Books beginning with: J

  • J is for Jamaica

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah & Prodeepta Das
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Welcome to this whistle-stop tour of Jamaica - from A for Ackee to Z for Zinc.

  • Jack and Nancy

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Jack and Nancy long to have an adventure - and then one day a strong wind and an umbrella make their wish come true.

  • Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

    Author: Colin Stimpson
    Publisher: Templar

    Stimpson sets his version of Jack and the Beanstalk in 1950s America, with skyscrapers surrounding the flyover under which Jack and his mother run a café

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Author: Richard Walker Illustrator: Niamh Sharkey
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    When hard times come to Jack and his mother, she decides to sell their cow, Daisy. But at the market Jack exchanges Daisy for a handful of 'magic beans' instead of money...

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Author: Barbara Vagnozzi
    Publisher: Child's Play

    The classic story of Jack and the Beanstalk is retold in this colourful lift-the-flap book.

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    This abridged version of the well-known fairy tale is beautifully illustrated by Tony Ross. The sturdy board format makes this a lovely, baby-friendly retelling of a classic.

  • Jack and the FlumFlum Tree

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When Jack’s granny falls ill with the moozles, the doctor tells him that the only thing that will cure her is the fruit of the mysterious flumflum tree.

  • Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World

    Author: Bill Nye and Gregory Mone Illustrator: Nick Iluzada
    Publisher: Amulet

    A book of full of science and facts, seamlessly woven into an entertaining and fast-paced story. You'll be learning loads without even realising it. It's the perfect blend of mystery, science and memorable characters.

  • Jack Dash and the Great Custard Cake-Off

    Author: Sophie Plowden Illustrator: Judy Brown
    Publisher: Catnip

    This crazy, carefree story has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some wild, imagination-stretching storylines, such as a peahen falling in love with a penguin, and a cake so hard from overbaking it causes a castle to crumble. 

  • Jack Dash and the Magic Feather

    Author: Sophie Plowden Illustrator: Judy Brown
    Publisher: Catnip Publishing

    On the day that Jack’s family moves to a new house, he finds a magic feather in the attic that makes whatever he draws real. Surreal humour and a page-turning plot will keep boys and girls hooked.

  • Jackdaw Summer

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Fate leads Liam to find an abandoned baby and as a result his life becomes entwined with that of Oliver, an African boy seeking asylum and Crystal, an emotionally damaged girl.

  • Jack's Fantastic Voyage

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

    Jack spends his summers with his grandfather, a former sea captain, who tells exotic tales of adventure and exploration.

  • Jacky Daydream

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

    Wilson's intimate, conversational style combined with a selection of childhood photographs and Nick Sharratt's familiar illustrations, makes this a delightfully satisfying read.

  • Jake and Lily

    Author: Jerry Spinelli
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Jake and Lily are twins, with a very special connection - but as they grow up, they begin to grow apart.

  • Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake

    Author: Rob Lloyd Jones
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Jake Atlas stakes his claim as a young Indiana Jones when we meet our hero in a rather breathtaking situation - as he’s buried alive in a tunnel in the desert. This is rip-roaring action with a high-tech and up-to-the-minute modern take.

  • Jake in Danger

    Author: Annette Butterworth Illustrator: Nick Butterworth
    Publisher: Catnip

    Jake enjoys playing in the park with the other local dogs, but he is jealous of the attention and respect they give to the newcomer, Boris.

  • Jake the Good Bad Dog

    Author: Annette Butterworth Illustrator: Nick Butterworth
    Publisher: Happy Cat Books

    Jake dreams of going to Crufts, the biggest and best dog show in the world, but he thinks he'll never get there. But sometimes a dog's dreams can come true!

  • Jake's Tower

    Author: Elizabeth Laird
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Jake lives a dismal life with his mother and Steve, his extremely violent stepfather. His only refuge is his imagination and he dreams of living in a secluded tower on an island.

  • Jamela's Dress

    Author: Niki Daly
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Jamela wraps herself up with the new material that her mother bought to make herself a dress for a wedding.

  • James and the Giant Peach

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin

    Through a series of peculiar and magical happenings, James finds himself on an adventure inside a giant peach with a bunch of friendly giant insects for travelling companions.

  • Jamilti and Other Stories

    Author: Rutu Modan
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Stories that range from darkly fantastical and unsettling to surprising discoveries that shape personal identity.

  • Jampires

    Author: Sarah McIntyre and David O'Connell
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Probably (and sadly) the only vampire/jam mash-up in existence, this is a delightful rhyming picture book with cute little jampires that children will adore.

  • Jane, the Fox & Me

    Author: Fanny Britt Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault & Translator: Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This thought-provoking graphic novel by Fanny Britt, exquisitely illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, is a real visual delight

  • Jango

    Author: William Nicholson
    Publisher: Egmont

    Seeker, Morning Star and the Wildman are learning the secrets of the Nomana: how to harness and use the power of the Noble Warriors.

  • Jasmine Skies

    Author: Sita Brahmachari
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Following from Brahmachari's debut novel, Artichoke Hearts, this a thoughtful, tender and uplifting novel, which continues the story of Mira, now two years older, as she negotiates challenging new experiences, the complexities of family and friendship, and the uncertainty of teenage love.

  • Jedi Academy

    Author: Jeffrey Brown
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Roan is desperate to become a pilot but instead of attending pilot school he is invited to join the Jedi Academy. A charming story presented in a variety of forms, including comic strip, diary entries and annotated drawings/notes.

  • Jekyll's Mirror

    Author: William Hussey
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    This enthralling tale combines the harsh realities of cyber bullying with dark magic and the occult.

  • Jellicle Cats

    Author: T S Eliot Illustrator: Arthur Robins
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    The Jellicle Cats dance the night away at a 1920s ball complete with straw boaters, feather boas and banjos. A wonderfully fun picture book, with drawings that fizz with energy and cheery silliness.

  • Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Former Children's Laureate and award-winning author of novels, poetry and picture books, Michael Rosen pens a brilliant collection of poems for children of all ages.

  • Jellybean Goes to School

    Author: Margaret Roc Illustrator: Laura Hughes
    Publisher: Tamarind

    Jellybean finds her first day of school a little scary, but she soon finds it easier when she makes a friend.

  • Jepp Who Defied the Stars

    Author: Katherine Marsh
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    This romantic historical novel is based on the true story of astronomer Tycho Brahe

  • Jeremiah Jellyfish Flies High!

    Author: John Fardell
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Set in a futuristic world of exotic settings, monorails and high-rise buildings, you're sure to love exploring these amazing pictures!

  • Jerusalem

    Author: Guy Delisle Illustrator: Guy Delisle and Lucie Firoud (Colour) Translator: Helge Dascher
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    ...a dazzling brilliant book that is subtly political, never heavy-handed and always cast with a fair eye.

  • Jessame to the Rescue

    Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Duncan Smith
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Jessame’s experiences unite many different cultural traditions, from her own West African and Caribbean background to the multicultural nature of her neighbourhood and friends.

  • Jessica's Ghost

    Author: Andrew Norris
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Francis doesn't have many friends. But one day Jessica sits down next to him. Jessica is a ghost, and Francis is the first person who has actually seen her since she died. Neither have anyone else to talk to, so immediately become best friends.

  • Jet Black Heart

    Author: Teresa Flavin
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    A young girl named Dory is pulled back into the past after finding an old note in a letterbox.

  • Jet the Rescue Dog

    Author: David Long
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    A book of short stories of animals who have gone to war and helped the war effort.

  • Jigsaw Puzzle

    Author: Maria Fernanda Maquieira Translator: from Spanish by Serafina Vick
    Publisher: Loqueleo

    Jigsaw Puzzle is set in a run-down suburb of Buenos Aires in 1982. Our narrator, Mora, is a 10-year-old orphan who has been raised by her maternal grandmother. A somewhat precocious narrator, Mora humorously describes her daily school life, her close-knit group of friends and the eccentric characters in her neighbourhood. The narrative is also ridden with da…

  • Jill and Lion

    Author: Lesley Barnes
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    Jill and Lion is the follow-up tale to the equally stylish and retro-styled Jill and Dragon and is another wonderfully immersive tale of friendship, illustrated in Barnes’ characteristic super-colourful 70s style.

  • Jim and the Beanstalk

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Penguin

    This is a fun, engaging re-telling of the original folklore story of Jack and the Beanstalk, which also doubles as a clever sequel - an excellent picture book for early readers.

  • Jim Reaper: Son of Grim

    Author: Rachel Delahaye Illustrator: Jamie Littler
    Publisher: Piccadilly

    Jim Wimple needs a Bazoom! scooter, and finds a deadly secret on his quest to get one. A hilarious, rollicking thrill-ride, filled with Doctor Who references, jokes and one or two frights, which will have you rooting for Jim.

  • Jimmy Coates: Killer

    Author: Joe Craig
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    An 11-year-old boy discovers he has strange powers, and a future that holds mystery, adventure - and death! Who are the mysterious men chasing Jimmy across the city? Why are they after him?

  • Jimmy Coates: Target

    Author: Joe Craig
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Stand back for this new high-speed adventure, packed with surprises, danger and escape against the odds.

  • Jimmy Corrigan:

    Author: Chris Ware
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    This extraordinary graphic novel is so obviously a labour of love that the reader can only marvel at the energy that has been expended in its creation.

  • Jinx & O’Hare Funfair Repair

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Emily loves living on Funfair Moon - especially when she gets to help Jinks & O'Hare, the extraordinary repair team. Like Reeve and McIntyre’s previous collaborations, this is a fantastically fun adventure, and will appeal to readers of all ages.

  • Jinx: the Wizard's Apprentice

    Author: Sage Blackwood
    Publisher: Quercus Publishing

    This is an exciting adventure that also references social, ethical, and environmental issues on the way.

  • Jinxed

    Author: Amy McCulloch
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    An original and gripping sci-fi thriller set in the near future, where technology and Artificial Intelligence are coming perilously close to independent existence.

  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor

    Author: Patricia Valdez Illustrator: Felicita Sala
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This amazing and deeply inspiring story of a largely unknown scientist – and pioneer of the care of Komodo dragons – is a fascinating read, beautifully illustrated. 

  • Joe All Alone

    Author: Joanna Nadin
    Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young readers

    When Joe’s Mum leaves him alone in Peckham, to fly to Spain with Dean, her latest dodgy boyfriend, 13 year old Joe thinks it will be an adventure.

  • Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key

    Author: Jack Gantos
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    This is a sensitive portrayal of a young ADHD sufferer, but is also a thoroughly entertaining insight into the life of the immensely likeable Joey Pigza, whose escapades are certain to amuse any reader.

  • Johnny Swanson

    Author: Eleanor Updale
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Johnny Swanson, bullied at school because of his diminutive size, answers an advertisement offering the 'secret of instant height'.

  • Jo-Jo the Melon Donkey

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Egmont

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo brings all of his trademark warmth into this sweet tale of a little donkey who is down in the dumps.

  • Jolly Foul Play

    Author: Robin Stevens
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

    Detective duo Wells and Wong return for another entertaining mystery at Deepdean School for Girls in the fourth instalment of the 'Murder Most Unladylike' series.

  • Jolly Olly Octopus

    Author: Tony Mitton Illustrator: Guy Parker Rees
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A counting book with a difference, this poem-story incorporates rhythm, onomatopoeia, alliteration, repetitive phrases and wonderfully bright, lively and funny illustrations.

  • Jolly Snowman

    Author: Emma Goldhawk Illustrator: Jonathan Lambert
    Publisher: Templar

    This playful interactive book features a lovely snowman puppet.

  • Jon for Short

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Jon (or is it Joe?) lies alone and amnesiac in his hospital bed, plagued by a disturbing dream of a torch, a knife, and a murder in the dark.

  • Jonadab and Rita

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Jonadab is an old, neglected donkey made of worn grey velvet. He has one good friend in the shy toy mouse, Rita. Jonadab also has a secret - he can fly.

  • Jonathan and Martha

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Phaidon

    Jonathan and Martha are two lonely worms who meet when a juicy pear falls to the ground.

  • Jonathan Swift's Gulliver

    Author: Martin Jenkins Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This focused and lively retelling retains all of Gulliver's adventures, remaining true to the spirit of the original but adding a modern-day pacing and clarity.

  • Jonny Jakes Investigates: The Hamburgers of Doom

    Author: Malcolm Judge
    Publisher: Curious Fox

    A paranormal invasion on the popular diary style format for young readers, Jonny Jakes is a pretty cool character.

  • Journalism

    Author: Joe Sacco
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Joe Sacco is one of the most unique graphic novelists of his time. I wonder if he would even be satisfied with the label, graphic novelist. His works encompass so much more. He tells oral histories of our times. He writes journalism.

  • Journey to the Centre of My Brain

    Author: James Carter
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Take a sneak peek into James Carter's weird and wonderful brain in this fun new poetry collection.

  • Journey to the River Sea

    Author: Eva Ibbotson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Orphan Maia is thrilled to learn she is to live with relatives in South America and cannot wait to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon.

  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath
    Publisher: Words and Pictures Press

    This uplifting tale, which explores the nature of happiness and celebrates the touching relationship between grandparent and child, is an absolute delight.

  • Judy Moody Declares Independence

    Author: Megan McDonald Illustrator: Peter H Reynolds
    Publisher: Walker Books

    After visiting Boston and learning about the American Revolution, Judy Moody decides it’s time for her to declare independence at home

  • Judy Moody Predicts the Future

    Author: Megan McDonald Illustrator: Peter Reynolds
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Judy Moody’s adventures revolve around a mood ring she discovers in her seventh bowl of cereal one morning before school

  • Judy Moody: The Doctor is in

    Author: Megan McDonald Illustrator: Peter H Reynolds
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Judy Moody decides it’s worth going to school when her class embarks on a science project about the human body. Calling herself 'Doctor' Judy Moody she throws herself into the subject with great enthusiasm and has lots of fun trying out cures and experiments of her own. But when she gets tonsillitis it’s her friends’ turn to help make her b…

  • Julian is a Mermaid

    Author: Jessica Love
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Julian spots three women in lavish mermaid costumes, it fires his imagination and all he can think about is becoming a mermaid himself – with a little help from his nana’s soft furnishings.

  • Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans

    Author: Gary Northfield
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Set in ancient Rome, this is the hilarious tale of Julius, a zebra who is seized from his African watering hole and shipped hundreds of miles away to face the gladiators in combat at the Colosseum.

  • Jumanji

    Author: Chris Van Allsburg
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Judy and Peter are bored and alone - until they discover a mysterious board game, Jumanji, that comes to life as soon as they start to play

  • Jumblecat

    Author: Archie Kimpton Illustrator: Kate Hindley
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Jumblecat is rude, odd and hungry - children will delight in this bizarre character. A fun narration and a genuinely original story suggest that Archie Kimpton is one to watch.

  • Jump About With Ted

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Which animal will Ted jump about with today? As ever, Sophy Henn’s illustration is bright, clear and appealing for little ones, and this edition in the Ted board book series is perfect for encouraging lots of movement, animal noises and fun for everyone.

  • Jump and Shout!

    Author: Mike Dumbleton Illustrator: Peter Carnavas
    Publisher: Catch a Star Books

    Clap, cheer, we’re going out! Walk, run, jump and shout! A group of toddlers and little children go out to play at the park and have a fantastic day. After all that playing it’s no wonder everyone’s sleepy, so it’s time for cuddles and snuggles - and storytime.

  • Jumpy Jack and Googily

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
    Publisher: Puffin

    Bright and bold illustrations bring humour and warmth to an unusual tale of friendship

  • Jungle Jive

    Author: Tony Mitton Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    It's Monkey's birthday and he's organising a party tonight for all the animals in the jungle. Everyone is putting their best clothes on and getting ready to dance

  • Juniper Jupiter

    Author: Lizzy Stewart
    Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books

    Juniper Jupiter is a real-life superhero, but something is missing. What is a hero without an amazing sidekick? An utterly witty and earnest story about the quest for friendship and realising special bonds already forged.

  • Junk

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Tar loves Gemma, but Gemma doesn't want to be tied down to anyone or anything. Gemma wants to fly - but she can't fly forever...

  • Just Because

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Lion Children's

    This uplifting book focuses on a sibling relationship, as a little boy affectionately describes his older sister

  • Just Ducks

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Salvatore Rubbino
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Every morning when she wakes up, a little girl hears the ducks quack down on the river that flows through the town.

  • Just Henry

    Author: Michelle Magorian
    Publisher: Egmont

    Film fanatic Henry Dodge lives in post-war Sternsea with his fractured family. His father died a hero, saving a deserter's life.

  • Just Imagine

    Author: Pippa Goodhart Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    Just imagine if you were so big you could take a bath in a swimming pool...or so small that you could sleep in a matchbox! Imagine being a magical creature or even travelling through time...

  • Just In Case

    Author: Meg Rosoff
    Publisher: Penguin

    This quirky, off-beat novel acutely depicts the feelings of pain and alienation felt by many adolescents

  • Just Jack

    Author: Kate Scott Illustrator: Alex Gunn
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Jack has moved around so much since his parents split up that he knows exactly how to  fit in. But will he be able to stick to his very strict rules when he meets his exuberant classmate Tyler? A joyful read about the importance of being true to yourself.

  • Just Like Daddy

    Author: Lucy Freegard
    Publisher: Pavilion

    A baby raccoon dreams of growing up to be just like Daddy in this cute, heart-warming book that's perfect for fathers to share with their little ones.

  • Just Like Mummy

    Author: Lucy Freegard
    Publisher: Pavilion Children’s Books

    This clear, sweet and humorous book about a child’s relationship with its mother recognises that a mum is an important role model, and celebrates all the marvellous things that mums do.

  • Just Like My Dad

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A little lion cub loves and respects his dad. He wants to grow up to be just like him, with sharp teeth, long nails and a swishy tail.

  • Just Like Tomorrow

    Author: Faiza Guene Translator: Sarah Adams
    Publisher: Random House

    Sarah Adams's deft translation foregrounds Faïza Guene's sharply creative use of language, highlighting cross-currents of urban and racial tensions, in this sad, funny and important book.

  • Just Like You

    Author: Jan Fearnley
    Publisher: Egmont

    Mother Mouse and Little Mouse encounter a series of different mothers, all of whom do special things for their children.

  • Just Plain Weird

    Author: Kaye Umansky Illustrator: Chris Mould
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Mrs Primm doesn’t like mess and expects her son Pinchton to wear his smart blazer to evening meals. Luckily, new neighbours bring adventure into 10-year old Pinchton’s life. A chapter book with great morals, lovable role models and loads of laughs.

  • Just Right

    Author: Birdie Black Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This gentle, feel-good story about the joy of giving is complimented by sweet illustrations and is the perfect book for Christmas time

  • Juvie

    Author: Steve Watkins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Sadie Windas enters the Youth Correctional Facility after she has taken the rap on a drugs charge to save her sister, a teenage mother with addiction issues, from prison.