Books beginning with: F

  • Face Painting

    Monica Hughes
    Pearson Education

    'I am a clown, I am a pirate', there’s a face painting design every child will enjoy in this fun non-fiction book, from a beautiful butterfly to a fearsome pirate and a scary monster.

    Full of colourful photos of children with their faces painted, your child will enjoy engaging with this book by describing what they see and reading the words they know.

  • FactFeed: The Ultimate Book of Randomly Awesome Trivia

    Penelope Arlon
    Scholastic Children’s Books

    This bright and highly illustrated large format paperback is chock full of facts about everything - from computer viruses to weather, weird foods to gross jobs. Its interactive quizzes should ensure it is picked up, read and enjoyed many times.

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury
    Collins Voyager

    The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen.

  • Fallen

    Lauren Kate
    Corgi Children's

    Luce has been falsely implicated in the mysterious death of a school friend, and much to her despair, has been sent to reform school. But one student, Daniel, seems curiously familiar.

  • Fallen Grace

    Mary Hooper
    Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Grace is desperately poor, struggling to evade the workhouse – she has also had an illegitimate child. And the sinister Unwin family are scheming to blight her life again...

  • Falling to Ash

    Karen Mahoney

    Moth, a newly-made Vampire, used to be a normal teenage girl called Marie. Now, she is trying to juggle the demands of her living family with her new, secret, night life, knowing that soon she will have to forgo daylight and her true family forever.

  • Fame Thing

    Jonathan Meres, Illustrated by Jake McDonald
    Barrington Stoke

    The 'bad boy' reputation of teen footballing sensation Dean Johnson is already known when he moves into a huge house in a quiet village. But should you really believe everything you read in the papers? Funny, intelligent and revealing.

  • Families, Families, Families!

    Suzanne and Max Lang

    Sheep, pigs, koalas, pandas, chickens, walruses all feature in this hilarious photo album of different family shapes and sizes.

  • Fancy Dress Christmas

    Nick Sharratt
    Alison Green Books

    Today is the Christmas Party, and all the animals have come in fancy dress!

  • Fancy Dress Farmyard

    Nick Sharratt
    Alison Green Books

    This simple, engaging story is told in just four lines of rhyme on each page

  • Fangirl

    Rainbow Rowell
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Wren is excited about starting a new life at college, but twin sister Cath is much more comfortable in the world of the fan fiction she writes, preferring to write about romance than to experience it for herself.

  • Fantastic Mr Dahl

    Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

    This new biography of Roald Dahl, written especially for children by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, has been much anticipated - it's been ten years in the making!

  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

    Kate Pankhurst

    Written and illustrated by a direct descendant of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, this colourful picture book is full of facts about 13 inspirational women from history, showcasing their achievements in a fun and accessible way.

  • Fantasy Sports

    Sam Bosma

    Magic and sport are rarely combined in stories for children, especially with a girl protagonist you can root for from the first page – and all this presented in a bright, stylish, engaging graphic novel format make Fantasy Sports a winner.

  • Fantasy Sports 3: The Green King

    Sam Bosma

    The third in the Fantasy Sports graphic novel series, following the adventures of Mug and Wiz through sports-based challenges. This one focuses on golf and has a great sense of humour, reminiscent of Indiana Jones and TV cartoons.

  • Far From Home

    Naima B. Robert
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    This moving tale describes the violent history of Zimbabwe as seen through the eyes of two very different young girls.

  • Far From Home

    Berlie Doherty

    A parallel volume to Doherty’s powerful 2009 story set in the 1860s around Jim Jarvis, Dr Barnado’s inspiration for the orphanages he set up.

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Thomas Hardy
    Penguin Classics

    Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy's Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love.

  • Far Rockaway

    Charlie Fletcher
    Hodder Children's Books

    A clever and unusual observation of love, life and death explored through fantastic and dangerous adventures with larger than life characters

  • Farewell Floppy

    Benjamin Chaud
    Chronicle Books

    This funny and bittersweet story about growing up and friendship is a thoughtful and mature read for any child that loves animals - reassuring us all that we don't have to be too grown-up too soon.

  • Farm Boy

    Michael Morpurgo, Illustrated by Michael Foreman
    Harper Collins

    Rich with historical detail and beautifully illustrated, this is a touching and inspirational portrayal of farming life and familial ties.

  • Farmer Duck

    Martin Waddell, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
    Walker Books

    There once was a lazy farmer who spent his days in bed eating chocolate while his duck did all the hard work around the farm.


    Grahame Baker-Smith
    Templar Publishing

    Words and pictures combine beautifully to tell a moving story about fathers and sons

  • Faster, Faster! Nice and Slow!

    Sue Heap, Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

    • This book is an introduction to simple opposites.
    • Friendship is a central theme.
    • The story's full of Nick Sharratt's funny and bright illustrations.

  • Fat Boy Swim

    Catherine Forde

    This is a wonderful story, brilliantly told in the Glaswegian dialect, and despite containing distressing accounts of bullying, it also reveals the complexities of human nature

  • Father Christmas

    Raymond Briggs
    Penguin Books Ltd

    For poor Father Christmas, December 24th is the hardest night of work in the year. Raymond Briggs follows him on his wonderfully grumpy and funny journey, revealing some beautifully illustrated moments of joy.

  • Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

    Raymond Briggs
    Puffin Books

    Raymond Briggs' classic comic book has all of his trademark humour and an endearingly grumpy Father Christmas

  • Father Christmas Heard A Parp

    Olaf Falafel

    Silly holiday fun as Father Christmas hears a parp... but who is responsible? A toy? An elf? Or someone who has had a few too many sprouts?

  • Father Christmas Needs A Wee

    Nicholas Allan
    Red Fox Picture Books

    At each different house that he visits Father Christmas drinks and eats all the goodies left out for him. Before long he really, really, really needs a wee. So much so that he even forgets to leave the presents behind. But he dashes back, delivers all the pressies and flies home at high speed to avoid an embarassing accident . . . there's just one tiny probl…

  • Fear

    Michael Grant

    The penultimate book in Michael Grant's hard-hitting FAYZ series ratchets up the action as this gripping dystopian series sweeps towards an exciting conclusion.

  • Fearsome Dreamer

    Laure Eve
    Hot Key Books

    Apprentice hedgewitch Rue is bored of her sheltered country life, so she is thrilled to be whisked away to the city to make use of her special talent.

  • Feather Boy

    Nicky Singer

    Robert is having a tough time at school, being bullied by Nicker; he's also trying to deal with the break-up of his parents' marriage.

  • Feathers in the Wind

    Sally Grindley

    Joe and Aesha travel to India with their father, a wildlife photographer, and their mother Binti, a vet who wants to help protect vultures who are often injured in the annual kite festival.

  • Feersum Endjinn

    Iain M. Banks

    Count Sessine is about to die for the very last time.

  • Felt Fun Beep! Beep!

    Illustrated by Jonathan Lambert

    • From rockets and yachts to planes and cars, there are lots of different vehicles in this book.
    • Children will have great fun as they match each of the brightly coloured felt pieces to the correct scene.
    • A great rhyming text and lots of sound-words to read aloud together.

  • Fergus Crane

    Chris Riddell
    Random House

    Fergus Crane is the story of a young boy whose daily routine is disrupted by the arrival of tiny winged boxes carrying mysterious messages from a long-lost uncle.

  • Fever

    Dee Shulman
    Puffin Books

    Seth and Eva couldn't be more different - he is an elite Roman gladiator in  AD 152, she's an awkward modern teenager. Nevertheless they share a mysterious illness - and an intense romantic attraction.

  • Fever Crumb

    Philip Reeve

    In a teasingly recognisable London threatened by northern invaders, orphan Engineer, Fever Crumb, is assigned to help renegade archaeologist Kit Solent.

  • Fiendish

    Brenna Yovanoff
    Simon and Schuster

    This is an exceptionally well-paced thriller, packed with fantastic characters and an explosive climax. Highly recommended.

  • Fightback

    Steve Voake

    Kier has seen his father murdered, the police want to arrest him and the bad guys are after him. Voake provides fast and exciting action but always underpinned by a thoughtful, ethical subtext.

  • Finding a Voice

    Kim Hood

    This is an engaging story about the two-way nature of friendship and the risks of making assumptions. The overriding message is uplifting, whilst also leaving the reader with a powerful reminder that good intentions aren't always enough.

  • Finding Black Beauty

    Lou Kuenzler

    This is a lovely reimagining of Black Beauty - in this case, told from the point of view of 'Jo', the inexperienced stable boy who makes two brief appearances in Anna Sewell's original novel. It is a well-written, richly detailed adventure story. 

  • Finding Cherokee Brown

    Siobhan Curham
    Electric Monkey Books

    Claire Weeks is being bullied. She has no-one to talk to, and unsure where to turn, she comes up with the idea of writing a book about her life.

  • Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey

    Dion Leonard
    Harper Collins

    An extraordinary true story about an ultra-marathon runner’s quest to find the small stray dog he fell in love with while running across the Gobi desert. A story that will appeal to any reader with an interest in dogs or tales of adventure and survival sports. 

  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Tove Jansson, Translated by Elizabeth Portch
    Puffin Books

    Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and all of their friends.

  • Fins Fluff and Other Stuff

    Dreda Blow and Bruno Merz

    An interesting discussion starter with a lively rhyming text and entertaining illustrations. At the back there are suggested next steps for parents or teachers.

  • Fintan Fedora: The World's Worst Explorer

    Clive Goddard

    Fintan's disasters invariably turn out worse for his opponents than for him, and every brilliantly comic page presents readers with a cartoon in words. A sequel is on its way, which promises more excellent entertainment for KS2 readers.

  • Fire and Thorns

    Rae Carson

    Princess Elisa bears the Godstone, a sign that she has been chosen to perform an act of heroism, in her navel. However, her people see her as useless and lazy.

  • Fire City

    Bali Rai
    Corgi Children's

    In this terrifying dystopia from Bali Rai, the young, the old and the sick have become the prey of horrifying demons that Fire City's wealthy employ to police the city.

  • Fire Dreamer

    Beth Webb
    March Hamilton

    The second novel in Webb's series about Tegen, an Iron Age trainee druid

  • Fire Girl

    Matt Ralphs

    Hazel must embrace her magic powers in a world where witchcraft is outlawed after her mother is kidnapped by a demon.

  • Fire Spell

    Laura Amy Schlitz

    In this wonderfully creepy Victorian adventure, three children take on sinister pupeteer Grisini,

    encountering a mysterious mansion, a dying witch and a powerful fire opal along the way.

  • Firebird

    Saviour Pirotta, Illustrated by Catherine Hyde

    This is a wonderful retelling of the classic Russian folk tale about the quest for the elusive Firebird

  • Firesong

    William Nicholson

    Bowman and Kestrel face an awesome responsibility for the future of their people: they must unravel the mysteries of the Singer people and prepare to face their worst fears.

  • Firewallers

    Simon Packham
    Piccadilly Press

    Jess's mum announces a sudden plan to join a technology-free hippy commune on a remote Scottish island.

  • First Class Murder

    Robin Stevens

    A detective duo pounce into action en route to their holiday when a woman is murdered on a train.

  • First Day at Bug School

    Sam Lloyd
    Bloomsbury Children's

    With bright bustling illustrations fizzing with quirky details and insect jokes, this cheery, rhyming introduction to starting school from a unique bugs-eye point of view is reassuring and fun.

  • First Day at Skeleton School

    Sam Lloyd

    This bright and funny picture book shows young children that everyone goes to school - even skeletons and monsters. But Skeleton School is definitely a bit different from Human School...

  • First Term at Malory Towers

    Enid Blyton

    We're rooting for Darrell Rivers as she starts boarding school, and learns to cope with her fiery temper and decide for herself which friends are genuine.

  • Fish Boy

    Chloe Daykin

    Billy is an odd boy: he's quiet, different from other children, and his skin's always wrinkled from swimming in the sea. At heart, this is a story about friendship in the face of adversity, and Chloe Daykin's writing is clear, poetic and grips you from the start.

  • Fish Food

    Andy Mansfield, Illustrated by Henning Lohlein
    Templar Publishing

    A clever pop-up book about the underwater food chain.

  • Fish is Fish

    Leo Lionni
    Andersen Press

    A classic picture book with whimsical, textured illustrations exploring some basic philosophical questions and offering reassurance that it's ok to follow your own path in life.

  • Fish-Head Steve

    Jamie Smart
    David Fickling Books

    This collection of comic strips does exactly what it says on the tin: a boy called Steve wakes up one day to discover he has a giant fish for a head.

  • Five Children and It

    E. Nesbit

    When five siblings - Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother, the Lamb - discover a sand-fairy in their gravel pit, they are jolly surprised and a little delighted.

  • Five Children on the Western Front

    Kate Saunders
    Faber & Faber

    This moving and memorable homage to E Nesbit's classic story is no ordinary children's book. A heart-wrenching and poignant tribute to 'all the boys and girls, 1914-18', it is a must-read for children and adults alike.

  • Five Hundred Miles

    Kevin Brooks
    Barrington Stoke

    In the industrial wastelands of east London, two brothers are delivering forged vehicle documents. As soon as they walk into the pub, Cole knows something is going on. This is a stark, intense, plot-driven, cinematic story of hoping for better.

  • Five Little Ducks

    Anthony Lewis
    Child's Play

    This board book has popular rhymes and songs with young children signing key words. It also features a child with an arm splint and a child with a hearing aid.

  • Five on a Treasure Island

    Enid Blyton
    Hodder Children's Books

    Meet Enid Blyton's most famous characters - Julian, Dick, Anne, George and of course the ever-loyal Timmy the dog - for the first time in this, the first book in the classic Famous Five series.

  • Five Things They Never Told Me

    Rebecca Westcott

    Erin counts her life in days since her mother left home. Erin is forced to accompany her father to the old people's home where he gardens for the summer.

  • Fizzlebert Stump

    A.F. Harrold

    Living in the circus with his parents means Fizzlebert Stump’s life is always exciting - but he would prefer a normal life.

  • Flambards

    K.M. Peyton
    Oxford University Press

    Christina tentatively discovers her adult identity in this unashamedly romantic, coming-of-age novel set just before the First World War.

  • Flashes

    Tim O’Rourke
    Chicken House

    With a fast paced plot and enough twists to keep you guessing it makes for an exciting read and is a welcome addition to the YA thriller scene.

  • Flashing Fire Engines

    Tony Mitton, Illustrated by Ant Parker
    Pan Macmillan

    This story’s full of big, bold fire engines ready to rescue or fight fires. There’s plenty of action, rhyme and rhythm.

  • Flat Stanley

    Jeff Brown, Illustrated by Scott Nash

    Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning to find he is only half an inch thick

  • Fleabag

    Helen Stephens
    Alison Green Books

    A small, scruffy dog visits the park every day and looks longingly at the other dogs who all have people to take for walks.

  • Flesh and Blood

    Simon Cheshire
    Little Tiger

    Simon Cheshire has created a spine chilling story.

  • Fleshmarket

    Nicola Morgan

    When Essie and Robbie’s mother dies, following a failed operation, they are abandoned by their father and left to fend for themselves in nineteenth-century Edinburgh.

  • Flightsend

    Linda Newbery
    David Fickling Books

    Could moving to a remote, ramshackle cottage in the middle of nowhere really mark the start of a new life and draw a line under the tragedy of recent months?

  • Flip Flap Dogs

    Nikki Dyson
    Nosy Crow

    In board book format with a ring bound centre, this is a great book for young kids that love dogs, and who also love making up silly words.

  • Flirty Dancing

    Jenny McLachlan

    First of four books, this is smart, funny writing, engagingly balancing the serious stuff - bullying, first love, friendship - with the joy of lindy hop and aerial moves.

  • Flood Child

    Emily Diamand
    Chicken House

    Lilly Melkun, an English fisher-girl, is out sailing with her sea-cat when the bloodthirsty Reavers come raiding - and kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter.

  • Floors

    Patrick Carman
    Chicken House

    Enjoy your stay at the weird and wonderful Whippet Hotel, with crazy, colourful rooms, a roof full of troublesome ducks and a very angry manager.

  • Flora in Love

    Natasha Farrant
    Faber Books

    This lovely family story from Natasha Farrant is the second in the Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series. 

  • Florentine and Pig and the Lost Pirate Treasure

    Eva Katzler & Jessica Mikhail
    Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Florentine and Pig are stuck in the house on a gloomy day, but they're brimming with inspiration for entertaining things to do

  • Flotsam

    David Wiesner
    Andersen Press

    The story of a boy finding a vintage camera washed up on a beach unspools like a silent film in this mind-expanding wordless picture book.

  • Flour Babies

    Anne Fine

    As part of a Child Development project, each boy in Class 4C is given a 'flour baby', a sack of flour which must be looked after for three weeks, ensuring it does not get lost or dirty.

  • Flowers For Algernon

    Daniel Keyes

    Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius.

  • Flush

    Carl Hiaasen
    Random House

    This is an engaging and light-hearted thriller about issues that matter - justice, family and the environment.

  • Fly By Night

    Frances Hardinge
    Macmillan Children's books

    Smugglers, thieves, murder, floating coffeehouses, river battles, highwaymen, suspense, political intrigue and excitement - this book has everything!

  • Fly Chick Fly!

    Jeanne Willis, Illustrated by Tony Ross
    Andersen Press

    This touching tale about overcoming fear is a lovely and reassuring book to share with any child. 

  • Fly!

    Xavier Deneux
    Chronicle Books

    Two birds build a nest to lay their eggs and look after their chicks - until the day their babies are big enough to fly to their own tree. This utterly charming book is bursting with bold yet simple illustrations, plus a robust and interactive design.

  • Flyaway

    Lucy Christopher
    Chicken House

    The possibility of losing loved ones is captured in heart-breaking detail in his touching teenage book which tackles first love, friendship and the challenge of overcoming fear.

  • Follow Me Down

    Tanya Byrne

    Adamma isn't too impressed to be leaving her life in New York for an exclusive English boarding school. But then she meets Scarlett and the two strike up an intense friendship.

  • Follow that Bear if you Dare

    Claire Freedman, Illustrated by Alison Edgson
    Little Tiger Press

    Hare thinks he loves bears, so he buys a book which he thinks will help him catch one.

  • Follow the Firefly/Run, Rabbit, Run

    Bernardo Carvalho
    Book Island

    This fabulous, wordless picture book contains two stories. One that runs from start to finish and the other that runs from finish to start.

  • Follow the Moon Home

    Deborah Hopkinson and Philippe Cousteau, Illustrated by Meilo So
    Chronicle Books

    When Viv moves to a new home and school, she discovers that her local beach is a loggerhead turtle nesting area - but some baby turtles are dying. This is a great book for the classroom, with ideas and plans for all aspiring campaigners.

  • Follow the Swallow

    Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Pam Smy

    Chack the blackbird is brown but claims he will turn black and that the berries in the tree where he lives will turn orange, but Apollo the swallow doesn't believe him.

  • Food and Faith

    Susan Reuben, Illustrated by Sophie Pelham
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    An excellent resource for religious education

  • Football Academy Reading the Game

    Tom Palmer, Illustrated by Brian Williamson

    One of six titles in the Football Academy series, each featuring two young players

  • Football School: Where Football Explains the World

    Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, Illustrated by Spike Gerrell
    Walker Books

    This book is packed with true stories, real science and fascinating facts that all relate back to football. Funny, informative, and hugely entertaining, it is recommend for fans of non-fiction books.

  • Footnotes in Gaza

    Joe Sacco
    Jonathan Cape

    Comics and graphic books are now being regarded as worthy of being considered heavyweight literature, and Joe Sacco has played a big part in this. Having made a name for himself with his war reportage books Palestine and Safe Area: Gora De, he doesn't comprise or relent with his new offering.

  • Footpath Flowers

    JonArno Lawson, Illustrated by Sydney Smith
    Walker Books

    A little girl spreads joy and colour through the grey townscape, when she picks and presents flowers from the pavements to the people and animals she meets. This wordless picture book is a beauty to behold.

  • Forever

    Judy Blume
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Seventeen-year-old Katherine meets Michael at a party. The two of them like each other immediately, and soon fall in love - but are they ready to take their relationship to the next level?

  • Forge

    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    In the midst of the American War of Independence, a young, freed slave escapes his gaol and finds himself fighting with an underequipped American army.

  • Forged in the Fire

    Ann Turnbull
    Walker Books

    This is a fabulously atmospheric and beautifully written historical adventure and love story, set in 1665, at a time of religious intolerance and uncertainty.

  • Forget Me Never

    Gina Blaxhill
    Macmillan Children's Books

    When her cousin Dani jumps from her balcony, Sophie refuses to believe it could be suicide.

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    Matthew Quick
    Headline Book Publishing

    It's Leonard Peacock's 18th birthday - but it's also the day he has decided to kill his former best friend and then himself

  • Fortunately the Milk

    Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Chris Riddell
    Bloomsbury Children's

    When Dad goes out to get some milk from the corner shop, a host of completely unexpected adventures befall him.

  • Fortunately Unfortunately

    Michael Foreman
    Andersen Press

    The day Milo the Monkey tries to return an umbrella to Granny turns into a roller-coaster ride!

  • Foul Play

    Tom Palmer

    Danny is obsessed with two things: football and investigating crimes.

  • Four Children and It

    Jacqueline Wilson
    Puffin Books

    Jacqueline Wilson pays tribute to her 'all-time favourite classic children's author' E. Nesbit in this contemporary reimagining of Five Children and It.

  • Four Silly Skeletons

    Mark Sperring, Illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Bloomsbury Children’s Books

    This bold rhyming picture book features four accident-prone skeletons. Children will giggle at their various mishaps, making this an ideal book to share with little ones at Halloween.

  • FOX

    Margaret Wild, Illustrated by Ron Brooks
    Allen & Unwin

    A story with a true moral behind it: that friendship can conquer anything. Now available in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition

  • Fox Investigates: A Brush with Danger

    Adam Frost

    An illustrated investigation for budding super-sleuths, the Fox Investigates series will impress kids who love their mysteries mysterious and their detectives foxy!

  • Fox’s Socks

    Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

    Mr Fox has lost his socks! Where could they be? A 'getting dressed' book, a hide-and-seek book and a lift-the-flap book, all rolled into one! The ultimate question, of course, is will Fox find his socks?

  • Foxly's Feast

    Owen Davey

    Foxly's stomach is rumbling! On his search for dinner, he meets ducks, rabbit, sheep, mice - and even a friendly owl. What a feast this will be! But which tasty item will he choose...?

  • Foxy and Egg

    Alex T. Smith

    When Foxy Dubois invites Egg to stay for breakfast she has only one thing on her mind; serving him up with toast!

  • Foxy Tales: The Cunning Plan

    Caryl Hart, Illustrated by Alex T Smith
    Hodder Children's Books

    This fun chapter book from the lively pairing of Caryl Hart and Alex T Smith is the first in a new series, which brings back the characters from Smith's popular picture books Egg and Catch Us if You Can-Can.

  • Fracture

    Megan Miranda

    This mysterious, dark tale looks at how death can teach us so much about life, love, friendship and what really matters

  • Framed

    Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Macmillan Children's Books

    The story centres on Dylan Hughes, the only boy left in a small Welsh mountain town called Manod. This is an immensely entertaining book, about the power of art to bring about change and to redeem.

  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

    Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Brian Biggs

     A gripping, comical tale of ambition, imagination, determination, old bicycle wheels and expired batteries which blends real science with wacky science-fiction to create the compelling first book in a new series by best-selling author Jon Scienzka.

  • Frank Einstein and the Electro Finger

    Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Brian Biggs
    Abrams Books

    Science facts, illustrated by wittily accurate graphs, diagrams and maps intertwine with good-guys versus bad-guys roller-coaster action in this inventive, entertaining, educative series.

  • Frank!

    Connah Brecon
    Running Press Kids

    This quirky tale about helping out and friendship is brought to life by wonderfully expressive and funny illustrations that can't fail to spark a young child's imagination.

  • Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley
    Penguin Classics

    Obsessed with the idea of rivalling God and creating life, Victor Frankenstein plunders graves for corpses to make a new being.

  • Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

    Jen Campbell, illustrated by Katie Harnett
    Thames & Hudson

    Franklin the dragon can't find anyone to listen to his stories until he meets fellow bookworm Luna in this poetic, dreamy tale about the wonder of reading and the power of friendship.

  • Freak the Mighty

    Rodman Philbrick

    Kevin and Max are both accustomed to ridicule but when fate throws this seemingly mismatched pair together the result is awesome: Freak the Mighty. A tragic, suspenseful and touching story that is ultimately uplifting.

  • Freaks

    Kieran Larwood
    Chicken House

    Kieran Larwood won The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2011 for this lively Victorian adventure story.

  • Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

    Luke Jackson
    Jessica Kingsley

    This is a guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by a young man who was just 13-years-old at the time of writing...

  • Freaky & Fearless: How to Tell a Tall Tale

    Robin Etherington, Illustrated by Jan Bielecki
    Piccadilly Press

    When a shadowy monster kidnaps Simon's little sister, Rosie, it seems as if the comic book world is starting to leak into the real world. An illustrated, monster-hunting adventure story for lovers of comic books and gruesome humour.

  • Freax and Rejex

    Robin Jarvis
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    It is five months since evil occultist Austerly Fellows was reincarnated as the Ismus and began to infest and mesmerise the world with the devilish text that was discovered in Dancing Jax.

  • Freddie and the Fairy

    Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Karen George
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Freddie rescues a fairy who offers to grant him his every wish. The only problem is that she can't hear very well, and so his wishes result in some unexpected surprises...

  • Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer

    Alexander McCall Smith, Illustrated by Kate Hindley

    Freddie can't believe his luck when he's offered a holiday job at the circus, but is alarmed when he's asked to take on the challenge of lion taming. This entertaining tall tale is ideal for confident independent readers.

  • Freddy and the Pig

    Charlie Higson, Illustrated by Mark Chambers
    Red Squirrel Books

    Freddy hates school and thinks that it is boring, but he comes up with clever plan. The dyslexia-friendly features make this book highly accessible.

  • Frederick

    Leo Lionni
    Andersen Press

    Frederick is a field mouse with a difference. While his family harvests corn, nuts, wheat and straw for winter, he gathers sun rays, colours and words, sometimes to the frustration of his siblings.

  • Free Lance and the Field of Blood

    Paul Stewart, illustrated by Chris Riddell
    Barrington Stoke

    Stewart and Riddell expertly combine humour, adventure, and moral dilemmas in this slick short story that’s presented in a dyslexia-friendly format. This is a tale of chivalry, villains and heroes that will appeal to all young knights in search of their next adventure.

  • Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls

    Paul Stewart, Illustrated by Chris Riddell
    Barrington Stoke

    The dream team of Stewart and Riddell are on fantastic form for this outing: full of Stewart’s trademark fantasy wit and grandeur, and Riddell’s detailed and capturing illustrations.

  • Frida and Bear

    Anthony Browne
    Walker Books

    An absolutely brilliant picture book to inspire children's imaginations and get them drawing. After sharing this book you'll have a fun new game to play as well, just give it a go.

  • Frida Kahlo

    Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Illustrated by Gee Fan Eng, Translated by Emma Martinez
    Frances Lincoln Books

    Frida Kahlo's life story is adapted for younger readers - with bold and colourful illustrations, and an inspiring facts and photos section at the back.

  • Friday Brown

    Vikki Wakefield
    Hot Key Books

    Friday Brown is cursed. Warned of the terrible fates of the women in her family, each of whom has met a mysterious death, she carries the weight of her ancestors on her shoulders.

  • Friendly Matches

    Allan & Janet Ahlberg

    Friendly Matches is an entertaining, and at times thought-provoking, collection of poetry about football.

  • Friends

    Helen Oxenbury
    Walker Books

    Great for the youngest of babies as it invites adults to talk about the pictures and to interact with their baby as they look at the book together.

  • Friends

    Michael Foreman
    Andersen Press

    Foreman's characteristic, beautifully soft and gentle illustrations are used to great effect in this simple but powerful picture book about friendship

  • Friends

    Eric Carle

    A delightfully improbable ending crowns this story of friendship lost and regained which is fabulously illustrated in vivid colour with Eric Carle's distinctive collage technique.

  • Frightfully Friendly Ghosties

    Daren King

    When Pamela Fraidy gets locked in the attic with a big, leggy spider by a mean still-alive, her ghostie friends have to call on all their ingenuity to set her free.

  • Frog and the Stranger

    Max Velthuijs
    Anderson Press

    When a rat comes to live at the edge of their wood, the animals decide they don't like having a stranger in their midst

  • Frog and Toad Are Friends

    Arnold Lobel
    HarperCollins Children's Books

    Arnold Lobel's classic characters Frog and Toad return in this recently republished collection of five favourite stories.

  • Frog in Love

    Max Velthuijs
    Andersen Press

    Frog is not well. His heart is beating too fast and he feels hot and cold. A trip to the doctor reveals that he is in love. But who is he in love with?

  • Frog is Frog

    Max Velthuijs
    Andersen Press

    A little frog gazes happily at his reflection, musing on his luck being so beautifully green and such a good swimmer. But then he sees what his friends can do and gets worried...

  • Frogkisser!

    Garth Nix
    Piccadilly Press

    A fairy tale for the modern feminist generation, Anya's Quest (yes, Quest with a capital Q) takes her through dark woods and across barren moorlands, outwitting giants, making appointments with Good Wizards, travelling by magic carpet and looking into magic mirrors.

  • From Acorn to Zoo

    Satoshi Kitamura
    Andersen Press

    This is an alphabet book with a difference, in which the unexpected is juxtaposed with the everyday to sometimes surreal effect.

  • From Head to Toe

    Eric Carle

    Can you arch your back like a cat, clap your hands like a seal or wave your arms like a monkey?

  • From Hereabout Hill

    Michael Morpurgo

    The stories encompass themes of life, death, friendship, love and revenge and each is preceded by a short paragraph explaining the inspiration behind it.

  • Front Lines

    Michael Grant

    It's an alternate history where girls are subject to the military draft in the US. Fast-paced, clever and with incredibly relatable characters, Front Lines is a fresh take on the second world war, while also letting females be kickass.

  • Frozen in Time

    Ali Sparkes
    Oxford University Press

    Sparkes justifiably won the Blue Peter Children's Book Award 2010 with this novel, almost a twenty-first century update of a Blyton Famous Five adventure.

  • Frozen: Heart of Dread

    Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
    Orchard Books

    This is the promising start to a new series of magic and adventure amid a post-apocalyptic setting. Fantasy and science fiction meet love and romance in a thrilling and engrossing page turner.

  • Fruit in Suits

    Jared Chapman

    It's time to go swimming, and everyone has a different swimming suit. The quirky twist is that all the keen swimmers are... Items of fruit! This book is very, very silly but has oodles of charm, with an underlying message about difference and having fun.

  • Fruitloops and Dipsticks

    Ulf Stark, Translated by Julia Marshall
    Gecko Press

    This Swedish story retains its continental flavour. Largely light and humorous in tone, the book nonetheless touches on feelings of loss, grief and change

  • Fruits of India

    Jill Hartley
    Tara Publishing

    This sturdy, small format board book presents over twenty different fruits commonly eaten in India.

  • Fruits: a Caribbean counting poem

    Valerie Bloom, Illustrated by David Axtell
    Macmillan Children's Books

    From half a pawpaw to five jew-plums through to ten bananas, this girl’s love of Caribbean fruits is so infectious you can almost taste the juice dribbling down your chin.

  • Full, Full, Full of Love

    Trish Cooke, Illustrated by Paul Howard
    Walker Books

    • This great book is all about a boy and his Grannie.
    • The warm story is a real celebration of family.
    • Gorgeous pictures shine with the love in the book's title.

  • Fun Home

    Alison Bechedel
    Jonathan Cape

    Bechdel's moving 'graphic autobiography' beautifully tells the story of her strange childhood and adolescence in the funeral home run by her father.

  • Fungus the Bogeyman

    Raymond Briggs

    This sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children follows one day in the life of Fungus, a morose bogeyman who scares humans - but starts wondering what it's really all for? This is Briggs at his subversive and entertaining finest.

  • Funny Face

    Nicola Smee
    Bloomsbury Children's Books

    This board book for the youngest readers has bright, funny bold drawings and a simple text exploring a considerable variety of feelings, all eventually happily resolved.

  • Funnybones

    Allan & Janet Ahlberg

    In the first book of this now classic series, we are taken down the dark, dark street to the dark, dark house and into the dark, dark cellar in which the skeletons live.

  • Funnybones: The Black Cat

    Allan Ahberg, Illustrated by Andre Amstutz

    Another Funnybones adventure. This time, the skeleton friends go sledging - whee!

  • Furthermore

    Tahereh Mafi

    This is a magical and mythical quest tale reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, with an engaging heroine that will enchant boys and girls.

  • Future Ratboy and the Attack of the Killer Robot Grannies

    Jim Smith

    Colin Lampost is transported to the future where he must battle the Killer Robot Grannies and try to return to his own time.

  • Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom-Noms

    Jim Smith

    Future Ratboy (A.K.A Colin Lamppost) has been zapped millions of years into the future by a bolt of lightning. As if that’s not bad enough, horrible little insects are turning everyone into zombies. A brilliantly hilarious superhero comedy adventure.

  • Fuzz McFlops

    Eva Furnari, Translated (from Portuguese) by Alison Entrekin
    Pushkin Children’s Books

    This is a wonderfully quirky tale, with endearing characters and delightfully amusing illustrations.

  • Fuzzy Mud

    Louis Sachar

    Marshall and Tamaya take a short cut home from school one day to avoid the school bully – through the forbidden, completely out-of-bounds woods. This is a fast-paced and exciting story of bravery, friendships, and science gone wacky.