Books beginning with: M

  • King Lear - Manga Shakespeare

    Author: William Shakespeare
    Publisher: Self Made Hero

    Ilya's illustrations match the intensity of the play to bring this tragic classic vividly to life

  • M.O.L.E: Much Overworked Little Earthmover

    Author: Russell Hoban and Jan Pieńkowski
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Mole’s tale of our world from the Christian creation myth to modern times is an unusual but thought-provoking combination of cute animal narration with biblical references and environmental undertones. 

  • Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings

    Author: Na’ima B Robert Illustrator: Shirin Adl
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    Learn the traditions of Muslim weddings around the world in this feast of acrylic colours and collage-textured images, made with real beads, cut paper, foils, patterned fabrics, and golden string. 

  • Macavity

    Author: T. S. Eliot Illustrator: Arthur Robins
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Escaped from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Macavity is now the star of his own picture book. With new illustrations from Arthur Robins, this timeless rhyme will charm a new generation.

  • Machine Poems

    Author: Jill Bennett (ed.) Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    • A great collection of action-packed rhymes about all sorts of different machines.
    • A perfect first poetry book to share.
    • Fantastic illustrations by Nick Sharratt

  • Mad About Mega Beasts!

    Author: David Wojtowycz Giles Andreae
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This book celebrates these extraordinary animals, each accompanied by a humorous, wittily informative rhyme and vibrant, bold illustration.

  • Mad About Minibeasts!

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    These simple, cheerful and humorous rhymes about all the familiar insects you might encounter in your garden are great fun to read together

  • Mad About Monkeys

    Author: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Proving just how stylish and attractive illustrated children's non-fiction can be, this informative book is sure to leave readers 'mad about monkeys'.

  • Mad About Trucks and Diggers

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    From a steam roller to a fire engine, a dumper truck to a digger, a transporter or crane: this fun-filled picture book features a myriad of exciting vehicles for children to explore.

  • Mad in the Back

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Richard Watson 
    Publisher: Picture Squirrels

    How can Mum possibly drive when her two children are going mad in the back?

  • Madame Badobedah

    Author: Sophie Dahl Illustrator: Lauren O'Hara
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This beautiful and poignant picture book – made extra special and lush with Lauren O-Hara's dreamy, charming illustrations – is all about the unlikely friendship that eventually blossoms between adventurer Mabel and Madame Badobedah.

  • Maddigan's Fantasia

    Author: Margaret Mahy
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    When her father is killed Garland resents the man who becomes ringmaster of her family's travelling circus, fearing that he will also become her stepfather.

  • Made By Raffi

    Author: Craig Pomranz Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A delightful and gently revolutionary picture book that challenges our absurd notions about what constitutes 'normal' or 'appropriate'.

  • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

    Author: Lisa Papp
    Publisher: Old Barn Books

    Madeline Finn doesn’t like reading until one weekend when she meets Bonnie the dog at the library. A really sweet story about finding the confidence to read aloud through practice with a patient listener.

  • Madinah

    Author: Various Editor: Joumana Haddad
    Publisher: Comma Press

    'Madinah’ – the Arabic word for ‘city’ – may conjure labyrinthine streets and the hustle and bustle of the souq in Westerners’ minds, but for the inhabitants of the Middle East it is a much more mercurial thing, and one that’s changing today faster than ever.

  • Mae’s First Day of School

    Author: Kate Berube
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

    It’s Mae’s first day of school, but she doesn’t want to go. Instead, she climbs a tree and refuses to come down. This charming, stylish and reassuring picture book acknowledges the anxiety that children might have about starting school.

  • Maggot Moon

    Author: Sally Gardner
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Combining conspiracy theory and dystopia, this hugely original novel is set in an alternate 1950s in which Britain is dominated by the ruthlessly oppressive forces of The Motherland.

  • Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairy Tales from the Storybag

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Michael Morpurgo Malorie Blackman Philip Pullman and Anne Fine Illustrator: Nick Sharratt Ian Beck Nick Maland Michael Foreman and Bee Willey
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    14 fairy tales are plucked from the Storybag and given new life by acclaimed writers from Michael Morpurgo to Jacqueline Wilson

  • Magic Ink

    Author: Steve Cole
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Comic strips come magically to life in this engaging illustrated novel about 12-year-old comic fan Stew.

  • Magic Marks the Spot

    Author: Caroline Carlson
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

    The first of an exciting new trilogy, this is an action packed and fast paced story appealing to girls and boys.

  • Magic Molly: The Witch's Kitten

    Author: Holly Webb
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Molly can talk to animals and she meets a beautiful grey kitten in her father's veterinary surgery who needs her help.

  • Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds

    Author: Anne Booth Illustrator: Rosie Butcher
    Publisher: Oxford Children's Books

    When Maya receives a colouring book called The Magical Kingdom of Birds, she is transported to a beautiful realm filled with magnificent birds. A magical adventure story that is great for nature-lovers and those advancing to chapter books.

  • Magical Pets: A Practical Guide

    Author: Anya Glazer
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    This wonderful book by Anya Glazer is a fantastic combination of a book about finding the right pet – an important experience in a child’s life – as well as a whimsical imagining of a variety of magical beasts. 

  • Magrit

    Author: Lee Battersby
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A little girl, who lives in a graveyard, adopts a baby she finds in the abandoned grounds. Together with her strange companion Master Puppet, she goes on a journey of self-discovery.

  • Magyk

    Author: Angie Sage
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

    Enter the world of Septimus Heap, Wizard Apprentice, in this fast-paced fantastical tale.

  • Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the stolen Sixpence

    Author: Holly Webb Illustrator: Marion Lindsay
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    A delightful story with Maisie, a detective, on a mission to find out who stole the sixpence that landed the butcher's boy in trouble. This is a fast-paced story with lovely Victorian detail.

  • Maisie Mae - Bad Luck Bridesmaid

    Author: Poppy Harper Illustrator: Clare Elsom
    Publisher: Little, Brown

    The second in a new series, this simple, funny and enjoyable read has excellent line drawings illustrating the joys and chaos of family life.

  • Maisie’s Scrapbook

    Author: Samuel Narh Illustrator: Jo Loring-Fisher
    Publisher: Lantana Publishing

    Celebrating the shared emotional experiences of different cultures, Maisie’s Scrapbook is a gentle, beautiful storybook which feels familiar and exotic at the same time: a timeless and calming treasure to share with toddlers and nursery children.

  • Maisy’s Pirate Ship

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Set sail for a pirate adventure with Captain Maisy and her crew in this colourful pop-up-and-play book, which will inspire hours of imaginative fun and games.

  • Maisys Amazing Big Book of Words

    Author: Lucy Cousins Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Covering everything from dressing up and cooking to visiting a farm or the beach, there are more than 300 words and 25 flaps to keep youngsters interested.

  • Maisy's Rainbow Dream

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a large and exuberant picture book, in which Maisy Mouse lies fast asleep in her bed, dreaming that she is on a journey with her friends.

  • Maisy's Treasure Hunt

    Author: Lucy Cousins Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Maisy and her friends jump all aboard in search of treasure. They’ve got a ship and a map. All they need to find are three keys hidden beneath the flaps…

  • Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book

    Author: Lucy Cousins Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Maisy returns, this time leaping out of bed and investigating weather with characteristic mouse-like joie de vivre.

  • Make More Noise

    Author: Various
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This anthology of short fiction marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The result is a truly diverse collection of optimistic, powerful stories about historical and contemporary girls and women, by some of the best writers in children’s fiction.

  • Making Faces: A Book Of Emotions

    Author: Abrams with photographs by Molly Magnuson and book design by Alyssa Nassner
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

    Babies can be sad, angry, happy, surprised and silly – can you tell which is which? A fun and absorbing game of "Snap", this book encourages little ones to study faces and think about feelings and how to identify them from a very young age.

  • Making Friends!

    Author: Jess Stockham
    Publisher: Child's Play

    This book is full of great animal pictures and lift-the-flap pages. It’s a friendly and colourful way to encourage children to enjoy sharing and have fun.

  • Making Tracks: Farm

    Author: Cocoretto
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    Colourful board book with flaps and die-cuts for little fingers to explore who, or what, makes tracks around the farm. With plenty of opportunities for adult-child interaction, this is a great book for sharing with the very young.

  • Malamander

    Author: Thomas Taylor
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Why did the mermonkey give Violet a book about the local legend of the monster Malamander? Who is the Boathook man? Does Sebastian Eels know more than he lets on? A gripping seaside adventure, full of weird twists and turns and a classic feel. 

  • Malarkey

    Author: Keith Gray
    Publisher: Red Fox

    John’s struggle to prove his innocence and smash the gang is recounted in gritty language

  • Malice

    Author: Chris Wooding
    Publisher: Scholastic

    If someone told you there was a comic book that was a view into another, darker world, would you believe them?

  • Malkin Moonlight

    Author: Emma Cox
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Malkin Moonlight is given his wonderful name by the Moon, who also tells the tiny black kitten that he is destined for great things. This charming, magical story is beautifully written and reads like a classic.

  • Malorie Blackman Biography

    Author: Verna Wilkins
    Publisher: Tamarind

    A clear and concise biography of the Children's Laureate which will inspire children to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. This biography may also inspire children to read more of Blackman's work.

  • Mama Zooms

    Author: Jane Cowen-Fletcher
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A young boy 'zooms' with his mother in her wheelchair. The pictures capture their exhilaration and his glorious flights of fancy.

  • Mamasaurus

    Author: Stephan Lomp
    Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle Books

    A striking book with brightly coloured, big eyed dinosaurs against a black background, Mamasaurus has the lovely message that all mums are different, but each mum is the perfect mama for their little babysaurus.

  • Mammoth Pie

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

    A very hungry caveman wants nothing more than to eat a mammoth pie. But with the fat mammoth at the  very top of the mountain, it proves more difficult than he thought.

  • Managing Your Money

    Author: Jane Bingham and Holly Bathie Illustrator: Nancy Leschnikoff and Freya Harrison
    Publisher: Usborne

    This clear, concise non-fiction guide to managing money for young people explores a range of topics, including setting a budget, opening a bank account and managing debt. Well-designed and easy to navigate.

  • Manatee Baby

    Author: Nicola Davies
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Manuela and her father see a manatee and its calf in the Amazon river, they can’t believe their luck. But can one girl convince the community that these beautiful creatures should be protected? A moving and powerful chapter book, based on a true story.

  • Manfred The Baddie

    Author: John Fardell
    Publisher: Quercus

    In this comic-style book Manfred is the baddest baddie of all, robbing people, kidnapping inventors and planning evil ways to rule the world.

  • Mango & Bambang – Tiny Tapir Trouble

    Author: Polly Faber Illustrator: Clara Vulliamy
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Four funny adventures featuring Mango and her brave, loyal pet tapir, Bambang.

  • Mango Delight

    Author: Fracaswell Hyman
    Publisher: Sterling

    This school story features a multi-ethnic cast of characters and tackles issues of bullying, isolation, family dynamics, self-discovery and the nature of friendship.

  • Mannie and the Long Brave Day

    Author: Martine Murray Illustrator: Sally Rippin
    Publisher: Allen and Unwin

    Mannie takes her doll and her toy elephant Lilliput on an adventure along the road. But she feels frightened by the sun going behind the clouds and the thunder rumbling...

  • Many Moons

    Author: Remi Courgeon
    Publisher: Walter Foster Jr

    This black and white picture book presents a series of vignettes of a bright yellow, shiny and changeable moon interacting with different people and animals.

  • Maps of the United Kingdom

    Author: Rachel Dixon Illustrator: Livi Gosling
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    This comprehensive hardback guide to the UK is full of illustrated maps, facts and historical titbits. A great way to get children excited about exploring – or perhaps whet their interest about any planned holidays or day trips.

  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile

    Author: Eloise McGraw
    Publisher: Puffin

    Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl in ancient Egypt during the reign of Hatshepsut. She yearns for freedom, and one day is presented with the chance to earn it.

  • Margot and Me

    Author: Juno Dawson
    Publisher: Hot Key

    A perfectly written family drama for teens, Margot and Me explores the developing relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, who is just starting to understand that life, and love, is rarely straightforward.

  • Maria and Me

    Author: Maria Gallardo and Miguel Gallardo
    Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

    This is essentially a father’s description of life with his autistic daughter. However, its humorous voice and quirky graphic book style make for a highly unusual end result.

  • Mariella Mystery Investigates A Cupcake Conundrum

    Author: Kate Pankhurst
    Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

    Mariella, Violet and Poppy are the Mystery Girls: there is no mystery too mysterious and no puzzle too puzzling for this team to take on.

  • Mariella Mystery: The Ghostly Guinea Pig

    Author: Kate Pankhurst
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Mariella Mystery is a totally amazing girl detective, aged nine and a bit - and this is her top secret detective journal.

  • Mariella, Queen of the Skies

    Author: Eoin Colfer Illustrator: Katy Halford
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    A funny first "chapters" book with lively illustrations, in which a budding young scientist tries to find a way to slow down time so she doesn’t have to go to bed...

  • Mark and Shark: Detectiving and Stuff

    Author: John Dougherty Illustrator: Katie Abey
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Mark and his best friend Shark run a detective agency, although they’ve not yet been offered any cases to solve. Luckily, they also deal with ‘stuff’, which Shark prefers, as she’s not very good at detectiving. She often gets the wrong end of the stick and tends to mistake most objects for seals, so tries to eat them.

    When Ursula, a large, aggressive polar b…

  • Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can You!

    Author: Marley Dias with Siobhan McGowan
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Marley Dias describes her campaign to find 1,000 books featuring black girl protagonists, and also provides insight on what it is to be a young social activist in the present day. Inspiring stuff. 

  • Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon

    Author: Rachel Valentine Illustrator: Ed Eaves
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

    Dragons and princesses have universal appeal for the under 5s, and this story is also a celebration of the things that make us different and having the courage to just be yourself.

  • Marooned in Manhattan

    Author: Sheila Agnew
    Publisher: The O'Brien Press

    This lively story encapsulates all the excitement of a summer in New York City. Evie is a likeable character, witty and sharply observant and the author captures her twelve year old voice perfectly. This is the first Evie adventure in a brilliant new series.

  • Mars Evacuees

    Author: Sophia McDougall
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    This engaging story is the first in a fun new sci-fi adventure series that is perfect for 9-12 year-old readers, and is sure to be enjoyed by both boys and girls.

  • Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School

    Author: David Mackintosh
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Marshall Armstrong feels different to the other kids in his class. Then, one day, he manages to make everyone act differently – so they are just like him. A thoughtful book about tolerance, acceptance and celebrating difference.

  • Marshmallows for Martians

    Author: Adam and Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Lee Wildish
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    Bright, busy illustrations provide ample material for discussion, filled with a jumble of familiar objects and extraordinary aliens.

  • Marta: Ultimate Football Heroes

    Author: Charlotte Browne
    Publisher: Dino Books

    This biography showcases the srength of Brazilian footballer Marta, both on and off the pitch, and should be compulsory reading for every girl. Marta’s steely determination will inspire young people to follow their passions, whether they feature a football or not.

  • Marvellous Maths

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Flintham
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Thinks Maths is boring? Think again! This attractive, large-format interactive book will help make numbers fun and exciting.

  • Mary and Frankenstein

    Author: Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is credited with having invented the science fiction genre. But many adults and very few children will know the fascinating story of her life. A great introduction to Mary, a teen girl writing in a man’s world.

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb - Classic Books with Holes

    Author: Marina Aizen
    Publisher: Child's Play

    One of Child's Play's delightful early years books which reflect the true diversity of society in a natural and uncontrived way.

  • Mary Poppins

    Author: P L Travers
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Mary Poppins arrives with the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane to respond to the needs of Jane and Michael, whose parents are too busy to give them the attention they crave.

  • Mary’s Hair

    Author: Eoin Colfer Illustrator: Richard Watson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Mary hates her hair! She thinks it looks like a big bush growing on her head. She fetches the scissors from the kitchen drawer and cuts it all off.

  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

    Author: Lita Judge
    Publisher: Wren & Rook

    In the stupendously illustrated verse novel, Lita Judge looks at the facts behind the real life of Mary Shelley: an important woman, feminist and writer. It’s a heart-wrenching read in parts, and a deeply inspiring one in others.

  • Masque of the Red Death

    Author: Bethany Griffin
    Publisher: Indigo

    In a city ravaged by a devastating plague, wealthy 17-year-old Araby tries to escape reality at the infamous Debauchery Club. But even here she can't forget the horror of the dark streets outside - or her guilt about her brother's death.

  • Master Tracks Train

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Andre Amstutz
    Publisher: Penguin

    How could it be that the train approaching platform two is a day and a half late? Boldly illustrated, this is an imaginative twist on an all too familiar experience!

  • Matched

    Author: Ally Condie
    Publisher: Puffin

    Welcome to a Society that utterly controls its citizens; what they eat, what they do, who they marry - even when they die.

  • Matilda

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin

    This modern fairy-tale with a brilliantly inspiring young heroine is one of Roald Dahl's best loved stories.

  • Matilda's Cat

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Matilda's cat watches with disdain as his mistress plays with wool, climbs into boxes and dons a funky hat. But there is one thing that Matilda's cat likes very much indeed.

  • Matisse, King of Colour

    Author: Laurence Anholt Illustrator: Bruce Ingman
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This book centres on the teenage Monique, who comes to nurse Matisse, already an old man but living in rooms filled with his amazing colourful art.

  • Matt Millz

    Author: Harry Hill Illustrator: Steve May
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This is a light-hearted look at one boy’s dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. The utterly ridiculous plot and caricatured cast make it inevitable that you will end this book with a smile on your face. Feel-good fiction at its best.

  • Matty Takes Off

    Author: Miriam Moss and Jane Simmons
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    Matty’s strong sibling relationship is a joy to read about, and there’s a great message in here about possessions not being everything.

  • Maus

    Author: Art Spiegelman
    Publisher: Penguin

    This is the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler's Europe.

  • Max and Bird

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin

    Ed Vere's delightful stories are always full of pitch-perfect language that is always silly in just the right places. There is also a comfortable sense of warm friendship between Max and Bird, which young readers will return to again and again.

  • Max and the Millions

    Author: Ross Montgomery
    Publisher: Faber

    When a school caretaker mysteriously disappears, leaving behind a small pile of sand, a student is drawn into an extraordinary adventure. Alongside the delightfully daft plot, Montgomery successfully touches on topics such as assumptions about deafness.

  • Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Max the Magnificent (the world's youngest magician) is putting on his world-famous and death-defying show - putting off going to bed for as long as possible!

  • Max Helsing: Monster Hunter

    Author: Curtis Jobling
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Monster Hunter is a pace-filled adventure full of supernatural battles, school hassles, and running for your life. With a diverse cast of characters who excel in witty repartee, the humour brilliantly offsets the monsters.

  • Max Kowalski Didn’t Mean It

    Author: Susie Day
    Publisher: Puffin

    When Max meets Tal and his two dads, he learns that there are lots of different ways to be a man, and that his own dad’s expectations of him at such a young age aren't fair. An utterly remarkable book about families, being a boy and coping with loss. 

  • Max the Brave

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin

    Max the kitten is Brave - which is why he doesn't like being dressed up in ribbons. He sets out to find a mouse to chase, but he doesn't know what one looks like, and he doesn't know all the other creatures cats like to chase either!

  • Max the Champion

    Author: Sean Stockdale and Alexandra Strick Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This inclusive book is about a boy who loves sport, his friends, and school - and has a vivid imagination

  • Maybe a Fox

    Author: Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
    Publisher: Walker

    Sylvie runs to the most dangerous part of the river to make a wish, leaving her sister Jules behind. But Sylvie runs so fast, she disappears. In the same moment, a fox is born. A quiet and touching story about a girl coping with the loss of her sister.

  • Mayfly Day

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

    Mayfly’s first day on earth is also her last. And she is determined to enjoy every minute. From early dawn light to the rising of the moon, Mayfly delights in everything around her.

  • McTavish Goes Wild

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The Peachey family have a rescue dog called McTavish – but McTavish is pretty sure he's there to rescue THEM. So when the family go camping, McTavish decides to bring the family closer together. Gentle, funny and affectionate, with well-drawn characters.

  • McTavish Takes the Biscuit

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    After McTavish, a rescue dog, whipped the Peachey family into shape, they’ve all become food fans. Even Pa Peachey is determined to win a local Bake Off competition. Fortunately, McTavish is on the case to ensure that everything ends up as well as it can…

  • Me

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar

    A baby penguin realises how small he is and on each page he compares himself to the world around him.

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

    Author: Jesse Andrews
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    This surprising gem is at once moving and hilarious.

  • Me and Mister P

    Author: Maria Farrer Illustrator: Daniel Rieley
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    All Arthur wants is a completely normal family, so he decides to run away to find one. But on his doorstep, he meets a polar bear called Mister P. With nods to Mary Poppins and Paddington Bear, this book will win the hearts of every reader.

  • Me and My Cat?

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A witch casts a spell on Nicholas and he wakes up to discover he has turned into Leonardo, his pet cat.

  • Me and My Fear

    Author: Francesca Sanna
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    The young girl in this story has a tiny, secret friend called Fear. Fear has always helped her stay safe when exploring new things, but since moving to a new country, Fear has grown and grown and won’t let her go out and explore, and guards her jealously at school.

  • Me and My Sister

    Author: Rose Robbins
    Publisher: Scallywag Press

    A delightful insight into sibling life is delivered through appealing animal characters in this simple and effective picture book, reminding us that every child is different. 

  • Me and You

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    The resolution of this story about a girl and three bears will challenge perceptions and provoke much thought in those who read it.

  • Me Myself Milly

    Author: Penelope Bush
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Milly Pond feels like she's living in her twin sister's shadow - but now she has decided to step out on her own for the first time.

  • Me, Suzy P

    Author: Karen Saunders
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Fourteen-year-old 'disaster magnet' Suzy heroically struggles with her name, her hair, her family and her love life in this hugely enjoyable comic novel.

  • Me, the Queen and Christopher

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A warm, touching and funny tale of an unusual meeting with the Queen

  • Measuring Angels

    Author: Lesley Ely Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A heartwarming tale with beautiful illustrations that reminds us how good it is to work together.

  • Meekoo and the Big Red Potty

    Author: Camilla Reid Illustrator: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A cute and thoughtfully produced book that is non-gender specific and will make the potty an approachable concept for even the most sensitive child. There are also interactive buttons!

  • Meerkat Mail

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Sunny lives on an arid plain with his extensive and loving meerkat family; they work together, play together and together do their best to stay away from jackals!

  • Meet Happy Bear

    Author: Carles Ballesteros
    Publisher: Words & Pictures Press

    Happy Bear is smiling, until suddenly – he’s not! How can we make Happy Bear happy again? A sweet first book for little ones that ends in a hug.

  • Meet the Parents

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Children might think that parents are just there to nag and boss them about, but in fact mums and dads have all kinds of other uses.

  • Meg and Mog

    Author: Helen Nicholl Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski
    Publisher: Puffin

    In this the first story about much-loved characters Meg the witch and Mog her cat, the pair go off to a wild Hallowe'en party with all the other witches

  • Meg at Sea

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pieńkowski
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Meg, Mog and Owl go sailing, but when there is no wind Meg makes a spell to make it blow more strongly and inadvertently brews up a storm

  • Meg Comes to School

    Author: Author Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski
    Publisher: Puffin

    When Meg attends Owl's school sports day in a very unusual hat, everyone is in for a big surprise!

  • Meg Goes to Bed

    Author: Helen Nicoll Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Meg, Mog and Owl are a beloved addition to any picture book collection and this quirky fun tale is no exception.

  • Meg in the Jungle

    Author: Jan Pienkowski & David Walser
    Publisher: Puffin

    It’s Mog the cat’s birthday and she makes a wish… to go to the jungle! Jan Pienkowski’s artwork is full of bold colour, character and pizzazz in another simple, quirky story about everyone’s favourite picture book witch and her cat. 

  • Mega Mash-Up: Robots v Gorillas in the Desert

    Author: Nikalas Catlow Illustrator: Tim Wesson
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This is great fun, likely to engage and encourage boys to write and illustrate

  • Mega Robo Bros

    Author: Neill Cameron
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Brothers always find something to fight about. Alex and Freddy are no different - even though they're also the most powerful robots in the universe.

  • Mega Robo Bros 2: Mega Robo Rumble

    Author: Neill Cameron
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    A celebration of diversity in a robot-themed comic book featuring mega robot battles – and a trip to buy school uniform.

  • Mega Robo Bros 3: Mega Robo Revenge

    Author: Neill Cameron
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Third instalment of the graphic novel series about sentient robot brothers Alex and Freddy, in which we learn more about the boys’ origins and a monster from the past returns to get revenge on their mother. Funny and full of fabulous artwork. 

  • Megan

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

    Megan is 15 when she realises she is pregnant. GCSE’s are imminent, the baby’s father seems disinterested and Megan has mixed emotions.

  • Melowy: The Test of Magic

    Author: Danielle Star Cortney Powell and Ryan Jampole
    Publisher: Papercutz

    The Melowies are five girl unicorns who live in Aura, a world where magical creatures live in harmony. When they find themselves transported out into the outside world to face their deepest fears, it is the power of friendship that can save them.

  • Melric and the Sorcerer

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The King wants Melric the magician, to make him more powerful. Melric keeps telling him that more power will not make him happier - but the King won't listen.

  • Melric the Magician Who Lost His Magic

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Melric, the King's magician, uses his magic to help everyone in the kingdom. But one day he wakes up to find his powers have disappeared!

  • Melrose and Croc Beside the Sea

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Little Green Croc is sulking and won't speak to his friend, Melrose the dog. Melrose decides to cheer up his pal. This is a delightful, heartwarming story about friendship.

  • Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie

    Author: Jeff Norton
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    A healthy dose of the paranormal, mad scientists, and Adam's distinctive voice, as he conceals his zombie nature, combine to provide humour in this diary-novel.

  • Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie: Escape from Camp

    Author: Jeff Norton
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    A group of friends: a zombie, a vegan vampire and a chupacabra go to camp, only to find out they're set to be turned into doughnuts.

  • Mermaid

    Author: Cerrie Burnell and Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Luka loves living by the sea, but neither he nor his brothers have ever learned to swim.

  • Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder

    A new Christmas edition of the popular bear hug series that is full of wintry fun - and even features ideas for things to try yourself this winter.

  • Metamorphosis and Other Stories

    Author: Franz Kafka Translator: Malcolm Pasley
    Publisher: Penguin

    These translations bring together the small proportion of Kafka's works that he thought worthy of publication, including his most famous story Metamorphosis.

  • Mia’s Magic Uncle

    Author: Lindsay McLeod Illustrator: Stephen Lambert
    Publisher: Walker

    Mia's uncle is indeed magic - and in more ways than one

  • Miaow Said the Cow

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar

    Cat's feeling grouchy: he's been harshly woken up again by the farm cockerel crowing. 'Something's got to be done about that', he mutters and after a little thought, weaves a crafty spell.

  • Michael Rosen's A to Z

    Author: Michael Rosen
    Publisher: Puffin

    Former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, gathers together the best children’s poetry from Agard to Zephaniah in this collection. From Grace Nichol's poem about her Caribbean Gran visiting England to Rosen's own hilarious account of his Dad's intolerance to 'The Noise', There are poems to entertain everyone. A brilliant book for dipping iin…

  • Michael Rosen's Big Book of Bad Things

    Author: Michael Rosen
    Publisher: Puffin

    Some poems are funny, some desperately sad. But in Rosen's hands, small, scruffy words you don't even notice gain extra weight and meaning...

  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The subject of bereavement is treated in an unusual way in Michael Rosen's Sad Book, which deals with the death of the author's own son.

  • Middle School: Just my rotten luck

    Author: James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts Illustrator: Laura Park
    Publisher: Young Arrow

    Rafe is back in middle school, and he must now join a special education class. A funny, heart-warming story about real issues, brought to life with lively cartoons.

  • Middle School: Save Rafe!

    Author: James Patterson Illustrator: Laura Park
    Publisher: Young Arrow

    This book deals with annoying sisters, crushes on girls, living up to your parents' expectations, doing your homework and being responsible, in a funny and engaging way - including some great illustration to add some extra fun into the text.

  • Midnight

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Yearling

    Although she loves him dearly, Violet is scared of her older brother Will, because he often taunts and teases her, and even physically hurts her.

  • Midnight at the Zoo

    Author: Faye Hanson
    Publisher: Templar

    When Max and Mia are left behind the zoo, they discover something very exciting: the Midnight Zoo! And it's a riot of colour and glamour... Young fans of the zoo will enjoy this alliterative jewel of a book.

  • Midnight For Charlie Bone

    Author: Jenny Nimmo
    Publisher: Egmont

    Charlie is unnerved to discover that he can hear people in photographs talking. His aunts take an unhealthy interest in his gift and send him to the notorious Bloor's Academy...

  • Midnight Pirates

    Author: Ally Kennen
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Three children take on the running of a secluded Cornish guest-house and soon find themselves in danger in this contemporary adventure story bursting with exuberance and energy.

  • Midwinterblood

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: Indigo

    In seven stories that take place on the strange island of Blessed, two souls seek each other over a period of a thousand years.

  • Miffy and the New Baby

    Author: Dick Bruna Translator: Tony Mitton
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Miffy's mummy and daddy have some very exciting news, Miffy is going to be a big sister!

  • Miffy at the Seaside

    Author: Dick Bruna
    Publisher: Egmont

    Toddlers will enjoy sharing this simple story about Miffy's day at the seaside

  • Mighty Min

    Author: Melissa Castrillón
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    Min is a tiny girl who lives in a miniature house at the bottom of the garden with her four small-but-mighty aunts. This delightful tale of kindness, courage and ingenuity is accompanied by exquisite pencil drawings in warm, gentle colours. 

  • Mighty Small

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Rosie Reeve
    Publisher: OUP

    Max Small has the perfect name, because he's a tiny mouse. But Max is convinced that actually he is a superhero.

  • Mike

    Author: Andrew Norriss
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Mike is a smart and humorous take on mental health and figuring out how to follow your own path in life. But it’s also so much more: a brilliant, pacey and engaging story packed with highly relatable characters and an enormously uplifting coming-of-age story.

  • Miki

    Author: Stephen Mackey
    Publisher: Hodder Childrens Books

    Shimmering like the northern lights, the illustrations' luminous blues and greens glow out of the darkness in this chilly yet elegantly magical wintry tale

  • Milkweed

    Author: Jerry Spinelli
    Publisher: Laurel Leaf Library

    This incredible book explores a horrific area of recent history in a totally unsentimental way. A masterpiece!

  • Millie’s Missing Yawn

    Author: You Jung Byun
    Publisher: Pavilion

    Millie has brushed her teeth and slipped into her pyjamas but cannot find her yawn! The repetition in this night-time adventure will be comforting to children and help them wind down after a busy day.

  • Millie's Marvellous Hat

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Millie loves the colourful hats she sees in the hat shop, but she can't afford to buy one.

    Fortunately, the man at the counter has a solution...

  • Millions

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    One night, a bag containing £229,370 falls from the sky and flattens the hermitage. Damian is convinced it is a gift from God.

  • Milly and the Mermaids

    Author: Maudie Smith Illustrator: Antonia Woodward
    Publisher: Orion

    A charming story about wishes coming true, with warm, jewel-coloured illustrations which bring the simple, magical text alive.

  • Milo and the Restart Button

    Author: Alan Silberberg
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

    Silberberg's novel is funny, sad, and empowering for young readers who have suffered bereavement. His comical illustrations and lists both lighten and extend the text.

  • Milton the Mighty

    Author: Emma Read Illustrator: Alex G Griffiths
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When an exterminator starts spreading false rumours of deadly spiders on the loose, Milton and his arachnid friends fear for their lives. Will they be able to convince the humans they live with that they're perfectly harmless? A warm, funny tale.

  • Mind Games

    Author: Teri Terry
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Teri Terry has once again delivered a roller coaster thriller that will delight fans and hook new readers.

  • Mind the Gap

    Author: Phil Earle
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    When Mikey's unreliable, mysterious and more than slightly dodgy dad Vinny dies, Mikey seems to lose himself and spirals into a self-destructive spiral of despair - and his best friend loses Mikey. 

  • Mind Writer

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Nelson Evergreen
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Luke has a secret, a hidden skill: he can read minds. But when Luke meets Samira, he can't read her mind at all. A gripping thriller where fantasy meets horror - perfect for fearless older children or reluctant and dyslexic readers.

  • Mind Your Head

    Author: Juno Dawson with advice from Dr Olivia Hewitt Illustrator: Gemma Correll
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    In this upfront and accessible book, Juno Dawson tackles all things mental health. Packed with practical advice, guidance from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt and some humorous reassurance.

  • Mine!

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Puffin

    One day Fifi and Frankie go to visit Grandma Flo and they both want to hold Funny Bunny. After some arguing they pull him in different directions and off come his ears.

  • Mini Rabbit: Not Lost

    Author: John Bond
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Mini Rabbit helps Mother Rabbit to bake a cake, but they run out of berries, so he embarks on an enthusiastic search for the missing ingredient. A delightfully funny picture book, bursting with distinctive, vibrant illustrations.

  • Ministry of Pandemonium

    Author: Chris Westwood
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Mr October heads the Ministry of Pandemonium, helping souls of the recently departed on their way, rescuing them from darker, deadlier forces.

  • Minty

    Author: Christina Banach
    Publisher: Three Hares Publishing

    This is a thought provoking debut novel about love, loss and the importance of family.

  • Minus Me

    Author: Ingelin Rossland
    Publisher: Oneworld Publications

    Intense, poetic, immediate, Linda's voice is distinctive and determined in this gripping, sensitive exploration of big issues - living, dying, loving, the nature of good and evil.

  • Mira Forecasts the Future

    Author: Kell Andrews Illustrator: Lissy Marlin
    Publisher: Sterling

    A deceptively simple picture book about understanding the weather that also explores ideas about success, failure and discovering individual talents.

  • Mira’s Curly Hair

    Author: Maryam al Serkal Illustrator: Rebeca Lucini
    Publisher: Lantana Publishing

    Mira wishes she had straight, smooth hair, just like Mama’s shiny elegant locks, but instead, she has an abundance of unruly curls. She tries everything she can think of to straighten them... A delightful tale that celebrates diversity and self-acceptance.

  • Miraculous Miranda

    Author: Siobhan Parkinson
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    When her sister has to stay in hospital, Miranda escapes into her own fantasy land: Magnanimous. Can Miranda write a miracle for her sister, and make her better again? A sweet, funny ride that gives a lovely salute to the power of imagination.

  • Mirror Magic

    Author: Linda Chapman Illustrator: Lucy Fleming
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Maia meets an unusual little fox who can hear talk: Bracken is a Star Animal who's been sent to the human world because fewer and fewer children believe in magic. A gentle adventure story with themes of friendship and kindness. 

  • Mirrormask

    Author: Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    MirrorMask tells the story of a girl from a family of circus performers who finds herself in a strange new world populated by mysterious creatures - a dreamworld in which she is about to embark on a most amazing journey.

  • Mischief at Midnight

    Author: Esme Kerr
    Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

    Readers who enjoy Malory Towers, The Worst Witch or The Chalet School will find much to enjoy in this series of books.

  • Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats

    Author: Alicia Potter Illustrator: Birgitta Sif
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Although all the cats who live at Miss Hazeltine's school are afraid of something, Crumb is afraid of everything. This is a perfect story for anyone who prefers hiding behind pillows.

  • Missing Arabella

    Author: Kathryn Siebel
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    A warm and witty take on a traditional set-up of two sisters and some rather unpleasant parents. The style is fresh, fun and contemporary - less Grimm and more Disney.

  • Missing Me

    Author: Sophie McKenzie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's

    In the third book of the Missing series, Madison discovers who her birth father is - and finds herself in grave danger.

  • Missing Mummy

    Author: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    A little boy struggles to make sense of his mother's death in this moving picture book.

  • Mist

    Author: Kathryn James
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A variation on the popular magic/fantasy/werewolf genre

  • Mister Cleghorn's Seal

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    What do you do if you find an abandoned seal pup on a rock in the middle of the sea? Well, take it home with you to your flat, of course

  • Mister Creecher

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Friendship, trust and betrayal combine to form a dangerous liaison in this moving and frightening new book from Chris Priestley

  • Mister Magnolia

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Random House

    Mr Magnolia has many things - but only one boot.

  • Mister Seahorse

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Penguin

    Mister Seahorse, like many other types of marine animal, is a 'male mother'.

  • Mister Skip

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Griff
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Although Jackie looks after Gran's tatty old donkey, Barnaby, she longs to have her own horse like the local boys. And when she finds an old broken gnome in a skip her fortunes start to change.

  • Mister Whistler

    Author: Margaret Mahy Illustrator: Gavin Bishop
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Mister Whistler sings and dances all the time.  As he sets off on the journey to see his great-aunt, a new song is racing around his head, pushing out all other thoughts.

  • Mistletoe and Murder

    Author: Robin Stevens
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending Christmas in Cambridge, but there isn't time to enjoy the snow as a gruesome accident occurs just two days before. Children will love all the twists and turns, plus the many authentic 1930s touches.

  • Mix it Up!

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    This book is an utter joy to read and should be a staple on every child's bookcase.

  • Mixed

    Author: Arree Chung
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    A funny, vibrantly illustrated, allegorical tale that celebrates individual differences and talents and has an inspiring message about understanding and acceptance.

  • Mo, Lottie and the Junkers

    Author: Jennifer Killick Illustrator: Gareth Conway
    Publisher: Firefly

    Mo and Lottie are a mismatched pair, but they must join forces to beat the murderous Junkers and find out the truth about Mo’s missing father. A great book for readers who are looking for their next laugh-out-loud fantasy.

  • Mockingbird

    Author: Kathryn Erskine
    Publisher: Usborne

    A high school shooting has left a small American town devastated.

  • Mockingbird Song

    Author: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Child's Play

    A beautiful retelling of the classic lullaby.

  • Mockingjay

    Author: Suzanne Collins
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Collins explores the effects of war and violence on those coming of age, centring her text around Katniss, a girl who faces serious ethical and personal issues.

  • Mog and Me

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Follow Mog and a little boy through their busy day. From when they wake up in the morning with a big stretch until when they fall fast asleep curled up together

  • Mog and the Baby

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Mog's peaceful day is shattered when a baby comes to visit.

  • Mog the Forgetful Cat

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Reformatted and reissued, Mog the Forgetful Cat has lost none of its gentle charm.

  • Mog's Christmas

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    The house is full of strange bustling, there are new noises and new smells, and where is that tree going? Disconcerted by all the unusual activities, Mog escapes to the roof, and there she stays… until, unexpectedly, she returns with a bump!

  • Mog's Kittens

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HaperCollins Children's Books

    Mog can't do all the things she used to do as she had two kittens to look after.

  • Mold and the Poison Plot

    Author: Lorraine Gregory
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Lorraine Gregory creates a fully fleshed-out fantasy world, full of wondrous creatures and horrible humans. The humour is earthy and the action bloody (gruesomely so, at points), and it all combines perfectly in this great read.

  • Molly Maybe's Monsters: the Dappity-Doofer

    Author: Kristina Stephenson Illustrator: Kristina Stephenson
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Can Molly, Waggy and Dappity-Doofer find thye monster mascot from Mr Brown's pond?

  • Mommy, Mama and Me

    Author: Leslea Newman Illustrator: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Tricycle Press

    What a treat: a warm and adorably illustrated board book about a loving family which just happens to have two mums in it. There's a fun, upbeat universality to it: the packing of lunches, the trip to the playground, the baking of cakes and the end-of-the-day bath.

  • Momo

    Author: Michael Ende Translator: J.Maxwell Brownjohn
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    At the edge of the city, in the ruins of an old amphitheatre, there lives a little homelss girl called Momo.

  • Monday

    Author: Anne Herbauts
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    Monday is a penguin who likes to stay warm. When winter comes, Monday's house is blown away in a snowstorm, and his friends go in search of him.

  • Monkey and Me

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    A small girl takes her toy monkey everywhere with her. Together they imitate and then imagine visiting a string of real animals, from penguins to kangaroos, whose glorious images fill the pages.

  • Monkey and Me

    Author: David Gilman
    Publisher: Templar

    Beanie and his gang must protect Malcolm, a chimpanzee they found in an abandoned house, from some men who come after him.

  • Monkey Nut

    Author: Simon Rickerty
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Two little spiders find a monkey nut, and shouting 'it's mine!', each tries to snatch it.

  • Monkey Photo

    Author: Gita Wolf Illustrator: Swarna Chitrakar
    Publisher: Tara Publishing

    Monkey is tired of tourists taking his photo. Snatching a camera from a stray hand, he starts to snap all the birds and animals in the jungle - whether they like it or not.

  • Monkey Puzzle

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Sheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Monkey is lost in the jungle, so he asks Butterfly to help him find his mum. However, Butterfly cannot seem to understand that Monkey and his mum look alike!

  • Monster Busters

    Author: Cornelia Funke Illustrator: Glenys Ambrus
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Rosa loves ghost trains so she is very excited when the fair comes to town.

  • Monster day at work!

    Author: Sarah Dyer
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A cheeky child’s eye view of what an adult’s working day is like

  • Monster School

    Author: Kate Coombs Illustrator: Lee Gatlin
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    This richly illustrated collection of ghoulish poetry is set in a kindergarten full of young ghosts, goblins and zombies. Accompanied by macabre illustrations and plenty of gruesome humour, these spooky rhymes are great fun to read aloud to little monsters.

  • Monster Slayer

    Author: Brian Patten Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The story of Beowulf does not tire and this new retelling will bring it to a new generation of readers. Smart production, featuring foils and neon illustrations from the incomparable Chris Riddell, adds real flair.

  • Monsters Love Underpants

    Author: Claire Freedman
    Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks

    Monsters around the world have different ways to scare, but they all share a love for zany underpants! Every Saturday night, you will find them in a secret cave, showing off their pants as they dance the Monster Bop--but they have to make it home before the sun comes up. After all, who would be scared of monsters in pants that were stripped and dotted?

  • Monsters of Men

    Author: Patrick Ness
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war

  • Monstersaurus

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Children who giggled over the Aliens Love Underpants series, will love this new book from the same author and illustrator team. Monty is a scientist whose inventions don't always work - his walking toaster runs away and his robot goes berserk… until he produces a big, hairy Monstersaurus, with hilarious consequences!

  • Montacute House

    Author: Lucy Jago
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    It is 1596 and Queen Elizabeth I is soon to visit Montacute House where Cess is just the poultry girl and a penniless outcast. But there is conspiracy afoot...

  • Monty and the Poodles

    Author: Katie Harnett
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Katie Harnett’s adorable book works on two levels: one, as a fun story about dogs, with lovely doggy illustrations, but also as a story about tolerance, compromise and staying true to oneself. 

  • Moo on the Farm

    Author: Julie Fletcher
    Publisher: Caterpillar Books

    This is a big board book with strong pages. You’ll find it a great book to share aloud, and you'll have lots of noisy fun reading it!

  • Moomin and the Birthday Button

    Author: Tove Jansson
    Publisher: Puffin

    Moomin fears that his friends have forgotten his birthday and are too busy to talk to him.

  • Moomin's Little Book of Numbers

    Author: Tove Jansson
    Publisher: Puffin

    In this bright little boardbook Moomin helps under-fives to count from one to ten as he spends time in his natural habitat.

  • Moon Bear

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Gill Lewis tells the powerful story of a boy and a bear in this thought-provoking novel set in Laos.

  • Moon Dreams

    Author: Gleb Toropov
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    This warm illustrated picture book is an ideal bedtime read for the very young. Die-cut pages gradually reveal the growing moon as it is seen, and interpreted, by a wide range of animals.

  • Moon Juice: Poems for Children

    Author: Kate Wakeling Illustrator: Elina Braslina
    Publisher: The Emma Press

    Kate Wakeling's first book of poems for children is full of curious characters and strange situations. The poems she writes are always musical, sometimes wistful, and full of wonder.

  • Moon Pie

    Author: Simon Mason
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    A deceptively simple novel for older Key Stage 2 readers: easy to read but addressing serious and complex issues around bereavement, self-image, family relationships and loyalty.

  • Moon Princess

    Author: Barbara Laban
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A young girl in China must turn detective when her mother disappears, and she is convinced her own life is in danger. This mystery thriller for young readers is an excellent introduction to magic realism.

  • Moonbeans and the Dream Cafe

    Author: Annie Dalton
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing

    When a pink fireball lands in Jax's bedroom, she wonders if an alien has landed! Instead she discovers Moonbeans, a magical kitten.

  • Moondust

    Author: Gemma Fowler
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A moon-based sci-fi action thriller constructed around Earth's ever-increasing demand for cheap energy. It has some relevant and thought-provoking content about excessive consumption, corporate greed and the corrupting effects of power.

  • Moone Boy 2: The Fish Detective

    Author: Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy Illustrator: Walter Giampaglia
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    The second in the series featuring hapless Martin, this most original adventure story is packed with laughs and silliness.

  • Moone Boy: The Blunder Years

    Author: Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy Illustrator: Walter Giampaglia
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    Genuinely bizarre and ridiculously funny, this is one of the maddest books of the year.

  • Moonlocket

    Author: Peter Bunzl
    Publisher: Usborne

    Renowned escapologist Jack Door has escaped from prison and is after the precious Moonlocket. This sequel to Cogheart is similarly action-packed, with a truly evil nemesis.

  • Moonrise

    Author: Sarah Crossan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Moonrise is the story of teenager Joe and his brother Ed on death row. Written in Sarah Crossan’s pioneering (and now trademark) free verse, it’s a stirring and thought-provoking book about poverty, injustice and love.

  • Moose Baby

    Author: Meg Rosoff
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Having a baby at 17 is hard. It's even harder if that baby turns out to be a moose. This utterly hilarious short novel highlights the difficulties of raising a child that is different. A fun, quirky read that will have you laughing out loud.

  • More Bloody Horowitz

    Author: Anthony Horowitz Illustrator: Mick Brownfield
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Entertaining and unsettling in equal measure!

  • More Pants

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    When a book begins: 'Red pants, green pants, Yellow Submarine pants, Dancing with the Queen pants, la la la!' you know you're in safe hands!

  • More Pricks Than Kicks

    Author: Samuel Beckett
    Publisher: Faber

    A collection of stories about an Irish student and ne'er do well called Belacqua. His adventures and amours are played out on the streets of 1920s Dublin.

  • More Than This

    Author: Patrick Ness
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Carnegie Medal-winning author Patrick Ness tackles weighty questions of life and death head on in this provocative and challenging novel. Combining elements of a sci-fi thriller with the abstract and philosophical, this is bold, unusual and beautifully written. 

  • Morris the Mankiest Monster

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    A delight for any child that loves the gross factor, Morris has all the poo, farts, snot and general filth that anyone could want. He’s also rather sweet, and wants friends just like anyone else.

  • Mortal Chaos

    Author: Matt Dickinson
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    A butterfly in an English wood flutters its wings and so begins a chain of events connecting people whose paths would never normally cross.

  • Mortal Chaos: Deep Oblivion

    Author: Matt Dickinson
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    In the second volume of the Mortal Chaos trilogy, Marko's attempt to swat a butterfly kickstarts a chain reaction of events going all around the world.

  • Mortal Engines

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Scholastic

    London is on the move again: the traction city trawls the world on wheels, capturing and eating smaller towns.

  • Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds

    Author: James Dashner
    Publisher: Corgi

     Gamers and computer geeks will love this vivid, fast-paced, cleverly-plotted cyber-thriller.

  • Mortimer Keene: Robot Riot

    Author: Tim Healey Illustrator: Chris Mould
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A funny, rhyming tale about a tiny scientist whose gigantic invention goes spectacularly wrong.

  • Mortlock

    Author: Jon Mayhew
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Orphaned twins Josie and Alfie, separated as babies, rediscover each other and set out on a quest for the truth of their past in this Victorian horror story.

  • Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Dwarves of Doom

    Author: Alex Gardiner
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Formidable dwarf warrior, Mossbelly MacFearsome, is on a quest to save humankind from obliteration. This hilarious fantasy adventure will delight and entertain young readers from start to finish.

  • Moth Girls

    Author: Anne Cassidy
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    This beautifully written thriller has excellent, well-drawn characters. It is a sensitive and multi-layered exploration of friendships and family tensions, including abuse, as well as a mystery that will keep you turning the pages right up to the end.

  • Mother Cary’s Butter Knife

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Anja Uhren
    Publisher: Graffeg

    Inspired by traditional folk tales of mythical sea creatures, this other-worldly story of the savagery and beauty of the ocean will captivate readers. The ethereal illustrations, in a palette of watery blues, greens and greys, perfectly complement the poetic narrative.

  • Mouse is Small

    Author: Mary Murphy
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A colourful picture book about animal sizes

  • Mouse Noses On Toast

    Author: Daren King Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Faber & Fabee

    A funny, fast-moving, quirky tale of a group of friends searching for the truth and fighting for what they believe in. Enriched by beautifully detailed black and white illustrations.

  • Mouse Trouble

    Author: John Yeoman Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A multitude of mice aggravate a grumpy old miller in whose mill they live, but the creatures are actually rather kindly souls. Then the miller buys a cat...

  • Moving the Goalposts

    Author: Rob Childs Illustrator: Gary Rees
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Sam is the hugely successful goalie in his football team...

  • Moxie

    Author: Jennifer Mathieu
    Publisher: Hodder

    One day, when Viv finds feminist Riot Grrrl zines in her mum’s wardrobe, she’s inspired to make her own: Moxie. Jennifer Mathieu expertly takes the Riot Grrrl aesthetic and philosophy and translates it into a modern story for teens.

  • Mr Biff the Boxer

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Puffin

    The Ahlbergs' funny and classic Happy Families story is now available in a larger format and is ideal for newly independent readers

  • Mr Big

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin

    With its gruff hero, vibrant, strong colours, bold design and spare text, this story about looking beyond appearances has a satisfying punchy simplicity and jazzy feel.

  • Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Little Gems

    Elmo and his sister love sneaking over the garden wall to play in the empty house next door, with its enticing overgrown garden. They are certain their fun will come to an end when the house is sold - but their new neighbour is full of surprises.

  • Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Oxford

    Mr Bunny gets taught a big lesson about how he should treat his employees when his chickens go on strike in this funny and sophisticated Easter egg tale.

  • Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree

    Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Egmont

    There's a touch of fever in the air and Old Granny O’Leary leads the school children into the Forest of Runtus with unpredictable results.

  • Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear

    Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Egmont

    Mr Gum is a very nasty man. He is mean, cruel, smelly and ruthless and has a dastardly plan to make money out of Padlock the bear.

  • Mr Gum and the Goblins

    Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Egmont

    The third in Stanton's wickedly surreal series about the dastardly (and disgusting) Mr Gum - smelly, anarchic, entertaining, over-the-top and outrageous.

  • Mr Gumpy's Rhino

    Author: John Burningham
    Publisher: Puffin

    Mr Gumpy is off on an another adventure, rescuing a rhino who has lost its parents. A gentle conversation starter about conservation and helping endangered and vulnerable animals, which is firstly a sweet story of kindness and animal-human friendship. 

  • Mr Large In Charge

    Author: Jill Murphy
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Mr Large confidently announces he will be in charge for the day and sets about organising the house and children.

  • Mr Leon's Paris

    Author: Barroux Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
    Publisher: Phoenix Yard Books

    Paris is beautifully rendered in moody beige, blue and orange in this retro-styled tale of French taxi driver Mr Leon and his multifarious taxi journeys around the city.

  • Mr Mistoffelees, The Conjuring Cat

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

    With magic tricks, incredible illusions and astonishing spectacles, both old and new fans will adore meeting the conjuring cat, Mr Mistoffelees, the second of the Old Possum's illustrated picture books. Arthur Robins brings this magical cat bursting to life. A perfect starter picture book to the wondrous stories to be found in the original Old Possum's Book …

  • Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo

    Author: Kevin Waldron
    Publisher: Templar

    Great fun from cover to cover, this quirky picturebook warns its readers of the dangers of unguarded words, and making assumptions from partly-heard remarks.

  • Mr Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder

    Mr Penguin is setting sail on the Saucy Sandra cruise ship for a well-earned holiday. But is everything what it seems? The third in Alex T Smith’s brilliant Mr Penguin series is as full of brilliant illustration, cosy details and delightful puns as the others. 

  • Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Alex T Smith’s second book in the hilarious Mr Penguin series is a plunging plane-ride of action and excitement with a very British sensibility that will delight fans of funny illustrated books. A cross between Poirot and Indiana Jones for younger ones!

  • Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    With the help of Colin (a spider), Mr Penguin battles ferocious beasts and makes his way into a hidden jungle underneath the museum with exciting (and often hilarious) results.

  • Mr Pusskins

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Humorous, lively illustrations accompany the text in this unconventional love story, which is also a lesson in not taking people for granted.

  • Mr Pusskins Best in Show

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Lloyd’s typically funny, lively illustrations and simple text both entertain and offer young readers the reassurance that there is more than one way to succeed.

  • Mr Pusskins Colours

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A great introduction to colours, simple stories and relationships – all in twelve pages!

  • Mr Scruff

    Author: Simon James
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Every other dog and its owner look suspiciously alike. But young Jim picks a dog who looks NOTHING like him. Their names don't even rhyme! A snuggly, cuddly book that inspires a sense of belonging and home, as well as appealing to all young animal lovers. 

  • Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder

    Author: Alom Shaha Illustrator: Emily Robertson
    Publisher: Scribe

    Learn to think like a scientist in this beautifully illustrated book, which celebrates and inspires readers to be curious and explore the world around them. This book will be very handy for keeping kids and adults busy on a rainy day.

  • Mr Stink

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Irreverant and charming, this is a hilarious and surprisingly touching story about secrets, love and life.

  • Mr Tweed's Busy Day

    Author: Jim Stoten
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    This is a seek and find style-book, where readers help Mr Tweed find items on ten densely illustrated double-page spreads. However, unlike Where's Wally, there's a story and characters here too that focus on the theme of helping and friendship.

  • Mr Tweed's Good Deeds

    Author: Jim Stoten
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Children will love playing along and discerning adults cannot fail to be impressed by Flying Eye's beautiful production. Mr Tweed's Good Deeds is very good indeed.

  • Mr Underbed

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    One night, as Jim is just about to drop off to sleep, a large, blue, shaggy head pops out from under the mattress and complains about how uncomfortable it is to always sleep on the floor.

  • Mr Wolf and the Enormous Turnip

    Author: Jan Fearnley
    Publisher: Egmont

    Mr Wolf is about to dig up the enormous turnip in his garden for stew when a frog demands his assistance: the kiss of a princess is needed to restore his prince-hood.

  • Mr Wolf's Pancakes

    Author: Jan Fearnley
    Publisher: Egmont

    Mr Wolf wants to make pancakes but is unable to read the recipe book, write the names of the ingredients or count the money to buy them. Will his neighbours help?

  • Mr. Aesop's Story Shop

    Author: Bob Hartman Illustrator: Jago Jago
    Publisher: Lion

    Ten of Aesop's fables are here retold within the framework of a storyteller who tells and sells his stories for a living.

  • Mrs Mole, I’m Home!

    Author: Jarvis
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Morris Mole has had a long, hard day at work and is finally ready to go home, but he's lost his glasses! He can't find them anywhere, so decides to set off home without them.

  • Mrs Mo's Monster

    Author: Paul Beavis
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    One day a very rude monster barges into Mrs Mo's house and starts to wreck her belongings - together they work to make the monster more polite. 

  • Mrs Pepperpot Minds the Baby

    Author: Alf Proysen Illustrator: Hilda Offen
    Publisher: Random House

    Mrs Pepperpot has an unfortunate problem: she shrinks at the most unexpected moments. And one of those moments comes while she has agreed to look after Roger, the neighbour's baby.

  • Mrs Pepperpot’s Christmas

    Author: Alf Prøysen Illustrator: Hilda Offen
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Mrs Pepperpot’s shrinking habit can be very inconvenient, especially when she wants to go shopping for Christmas presents

  • Mrs Vickers’ Knickers

    Author: Kara Lebihan Illustrator: Deborah Allwright
    Publisher: Egmont

    Poor Mrs Vickers is pegging up her pretty pink knickers when a gust of wind whisks them up into the sky. Her pink frillies spiral away on the breeze, causing quite a commotion.

  • Mrs Wobble the Waitress

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    This cheery and funny tale is another winner in the Happy Families range of stories. Perfect for sharing, it is sure to raise lots of giggles!

  • Muck and Magic

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Olivia Lomenech Gill
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Bonny sees three magnificent horses in the Dales. Mesmerised by their beauty, she is delighted when she gets a Saturday job in the stables. This touching tale about an intergenerational friendship unfolds at a gentle pace, with exquisite drawings.

  • Muddle and Win

    Author: John Dickinson
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Muddle is a demonic but well-meaning wart. Win is an over-achieving, sharp-suited angel. Both of them have been sent by their respective employers to capture the soul of Sally Jones.

  • Muddle Earth

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

    Randalf is an apprentice wizard – he only knows one spell and some of that is guesswork – but he is the only wizard left to save Muddle Earth from the evil Dr Cuddles.

  • Mudpuddle Farm: Pigs Might Fly!

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Shoo Rayner
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Two funny farm stories for younger readers from the perennially popular Michael Morpurgo. 

  • Mummy Laid an Egg!

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Random House

    This facts-of-life book has become a classic, despite its controversial subject matter. Cole firmly believed in children's right to knowledge about their own bodies and the accompanying pictures are never vulgar.

  • Mummy!

    Author: Nosy Crow Illustrator: Lerryn Korda
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Back in ancient Egypt a little girl has lost her mummy. Follow her through the markets, streets, rivers and temples as she tries to find her.

  • Mummy’s Suitcase

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Laura Hughes
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Mummy is going away for a few days, so well-meaning Ruby Roo and her little brother Barney decide to pack her suitcase. Bursting with lively illustrations, this funny tale will delight young readers.

  • Mum's Jumper

    Author: Jayde Perkin
    Publisher: Book Island

    Jayde Perkin's sensitive and thoughtful picture book about the way grief feels, and the death of a parent for a young child, is very well handled. It's a calm and touching portrayal of the ways we can remember the ones we've lost.

  • Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

    Author: Various
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A wide variety of animals feature in these original stories; they are beautifully illustrated in a range of styles and the book is well-produced

  • Muncle Trogg

    Author: Janet Foxley
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Muncle Trogg is the smallest giant in the world - will he ever pass his Gigantia exams and get a job like everyone else?

  • Mungo and the Dinosaur Island

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Puffin

    Action, humour and colour fill each engaging spread before the final, reassuring, bedtime scene

  • Mungo Monkey has a Birthday Party

    Author: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Egmont

    This lovely book is full of bright, vibrant colour and humour. Young children will delight in peaking under the flaps to find out what happens next at Mungo's birthday party.

  • Murder in Midwinter

    Author: Fleur Hitchcock
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    On a cold, midwinter day, 13-year-old Maya spots a man holding a gun. She doesn't know exactly what's going on - but the man looked right at her, and she's been in danger ever since. A fast-paced story with nail-biting action and a heart-racing finish.

  • Murder Most Unladylike

    Author: Robin Stevens
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    There's been a rather shocking murder at Deepdean School for Girls - but luckily, young detectives Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are on the case!

  • Music Legends

    Author: Herve Guilleminot and Jerome Masi
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    An informative, fun and cool guide to 40 of the greatest musical acts of the modern era, perfect for any young fans keen to learn more about their favourite bands.

  • Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly & Gravy

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Funny poems are a great way to share a quick read with a child. Michael Rosen breaks down barriers with his poems for children, creating an infectious informality and irreverence that brilliantly captures the funny moments of everyday life. Quentin Blake's illustrations perfectly complement and bring to life Michael Rosen's poems.

    The book also includes a…

  • Mutant Zombies Cursed my School Trip!

    Author: Matt Brown Illustrator: Paco Sordo
    Publisher: Usborne

    Children will laugh their heads off at this zombie adventure. Full of gooey fun, the story is a rollercoaster ride with monsters, close calls and a sweet friendship, too.

  • My Best Friend and Other Enemies

    Author: Catherine Wilkins
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    The first children's book from comedian Catherine Wilkins is told from the point of view of 11-year-old Jessica, whose best friend Natalie may have just become her worst enemy.

  • My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words

    Author: Sophie Fatus
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    A simple concept but a hugely satisfying wealth of material is offered up in this vibrant catalogue of words and pictures. The reader is first introduced to a diverse cast of characters before joining them in a jubilant celebration of a busy family’s daily life, covering everything from getting dressed and making breakfast to visiting the library, goin…

  • My Big Brother JJ

    Author: Odette Elliott Illustrator: Patrice Aggs
    Publisher: Tamarind

    This book features a great relationship between a young girl and her much older sibling.

  • My Big Shouting Day

    Author:
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Bella is having a Big Shouting Day: from morning until bedtime, she shouts and complains about everything from biscuits to baths. But eventually, Bella says 'sorry' for her big shouting day...

  • My Book of Birds

    Author: Geraldo Valerio
    Publisher: Wren & Rook

    A gorgeous palette of colours and some clever design makes each page a joy. A great gift for any bird or design enthusiast.

  • My Brigadista Year

    Author: Katherine Paterson
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Based on real events in post-revolutionary Cuba, this is the story of 13-year-old Lora who volunteers to spend a year in bandit country in a bid to help eliminate illiteracy. A fascinating look at recent world history, seen through the eyes of an idealistic girl.

  • My Brother

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Random House

    The brother in this book is the ultimate in cool: clever, talented, kind  and fun.

  • My Brother is a Superhero

    Author: David Solomons
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Fast-moving, very funny, and gleefully mining the comic potential of the superhero genre, this is an inventive story about Luke: superhero expert and comic-lover.

  • My Brother Sammy

    Author: Becky Armitage and David Armitage
    Publisher: Sky Pony Press

    If only his brother was “normal”. Mum says that Sammy is “special” but the narrator doesn’t want a special brother. He describes a roller coaster of different feelings – loneliness and frustration, sadness and anger, embarrassment and guilt.

    With beautiful colour-wash artwork, this picture is a gentle, honest and ultimate…

  • My Brother Simple

    Author: Marie-Aude Murail
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Kleber is 17 years old and at sixth form college in Paris. He's trying to secure himself a place in a shared flat, but things are complicated by his elder brother who has learning difficulties.

  • My Brother's Keeper

    Author: Tom and Tony Bradman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Alfie's story has obvious subject appeal for boys and the length is enticing for reluctant readers, but this neat little story manages to be both thought-provoking and moving, and in the barrage of solider stories coming out this year this is a small but strong offering.

  • My Cousin is a Time Traveller

    Author: David Solomons Illustrator: Robin Boyden
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This is the fifth title in an exceptionally funny series about 11-year-old Luke and his chaotic superhero world. Witty, zany and full of references to science fiction classics, this laugh-out-loud page turner will have readers on the edge of their seats.

  • My Dad

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Random House

    A young boy proudly describes his father (a big, friendly, unshaven dad, sporting an old dressing gown).

  • My Dad is Brilliant

    Author: Nick Butterworth
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This dad does everything well: from running like a cheetah to singing like a pop star. Quite simply, he's brilliant. This board book version of a much-loved story brims over with an adorable, young enthusiasm for dads everywhere.

  • My Dad Thinks He's Funny

    Author: Katrina Germein Illustrator: Tom Jellett
    Publisher: Walker Books

    What do you do when your Dad has a terrible sense of humour? And he repeats the same jokes over and over again?

  • My Dad Used To Be So Cool

    Author: Keith Negley
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Unfolding like a detective story, the son in this story sets out to discover if his dad was ever cooler than he seems right now. After all - the evidence is stacked against him!

  • My Daddy is a Silly Monkey

    Author: Dianne Hofmeyr Illustrator: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    A little girl imagines her busy Daddy as all sorts of animals during their packed day in a playful, warm story about a single father and his daughter.

  • My Daddy's Going Away

    Author: Christopher MacGregor Illustrator: Emma Yarlett
    Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

    With rhyming text and appealing, fun illustrations, My Daddy's Going Away cleverly and subtly helps children to understand and find ways to cope with separation.

  • My Dad's a Birdman

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Lizzie is doing her best to behave normally in the face of her father’s announcement that he is going to put on wings and take part in The Great Human Bird Competition.

  • My Dog is a Carrot

    Author: John Hegley Illustrator: Joel Stewart
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Hegley plays with words and ideas, which results in poems that are wonderful to read aloud, and also to use as a springboard for would-be poets to try their hand at the genre.

  • My Embarrassing Dad's Gone Viral!

    Author: Ben Davis Illustrator: Mike Lowery
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Nelson's attempts to become a viral YouTuber are going from bad to worse - but when he accidentally creates a brilliant parody of a Bear Grylls-like bushcrafter, he gets the attention he's been craving. Genuinely funny and of the moment.

  • My Evil Twin is a Supervillain

    Author: David Solomons
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Luke's older brother, Zack, is a superhero (it's complicated) but when Luke's alter ego arrives from another dimension it seems it is him (Luke) who has the superpowers and not his brother - you were warned it was complicated!

  • My Family and Other Ghosts

    Author: Lou Kuenzler Illustrator: Steve Brown
    Publisher: Scholastic

    With nail-biting excitement as well as laugh-out-loud moments, children will be queuing up to check in to the haunted hotel, Grave Grange. This spooky story is lots of fun, but is ultimately about family and friends and overcoming fears: children will race through it! 

  • My Family's Changing

    Author: Pat Thomas Illustrator: Lesley Harker
    Publisher: Hachette

    The issue of divorce is presented here in a simple and straightforward way, supported by colourful illustrations.

  • My Favourite Fairy Tales

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Tony Ross retells seven fairy tales for a contemporary audience with wit and style.

  • My First Animal Signs

    Author: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Child's Play

    One of the series of board books introducing useful words - delightful illustrations show children signing the words.

  • My First Atlas

    Author: Philip Dauncey Illustrator: Stephen Barker
    Publisher: Really Decent Books

    A bright and simple vision of the world shown in seven continents. Each spread shows a map outline in bright colours with a few animals and some major sights picked out.

  • My First Book of Opposites

    Author: Alain Greé
    Publisher: Button Books

    Big as an elephant, small as a mouse, hot as the sun, cold as the snow. There are so many opposites - and this delightful  book will help you learn them.

  • My First Book of Quantum Physics

    Author: Sheddad Kaid-Salah Ferron and Eduard Altarriba
    Publisher: Button Books

    This is an absolutely fascinating, head-scratching look at quantum physics for older children, which may have parents secretly consulting their dummies' guide in case of further questions.

  • My First Day

    Author: Leilani Sparrow Illustrator: Dan Taylor
    Publisher: Boxer Books

    This simple and reassuring picture book lets nervous little ones know that there's lots of fun to be had at school or nursery.

  • My First Ladybird Dictionary

    Author: Ladybird Illustrator: Mike Phillips and Jane Swift
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    The ideal first reference book for primary school children

  • My First Ladybird Thesaurus

    Author: Clare Vickers with Della Summers Ilustrated by Mike Phillips and Jane Swift
    Publisher: Ladybird Books

    The ideal first reference book for primary school children

  • My First Mog ABC

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    You don’t have to be a Mog fan to appreciate this new Mog alphabet book, as the iconic illustrations are just as charming without a story, and indeed might prompt new readers to seek out the original stories. 

  • My First Peek-a-Boo Animals

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Caterpillar Books

    This is a lovely, brightly coloured book made with sturdy card pages, so it is ideal for little fingers to play with.

  • My First Signs

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Lots of fantastic baby pictures illustrate this introduction to sign language.

  • My Friend Nigel

    Author: Jo Hodgkinson
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Billy’s parents are mad about magic but their spells usually go wrong with dangerous results! When Billy rescues a snail, his parents decide he needs a more interesting pet.

  • My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Andy Rowland
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Malorie Blackman's 1994 Scholastic story has been adapted by Barrington Stoke for their series of dyslexia/reluctant reader-friendly titles for young readers.

  • My Funny Family Gets Funnier

    Author: Chris Higgins Illustrator: Lee Wildish
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Mattie's huge family gets even bigger with the arrival of Aunty Sheila and Uncle Bruce. Not only is this book a fun read, it is also filled with great nuggets of information about Australia.

  • My Grandma and Me

    Author: Mina Javaherbin Illustrator: Lindsey Yankey
    Publisher: Candlewick Press

    A true tale of a young girl in Iran, who idolises and follows her grandmother everything, this is a beautiful ode to family and lifelong memories, illustrated with wondrous and intricate detail. 

  • My Granny Went to Market

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Christopher Corr
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Join Granny as she takes a magic carpet ride around the world

  • My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord

    Author: David Solomons
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Ever had that funny feeling your gym teacher is an alien hell-bent on destruction? Well, so has 11-year-old Luke. This is a funny, sweet, surreal and madcap adventure, full of laughs and thrills. 

  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This joyful celebration of black hair demonstrates a range of styles and will inspire children to experiment with their own look.

  • My Happy Life

    Author: Rose Lagercrantz Illustrator: Eva Eriksson
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Dani is very happy and excited about starting school but also a tiny bit worried.  What if she doesn't find a friend?

  • My Heart and Other Black Holes

    Author: Jasmine Warga
    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

    This is a brave, relevant and ultimately uplifting story, beautifully written with sensitivity and understanding. Read it!

  • My Henry

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Unconventional subject matter for the very young is presented with gentle humour and a sense of great joy

  • My Humongous Hamster

    Author: Lorna Freytag
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    The narrator of this story imagines her hamster getting bigger and bigger until he is as big as King Kong!

  • My Little Book of Big Freedoms

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Amnesty International UK

    Children's Laureate Chris Riddell has sketched 16 simple but beautiful illustrations of the freedoms that form part of the Human Rights Act. It would be hard to find anybody, young or old, not enchanted by this pocket-sized book.

  • My Little Book of Trains

    Author: Rod Green and Claudia Martin
    Publisher: QED

    Tilting trains, trams, cable cars, funicular railways, monorail, Maglev trains… All these and so many more are documented in this colourful photographic hardback - ideal for vehicle-mad little ones.

  • My Magical Life

    Author: Zach King Illustrator: Beverly Acre
    Publisher: Puffin

    Eleven-year-old Zach King comes from a magical family, but has yet to unlock his own powers. Fast-paced and funny, this chapter book is the first in a trilogy, and would particularly appeal to reluctant boy readers. 

  • My Magical Unicorn

    Author: Illustrator: Yujin Shin
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    Follow the bright adventures of one very cute unicorn as she spends a day in a magical world full of rainbows, castles, multicoloured trees and fun friends. 

  • My Magnificent Jelly Bean Tree

    Author: Maura Finn Illustrator: Aura Parker
    Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

    Some people say jelly beans don’t grow on trees. Not this little boy... He believes in magic. A feast for all the senses with fun and simple rhythmic text, which makes this great to read aloud.

  • My Messed-Up Life

    Author: Susin Nielsen
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Now Violet's dad has moved to Los Angeles with his new wife, her mum keeps going on dates with truly awful men - so she takes matters into her own hands and decides it's time to make George Clooney a new stepdad. A funny, well-observed story.

  • My Monster and Me

    Author: Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    A boy introduces both himself and his monster, who has been with him for as long as he can remember. An all-round perfect picture book for entertaining and reassuring any child that though anxiety may be a part of life, it does not define us and can be managed. 

  • My Mum

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Random House

    All small children love their mums and in this colourful and entertaining picture book, Anthony Browne explains exactly why.

  • My Mum Always Looks After Me So Much!

    Author: Sean Taylor & David Barrow
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    Little gorilla has to go to the doctor’s to get an injection, but he doesn’t mind too much because the doctor is nice. Also, getting an injection is all part of Mum looking after little gorilla...

  • My Mum Tracy Beaker

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Tracy Beaker is now a mum, and this marvellous tale, narrated by her daughter Jess, introduces the spirited character to a new generation of readers. Serious issues are explored with sensitivity and humour, creating a funny, moving and uplifting tale.

  • My Mum’s Growing Down

    Author: Laura Dockrill Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    What do you do if your mum loves nothing better than complaining in restaurants and calling museum guards fruit bats? What if she makes you hold hands in the cinema, won’t stop playing on the PlayStation, has custard on her dress and insists on you telling her a bedtime story? The little boy that describes his creative, warm and often embarrassing mum is (de…

  • My Name is Bear!

    Author: Nicola Killen
    Publisher: Egmont

    Bear is very proud of his name, but that’s not a good reason to be rude about everyone else’s! Can Bear ever learn to be polite and kind? Beautifully formatted, wittily illustrated and absolutely hilarious. 

  • My Name is Bob

    Author: James Bowen and Garry Jenkins Illustrator: Gerald Kelley
    Publisher: Red Fox

    An uplifting, true story, a prequel to the adult bestseller.

  • My Name is Book

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Neil Packer
    Publisher: Walker Books

    If you are intrigued as to how sheep and birds have played important roles in the recording of the written word then this is the definitely the book for you!

  • My Name is Mina

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hodder

    Through a collection of stories, journal entries and meandering thoughts, Mina tells the story of her life so far; of grief, marginalisation, bravery, self- knowledge and love.

  • My Name is not Refugee

    Author: Kate Milner
    Publisher: The Bucket List

    When they reach a safe place, a little boy must remember that although children call him Refugee, that is not his real name. Clear, moving illustrations complement this simple, touching book that explains the refugee crisis in an accessible way.

  • My Name is Parvana

    Author: Deborah Ellis
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Fifteen year old Parvana is found by American troops in the ruins of a school in Afghanistan. Through flashbacks we learn her story.

  • My Name's Not Friday

    Author: Jon Walter
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    This is an extraordinary book that brings an incredibly dark period of American history into sharp focus for teen readers.

  • My Naughty Little Sister

    Author: Dorothy Edwards Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Egmont

    This affectionate portrait of family life is the story of a naughty three-year-old sister who is obstinate, inquisitive and full of mischief.

  • My New Shoes

    Author: Leilani Sparrow Illustrator: Dan Taylor
    Publisher: Boxer Books

    Young bear’s feet are growing, so it is time for him to get some new shoes. Vibrant illustrations and rhyming text capture the excitement of this familiar experience, making this an ideal tale for toddlers who are embarking on their own visit to the shoe shop.

  • My Parents are Out of Control

    Author: Pete Johnson
    Publisher: Yearling, Random House Children's Books

    Out of the blue, Louis’s parents ask for tips on being cool. At first Louis is amused and teaches his parents how to use lingo like ‘wicked’ and ‘sick,’ – until one day things go too far...

  • My Pet Book

    Author: Bob Staake
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    If you have ever wanted a pet that was easy to look after then this is the book for you.

  • My Pop-Up World Atlas

    Author: Anita Ganeri Illustrator: Stephen Waterhouse
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    This beautifully-presented pop-up atlas has lots of flaps to lift, tabs to pull and facts to discover.

  • My Scorching Summer Diary

    Author: Liz Rettig
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Kelly Ann’s head is filled with dreams as she leaves Glasgow, her family and her boyfriend Chris for a six-week summer hotel job in London - and an audition with a cutting-edge modern dance company.

  • My Secret War Diary, by Flossie Albright

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Following Archie's War, which recorded in diary form the First World War home-front experience of a ten year old, Williams now turns to Archie's daughter, Flossie Albright.

  • My Side of the Diamond

    Author: Sally Gardner Illustrator: Nat Barlex
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    A breathtaking Young Adult science fiction thriller that celebrates diversity: heart-breaking, terrifying but ultimately uplifting. The story will haunt you long after the last page is finished.

  • My Sister is an Alien

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Puffin

    Alfie's new baby sister, Ruby, looks, sounds and smells like an alien. Alfie is convinced she often cries for home. He decides to take Ruby back to the moon where she belongs.

  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

    Author: Annabel Pitcher
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Told through the eyes of ten-year-old Jamie, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece sensitively tackles issues around grief, terrorism, racism and bullying.

  • My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession

    Author: J A Buckle
    Publisher: Curious Fox

    Josh, a metal-head and owner of Ozzy the ferret, has just started college.

  • My So-Called Haunting

    Author: Tamsyn Murray
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Life isn't easy when you're a teenager starting a new school in a new city, especially when you can see ghosts all the time, like 14-year-old Skye!

  • My So-Called Life

    Author: Joanna Nadin
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    'Why is life never like it is in books? Nothing interesting ever happens to me...Even my name sucks. In other words, my life is earth-shatteringly normal.'

  • My Super Sister

    Author: Gwyneth Rees Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Sensible Emma and her naughty little sister Saffie love having superpowers. The only problem is that Mum and Dad don't want anyone to find out about their very unusual gifts.

  • My Swordhand is Singing

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: Hachette

    Set in the seventeenth century amid the bleakness of winter in Eastern Europe, and inspired by vampire folklore, this is a superbly crafted, dark and menacing tale.

  • My True Love Gave to Me

    Author: Various Editor: Stephanie Perkins
    Publisher: Macmillan

    A collection of Christmas-themed romantic short stories, one for each of the 'twelve days', by some of the best known American YA authors.

  • My Two Grandads

    Author: Floella Benjamin Illustrator: Margaret Chamerlain
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Aston’s granddads are different from each other, but both love playing musical instruments.

  • My Uncle is a Hunkle, Says Clarice Bean

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Clarice Bean's mum is dubious about letting fireman Uncle Ted babysit, as things tend to go wrong when he's around.

  • My Village: Rhymes from Around the World

    Author: Various Illustrator: Mique Moriuchi Editor: Danielle Wright
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Printed beside each rhyme is its native language version. The illustrations are designed to attract even the youngest audience, lively, colourful and child-centred.

  • Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: Ship of Ghosts

    Author: Gillian Philip
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Accomplished story-telling, clever plotting and heroic youngsters who save the day, make for an engaging page-turner. A riveting follow-up to The Lost Children

  • Mysteries of Ravenstorm Island: The Lost Children

    Author: Gillian Philip
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Thrown together during a summer holiday on a remote island, Molly and Arthur seem unlikely friends who must solve a mystery together.

  • Mysterium: The Black Dragon

    Author: Julian Sedgwick
    Publisher: Hodder Children's

    Embarking on an action-packed quest through Hong Kong, Danny finds out about the Mysterium - the travelling circus of which his parents were members.

  • Mystery & Mayhem

    Author: Various Editor: Katherine Woodfine
    Publisher: Egmont

    This collection has twelve different mysteries told by twelve fantastic authors, and there's a range of motives and solutions to the crimes. There really is something for every mystery lover.

  • Mystery at the Ice Hotel

    Author: Sara Grant
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This is the second adventure for teenager heroes Chase and Mackenzie, but this new thrill-a-minute story set in the Arctic circle stands alone. For wannabe teens and young teens in search of light thrills and escapism.

  • Mystery Horse

    Author: Jane Smiley
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    The third book in Jane Smiley's series about Abby and her family moves their fractured relationships onwards, as well as introducing a new horse, and a supernatural element. 

  • Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

    Author: Katherine Woodfine
    Publisher: Egmont

    Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow is a wonderful adventure full of friendship and heart, danger and mystery, and is not to be missed.

  • Mystic City

    Author: Theo Lawrence
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Set in a futuristic semi-submerged Manhattan, this is a story of forbidden love fighting to survive in a dystopian world of corruption and political intrigue.

  • Myth Atlas: Maps and Monsters, Heroes and Gods from Twelve Mythological Worlds

    Author: Thiago de Moraes
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    The mythological worlds of 12 cultures from Ireland to Japan, Polynesia to the mythos of the Hindu world are explored here in a beautiful collection, which helps children to celebrate and respect the wonderful differences in the way people see the world.

  • Mythologica: An Encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters and Mortals from Ancient Greece

    Author: Steve Kershaw Illustrator: Victoria Topping
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    This guide to Greek mythology combines accessible facts with amazing visuals for a truly amazing read. The artwork really is the star of the book.