Books beginning with: N

  • 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.

  • Nadine Dreams of Home

    Author: Bernard Ashley Illustrations by Ollie Cuthbertson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    An ultimately uplifting story aimed at new or dyslexic readers.

  • Nadiya’s Bake Me a Celebration Story

    Author: Nadiya Hussain Illustrator: Clair Rossiter
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    With bright illustrations and a smart finish, this is a real treat for any blossoming bakers. The stories themselves are short and sweet with funny dashes of modern life. Like Nadiya herself, this book is full of joy and love for all things family and food.

  • Naked

    Author: Kevin Brooks
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    London, 1976: a summer of chaos, punk, love ... and the boy they called Billy the Kid

  • Naked Trevor

    Author: Rebecca Elliot
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Trevor, like all birds (apparently), is naked. Each morning his family get up and put on their feathery clothes to become sparrows - but Trevor prefers not to wear any clothes.

  • Nancy Parker’s Diary of Detection

    Author: Julia Lee
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Newly appointed maidservant Nancy Parker dreams of being a detective, like the heroes in her books. When circumstances in her new house become suspicious, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery, in this fun and dastardly drama.

  • Nancy Parker's Spooky Speculations

    Author: Julia Lee
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Nancy Parker is back – and the plucky 1920s housemaid has a spooky mystery on her hands. This is a fun and engaging romp that will keep you guessing and clutching at the many clues and revelations along the way.

  • Nanette’s Baguette

    Author: Mo Willems
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Nanette is excited to go to the bakery on her own to get the baguettes. Unfortunately, she cannot resist taking a bite - and then another... A story - told in giggle-inducing rhyme and quirky illustrations - all about responsibility and being truthful.

  • Nanny Fox

    Author: Georgie Adams Illustrator: Selina Young
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    ‘Arnold Fox loved chickens. Not to eat – just as friends.’ So begins this charming tale of the fox who chooses sandwiches over chicks.

  • Nara and the Island

    Author: Dan Ungureanu
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Nara lives on a teeny tiny island, and can see another island across the water. What secrets will she discover among the trees? This book touches on the themes of adventure, dreams, friendship and finding your own little space in the world.

  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!

    Author: Ben Clanton
    Publisher: Egmont

    Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky sea creature whose amazing horn-like tooth on his forehead earns him the nickname "unicorn of the sea". When he meets a jellyfish, they become firm friends. A quirky chapter book with a mixture of fun facts and nonsense stories.

  • Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Nat the Cat wakes up with a big smile on her face! She packs a picnic to share with her friends Billy Goat and Hugo Hare. But they are both feeling grumpy and they don’t want a picnic.

  • Natboff: One Million Years of Stupidity

    Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Egmont

    The story of the inhabitants of the village of Lamonic Bibber, a place Mr Gum (also by Andy Stanton) fans are already very familiar with, from 20,000 years ago until 1 million years in the future. Probably the most ridiculous and funny book you will ever read.

  • National Trust: Ned the Nature Nut's Nutty Nature Facts and Jokes

    Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Nosy Crow / The National Trust

    What has 100 legs but no sense? A sillipede! What do clouds put on after a shower? Thunderwear! Ned the Nature Nut is our guide through this collection of wildlife facts, puns and jokes for young readers.

  • Nature's Day

    Author: Kay Maguire and Danielle Kroll
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    An introduction to the seasons, and what flowers, wildlife and fruit and veg you can expect to see.

  • Naughty Kitty

    Author: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Every time Lily leaves the room, Naughty Kitty causes havoc. Or does she...?

  • Ned and the Joybaloo

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Ned always looks forward to Friday when he gets the chance to play with the Joybaloo he finds in the airing cupboard. Together they laugh and play and discover the most fantastic adventures.

  • Ned’s Circus of Marvels

    Author: Justin Fisher
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Thirteen-year-old Ned is whisked away from his incredibly ordinary life to save the world by joining a weird and wonderful flying circus. A gripping adventure overflowing with spells, otherworldly creatures, treachery and magic.

  • Neffy and the Feathered Dinosaurs

    Author: Joe Lillington
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Did the T-Rex have feathers? Find out by taking a tour of the dinosaur world with Neffy, a young microraptor. This is a wonderfully informative book, speckled with fascinating facts and beautifully illustrated by Joe Lillington.

  • Nell and the Circus of Dreams

    Author: Nell Gifford Illustrator: Briony May Smith
    Publisher: Oxford

    Nell finds a lost chick and cares for it, naming it Rosebud. One day, Rosebud is gone and Nell runs into the meadows looking for her – and finds a circus instead! This beautiful, jewel-like book is a real star, all about friendship, magic and circuses. 

  • Nellie Choc-Ice Penguin Explorer

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Jamie Smith
    Publisher: Little Gems

    Nellie Choc-Ice, an adventurous little penguin, finds herself in a spot of bother when a submarine causes her iceberg to break off and drift away from her home and family. This pocket-sized chapter book packs a punch full of energy and wit. 

  • Nelly & Nora: The Windy Way Home

    Author: Text based on the script by Emma Hogan Illustrator: Artwork by Emma Hogan/ Geronimo Productions Ltd
    Publisher: Walker Entertainment

    After playing on the beach, sisters Nelly and Nora head for home, but the wind is far stronger than they expected. This gentle, everyday adventure, with appealing illustrations, captures all the fun and excitement of a blustery day.

  • Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody

    Author: Roland Chambers Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Oxford

    Nelly decides to track down her dad, who has gone missing on an expedition.

  • Neptune's Tears

    Author: Susan Waggoner
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    The year is 2218 and Zee is working as an empath, an emotional healer, in a busy London hospital. It is there she meets the mysterious and enigmatic David.

  • Nest

    Author: Esther Ehrlich
    Publisher: Oneworld Publications

    This heartbreaking debut novel is beautifully written. The characters are sympathetically drawn and the complex issues of physical and mental illness, grief and guilt are explored with sensitivity. Highly recommended.

  • Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

    Author: Gareth Edwards Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    This fabulously daft tale around a child's evening routine is the perfect bedtime book to share.

  • Never Ending

    Author: Martyn Bedford
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A searingly moving and mesmerising portrayal of a vulnerable teenager trying to cope with the guilt she feels over her brother's death. By the multi award-winning author of Flip.

  • Never Ever

    Author: Jo Empson
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Children frequently claim that nothing exciting ever happens, and Empson's second Kate Greenaway award-nominated picture book takes this fact and illustrates a series of fantastic adventures a child might imagine (or ignore!)

  • Never Evers

    Author: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
    Publisher: Chicken House

    This is a must read for anyone who has ever been on a school trip, had a crush on a pop star, or embarrassed themselves in front of their friends. Laugh-out-loud funny, with wry observations about friendship and how to fit in.

  • Never Fall Down

    Author: Patricia McCormick
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Growing up in Cambodia, Arn's life is one of carefree adventure - until the Khumer Rouge come to power and Arn's world is turned upside down.

  • Never Let Me Go

    Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
    Publisher: Faber

    In one of the most acclaimed and strange novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England.

  • Never Take a Bear to School

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This stylish book - all about why it's very wise not to take your bear to school, no matter how afraid you are - will cheer even the most nervous of new pupils.

  • Never Tickle a Tiger

    Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Marc Boutavant
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    For fidgety children everywhere, especially those who don't heed good advice, this cautionary tale shows what the unconsidered consequences can be when we can't understand just why we're told never to do something.

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

    Author: Jessica Townsend
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Born on Eventide, Morrigan Crow is a 'cursed child', blamed for every misfortune and destined to die on her eleventh birthday. But just before midnight strikes, the mysterious Jupiter North appears, offering Morrigan another choice: journey with him to Nevermore. In this magical world, she moves into Jupiter's awesome, ever-changing hotel and enters the tria…

  • Nevermore

    Author: Linda Newbery
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Tizzie's mum lands a job as cook at a big house, and Tizzie encounters a household with a hidden past who eagerly await the return of the absent owner and his daughter Greta.

  • New and Collected Poems for Children

    Author: Carol Ann Duffy Illustrator: Alice Stevenson
    Publisher: Faber

    Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, brings together the best of her poems for children.

  • Newes From The Dead

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Definitions

    This intriguing novel is based on the case of maidservant, Anne Green, 'hanged for infanticide at Oxford Assizes in 1650. Restored to the world and died again in 1665'.

  • Newspaper Boy and Origami Girl

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    When bullies steal newspaper-boy Joey's money, he is amazed to see his papers leap from his bag in the form of Origami Girl, who chases the thieves away.

  • Next

    Author: Various Editor: Keith Gray
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Following on from the success of Losing It, Keith Gray has edited a new collection of eight short stories for young people exploring the complex question of what happens when we die.

  • Nibbles Numbers

    Author: Emma Yarlett
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Nibbles, the book-eating monster, is munching his way through all the numbers in this first counting book which will entertain adults and children alike. Fun and interactive. 

  • Nibbles: The Book Monster

    Author: Emma Yarlett
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    This is a story about a little monster called… Nibbles. And with that, he nibbles his way right out of the book! This really exciting reading experience is sure to be a hit with the whole family. 

  • Nice Work for the Cat and the King

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Scholastic

    The second book from Nick Sharratt about the long-suffering, loyal cat and the well-meaning but somewhat ineffectual King: perfect for younger ones that want something longer than a picture book but still love silly humour and a great, well-written concept.

  • Nicholas and the Wild Ones

    Author: Niki Daly
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    Starting school is never easy, especially if the Wild Ones are in your class! Can Nicholas find a way to cope? Find out in this positive, humorous story.

  • Night Monkey Day Monkey

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lucy Richards
    Publisher: Egmont

    Night Monkey and Day Monkey both live in the same jungle but their lives are worlds apart until one day Night Monkey wakes up in the day and Day Monkey wakes in the night.

  • Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story

    Author: Hena Khan Illustrator: Julie Paschkis
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    This tale about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is told through the eyes of Yasmeen, a seven-year-old Pakistani-American girl. Beautiful, rich illustrations enhance this joyful and informative picture book. Ideal for either home or in schools.

  • Night Sky Dragons

    Author: Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham Illustrator: Patrick Benson
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A touching story set in medieval Mongolia, about a lonely young boy who desperately wants the approval of his remote father.

  • Night Speakers

    Author: Ali Sparkes
    Publisher: Scholastic

    An atmospheric supernatural thriller, in which three unlikely allies must solve an eerie mystery to put a stop to an escalating wave of killing that threatens their town.

  • Night Zookeeper: The Giraffes of Whispering Wood

    Author: Joshua Davidson Illustrator: Buzz Burman
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Will is certain that, no matter what his teacher says, he’s right to paint a purple elephant. And he is proved right, when the elephant turns out to be the gateway to a magical world. A delightfully original and amusing adventure about imagination.

  • Nightlights

    Author: Lorena Alvarez
    Publisher: Nobrow

    A remarkable, haunting and beautiful graphic novel for younger readers, Nightlights is a magical fable about creativity and believing in yourself. With a 'Studio Ghibli' feel and some sumptuous artwork, this is a wonderful read and a visual treat.

  • Nightmares!

    Author: Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller Illustrator: Karl Kwasny
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A clever mix of fantasy, horror and adventure keeps the pages turning as Charlie battles to save the world, and his soul. 

  • Nimesh the Adventurer

    Author: Ranjit Singh Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
    Publisher: Lantana Publishing

    This captivating picture book will delight young children, encouraging them to invent their own imaginative adventures. The striking collage illustrations contain vibrancy and depth, drawing the reader into Nimesh’s exciting fantasy world.

  • Nina and the Kung-Fu Adventure

    Author: Madhvi Ramani Illustrator: Erica-Jane Waters
    Publisher: Tamarind Books

    A pacey story with appealing characters, a spell-binding plot and a satisfying conclusion that emphasises the power of friendship, loyalty, bravery and Chinese qi, or inner power. 

  • Nina and the Magical Carnival

    Author: Madhvi Ramani Illustrator: Erica-Jane Waters
    Publisher: Tamarind Books

    An exciting adventure set in Brazil at carnival time that shows the amazing power of imagination, kindness and self-belief. Will Nina find the inspiration for her school talent show and help her aunt solve a top-secret mystery?

  • Nina and the Travelling Spice Shed

    Author: Madhvi Ramani
    Publisher: Tamarind Books

    When Nina goes in search of some turmeric, in eccentric Aunt Nishi’s spice shed, she doesn’t expect the shed to take off for India!

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

    Author: George Orwell
    Publisher: Penguin Books

    Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party.

  • Nini at Carnival

    Author: Errol Lloyd
    Publisher: Red Fox / Random House Children’s Books

    Nini needs a costume to join in the Carnival parade and comes up with a brilliant solution. Nini at Carnival was first published in 1978, and there’s a reason it is so popular. The energy seems to march right off the page into your imagination.

  • Ninja Kid

    Author: Anh Do Illustrator: Jeremy Ley
    Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

    Nelson Kane wakes up on his tenth birthday to discover that he has developed ninja powers. He puts his newfound skills to the test when a cluster of gigantic spiders attack the town. A light-hearted chapter book that's fast paced and funny. 

     

  • Ninja: Death Touch

    Author: Chris Bradford and Sonia Leong
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Older and wiser, Taka is faced with another challenge. Lord Oda has sworn to destroy all ninja and is marching towards Taka's village with a huge army of samurai. Taka will need to use all of his skills if he wants to protect his home, his family and his honor.

  • Ninja: First Mission

    Author: Chris Bradford
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    A dyslexia- friendly book with plenty of appeal for action-loving readers

  • Nits!

    Author: Stephanie Blake Translator: Linda Burgess
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    A funny, light-hearted picture book about a common childhood issue that will prompt plenty of chuckles and delight young fans of Simon, the little rabbit with lots of personality.

  • No Baby No

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Amusing illustrations of a mischievous baby's exploits accompany the rhyming text, making this a book small children will want to read and recite again and again.

  • No Ballet Shoes in Syria

    Author: Catherine Bruton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Aya is a Syrian asylum seeker, looking after her mother and baby brother in the cold, unfamiliar city of Manchester – but she is also a talented ballet dancer. Children who love stories of performance and friendship will enjoy this book. 

  • No Bed without Ted

    Author: Nicola Smee
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Simple rhyming text and bright, colourful, endearing images of a little girl with her pets and toys make this familiar domestic tale of a missing ted into an appealing bedtime tale.

  • No Fixed Address

    Author: Susin Nielsen
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    If Felix can win Canada’s biggest junior quiz show, he and his mum can stop living in a car park. Or is that just wishful thinking? Felix’s story is hard to put down and the gritty issue of homelessness is tackled with sensitivity and gentle humour.

  • No Kiss For Mother

    Author: Tomi Ungerer
    Publisher: Phaidon Press

    Piper Paw is a tough tom cat, but even he can't avoid a kiss from his doting mother.

  • No More Kisses for Bernard!

    Author: Niki Daly
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Lively and evocative illustrations reinforce the humour in this witty portrayal of a dilemma faced by many youngsters when relatives come to visit

  • No Probllama!

    Author: Rosie Greening Illustrator: Kali Stileman
    Publisher: Make Believe Ideas

    Llamas may look a little goofy, but in this touch-and-feel book, they are fearless adventurers! This modern, quirky storybook will keep families reading and laughing together with its rhyme, regular beat, fabulous illustrations and outrageous humour.

  • No Such Thing as Dragons

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A poetic, fast-moving, medieval adventure story with its roots firmly in traditional folk tale and legend.

  • No Turning Back

    Author: Beverley Naidoo
    Publisher: Puffin

    Sipho runs away looking for freedom, but finds that the streets of Johannesburg are hard to escape. This powerful, moving book conveys complex shades of good and evil. The characters, with all their flaws, ring true, and will excite passionate discussion.

  • No Use Crying

    Author: Zannah Kearns
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Moving, genuine and warm in plot and tone, every character in this debut novel is well-rounded and real

  • No!

    Author: Marta Altes
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Meet No. No is the best-behaved, most obliging, helpful and useful dog EVER!  He helps his family get to places faster, he tastes their food, hunts for treasure in their garden, helps with the laundry. He never stops. There is just one thing he doesn’t understand: why did they give him a collar saying ‘Spike’?

    In fact, No’s words …

  • No. 1 Car Spotter

    Author: Atinuke .
    Publisher: Walker Books

    No. 1 comes to the rescue each and every time his family or the village are in trouble!

  • Noah Barleywater Runs Away

    Author: John Boyne
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    John Boyne's second children's novel is a modern but ageless fairytale about a boy who runs away from home deep into a forest.

  • Noble Conflict

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Kaspar is proud to be one of the Guardians - an elite peacekeeping force who protect the Alliance against the rebel Insurgency. Then he encounters young rebel Rhea.

  • Nobody Saw No One

    Author: Steve Tasane
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This witty, gritty and disturbing dual narrative story of abuse and exploitation starts as a modernised retelling of Oliver Twist but evolves into a cutting edge contemporary exploration of a care system in crisis and the determination of victims to survive.

  • No-Bot

    Author: Sue Hendra
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Bernard the Robot is playing in the park. As he walks home, realises his bottom has  disappeared! Where could it have gone?

  • Noggin

    Author: John Corey Whaley
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Sixteen-year-old Travis died from leukaemia five years ago. But he's alive again (and still sixteen) as the result of pioneering transplant surgery to attach his cryogenically saved head to another body.

  • Noisy Bottoms

    Author: Sam Taplin Illustrator: Mark Chambers
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing

    In this hilarious noisy book, we follow Little Bear as he goes through the forest and discovers that all the animals have rather noisy bottoms

  • Noisy Neighbours

    Author: Ruth Green
    Publisher: Tate

    Sid the Snail is looking for somewhere to have a nap but all the other animals are being too noisy until Sid decides to have a party and tire everyone out!

  • Noo-Noos

    Author: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Every young child has a noo-noo. It’s that scruffy piece of well-loved fabric, fur, plastic or rubber, that goes everywhere with you...

  • Norman the Norman from Normandy

    Author: Philip Ardagh Illustrator: Tom Morgan-Jones
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Philip Ardagh’s extra-silly sense of humour is on full display in this seriously funny book about Norman the Norman from Normandy, who ends up a hero but has no idea why!

  • Norris, the Bear who Shared

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Norris the bear is patient, and prepared to wait for life's pleasures, such as the plorringe hanging from the tree, not quite ripe.

  • Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

    Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland Illustrator: Jeffrey Alan Love
    Publisher: Walker Studio

    If your children loved the recent Marvel movies featuring Thor but haven’t heard the original Norse legends before, this fantastic compendium of new retellings would be an excellent place to start.

  • North of Nowhere

    Author: Liz Kessler
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Visiting her grandmother, Mia discovers many secrets hidden in the sleepy seaside village of Porthaven.

  • North: The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth

    Author: Nick Dowson Illustrator: Patrick Benson
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This exquisite picture book invites readers to accompany a host of animals from walruses to whales, as they migrate to the Arctic for the summer months

  • Northern Lights

    Author: Philip Pullman
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This extraordinary fantasy is the first book in Philip Pullman's multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy

  • Norton and Alpha

    Author: Kristyna Litten
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    This charming tale about appreciating the wonder of nature is accompanied by gorgeous atmospheric illustrations, which bring the endearing characters to life.

  • Not As We Know It

    Author: Tom Avery
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Younger middle-grade readers desperate to get their teeth into something a little more serious will enjoy this sensitive story.

  • Not Bad for a Bad Lad

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Templar

    A grandfather explaining to his grandson how his difficult post-war childhood had led him into petty crime.

  • Not for Parents: How to be a Dinosaur Hunter

    Author: Scott Forbes Illustrator: James Gulliver Hancock
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications

    Everything young explorers need to know about how to become a famous dinosaur hunter.

  • Not for Parents: How to be a World Explorer

    Author: Various
    Publisher: Lonely Planet

    How do you cope with extreme cold? How do you find water in the wild? How can you escape from quicksand? How do you navigate by the stars? How do you fight a bear?

  • Not If I See You First

    Author: Eric Lindstrom
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Parker Grant doesn't need perfect vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage.

  • Not now, Bernard

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen

    The classic tale of Bernard, whose distracted parents fail to notice that their son has been eaten and replaced by a monster.

  • Not the End of the World

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Timna, 14-year-old daughter of Noah, tells what really happened to her family during the endless days and nights in the Ark, while the world all around them turned to water.

  • Notebooks of a Middle-School Princess

    Author: Meg Cabot
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    This is the first story in a new Princess Diaries spin off series for younger readers, where Olivia records events in her notebook.

  • Noteworthy

    Author: Riley Redgate
    Publisher: Amulet

    Presenting herself as Julian, Jordan successfully auditions for an all-male a capella group and is forced to consider what it means to be female, male and, ultimately, herself. A refreshingly complex and entertaining story of self-discovery.

  • Nothing Like a Puffin

    Author: Sue Soltis Illustrator: Bob Kolar
    Publisher: Walker

    Bright blocks of colour are used to good effect in this lively picture book.

  • Nothing Rhymes with Orange

    Author: Adam Rex
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Adam Rex takes the title’s conventional wisdom and lets it grow into a raucous romp with a surprisingly heartfelt message. By painting hands, feet and faces on photos of fruit, Rex creates a lovable cast of characters, but none as lovable as the titular Orange.

    While all the other fruit dance and rhyme their names, Orange feels left out. After all, nothing r…

  • Nothing!

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Lila has a fabulous imaginary world: if she’s not wrestling an octopus or soaring over a jungle, she’s racing in a winged chariot. Visiting grandpa might not seem as fascinating, but he’s just as keen to join her fantasy world.

  • Notso Hotso

    Author: Ann Fine Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Puffin

    Anthony, a very vain dog, is horrified when his fur starts to fall out in clumps. On a humiliating trip to the vet, his body is shaved, leaving only the fur on his head and tip of his tail so that he resembles a lion.

  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House

    Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

  • Now

    Author: Morris Gleitzman
    Publisher: Puffin

    A beautifully written book, full of hope, love and sorrow; it provides an apt ending to the unforgettable trilogy that also includes Once and Then.

  • Now is the Time for Running

    Author: Michael Williams
    Publisher: Tamarind Books

    Deo's life is destroyed when government forces kill his family. Together with his brother Innocent, he flees his village in search of his father, encountering hardship and hostility along the way.

  • Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

    Narrated by Private Fazal Khan, a young Muslim soldier in Company 32 of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps, this is a moving and insightful account of a key event in the Second World War. Fifteen-year-old Fazal runs away from his family in northern India and lies about his age to join up and serve the British Empire, just as his grandfather did during World…

  • Nuddy Ned's Christmas

    Author: Garry Parsons Kes Gray
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This hilarious rhyming book by Kes Gray and illustrated by Garry Parsons  is a brilliantly silly one to share, especially at bedtime in the run up to Christmas.

  • Number Circus

    Author: Kveta Pacovska
    Publisher: Minedition

    This is an exuberant and tactile book which just asks to be stroked and poked and pulled about.

  • Numbers

    Author: Rachel Ward
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Jem avoids relationships, until she meets Spider, another outsider, and her life takes a happier turn.

  • Numbers

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This bright and original counting book for toddlers is full of Pieńkowski’s trademark bright, thick-outlined illustration.

  • Nursery Rhyme Rainbow

    Author: Alison Jay
    Publisher: Templar

    Distinctive, crackle-glazed-style illustrations guide readers through a world peopled by characters from classic rhymes, some more difficult to spot than others.

  • Nursery Rhymes

    Author: Roger Priddy
    Publisher: Priddy Books

    A large board book of over 20 nursery rhymes.

  • Nursery Rhymes

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Campbell

    Favourite nursery rhymes illustrated by the creator of Maisy!

  • Nuts in Space

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Fans of Elys Dolan's first book, Weasels, will love this second offering: a fun intergalactic caper packed with similarly silly humour.

  • Nuts!

    Author: Lou Peacock Illustrator: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    The squirrels are squabbling. He thinks the nuts are his and she thinks the nuts are hers. A really funny book to read aloud, which would be perfect for early years' classroom use, as well as an important lesson to share at home.