Books beginning with: D

  • Daddy Do My Hair: Beth’s Twists

    Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Rahmia Begum
    Publisher: Florence Elizabeth Publishing

    Softly rhyming text and glowing, illustrations in this calm, gentle book celebrate an apparently insignificant domestic ritual, which means everything to this father and daughter as they make time for each other. 

  • Daddy Do My Hair: Hope’s Braids

    Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Rahima Begum
    Publisher: Florence Elizabeth Publishing

    'There is something wrong with my big, frizzy mop. The children call me ginger and names like carrot top!’ A gentle read on how to deal with anxieties around standing out and dealing with bullying from an early age.

  • Daddy Do My Hair: Kechi’s Hair Goes Every Which Way

    Author: Tola Okogwu Illustrator: Naomi Wright
    Publisher: Florence Elizabeth Publishing

    Kechi’s Mum knows lots of different ways to style her big beautiful curly hair. But when it’s Kechi’s Daddy who has to take her to school, we see him trying, and failing, to do her hair just like Mummy does. Fun and hilarity follows... 

  • Daddy Fartypants

    Author: Emer Stamp and Matt Hunt
    Publisher: Orchard

    Farts are a perennial favourite among young readers and this one about a very windy dad is sure to amuse little ones. A great one for laughs at bedtime, as well as a subtle reminder that saying sorry applies to everyone.

  • Daddy Honk Honk!

    Author: Rosalinde Bonnet
    Publisher: Dial Books

    This adorable book about being a new parent is full of warmth and reassurance, and the lovely ending reminds us that a loving community is a huge part of a child's life – and a big support for new parents, too.

  • Daddy is My Hero

    Author: Dawn Richards and Jane Massey
    Publisher: Random House

    Fantasy, fun and fancy dress in this tender and touching tribute to heroic Dads!

  • Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks

    Author: Ellie Phillips
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    15-year-old Sadie is enjoying a birthday tea with her loud and loving family - until she opens a birthday card apparently from her dad.

  • Daft Bat

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

    Bat wants an umbrella to keep her feet dry, thinks clouds are in the sky beneath her, and that her ears may get wet if the river rises.

  • Daisy and Bear

    Author: Fabi Santiago
    Publisher: Scholastic

    One Sunday afternoon, Daisy decides that she and Bear should go to the cinema. A funny book with a retro feel, full of silly expressions, happy chaos and a gentle reminder about cinema etiquette.

  • Daisy Darling, Let’s Have Lunch!

    Author: Markus Majaluoma Translator: Anja Leppanen
    Publisher: Pikku Publishing

    An adorable series of books about a father and daughter that comes to us from Finland. Children will find daddy's antics to appease Daisy hilarious. And parents will find Daisy's stubbornness and daddy's exasperation all too familiar.

  • Daisy: Really, Really

    Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Lively and comical illustrations accompany this appealing and entertaining story about a mischievous little girl who wraps her babysitter round her little finger, by telling a stack of fiendish fibs.

  • Daisy's Big Dig

    Author: Angie Morgan
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Daisy loves talking to all her neighbours on Magnolia Street, but they never talk to each other. When Mr Hofmeister hurts his back, Daisy comes up with a plan to look after his garden and bring the neighbours together.

  • Daizy Star and the Pink Guitar

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Puffin

    Daisy's Dad is the master of mad ideas but his latest scheme has to be the maddest of all. He wants to uproot the whole family, move to Africa and milk goats.

  • Dalmatian in a Digger

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Curious Fox

    Packed with cute animals and brilliant trucks, cranes and bulldozers, this exciting picture book has lots of fun sounds to try out and information on what different vehicles do, such as lifting or carrying. 

  • Dance Is For Everyone

    Author: Andrea Zuill
    Publisher: Sterling

    When a large, green alligator turns up to ballet class one day, Miss Iraina and the students are very surprised but, as the alligator doesn’t seem too keen on eating any of them, they decide to let her stay.

  • Dance of Shadows

    Author: Yelena Black
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Vanessa Adler may be a gifted dancer, but she has another reason for wanting to join the prestigious New York Ballet Academy - to find out what happened to her missing sister.

  • Dancer the Wild Pony

    Author: Janey Louise Jones Illustrator: Jennie Poh
    Publisher: Curious Fox

    Dancer the pony has become very nervous of entering the annual village dance competition - so the superfairies help her recover her confidence. Jennie Poh's bright, flowery illustrations stand out as the high point of the book.

  • Dancing in My Nuddy-pants!

    Author: Louise Rennison
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    This fourth book in the series sees Georgia suffering her usual problems with boys and school, continuing her on/off relationships, and enduring the embarrassing behaviour of her parents.

  • Dancing Jax

    Author: Robin Jarvis
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Sinister occultist Austerly Fellowes died in 1936. Didn't he? A truly disturbing supernatural thriller which may well keep readers awake at night.

  • Dancing the Charleston

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Doubleday

    A fabulous journey back in time to the 1920s to meet Mona, whose life is turned upside down when someone new inherits the grand Somerset Estate upon which she lives. Delicious descriptions and Dame Jacqueline's trademark humour make this a delight.

  • Dandelion Clocks

    Author: Rebecca Westcott
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Powerful, memorable and accessible, the book also boasts a very positive depiction of a character with Asperger's Syndrome.

  • Danger is Everywhere

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Puffin

    Just like this book says, danger is everywhere. Don't worry, though, because Docter Noel Zone (yes, Docter) is an experienced Dangerologist and is here to help you in this fun and very funny book.

  • Danger is Still Everywhere - Beware of the Dog

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Puffin

    Docter Noel Zone is a Dangerologist, and he's here to tell you all about the dangers that exist in everyday life and how to avoid them - or, at least, recognise them, bubble wrap them and possibly most importantly of all, SAFBTB (Stay Away From Bins That Burp).

  • Danger Really Is Everywhere

    Author: David O'Doherty Illustrator: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Puffin

    When Docter Noel Zone gets a job as a school chef, he's horrified by all the dangers around him... and that's before he has to track down a bike thief. An anarchic, funny book that everyone will enjoy.

  • Dangerous Lies

    Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    She is not an orphan, she is not from Tennessee and her name is not Stella - but those are the lies she has to tell if she wants to stay alive. An exciting read.

  • Dangerous Reality

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi

    Dominic’s Mum is super-clever. She’s invented Vims, a Virtual Interactive Mobile System, which can be programmed to do anything – defuse bombs, detect landmines, operate complex equipment in hazardous conditions – it’s genius.

  • Dangerous!

    Author: Tim Warnes
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    This is a fantastic book of fun and friendship and lots of interesting words, which makes it great for sharing and reading aloud (and expanding the vocabulary!)

  • Danny

    Author: Yann and Gwendal Le Bec
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    A picture book with a marked sense of humour for adults as well as younger readers in which a hippo overhears a conversation from which he fears that he lisps.

  • Danny Danger and the Cosmic Remote

    Author: Adam Frost
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Danny Danger’s uncle has given him the coolest present in the world – a remote control that allows him to fast-forward, rewind and pause time

  • Danny Dread

    Author: Ben Davis Illustrator: Stephanie Lidbetter
    Publisher: Oxford

    Witty, imaginative and interspersed with humorous black and white illustrations of evil plots, this comedy adventure will be enjoyed by aspiring bad guys and fans of 'Despicable Me'.

  • Danny McGee Drinks The Sea

    Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Can a boy really drink the sea? This book is pure anarchy and will have the whole family falling on the floor with tears of laughter running down their faces. 

  • Danza!

    Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
    Publisher: Abrams and Chronicle

    Danza! explores the life of one of the most celebrated dancers and choreographers in the 20th Century, Amalia Hernandez, and the formation of the world-famous dance company Folkloric Ballet.

  • Dara Palmer's Major Drama

    Author: Emma Shevah
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Fresh, funny, fizzy and indomitable, Dara learns through acting to face challenging home truths about what she calls the 'insidey bits' of herself, friends and family.

  • Darcy Burdock

    Author: Laura Dockrill
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Ten-year-old Darcy Burdock is one of life's noticers, spotting the extraordinary in the everyday and coming up with ideas for wild and wonderful stories.

  • Darcy Burdock: Hi So Much

    Author: Laura Dockrill
    Publisher: Corgi

    Irrepressible Darcy Burdock is back in this lively sequel to Laura Dockrill's first book for children

  • Dark Inside

    Author: Jeyn Roberts
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    After a huge earthquake strikes every continent on Earth, strange and terrible start happening. Four young surivors come together to fight an unknown evil that threatens to take over their world.

  • Dark Lord: A Fiend in Need

    Author: Jamie Thomson
    Publisher: Orchard

    Sooz, a 13 year old girl from Surrey has become the Dark Mistress of Dirk's otherworldly kingdom, the Darklands. Thanks to the Ring of Power given to her by Dirk, his minions recognise her as their ruler.

  • Dark Lord: The Teenage Years

    Author: Jamie Thomson Illustrator: Freya Hartas
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    The Dark Lord falls to earth, crash-landing in a suburban car park in the body of a teenage boy, spitting out poisonous mucus

  • Dark Ride

    Author: Caroline Green
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press Ltd

    Bel's life is in ruins, but then she meets Luka and falls in love. Together, they uncover a web of dark secrets at the Slumpton's highest levels - but will they each resolve their unhappiness?

  • Dark Room

    Author: Tom Becker
    Publisher: Red Eye

    In an affluent American town, populated by beautiful, privileged people, a vicious and meticulous killer is on the loose. Could there be a connection to the murder of a beauty queen twenty years earlier?

  • Dark Satanic Mills

    Author: Marcus & Julian Sedgwick Illustrator: John Higgins and Marc Olivent
    Publisher: Walker

    In a Britain laid to waste by catastrophic global warming, a motorcycle courier, Christy, and an atheist campaigner are on the run.

  • Dark Woods

    Author: Steve Voake
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Voake's fast-paced psychological thriller weaves themes and characters from Hoffman's Struwwelpeter tales into a modern American backwoods setting.

  • Darkmere

    Author: Helen Maslin
    Publisher: Chicken House

    This dual-narrative romantic thriller links Kate's contemporary story with events from 200 years ago and the terrible fate of the castle's first mistress. For fans of Point Horror.

  • Darkmouth

    Author: Shane Hegarty
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Darkmouth will sit perfectly next to Skulduggery Pleasant on the shelves of middle-grade readers who prefer their comedy served with a smothering of action and some rather hefty weaponry.

  • Dart and Dive

    Author: Hannah Wood
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Babies will love blowing and watching the mobiles in these beautiful concertina books.

  • Daughter of Fire and Ice

    Author: Marie-Louise Jensen
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Thora is a healer with second-sight, who avoids an unwelcome marriage to a cruel chieftain when Bjorn, an Irish slave, kills him and they escape to Iceland.

  • Daughters of Time

    Author: Various Editor: Mary Hoffman
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    This anthology of short stories for children aims to shine a new spotlight on some extraordinary women from history

  • Dave

    Author: Sue Hendra Illustrator: Liz Pichon
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Dave is a great, big, greedy cat - so big, in fact, that he gets stuck in the cat flap.

  • Dave and the Tooth Fairy

    Author: Verna Wilkins Illustrator: Carl Pearce
    Publisher: Studio Press

    Dave is thrilled when he finally gets his first wobbly tooth although, despite much wiggling and waggling, it seems reluctant to come out. A marvellous book with broad appeal, with a wealth of thoughtful, humorous detail.

  • Dave Pigeon

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Dave Pigeon, the brilliant pigeon mastermind, is determined to find and eat all of your biscuits. The expressive illustrations complete a perfect funny book for younger readers.

  • Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!)

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Another hilarious combination of engaging plot, silly jokes and wonderful illustrations from the Dave Pigeon team, which means that this sequel is just as good as the original.

  • Dave Pigeon (Racer!)

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    The third book in the brilliantly funny Dave Pigeon series continues its light-hearted focus on friendship and the trials and tribulations younger children can face. In this instalment, Dave and Skipper have to face a too-cool-for-school gang of other animals.

  • Dave Pigeon (Royal Coo!)

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    When the Royal Pigeon, Prince Raju, agrees to swap places with Dave for the day, the last thing they expect is a royal coo! An ideal choice for younger readers to have their vocabulary stretched with an age-appropriate story, full of puns and adorable sketches.

  • Dave the Lonely Monster

    Author: Anna Kemp Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    A monster called Dave is banished to a 'retirement cave' after he causes too much of a ruckus. But surely there's a time and place for a bit of monster fun? A joy of a picture book, with a warm and feel-good centre.

  • Dave's Cave

    Author: Frann Preston-Gannon
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Dave the caveman has a great cave... but could he find an even better one? This amusing picture book conveys the simple message that there's no place like home in a witty new way.

  • Dave's Rock

    Author: Frann Preston-Gannon
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    In this the follow-up to Dave's Cave, two cavemen friends endeavour to prove they have the better rock. The language is delivered in great improvised caveman speak, while the illustrations are stylistic and help pull off the visual gags.

  • David

    Author: Mary Hoffman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    This is a rich and colourful tale full of excitement

  • Day of Deliverance

    Author: Johnny O'Brien
    Publisher: Templar

    The second adventure involving Jack Christie, son of scientists involved in an experiment to change the course of history through using the Taurus, a time machine.

  • Day of the Dinosaurs

    Author: Dr Steve Brusatte Illustrator: Daniel Chester
    Publisher: Wide Eyed

    From the Triassic to the Jurassic, this book is packed with wonderful illustrations of animals, accompanied by fun and fascinating bite-sized nuggets of information. Expect this to be a firm favourite of any dinosaur enthusiast.

  • Daydreams and Diaries

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Yearling

    Jacqueline Wilson is one of our best loved children’s authors and this volume contains everything you need to know about her childhood and her journey to becoming a writer.

  • Daylight Saving

    Author: Edward Hogan
    Publisher: Walker Books

    On holiday at the strangely artificial Leisure World Holiday Complex, Daniel meets a mysterious girl called Lexi

  • Days of the Bagnold Summer

    Author: Joff Winterhart
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    There is something painfully familiar about this simple, funny and sad graphic novel about a mum trying to engage her awkward, moody teenage metalhead of a son over the 6 weeks of his summer holiday

  • Dead End in Norvelt

    Author: Jack Gantos
    Publisher: Corgi Yearling

    In a small town populated by larger-than-life characters, truth meets fantasy as this hilarious, semi-autobiographical novel charts the progress of Jack’s summer

  • Dead End Kids

    Author: Bernard Ashley
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Closely based on historical fact, Bernard Ashley has created another gripping account of wartime London.

  • Dead Ends

    Author: Erin Lange
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Dane Washington is the quick-tempered local bully, Billy D his new neighbour who has Down Syndrome.

  • Dead Gorgeous

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi

    Nova is bored and discontented. When she meets the good-looking Liam, she can't believe her luck, but then she discovers that he is not quite like other boys.

  • Dead Jealous

    Author: Sharon Jones
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    When Poppy Sinclair finds the body of a young woman washed up on the shores of a lake, she is convinced it is not a tragic accident, but murder

  • Dead Man's Cove

    Author: Lauren St John
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    When mysterious uncle Calvin rescues Laura Marlin from her gloomy life in an orphanage, she can't believe her luck! But she soon realises that her Cornish paradise is full of mysteries...

  • Dead or Alive?

    Author: Clive Gifford Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    The first of two weird and wonderful animal-fact books. Clive Gifford has written award-winning books designed to engage readers with the wonders and quirks of science and technology, and in his latest he features animal survivors.

  • Dead Romantic

    Author: C J Skuse
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Camille is longing for the perfect boyfriend - and her best friend Zoe has a rather unusual plan to bring her dream boy to life.

  • Dead Rules

    Author: R S Russell
    Publisher: Quercus

    In this dark but funny novel, R.S. Russell envisages what would happen if teenagers who have died in traumatic circumstances were transported to 'Dead School', where they remain exactly as they were on death

  • Dead Time

    Author: Anne Cassidy
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Five years ago, Rose's mother and stepfather mysteriously disappeared. She and her step-brother Josh are determined to discover what happened to them- but their investigations soon lead them into danger.

  • Deadly Diaries

    Author: Steve Backshall
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    In his first ever Deadly Diaries Steve Backshall shares what it means to him to film the world's top predators. Learn how it feels to have a blue whale silently power past you in crystal clear Indian Ocean waters or to dangle beneath a helicopter in order to be dropped onto a crocodile nest while the mother crocodile is still there!

  • Deadly Letter

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Sophie Burrows
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    A warm, reassuring story about moving house and making new friends, which touches on racism and teasing, but shows the benefit of a positive, friendly attitude.

  • Deadly!

    Author: Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings
    Publisher: Penguin

    With exploding spiders, blue farts and a frozen corpse, this is the kind of crazily comic horror story that readers of this age love and these two writers excel in.

  • Deadly!

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Walker

    Sometimes nature can be nasty!

  • Dear Bunny…

    Author: Katie Cotton Illustrator: Blanca Gómez
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    When a much-loved toy bunny asks his owner to name her favourite things, she settles down to write bunny a letter about everything she loves. A delightful picture book about how the best things in life are often the most simple. 

  • Dear Dinosaur

    Author: Chae Strathie Illustrator: Nicola O’Byrne
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Filled with bright illustrations and fold-out letters, postcards and cards, Dear Dinosaur has a very interactive and playful feel. The clear and colourful pages are dotted with dinosaur facts and jokes that all dinosaur lovers will enjoy.

  • Dear Dylan

    Author: Siobhan Curham
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    A tender-hearted and funny teenage novel about the power of even the most unlikely friendships, with a wonderfully effervescent and likable heroine, Dear Dylan was a deserving winner of the 2010 Young Minds Book Award.

  • Dear Father Christmas

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Vanessa Cabban
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Christmas is fast approaching and Holly writes to Father Christmas. To her surprise, he replies and the pair begin to exchange letters.

  • Dear Greenpeace

    Author: Simon James
    Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

    A simple, warm hearted and humorous book with charming illustrations.  The correspondence could spark ideas for letter writing in the classroom setting.

  • Dear Hound

    Author: Jill Murphy
    Publisher: Puffin

    Talking animals, gentle humour, suspense and charming illustrations in this tear-jerking chapter book.

  • Dear Jelly: Family Letters from the First World War

    Author: Sarah Ridley
    Publisher: Hachette

    Accompanied by historical notes on the progress of the war, this book is an accessible resource and an appealing read. It is also a moving story, as neither of the brothers returned home alive.

  • Dear Mermaid

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Vanessa Cabban
    Publisher: Walker Books

    One day Holly finds a mermaid's purse on the beach. She leaves it for the mermaid with a note and the next day discovers to her delight that the mermaid has written back!

  • Dear Scarlett

    Author: Fleur Hitchcock
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Was Scarlett’s dad really a master jewel thief? Was he a spy? A cardboard box full of clues might just provide the answers.

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Vanessa Cabban
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Holly's tooth falls out she decides to keep it and leave the tooth fairy a set of vampire teeth instead.

  • Dear Zoo

    Author: Rod Campbell
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    This appealing story, in lift-the-flap, board-book format has been a favourite with toddlers ever since it was first published in 1982.

  • Dear Zoo Noisy Book

    Author: Rod Campbell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    A whole new generation of children will enjoy this classic story about finding the perfect family pet

  • Death & Co.

    Author: D J McCune
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Adam is a Luman: he is charged with leading the dead to the afterlife. But what he really wants is a normal teenage life.

  • Death in the Devil's Den

    Author: Cora Harrison
    Publisher: Picadilly Press

    In this installment of the London Murder Mysteries series, Inspector Denham calls on Alfie to help identify a Russian secret agent.

  • Death Match

    Author: Andy Croft Illustrator: Bob Moulder
    Publisher: A&C Black

    During the occupation of Ukraine in World War II, players from what had been the Dynamo Kiev football team set themselves up as Start FC and competed in a Nazi-organised league

  • Death or Ice Cream?

    Author: Gareth P Jones
    Publisher: Hot Key

    Larkin Mills is no ordinary town. It's a place of contradictions and enigma, of secrets and mysteries. A place with an exquisite ice cream parlour, and an awful lot of death. An extraordinary mystery in Larkin Mills is beginning to take shape.

  • Debutantes

    Author: Cora Harrison
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Stuck in a crumbling old country house, the artistic and ambitious Derrington sisters yearn to go to London to experience the glitter and glamour of the Roaring Twenties.

  • Deep Blue

    Author: Jennifer Donnelly
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    The first book in the Waterfire saga, this magical undersea adventure takes its inspiration from the myth of Atlantis. The courageous teen mermaid heroines will especially appeal to girl readers.

  • Deep in the Forest: A Seek and Find Adventure

    Author: Josef Anton and Lucie Brunelliere
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

    Each double page spread of this large nonfiction seek-and-find book features a new high colour graphic spread young readers can explore to find the missing animal.

  • Deep Secret

    Author: Berlie Doherty
    Publisher: Penguin

    When Madeleine's twin sister Grace dies after banging her head after slipping on a rock, her family and the village are stunned by the accident

  • Deep Water

    Author: Lu Hersey
    Publisher: Usborne

    Hugely evocative of the romantic and wild Cornish landscape, this modern retelling of the selkie myth is a magical and beautiful story about coming of age, transformation and belonging.

  • Deeplight

    Author: Frances Hardinge
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Hark and his best friend Jelt spend their days on a strange island hunting for magical "godware". But everything is about to change for them in this breathtaking, richly imagined story, full of heart and soul and incredible world-building. 

  • Defenders: Killing Ground

    Author: Tom Palmer
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Seth has a special ability: to see things from the past. He's at a football match when flickering flames and a screaming, wild-haired man appear on the pitch. A storm hits from nowhere and the crowd panics. No-one's hurt, but more odd things happen over the following days and Seth learns he's seeing a 1000-year-old, brutal Viking massacre. Except the past is…

  • Delicious!

    Author: Helen Cooper
    Publisher: Random House

    Duck, Squirrel and Cat return, in the third instalment of Helen Cooper’s award-winning Pumpkin Soup trilogy.

  • Demelza and the Spectre Detectors

    Author: Holly Rivers
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Demelza is a madcap inventor, but it turns out she’s something stranger – she can conjure up the dead! But who is kidnapping children? This is a fun and energetic story, containing some themes (such a raising the dead) which adults may wish to exercise caution before sharing with children.

  • Demolition Dad

    Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

    Demolition Dad is sure to delight children, and adults, of all ages and is perfect for fans of David Walliams and Roald Dahl.

  • Demon Road

    Author: Derek Landy
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Amber is about to turn 16. She has never felt particularly close to her parents and she's always thought they were a little odd but she is about to find out how strange they really are, and how unusual she is.

  • Denver

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A fable told in classic David McKee style, complete with striking colours and a slightly surreal illustration style

  • Derek the Sheep

    Author: Gary Northfield
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A collection of hilarious Derek the Sheep adventures, each having featured as a comic strip in The Beano since 2003.

  • Design a Skyscraper

    Author: Hilary Koll and Steve Mills
    Publisher: QED

    Alice the architect leads you through the process of building a skyscraper.

  • Desirable

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    George is a self-confessed social reject who spends more time with his Warhammer figures than actual people - but when he's given a bottle of aftershave called 'Desirable', women can't resist him!

  • Destination: Planet Earth

    Author: Jo Nelson Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole
    Publisher: Wide Eyed

    This beautifully illustrated introduction to physical geography takes the reader on an adventurous journey around Planet Earth. It's sure to inform and inspire budding geographers, conservationists and explorers.

  • Destination: Space

    Author: Dr Christopher Englert Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    Are you ready to go on the most exciting adventure in the universe?

  • Dial A Ghost

    Author: Eva Ibbotson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Fulton Snodde-Brittle has gone to the Dial A Ghost agency with a fiendish plan - he wants to hire some terrifying ghosts to scare his 10-year-old nephew Oliver to death.

  • Diary of a Crush: French Kiss

    Author: Sarra Manning
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    First published as a hugely popular serial story in Just 17 magazine, French Kiss is the first in a trilogy following the tumultuous relationship between Edie and her on-off boyfriend Dylan.

  • Diary of a Time Traveller

    Author: David Long Illustrator: Nicolas Stevenson
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    A boy is given a magical diary that can take him anywhere in time.

  • Diary of a Trainee Rock God

    Author: Jonathan Meres Illustrator: Jake McDonald
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Darren's uncool Dad has set him three musical clues. If he solves the puzzles, he'll get an electric guitar for his birthday, the first essential step to becoming a  rock god...

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Author: Jeff Kinney
    Publisher: Puffin

    Greg Heffley is a normal American kid, albeit one with a habit of getting into (and out of) trouble.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

    Author: Jeff Kinney
    Publisher: Puffin

    Greg's idea of a perfect summer holiday is to sit indoors and play computer games but for some reason his Mum thinks fresh air and 'family togetherness' are a much better plan.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

    Author: Jeff Kinney
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    In this, the eighth book in the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley's on a losing streak.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

    Author: Jeff Kinney
    Publisher: Puffin

    Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley returns with further entries from his idiosyncratic diary, his life brimming with dilemmas.

  • Diary of Dorkius Maximus

    Author: Tim Collins
    Publisher: Buster Books

    Anyone who thinks history is boring should check out the hilariously funny Dorkius Maximus, a geeky kid in ancient Rome who is desperate to become a gladiator like his older brother.

  • Dig Dig Digging

    Author: Margaret Mayo Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe
    Publisher: Hachette

    A great book for the very young about diggers and trucks - and one they are sure to demand again and again!

  • Digby Dog Delivers

    Author: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Digby needs your help! He's the best delivery dog in town and must get his parcels to the right place.

  • Diggersaurs

    Author: Michael Whaite
    Publisher: Puffin

    What happens when you cross a huge dinosaur with a very big digger? You get diggersaurs, of course! A perfect bedtime story to read together and enjoy spotting the engineers, builders and drivers who look tiny beside the giant, jolly diggersaurs.

  • Dinaane: Short Stories by Women from South Africa

    Author: Various Editor: Maggie Davey
    Publisher: Telegram

    The rich tradition of storytelling is brought to life here, by women who write of and from the landscape and its people.

  • Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrator: Pete Williamson
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    Dinkin Dings is afraid of everything - not just scary things, like being stuck in a lift with a hungry jaguar, but pretty much totally everything.

  • Dinner Time

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; text by Anne Carter; paper engineering by Marcin Stajewski and James Roger Diaz
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This pop-up classic from Pienkowski’s 80s heyday showcases his accessible snappy-jaws paper crafting, at a time when not many other artists or publishers had really embraced the genre. Full of humour and anarchic dynamism, it's a treat to read to little ones.

  • Dino Dog

    Author: Jane Clarke Illustrator: Garry Parsons
    Publisher: Random House

    David and Lucy have a new dog from the rescue centre, but they don't know what he is called. They try to find out his real name by making all sorts of guesses, but to no avail.

  • Dino FC: The Great Kit Catastrophe

    Author: Keith Brumpton
    Publisher: Usborne

    Days are dark for Dino FC. Their team shirts are shabby and ripped, the elastic on their shorts is sagging – and their footballing fortunes are equally woeful.

  • Dino-Dinners

    Author: Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    If you have ever wondered what dinosaurs ate, and in particular which ones ate each other, then this is definitely the book for you!

  • Dino-Mummy

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

    Dino-Mummy celebrates the multi-tasking super-dino who not only looks after two lively dino-babies and keeps their home in order, but also provides consistently delicious food and fun playtime.

  • Dinosaur Cove: Attack of the Lizard King

    Author: Rex Stone
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Jamie and Tom find more than they bargained for when they discover a secret cave that takes them back to the time of the real dinosaurs, including an angry T Rex.

  • Dinosaur Dig!

    Author: Penny Dale
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Ten industrious dinosaurs work hard to make a swimming pool together

  • Dinosaur Discovery

    Author: Salina Yoon
    Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books

    Follow your field guide as you take a walk through the past, learning all about dinosaurs. A great starting point for young readers interested in prehistory.

  • Dinosaur Farm!

    Author: Penny Dale
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A glorious mash-up of dinosaurs and farm life, this picture book is pitched perfectly at children who obsess over both. Who doesn't want to see a Tyrannosaurus rex in a combine harvester? It's an absolute winner: fun, daft and educational. 

  • Dinosaur Firefighters

    Author: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Dipsy the dinosaur is so excited when she passes her interview to become a firefighter. Another delightful romp from Sarah McIntyre sees the loveable Dipsy fulfil her potential in a story about finding what makes you, you.

  • Dinosaur Olympics

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Arthur Robins
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Fast-paced, crammed full of jokes and dinosaur word-play Willis' Downtown Dinosaur series is a perfect match for energetic readers.

  • Dinosaur Police

    Author: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Unashamedly silly and wonderfully mad, this will delight little dinosaur fans.

  • Dinosaur Rhyme Time

    Author: Valentina Mendicino
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    All your favourite nursery rhymes... but all the characters in this version are dinosaurs!

  • Dinosaur Roar!

    Author: Henrietta Stickland Illustrator: Paul Stickland
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    This book is an absolute winner, which soon has toddlers joining in with the rhyming words - and admiring the fabulous dinosaur pictures. 

  • Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

    Author: Matt Sewell
    Publisher: Pavilion Books

    If you think you know dinosaurs, you might be in for a surprise with this beautifully illustrated large-format picture book. Author and illustrator Matt Sewell has filled these pages with gloriously colourful creatures almost beyond our imagination.

  • Dinosaurs Do Too!

    Author: Katherine Redfernn Illustrator: Ali Pye
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    • A fantastic book for dinosaur-mad toddlers and preschoolers.
    • With dinosaur facts on every page, this bright and colourful book is a fun and creative story too.
    • There are large tabs to pull, wheels to turn and a pull-out surprise at the end!

  • Dinosaurs in Reykjavik

    Author: Ævar Þór Benediktsson Illustrator: Rán Flygenring Translator: Meg Matich from Icelandic
    Publisher: Forlagid: Mál og Menning

    A rip-roaring Jurassic Park-esque adventure about friendship and some rather destructive dinosaurs.

    Aevar doesn't have many friends but at his surprise eleventh birthday party, he and his unexpected guests – three classmates from school he barely knows – make their way into the basement of his family home, where they discover rocks that turn out to be dinosa…

  • Dinosaurs in the Supermarket

    Author: Timotthy Knapman Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
    Publisher: Scholastic

    The dinosaurs are having a high old time in the supermarket , sneaking about the aisles and having a massive food fight!

  • Dinosnore!

    Author: John Bendall-Brunello
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    This book of dinosaur fun shows the young dinos trying to wake mum.

  • Dirty Bertie

    Author: David Roberts
    Publisher: Little Tiger Books

    This fun picture book about the not-so-nice side of a typical little boy will make children laugh out loud!

  • Dirty Bertie: My Burptastic Body Book

    Author: Alan MacDonald Illustrator: David Roberts and Dan Chernett
    Publisher: Stripes

    Explored within the ten hilarious chapters are fascinating topics, including superhero skin, disgusting digestion and, of course, poo and wee. The book answers the questions children really want to ask, such as ‘why do we burp?’, ‘is it ok to eat earwax?’ and ‘what’s the point of hair?’

  • Dirty Great Dinosaur

    Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Leonie Lord
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Hal and his dog, Billy, are playing in the garden when a dirty great dinosaur barges in! He is hungry and threatens to eat Hal, then his mum, his dad and his dog.

  • Discover the Mega World

    Author: Belinda Gallagher
    Publisher: Miles Kelly Publishing

    Discover the Mega World is a mega book about enormous things.

  • Dive Bombing

    Author: Bernard Ashley
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Bernard Ashley’s vivid portrayal of urban living, war, social issues, ethics and ideology has engaged readers for 40 years, and these elements combine in this tale of a family facing terrorist threats. 

  • Dive in, Ducky!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Talking finger puppet board book

  • Diver’s Daughter: A Tudor Story

    Author: Patrice Lawrence
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This is a thrilling tale, with the expertly described Tudor world brought to hideous, harsh life with the same verve as Patrice Lawrence’s award winning teen books Indigo Donut and Orangeboy

  • Divergent

    Author: Veronica Roth
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Often violent and disturbing, the novel is concerned with becoming an individual, facing your fears and finding your place in the world - and there's a teenage romance too.

  • Divine Freaks

    Publisher: Orchard Books

    The first 13 years of Kitty Slade’s life are a ghost-free zone -  until one day, during a biology class, Kitty discovers she can see dead people.

  • Dixie O'Day and the Great Diamond Robbery

    Author: Shirley Hughes Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers

    This gentle illustrated storybook is full of fun: with a short chapter for each day of the week, and lots of added extras, it makes perfect reading for newly-independent readers.

  • Dixie O'Day and the Haunted House

    Author: Shirley Hughes Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Two friends go camping but one is more keen on the outdoor life than the other. When their tent is washed away, the chums seek shelter in an old, and rather creepy, house.

  • Dixie O'Day: In the Fast Lane

    Author: Shirley Hughes Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: The Bodley Head

    Mother and daughter Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy have teamed up for the first time for this sweet story, the first in a series about canine driver Dixie O'Day and his friend, Percy. 

  • DK Encyclopedia of Animals

    Author: Jayne Parsons
    Publisher: DK

    In this beautiful encyclopedia children can discover the different sizes, shapes and colours and types of behaviour that make the animal kingdom such an exciting place to explore. The wonderful photography and short, informative snippets of text make the book easy to dip into and could provide a great resource for homework and school projects.

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Author: Philip K Dick
    Publisher: Gollancz

    World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey.

  • Do Igloos Have Loos?

    Author: Mitchell Symons
    Publisher: Red Fox

    From the stupidest criminal in the world to the intelligence of your right foot, this book has an answer to anything and everything.

  • Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo!

    Author: Amy Sparkes Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Can our young hero take on a Monster Zoo full of naughty creatures - and survive to tell the tale?

  • Do Not Lick This Book

    Author: Idan Ben-Barak Illustrator: Julian Frost microscopic photography by Linnea Rundgren
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    Meet Min the microbe! She's living in the pages of Do Not Lick This Book and now you can take her on an adventure, meeting other microbes and discovering fascinating microscopic photography along the way. A witty introduction to germs that kids and adults alike will love.

  • Do You Speak English, Moon?

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Publisher: Orion

    When a little boy decides to talk to the moon, it seems the questions he has are suddenly endless.

  • Do You Want To Be My Friend?

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin

    'Do you want to be my friend?' Asked just once, this simple question starts a little mouse's journey through this almost wordless picture book, seeking the perfect companion.

  • Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder: Time Travel Bath Bomb

    Author: Jo Nesbø
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Doctor Proctor invented Fart Powder. In this sequel he uses the Time-Travel Bath Bomb to go back in time and save his first love from an evil villain.

  • Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder

    Author: Jo Nesbo Translator: Tara Chace
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder is a laugh-out-loud funny title for everyone who finds fart jokes funny.

  • Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder: The End of the World. Maybe.

    Author: Jo Nesbø
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Brimming with irreverence and surreal humour, Nesbo's anarchic tale has the power to engage even the most reluctant of readers.

  • Doctor Who: 11 Doctors, 11 Stories

    Author: Eoin Colfer Michael Scott Marcus Sedgwick Philip Reeve Patrick Ness Richelle Mead Malorie Blackman Alex Scarrow Charlie Higson Derek Landy Neil Gaiman
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    This anthology brings together 11 new Doctor Who stories, one for each of the 11 Doctors, written by some of the biggest names in writing for children and teenagers.

  • Doctor Who: The Secret in Vault 13

    Author: David Solomons Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson and George Ermos
    Publisher: Penguin/BBC

    A dark secret locked inside an ancient vault; three long-lost keys; an evil alien intent on destroying the universe. Oh, and a talking plant. This talking begonia’s cry for help reveals that the galaxy is in dire peril, and naturally only Doctor Who (Jodie Whitaker’s incarnation specifically), along with her friends Yaz, Ryan and Graham, can save the day.

  • Dodger

    Author: Terry Pratchett
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Terry Pratchett once again proves himself a master storyteller in this tribute to one of Charles Dickens' best-known characters, the Artful Doger.

  • Does Your Face Fit?

    Author: Various Editor: Roger Stevens
    Publisher: A&C Black

    This thought-proving collection of poems explores everyday issues that affect young people today

  • Dog

    Author: Andy Mulligan
    Publisher: Pushkin

    This is the story of a dog. But, ultimately, it's a book about finding out who you are as you grow up. It’s funny, but also deadly serious. A great read.

  • Dog Loves Books

    Author: Louise Yates
    Publisher: Red Fox / Random House Children's Books

    With an engaging hero and simple, understated text animated by witty, subtly coloured illustrations, this book about the sheer pleasure of books has a refreshing jaunty elegance.

  • Dog Loves Counting

    Author: Louise Yates
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Join Dog on a quest to discover creatures he can count - from a three-toed sloth to an eight-legged spider.

  • Dog Loves Drawing

    Author: Louise Yates
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    A great read for all those children who love books and drawing

  • Dog Man 6: Brawl of the Wild

    Author: Dav Pilkey
    Publisher: Scholastic

    In the sixth of the phenomenally successful Dog Man series, three rather naughty characters use a shrink ray gun to miniaturise an abandoned robot belonging to evil genius and Dog Man nemesis, Petey the cat.

  • Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kittens

    Author: Dav Pilkey
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Fans of this series will be delighted to see the return of the fast-paced high jinx in this graphic novel. Readers will be outraged by the evil characters, laugh out loud at the slapstick humour and be moved as new unexpected friendships are formed. 

  • Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas

    Author: Dav Pilkey
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Dog Man is a comic masterclass, perfect for the surreal sense of humour of the average six- to nine-year-old. It’s a full-colour comic throughout with five to six simple panels per page and split into eight chapters, so kids can feel like they’re reading a lot quickly.

  • Dog Man: Unleashed

    Author: Dav Pilkey interior colour by Jose Garibaldi
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Dog Man – a policeman with the head of a dog, thanks to innovative surgical procedures – is the greatest cop ever. A zany cartoon story delivered in short, colourful chapters in Dav Pilkey’s brilliantly irreverent style. 

  • Dog on a Broomstick

    Author: Jan Page Illustrator: Nick Price
    Publisher: Random House

    Three days before the Grand Spell Contest a witch wakes up to find that her cat has left home to become a cat-food tester.

  • Dog on a Digger

    Author: Kate Prendergast
    Publisher: Old Barn Books

    This delightful pencil-drawn wordless picture book is a real beauty, with an affectionate relationship between a dog and his owner. Because it’s wordless, it presents a great opportunity for shared reading and talking about the lovely pictures.

  • Dogbird and Other Mixed-Up Tales

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Random House

    Alice's new budgie won't talk, but when it does, its barking drives everyone mad. However, then they discover how useful a barking budgie can be.

  • Dogger

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House

    When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate.

  • Dogs

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Full of humour and brilliant detail, there is plenty to delight babies and toddlers on every page.

  • Dogs Don't Do Ballet

    Author: Anna Kemp Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    Everyone knows that dogs don’t do ballet, except for one little girl in Miss Polly’s ballet class.

  • Dogs in Cars

    Author: Felix Massie & Emmanuelle Walker
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Five fluffy Eurasiers riding round in force; Six French bulldogs graceful as a prancing horse! If you can't think of many dog breeds before reading this book, you certainly will by the time you've finished it! 

  • Dogs in Space

    Author: Vix Southgate Illustrator: Iris Deppe
    Publisher: Wren & Rook

    This informative and exciting picture book details the journey of Belka and Strelka (dogs sent into space as part of the Soviet programme): through training to orbiting the earth and returning home safely.

  • Doing It

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A much heralded, compelling sex story for teenage boys from this provocative writer

  • Doing the Animal Bop

    Author: Jan Ormerod Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Children will enjoy matching the rhythmic text to the animals actions, and joining in with the dancing themselves.

    A great book for sharing and one that children are sure to want to hear over and over again!

  • Doll Bones

    Author: Holly Black
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for as long as they can remember - but now they are twelve, things are beginning to change.

  • Dolphin Boy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    After Jim helps save a beached dolphin, 'Smiler' returns whenever called to take Jim for a ride on his back out to sea.

  • Dolphin Song

    Author: Lauren St John
    Publisher: Hachette

    Martine's school trip to follow the famous sardine run up the coast of South Africa turns to catastrophe when their boat is caught up in a terrible storm.

  • Don’t Cross the Line

    Author: Isabel Minhos Martins and Bernardo P. Carvalho
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Little anarchists will love Don't Cross the Line, with its message that authority figures aren't always right. This colourful book is likely to make the whole family chortle.

  • Don’t Make Me Cross

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Little Monster claims to be sweet, but is proving to be anything but! Children will love the naughty monster snatching presents and hogging sweets, and parents will delight in reminding them not to be like Little Monster if they don’t want to end up feeling silly! 

  • Don’t Spill the Milk

    Author: Stephen Davies Illustrator: Christopher Corr
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Penda is carrying a bowl of milk to Dad, minding sheep up in the grasslands - and whatever she does, she mustn't spill it!

  • Don’t Tickle the Hippo!

    Author: Sam Taplin Illustrator: Ana Larrañaga
    Publisher: Usborne

    A hilarious touch-and-feel noisy book to excite the interest of very young children. The final double-page spread will have everyone within hearing distance moving to the rhythm!

  • Don’t Wake Up Tiger!

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Tiger has fallen asleep in the middle of the floor – much to the annoyance of all her friends, who now have to try not to wake Tiger up. This fun and interactive picture book is full of colourful illustrations and a whole host of exciting characters.

  • Don't Call Me Ishmael

    Author: Michael Gerard Bauer
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Ishmael Leseur is cursed with a name that demands attention - mostly from class bully Barry Bagsley and his gang of goons.

  • Don't Call Me Special: A First Look at Disability

    Author: Pat Thomas
    Publisher: Hachette

    This picture book takes the approach that each of us is in some way 'different', and that all of us may sometimes require equipment and help in life.

  • Don't Call Me Sweet!

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The rhyming text bowls the story along, accompanied by illustrations veering between dark chaos and demure pastels to express visually Little Monster's inner contradictions. Great fun for small monsters wishing they were bigger!

  • Don't Cook Cinderella

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Hachette

    Don't Cook Cinderella takes a look at a rather strange school where fairy tale goodies and baddies learn all they need to know about life as a fairy tale character.

  • Don't Do That!

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Nellie had a pretty nose. It was so pretty that it won pretty nose competitions. It even won her a part in the Christmas play.

  • Don't Go There

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Hrefna Bragadottir
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A little girl is excited when a Martian comes to play, but there's a problem - he's not toilet trained yet! Little ones will love this charming, funny story about learning to use the loo.

  • Don't Hug the Pug

    Author: Robin Jacobs Illustrator: Matthew Hodson
    Publisher: Cicada

    DON'T HUG THE PUG! Why not? What's wrong with the pug? We soon find out, but it's not what we think... A very simple story with lots of rhyme and silliness that's sure to get little ones shrieking and squealing (and wanting to give that cute pug a hug).

  • Don't Look Now and Other Stories

    Author: Dahpne du Maurier
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Don't Look Now, Daphne du Maurier's terrifying tale set in Venice, was memorably filmed by Nicolas Roeg

  • Don't Lose Pigley, Wibbly Pig!

    Author: Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Wibbly Pig and Pigley have just left a party and Wibbly's desperate to discover what's inside the mysterious parcel in his party bag.

  • Don't Pick on Me!

    Author: Rosemary Stones
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    This book explores why some people bully, why others are bullied and what you can do to change things

  • Don't Wake the Bear, Hare!

    Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Caroline Pedler
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    It's the day of the spring party, but all the woodland animals are nervous when they see a big brown bear sleeping in the old hollow tree

  • Don't want to go!

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Bodley Head

    Lily's mum is in bed with flu and dad has to go to work, so Lily must spend the day at Melanie's house. She doesn't want to go, but she soon has fun playing with Ringo the dog.

  • Don't Wipe Your Bum with a Hedgehog

    Author: Mitchell Symons
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    Hilarious hints, tips and witty words of wisdom in a bumper book of words to live by from the ever popular Mitchell Symons

  • Doodle Bites

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books

    From the award-winning pen and paintbrush of Polly Dunbar comes a funny and sweet tale about misbehaving and learning to say sorry.

  • Doodle Cat is Bored

    Author: Kat Patrick and Lauren Marriott
    Publisher: Scribble

    A quirky and original take on alleviating boredom, Doodle Cat is Bored’s design and humour has adult and kid appeal. 

  • Doodle Cat Wears a Cape

    Author: Kat Patrick and Lauren Farrell
    Publisher: Scribble

    Doodle Cat has a cape (a tea towel), which gives him some pretty cool superpowers:he can fire furballs at high speed, become invisible and grow 300 times his own size (kind of). An exuberant, zany book that is also a warm-hearted story about friendship.

  • Dory Fantasmagory

    Author: Abby Hanlon
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Six-year-old Dory is the youngest in her family, and her older siblings say she’s too little to play with them. Luckily, Dory has a huge imagination and more than enough friends - even if no one else can see them. A funny and engaging book.

  • Dot and Anton

    Author: Erich Kastner Illustrator: Walter Trier Translator: Anthea Bell
    Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books

    An unusual story of friendship, crime and adventure, with additional wisdom and advice from the author. The line drawings are of the 1930s era.

  • Dot.

    Author: By Randi Zukerberg Illustrator: Joe Berger
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    Dot is an expert in electronic devices - she knows how to tap, to swipe, to share and to talk. But when she gets tired of being online, it's time to go outside and reboot, recharge and restart!

  • Dotter of Her Father's Eyes

    Author: Mary and Bryan Talbot
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    This graphic novel tells two stories: that of the childhood of Mary Talbot, daughter of the eminent Joyce scholar James Atherton (and now respected academic in her own right), and that of Lucia, daughter of James Joyce himself.

  • Dotty Detective

    Author: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Meet Dot, a lively little girl who's big on solving mysteries, in this fun and sparky chapter book about friendship, laughter and spreading a bit of kindness.

  • Dotty Detective: Midnight Mystery

    Author: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

    However mystifying the mystery, the Join The Dots Detectives will unpick the puzzle. An action-packed school story with a twist in the tail, this will amuse and entertain readers of all ages, while showing how kindness and friendship will always win out.

  • Double Cross

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    This fourth novel in Blackman's award-winning Noughts and Crosses series continues the story of Callie Rose, from the ruling elite black class and Tobey, from the minority 'blankers'.

  • Double or Die

    Author: Charlie Higson
    Publisher: Penguin

    The young James Bond finds himself on the tough streets of London's East End, embroiled in the sabotage of a Russian code-breaking machine and facing danger almost everywhere he turns.

  • Down by the River

    Author: Grace Hallworth Illustrator: Caroline Binch
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Originally published in 1996, this is a welcome reappearance of a picture book brimming with Caribbean sunshine and culture.

  • Down the Back of the Chair

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

    Mary's Father is growing poorer by the day and soon the family will run out of money. On top of that he has lost his car keys, so his daughter suggests he looks down the back of the chair.

  • Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep

    Author: Katie Blackburn Illustrator: Richard Smythe
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This beautifully illustrated tale of Dozy Bear combines proven sleep and relaxation techniques with a lovely story, perfect for any parent who wants to turn nap time or bedtime into a calming experience.

  • Dr Dog

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Random House Children's

    Cole's funny illustrations demonstrate serious but easy-to-understand facts about personal hygiene, such as washing your hands, wearing a coat and not picking your nose.

  • Dr Maggie's Grand Tour of the Solar System

    Author: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock Illustrator: Chelen Écija
    Publisher: Buster Books

    Space scientist Dr Maggie invites readers to join her on a grand space tour using their imaginations. This fantastic, imaginative reference book would be a wonderful resource in the classroom and treasured by any young person with an interest in space.

  • Dr Xargle’s Book of Earth Tiggers

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

    Dr Xargle (who is a five-eyed, green alien), decides to teach his students about an interesting species he has found on a different planet: the Earth Tigger

  • Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets

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

    Dr Xargle lectures his alien students about 'Earthlets' - strange plump-cheeked beings that are wrapped in sheep's hairdos and like to drink milk through holes in their faces.

  • Dragon Dancer

    Author: Joyce Chng Illustrator: Jeremy Pailler
    Publisher: Lantana

    Young Yao and Shen Long - a powerful sky dragon - battle with the past year's bad luck and usher in good luck from the skies of Singapore. A magical story that celebrates the Chinese New Year.

  • Dragon Daughter

    Author: Liz Flanagan
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    This is the first book in a new epic fantasy saga that takes readers on an unusual adventure, dealing with important themes of friendship, belonging, migration and difference, as well as the utter joy of dragons.

  • Dragon Gold

    Author: Shoo Rayner
    Publisher: Dragonfly

    This entertaining chapter book, with comical black-and-white illustrations, combines Welsh mythology with everyday life, friendship and trust. The first in a trilogy, it is sure to captivate independent young readers.

  • Dragon Loves Penguin

    Author: Debi Gliori
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The dragons have settled in the land of ice and snow, and their eggs are waiting to hatch, but one dragon doesn't have an egg to care for.

  • Dragon Pearl

    Author: Yoon Ha Lee
    Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

    Science fiction meets Korean mythology as Min tries to solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance by stowing away on a Space Forces battle cruiser. 

  • Dragon Post

    Author: Emma Yarlett
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a delightful picture book with an extra element of brilliance in the five letters included in the book. Dragon Post manages to be a book about animal conservation, friendship, letter-writing and freedom, all wrapped up in a rather special little package.

  • Dragon Red

    Author: Shoo Rayner
    Publisher: Dragonfly

    This exciting climax to a thrilling trilogy will have readers on the edge of their seats. Themes of friendship, loyalty and bravery blend with fascinating Welsh legends to create a humorous chapter book with entertaining illustrations.

  • Dragon Rider

    Author: Cornelia Funke
    Publisher: The Chicken House

    Together with his faithful brownie friend Sorrel and a boy called Ben, the brave young dragon Firedrake embarks on a magical journey across mountains, oceans and earth to find the legendary resting place of the silver dragons.

  • Dragon Shield

    Author: Charlie Fletcher
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A thrilling adventure set in a fantastical London, where statues come to life and good battles evil. An action packed roller coaster of a story.

  • Dragon White

    Author: Shoo Rayner
    Publisher: Dragonfly

    Following on from Dragon Gold, this is the second exciting fantasy adventure in a light-hearted trilogy. Short chapters are interspersed with humorous black and white illustrations, creating an ideal book for junior readers.

  • Dragon’s Green

    Author: Scarlett Thomas
    Publisher: Canongate

    When her grandfather dies, Effie vows to protect his magical books, and in doing so, journeys through a book into the magical Otherworld. A tremendous start to what promises to be an epic, intelligent and classic fantasy series.

  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle (and Other Stories)

    Author: Terry Pratchett Illustrator: Mark Beech
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Despite the book's large size, the format is ideal for reluctant or newly confidant readers, the print large, well-spaced and liberally aided by the illustrations.

  • Dragons of the Prime: Poems About Dinosaurs

    Author: Various Editor: Richard O’Brien Illustrator: Emma Dai’an Wright
    Publisher: The Emma Press

    Although budding palaeontologists will love this captivating poetry collection, no interest in prehistoric life is necessary to experience the joy, humour, poignancy and sheer wonderment contained in its pages.

  • Drawing a Veil

    Author: Lari Don
    Publisher: A&C Black

    When her best friend suddenly turns up at school wearing a black headscarf, Ellie isn’t sure what to think

  • Dream Magic (Shadow Magic #2)

    Author: Joshua Khan Illustrator: Ben Hibbon
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Lilith Shadow, the reluctant ruler of Gehenna, has a lot on her plate. Her subjects keep disappearing in what look like troll attacks, her forbidden magical powers are growing stronger and more unmanageable and her kingdom is flooded with zombies.

  • Dream On

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

    Much to the disapproval of his parents, Baljit is mad on football and when he is invited to trials at Leicester City, he has to lie about his whereabouts.

  • Dream On, Amber

    Author: Emma Shevah
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Dream On, Amber is fast and funny with wonderful little illustrations. Emma Shevah has created a wonderfully modern voice that manages to perfectly balance a sensitive subject with light and laughter.

  • Dream Team

    Author: Alan Gibbons Illustrator: Chris Chalik
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Football action in a super-readable format. Can soccer ace Cairo forget his ego and lead his team to victory? Packed with fascinating facts about the greatest footballers in the world, the book also includes dynamic black-and-white illustrations.

  • Dreamer Ballerina

    Author: Sarah Rubin
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A dance story with a difference, Dreamer Ballerina tells the story of small town girl Casey Quinn, who just can’t keep her toes from tapping.

  • Dreaming the Bear

    Author: Mimi Thebo
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    The line between dreams and reality blur when a vulnerable young teenager finds herself face to face with a bear in Yellowstone Park. Mimi Thebo's story is a mixture of dreamy scenery, awesome wildlife and coming-of-age dilemmas.

  • Dreams

    Author: Daniela Sacerdoti
    Publisher: Black and White Publishing

    Sarah Midnight has spent her life keeping secrets, but when her parents are murdered, she begins to discover just how many incredible secrets have been kept from her...

  • Dreams From My Father

    Author: Barack Obama
    Publisher: Canongate

    Obama is an engaging writer, filled with wide-eyed optimism, struggling to reconcile his identity (being the son of a black father and a white mother) amidst the backdrop of American racial politics.

  • Dreams of Freedom

    Author: Amnesty International
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    An essential book that not only introduces children to the importance of human rights, freedom, and the history of these concepts, but also to a wonderful variety of illustrations.

  • Dress Up Jojo

    Author: Xavier Deneux
    Publisher: Twirl

    This bright and bold board book showcases little rabbit Jojo in a variety of costumes. Each page has a slide tab that makes Jojo move about or put on a costume. 

  • Driftwood

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Puffin

    Hannah has been best friends with Joey forever. But when the dynamics of their relationship begin to change, Hannah finds it hard to adjust.

  • Drone Racer

    Author: Andy Briggs
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Carson and his friends are into drone racing but the older kids always outclass them with more expensive tech. When they come across a faster drone, they think they're in luck – but then they discover the military want it back. Brilliantly filmic and unputdownable.

  • Drop

    Author: Katie Everson
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Addiction is never an easy subject to deal with in YA books but Everson manages to walk the thin line between glamourizing and demonizing, showing the lure and the attraction of drugs as well as the horrific effects they have on lives.

  • Drummer Boy of John John

    Author: Mark Greenwood Illustrator: Frané Lessac
    Publisher: Lee & Low

    The vibrant colours and swinging sounds of Trinidad resound through this story of musical invention and enjoyment

  • Drummer Girl

    Author: Bridget Tyler
    Publisher: Templar

    Lucy's all-girl band Crush has won a talent contest, been whisked to LA and played the Hollwood Bowl. Everything should be amazing - but this glamorous world has deadly undercurrents.

  • Du Iz Tak?

    Author: Carson Ellis
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A seed is sown in the ground next to a log and grows into a beautiful plant, much to the surprise of some rather stylish insect creatures. The two great joys of this book are the vibrant and quirky illustrations, and the humorous invented bug language.

  • Dubliners

    Author: James Joyce
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Joyce's stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism.

  • Duck and Penguin Are Not Friends

    Author: Julia Woolf
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Maud and Betty are the best of friends, so it only stands to reason that their favourite toys will be, too – doesn't it?! Funny and full of insight, this is the perfect picture book for celebrating the ins and outs of friendship. 

  • Duck in the Truck

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    As Duck is driving home his truck gets stuck in the mud. Frog and Sheep come to his aid, but it's only when Goat arrives that a solution is found.

  • Duck's Key: Where Can It Be?

    Author: Jez Alborough Illustrator: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Duck is looking for the key to drive his truck but only the irrepressible Frog knows where it is and wherever Duck looks, Frog and the key are just one step away!

  • Dump Truck Disco

    Author: Skye Silver Illustrator: Christiane Engel
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    The stunning visuals in this lively picture book positively dance off the pages, and what youngster isn’t fascinated by diggers, dumper trucks, bulldozers and cranes? A singalong CD with a catchy tune and repeated chorus brings an extra element to the story.

  • Dust 'n' Bones

    Author: Chris Mould
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Mould has adapted five classic short ghost stories and added five of his own invention in a similar vein.

  • Dustbin Dad

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Russell Ayto
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Dad eats everything - from half-eaten pies and unwanted sandwiches to soggy old bits of tomato and manky spaghetti. Then one day he bites off more than he can chew...

  • Duty Calls: Battle of Britain

    Author: James Holland
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    It's the Battle of Britain and 19-year-old pilot officer Archie Jackson is in control of the RAF's newest fighter aircraft, a Supermarine Spitfire.

  • Duty Calls: Dunkirk

    Author: James Holland
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    The exciting story of a teenage recruit who finds himself caught up in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in 1940.

  • Dying to Know You

    Author: Aidan Chambers
    Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd

    This thought-provoking novel from acclaimed author Aidan Chambers explores unexpected friendships and the consequences which can result from loving the wrong person.