Books beginning with: K

  • Kahani Short Stories by Pakistani Women

    Author: Various Editor: Aamer Hussein
    Publisher: Saqi Books

    Jamila Hashmi, Mumtaz Shirin, Fahmida Riaz and others use intricate narrative patterns, polemicism and lyricism in their stories about Pakistan's convoluted history.

  • Kai and the Monkey King

    Author: Joe Todd-Stanton
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Professor Brownston recounts the story of two ancestors, whose quest to observe and document mythical phenomena leads them across ancient China. A compelling picture book, sure to captivate young readers who enjoy fantasy adventure tales.

  • Kangaroo Kisses

    Author: Nandana Dev Sen Illustrator: Pippa Curnick
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    A perfect rhyming bedtime story, full of charm and colourful illustrations, and with lots of exciting animals and a very wide-awake little girl.

  • Kat Wolfe Investigates

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

    Kat Wolfe loves her new home in idyllic Bluebell Bay, especially as it comes with a  resident wildcat. But when she starts pet-sitting for pocket money, she finds that beneath the town's perfect surface lie some dark and dangerous secrets.

  • Katha: Short Stories by Indian Women

    Author: Various Editor: Urvashi Butalia
    Publisher: Telegram

    Whether it is in the kitchen or elsewhere, Indian women's stories have been handed down from generation to generation, enriched and embroidered along the way.

  • Katherine Johnson: A Life Story

    Author: Leila Rasheed Illustrator: Sarah Papworth
    Publisher: Scholastic

    An accessible, compelling and inspiring biography of Katherine Johnson: a brilliant, black, female mathematician who helped make NASA’s space programme and moon landing possible.

  • Katie and the British Artists

    Author: James Mayhew
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This latest in a successful series of picture books, giving youngsters an accessible and entertaining introduction to fine art, has appeal as a story in its own right.

  • Katie and the Spanish Princess

    Author: James Mayhew
    Publisher: Hachette

    Katie meets the Infanta Margarita from a Velázquez painting and together they and a thieving magpie from a Goya travel in and out of paintings.

  • Katie's Picture Show

    Author: James Mayhew
    Publisher: Orchard

    Beautifully illustrated and full of joy and humour, this is the perfect introduction to art for younger children.

  • Katinka’s Tail

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Katinka is an ordinary and lovely white pussycat – apart from her tail, which is stripy. This is a beautiful, funny, warm and tender picture book, which takes a joyous and magical twist at the end. Fans of Judith Kerr’s Mog books will love it, of course...

  • Katy

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson
    Publisher: Penguin

    With their widowed father having re-married, 11 year-old Katy and her sisters now share the house with his second wife Izzie, her daughter and three new young additions to the blended family.  The first half of the book sets the scene - a lively, chaotic and often factious family environment. Katy herself is adventurous, enthusiastic and eager to try to…

  • Katy Cat and Beaky Boo

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Help Katy Cat to lift over 40 flaps in search of her friend Beaky Boo, and reveal shapes, colours, numbers, food, clothes and even animal noises!

  • Kaya’s Heart Song

    Author: Diwa Tharan Sanders Illustrator: Nerina Canzi
    Publisher: Lantana

    Kaya's mother says that to hear your heart song, you must quieten your mind. This picture book aims to promote mindfulness and there’s an explanation of the word at the back of the book, but it can also be read as a fantasy story.

  • Keeper

    Author: Mal Peet
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In this excellent football story, set in modern-day South America, a hackneyed football reporter sits down with El Gato (the Cat), a World Cup-winning goalkeeper, to look back on his amazing life and career.

  • Keeper of the Realms: Crow’s Revenge

    Author: Marcus Alexander
    Publisher: Puffin

    With its endlessly unfolding, elaborate fantasy world, a plot brimming with cliff-hangers and vivid characters this is an imaginative roller-coaster fantasy.

  • Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat

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

    All Keith’s cat friends laugh when an ice cream unexpectedly lands on his head. But Keith decides it's really a magic hat.

  • Kenny Wright: Superhero

    Author: James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts Illustrator: Cory Thomas
    Publisher: Young Arrow

    This entertaining book tackles the serious issues of bullying, poverty and difficult family circumstances with a light-hearted touch. Short chapters and the use of comic strip drawings to illustrate Stainlezz Steel's imaginary escapades make this is an accessible and amusing read.

  • Kensuke's Kingdom

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Egmont

    This is a beautifully written tale of an exceptional friendship which survives beyond the boundaries of culture and language.

  • Kentucky Thriller

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

    Laura Marlin’s third adventure begins when she discovers an abandoned horsebox containing missing Kentucky Derby winner, Gold Rush.

  • Kerb-Stain Boys: The Crongton Broadway Robbery

    Author: Alex Wheatle
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Briggsy, his best friend Terror and the love of Terror’s life, Caldonia, are 14 year olds living on the wrong side of the tracks. Soon, their vague fantasy of robbing a post office descends into farce. A hilarious, thrilling and uplifting read that's a breath of fresh air.

  • Ketchup Clouds

    Author: Annabel Pitcher
    Publisher: Indigo

    Fifteen-year-old Zoe attempts to come to terms with a dark secret by writing letters to a murderer awaiting execution on Death Row.

  • Kevin's Great Escape

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

    The second brilliant adventure featuring the exploits of Kevin the flying pony - this time, pop star Misty Twiglet wants to buy him, but will his friend Max be able to stop her?

  • Kick

    Author: Mitch Johnson
    Publisher: Usborne

    Budi works in a footwear factory in Indonesia, making the football boots he longs to wear but is unlikely to ever be able to afford. The harsh divide between rich and poor is examined sensitively in this moving book about one child’s struggles. 

  • Kick-Ass

    Author: Mark Millar Illustrator: John Romita Jr
    Publisher: Titan

    Dave Lizewski is just an ordinary American teenager. He has a MySpace page, he loves comic books, and he is unable to find a girlfriend. Then an idea hits him: why not become a real life super hero?

  • Kid Normal

    Author: Greg James and Chris Smith Illustrator: Erica Salcedo
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This spoof superhero epic certainly delivers: dastardly villains, capes, tights and mild-mannered heroes. Yet it also explores familiar school anxieties that everyone else is smarter, stronger, better. Here, even Kid Normal has superpowers!

  • Kid Sherlock

    Author: Justin Phillips Illustrator: Sean Gregory Miller and Lesley Atlansky
    Publisher: Action Lab

    Loosely based on the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, this sharp and witty comic is a great introduction for youngsters into the world of Sherlock and Watson. Readers also see Sherlock navigating daily school life and the challenges of making friends.

  • KidGlovz

    Author: Julie Hunt and Dale Newman
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    This stunning pencil-drawn graphic novel of talent, music and friendship will readers young and old. You'll be rooting for KidGlovz, the nine-year-old musical prodigy: a poignant story to be remembered for a long time.

  • Kidnap

    Author: Chris Powling
    Publisher: A&C Black

    With its non-stop action, deftly drawn characters and final twist – all narrated using simple vocabulary - this story has tension enough to involve the most reluctant struggling reader

  • Kidnap in the Caribbean

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

    The second Laura Marling mystery has all the elements of an old fashioned adventure story, action packed with friends rallying to fight an evil enemy

  • Kids Fight Plastic

    Author: Martin Dorey Illustrator: Tim Weeson
    Publisher: Walker Books

    By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. Kids Fight Plastic presents powerful facts about how oceans and their inhabitants are suffering from our over-reliance on plastic and features fifty bitesize missions to chomp through, from a #2minutebeachclean to how to fight plastics in lunchboxes.

  • Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Kiki and Bobo have decided to go to the seaside for the day. A lovely book with bright, welcoming illustrations and clever lift-the-flaps. The perfect read for holidays.

  • Kiki and Bobo’s Super Surprise

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a delightful book bursting with bright and engaging illustrations, and with its interactive lift-the-flaps on every page, little hands can join in and have fun with this delightful duo.

  • Kill All Enemies

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Penguin

    There are always two sides to every story – who is making the rules, the young people or the adults?

  • Killer Animals: The Wimp’s Guide

    Author: Tracey Turner
    Publisher: Franklin Watts

    Have you ever wrestled a crocodile? Or put your head in the mouth of a hippopotamus? Or let a tarantula walk on your hands? If you answered no, to all of the above, then this could be the book for you!

  • Killer Game

    Author: Kirsty McKay
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A school initiation game gets out of hand when one of the players ends up in hospital, and heroine Cate is told that 'she's next'.

  • Killer Gorilla

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

    Mouse begins a perilous search for her lost baby, and just when things look utterly bleak: out jumps a ‘Killer Gorilla’.

  • Killing Honour

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    A blood-curdling murder story set in Leicester’s Asian community where family honour seems sometimes to count for more than family love

  • Killing Sound

    Author: Paul Southern
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A chilling YA novel in which ancient, evil, supernatural forces are unwittingly unleashed.

  • Kind

    Author: Alison Green Illustrator: Axel Scheffler & with pictures by 38 artists
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A delicious book by Alison Green with illustrations and a foreword by Axel Scheffler, plus pictures by 38 international illustrators, to celebrate kindness and humankind. A profound book that is quite simply a treasure trove of wisdom and beauty. 

  • Kindness Rules!

    Author: Eunice and Sabrina Moyle
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

    Magic Manners, a large blue elephant with a superhero costume and cape, is here to remind us that kindness rules! This bright, cheery, rhyming board book is great for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning to share and treat others with gentleness. 

  • King Baby

    Author: Kate Beaton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    King Baby bestows 'smiles and laughs and kisses' on everyone, for King Baby is generous. But he also has many demands: he must be fed. And changed! And burped! King Baby will have you in stitches. Buy it for every new parent you know.

  • King Coo

    Author: Adam Stower
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    In an attempt to escape the school bully Monty Grabbe, Ben hides under the school bins, unwittingly entering a tunnel into a fantasy realm.

  • King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

    Author: Andy Riley
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    When nine-year-old King Edwin runs out of pocket money, he can no longer buy his subjects Friday chocolate. The peasants revolt and elect a new leader, Evil Emperor Nurbison. This slapstick tale will appeal to those who love something a bit silly.

  • King Jack and the Dragon

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    The wonderful rhyming text and charming illustrations create a beautifully paced and reassuring picture book

  • King of Shadows

    Author: Susan Cooper
    Publisher: Random House

    Nat Field, an orphaned American actor, is taken ill during a performance and slips back in time to the Tudor era.

  • King of the Sky

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Laura Carlin
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A boy has come to start his life in a new country where nothing is familiar, apart from the racing pigeons kept by his neighbour. Soon, he has a pigeon of his own called King of the Sky: will he win the competition? A touching, quiet tale of community.

  • Kipper

    Author: Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Hodder

    The first in Mick Inkpen’s immensely popular series about an adorable little pup introduces us to Kipper, a puppy whose safe and gentle adventures in the everyday world are completely relatable for toddlers. 

  • Kipper and Roly

    Author: Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Kipper buys his friend Pig a hamster, names him Roly and enjoys playing with him so much he becomes very fond of him.

  • Kipper's Balloon

    Author: Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Hachette

    The latest in a range of good books about the popular Kipper and his friends, this is a stunning pop-up and lift-the-flap book with sounds, which tells of a great adventure and a fantastic balloon ride.

  • Kipper's Birthday

    Author: Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Kipper is working hard preparing for his birthday. He bakes a very interesting cake to share with his friends and makes beautiful invitations but is too tired to deliver them.

  • Kiss

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Wilson skilfully combines an approachable and involving teenage story with a debate about true friendship, sexual identity and growing up.

  • Kiss Date Love Hate

    Author: Luisa Plaja
    Publisher: Corgi

    When Lex discovers that by manipulating the avatars in a relationship-based computer game she appears to be able to re-write the script for real life, she is tempted to use this exciting new power to get what she wants.

  • Kiss Goodnight

    Author: Jane Cabrera
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Say goodnight to lots of animals as the moon comes up. A beautifully illustrated, simple and soothing read that is perfect for bedtime.

  • Kiss it Better

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Sarah Massini
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Mummy bear shares plenty of kisses with her cubs, each one carrying a special message of love, in this heart-warming tale with delightful illustrations.

  • Kitchen Disco

    Author: Clare Foges Illustrator: Al Murphy
    Publisher: Faber

    Did you know when you go to sleep all the fruit in the bowl comes to life and has a fun-filled, night long party?

  • Kite Spirit

    Author: Sita Brahmachari
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When her best friend Dawn commits suicide, Kite's world falls apart. Struggling to deal with her hearbreaking grief, she leaves London to spend the summer in the Lake District.

  • Kites

    Author: Simon Mole Illustrator: Oamul Lu
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln First Editions

    A gentle story and very pretty book that would make a perfect present for anyone moving house, school, or even job! The text from poet and theatre-maker Simon Mole should be read aloud to fully appreciate the lovely rhythms and phrases.

  • Kit's Wilderness

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hachette

    When Kit moves to a village with his parents to care for his grandfather, he becomes involved with a dangerous boy who organises the Game of Death.

  • Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue

    Author: Paula Harrison Illustrator: Jenny Lovlie
    Publisher: Oxford

    Kitty’s mum is a superhero with cat powers, and Kitty wants to be just like her. Kitty's night-time adventures feature a cast of lovely cat characters and there's a gentle theme of friendship, bravery and being yourself. 

  • Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Thought-provoking, dyslexia-friendly morality tale with black and white illustrations.  

  • Knick Knack Paddy Whack

    Author: Steve Songs Illustrator: Christiane Engel
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    • This is an energetic new version of the well-loved counting song.
    • This is great fun for joining in.
    • Colourful illustrations and a jazzy style makes this book a musical winner!

  • Knife

    Author: R J Anderson
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    ‘No ordinary fairy tale' says the cover, very accurately. Knife is a faery, inhabiting an increasingly isolated world inside an oak tree on the edge of a garden.

  • Knight in Training: spots, stripes and zigzags

    Author: Vivian French Illustrator: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Sam longs to become a Truly Noble Knight, but must first complete a series of tasks, which are revealed to him on a magical scroll. This is the fourth amusing tale in the exciting Knight in Training series, which is ideal for young confident readers.

  • Knighthood for Beginners

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    This brilliantly illustrated and truly hilarious yarn about Dave the dragon (who is terrible at being a dragon) is great fun to read out loud. It will also make a fabulous first chapter book for a child to read alone.

  • Knightley & Son: 3 of a kind

    Author: Rohan Gavin
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Solving crime is a family business for Knightley and Darkus, London's father and son detective agency. This action-packed adventure - the third in the series - combines humorous characters with parent issues and cutting-edge technology.

  • Knightley and Son

    Author: Rohan Gavin
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This is a strong debut from screenwriter Rohan Gavin, which mixes up the conventions of detective fiction to great effect

  • Knightmare - Life Stinks!

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Fred Blunt
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    An entertaining medieval romp by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Peter Bently. First in Cedric's series of  'knightmare' adventures, this comical story is full of catastrophes, chuckles and poo. Perfect for primary-age children.

  • Knightmare: A Dog’s Life!

    Author: Peter Bently
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Cedric the page boy has to take care of more things than most other servants. When the King's top-secret weapon is stolen from the castle, Cedric sets off into the woods to find it.

  • Knights and Bikes

    Author: Gabrielle Kent Illustrator: Rex Crowle and Luke Newell
    Publisher: Knights Of

    Knights and Bikes is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure mixing together myth and magic, ghosts and curses, and starring two brilliant main characters. Let the treasure hunt commence! 

  • Knuffle Bunny

    Author: Mo Willems
    Publisher: Walker Books

    On a routine visit to the laundrette in their Brooklyn neighbourhood, Dad accidentally puts Trixie’s beloved stuffed animal into the machine along with the washing.

  • Knuffle Bunny Too

    Author: Mo Willems
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Trixie is excitedly taking her unqiue Knuffle Bunny to show her classmates - only to discover Sonja has a Knuffle Bunny too.

  • Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything

    Author: Kathleen Krull Illustrator: Robert Byrd
    Publisher: Viking

    This history of Kubla Khan is in itself fascinating: the illustrations then take this book to another level.