Books beginning with: P

  • Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption

    Author: Jose Domingo
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 6-9
    Reading age: 7+

    A mind-boggling comic book journey through the Monster Dimension, with Pablo, Jane, an evil cat and a very clever mouse.

    This blend of graphic story-telling, fantasy and humour comes from renowned Spanish illustrator Jose Domingo.

  • Pablo and the Noisy Party

    Author: Andrew Brenner and Sumita Majumdar
    Publisher: Ladybird Books
    Interest age: 3-7

    Pablo finds the noise at his cousin's party overwhelming, but his imaginary friends are there to help him make sense of the situation. This empowering book and TV series competently reflect neurodiversity and has been developed by writers who are themselves on the autistic spectrum.

  • Pablo the Artist

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    Pablo the elephant is looking for inspiration. His friends suggest he paints a landscape so off he goes to the country where he dreams up a wonderful painting full of colour and life.

  • Paddington Here and Now

    Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 8+

    Half a century after he first appeared in print, Paddington Bear is back.

  • Paddington in the Garden

    Author: Michael Bond
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    • Part of the beloved series following Paddingon Bear and the Brown family.
    • Paddington lends a paw in the garden, with some funny results!
    • Preschoolers will love the illustrations and hearing you read the story.

  • Paddington's Cookery Book

    Author: Michael Bond and Lesley Young Illustrator: R W Alley
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    This delightful cookery book is the perfect way to inspire youngsters to have fun in the kitchen

  • Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers

    Author: Anna James
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Tilly Pages always knew she loved books... but she never imagined she'd be able to step into their fantastical fictional worlds. A warm tribute to the joy of stories that doubles as a classic adventure.

  • Pairs! In the Garden

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Laura Scobie
    Publisher: FrancesLincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 3+

    This busy, colourful book flows with fun, rhyming text that is great for reading aloud. The detailed illustrations can be used to help identify many types of bugs, colours and flowers, making it a great learning tool for early readers.

  • Pale

    Author: Chris Wooding
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 8+

    In an eerie futuristic world, society has figured out a way to bring people back from the dead...

  • Pandora

    Author: Victoria Turnbull
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 5+

    Pandora the fox lives alone in a world of broken things. She fixes and mends them, giving new life to the forgotten. One day, an injured bird falls from the sky and she nurses it back to strength.

  • Panther

    Author: David Owen
    Publisher: Little Brown
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 8+

    This is a clever, compelling and very moving novel about the debilitating effects of depression on both the sufferer and those around them.

  • Pants

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 1-5

    From hairy pants, scary pants and fairy pants, to loose pants, tight pants and lighting up at night pants, this must-have picture book explores every possible variation on the theme.

  • Pants are Everything

    Author: Mark Lowery
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 10-14
    Reading age: 10+

    Michael Swarbrick's pathetic existence had just got better. He was on a date with the girl of his dreams - a romantic donkey ride on the beach, followed by some daring skinny dipping in the sea. Delightful!

  • Paper Aeroplanes

    Author: Dawn O'Porter
    Publisher: Hot Key Books
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 13+

    Growing up in Guernsey in the 1990s, timid Flo struggles to deal with her dysfunctional family life - until rebellious extrovert Renee unexpectedly befriends her.

  • Paper Avalanche

    Author: Lisa Williamson
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Fourteen-year-old Ro Snow’s got a secret: her house is filled to the doors with her mother’s hoarded rubbish. A brilliant, thoughtful read that explores Bonnie’s mental health issues and their effect on Ro with compassion. 

  • Paper Weight

    Author: Meg Haston
    Publisher: Hot Key Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 9+

    Based on experience, Meg Haston tells the story of 17-year-old Stevie and her journey into an eating disorder.

  • Party for Dads

    Author: Adam and Charlotte Gullain Illustrator: Ada Grey
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 3-5

    This rhyming book is a lovely celebration of everything we love about dads: silliness, games, embarrassing dancing and cuddles (and perhaps even their competitive dad behaviour)

  • Pass It On

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    The little girl in this bright, happy book embraces the simple act of passing on smiles, laughs, chuckles and whoops to others.

  • Pat-a-Cake!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    Part of a series introducing well loved games and rhymes.

  • Pathfinder

    Author: Angie Sage
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 10+

    Magyk, friendship and conquering the forces of evil: a whole world of fantastical possibilities is left open for future books in this new series.

  • Patina

    Author: Jason Reynolds
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Elite runner Patina is a girl with a lot on her plate and she takes her responsibilities very seriously. The dialogue is crisp, the characters are believable, and it's a beautiful, flawless reading experience that will hook reluctant readers (especially those into sports).

  • Patrick

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 0
    Reading age: 6+

    Setting out to buy a violin, Patrick finds that playing it transforms not only his outlook on life, but the lives of all he meets, be it plant, animal or human!

  • Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife

    Author: Paul Thurlby
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 5+

    Take a saunter through the animal kingdom and explore some of the oddities found there, in this stylish picture book.

  • Paws Off My Book

    Author: Fabi Santiago
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Olaf the giraffe is trying to read a book but all the animals in the jungle are interrupting him with advice on how he should be reading. Fruit-salad colours pop off the page, plus there are silly animals sure to get a laugh from little book lovers.

  • Pax

    Author: Sara Pennypacker Illustrator: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 10-12

    Peter's dad is joining the war, and Peter must leave his pet fox Pax behind. This is a touching story of the bond between a child and his pet, as well as the devastating and often unseen consequences of war.

  • Peace and Conflict

    Author: Irene Sabatini
    Publisher: Corsair
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 8+

    Sabatini has written a complex and engrossing novel, which challenges many assumptions we make around truth, courage and responsibility.

  • Peace and Me

    Author: Ali Winter Illustrator: Mickaël El Fathi
    Publisher: Lantana Publishing
    Interest age: 8-11
    Reading age: 9+

    From Martin Luther King to Malala, this book is full of people who have won the Nobel Peace Prize and strived to improve the lives of others. Raising awareness for Amnesty International too, it should sit proudly on the shelves of libraries and classrooms. 

  • Peace At Last

    Author: Jill Murphy
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    The hour is late and Mr Bear is tired. But he just can't sleep - however hard he tries, all he can hear are the noises in the house.

  • Peace Maker

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matthew Griffin
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    In Michela's world, aggression is forbidden - but sometimes fighting is the only way to keep the peace. This is a well-paced and interesting story, designed to appeal to reluctant or hesitant readers, as well as dyslexia-friendly.

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book)

    Author: Ben Clanton
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Narwhal and Jelly are the best of friends - but when Jelly persuades Narwhal to try peanut butter for the first time ever, it's a life-changing event for Narwhal as he becomes obsessed with the fabulous new flavour sensation! These quirky comic strips are perfect for younger children looking for something a bit unusul.

  • Pea's Book of Best Friends

    Author: Susie Day
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    When Pea's Mum becomes a famous children's author, Pea and her family leave their home in Wales behind to start a new life in London.

  • Pea's Book of Holidays

    Author: Susie Day
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Susie Day returns with another hugely fun installment of the delightful Pea's Book series.

    Whether or not they've read about Pea's previous adventures, young readers will enjoy the gentle humour of this entertaining contemporary spin on the classic family story.

  • Peck Peck Peck

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    The new picture book from Lucy Cousins introduces readers to an enthusiastic and eager woodpecker who is being taught to peck by its dad.

  • Peekaboo Opposites

    Author: Becky Davies Illustrator: Gareth Lucas
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 4+

    Do you know your opposites? Test yourself as you follow Zebra through his day filled with ups and downs.

  • Peekaboo Park!

    Author: Emily Bolam
    Publisher: Campbell Books
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 3+

    A life-the-flaps adventure in the park!

  • Peek-a-Boo!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    The exuberant characters include children on supported mats, a child with a leg splint and a parent with a hearing aid.

  • Peekabooks: In the Jungle

    Author: Emily Bolam
    Publisher: Campbell Books
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 3+

    Join these baby animals as they ask their parents questions about getting bigger.

  • Peek-Through Around Town

    Author: Jonny Marx Illustrator: Zoe Waring
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 1-3

    Dusty the dog wants to go for a walk, so sets off on a journey around his town - saying hello to all his friends and taking in all the exciting sights and smells of the day. These board books from Little Tiger offer toddlers a bit of narrative, which make them ideal for slightly older little ones with longer attention spans.

  • Peek-Through Jobs We Do

    Author: Jonny Marx Illustrator: Zoe Waring
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2-3

    Roxy the rat shows us around her neighbourhood to find out what jobs different animals do - from Dasher the dog detective to Michelle the monkey mechanic. This board book with 8 peek-through flaps is a lovely introduction to different jobs, aimed at slightly older toddlers.

  • Peep Inside the Night Time

    Author: Anna Milbourne Illustrator: Simona Dimitri
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    The robust flaps are just right for little fingers to lift easily, and the atmospheric illustrations from Simona Dimitri vividly conjure up the night time world. Perfect for sharing and enjoying together, this is an ideal bedtime book.

  • Peepo!

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    • Much-loved picture book classic that delights babies, toddlers and their parents.
    • Look through the holes to spot details from the wonderful illustrations.
    • A rhyming peek-a-boo journey through a day in the life of a baby.

  • Penguin

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Polly Dunbar's illustrations are gorgeous and her palette stylish - from the endearing Ben's rosy cheeks to the magnificent turquoise lion who eats him up.

  • Penguin and Pinecone

    Author: Salina Yoon
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Penguin would like to keep the pinecone he finds, but soon realises that it was lost and isn’t happy in the snowy land in which he lives.

  • Penguin in Peril

    Author: Helen Hancocks
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 4+

    Penguin hatches an escape plan to avoid becoming dinner for a group of cats, who have kidnapped him from the zoo.

  • Penguin Problems

    Author: Jory John Illustrator: Lane Smith
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5-7

    A little penguin is out in the cold, and he doesn’t like it: the sun is too bright, the ocean is too salty, and he’s tired of whales and orcas trying to hunt him. A sweet and tongue-in-cheek story about remembering all the good things in our lives.

  • Penguin’s Big Adventure

    Author: Salina Yoon
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 2-6
    Reading age: 3+

    Penguin wants to be the first penguin in the Arctic. When he reaches his destination, Penguin meets a polar bear who is as scared of him as he is of the bear. However, they soon make friends and discover they're not so different after all.

  • Penguin's Can't Fly

    Author: Richard Byrne
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Gregory the gull and Hudson the penguin are best friends, until Gregory learns to fly and have fun with the other gulls, leaving Hudson feeling left out. But when Gregory gets into trouble, Hudson discovers he has special skills of his own, and comes to the rescue.

  • Penny Dreadful Causes a Kerfuffle

    Author: Joanna Nadin Illustrator: Jess Mikhail
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    The likable Penny Dreadful (really called Penelope Jones) is back in this second installment of her chaotic adventures.

  • Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster

    Author: Joanna Nadin Illustrator: Jess Mikhail
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Boys as well as girls will race through these stories giggling all the way!

  • Penny Dreadful is a Record Breaker

    Author: Joanna Nadin Illustrator: Jess Mikhail
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    This book brings together three hilarious stories about unlikely heroine Penny.

  • People's Republic

    Author: Robert Muchamore
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    The hugely popular Robert Muchamore once again grips his audience with this tale of two very different characters whose worlds dramatically entwine in an action-packed adventure.

  • Peppa’s Magical Unicorn

    Author: Peppa Pig
    Publisher: Ladybird Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    This sparkly story about Peppa and her family is perfect for young unicorn fans, but, as ever, it’s a great story about friendship and family.

  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

    Author: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 8+

    Witty, touching, sad and gripping by turn; this is a satisfying finale to an exciting series.

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Author: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    In this leftfield comic fantasy novel, 12-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that the Greek gods of Olympus are alive and living in modern-day New York.

  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

    Author: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    After monsters infiltrate Percy Jackson's school and try to kill him, Percy, Annabeth and new schoolmate Tyson, who is not all he seems, rush to Camp Half-Blood which is under attack.

  • Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse

    Author: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    Percy and his friends are charged to deliver two new demigods safely to school, but discover a plot to destroy Olympus.

  • Perfect

    Author: Nicola Davies
    Publisher: Graffeg
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    A young boy is very excited that there's to be a new arrival in the family. However, when the baby arrives, it is clear that there is something a little different about her. Minimal text and exquisite artwork tell a story of sibling love.

  • Perfectly Ella

    Author: Candy Hooper
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 9+

    A touching, funny book about growing up and the challenges of a changing home.

  • Perfectly Norman

    Author: Tom Percival
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 4+

    Norman has always been normal, perfectly normal… So he is very surprised to have wings suddenly one day! This is a sweet and truly uplifting story that celebrates diversity in a subtle but unique way.

  • Perfectly Polite Penguins

    Author: Georgiana Deutsch Illustrator: Ekaterina Trukhan
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 2-5

    Most penguins are perfectly polite. But then there is Polly. This silly, chilly story will have little ones laughing out loud at naughty little Polly, while also aborbing the message that we can’t always do what we want, when we want.

  • Perijee and Me

    Author: Ross Montgomery
    Publisher: Faber
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    When 11-year-old Caitlin discovers a shrimp-like alien creature on the shores of her island home, she takes responsibility for teaching it about the world. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Studio Ghibli films.

  • Peril en Pointe

    Author: Helen Lipscombe
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 10-12
    Reading age: 10-12

    Peril en Pointe mixes together classic elements of boarding school ups-and-downs, ballet dreams and a super sleuth crime mystery into one page-turning novel, with a plot that will keep readers guessing right to the end.

  • Peril in Paris

    Author: Katherine Woodfine Illustrator: Karl J Mountford
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9-12

    This first in a new detective series that delves into the world of spycraft in the early 1900s. Sophie and Lil are a great pair of well-drawn young women in a changing time, and the book is riveting from the start, with some delightful twists.

  • Persepolis

    Author: Marjane Satrapi Translator: Blake Ferris
    Publisher: Vintage
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 12+

    Persepolis is Satrapi's history of Iran and her life in Iran and France as she tries to retain her Iranian culture but also grow up and become independent.

  • Persist

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    Melvin Burgess allows us to experience the highs and lows of a family who are going through a very difficult time in their lives.

  • Pests

    Author: Emer Stamp
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    A little mouse loses his grandmother but finds hilarious friends at a school for pests. Hilarious and full of warmth and humour, this adventure will appeal to all kinds of readers.

  • Petals in the Ashes

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    It is 1666: a year after Hannah, heroine of At the Sign of the Sugared Plum, first came to London and was forced to leave after the outbreak of plague.

  • Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

    Author: Eric Litwin Illustrator: James Dean
    Publisher: Harper Collins
    Interest age: 3-5

    This book is fun! It's got counting, singing, rhyming and repetition. Pete's 'don't sweat the small stuff' life philosophy is engaging and the vibrant, almost perspective-less illustrations are strangely beautiful.

  • Pete with No Pants

    Author: Rowboat Watkins
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Pete isn't sure who, or what, he is. A funny, quirky, reassuring story about a confused little creature who doesn't want to conform, yet desperately wants to discover who he is.

  • Peter Nimble and the Fantastic Eyes

    Author: Jonathan Auxier
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Peter is a blind orphan who has been trained as the ultimate thief.

  • Peter Pan

    Author: J M Barrie retold in rhyme by Caryl Hart Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 7+

    In this delightful gift edition, J M Barrie’s classic tale about the boy who wouldn’t grow up is simplified and told entirely in verse, while still retaining the magical joy of the original. 

  • Peter Pan in Scarlet

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrator: David Wyatt
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 8+

    Geraldine McCaughrean's much anticipated sequel to Peter Pan finds Wendy and the lost boys now grown-up and leading respectable lives in London.

  • Peter the Penguin Pioneer

    Author: Daren King Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Quercus Publishing
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 5-8

    Fresh from a jungle trip, Peter, his exuberant assistant Punky and their friend Harold discover their beloved ice-skating rink has been over-populated with some dubious-looking penguins.

  • Petrify

    Author: Beth Chambers
    Publisher: A&C Black
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 7+

    Ella’s new next-door neighbour is confident, verging on cocky. He’s keen to prove to Ella and her friends that he knows no fear, and when he learns that the local woods are supposed to be haunted, he persuades them to join him in exploring them. 

  • Pets

    Author: Wee Gallery/Surya Sajani
    Publisher: QED Publishing
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    I have a waggly tail and I like to play - who am I? Slide the puzzle pieces into place and find out. This lovely book is a great interactive early learning tool for very young children.

  • Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon

    Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Gemma Correll
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    Petunia Perry is writing her memoir to fully explain why she's no longer friends with Cammy - and why, therefore, she and Cammy's band are unlikely to be the Next Big Thing.

  • Pharaoh's Fate: Solve the Ancient Egyptian Mystery

    Author: Camille Gautier & Stephanie Vernet Illustrator: Margaux Carpentier Translator: Catherine Bruzzone
    Publisher: b small publishing
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    You're in Ancient Egypt. Someone is plotting to murder the pharaoh - and it's up to you to stop them. This glorious whodunnit feeds you heaps of facts in a fun, interactive way - your child will barely notice they're learning.

  • Philippa Fisher and the Stone Fairy's Promise

    Author: Liz Kessler Illustrator: Katie May
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 7+

    A boy finds a piece of amber but doesn't realise it is a fairy in disguise. He tries to take it home but finds himself frozen in time with the unhappy 'stone fairy'.

  • Philomena - The Cat Who Thinks She’s a Dog

    Author: Jessie Wall
    Publisher: Wacky Bee Books
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Philomena is a cat with an identity crisis. Having been brought up with a puppy, she is now convinced she is actually a dog herself. The plot is simple but fun, and carries a gentle message about being yourself.

  • Phoenix

    Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: Corgi
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Lucky is on the run and joins up with a group of aliens - refugees from the ongoing war between aliens and humans - who agree to help Lucky find his father. A thrilling space adventure, full of suspense, action, emotion and more.

  • Phoenix Rising

    Author: Bryony Pearce
    Publisher: Stripes
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    This is an exhilarating, superbly written adventure story.

  • Picasso’s Trousers

    Author: Nicholas Allan
    Publisher: Hutchinson
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    An excellent humorous introduction to the artist for younger readers

  • Pick a Pine Tree

    Author: Patricia Toht Illustrator: Jarvis
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Putting up a tree is such an exciting part of Christmas for many little ones, so it’s lovely to see it featured as a whole story in itself here. A beautiful and nostalgic-feeling book that's a wonderful one to share.

  • Pick a Pumpkin

    Author: Patricia Toht Illustrator: Jarvis
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-5

    Fans of Jarvis’ gorgeous illustrations won’t be able to resist this seasonal treat that celebrates all things Halloween and plays down the scary side for younger readers. A real treat of a book – as sweet as a toffee apple and as warm as hot chocolate. 

  • Picklewitch and Jack

    Author: Claire Barker Illustrator: Teemu Juhani
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9+

    A chuckle-filled story about the most unlikely of friendships between a mischievous witch who lives at the bottom of the garden and brainbox, Jack, who was voted Most Sensible Boy in School for three years running.

  • Picnic

    Author: John Burningham
    Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books
    Interest age: 2-5
    Reading age: 5+

    The deceptive simplicity of both text and illustrations will draw youngsters to the interactive elements in this picture book and provides an early opportunity to attempt independent reading.

  • Picture Me Gone

    Author: Meg Rosoff
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Twelve-year-old Mila has a talent for noticing things that other people don't. 

  • Pie in the Sky

    Author: Remy Lai
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Illustrated throughout, this heartfelt story contains so much: a family coping with bereavement, the alienation of moving somewhere new, and what it’s like when you can’t speak the language of the people around you. Lovely and heartfelt.

  • Pig and Small

    Author: Alex Latimer
    Publisher: Picture Corgi
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Alex Latimer's illustrations are bold, colourful and stylized, and show that we can all get along, even if we're very unlike each other in many ways.

  • Pig Heart Boy

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 12+

    Cameron desperately needs a new heart when he is offered the opportunity to take part in a radical and controversial experiment involving the transplant of a pig's heart.

  • Pigeon P.I.

    Author: Meg McLaren
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5-8

    Murray MacMurray, the Pigeon P.I., is enjoying some quiet time until a persistent yellow canary named Vee asks him to help find her missing friends. This story of mystery and friendship will delight both children and adults.

  • Piggy Handsome

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Faber Children’s
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    Piggy Handsome is distraught to discover he is the only one in the Handsome family tree to have failed to become famous. Pacey, silly and brilliant. 

  • Piggybook

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Humour permeates this gentle exploration of gender stereotypes which will entertain families and mums in particular.

  • Pigsticks and Harold: Lost in Time!

    Author: Alex Milway
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6-9
    Reading age: 7+

    Fast-paced and funny, this chapter book with full-page graphic-novel style artwork is a hilarious romp through history. This is the fourth book in the fabulously funny Pigsticks and Harold series, which would particularly appeal to reluctant readers.

  • Pike

    Author: Anthony McGowan
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 8+

    This companion to McGowan's Brock is spare, poetic, moving, often wryly funny.

  • Pink!

    Author: Lynne Rickards Illustrator: Margaret Chamberlain
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Patrick is teased at school and doesn’t like being different. He packs his rucksack and goes to Africa to join the flamingos.

  • Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    A beautifully illustrated and simply worded story about friendship and kindness. 

  • Pip and Posy: The Christmas Tree

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2-4

    Pip and Posy are putting up the Christmas tree. Mysteriously, when Posy goes to get some candy, she returns to find that one of the biscuits has gone. What happened? And why does Pip suddenly feel sick? A lovely picture book with a gentle moral. 

  • Pip and Posy: The Little Puddle

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Pip is having so much fun at Posy's house that he forgets he needs a wee...

  • Pip and Posy: The Scary Monster

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Full of lovely detail, this is a delightful story about being brave and taking turns

  • Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    • Posy wants to make a snowmouse and Pip wants to make a snowrabbit...
    • Colourful, engaging illustrations and a simple, lively story about friends falling out and making up.
    • Part of award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler's series about the ups and downs of toddler life!

  • Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    Part of the endearing Pip and Posy series with gentle lessons for toddlers and preschoolers

  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 8+

    Follow Pippi Longstocking on her amazing adventures as she moves into Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase of gold coins.

  • Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever.

    Author: Amy Sparkes Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Publisher: Harper Collins
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    The funny fictional debut from acclaimed picture book author Amy Sparkes, with comical illustrations by Ben Cort, features an endearing hero who is much better at making cupcakes than being a pirate!

  • Pirate Pete: A Change-the-Story Book

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 6+

    As Pirate Pete sails the sea in his pirate ship, he meets One-eyed Wanda and Captain Stubble, who guide him to a treasure chest containing... whatever the reader wants!

  • Pirates 'n' Pistols: Ten Swashbuckling Pirate Tales

    Author: Chris Mould
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    Narrated with verve and an ear for the piratical, this collection will appeal to the bloodthirsty buccaneer in would-be pirates from the age of 8 and up.

  • Pirates!

    Author: Celia Rees
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 11+

    Pirates! traces the adventures of Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharpe as they sail the high seas, often fighting for their lives, in the hope of gaining glory and riches.

  • Pirates: Dead Men’s Tales

    Author: Anne Rooney Illustrator: Joe Wilson
    Publisher: Carlton Kids
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9-12

    This beautiful hardback reveals the gruesome truth about being a pirate with profiles of buccaneers like Blackbeard, the Barbarossa Brothers, Mary Read, Anne Bonny and Zheng Shi.

  • Pizza Cake

    Author: Morris Gleitzman
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    This fantastic book of short stories from Morris Gleitzman is a truly inspired mix of witty humour, sharp observation and keen imagination.

  • Pizzasaurus Rex

    Author: Justin Wagner and Coloured by Warren Wucinich
    Publisher: ONI Press
    Interest age: 10-13
    Reading age: 9-13

    This American comic offers loud, unadulterated fun from start to finish. A page-turning, laugh-out-loud adventure for the over-10s.

  • Plain Tales from the Hills

    Author: Rudyard Kipling
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 15+
    Reading age: 14+

    Kipling's early tales of the Raj were collected in this volume, his first published book, in 1888.

  • Planet Awesome!

    Author: Stacy McAnulty Illustrator: David Litchfield
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 7+

    A humorous, fabulously entertaining and lavishly illustrated introduction to astronomy, geology, natural history and ecology from the point of view of planet Earth herself.

  • Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet

    Author: Zanib Mian Illustrator: Nasaya Mafaridik
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 8-11
    Reading age: 8-11

    Planet Omar has all of the everyday life family drama and silly humour of Tom Gates and Sam Wu, and it's wonderful to read a funny book for kids featuring a Muslim family.

  • Planet Omar: Incredible Rescue Mission

    Author: Zanib Mian Illustrator: Nasaya Mafaridik
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Omar and his friends launch a mission to rescue their favourite teacher and make a disturbing discovery: she has undoubtedly been abducted by aliens!

  • Planet Omar: Unexpected Super Spy

    Author: Zanib Mian Illustrator: Nasaya Mafaridik
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 6+

    Omar's mosque is in danger of being closed down, so quick-thinking Omar holds a school talent show to raise the money needed for the emergency building repairs. When the money goes missing, it's up to Omar and his friends to become super spies to track down the culprit!

  • Planet Stan

    Author: Elaine Wickson Illustrator: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Written from his own perspective, readers can follow 11-year-old space enthusiast Stan as he and his friends enter a competition to win a much-desired telescope. How fantastic to see a book packed with mathematical concepts and space facts and yet be so hilarious.

  • Planetarium

    Author: Raman Prinja Illustrator: Chris Wormell
    Publisher: Big Picture Press
    Interest age: 8-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Written by an astrophysicist and illustrated by the phenomenally talented Chris Wormell, Planetarium explores the solar system and universe as we know it. A beautiful and wonderful book and a real treasure for any child.

  • Plastic Sucks! You Can Make a Difference

    Author: Dougie Poynter
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Plastic is one of the problems of our age, but what can we do about reducing how much we use? There’s a great mix here, from advice to learning about eco-entrepreneurs and experts. An excellent guide for older primary kids that is useful and timely.

  • Play the Shape Game

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 5+

    Celebrities, authors and illustrators join the Children's Laureate Anthony Browne in this fun novelty book encouraging children to be creative and use their imaginations.

  • Play Time

    Author: Julia Donaldson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Tried and tested and guaranteed to get children of all ages and abilities reading

  • Playground

    Author: 50 Cent
    Publisher: Quercus
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 10+

    Some tales can't help being told. And this is one of them

  • Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein

    Author: Jennifer Roy and Ali Fadhil
    Publisher: Rock the Boat
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    It's 1991 in Iraq and Ali wants to play football with his friends, read his comics and enjoy American television - but after President Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait, he and his family are thrust into war. An important read based on the co-author's real experiences.

  • Playing with Fire

    Author: Henning Mankell Translator: Anna Paterson
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 12+

    Sofia is growing up and is ready to fall in love. When the mysterious 'Moonboy' appears, he seems to be the answer to Sofia's prayers, but is he real, or just a figment of her imagination?

  • Playing with Phyre

    Author: Graham Marks
    Publisher: Catnip
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    His family killed and his village laid to waste by the ruthless Sadar forces, the boy Haden and his mute companion Decker head off into the wastelands in search of vengeance.

  • Please Mr Panda

    Author: Steve Antony
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5

    Children will love looking through the pages time and time again - and will also pick up on the story's simple but all-important message: good manners will get you anything, including doughnuts!

  • Plum

    Author: Tony Mitton
    Publisher: Barn Owl Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    This enjoyable collection from popular children’s poet Tony Mitton brings together a wide range of engaging poems for younger children

  • Podkin One Ear

    Author: Kieran Larwood Illustrator: David Wyatt
    Publisher: Faber and Faber
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    A mysterious storyteller rolls in from the snow one night and enchants a warren of young rabbits with the tale of Podkin One Ear: the son of a chieftain who went on to become a legend. A family read that already feels like a classic.

  • Poems Aloud

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Daniel Gray-Barnett
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 6+

    This dynamic collection of verse brings poetry alive, both for the reader and their audience. Perfect to encourage children to develop a love of poetry and performance.

  • Poems to Perform

    Author: Various Illustrator: Clare Melinsky Editor: Julia Donaldson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    Julia Donaldson selects her favourite poems to perform in this anthology.

  • Poetry for a Change

    Author: Various
    Publisher: Otter-Barry
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9-12

    This is the first-ever official National Poetry Day anthology, and it's a truly brilliant book for children to get stuck into all year round: perfect for classrooms but also fun for families. 

  • Poison Heart

    Author: S.B. Hayes
    Publisher: Quercus
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 10+

    Katy Rivers has never been super-confident but finally, at college, she is beginning to feel comfortable in her own skin: she has good friends and drop-dead gorgeous Merlin seems besotted with her. Then the enigmatic, cruel and captivating Genevieve arrives on the scene...

  • Polar Bear's Underwear

    Author: tupera tupera (Tatsuya Kameyama and Atsuko Nakagawa)
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5

    A comical, colourful, cut-out picture book which will appeal to small children everywhere.

  • Politics - Cutting Through the Crap

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Walker Books

    What is politics? How does Parliament work? Is the great British democracy even a true democracy?

  • Politics for Beginners

    Author: Alex Frith and Rosie Hore and Louie Stowell Illustrator: Kellan Stover
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10-12

    It's increasingly important for young people to learn about politics and how they can get involved. This engaging book introduces different political systems, ideologies and big questions - and explains how its readers can make a difference.

  • Polly Parrot Picks a Pirate

    Author: Peter Bently
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    With its humorous, energetic pictures and a bouncing rhyme, this book about a parrot seeking a pirate will be fun to use in the infant classroom.

  • Polly’s Pink Pyjamas

    Author: Vivian French Illustrator: Sue Heap
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    All Polly ever wears is her fabulous pink pyjamas – she can’t get enough of them! But when Fred invites her to his party she has to assemble a party outfit.

  • Pom and Pim

    Author: Lena Landstrom Illustrator: Olof Landstrom
    Publisher: Gecko Press
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Pom, a little boy, and Pim, his stuffed toy, go out to play in the sunshine.

  • Pony on the Twelfth Floor

    Author: Polly Faber Illustrator: Sarah Jennings
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 7+

    This hilarious and heart-warming chapter book combines an entertaining plot and a diverse range of characters with delightfully funny black-and-white illustrations. The cheeky antics of the mischievous pony are great fun.

  • Poo in the Zoo

    Author: Steve Smallman Illustrator: Ada Grey
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Zoo keeper Bob McGew calls in poo expert Hector Glopp when an iguana poops a big lime green poo.

  • Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6-9
    Reading age: 7+

    This funny non-fiction picture book for older readers is packed full of fascinating facts about poo and enthusiastically explains why this natural waste product is one of the most useful things on earth.

  • Poor Little Rabbit

    Author: Jörg Mühle
    Publisher: Gecko Press
    Interest age: 1-3
    Reading age: 4+

    This is a simple and clever idea to make reading a really interactive experience. Children can play along with making Bunny better as they wipe away his tears, brush off the dirt and stick a plaster on his elbow. 

  • Pop!

    Author: Catherine Bruton
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Elfie wants to change her life forever, so decides to achieve celebrity by entering TV talent contest Pop to the Top, coercing her reluctant friends Agnes and Jimmy to join her.

  • Poppy Field

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7+

    Inspired by John McCrae’s war poem In Flanders Fields, this touching story is ideal to share with young children to promote discussion about the impact of war and the nature of remembrance. 

  • Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse

    Author: Laura Wood
    Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 8+

    Poppy Pym and her new school friends try and solve the mystery of the pharaoh's curse after strange things happen when Egyptian artefacts go on display.

  • Poppy the Police Horse

    Author: Gavin Puckett Illustrator: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 5-9
    Reading age: 6+

    Told in hilarious rhyming couplets and with Tor Freeman’s brilliantly comic illustrations, this little book is about a police horse named Poppy, who was born blind. Poppy learns a valuable lesson: the pride from helping others is the best feeling of all...

  • Pop-Up Frankenstein

    Author: Claire Hawcock (adapted from Mary Shelley) Illustrator: Anthony Williams (Art) Rob Taylor (colour) and David Hawcock (Pop-ups)
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    This remarkable new version blends the finest contemporary illustration, dramatic storytelling and superb paper engineering.

  • Pop-Up London

    Author: Jennie Mazels
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 8+

    Explore the capital city in 3D in this fun pop-up book.

  • Pop-up Peekaboo! Space

    Author: Dawn Sirett Illustrator: Elle Ward
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
    Interest age: 0-2

    A lovely, large and sturdy pop-up book about a mission to the moon that is a delightful book to share with little ones, with big and bright pop-ups behind every big flap.

  • Port Side Pirates!

    Author: Debbie Harter Illustrator: Oscar Seaworthy
    Publisher: Barefoot Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 7+

    Fun rhyming text with a singalong CD

  • Postcards from No Mans Land

    Author: Aidan Chambers
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 9+

    The stories of three different characters are interwoven in this powerful novel exploring relationships, sexuality, life and death.

  • Postman Bear

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Postman Bear writes three letters and goes out to deliver them in Acorn Wood. By lifting the flaps young readers can find out who they are for.

  • Potkin and Stubbs

    Author: Sophie Green Illustrator: Karl J Mountford
    Publisher: Piccadilly
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9-12

    One night at the bus station Lil meets Nedly, a boy who doesn’t remember who he is. Finally, there’s a case for Lil to investigate: who is Nedly Stubbs, and what’s he doing in Peligan City? And, just as important - why doesn’t anyone else seem to see him?

  • Pot-san's Tabletop Tales

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Illustrated in Kitamura's distinctively original and vibrant style, both existing fans and new readers will enjoy this whimsical tribute to the Japanese art of tea.

  • Potter’s Boy

    Author: Tony Mitton
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9-12

    This wonderful story of a boy who yearns to be a warrior has an underlying theme of mindfulness and being in the moment. It may be a worthwhile read for tweens and upper primary children, who will enjoy Ryo’s adventure but also be suffering school burnout.

  • Predator's Gold

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Predator's Gold, the sequel to Reeve's breathlessly exciting Mortal Engines is every bit as thrilling and imaginative as its predecessor.

  • Prehistoric Actual Size

    Author: Steve Jenkins
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    From teeny-tiny creatures to ginormous ones, discover amazing prehistoric animals (and how big they are compared to you!) in this fascinating, ingenious picture book.

  • Press Here

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    An ingenious picture book that uses the power of the imagination to create a fun interactive experience for children aged two upwards

  • Pretty Bad Things

    Author: C J Skuse
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Sixteen-year old Candy-Store crime spree twins, Paisley and Beau Argent are in the headlines again.

  • Pretty Funny

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 12+

    Haylah Swinton wants to be a stand-up comic, but her lack of confidence stands in her way. Can she find the self-esteem to love her body and reject the boy who’s using her?

  • Pretty Monsters

    Author: Kelly Link
    Publisher: Walker Canongate
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 10+

    It's a mistake anyone could make - digging up the body from the wrong grave. How could you possibly know the corpse would follow you home? And how can you explain it to your Mum?

  • Pretty Thing

    Author: Jennifer Nadel
    Publisher: Corsair
    Interest age: 15+
    Reading age: 9+

    Nadel's first YA novel is set in 1976 (a playlist of music is appended!), but apart from the references to LPs, tapes and kaftans there's little to distinguish its subject matter from a twenty-first-century novel about a girl's first sexual experience.

  • Pretty Things

    Author: Sarra Manning
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 15+
    Reading age: 13+

    Sarra Manning cleverly conveys the confusion and uncertainty of adolescence, revealing that sexuality is not always as straightforward as we are sometimes led to believe

  • Previously

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Bruce Ingman
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 6+

    Using just the word 'previously' various fairytales are retold – starting with their endings and working back to their beginnings.

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Author: Jane Austen
    Publisher: Penguin Classics
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 14+

    Pride and Prejudice is an ironic novel of manners. In it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim - that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters.

  • Prince Charmless

    Author: Jeanne Willis
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 4+

    Price Charmless is a spoilt brat. Despite the fact he lives in a silver castle with all the toys he could wish for, he complains from morning until night.

  • Prince Cinders

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 4+

    Prince Cinders leads a hard life, bullied by his three big hairy brothers - that is, until one Saturday night when Cinders' luck changes

  • Princeless

    Author: Jeremy Whitley Jung Ha Kim M Goodwin and Shawn Gabborn
    Publisher: Action Lab Comics
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 8-12

    Comprehensively dismantling all the features of the fairytale princess theme, from blondeness to passivity, Princeless is a fast-moving, brilliant adventure featuring a black princess.

  • Princess Aasta

    Author: Stina Langlo Ordal
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Lonely Princess Aasta wants a bear to play with, so she places an advertisement in the newspaper.

  • Princess Arabella and the Giant Cake

    Author: Mylo Freeman Translator: Laura Watkinson
    Publisher: Cassava Republic
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Princess Arabella loved her recent birthday party so much that she wishes she could have another one. Thankfully, Grandma’s birthday is just days away. A joyful, multi-ethnic tale in the Princess Arabella series, with vibrant illustrations.

  • Princess Arabella Goes to School

    Author: Mylo Freeman
    Publisher: Cassava Republic
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    This instalment of the Princess Arabella series covers the familiar milestone of starting school, with Arabella’s royal twist. Acknowledging that school isn’t quite what some children might imagine it to be is a good message to include...

  • Princess Arabella is a Big Sister

    Author: Mylo Freeman
    Publisher: Cassava Republic
    Interest age: 3-5

    This charming new tale in the Princess Arabella series, featuring BAME characters, is full of gentle humour about the ups and downs of sibling relationships. A fun book to share with young children, particularly those who are anticipating a new family arrival.

  • Princess BMX

    Author: Marie Basting Illustrator: Flavia Sorrentino
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Princess Avariella is heir to the throne of the magical kingdom of Biscotti. Bored of behaving with grace and decorum, she gets a BMX bike. A fast-paced contemporary fairy tale with quirky characters, a hilarious plot and funny black-and-white illustrations.

  • Princess Grace

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Caroline Binch
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 5+

    Grace has always dreamed of being a princess and when there’s a competition to select a princess for a school parade, it creates wild excitement...

  • Princess Kevin

    Author: Michaël Escoffier Illustrator: Roland Garrigue
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 4-5

    Kevin is immensely pleased with his princess outfit for the fancy dress show, but he can't find a knight to go with him! Instead he sticks with his friend Chloe the Dragon - even though her outfit looks like a sock. This marvellous picture book with its self-assured protagonist celebrates individuality and provides a light-hearted platform to discuss gender …

  • Princess Mirror-Belle

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    Ellen, off school with chicken pox, gets a big surprise one day while examining her spots in the mirror: her reflection starts talking back to her, and even comes out of the mirror!

  • Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

    Author: Julia Donaldson
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 5+

    Ellen has got the chicken pox and she's desperate to scratch her itchy face. But when she's peering into the bathroom mirror she gets a big surprise when her reflection steps through into her bathroom, claiming to be a princess with dragon-pox!

  • Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    The mischievous Princess Mirror-Belle returns through the mirror in Ellen’s ballet class to create havoc in this fun sequel to Princess Mirror-Belle

  • Princess Poppy: A True Princess

    Author: Janey Louise Jones Illustrator: Samantha Chaffey
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7

    Poppy is fed up. Her best friend Honey is prettier, kinder and seems to have a much more exciting time than Poppy.

  • Princess Primrose

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Princess Primrose finds palace life desperately boring (and pink), so she never stops monkeying about. Despairing, the King and Queen call for grandma to solve the 'Primrose problem'. Packed with humorous details and characters.

  • Princess Smartypants

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the princes want her to become their wife.

  • Princess Smartypants and the Missing Princes

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 8+

    A stroppy, independent-minded princess sets out to solve the mysterious disappearance of the prospective husbands of her three best friends.

  • Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    As with other books in the Princess Smartypants series, Cole has a lot to say here about gender stereotyping, but the book is more than a conveyor belt for politically correct messaging. The book is beguiling, compelling and droll.

  • Prisoner of Ice and Snow

    Author: Ruth Lauren
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 10-13
    Reading age: 10+

    Valor’s privileged family is brought to its knees when her sister, Sacha, is imprisoned in an ice fortress for stealing a valuable music box from the royal household. Ideal winter reading.

  • Prisoner of the Inquisition

    Author: Theresa Breslin
    Publisher: Corgi Children's
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 11+

    Zarita, only daughter of the town magistrate, lives a life of wealth and privilege

  • Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps

    Author: Tim Marshall Illustrator: Grace Easton & Jessica Smith
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Geopolitics – the study of how physical landscapes affect international relations – may not seem an obvious subject for a children’s book, but this new children’s version of an adult Sunday Times bestseller is a fascinating read. Pitched perfectly for eight to eleven-year-olds, this book will make younger readers look at maps in a whole new way.

  • Private Peaceful

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 10+

    Set during World War I, Private Peaceful charts eight hours in the life of Tommo, a young soldier at the Front.

  • Professional Crocodile

    Author: Giovanna Zoboli and Mariachara Di Giorgio
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    What does a crocodile do for a living? This delightfully unusual picture book explores that very question. A sophisticated yet accessible book that reminds us not to prejudge, but rather to examine, ask questions and to wonder at the world around us.

  • Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventure

    Author: Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 10-12
    Reading age: 10-12

    Laid out beautifully, covering a science topic on each double-page spread, with information in bite-size chunks, this book will give you activities and brain teasers to keep you occupied for hours.

  • Professor Astro Cat’s Deep Sea Voyage

    Author: Dr Dominic Walliman Illustrator: Ben Newman
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Professor Astro Cat is back with his friends Gilbert, Martha, Felicity, Evie and Astro Mouse, setting sail on an incredible deep sea voyage in this book full of stunning retro illustrations and fascinating ocean facts.

  • Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey

    Author: Dr. Dominic Walliman Illustrator: Ben Newman
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 8+

    Everyone's favourite cat-astronaut investigates the human body in this beautiful, graphically illustrated look at everything from eyes to muscles, genetics to reproduction and the immune, endocrine and lymphatic systems.

  • Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

    Author: Dr Dominic Walliman Illustrator: Ben Newman
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    The always-handsome Flying Eye Books adds to their super cool Professor Astro Cat series with this introduction to the solar system for young readers.

  • Puddle Pug

    Author: Kim Norman Illustrator: Keika Yamaguchi
    Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    This is a warm and playful tale of friendship and fun, with delightful illustrations, sure to give young readers a giggle!

  • Puffin Peter

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Peter and Paul are the best of friends, until one day while they are diving for fish, Peter is caught in a storm and swept out to sea alone. Thankfully, a kind blue whale is on hand to help him find his friend again - the only problem is that Peter has forgotten to tell him that Paul is a puffin, just like him.

  • Pug Hug

    Author: Zehra Hicks
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 2-5

    A very cute pug really wants a hug, but no-one wants to hug him! What is a pug in need of a hug to do? This simple but effective story is perfect for reading aloud with lots of giggly cuddles.

  • Pugs of the Frozen North

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    A race to the far north among some very unconventional competitors and their vehicles. A winning combination of text,  image, humour and sadness.

  • Pull Out all the Stops!

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 10+

    After a freak accident and an outbreak of diphtheria, Cissy Sissney and her friends are sent out of town for safety, but end up drifting on a rusting steamboat in the Missouri river...

  • Pumpkin Grumpkin

    Author: Various Editor: John Agard and Grace Nichols Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Amusing and bemusing poetry from around the globe. John Agard and Grace Nichols have assembled a bunch of silly poems in this new collection brought to life with quirky illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura.

    From classics like The Jabberwocky to great contemporary nonsense like The Computer's First Proverb, there's something for everyone in this vibrant, varied …

  • Pumpkin Heads

    Author: Rainbow Rowell Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 12-16
    Reading age: 10+

    A story of friendship and romance told in a funny and inclusive graphic novel that celebrates the joy and diversity of Halloween traditions in the USA. 

  • Pumpkin Pie

    Author: Jean Ure
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Some unpleasant comments from girls at school and an embarrassing incident relating to her weight lead a girl to start worrying about her self-image.

  • Pumpkin Soup

    Author: Helen Cooper
    Publisher: Corgi
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    The Cat, the Squirrel and the Duck live together in perfect harmony, eating pumpkin soup and playing their musical instruments. Until one day Duck decides he'll try stirring the soup…

  • Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 6-9
    Reading age: 7+

    Gill Lewis has created a delightful book which combines a school setting readers will be familiar with, with the appeal of puppies.

  • Puppy Academy: Star on Stormy Mountain

    Author: Gill Lewis Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Star the Border Collie puppy wants to be a champion sheepdog, but her excitable manner causes panic among the sheep. However, her energy and bravery proves invaluable on a mountainside rescue in this funny and heart-warming tale.

  • Purple Class and the Half-Eaten Sweater

    Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Helen Bate
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 7+

    Purple Class are back with more entertaining scrapes that highlight the funny side of primary school life.

  • Purple Hibiscus

    Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Publisher: HarperPerennial
    Interest age: 15+
    Reading age: 15+

    Kambili, the 15-year-old protagonist, her brother Jaja, and their mother Beatrice would seem, from the outside, to have an ideal life under care of her father – the self-made businessman, newspaper proprietor and humble servant of the Catholic Church.

  • Puss in Boots

    Author: Ladybird
    Publisher: Ladybird
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    This pocket-sized Ladybird edition of Puss in Boots is a wonderfully comforting version of the classic fairy tale. This is a great read-aloud book for adults to read to children but also for children, who can read to themselves or retell from the pictures.

    Children love the pattern of fairy tales and enjoy the repetition of reading them over and over agai…

  • Put Your Botty on the Potty

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Pavilion
    Interest age: 2-5

    Little Moo Monster wants to be grown up, but he's still in nappies. Will he be ready for the potty-trained Monster Pant Party in time? This entertaining lift-the-flap book has a great message of encouragement for little ones outgrowing their nappies - and some very cheeky illustrations to enjoy!