deborah Melmon
    Publisher: Parragon Books

    Four friends are asked to dress up from someone from the past and create something to do with their respective character.

  • Bunny Vs Monkey

    Author: Jamie Smart
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    In this hilarious comic, life is far from straightforward for these not-entirely-fluffy animals. The stories are inventive, original and completely wacky. Ideal for reluctant readers or for any child looking for something totally different.

  • Burger Boy

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Benny is a young boy who loves burgers. In fact he eats nothing else. Then one day his mother's warning comes true - he turns into one.

  • Buried Alive!

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap
    Publisher: Random House

    This humorous tale sensitively highlights issues such as friendship and bullying.

  • Buried Thunder

    Author: Tim Bowler
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    A chilling tale of a fifteen-year-old whose premonitions about murders may be construed as the outcome of uncertainty in her own life.

  • Burma Chronicles

    Author: Guy Delisle
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    This graphic novel from Guy Delisle is a charming insight into a country notorious for its use of concealment and isolation as social control.

  • Burn Mark

    Author: Laura Powell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

    This supernatural thriller is set in an alternate modern day London in which witchcraft exists, but those who have 'the fae' have become a mistrusted, persecuted underclass.

  • Burning Issy

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    Issy’s voice lies at the heart of this gripping, often gruelling novel based on the Pendle witchcraft trials

  • Burning Magic

    Author: Joshua Khan
    Publisher: Disney Hyperion

    The third book in Joshua Khan’s popular Shadow Magic series, Burning Magic is an action-packed adventure where mythical monsters and breathtaking danger leap from practically every page.

    Lily, ‘the witch queen’, along with her friends Thorn and K’leef (and of course Hades, Thorn’s giant, camel-eating bat) are far from Castle Gloom, visiting Nahas in the Sult…

  • Bus Stop Baby

    Author: Fleur Hitchcock
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Amy is totally shocked when she finds a baby abandoned at the local bus stop. The police and hospital quickly take over, but Amy’s determined to find the mother and begins investigating. An emotionally powerful and thought-provoking story.

  • Business for Beginners

    Author: Lara Bryan and Rose Hall Illustrator: Kellan Stover
    Publisher: Usborne

    There’s a lot more to business than power suits – businesses come in all shapes and sizes and are everywhere around us, from young people selling cookies at the school fair to the people who sold you your mobile phone.

  • Business Pig

    Author: Andrea Zuill
    Publisher: Sterling Books

    Jasper isn’t like other little pigs: he was born in a suit and would rather work on spreadsheets than dig for acorns. An entertaining picture book with a rare business-oriented role model – one that may give children an idea of what adults do at work, too! 

  • Busy Beach

    Author: Rebecca Finn
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    This is a brilliantly fun interactive book which uses sturdy tabs to allow children to throw a ball, blow a colourful windmill and move the ice cream cart.

  • Busy Boats

    Author: Susan Steggall
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Explore the goings-on of a lively harbour bustling with all kinds of busy boats, from yachts to rowing boats to ocean liners.

  • But Excuse Me That is My Book

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Children will join Charlie, Lola and their friends on a trip to the library to look at all the different types of books that Lola might like to read. It is a warm and funny story about family, friends and the importance of trying new things.

  • Butter

    Author: Erin Jade Lange
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Bullied at school, and weighing over 400 lbs, Butter feels he has nothing left to live for, and announces he will eat himself to death live on the internet.

  • Butterfly Grave

    Author: Anne Cassidy
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Having been separated as young children, Rose and Joshua have recently become close as they try to find out what happened the night their parents disappeared.

  • Butterfly Summer

    Author: Anne-Marie Conway
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing

    When Becky moves to the sleepy village of Oakbridge, she can’t imagine how she will fill the long empty days of the summer holidays. Then she discovers the beautiful Butterfly Garden,  and befriends the mysterious Rosa May.

  • By Any Other Name

    Author: Laura Jarratt
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    Holly is a new girl in a new school, with a new home and a new identity - but one wrong move could put her in terrible danger.

  • By Royal Command

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    In the court magician's household, Lucy Walden, a young maidservant, has attracted the attention of none other than Her Grace, Queen Elizabeth.

  • By the Light of the Moon

    Author: Tom Percival
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A reassuringly simple yet enchanting story, brought to life with appealing illustrations, to allay children's worries about moving house and creating a home.

  • BZRK

    Author: Michael Grant
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    Presenting a bleak and disturbing vision of the future, BZRK is a gripping, action-packed rollercoaster ride, which will not disappoint Grant's existing fan base. With strong language and scenes of violence and cruelty, it is not for the faint-hearted, but as well as hard-hitting action, there are some complex and thought- provoking ideas in play.