Books beginning with: Q

  • Q Pootle 5

    Author: Nick Butterworth
    Publisher: Collins Children's Books
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 6+

    On his way to a moon party, Q Pootle 5 lands unexpectedly on Earth when one of his rocket boosters breaks down.

  • Q Pootle 5 in Space!

    Author: Nick Butterworth
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Q Pootle 5 and his friend Oopsy are in a hurry – they are being chased by three very hungry bladder monsters and badly need the help of their big friend Dave.

  • Quantum Drop

    Author: Saci Lloyd
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Anthony, Tais, Lola and Ali are friends -  but when Tais is brutally attacked, leaving her in a coma, grief shatters their close-knit group. Can they find Tais's attacker?

  • Queen Munch and Queen Nibble

    Author: Carol Ann Duffy Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Two Hoots
    Interest age: 5-9
    Reading age: 7-9

    This is a story of a queen who loves to eat and one who does not - but at its heart, it's more a celebration of difference and finding something in common between people. Sweet, funny and enticing, with vivid imagery from the Poet Laureate.

  • Queen of Darkness

    Author: Tony Bradman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9+

    Rhianna and Eleri are taken in by Queen Boudica following the death of their parents. When Boudica's determination to rule enrages the Romans, the sisters find themselves in the midst of a frightening military campaign, beginning to question the Queen's very humanity. A gripping adventure portraying one of history's most legendary female icons.

  • Queen of Freedom

    Author: Catherine Johnson
    Publisher: Pushkin Press
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9+

    Set in Jamaica in the 1720s, this is the incredible true story of Queen Nanny, leader of the Maroons, a community of escaped slaves who have settled high up in the Blue Mountains. 

  • Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

    Author: Teresa Robeson Illustrator: Rebecca Huang
    Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 5+

    This fascinating non-fiction picture book explores the life of an inspirational woman who overcame race and gender barriers to become an internationally acclaimed scientist. Straightforwardly and accessibly explained, with distinctive illustrations. 

  • Queen of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
    Publisher: Scallywag Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    It’s MJ’s first day of school and Mum thinks she has what it takes to be the Queen of the Classroom – she needs to brighten up every room she enters, treat others with kindness, and offer a helping hand. Will MJ be able to fulfil her duties?

  • Queen of the Falls

    Author: Chris Van Allsburg
    Publisher: Anderson Press
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 7+

    There is much to discover in Van Allsburg’s sepia tinted, almost photographic illustrations, which complement the story well

  • Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas

    Author: Pamela Ehrenberg Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 5+

    A mix of Indian and Hebrew culture makes for a special Hanukkah in this lovely book. There are also two yummy recipes at the back for dosas and sambar...

  • Queenie

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    It's 1953 and Elsie dreams of attending the coronation of Queen Elizabeth - but then she discovers she has tuberculosis.

  • Queens of the Jungle

    Author: Dr Carly Anne York Illustrator: Kimberlie Clinthorne-Wong
    Publisher: Neon Squid
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 6-8

    A fantastic book detailing female animals across the spectrum of mammals, insects and sea creatures, and dispelling the myth of male superiority in nature.

  • Queer Heroes

    Author: Arabelle Sicardi Illustrator: Sarah Tanat-Jones
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    This wonderful celebration of a wide range of LGBTQ+ heroes - both famous and less well-known - is a beautiful book and highlights the lives of some truly inspirational people.

  • Quentin Blake's ABC

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Learning your alphabet has never been so much fun as with this brilliantly funny book from a favourite author and illustrator Quentin Blake.

  • Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 6+

    This collection of lesser-known nursery rhymes from the 1950s, with lively illustrations by Quentin Blake, will introduce children to a host of intriguing characters.

  • Quest

    Author: Various Editor: Daniel Hahn
    Publisher: Alma Books
    Interest age: 8-12
    Reading age: 7+

    This outstanding collection, which effectively showcases the work of talented authors, illustrators and translators from around the world, is utterly captivating and cannot be recommended highly enough.

  • Question Everything! An Investigator's Toolkit

    Author: Susan Martineau Illustrator: Vicky Barker
    Publisher: b small publishing
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    This small but informative non-fiction book is an invaluable guide to help young people understand the vast quantities of information that surround them, from advertising and news reports to social media and the limitless scope of the internet.

  • Questions and Answers about Money

    Author: Lara Bryan Illustrator: Marie-Eve Tremblay
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 6-9

    Part of Usborne’s Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers series, this is an invaluable and accessible introduction to money for younger readers.

  • Quick Duck!

    Author: Mary Murphy
    Publisher: Walker
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    Trace the mucky duckling's footprints as he leaps, wiggles, runs, hops and SPLASHES into the river.

  • Quick Quack Quentin

    Author: Kes Gray Jim Field
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    This beautifully illustrated, colourful picture book explores spelling and letter sounds in the context of great characters and a clever quest story.

  • Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    Two former Children’s Laureates join forces for this brilliantly entertaining poetry collection for children

  • Quiet

    Author: Tom Percival Illustrator: Richard Jones
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 4-5

    This heartfelt, profound book by award-winning picture book makers Tom Percival and Richard Jones is a subtle and beautiful reminder to all of us that using our voices to stand up for what we believe in is important, both for the collective, but for the individual too.

  • Quiet Storm

    Author: Kimberly Whittam
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 12-14
    Reading age: 9+

    Do you hate reading aloud in front of other people? Do you never put your hand up because you can’t stand everyone looking at you? Well, Storm feels exactly like that.

  • Quiet!

    Author: Kip Alizadeh
    Publisher: Child’s Play
    Interest age: 2-7
    Reading age: 5+

    A small child takes us on an auditory tour of her home in this delightful picture of family life, ingeniously interpreted through its sounds. It's a book that radiates comfort, security, warmth and love.