Books beginning with: T

  • Tabby McTat

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A poetic story of love, adventure and music that demands to be read aloud or possibly sung, depending on the power of the reader's purr.

  • Tacos: An Interactive Recipe Book

    Author: Lotta Nieminen
    Publisher: Phaidon

    Learn how to make delicious tacos with this fun, interactive, pull-out-and-slide recipe book.

  • Ta-Da!

    Author: Kathy Ellen Davis Illustrator: Kaylani Juanita
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    A girl and boy play together with their toys, imagining crystal castles, dragons, pirates and magic wands. This humorous picture book about imaginative play and friendship demonstrates that – with a little give and take – a game shared can be double the fun.

  • Tail of the Blue Bird

    Author: Nii Ayikwei Parkes
    Publisher: Vintage

    Nii Ayikwei Parkes' debut novel is a poetic, dreamy story about the influx of technology and modernity into rural Ghana, and the uneasy relationship between science and spirit.

  • Tail-end Charlie

    Author: Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Mick Manning has carefully recreated the hair-raising tales his father told him about life as an RAF tail-gunner during the Second World War

  • Take Back the Skies

    Author: Lucy Saxon
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

    As an introduction to other-world fantasy fiction this is engaging and accessible but it will appeal most to younger teens.

  • Takeshita Demons

    Author: Cristy Burne
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    When Miku moved to England from Japan, she never imagined that evil spirits would follow her. But one day an unusual looking supply teacher appears at school, and Miku suspects she may be a demon in disguise.

  • Tales from India

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Puffin

    Discover India’s rich folk-tale heritage and ancient cultures, with this captivating collection of both popular and lesser known, mostly secular Indian folk tales – reworked for a modern audience.

  • Tales from Old Ireland

    Author: Malachy Doyle Illustrator: Niamh Sharkey
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    This stunningly illustrated collection of stories has its roots in oral storytelling and features giants, demons and wicked stepmothers, with a good dose of magic, cruelty and gentle humour.

  • Tales From Outer Suburbia

    Author: Shaun Tan
    Publisher: Templar

    These often thought-provoking stories look at the reactions ordinary people have to the unusual situations they find themselves in and feature a host of different illustrative styles ranging from collage to painterly Edward Hopper-esque scenes.

  • Tales from Schwartzgarten: Osbert the Avenger

    Author: Christopher William Hill
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A macabre tale full of ghoulish and gruesome escapades.

  • Tales from the Caribbean

    Author: Trish Cooke
    Publisher: Puffin

    Here’s a brilliant collection of tales from all over the Caribbean, perfect for children to read to themselves, but best of all to read together out loud. Some of the stories are famous but each one in this book feels fresh with Trish’s brilliant retelling.

  • Tales from the Celtic Countries

    Author: Rhiannon Ifans Illustrator: Margaret Jones
    Publisher: Y Lolfa

    This unusual story collection features a total of 12 tales from the six Celtic countries. Fabulous, ethereal illustrations capture the magical nature of the narratives which, like all the oldest fables, are rather grisly but also hilarious and quirky.

  • Tales from the Dead of Night

    Author: Cecily Gayford
    Publisher: Profile Books

    Prepare to be scared! Collecting the best of classic ghost stories from E.Nesbit to Ruth Rendell, this anthology is the perfect match to any Halloween party.

  • Tales From Weird Street

    Author: Anne Fine Illustrator: Vicki Gausden
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Interspersed with black-and-white illustrations to complement the super readable text, this masterclass in storytelling from a distinguished author is fascinating, entertaining and just creepy enough to leave readers feeling a little bit uneasy.

  • Tales of Terror from the Black Ship

    Author: Chris Priestley Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Deliciously chilling tales of demons, horrors, curses and hauntings.

  • Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth

    Author: Chris Priestley Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The nine tales are contained within an other tale, each as delightfully horrible as the next, and perfect for dark winter nights, to be read out loud or to oneself.

  • Tales of the Otori: Across the Nightingale Floor

    Author: Lian Hearn
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    A taut, compelling tale in the Samurai warrior tradition

  • Tall Story

    Author: Candy Gourlay
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Engagingly told in alternate chapters by four-foot, thirteen year-old Andi, in the UK, and her eight-foot, sixteen year-old half brother Bernardo, in the Philippines

  • Tall, Thin and Blonde

    Author: Dyan Sheldon
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Jen and Amy have been best friends forever, but when they start High School, they find themselves growing apart.

  • Tally & Squill: in a sticky situation

    Author: Abie Longstaff Illustrator: James Brown
    Publisher: Little Brown

    A magical adventure story set in a huge, old house, where a fesity young girl and her pet squirrel must use ancient secrets to solve the mystery of a midnight burglary. 

  • Tamar

    Author: Mal Peet
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Tamar's grandfather dies, he leaves behind a box with her name on it. Inside she finds a series of clues and hidden messages which she and her cousin follow...

  • Tamara Small and the Monster's Ball

    Author: Giles Paley-Philips Illustrator: Gabriele Antonini
    Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing

    It’s a dark night and Tamara Small is whisked away from her bed by a hairy monster to join the Monsters' Ball

  • Tamburlaine's Elephants

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Usborne

    Rusti, a young nomad, lives on the fringes of the warrior horde of Tamburlaine the Great, a powerful ruler whose brutality is legendary.

  • Tamsin and the Deep

    Author: Neill Cameron and Kate Brown
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    A fantastic graphic novel from the team at children's comic The Phoenix, this is a page-turning adventure with a great main character in brave, athletic and reckless Tamsin.

  • Tanglewood Animal Park: Baby Zebra Rescue

    Author: Tamsyn Murray
    Publisher: Usborne

    Zoe loves her new home at Tanglewood Animal Park. But can she find Flash, the baby zebra, who goes missing on the morning of the grand opening? An exciting animal adventure with lots of interesting facts - perfect for animal lovers.

  • Tanglewood Animal Park: The Troublesome Tiger

    Author: Tamsyn Murray
    Publisher: Usborne

    Zoe is bursting with excitement – Tindu the tiger is arriving today at Tanglewood Animal Park, all the way from a zoo in Berlin. But when Tindu arrives, he won’t come out of his crate. Perfect for animal lovers.

  • Tanglewreck

    Author: Jeanette Winterson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This complex but utterly readable book, encompasses chaos theory and time travel but is also filled with humorous asides and a cast of memorable characters.

  • Tanka Tanka Skunk

    Author: Steve Webb
    Publisher: Random House

    • Meet Tanka, the elephant and his friend Skunka.
    • Full of rhythm, great for reading aloud.
    • Enjoy the brightly coloured pictures, this book is bursting with fun!

  • Tape

    Author: Steven Camden
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    In 1993, Ryan records a diary on a cassette tape. Twenty years later, Ameliah discovers an old tape in her grandmother's spare room: a tape with a boy's voice on it, speaking directly to her.

  • Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

    Author: Andy Briggs
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    A classic with a 21st century twist, this riveting adventure overflows with suspense, danger, brutality and beauty

  • Tarzan: The Jungle Warrior

    Author: Andy Briggs
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Reinvented for the 21st-century by Andy Briggs, Tarzan is an eco-warrior - savage and brutal in his dealings with illegal loggers and hunters who plunder his beloved jungle.

  • Tatty Ratty

    Author: Helen Cooper
    Publisher: Random House

    Molly is very upset when she loses her beloved toy, Tatty Ratty. Her parents console her by helping her imagine all the wonderful adventures Tatty Ratty is having while he is away.

  • Teacup House: Meet the Twitches

    Author: Hayley Scott Illustrator: Pippa Curnick
    Publisher: Usborne

    Delightful illustrations, bursting with colour, bring this gentle adventure to life. This is the first title in what promises to be an enchanting series of chapter books for newly confident readers.

  • Teardrop

    Author: Lauren Kate
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Ever since her beloved mother died in an astonishing freak accident, Eureka has had little to live for - but then she meets Anders, a strange boy who insists she too is in terrible danger.

  • Tease

    Author: Amanda Maciel
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Provocative and thought-provoking, this book is sure to divide readers but will certainly get them talking.

  • Teddy Bedtime

    Author: Georgie Birkett
    Publisher: Andersen

    Colourful, rhyming board book for bedtime.

  • Teddy or Train?

    Author: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Child's Play

    This generously-sized sturdy board book is brimful of babies! Babies playing with cars and bricks, babies swinging and babies reading books.

  • Teddy Took the Train

    Author: Nicki Greenberg
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    Dot and mummy go shopping and take the train home, but leave Teddy on the train! Oh no! This diverse and heartwarming book encourages children not give in to their fears, especially about separation.

  • Telephone

    Author: Mac Barnett Illustrator: Jen Corace
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    A colour and pattern-filled picturebook which builds its story on the old children's game, Chinese Whispers.

  • Tell me a Dragon

    Author: Jackie Morris
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Jackie Morris’s lyrical descriptions imagine each child’s relationship with their own dragon, and the reader is invited to imagine their dragon, too, at the end of the book.

  • Tell Me the Day Backwards

    Author: Albert Lamb Illustrator: David McPhail
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In this delightful bedtime story, a young bear tells his mother all about his exciting day - in reverse - inspiring young listeners/readers to do the same

  • Tempest

    Author: Julie Cross
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    This gripping time-travel novel fuses the highs and lows of first love with the elements of a fast-paced thriller

  • Temple Boys

    Author: Jamie Buxton
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    Flea is a pick-pocket, living in Jerusalem in biblical times. When he meets Yeshua and his side-kick Jude, they set off on a dangerous journey.

  • Ten Fat Sausages

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Everything in this sausagey counting book works perfectly: from the big, bold illustration to the satisfying rhyme that works well for preschoolers. It will also entertain adults and older children, who will really get the silly humour.

  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

    Author: Mem Fox Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This charming first book is perfect for new arrivals.

  • Ten Little Pirates

    Author: Mike Brownlow
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A counting adventure with pirates... and a giant squid!

  • Ten Minutes to Bed, Little Unicorn

    Author: Rhiannon Fielding and Chris Chatterton
    Publisher: Ladybird Books

    It’s ten minutes to bedtime, but Twinkle the little unicorn is showing no sign of sleepiness! This bedtime read, which features a rhyming countdown, is just the thing to help little ones wind down at the end of a busy day.

  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

    Author: Paul Strickland
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    A fun rhyming counting book which small children will love. They can learn the words, point at the pictures, count the dinosaurs and copy their comical jigging and jiving. Exuberant and amusing illustrations complement the text in this welcome reprint of a popular classic. 

  • Terra

    Author: Mitch Benn
    Publisher: Gollancz

    Lbbp, resident of the city of Hrrng in the country of Mlml on the distant planet Fnrr, has a problem in the shape of a tiny human baby.

  • Terror Kid

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
    Publisher: Hot Key

    A powerful, accessible and revelatory novel with its finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary social and political issues.

  • Terry Perkins and his Upside Down Frown

    Author: Felix Massie
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Books

    This is a funny, quirky and thought-provoking picture book, with appealing rhyming text.

  • Thanks for the Trouble

    Author: Tommy Wallach
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Parker Sante hasn't spoken a word in the five years since his father died. However, he's a pretty good writer. This unusual and sensitive love and coming-of-age story features two great lead characters.

  • That Burning Summer

    Author: Lydia Syson
    Publisher: Hot Key

    In the long hot summer of 1940, planes are doing battle over the channel, and the south coast of England is braced for a German invasion.

  • That Pesky Rat

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Pesky Rat lives in Dustbin Number 3, Grubby Alley. People call him 'That Pesky Rat', but he longs for a real name, a home and someone to care for him.

  • That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown

    Author: Cressida Cowell Illustrator: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Hachette

    Emily and her toy rabbit, Stanley, love to go on adventures together.

  • That's NOT How You Do It!

    Author: Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Lucy is a clever little cat who knows how to do everything. She can eat with a spoon and fork, play the xylophone, even fold fabulous paper stars. In fact, all her friends ask her for help if they cannot do something. When Toshi the panda arrives from far away, Lucy doesn't understand why he does everything differently. She becomes increasingly frustrated wh…

  • That's Not My Baby...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    This book is full of bright pictures with touch-and feel patches.

  • That's Not My Bear...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    A different bear is introduced on each page of this colourful board book, but there is something not quite right about most of them.

  • That's Not My Fairy...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    Lots of different fairies are introduced throughout this book, but none of them are quite right. "That’s not my fairy. Her wings are too fluffy."

  • That's Not My Frog...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    This sturdy touch and feel book features a succession of colourful frogs, from one with silky feet, to another with bumpy spots, to another with shiny toes.

  • That's Not My Kitten...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne Books

    One of a growing series of touch and feel board books with interesting textures and shapes for inquisitive fingers to explore.

  • That's Not My Monster...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing

    This monster-themed book is an entertaining addition to the much-loved That's Not My... series.

  • That's Not My Pirate...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    Lovely, colourful, stimulating book for very young children

  • That's Not My Princess...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing

    This sturdy and durable board book is perfect for the very youngest children, with touch and feel images full of interesting textures and shapes that are ideal for small fingers to explore.

  • That's Not My Teddy...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    Touch-feely book with colourful illustrations and simply text

  • That's Not My Tiger...

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    Small children will love touching the tiger’s fluffy ears, soft paws and bumpy teeth and will particularly like tracing his soft, stripy tail on the very last page.

  • The 1,000-Year-Old Boy

    Author: Ross Welford
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Alfie Monk looks like any other 11-year old boy. However, as the title suggests, he is actually 1,000-years old. A truly original read, the plot’s twists and turns are anchored by the warmth, courage and humour of its varied characters.

  • The 100 Society

    Author: Carla Spradbery
    Publisher: Hodder

    Readers who are happy to suspend their disbelief will revel in a plot that races along with thrills, scares and entire shoals of red herrings littering the path to a gripping and tortuous climax. Ideal for lovers of Point Horror.

  • The 10pm Question

    Author: Kate Di Goldi
    Publisher: Templar

    Like his desk, Frankie likes life to be orderly and neat. But then Sydney arrives, and disturbs Frankie's carefully organised world, forcing him to ask a hitherto unspoken 10pm question.

  • The 13-Storey Treehouse

    Author: Andy Griffiths Illustrator: Terry Denton
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Griffiths and Denton create a triumph to engage even the most determined hater of books, which includes hilarious cartoon drawings.

  • The 5 Misfits

    Author: Beatrice Alemagna
    Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books

    Beatrice Alemagna’s highly original illustration style is a wonderful mix of collage and pencil, and her quirky, lovable story about the importance of being yourself –  especially when you might be regarded as odd by others –  is a jewel among children’s books. 

  • The 5th Wave

    Author: Rick Yancey
    Publisher: Penguin Children's Books

    A few months ago Cassie's biggest problem was that the boy she liked didn't know she was alive. Now she is alone, fighting for survival in a world ravaged by an alien invasion.

  • The 7 Professors of the Far North

    Author: John Fardell Illustrator: John Fardell
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Three children set out to rescue their Professor Ampersand and his six companions from an evil organisation.

  • The 78-Storey Treehouse

    Author: Andy Griffiths Illustrator: Terry Denton
    Publisher: Macmillan

    There’s tons of zany fun in this illustrated novel, which is the fifth in the series. With minimal text per page and brilliant black-and-white illustrations taking up most of the space, the story zips past at lightning speed and is a really easy, funny read.

  • The 91-Storey Treehouse

    Author: Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Best friends Andy and Terry live in an incredible treehouse, but when their publisher's grandchildren come to stay, things soon get out of control. A laugh-out-loud book perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans.

  • The Abominables

    Author: Eva Ibbotson
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books

    The incomplete manuscript of this irresistibly charming story was found amongst Eva Ibbotson's papers at  her death in 2010.

  • The Abominators

    Author: J L Smith Illustrator: Sam Hearn
    Publisher: Atom

    It’s Cecil Trumpington-Potts first day in Year 4 at Grimely East Primary School. In fact, it’s his first day ever at school.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

    Author: Sherman Alexie
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    In his first book for young adults, Sherman Alexie tells the story of budding artist Junior, a 14-year-old Native American

  • The Accident Season

    Author: Moira Fowley Doyle
    Publisher: Corgi

    For as long as she can remember, the end of October has been the beginning of the Accident Season for seventeen-year-old Cara and her family: cuts, falls and broken bones. A spooky and psychological modern classic with a twist.

  • The Accidental Prime Minister

    Author: Tom McLaughlin
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Before he knows it, Joe is thrust straight through the limelight and into a seat at Number 10.

  • The Accidental Secret Agent

    Author: Tom McLaughlin
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Kevin's just your everyday 13-year-old, obsessed with phones and becoming a secret agent. The only reason readers will put down this book is because they're laughing too much to hold onto it.

  • The Adventures of Alfie Onion

    Author: Vivian French Illustrator: Marta Kissi
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Alfie Onion helps his brother Magnifico on a quest to secure a princess wife, things don't quite go as his fairytale-obsessed mother had planned. A hero does rise - just not the one everyone expected.

  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

    Author: Dan Santat
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Seeing the world from the imaginary friend's viewpoint, rather than the child's, sheds fresh light on this familiar yet magical friendship. The stylish, striking, images emphasise its vibrancy against everyday drabness.

  • The Adventures of Hermes: God of Thieves

    Author: Murielle Szac Translator: Mika Provata-Carlone
    Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books

    This accessible introduction to Greek mythology unrolls in one hundred episodes, focusing on the god, Hermes.

  • The Adventures of John Blake

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Fred Fordham
    Publisher: Fickling Books

    Like the Bourne films with time travel and a ghost ship, Pullman’s story rockets along at thrilling speed, full of secrets, mysterious baddies and emotional drama. Adventure on the high seas meets spy thriller: a fantastically executed, exciting must-read.

  • The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

    Author: Anne Michaels Illustrator: Emma Block
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A charming collection of short stories about eccentric Miss Petitfour, who loves adventures and always travels by tablecloth with her sixteen cats. A lovely, quirky collection book, with delightful illustrations, that is immensely entertaining.

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio

    Author: Carlo Collodi Translator: Anne Lawson
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    The story of the wooden puppet who learns goodness and becomes a real boy is famous the world over, and has been familiar in English for over a century.

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A retelling of 11 Robin Hood stories, from his fight with Little John to the firing of his last arrow in humorous comic-strip format.

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Baker Street will forever be associated with the famous pipe-smoking detective and his amiable sidekick Dr Watson.

  • The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Random House

    We all know that the dish ran away with the spoon but Mini Grey's new book explores what happened to the nursery rhyme characters next.

  • The Adventures of the New Cut Gang

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Martin Brown
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    The New Cut Gang are a rag-tag group of resourceful young rascals who get up to all manner of adventures on the streets of Victorian Lambeth.

  • The Adventures of Tintin

    Author: Hergé Translator: Michael Turner and Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper
    Publisher: Egmont

    Resourceful junior reporter Tintin embarks on a series of exciting international adventures, accompanied by his faithful dog Snowy, in this favourite series.

  • The Ali-A Adventures: Game On!

    Author: Ali-A and Cavan Scott Illustrator: Aleksandar Sotirovski
    Publisher: Puffin

    Ali-A is a popular YouTube gamer and this is his first book, co-written with Cavan Scott. It's a fast-paced, fun read with amazing visuals that gaming fans will love, as well as anyone else that enjoys a good yarn.

  • The All Mine Academy

    Author: Fabrizio Silei Illustrator: Adriano Gon Translator: Denise Muir from Italian
    Publisher: Editrice Il Castoro

    A hilarious story of an unwanted boy's determination to do good despite the efforts of his dastardly parents.

    First is the kindest, most trusting boy on the planet, but is born to Katiuscia and Gregor Smirth, two penny-pinching, egocentric parents who hate children and merely wanted him as an heir. Despite their efforts to teach First that only greed and sel…

  • The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger

    Author: Timothy Basil Ering
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Fantastical illustrations complement this exuberant escapade, starring an almost fearless boy who is a tiny bit terrified of the dark.

  • The Almost King

    Author: Lucy Saxon
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Young author Lucy Saxon is sticking firmly with fantasy with her second novel.

  • The Amazing Adventures of Groana Schmitt

    Author: Finn-Ole Heinrich Translator: from German by Katy Derbyshire
    Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag

    Mona's parents call her Groana because she's sometimes grumpy and loses her temper. She and her mother have moved out of their home and into a strange flat on the other side of town. Mona doesn't know why, and plans to put things right as soon as possible. At her new school, she reluctantly makes friends with a boy called Mo. Mo knows why the new flat is so …

  • The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Moving from the present day to wartime diary and back again, this ultimately uplifting novel illuminates the effects of the fateful events on the lives of those involved and the generations that followed.

  • The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Templar

    The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha is a wonderful introduction to World War 1 through the story of young seaman Harry Friston and the tortoise he finds in Gallipoli. Based on a true story, this book is beautifully illustrated and gives the horrors of war a human, and animal, heart.

  • The Amber Spyglass

    Author: Philip Pullman
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Lyra and Will, the fiesty protagonists from the first two novels, are reunited to embark on their final, dangerous journey on which the future of all the worlds depend.

  • The Amulet of Samarkand: A Bartimaeus Graphic Novel

    Author: Jonathan Stroud
    Publisher: Random House Children's Books

    The graphic novel adaptation of the first volume in the best-selling Bartimaeus sequence makes the series more accessible to readers without taking away any of the wit and magic

  • The Angel Collector

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Random House

    This is a thriller suffused with an air of menace, of insecurity, of complex personal tensions and violence.

  • The Animal Boogie

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Debbie Harter
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Boogie along with the jungle inhabitants who flap, shake, flap and slide their way through this colourful book

  • The Ant Colony

    Author: Jenny Valentine
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Sam and Bo reveal their pasts in alternate chapters, each gradually facing the dysfunctional relationships and traumatic incidents which have triggered their current unlikely friendship.

  • The Apothecary

    Author: Maile Meloy Illustrator: Ian Schoenherr
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Shifting between spy thriller and enchanting fantasy, The Apothecary is a skilful blend of the magical with the very real nuclear threat of the 1950s.

  • The Apple Tart of Hope

    Author: Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Oscar's apple tarts bring hope to the sad or desperate. He is loved and appreciated for this special gift. Meg is his best friend, but just as their friendship is about to blossom into love she has to go to New Zealand for sixth months.

  • The Apprentice Witch

    Author: James Nicol
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When Arianwyn fails her witch's assessment, she thinks her life is over - but, really, the adventure has only just begun. A great adventure story, filled with wonderful spells and mysterious creatures.

  • The Arrival

    Author: Shaun Tan
    Publisher: Hachette

    In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another country

  • The Art of Being Normal

    Author: Lisa Williamson
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    David Piper has always been an outsider, labelled a freak by the school bully. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

  • The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin

    Eric Carle’s first picture book in four years is a bright, colourful celebration of creativity

  • The Ask and the Answer

    Author: Patrick Ness
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Themes of dictatorship, terrorism and privacy reign in Ness’s darker science fiction sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  • The Astonishing Case of the Stolen Stories

    Author: Anca Sandu
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    The little prince is terribly upset; all of his bedtime stories have been stolen! Luckily detectives Cat, Fox and Bear are on the case.

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing

    Author: MT Anderson
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This unusual book tells the dark, often harrowing story of Octavian, a boy in the care of a house of rational philosophers in revolutionary Boston.

  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Rory Rooney is unremarkable in almost everything, apart from his capacity to attract the attention of the school bully. But when he suddenly and spectacularly turns green, he becomes a superhero!

  • The Atlas of Monsters: Mythical Creatures from Around the World

    Author: Stuart Hill and Sandra Lawrence
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    The Atlas of Monsters takes the interesting angle of looking at each continent from the point of view of its traditional mythology, and also introduces the book itself as a mysterious source object to be investigated inside a story of strange discovery.

  • The Awesome Body Book

    Author: Adam Frost
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The vibrant infographics bring these facts about the human body to life, and make the book wonderfully fun and colourful. Have you ever wondered how many muscles you use when you smile, or realised that humans shed three types of tears?

  • The Awesome Book of Animals

    Author: Adam Frost
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    If you have ever wondered which animal moves slowest, is the most deadly, or even poos the most – then this is the book for you! Sure to be a hit with fact lovers and animal lovers alike.


  • The Awesome Book of Awesomeness

    Author: Adam Frost Illustrator: Dan Bramall
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This is a super cool non-fiction book, a little bit like a small version of the Guinness Book of Records. It’s packed full of strange and fascinating facts – after reading this book, you will be able to wow everyone you know with your crazy knowledge.

  • The Baby

    Author: Lisa Drakeford
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Olivia is in the midst of one of the greatest parties ever - her own 17th birthday party - when she walks in on her best friend Nicola giving birth on her bathroom floor.

  • The Baby and Fly Pie

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Fly Pie and Sham are rubbish pickers, who go to the tip every day to pick rubbish for Mother Shelly. Then one day they come across a dying man and a baby.

  • The Baby That Roared

    Author: Simon Puttock Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Mr and Mrs Deer don’t have any children, but they would love to have a baby of their own to look after. When a mysterious bundle arrives on their doorstep they are overjoyed.

  • The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed

    Author: Helen Cooper
    Publisher: Random House

    This determined baby refuses to go to bed. Resolved to stay up all night, he takes off in his car to search for like-minded friends.

  • The Baby's Catalogue

    Author: Janet and Allan Ahlberg
    Publisher: Puffin

    This book's packed with lots of baby pictures and baby items. It's great for learning and making up stories - this fantastic book will lead to lots of talk with your child.

  • The Bad Bunnies' Magic Show

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    This is a wonderful, inventive and playful picture book about two naughty bunnies and their magic tricks, which will delight young readers and their parents alike.

  • The Bad Guys: Episodes 1 and 2

    Author: Aaron Blabey
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Written like a comic book, this is a very funny story, full of action and crazy characters. It's lots of fun and will probably make you laugh out loud.

  • The Bad Trousers

    Author: Ros Asquith Illustrator: Mairi Hedderwick
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Children will enjoy this cheeky tale thanks to Asquith's charming writing and Hedderwick's familiar illustrations. A lovely way to make learning to read fun.

  • The Bakehouse

    Author: Joy Cowley
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    An elderly Great-Grandfather tells his grandson what happened to him during World War II, and it involves a love affair between Bert's sister and a deserter.

  • The Baking Life of Amelie Day

    Author: Vanessa Curtis
    Publisher: Curious Fox

    In some ways Amelie Day is a teenager like any other, much of her day-to-day life revolving around her best friend, school, loyal boyfriend and fretful mother.  However, in other ways, she is rather less typical...

  • The Bandit of Barbel Bay

    Author: Sam Bosma
    Publisher: Nobrow

    The second in the Fantasy Sports series starts to unfold a slightly more developed backstory. With more epic sports battles and more tongue-in-cheek humour, this high-action tale of good sportsmanship and friendship is another gem. 

  • The Bare Bum Gang and the Football Face Off

    Author: Anthony McGowan
    Publisher: Red Fox

    As everyone knows, a gang's den is sacred no matter how dirty, dark or smelly it may be so when the Bare Bum Gang's den is at risk they will do anything they can to save it.

  • The Barefoot Book of Children

    Author: Tessa Strickland Kate DePalma and David Dean
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    This is a beautifully comprehensive and thought-provoking picture of the many different ways in which people live around the world. A book to dip into time and time again; a treasure trove of discussion topics, but also an aesthetic delight.

  • The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales

    Author: Shoshana Boyd Gelfand Illustrator: Amanda Hall
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    The eight stories in this thought-provoking collection of traditional Jewish tales combine folklore and scripture, and are retold for children. Gathered from a range of eras and locations, the emphasis of each story is on kindness, compassion and trust in God.

  • The Barefoot Books World Atlas

    Author: Nick Crane Illustrator: David Dean
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Full of fascinating facts and figures about the earth and beautifully illustrated with David Dean’s bright and colourful maps

  • The Battle of the Sun

    Author: Jeanette Winterson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

    Jack Snap is a 'boy where magic could happen'; and happen it does when he is imprisoned by a darkly powerful Magus, an alchemist who plans to turn Tudor London into gold.

  • The Battlemage

    Author: Taran Matharu
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The conclusion to the incredibly successful Summoner trilogy has plenty of action, and, while it’s emotional to leave Fletcher and the other well-drawn characters, Matharu ends things on a high with dragons, demons, battles and revelations galore.

  • The Bear

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Penguin

    Young Tilly is delighted when a polar bear clambers through her bedroom window one night - but are mischievous polar bears really ideal domestic pets? The Bear is a warm story about kindness, caring, and letting go.

  • The Bear and the Hair

    Author: Claire Evans
    Publisher: Fourth Wall

    Bear wants a 'cool' new haircut, so off he goes to the hairdressers - but which style will suit him best? A fun story with an attached bear puppet to really bring the tale to life.

  • The Bear and the Piano

    Author: David Litchfield
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A bear's piano playing makes him a huge star, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging from an exciting debut author-illustrator.

  • The Bear Cub Bakers

    Author: Caroline Baxter Illustrator: Kathi Ember
    Publisher: Big Sunshine Books

    A group of young bear cubs go to Miss Betsy Bear's baking school for a week of fun in the kitchen - but who will take home the golden trophy for best baker at the end of the week?

  • The Bear in the Cave

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    The lonely bear from Rosen’s classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt sets off one day to follow the sounds of the city.

  • The Bear Whispers to Me

    Author: Chang Ying-Tai Translator: Darryl Sterk
    Publisher: Balestier Press

    A short, quiet novel that blurs the lines of fantasy and reality in a dream like fable, The Bear Whispers to Me feels traditional and timeless.

  • The Bear Who Went Boo!

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    A comical and entertaining book about a little polar bear with a big voice - BOO!

  • The Bear's Sea Escape

    Author: Benjamin Chaud
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Parents and children alike will enjoy this touching tale of a father's mission to find his son in this stylish picture book.

  • The Beast is an Animal

    Author: Peternelle van Arsdale
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    When unimaginable tragedy strikes her village, Alys is only seven years old, yet she can’t stop thinking that she is somehow to blame. An epic story of triumph over adversity in the style of traditional folk tales.

  • The Beast Player

    Author: Nahoko Uehashi Translator: Cathy Hirano
    Publisher: Pushkin Press

    Elin's mother has a very special job - caring for the magical Toda which protect their kingdom. But when something goes wrong, Elin must flee and discovers an astonishing talent for communicating with creatures. A sophisticated fantasy that will have teen readers gripped.

  • The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

    Author: Eva Ibbotson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Madlyn and Rollo are despatched to live for the summer with their reclusive elderly relatives in decrepit Clawstone Castle.

  • The Bee's Knees

    Author: Roger McGough
    Publisher: Penguin

    These, warm, funny poems will amuse children and hopefully get them wanting to share the rhyme and repetition by reading them out loud.

  • The Beggar Maid

    Author: Alice Munro
    Publisher: Vintage

    This collection of stories reads like a novel following Rose's life as she moves away from her impoverished roots and forges her own path in the world.

  • The Best Birthday Present Ever

    Author: Ben Mantle
    Publisher: Macmillan

    When Bear sends out invitations to his birthday party, his guests compete with one another to buy the best present in the toyshop.

  • The Best Medicine

    Author: Christine Hamill
    Publisher: Little Island

    Twelve-year old Philip Wright is a comedian in the making. Then one day, he tells his mother a joke, and she breaks down in tears. It's a brave challenge to unite the themes of cancer and comedy - but this is an entertaining and light-hearted read.

  • The Best Mother

    Author: C M Surrisi Illustrator: Diane Goode
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

    Maxine suspects that if she had a different mother, things would be much nicer – until she talks to some other mums. A fun, quirky book for children who might have wondered “what if?”, this story celebrates how perfect our own mothers are just for us.

  • The Best of Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Pippi is an empowering role model to all young girls; her resourcefulness will inspire all

  • The Best of Times

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: Egmont

    The Prince invites entertainers to the palace to cheer up the Princess. The puppeteers come too and perform the greatest story – the Christmas Nativity story.

  • The Best Singer in the World

    Author: Ulf Nilsson Illustrator: Eva Eriksson
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Astrid Lindgren award winner Eva Eriksson provides quirky, soft-focus and humorous illustrations for Ulf Nilsson's story about a boy who loves singing but is too shy to perform.

  • The Bet

    Author: David Grant Illustrator: Garry Parsons
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Ed, Zac, Becca and Kat are all keen to go on a school trip, but then they learn they'll have to earn money to make it there - and soon it's boys versus girls to see who can make the most cash! A dyslexia-friendly book.

  • The Betrayal

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The final novel in Hooper's At the House of the Magician series, in which Lucy is in London, preparing for the imminent arrival of Dr John Dee, the court alchemist and his family.

  • The BFG

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin

    The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, who unexpectedly spirits a little girl named Sophie out of bed, and into the land of the child-eating giants.

  • The Big Adventure of the Smalls

    Author: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Egmont

    When Paul and Sally Small sneak out of bed to take a peek at the goings-on at the Small Hall Grand Ball, Mr Puddles the teddy bear has a nasty accident - he falls through the banisters and simply has to be rescued.

  • The Big Book of Beautiful Babies

    Author: David Ellwand
    Publisher: Ragged Bears

    This book is full of lovely black and white photos – your child will love looking at the pictures of babies’ faces and expressions.

  • The Big Book of Magical Mixups

    Author: Hilary Robinson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Scholastic

    If you have ever wished you could turn a weedy uncle into an inflatable fairy or a bad-tempered friend into an exploding pencil case then this is the book for you!

  • The Big Book of the Blue

    Author: Yuval Zommer
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson

    This wonderful, beautifully illustrated book about all things fishy (and ocean-y) has a gentle sense of humour: presenting digestible facts, ideal for lower primary children, with a light-hearted twist. 

  • The Big Question

    Author: Leen van den Berg Kaatje Vermeire
    Publisher: Book Island

    Unusual and atmospheric illustrations complement this philosophical picture book.

  • The Big Sleep

    Author: Raymond Chandler
    Publisher: Penguin

    Californian private eye Philip Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - and an attendant cast of colorful underworld figures - is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream

  • The Big Snuggle-Up

    Author: Brian Pattern Illustrator: Nicola Bayley
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    The beautifully detailed illustrations by Nicola Bayley capture the warmth and magic of this delightful story

  • The Black Book of Colours

    Author: Menena Cottin Illustrator: Rosana Faria
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A visually impaired boy introduces us to colours as he experiences them – through his senses of hearing, touch, smell and taste.

  • The Black Book of Secrets

    Author: F E Higgins
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    An original and fascinating book by a talented new writer, which explores themes of trust, redemption, forgiveness and natural justice in the context of a dark and gripping mystery.

  • The Black Cat Detectives

    Author: Wendy Meddour
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Auntie Urooj is lonely so Shaima decides to sign her up with the Truly Deeply Muslims online marriage agency. But her new suitor Rasheed isn't all he appears to be...

  • The Black Lotus

    Author: Kierann Fanning
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Three children, each with their own special ability, are plucked from the streets in different cities around the world. They are brought together and trained as ninjas to continue to protect the Moon Sword - a source of great power.

  • The Black Lung Captain: Tales of the Ketty Jay

    Author: Chris Wooding
    Publisher: Indigo

    In the second gripping installment of the adventures of the Ketty Jay, Captain Darien Frey finds himself seeking an alien treasure on a dangerous island.

  • The Blackhope Enigma

    Author: Teresa Flavin
    Publisher: Templar

    When Sunni’s step-brother unwittingly unlocks a passage into an old painting, they are transported to Arcadia and must find a way out of this dangerous and exciting land.

  • The Blackthorn Key

    Author: Kevin Sands
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    A young alchemy apprentice seeks vengeance after his master is murdered by a sinister cult.

  • The Blood Guard

    Author: Carter Roy
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Ronan discovers why his mother has filled all his spare time with classes of every kind, from martial arts to fencing. Think Anthony Horowitz meets Dan Brown and be prepared for a fast and spectacular ride in this first book in a series.

  • The Blood List

    Author: Sarah Naughton
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    In 1646, England is gripped by wild tales of witches, murder and changelings.

  • The Blue Sword

    Author: Robin McKinley
    Publisher: Firebird

    This teen fantasy, originally published in 1982, is a rip-roaring ride filled with fantasy, girl-power, romance and danger.

  • The Bog Baby

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Gwen Millward
    Publisher: Puffin

    Two little girls go walking in bluebell wood and rescue a Bog Baby.

  • The Bombs That Brought Us Together

    Author: Brian Conaghan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Charlie and Pav's friendship becomes something more complex, when the bombs and the Old Country soldiers come. This compulsive teen read successfully achieves a difficult balance: entertainment and social commentary.

  • The Bone Dragon

    Author: Alexia Casale
    Publisher: Faber Children's

    An intriguing blend of psychological thriller and fantasy, this is an impressive and unusual debut.

  • The Bone Sparrow

    Author: Zana Fraillon
    Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

    Focusing on a friendship between two young refugees, The Bone Sparrow is one of those rare, special books that will break your heart with its honesty and beauty - but is ultimately hopeful and uplifting.

  • The Bonehill Curse

    Author: Jon Mayhew
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

    The year is 1868 and Necessity Bonehill lives miserably in a boarding school for young ladies. Overwhelmed by boredom, she is unable to resist temptation when an exotic-looking bottle arrives from her uncle along with instructions never to open it.

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    Author: Tom Wolfe
    Publisher: Vintage

    Sherman McCoy is a WASP, bond trader and self-appointed 'Master of the Universe'. He has a fashionable wife, a Park Avenue apartment and a Southern mistress.

  • The Book Case

    Author: Dave Shelton
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    This sniggeringly funny, totally deadpan adventure is a joy to read. Loosely set in the 1930s, it’s a bit like reading a really well-written and funny Famous Five or Secret Seven by Enid Blyton.

  • The Book of Bees

    Author: Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski Translator: Agnes Monod-Gayraud
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson

    This glorious book will introduce you to the bee world. It is fantastically illustrated in a cartoonish style that is big, bold and great fun.

  • The Book of Blood and Shadow

    Author: Robin Wasserman
    Publisher: Atom

    Translating the letters of sixteenth century alchemist's daughter Elizabeth Weston, Nora finds herself on the trail of a powerful secret encoded in the mysterious Voynich Manuscript

  • The Book of Clouds

    Author: Juris Kronbergs Illustrator: Anete Melece Translator: Mara Rozīte and Richard O’Brien
    Publisher: The Emma Press

    This wonderful book about the magic of clouds is full of surprising and original poems, perfect for upper key stage two children either at school or at home. 

  • The Book of Dust 1: La Belle Sauvage

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Chris Wormell
    Publisher: Penguin

    Malcolm is drawn into a dangerous world of secrets and intrigue – and a mission to protect baby Lyra, whatever the cost. La Belle Sauvage gives readers a not-to-be-missed chance to be back in the world of His Dark Materials: full of peril, magic and thrills. 

  • The Book of Pearl

    Author: Timothée de Fombelle Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Joshua Pearl is a fairy prince in a human world, trying to make his way back to his one true love through our history. This sweeping fairy tale of love and memory will bewitch readers who long for epic romance and otherworldly magic.

  • The Book Thief

    Author: Markus Zusak
    Publisher: Black Swan

    A powerful story narrated by Death, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery

  • The Book with No Pictures

    Author: B J Novak
    Publisher: Puffin

    Demanding to be shared, this is a fresh and enormously funny book that children will want to hear time and time again.

  • The Bookshop Girl

    Author: Sylvia Bishop Illustrator: Ashley King
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When Property Jones's family win the amazing opportunity to take over a huge bookshop in London, they can't wait to move. But Property thinks there's something fishy going on. This crime caper has lots of warmth and laughs.

  • The Borrowers

    Author: Mary Norton
    Publisher: Puffin

    The Borrowers are tiny people who live in the secret places of old houses - behind the mantlepiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock.

  • The Boss Baby

    Author: Marla Frazee
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    From the moment the baby arrived, it was obvious that he was the boss

  • The Boundless

    Author: Kenneth Oppel
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Travelling on a gigantic train, The Boundless, Will witnesses a brutal murder - and it is up to Will to save the train. A rollercoaster of a read, with thrilling turns, dazzling characters and non-stop action.

  • The Box of Delights

    Author: John Masefield Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: The Box of Delights

    A magical old man has asked Kay to protect the Box of Delights, a Box with which he can travel through time. But Kay is in danger: Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on it. The police don't believe Kay, so when his family and the Bishop are scrobbled up just before Christmas, he knows he must act alone...

  • The Boy and the Globe

    Author: Tony Bradman Illustrator: Tom Morgan-Jones
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

    When Toby goes to the Globe theatre to thieve, he meets a sad and despairing figure: William Shakespeare. This funny chapter book celebrates the power of art and imagination in all its forms - and has some wonderfully arch illustrations.

  • The Boy at the Back of the Class

    Author: Onjali Q Raúf
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    This is the story about how four classmates have a massive impact on the life of Ahmet, a boy that comes to their school as a refugee from Syria. An inspiring and sweet tale that should help children be the best they can be and realise the power of kindness.

  • The Boy from France

    Author: Hilary Freeman
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    When Vix’s visiting French exchange student turns out to be a boy, her classmates are jealous. But Vix is regretting being a host – she already has enough to do caring for her disabled mother.

  • The Boy in the Dress

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books

    Despite its sensitive subject matter, this book is filled with humour

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

    Author: John Boyne
    Publisher: Random House

    Bruno is exploring his new home at 'Out-With' when he meets Shmuel, who lives on the other side of a fence which surrounds a large camp in the grounds.

  • The Boy in the Tower

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Taking place in a believable urban, multicultural environment that will be familiar to many young readers, Polly Ho-Yen's debut is an impressively moving and thought-provoking story that will touch children and adults alike.

  • The Boy on the Wooden Box

    Author: Leon Leyson
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The harrowing story of Leon Leyson, a Jewish boy who was saved by Oskar Schindler is hard to read at times but it’s wonderfully written and sure to move readers to the core.

  • The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon

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

    A child's imagination is a wonderful thing and Paul's is more wonderful and vivid than many. He has a theory - that the moon is not really the moon but a great big hole in the sky.

  • The Boy Who Fell Down Exit 43

    Author: Harriet Goodwin
    Publisher: Stripes

    A quirky debut novel laced with humour and a dollop of magic

  • The Boy Who Hit Play

    Author: Chloe Daykin
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    A funny, life-affirming quest for identity that sees 12-year old Elvis Crampton Lucas and his adoptive dad racing across Norway, pursued by a shadowy villain. Captivating and thought-provoking.

  • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

    Author: Lara Williamson
    Publisher: Usborne

    Becket Rumsey decides to investigate the reasons behind the strange actions of some of the adults in his life. With the help of his brother Billy and his pet snail Brian, he uncovers some difficult truths - and some beautiful ones.

  • The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Multi-award-winning author David Almond returns with this pleasingly eccentric story of a ordinary boy who embarks on an unusual adventure.

  • The Boy who Switched off the Sun

    Author: Paul Brown Illustrator: Mark O’Hanlon
    Publisher: Fourth Wall Publishing

    Marcel turns off the sun and plunges the world into the cold and dark. Can he find a way to put things back to normal – and quickly? Bright, glossy, humorous and thought-provoking.

  • The Boy Who Went Magic

    Author: A P Winter
    Publisher: Chicken House Ltd

    Everyone in Penvellyn has grown up on the stories of Ferenor, an abandoned land of mages and magic that now lies in myth and ruin. Touches of steampunk and fantasy mix together in this magic-filled adventure.

  • The Boy with the Tiger's Heart

    Author: Linda Coggin
    Publisher: HotKey Books

    Written, unusually, in the present tense, this dystopian fable expresses an idea about the way the relationship between nature and society could develop.

  • The Boy with the Topknot

    Author: Sathnam Sanghera
    Publisher: Penguin

    The book moves along quickly, never boring, always painting an interesting picture of a family dealing with mental illness and a family dealing with the cultural differences of old and new, East and West.

  • The Boy With Two Heads

    Author: Andy Mulligan
    Publisher: David Fickling

    Richard Westlake is an altogether ordinary boy, until he inexplicably grows another head.

  • The Boy, The Bird and the Coffin Maker

    Author: Matilda Woods
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Allora is a small town so close to the ocean that fish fly out of the tumultuous sea; it's a town so small that secrets are impossible to keep.

  • The Boyhood of Burglar Bill

    Author: Allan Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin

    It is 1953, and in Oldbury Town there is to be a football competition. Rood End Primary enters its two best teams, but there are a few others who want to make their mark too.

  • The Brave Beast

    Author: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The Beast is enjoying a lovely bit of peace and quiet when terrified villagers from a nearby island beg for his help in finding the source of a horrifying howling.

  • The Brave Little Grork

    Author: Kathryn Cave Illustrator: Nick Maland
    Publisher: Friendly Dragon

    Grorks are shy, easily frightened creatures, and the one in this story is no exception. When his friend, the greep, suggests going for a walk to the wood, the grork is terrified...

  • The Bride's Farewell

    Author: Meg Rosoff
    Publisher: Penguin

    A gripping, poetic coming-of-age tale, which considers issues as relevant to 21st century teenage experience as they were in Pell’s time; relationships, duty, love and abuse.

  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

    Author: Liz Pichon
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This book oozes personality and with so much going on it promises to maintain the attention of young readers for hours at a time

  • The Brockenspectre

    Author: Linda Newbery Illustrator: Pam Smy
    Publisher: Random House

    Tomas sets out to find his father, terrified that the Brockenspectre - a mountain monster which his father had told him about - has got him.

  • The Broken Road

    Author: B R Collins
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Celebrating the 800th centenary of the Children's Crusade, The Broken Road imagines the story of a group of young people to Jerusalem to regain the city from the Saracens for the Christianity, which took place in the 13th century.

  • The Broken Word

    Author: Adam Foulds
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Adam Foulds' stunning poetic sequence follows the experience of Tom, recently returned to his family’s farm in Kenya and propelled into the violence of the Mau Mau uprising.

  • The Bubble Boy

    Author: Stewart Foster
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Joe has always lived in a sterile room in a hospital. He's the 'bubble boy': documented on TV because of a rare condition, affecting his immune system, that keeps him vacuum-packed from the rest of society.

  • The Bubble Wrap Boy

    Author: Phil Earle
    Publisher: Penguin

    Charlie goes in search of something he is good at, that will make him feel better after being picked on at school. When he discovers skateboarding his whole life changes, but can he persuade his overprotective Mum to let him develop his talent?

  • The Building Boy

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    The boy loves his grandmother dearly. Best of all, he loves the stories about her life as a prize-winning architect. One day, she promises she'll build him an extraordinary house. Now his grandmother's gone, and he's heartbroken. But in her garden there are bricks and girder and he begins to build….

  • The Bumblebear

    Author: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Norman the bear loves honey, so he thinks up an ingenious plan to get his paws on as much as he can eat - by enrolling at Bee School! An endearing tale about friendship and loyalty.

  • The Buried Crown

    Author: Ally Sherrick
    Publisher: Chicken House

    It's World War Two and Britain is on the brink of invasion. George has been sent to live in the countryside  – but he's far from safe. A fast-paced adventure that zips along and mixes up the facts with tantalising mythical and magical elements.

  • The Bus is for Us!

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Gillian Tyler
    Publisher: Walker Books

    With bold, easy to read rhyming text and beautiful pictures to fire the imagination, this book, exploring all manner of transport and adventure, is one to be treasured and shared.

  • The Butterfly Clues

    Author: Kate Ellison
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Blending a tense and compelling murder mystery with a thoughtful story of self-discovery , this is an impressive debut novel

  • The Butterfly Heart

    Author: Paula Leyden
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Twins Bul-Boo and Madillo are determined to save their friend Winifred from an arranged marriage with her uncle's friend, who is old enough to be her grandfather.

  • The Cake the Wolf and the Witch

    Author: Maudie Smith Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orion

    An imaginative, entertaining story about scary new beginnings, featuring some comical, crazy characters and sprinkled with funny illustrations.

  • The Call

    Author: Peadar O’Guilin
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    The Call masterfully blends fantasy, horror and folklore. The Sídhe are vicious fairy-type creatures, banished by humans to another land. They take their revenge by 'calling' teenagers to the Grey Lands - where they are hunted, tortured or killed.

  • The Cardturner

    Author: Louis Sachar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Alton has been unwillingly forced by his parents into being his irrascible, blind, bridge-mad uncle’s cardturner, in the hope that the family will be beneficiaries of the old man’s will.

  • The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

    Author: Michelle Cuevas
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    When 11-year-old space mad Stella visits NASA, the last thing she expects is for a black hole to follow her and live in her house as a pet. A heartwarming, sensitively funny and uplifting illustrated story of one girl's journey in confronting her grief.

  • The Carhullan Army

    Author: Sarah Hall
    Publisher: Faber

    Britain is in a bad way. Flooding, fuel shortages and overseas military commitments have taken their toll on the environment and the economy.

  • The Case of the Good-Looking Corpse

    Author: Caroline Lawrence
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    P.K. Pinkerton, intrepid 12-year-old Private Eye who (almost) never sleeps, returns in the second book in this lively and original series from Caroline Lawrence, set in America's Wild West.

  • The Castle

    Author: Sophia Bennett
    Publisher: Chicken House

    The Castle is a fast-paced adventure story that is sure to keep readers turning pages. It also touches upon issues of domestic slavery, politics and human rights.

  • The Castle Corona

    Author: Sharon Creech
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Two orphaned peasant children, Pia and Enzio, find a pouch, stolen from the King and dropped in their path. A fairytale about rich and poor.

  • The Castle of Inside Out

    Author: David Henry Wilson Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Alma Books Ltd

    This is a timeless fantastical story about overcoming greed, power and corruption. Lorina is a brave heroine, who fights for what is right against all odds. There are lots of other fun characters, too - all illustrated by the wonderful Chris Riddell.

  • The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

    Author: Jackie Morris
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    The bold, earthy colour palate and close observation of the human and natural world make this a striking collection to be treasured – and remembered

  • The Cat and the King

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When the royal castle is destroyed in an Unfortunate Incident involving a fire-breathing dragon, the King and his best friend, the cat, are forced to find an alternative home.

  • The Cat in the Hat

    Author: Dr Seuss
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    When Sally and her brother are left alone on a rainy day, they think they are in for a dull time - but then the Cat in the Hat appears.

  • The Cat Mummy

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Yearling

    A deceptively simple tale which explores the issue of bereavement for younger readers.

  • The Cat Who Ate Christmas

    Author: Lil Chase Illustrator: Thomas Docherty
    Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

    After causing havoc at home, Jingles the playful kitten disappears, and the family spends Christmas frantically searching for their beloved pet. This amusing festive tale, with comical illustrations, is ideal for newly-confident independent readers.

  • The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof

    Author: Annie M G Schmidt Translator: David Colmer
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s

    This is a humorous, surreal and satisfying story with an old fashioned feel.

  • The Catlady

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: John Eastwood
    Publisher: Random House

    Miss Ponsonby is reclusive and eccentric. She is certain that she has living with her, in feline form, not only her dead parents and friends, but Queen Victoria.

  • The Cave

    Author: Rob Hodgson
    Publisher: Francis Lincoln Children’s Books

    There is a cave that is home to a creature: a creature that never leaves its cave… Because of the wolf. A laugh-out-loud story with a very BIG surprise and some glorious artwork: perfect for fans of Jon Klassen and Chris Haughton.

  • The Chain

    Author: Keith Gray
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    How often do we wonder if things might have turned out differently but for a single random act or event?

  • The Changes Trilogy

    Author: Peter Dickinson
    Publisher: Open Road Media

    Gripped by a strange fear, England closes its doors to the outside world. In a tunnel beneath Wales one man opens a crack in a mysterious stone wall, and all over the island of Britain people react with horror to perfectly normal machines. Abandoning their cars on the roads and destroying their own factories, many flee the cities for the countryside, wh…

  • The Cherry Pie Princess

    Author: Vivian French Illustrator: Marta Kissi
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When a bad fairy plots to kidnap the baby prince, Princess Peony must act fast to save her brother. Engaging characters, plenty of humour and a smattering of magic combine in this contemporary fairy tale for confident independent readers.

  • The Chicken Nugget Ambush

    Author: Mark Lowery
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Roman has a lot of misadventures, and this book is a non-stop comical disaster ride. Ideal for kids who find bodily functions, scabs, bogeys and toilet humour hilarious.

  • The Children of the King

    Author: Sonya Hartnett
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Brilliantly written, this is an original and exciting story set in England and London during the Blitz.

  • The Children of Willesden Lane

    Author: Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
    Publisher: Hachette

    Aspiring concert pianist Lisa Jura is just 14 when she is forced to leave Germany behind and travel to England on the Kindertransport. Told by her daughter Mona, it's an eye-opening insight into life as a young refugee during World War Two.

  • The Children who Smelled a Rat

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Katharine McEwen
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Ahlberg and McEwen's fourth fast, funny and improbable story about the Gaskitt family is as ingenious as its predecessors.

  • The Child's Elephant

    Author: Rachel Campbell-Johnston
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Bat lives with his grandmother in the central African savannah and rears cows. One day he finds an orphaned baby elephant, and so begins a special relationship.

  • The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes

    Author: Ying Chang Compestine Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

    This retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale incorporates Compestine’s experiences of growing up in the Chinese Cultural Revolution to provide a thoughtful tale about corruption and poverty. 

  • The Chocolate Box Girls: Cherry Crush

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Puffin

    Cherry’s single Dad has found a new love, but when he and Cherry move to live with her, there are four daughters already in the family, one of whom is not welcoming.

  • The Chocolate Dog

    Author: Holly Webb Illustrator: Sharon Rentta
    Publisher: Scholatic

    Amy is feeling alone: mum is pregnant and tired, dad is cross and little sister Lara is annoying. The only one who seems to have any time for her is her loyal dog, Choc.

  • The Chosen Ones

    Author: Scarlett Thomas
    Publisher: Canongate

    Set in a dystopian world where technology is flawed and magic abounds, this is the second instalment in the Worldquake sequence. This exciting fantasy adventure is peppered with portals into other dimensions, evil plots and monsters. 

  • The Christmas Bear

    Author: Ian Whybrow Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When Father Christmas sets off to deliver the presents, poor Bear is left behind in the workshop! How will he make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning? Lift the flaps to find out, as he chases Santa's sleigh through icy seas and snowy forests, all the way from the North Pole to Tom's cosy bedroom.

  • The Christmas Book

    Author: Dick Bruna
    Publisher: Egmont

    From the creator of Miffy, comes a beautiful edition of Dick Bruna's charming Christmas Book complete with a press-out crib scene. In this delightful title he retells the birth of Jesus using simple text and charming illustrations

  • The Christmas Eve Ghost

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In 1930s Liverpool, young Bronwen and Dylan find kindness from an unexpected source when they are frightened by what they think is a ghost on Christmas Eve.

  • The Christmas Mouse

    Author: Toby Forward Illustrator: Ruth Brown
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    It's Christmas Eve, and two mice are curled up in their mouseholes. One is comfortable and warm with a candied plum to eat, but the other has nothing at all.

  • The Christmas Unicorn

    Author: Anna Currey
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Milly is awakened in the night by a beautiful unicorn who helps to create a magical Christmas for her family.

  • The Christmasaurus

    Author: Tom Fletcher Illustrator: Shane Devries
    Publisher: Puffin

    If you ever doubted that dinosaurs and Christmas would work well together, read this book. It is bursting with loveable characters, fast-paced adventure and, of course, Christmas spirit.

  • The Chronicles of Narmo

    Author: Caitlin Moran
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Bestselling author and columnist Caitlin Moran wrote The Chronicles of Narmo when she was just a teenager herself

  • The Churki-Burki Book of Rhyme

    Author: Gita Wolf Illustrator: Durga Bai
    Publisher: Tara Books

    An attractive story interspersed with rhymes, telling of two sisters, Churki and Burki, and their dog, based on the artist's own childhood memories in an Indian village.

  • The City of Devi

    Author: Manil Suri
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Manil Suri's new novel, The City of Devi, is a weird postmodern dystopia, a thriller and a love story.

  • The City of Secret Rivers

    Author: Jacob Sager Weinstein Illustrator: Euan Cook
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Hyacinth Hayward is on a mission to save her kidnapped Mum. Unfortunately, this involves travelling the length and breadth of London's sewers and meeting some very unsavoury characters... A delightfully silly, surreal and addictive adventure.

  • The Cloud

    Author: Hannah Cumming
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Everyone loves art class; everyone except the little girl who sits alone and draws nothing, a black cloud glowering above her

  • The Cloud Hunters

    Author: Alex Shearer
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Many years after an unspecified cataclysm, the Earth has been shattered into a myriad of tiny planetoids floating in a vast ocean of air.

  • The Cloudspotter

    Author: Tom McLaughlin
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Franklin was called 'The Cloudspotter' - and he didn't want to share his clouds with anyone. That's why he pops the infuriating Scruffy Dog into a hot-air balloon and lets her fly away. A charming story about a lonely little boy who finds a friend.

  • The Clubhouse Mystery: Cass and the Bubble Street Gang

    Author: Erika McGann Illustrator: Vince Reid
    Publisher: The O’Brien Press

    Best friends Cass, Lex and Nicholas are the Bubble Street Gang. Humour, adventure, mystery and plenty of innocent childhood antics pepper this comical chapter book for young readers.

  • The Clumsies Make a Mess

    Author: Sorrel Anderson Illustrator: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    The Clumsies try to solve lots of Howard’s problems, all with hilarious consequences.

  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

    Author: Holly Black
    Publisher: Indigo

    Welcome to Coldtown. Once you enter, you can never leave. Delightfully dark and gorgeously gothic, it is certain to enchant fans of all things chilling and supernatural.

  • The Colour Monster

    Author: Anna Llenas
    Publisher: Templar

    An original and entertaining picture book using colour, collage-effect illustrations and a delightfully cute monster to help youngsters identify and understand different emotions.

  • The Colour of Home

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    On Hassan's first day at school he paints a colourful picture of his home and family in Somalia, but then adds soldiers, flames and bullets.

  • The Colour of the Sun

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    David Almond returns to deliver a powerful story centring around the acceptance of loss of one’s childhood after a parent’s death and the journey towards adulthood, which is portrayed beautifully in this coming-of-age novel.

  • The Colour Thief

    Author: Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
    Publisher: Wayland

    Drawing on personal experiences of living in a family blighted by depression, this unusual, yet important, book may help youngsters to make sense of an illness they cannot see.

  • The Company of Eight

    Author: Harriet Whitehorn
    Publisher: Stripes

    This adventure book is a total rollercoaster ride that will catch your breath as gutsy Cass weaves in and out of peril. After all, who doesn't want swashbuckling fun and women warriors with the hearts of lions?

  • The Company of Ghosts

    Author: Berlie Doherty
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Over the past year many things have changed in Ellie’s life. When she is told she must go away with her mum and her stepfather on their honeymoon, it’s the last straw and she decides to run away. Fortunately she meets Morag, a friend from orchestra, who says she can stay at her house.

  • The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

    Author: Bill Watterson
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel

    The comic-strip adventures of Calvin, a naughty boy with a philosophical bent, and his soft toy tiger companion Hobbes, delighted readers from 1985 to 1995. 

  • The Conquerors

    Author: David McKee
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The General of a powerful country sends his troops into the last unconquered territory, but to their surprise, when they march across the border, they meet with no resistance.

  • The Considine Curse

    Author: Gareth P Jones
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Ever woken up to an eerie howl in the night and wondered what it was? This creepy tale about the Considine family might just have the answer

  • The Coral Kingdom

    Author: Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber
    Publisher: Words & Pictures Press

    The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of art. The rhyming non-fiction text scans well and the information about coral reef conservation is pitched at the right level.

  • The Covers Of My Book Are Too Far Apart! (And Other Grumbles)

    Author: Vivian French
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke (Picture Squirrels)

    This accessible and diversely illustrated picture book gives helpful suggestions for more or less any reading issue. It's likely to especially interest schools.

  • The Cow That Laid an Egg

    Author: Andy Cutbill Illustrator: Russell Ayto
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    A madcap, yet moving, story about having the courage of one's convictions, even when others doubt you.

  • The Cow Who Fell to Earth

    Author: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s Books

    One night, a little cow falls to earth from the moon, but none of the earth animals speak her language. This lovely book about friendship and belonging is beautifully paced and has all of Nadia Shireen’s recognisable cute characters.

  • The Cradle of All Worlds

    Author: Jeremy Lachlan
    Publisher: Egmont

    Jane Doe appeared on the steps of the mysterious Manor with her sick father as a baby, and ever since the residents of Bluehaven have considered her The Cursed One. But Jane's about to find out who she really is in a storming, funny and gripping adventure romp.

  • The Creakers

    Author: Tom Fletcher Illustrator: Shane Devries
    Publisher: Puffin

    The Creakers is a charmingly written adventure story. Monsters under the bed (AKA The Creakers) are acknowledged as scary, but the warm and humorous narrator will make more nervous children feel they are in safe hands. A really lovely, funny book.

  • The Creeper Files: The Root of All Evil

    Author: Hacker Murphy
    Publisher: Oxford Press

    After reading this brilliantly creepy book, you'll never look at a potato in the same way again.

  • The Creeper Man

    Author: Dawn Kurtagich
    Publisher: Orion

    Kurtagich has created an incredibly assured, claustrophobic horror with a fractured and troubled teen narrator that will have you gripped to the very last page.

  • The Croc and the Sock

    Author: Claire Evans
    Publisher: Fourth Wall Publishing

    Croc wakes up and there’s a sock left on his floor: a smelly, wet, dirty sock. Who has left it, and where is its matching pair? An engaging story with a rhyming text and a fun Croc puppet attached to bring the story to life.

  • The Crocodile and the Dentist

    Author: Taro Gomi
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    When it’s time for the Crocodile’s annual visit to the dentist, which of them is more afraid? Witty, colourful and delightful.

  • The Crocodile Under the Bed

    Author: Judith Kerr
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Matty is sick, and very sad because he's too sick to go to the Queen's birthday party! But when he gets an unexpected visitor, it seems that Matty might not miss out after all...

  • The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water

    Author: Gemma Merino
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Little crocodile doesn't like water. It's cold. It's wet. It's embarrassing.

  • The Crooked Sixpence

    Author: Jennifer Bell
    Publisher: Corgi

    Jennifer Bell has built a wonderful new world in which readers can immerse themselves, in this pacey, magical adventure. There are twists and turns, new creatures and strange, 'uncommon' objects to discover around every street corner.

  • The Crow’s Tale

    Author: Naomi Howarth
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    In the dark depths of winter, Brave Crow sets out on a dangerous journey to find the Sun, and beg for warmth. Inspired by a Native American myth, this beautiful picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter.

  • The Crowfield Curse

    Author: Pat Walsh
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Will finds a small creature caught in a trap in the woods; a hob. The discovery of this magical creature signals the beginning of an incredible adventure for Will. A more challenging read that really fires the imagination.

  • The Crowstarver

    Author: Dick King-Smith
    Publisher: Random House

    As ‘Spider’ grows up, it becomes apparent that despite his physical and learning disabilities, he has a remarkable gift for communicating with animals.

  • The Cry of the Wolf

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The Hunter is a cold, cruel man who lives only to kill rare animals and collect their skins. When the Hunter discovers that a pack of English wolves, long thought to be extinct, live in the Surrey countryside, he resolves to kill them all at any cost.

  • The Crystal Stair

    Author: Catherine Fisher
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The Crystal Stair picks up after At the World’s End. Caz and Will soon find themselves out in the frozen landscape once again, and it’s even more dangerous than last time. This is a fantastic sequel for this dystopian series.

  • The Cupcake Diaries: Katie and the Cupcake Cure

    Author: Coco Simon
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    It's Katie Brown's first day at her new school and she's already feeling miserable.

  • The Cure for Dreaming

    Author: Cat Winters
    Publisher: Amulet Books

    Interspersing her text with archive photos, Cat Winters combines history with the supernatural in her celebration of independent women in early twentieth-century America, and highlights the fight for women's suffrage.

  • The Curiositree

    Author: Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Illustrator: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    Natural World is an extremely beautiful reference book that explores the way that habitats, plants and animals are connected, and the way that all elements of nature work in harmony.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

    Author: Mark Haddon
    Publisher: Red Fox

    This funny, touching and compelling novel was the winner of the inaugural Booktrust Teenage Prize

  • The Dam

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Levi Pinfold
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This stunning, wild and atmospheric picture book by two giants of children’s literature tells the true story of a musician father and his daughter who enter each house in the valley to play music and dance, so that they will always contain music – and magic.

  • The Dark

    Author: Lemony Snicket Illustrator: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Orchard Book

    One night, the night-light goes out, and the dark calls Laszlo down into the basement to meet it.

  • The Dark Inside

    Author: Rupert Wallis
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    James and Webster, a pair of unlikely friends, embark on a curious rampage across the Devonshire countryside: one to escape life as he knows it, the other on a quest to lift a curse.

  • The Dark is Rising

    Author: Susan Cooper
    Publisher: Red Fox

    This is probably one of the greatest fantasy sequences ever written. Darkly magical and intense Cooper weaves her storytelling wonder over fully realised characters and worlds, drawing in the reader and leading them on a journey that will leave them clambering for the rest of the series.

  • The Dark Light

    Author: Julia Bell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    This is a gripping and unsettling story with some disturbing characters and a menacing atmosphere which pervades throughout. A dark but compelling read.

  • The Darkest Dark

    Author: Chris Hadfield with Kate Fillion Illustrator: The Fan Brothers
    Publisher: Macmillan

    One night as a boy, Chris Hadfield watches the Apollo 11 moon landing and decides to be an astronaut. This atmospheric book draws on the Commander's childhood fear of the dark, and his realisation that dreams can come true.

  • The Darkest Part of the Forest

    Author: Holly Black
    Publisher: Hachette

    With a refreshing spin on the traditional roles and full of sinister undertones and dark magic, this is a bewitching and exciting modern fairy tale for this generation of readers of YA fiction.

  • The Dawn Chorus

    Author: Suzanne Barton
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A warm, reassuring tale about individual talents and about belonging, which will appeal to small children everywhere. Glorious illustrations swirl through the pages in a crescendo of appealing, harmonious images.

  • The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    When Mike swaps his dad for his friend Nathan’s two goldfish his mum is not pleased. But when Mike tries to get his dad back, he finds he's already been traded for an electric guitar.

  • The Day Louis Got Eaten

    Author: John Fardell
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Fardell creates a variation on the Old Woman who swallowed a fly in this hilarious adventure

  • The Day That Aliens Nearly Ate Our Brains

    Author: Tom McLaughlin
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Freddy and Sal just wanted to watch Wrestlegeddon Smackdown when they tried to hijack next-door’s satellite dish. How were they to know it would pinpoint the exact location of Planet Earth to Alan, the grumpiest alien in the universe?

  • The Day the Crayons Came Home

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    One day, a surprising stack of postcards arrives for Duncan. They are all from his old forgotten crayons, demanding to be brought home to the crayon box. A captivating, comical sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit.

  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeously colourful picture book.

  • The Day the Rains Fell

    Author: Anne Faundez Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
    Publisher: Tamarind

    Long ago, when the world was new, Lindiwe gazed down from the heavens, proud of the earth and the creatures she'd created.

  • The Day War Came

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A heartbreaking picture book that perfectly explains the displacement of people, and especially children, in war, and the trauma experienced by people forced to leave their homes. 

  • The Dead

    Author: Charlie Higson
    Publisher: Puffin

    Jack and Ed think things are looking up after they escape boarding school in this sequel to The Enemy, but then something terrible happens that will put them in more danger than ever.

  • The Dead House

    Author: Dawn Kurtagich
    Publisher: Orion

    This is an utterly compelling and creepy psychological thriller which has the reader gripped from the very first page.

  • The Dead Men Stood Together

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    In this reinvention of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' a young boy sets out to sea with his uncle, but the voyage is soon damned by a curse that throws them off course.

  • The Dead Ways

    Author: Christopher Edge
    Publisher: Catnip

    The Government has a plan to clean up the environment – closing down motorways and returning the roads to nature. When Scott Williams' father is found dead in his government office, Scott resolves to find out the truth behind his death.

  • The Deadly Dare Mysteries

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House

    This is a bind-up of three books - Deadly Dare, Computer Ghost and Lie Detectives, all featuring best friends Theo and Ricky.

  • The Deadly Seven

    Author: Garth Jennings
    Publisher: Macmillan

    The story has many twists and turns. Through Uncle Pogo we are introduced to interesting inventions and unusual inventions and the monsters help Nelson to become better at making friends.

  • The Death Defying Pepper Roux

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    For all of his short life, Pepper Roux has been waiting to die. Now, on his fourteenth birthday, he knows he won't have to wait much longer.

  • The Declaration

    Author: Gemma Malley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A chilling story of a future where Longevity drugs have made sections of the population almost immortal. This is a thought-provoking read.

  • The Deep Dark Wood

    Author: Algy Craig Hall and Ali Pye
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A sweet little girl happily sets off to visit her best friend for tea through a deep dark wood full of lurking witches, trolls and giants.

  • The Demon Collector

    Author: Jon Mayhew
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    Edgy Taylor has a gift - he can see demons in the crowded streets of Victorian London. A gripping, gothic, horror story lightened by its dark humour and unpredictable characters.

  • The Demon Dentist

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Strange things are happening in the dead of night. Children who put a tooth under the pillow for the tooth fairy wake to find... a dead slug; a live spider; or hundreds of earwigs...

  • The Demon Notebook

    Author: Erika McGann
    Publisher: The O'Brien Press

    Have you ever wondered if magic spells actually work? Well, Grace and her four best-friends have.

  • The Demon's Watch

    Author: Conrad Mason
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Joseph is a half-goblin boy leading a miserable life as a tavern servant. When he finds a mysterious parcel he hopes that by returning it to its owner he might be offered a new, exciting life as a sailor or pirate. But he soon discovers that there are dangerous magical forces abroad that will stop at nothing to regain the package.

  • The Detective Dog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    Detective Dog Nell is famed for her sleuthing skills in this witty detail-packed book, full of exuberant rhyming couplets - perfect for sharing and reading aloud.

  • The Deviants

    Author: CJ Skuse
    Publisher: MIRA Ink

    Ella has a secret so toxic she dare not share it - not even with Max, the guy she loves. Soon the couple get caught up in a cycle of revenge and violence, in this pacey and engaging thriller for young adults.

  • The Devil Walks

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Doubleday

    A chilling, compulsive horror story pleasantly free from vampires and werewolves

  • The Devil's Triangle

    Author: Mark Robson
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Twins Sam and Niamh accompany their father to Florida each summer while he tries to unravel the mystery of their mother's disappearance at sea nine years ago.

  • The Diamond Girls

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    Aimed at older readers, this novel deals with adult themes of birth, sexuality, teen pregnancy, gang-culture, abuse and post-natal depression, but all in Wilson's usual credible, accessible style.

  • The Diamond of Drury Lane

    Author: Julia Golding
    Publisher: Egmont

    Winner of the 2006 Ottakar's Children's Book Prize, this is a pacy thriller about a spirited orphan girl employed by Richard Sheridan at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

  • The Diggers are Coming!

    Author: Susan Steggall
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Watch as a new estate is built, from the demolition of old properties to families moving into their new homes.

  • The Ding-Dong Bag

    Author: Polly Peters Illustrator: Jess Stockham
    Publisher: Child's Play

    The fast-moving and rhythmic text make this great book perfect for reading aloud, and a subtle arm splint on one of the boys is typical of Child’s Play’s inclusive approach to books.

  • The Dinner that Cooked Itself

    Author: J C Hysu Illustrator: Kenard Pak
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    This retelling of an old Chinese folk tale is beautifully illustrated in a contemporary, cinematic style and offers a glimpse at the culture and traditions of an ancient civilisation. 

  • The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas

    Author: Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter Illustrator: Garry Parsons
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Danny is greedy and spoilt - he already has so many toys there is no space in his room. When he sends Santa a long list for Christmas, St Nick decides to teach him a lesson.

  • The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Corgi Pups

    Dinah is having a bad day – nothing seems to be going right: so far she’s made her Dad cross and argued with her best friend

  • The Disappearing Children

    Author: Lars Joachim Grimstad Translator: Don Bartlett and Sian Mackie
    Publisher: Phoenix Yard Books

    This enjoyable and very funny story of adventure and intrigue is a brilliantly witty political satire appealing to a wide age range from early teens to adult.

  • The Disgusting Sandwich

    Author: Gareth Edwards Illustrator: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    When a boy brings his mouth-watering sandwich to the park, he’s not the only one who thinks it looks rather appetizing.

  • The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

    Author: Paola Peretti Translator: Denise Muir
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Nine-year-old Mafalda has a degenerative eye condition. She starts to keep a list of all the things she'll miss when her sight goes, but also the constants that surround her. Tender and thought-provoking, with a powerful but unforced message.

  • The Diviners

    Author: Libba Bray
    Publisher: Atom

    In this lively and atmospheric tale of 1920s New York, party girl Evie finds herself investigating a sinister string of occult murders.

  • The Dog that Ate the World

    Author: Sandra Dieckmann
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    The valley was a picture of harmony until the dog appeared and ate everything up. This reads like a myth from an ancient culture and could be seen as a warning against greed and rising extinction rates – though the tone is gentle and the illustration sublime.

  • The Dogs

    Author: Alllan Stratton
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Spooky and atmospheric, The Dogs is everything you could want from a murder mystery and ghost story

  • The Doldrums

    Author: Nicholas Gannon
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    A fabulous, funny and heart-warming story of adventure and friendship.

  • The Dollmaker of Krakow

    Author: R. M. Romero Illustrator: Lisa Perrin
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Doll Karolina is saved from war in her native Land of the Dolls and transported to Poland to live with a man known as the Dollmaker - only for their lives to be turned upside down by World War II. An unusual novel blending reality with folklore and fantasy that will have a lasting impact on readers.

  • The Door that Led to Where

    Author: Sally Gardner
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    There's a Dickensian flavour to this satisfying time-travel tale, which takes its teenage hero on a journey from gritty modern-day London, to the city of the 1800s.

  • The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight

    Author: Jenny Valentine
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Jenny Valentine presents another enthralling, perplexing and thought-provoking novel exploring family, friendship and identity.

  • The Double Shadow

    Author: Sally Gardner
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Sally Gardner lives up to her reputation for delivering ambitious and highly imaginative writing for teenagers in this unusual and complex historical novel.

  • The Doughnut of Doom

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Peanut butter sandwich Nancy McNutty must battle a giant killer doughnut in this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek picture book full of puns and spot-the-joke illustration.

  • The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight

    Author: Ella Woollard Illustrator: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    An uplifting story about a timid baby dragon and a friendly young knight who discover they have much more in common than people think - and refuse to fight.

  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

    Author: Stephanie Burgis Illustrator: Freya Hartas (chapter headings)
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    When spirited young dragon Aventurine is tricked into drinking some enchanted hot chocolate, she is turned into a human girl. Dragons, magic and chocolate combine in this captivating fantasy adventure.

  • The Dragon’s Hoard: stories from the Viking Sagas

    Author: Lari Don Illustrator: Cate James
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    In this collection of 11 stories about Vikings, you will encounter sailors, traders and explorers. Elemental, unadorned and compelling, these engaging retellings of the Sagas are illuminated by earth-toned illustrations.

  • The Dragonsitter

    Author: Josh Lacey Illustrator: Garry Parsons
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Eddie's uncle has gone on holiday and he has left his dragon behind for Eddie to look after.

  • The Dragonsitter Takes Off

    Author: Josh Lacey Illustrator: Gary Parsons
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    It had sounded so easy: Edward was going to look after Uncle Morton's unusual pet for a week while he went on holiday. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path.

  • The Dreamsnatcher

    Author: Abi Elphinstone
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Moll and her wildcat Gryff must fight dark, magical  forces to protect the world they know. An exceptional debut novel that is packed with adventure, magic and humour.

  • The Dress and the Girl

    Author: Camille Andros Illustrator: Julie Morstad
    Publisher: Abrams

    Emigrating to America, a girl loses the trunk that contains her beloved dress. The dress then embarks on an epic around-the-world journey to find her. A poetic and exquisitely illustrated story about love, loss, the passing of time and the power of memory.

  • The Drum

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max Illustrator: Catell Ronca
    Publisher: Tiny Owl

    This little but lively book is part of Tiny Owl’s "Children. Music. Life" series, which focuses on musical instruments from around the world, created by award-winning picture book author and artist Ken Wilson-Max. In this book, we meet the drum.

  • The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

    Author: Mo Willems
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Mo Willems’ trademark illustrations and sparse text convey a huge range of emotions in a strikingly minimalist style.

  • The Duff

    Author: Kody Keplinger
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Seventeen year old Bianca believes her friends are all much more attractive to boys than she is herself. Wesley, a boy whom she hates, confirms this when he tells her she is 'The Duff' - the designated ugly fat friend chosen by other girls to draw attention to themselves.

  • The Dungeon

    Author: Lynne Reid Banks
    Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books

    A compelling read that paints a vivid picture of a very harsh period in history

  • The Eagle Trail

    Author: Robert Rigby
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Paul Hansen must follow the dangerous Eagle Trail through the Pyrenees Mountains to get to England and escape Nazi persecution in this well-researched historical drama.

  • The Earth Book

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Hegbrook
    Publisher: 360 Degrees

    Learn about the inner workings of our earth, including earthquakes, volcanoes, thunderstorms and tsunamis; animal life on earth; the earth regions and the impact of humans on the planet, including information on migration, population and sustainability in this comprehensive hardback book celebrating the biodiversity and structure of this fascinating planet.

  • The Earth is Singing

    Author: Vanessa Curtis
    Publisher: Usborne

    Based on true events, this first-person narrative tells the story of the Jews of Riga during World War II. Engaging, harrowing and thought-provoking, this is a story that should not be forgotten.

  • The Edge

    Author: Alan Gibbons
    Publisher: Hachette

    Danny and his mother Cathy are on the run from her abusive boyfriend, Chris. They go back to the Edge, Cathy's childhood home, which she left after having Danny at the age of sixteen.

  • The Edge Chronicles: Beyond the Deepwoods

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Random House

    The first book of The Edge Chronicles which sees Twig start his quest to find out who he really is.

  • The Edge Chronicles: Doombringer

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Corgi

    Cade and his friends are forced into action to defend their beloved home; they must summon the combined forces of the Deadwoods to repel the force of their enemies.

  • The Edge Chronicles: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Corgi

    A storm is brewing far in the open sky, headed straight for the floating city of Sanctaphrax. But, when Twig has lost his memory of being warned of this catastrophe, he must find his crew and save the day.

  • The Edge Chronicles: Stormchaser

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Corgi

    The second part of the Twig Saga follows Twig as he joins the crew of the Stormchaser in a dangerous quest to collect stormphrax to save the floating city of Sanctaphrax.

  • The Edge Chronicles: The Nameless One

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Corgi

    Fleeing the scene of his father's murder in the city of Great Glade, Cade Quarter smuggles himself onto the Xanth Filatine, a floating skytavern that journeys over the vast landscape of The Deadwoods.

  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby

    Author: Elfrida Vipont Illustrator: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Puffin

    One day, an elephant offers a baby a ride through the town, and the set off on a great adventure.

  • The Elephant in the Room

    Author: James Thorp Illustrator: Angus Mackinnon
    Publisher: Templar

    Someone has smashed Father Giant’s favourite china elephant. Who is the culprit? This is a magnificent magical mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end about who the culprit might be.

  • The Elephant Road

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Annabel Wright
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This story provides an engaging context in which much wider, complex environmental issues are explored.

  • The Elephant Thief

    Author: Jane Kerr
    Publisher: Chicken House

    This is a fast-paced story, based loosely on a man's real-life journey from Edinburgh to Manchester, while riding an elephant – an event that captivated even Queen Victoria.

  • The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A foolish greedy lion and a disloyal crocodile are two of the animals who get their just deserts in this quirky and beautifully-presented collection of traditional Indian folk tales.

  • The Elites

    Author: Natasha Ngan
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    In a distant future in which wars, riots and environmental crises have changed the world as we know it, 15-year-old Silver is an Elite, specially chosen to guard the city of Neo-Babel

  • The Elsewhere Emporium

    Author: Ross MacKenzie
    Publisher: Kelpies

    This cracking sequel to the Blue Peter Book Award-winning The Nowhere Emporium is chock full of magic and invention. Detailed and original, yet never sacrificing the human story for fantasy, this is a fabulous book that will enchant and inspire.

  • The Emerald Atlas - Books of Beginning 1

    Author: John Stephens
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    This new fantasy adventure will appeal to lovers of Narnia and Harry Potter.Kate, Michael and their younger sister Emma  have spent their childhoods in a succession of cruel orphanages but their lives are changed when they discover they are linked to a magic book with the power to transport them into the past. Readers will enjoy immersing themselves in …

  • The Emergency Zoo

    Author: Miriam Halahmy
    Publisher: Alma Books

    An unusual and atmospheric story set in the run-up to World War II. As London's children prepare for evacuation to the countryside, they are horrified to discover that their beloved pets are due to be put down.

  • The Emperor of Absurdia

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    The Emperor of Absurdia awakes one morning and can't find his snuggly scarf, so after checking with The Wardrobe Monster, begins to search for it.

  • The Emperors New Clothes

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick Illustrator: Alison Jay
    Publisher: Templar

    This is a satirical story about a very vain Emperor who adores beautiful new clothes and has wardrobes full of them!

  • The Emperor's New Clothes

    Author: Marina Le Ray
    Publisher: Ladybird Books

    The story is told simply, using short sentences and a small number of frequently repeated words

  • The Emperor's Underwear

    Author: Laurence Anholt Illustrator: Arthur Robbins
    Publisher: Hachette

    Witty and well illustrated, this is a superb twist on the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes.

  • The Empty Stocking

    Author: Richard Curtis Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Award-winning writer and director Richard Curtis turns his hand to picture books in this magical festive story, beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

  • The Enchanted Horse

    Author: Magdalen Nabb Illustrator: Julek Heller
    Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

    A magical tale of a little girl whose enduring love brings a very special horse to life. With a traditional feel and timeless quality, it could be a future family favourite.

  • The Enchanted Wood

    Author: Enid Blyton
    Publisher: Egmont

    When Joe, Beth and Frannie move into a new home, they discover a mysterious wood on their very doorstep.

  • The Enduring Ark

    Author: Gita Wolf Illustrator: Joydeb Chitrakar
    Publisher: Tara Books

    This striking picture book is a retelling of the story of Noah and the ark.

  • The Enemy

    Author: Charlie Higson
    Publisher: Puffin

    When the sickness came, the adults became ill. The lucky ones died but many mutated into brainless, deformed monsters with a seemingly insatiable appetite - for children.

  • The Epic Book of Epicness: The world’s most epic facts in pictures

    Author: Adam Frost
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    In full colour throughout with great, modern design, this book is extremely well written and fun. Every page is full of genuinely fascinating and unusual facts.

  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

    Author: F C Yee
    Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle

    It’s a joy that this pacy, funny Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets kung-fu novel is out there: readers will identify with the difficulties of school and family, and love the realistic teen voices and hilarious dialogue.

  • The Ethan I Was Before

    Author: Ali Standish
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    An emotionally powerful story about friendship and grief, family and secrets, with a good dose of mystery and a dramatic, race-against-time conclusion. It's very readable and feels like a future classic.

  • The Everywhere Bear

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    This picture book about a missing toy bear somehow seems like a classic already - with a lovely whiff of nostalgia about it all, while also feeling very current and gently inclusive.

  • The Executioner's Daughter

    Author: Jane Hardstaff
    Publisher: Egmont

    The crowds at the Tower of London love nothing better than the grisly spectacle of an execution. But as the executioner's daughter, Moss has seen more than her fair share of horror.

  • The Explorer

    Author: Katherine Rundell Illustrator: Hannah Horn
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Fred, Con, Lila and little Max’s plane is on the way to Manaus when it falls out of the sky. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, they must figure out the basics of survival. Rundell’s writing is exquisite and this story is completely, utterly wonderful.

  • The Extinction Trials

    Author: S M Wilson
    Publisher: Usborne

    In Storm and Lincoln’s world, there are two continents... And one is inhabited by vicious, predatory dinosaurs. A tense, brutal fantasy adventure: The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park.

  • The Extincts

    Author: Veronica Cossanteli
    Publisher: Chicken House

    George loves helping out at Wormestall Farm, a secret sanctuary for exinct and mythical beasts, where unlikely things are always happening.

  • The Fabulous Fairies ABC

    Author: Nancy Trott
    Publisher: Koala Books

    This is a sparkly, magical ABC - perhaps one for the girls!

  • The Fabulous Foskett Family Circus

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

    A simple rhyme introduces each exuberant personality from the Fabulous Foskett Family Circus.

  • The Fabulous Phartlehorn Affair

    Author: M L Peel Illustrator: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Bruno Pockley is an extraordinary boy with an extraordinary musical talent.

  • The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella

    Author: Abie Longstaff
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    Fabulous hairdresser to the fairy-tale stars Kittie helps Cinderella meet her Prince in this fun and light-hearted reworking of a favourite fairy story.

  • The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas

    Author: Abie Longstaff Illustrator: Lauren Beard
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    It's Christmas Eve, but someone has stolen all the presents - Christmas will be ruined!

  • The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy

    Author: Abie Longstaff Illustrator: Lauren Beard
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    A retelling of The Nutcracker in an ever-growing series of picturebooks for KS1 girls.

  • The Falconer

    Author: Elizabeth May
    Publisher: Gollancz

    Eighteenth century Edinburgh and a dark faerie underworld collide in this fast-moving, gripping Steampunk fantasy romance.

  • The Falconer's Knot

    Author: Mary Hoffman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Romance, art, monasticism and murder in Umbria, 1316. Hoffman has specialised in creating atmospheric historical novels, filled with intrigue...

  • The Fall

    Author: Anthony McGowan
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Mog isn’t one of the popular crowd, but at least he manages to get by without being troubled much by the bullies...

  • The Fall

    Author: Bethany Griffin
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Books

    A creepy and unsettling psychological thriller based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher.

  • The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings

    Author: Edgar Allan Poe
    Publisher: Penguin

    This selection of Poe's short fiction demonstrates his intense interest in aesthetic issues and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind.

  • The Familiars: Animal Wizardry

    Author: Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Orphaned alley cat Aldwyn is bought by Jack, a likeable young wizard, and has a home and family at last. But when Jack is kidnapped, Aldwyn and his fellow familiars must rescue him.

  • The Family Book

    Author: Todd Parr
    Publisher: Little Brown & Company

    A joyous picture book about the importance of family and all the strength it can give you, this celebrates family in all its wonderful, diverse glory. The message is subtle, but a crucial one: every family is special and the only thing that matters is love. 

  • The Famished Road

    Author: Ben Okri
    Publisher: Vintage

    The Famished Road is the story of a spirit child Azaro. Azaro meaning 'born to die' has been born to his parents many a times only to die shortly after birth.

  • The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth

    Author: Hollie Hughes Illustrator: Leigh Hodgkinson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Mammoth has a problem. He's terribly hungry. His tiny friend Bug brings him food, but one gulp later, it's gone - and Mammoth is gloomy and starving, all over again. A charming, comical, rhyming tale of two unlikely friends.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

    Author: John Green
    Publisher: Penguin Children's Books

    John Green tackles the subject of teenage cancer with sensitivity in this witty, life-affirming young adult romance.

  • The Fearsome Beastie

    Author: Giles Paley-Phillips
    Publisher: Maverick

    Children quake in the darkness as they hear the terrifying roar of the fearsome beastie as it searches for food...

  • The Feathered Man

    Author: Jeremy De Quidt
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Long ago in a German town, Klaus, the tooth-puller’s boy, sees his master steal a diamond from the teeth of a dead man in the wicked Frau Drecht’s lodging house.

  • The Fellowship of The Ring

    Author: JRR Tolkein
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    The first part of J R R Tolkien's epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings, this is the story of young hobbit Frodo Baggins, who finds himself faced with an immense and terrible duty.

  • The Ferry Birds

    Author: Helen Dunmore Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Mabecron Books

    Dunmore has spun a magical story to show how a small boy in a remote island setting who misses his Dad is reassured by a make-believe trip to visit him in the Far North.

  • The Fight

    Author: Norman Mailer
    Publisher: Penguin

    Norman Mailer's The Fight focuses on the 1975 World Heavyweight Boxing Championship in Kinshasa, Zaire, between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

  • The Film of Our Life

    Author: Maite Carranza Illustrator: Iratxe López de Munáin Translator: Laura McGloughlin from Catalan
    Publisher: Editorial Cruïlla

    When crisis strikes, a girl convinces her brother that they are the stars of a film to protect him from the harsh realities of their new life.

    Twelve-year-old Olívia Tancredi lives in Barcelona with her actress mother Íngrid and her little brother Tim. When Íngrid can't find work, money to pay the bills runs out, their furniture is repossessed, and they are …

  • The Fintastic Diary of Darcy Dolphin

    Author: Sam Watkins Illustrator: Vicky Barker
    Publisher: Egmont

    Darcy might be a dolphin, but her daily life at school and home will be incredibly relatable to primary school children.

  • The Fire Chronicle

    Author: John Stephens
    Publisher: Doubleday

    The second in the Books of Beginning fantasy series continues the story of Kate, Michael and Emma.

  • The Fire-Eaters

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hachette

    When Bobby begins a new school and endures sadistic cruelty at the hands of his new teachers, he is drawn away from his old friends and towards newcomer Daniel.

  • The Firework Maker's Daughter

    Author: Philip Pullman
    Publisher: Random House

    A fantasy adventure story of a determined girl called Lila.

  • The First Case

    Author: Ulf Nilsson Illustrator: Gitte Spee
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    A warm, delightful story, charming and perceptive, with appealing whimsical illustrations.

  • The First Christmas

    Author: Jan Pienkowski
    Publisher: Penguin

    Jan Pienkowski's silhouette illustrations lend an air of mystery and drama to this text, taken from the King James Bible.

  • The First Egg Hunt

    Author: Adam & Charlotte Guillain and Pippa Curnick
    Publisher: Egmont

    This original take on how Easter egg hunts really started is a fun, rhyming tale, with plenty of humorous detail in Pippa Curnick’s bright and lovable illustrations. The message is that working as a team is the best way forward.

  • The Fish Who Could Wish

    Author: John Bush Illustrator: Korky Paul
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Deep in the ocean lives a very special fish whose wishes come true.

  • The Five of Us

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    This book is testament to Blake's belief that all children need to be able find themselves in books.

  • The Flask

    Author: Nicky Singer
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    When her new baby brothers are born critically ill, Jess becomes convinced that the strange and beautiful flask in Aunt Edie's desk has the power to help them.

  • The Fly

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Energetic illustrations and some lift-the-flap sections add interest as the humble housefly buzzes through this lively book

  • The Flyaway Blanket

    Author: Allan Peterkin Illustrator: Emmeline Pidgen
    Publisher: Magination Press

    Soft pastel illustrations accompany this gentle tale about a much-loved comfort blanket

  • The Foggy Foggy Forest

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Walker

    Who's lurking in the foggy forest? Look through the trees and guess the shapes to find out.

  • The Foreshadowing

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: Hachette

    17-year-old Sasha travels to France as a volunteer nurse in an attempt to rescue her beloved brother Tom from a terrible death. But can she really change the future?

  • The Four Branches of the Mabinogi

    Author: Siân Lewis Illustrator: Valériane Leblond
    Publisher: Rily

    Enchanting, engrossing and beautifully illustrated, this is a wonderfully accessible retelling of the most ancient of recorded legends, and a great introduction to the ancient storytelling heritage of Wales.

  • The Four Seasons of Lucy McKenzie

    Author: Kirsty Murray
    Publisher: Allen and Unwin

    An engrossing fantasy adventure that will appeal to a wide audience.

  • The Fourth Horseman

    Author: Kate Thompson
    Publisher: Random House

    What will happen when the fourth and final rider appears, will his appearance signal the end of the world?

  • The Fox and the Ghost King

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    This sweet story weaves Morpurgo's effortless storytelling with ancient and very recent history: Leicester City's win of the Premiership title. Beautiful illustrations make it a lovely gift: football fans, history fans and fox fans are all taken care of here.

  • The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

    Author: Victoria Williamson
    Publisher: Kelpies

    Told in dual narrative, this story follows Reema and Caylin as they negotiate a shaky friendship: one, an asylum seeker from Syria, and the other, a girl whose mum is struggling to cope. A truly excellent and ultimately uplifting book with plenty of heart.

  • The Frank Show

    Author: David Mackintosh
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    A clever and thoughtful picture book showing how much fun the older generation can be and the valuable contribution they can make to young lives.

  • The Frog Prince Continued

    Author: Jon Scieszka
    Publisher: Penguin

    After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince, and they lived happily ever after… or did they?

  • The Front Room

    Author: Michelle Magorian Illustrator: Vladimir Stankovic
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Hannah and her brother Benjy are on holiday. But instead of relaxing, Hannah is terrified: convinced there's something dreadful in her room. The suspense builds chillingly in this pared-down, atmospheric ghost story.

  • The Funny Life of Pets

    Author: Author James Campbell Illustrator: Rob Jones
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This outlandish encyclopaedia covers everything a child could ever need to know about pets. Children will get lost in its mix of hilarious pet-related misinformation, trivia and educational facts.

  • The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Charlotte Voake
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    At the end of Edward Lear's much loved poem, the happily married Owl and the Pussy-cat are dancing hand-in-hand on the edge of the sand... but what happened next?

  • The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Author: Emma Thompson Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor
    Publisher: Frederick Warne

    Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson has turned her hand to children's books in this new continuation of Peter Rabbit's adventures.

  • The Fury

    Author: Alexander Gordon Smith
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Cal, Brick and Daisy are three very different teenagers, living very different lives, but one horrific day they are thrown together in unimaginable circumstances.

  • The Galloping Ghost

    Author: Hilda Offen
    Publisher: Catnip

    This gently humorous chapter book was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2009; black and white line drawings add to its appeal and the length is perfect for emerging readers.

  • The Game of Finger Worms

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Phaidon

    This lovely new series of baby books includes games with art, patterns and light, all designed to get very young children to have fun with exploring and using their imagination.

  • The Game of Lines

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Phaidon

    Learn how to create crazy patterns and have fun with all the combinations you can create!

  • The Game of Tops and Tails

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Phaidon

    The Game of Tops and Tails is a book to inspire the imagination.

  • The Garbage King

    Author: Elizabeth Laird
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    This pacy coming-of-age adventure concentrates on the private hopes, dreams and feelings that drive its characters along, but also keeps enough sense of the gritty realities of street life.

  • The Genius Aged 8¼

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Jamie Smith
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Alfie's parents are very silly, and it's no time at all until young Alfie shows common sense beyond his years. Soon, he is headteacher, town mayor and prime minister of the country - all before his ninth birthday. Giggles and guffaws aplenty.

  • The Getaway

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Penguin

    Notorious cheese thief Fingers McGraw is on the run (or rather, on the moped) from chief law enforcer The Elephant.

  • The Ghost Box

    Author: Catherine Fisher
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    This spooky thriller is a short and simple read ideal for reluctant and struggling readers.

  • The Ghost Bride

    Author: Yangsze Choo
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Set in 1890s Malaysia, this is the story of seventeen-year-old Li Lan, whose quiet life with her father is dramatically altered when he returns one evening with a proposition for her. 

  • The Ghost of the Trenches

    Author: Helen Watts and Taffy Thomas
    Publisher: A&C Black

    This slim volume includes 14 'war stories' made up of poems, songs and re-tellings of ghostly sightings and mysterious coincidences, themed around World War One.

  • The Ghosts and Jamal

    Author: Bridget Blankley
    Publisher: Hope Road Publishing

    Jamal wakes to find that everyone in his West African village have been killed. He alone has survived because of how others perceive his epilepsy. This is a powerful, moving and mesmerising story, set in a violent world and seen through a 13-year-old's eyes. 

  • The Ghosts of Creakie Hall: Ace Ghosts

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Catnip Publishing Ltd

    Creakie Hall is falling down but there is no money in the bank so Aunt Gardenia Bogey-Mandeville needs to come up with a money-making scheme pretty quickly...

  • The Ghosts of Heaven

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: Indigo

    The Ghosts of Heaven is an excellent book that will open up new avenues of thought and future reading and introduces teenage readers to a more inventive understanding of storytelling.

  • The Giant of Jum

    Author: Elli Woollard and Benji Davies
    Publisher: Macmillan

    The illustrations brim with jokes and delightful details, the rhyming text is breezy fun, and the line between darkly gruesome and good-hearted is deftly maintained.

  • The Giant Turnip

    Author: Henriette Barkow Illustrator: Richard Johnson
    Publisher: Mantra Lingua

    The children in Miss Honeywood's class decide to grow vegetables in their school garden. What a shock they get when they discover a huge turnip that they are unable to move.

  • The Giants and the Joneses

    Author: Julia Donaldson
    Publisher: Egmont

    Jumbeelia, a young girl giant from Groil, the Land of Giants, loves the stories of the iggly plop who climbed up the bimblestonk and was chased back down again by a giant.

  • The Giant's Loo Roll

    Author: Nicholas Allan
    Publisher: Red Fox

    A giant is caught short when his loo roll drops to the floor and rolls away. As it rolls through the town the people make use of the enormous sheets to devise all sorts of useful creations.

  • The Gift of Dark Hollow

    Author: Kieran Larwood Illustrator: David Wyatt
    Publisher: Faber

    This is the masterly sequel to the The Legend of Podkin One Ear. We are taken right back to the action, with Podkin, his sister Paz and the poor rabbits they rescued sheltering in the Dark Hallow warren. A modern-day classic.

  • The Girl at Midnight

    Author: Melissa Grey
    Publisher: Atom

    Everything about this book is exquisite. When seven-year-old Echo, a runaway and thief, is discovered in the library by a mysterious lady covered in feathers her life is changed for ever.

  • The Girl Guide: 50 lessons in learning to love your changing body

    Author: Marawa Ibrahim Illustrator: Sinem Erkas
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This is a book all tween girls should have. Like a chat with a friend with an excellent sense of humour, The Girl Guide is precisely the straight-talking and empowering read girls need at what can be a confusing and awkward time.

  • The Girl of Ink and Stars

    Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When her closest friend disappears into the island's Forgotten Territories, Isabella Riosse volunteers to guide the search. A stunning debut, full of myth, magic and mapmaking.

  • The Girl Savage

    Author: Katherine Rundell
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    When Wilhelmina Silver's home is sold, she is torn from her best friend, her adopted monkey and her pet horse, and banished to an inhospitable boarding school in England.

  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

    Author: Catherynne M Valente
    Publisher: Corsair

    When the Green Wind turns up and carries September away to Fairyland, she soon finds herself battling to stop the evil Marquess.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

    Author: Kelly Barnhill
    Publisher: Piccadilly

    When babies are left in the forest as an offering, the witch Xan protects them and feeds them on starlight. But one day, Xan feeds a baby the moon by mistake – and fills her with a dangerous amount of magic. A thoughtful book about belonging and fear. 

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    Author: Yasutaka Tsutsui Translator: David Karashima
    Publisher: Alma Books

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is the story of 15-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time after a strange encounter with a shadowy figure at school.

  • The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was a Mermaid

    Author: Tania Unsworth Illustrator: Helen Crawford-White
    Publisher: Head of Zeus

    Stella sets out to discover if her mother really was a mermaid. A beautifully written story with some tense, nailbiting moments and giddy splashes of magical realism. 

  • The Girl Who Walked on Air

    Author: Emma Carroll
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Louie is a feisty heroine, loyal to her friends and determined to succeed in this engaging historical adventure.

  • The Girl with No Nose

    Author: Georgia Byng Illustrator: Gary Blythe
    Publisher: Conkers

    Life is tough in Victorian times, the world into which Alice Peasbody is born - and Alice is a girl with no nose. A wonderful, thoughtful book that teaches compassion, celebrates difference and tackles some weighty issues with a gentle touch.

  • The Girl with the Bird's-nest Hair

    Author: Sarah Dyer
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Hollie's hatred of the hair brush results in her tangled curls attracting a range of nesting birds.

  • The Girl With the Parrot on her Head

    Author: Daisy Hirst
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Daisy Hirst has created a fun and funky picture book.

  • The Girls

    Author: Lauren Ace Illustrator: Jenny Lovlie
    Publisher: Caterpillar Books

    Four friends find a tree that becomes their Secret Meeting Place. As they grow into four very different young women, their friendship stays as strong as the tree. This touching picture book perfectly encapsulates the value and joy of female friendship. 

  • The Glass Children

    Author: Kristina Ohlsson
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    After the death of her father, Billie and her mum are moving to a new town for a fresh start. But the house - or somebody in it - is trying to drive them out.

  • The Glass Demon

    Author: Helen Grant
    Publisher: Penguin

    Legend has it that Bonschariant, the demon, haunts a medieval stained glass window and emerges from it to bring death and destruction to anyone who sees him.

  • The Glass Mountain

    Author: Jan Pienkowski and David Walser
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A wonderfully entertaining collection of Polish fairy tales, with striking illustration by Pienkowski.

  • The Glory

    Author: Lauren St John
    Publisher: Orion

    Part gripping adventure, part love story, this powerful novel travels through an exhilarating yet terrifying landscape.

  • The Goat

    Author: Anne Fleming
    Publisher: Pushkin Press

    A mountain goat, a girl called Kid and a boy who speaks in spoonerisms are the main characters in this quirky novel about love, fears and friendship. Surprising, tender and engaging.

  • The Goggle-Eyed Goats

    Author: Stephen Davies Illustrator: Christopher Corr
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Al Haji has three wives, seven children and an assortment of animals including five goggle-eyed goats. But his goats eat everything in sight and Al Haji's family have had enough.

  • The Goldfish Boy

    Author: Lisa Thompson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Matthew has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Can he help an investigation into the abduction of a child, perhaps without even leaving his house? A captivating read, combining a compelling whodunit with an engaging protagonist.

  • The Goldsmith's Daughter

    Author: Tanya Landman
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Landman’s latest novel is much more than a mere account of the bloody encounter between the Aztecs and the invading Spanish Conquistadors.

  • The Golem’s Eye

    Author: Jonathan Stroud
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    The Golem’s Eye is the second of the Bartimaeus trilogy, and is set in an alternate Europe in which magicians and their otherworldly servants, the reluctant djinni, hold power.

  • The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

    Author: Philip Pullman
    Publisher: Canongate

    Jesus is a passionate, charismatic preacher, while Christ is his cynical and introspective twin, with an eye for posterity.

  • The Good Morning Game

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Phaidon

    The finger puppets are back for another adventure. This time the finger puppet experiences various morning rituals: waking up, having a shower, having breakfast, getting dressed, and going to school.

  • The Goodnight Star

    Author: Amy Sparkes
    Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

    A glittering shooting star helps a little girl overcome her fears of the dark at bed time.

  • The Goozillas! Escape from the Monstrous Maze

    Author: Dexter Green Illustrator: Jake Dash
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    In this second adventure in the series, Max and the Goozillas must navigate through the monstrous maze, avoiding the pixelated ghosts. This fast-paced, accessible series will appeal to fans of computer games, comics and all things slimy.

  • The Goozillas!: Trapped in the Bog of Beasts

    Author: Dexter Green Illustrator: Jake Dash
    Publisher: Oxford Univerity Press

    While Max is playing on his favourite game on his tablet, he manages the impossible. With just one sneeze, Max manages to transport himself into the game itself, World of Slime.

    There, he meets a slimy and gross cast of characters called the GOOZILLAS. This gang of slimeballs need Max's help. Their world is being take over by the obnoxiously sweet and fluffy…

  • The Graces

    Author: Laure Eve
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Like everyone else in town, River is obsessed with the Graces: attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? A beautifully written, deliciously dark YA fantasy with a fresh take on witches.

  • The Grave Robber's Apprentice

    Author: Allan Stratton
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Orphan Hans is running away from a life of grave-robbing; Countess Angela wants to avoid death at the hands of the evil Archduke and his Necromancer. Together, can they escape?

  • The Graveyard Book

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    After his family are killed, Bod is brought up in a graveyard by ghosts.

  • The Great and Dangerous

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

    Ben and his friend Becky work for the Ministry of Pandemonium, guiding recently dead souls safely to the afterlife. But the enemy, the Lords of Sundown, are never far away and have unfinished business.

  • The Great Balloon Hullaballoo

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Simon the squirrel and his friends head to outer space in a hot air balloon in this lively picture book.

  • The Great Big Body Book

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    How does the human body develop and change in a lifetime? Hoffman and Asquith explore these questions and more in this honest, entertaining and fact-filled celebration of the human body, which also reflects the diversity of the world we live in.

  • The Great Big Book of Families

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    The Great Big Book of Families is about the diversity of families. The simple message is that every family is unique and special and that there is no such thing as "normal" or "abnormal". Books simply don’t get much more inclusive than this.

  • The Great Big Book of Feelings

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    How are you feeling today? This warm-hearted and thoughtful picture book explores a whole range of emotions that children might experience.

  • The Great Big Green Book

    Author: Mary Hoffman
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    The Great Big Green Book is filled with facts about our planet, and asks lots of questions to help children think about green issues. The book also gives simple tips on how you can save the environment.

  • The Great Cat Conspiracy

    Author: Katie Davies Illustrator: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Tom's cat likes to kill small animals. When it kills the Vicar's expensive Koi carp, Mum is so cross that the cat is locked out of the house. But then it goes missing...

  • The Great Cheese Robbery

    Author: Tim Warnes
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Patrick thinks Daddy Elephant is not scared of anything until a mouse comes to call.

  • The Great Cheese Robbery

    Author: Chris Mould
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    When the skirting board mice kidnap the ship's cat for a cheese ransom, the pirates are ready for action. An easy-to-read and exciting adventure story, which is perfect for readers starting to read alone.

  • The Great Dog Bottom Swap

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A cheeky, rhyming picture book for curious dog lovers.

  • The Great Dragon Bake Off

    Author: Nicola O'Byrne
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Flamie Oliver is a terrifying dragon with a secret: he's passionate about pastry! But he must kidnap a princess and eat her in order to pass Ferocious Dragon Academy!

  • The Great Explorer

    Author: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    Tom’s explorer father is lost somewhere near the North Pole...

  • The Great Gatsby

    Author: F Scott Fitzgerald
    Publisher: Vintage

    Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach ...

  • The Great Hamster Massacre

    Author: Katie Davies Illustrator: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    According to Anna's mum, hamsters are BAD NEWS. But that doesn't stop Anna and her friends from hatching a plan to persuade Mum to let them get a hamster.

  • The Great Ice Cream Heist

    Author: Elen Caldecott
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Shy Eva lives a quiet life with her protective Dad - until the noisy McIntyre family move in next door.

  • The Great Paper Caper

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    This is an intelligent and entertaining picture book, with unique and fascinating illustrations.

  • The Great Rabbit Rescue

    Author: Katie Davies Illustrator: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    Davies attracts young readers with her familiar plot, engaging characters, and understanding of nine year-olds' minds.

  • The Great Race

    Author: Nathan Kumar Scott Illustrator: Jagdish Chitara
    Publisher: Tara Books

    Kanchil, the mouse deer, boasts he is the fastest animal in the forest - but Pelan the snail believes he can beat him in a race.

  • The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac

    Author: Christopher Corr
    Publisher: Quarto

    The Great Race gently introduces and celebrates Chinese culture in a fun and vibrant way. This read-aloud story also provides a great stepping stone for introducing other cultural ideas to young children.

  • The Great Sheep Shenanigans

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    Lou Pine is one hungry wolf who cunjurs up a cunning plan to catch a sheep for his dinner. But the sheep are not as dumb as they first appear…

    This hilarious romp from the award-winning creators of The Great Dog Bottom Swap, which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize will have you rolling in laughter.

  • The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective

    Author: Elizabeth Eulberg Illustrator: Matt Robertson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Detective genius, Shelby Holmes, may be small but she comes up trumps when the police are flummoxed by a 'dognapping' in a wealthy part of New York.

  • The Great Unexpected

    Author: Sharon Creech
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    In the little town of Blackbird Tree, friends and fellow orphans Naomi and Lizzie are startled when a strange boy, Finn, falls out of a tree.

  • The Great War

    Author: Various Illustrator: Jim Kay
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Each story is inspired by a different object from World War I, from a soldier's writing case to the nose of a Zeppelin bomb.

  • The Greatest Magician in the World

    Author: Matt Edmondson and Garry Parsons
    Publisher: Macmillan

    A sweet story about believing in yourself with a series of fantastic magic tricks included in various ingenious slots, boxes and envelopes – all engineered to provide an exciting book full of brilliant activities, as well as a storyline.

  • The Greatest Show of All

    Author: Jane Eagland
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Kitty's predestined role is to marry, have children and keep house, but her dream is to work with horses. So she disguises herself as a boy and runs away to join the circus. Kitty's story is about following your dreams and staying true to your values.

  • The Green Bicycle

    Author: Haifaa Al Mansour
    Publisher: Dial Books

    Wadjda's dream is to ride through Riyadh on a green bicycle.  She develops plans, schemes and enlists the help of her friend Abdullah to help her achieve her dream.

  • The Green Ship

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Random House

    Two bored children climb over a neighbour's wall in search of adventure...

  • The Grimm Legacy

    Author: Polly Shulman
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Blending fairy-tale elements into a modern-day adventure,  this fantastically-written and superbly researched debut novel will enchant readers from the opening paragraph.

  • The Grindle Witch

    Author: Benjamin J Myers
    Publisher: Orion

    Bravery and loyalty take on ancient evil in this shocking, breath-taking thriller.

  • The Grotlyn

    Author: Benji Davies
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Atmospheric illustrations with a nostalgic feel help build suspense in this delightful rhyming story about how your mind can play tricks on you.

  • The Gruffalo

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    In this much-loved picture book, a little mouse walks through the woods and encounters a fox, an owl and a snake.

  • The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    The ever-popular Gruffalo returns in musical form in this book of songs to sing and play from Julia Donaldson.

  • The Gruffalo's Child

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

    Five years after the publication of multi award-winning The Gruffalo, author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler return with a much-awaited sequel.

  • The Grunts All at Sea

    Author: Philip Ardagh Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    The Grunts are back and as disgusting as ever! 

  • The Grunts In Trouble

    Author: Philip Ardagh Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Meet deliciously disgusting duo The Grunts in the first of an irreverent series from Philip Ardagh

  • The Guard Dog

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Jocelyn Wild
    Publisher: Random House

    Join the little Guard Dog on his search to find a new home

  • The Guggenheim Mystery

    Author: Robin Stevens (based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd)
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    When Ted Spark's Aunt Gloria is framed for the theft of a painting from the Guggenheim Museum, he must race through the streets of New York to find the real culprit. An exciting and heartwarming tale from Robin Stevens, continuing the legacy of late author Siobhan Dowd.

  • The Gun

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd

    Deep down, Jonas knew that he shouldn't have taken the gun home: shouldn't have hidden it, shouldn't have shown it to Kamal and should definitely not have let him take it away.

  • The Hackney Martian

    Author: Paul Brown Illustrator: Rowena Blyth
    Publisher: Fourth Wall Publishing

    Sam and his new friend Max the Martian decide to steal a diamond from the Tower of London. They need to power Max's spaceship back to Mars, in this exciting tale of bravery and friendship.

  • The Harder They Fall

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Bali Rai once again hits home with a current and unfortunately necessary book. As always, the characters are fully fleshed out, the dialogue both believable and accessible, and the plot well paced and worthy of its subject matter.

  • The Hat

    Author: Carol Ann Duffy Illustrator: David Whittle
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Bubbling over with humour and life, the poems in The Hat paint pictures, evoke smells, conjure sounds and encapsulate events both contemporary and historical.

  • The Hate U Give

    Author: Angie Thomas
    Publisher: Walker

    The Hate U Give is rightly named by many critics as one of the most important books of 2017. It's a profound, deeply compelling modern-day classic that explores race in America.

  • The Haunted Mobile

    Author: Robert Dodds
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    When Jake receives a mysterious text, he assumes his friend Roddy is just playing tricks. But the increasingly desperate messages are from an unknown girl called Alice.  And they seem to come from his own phone.

  • The Haunting of Charity Delafield

    Author: Ian Beck
    Publisher: Bodley Head Children's Books

    The Haunting of Charity Delafield is a heart-warming tale of friendship, family and love with an uplifting, magical twist

  • The Hawkweed Prophecy

    Author: Irena Brignull
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Strong characters, complex relationships, and important themes of family, belonging, identity, love and loneliness, drive this absorbing story of magic and painful family secrets.

  • The Heart and the Bottle

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    An inquisitive little girl, who is enchanted by the world around her, is badly shaken when she loses someone she loves.

  • The Hello Atlas

    Author: Ben Handicott Illustrator: Kenard Pak
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Books

    The Hello Atlas is the ideal book for children eager to learn more about the world around them (and parents, too). Teach your little ones useful phrases in over 100 different languages, while finding out more about people from all over the globe.

  • The Herd Boy

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

    Malusi lives in rural South Africa, where he spends his days tending his grandfather’s flock, and wishing for a dog to keep predators away. One day, a baboon injures a baby lamb, and as Malusi carries it home, a large car stops.  The elderly man inside asks Malusi what he hopes to do in the future, and  Malusi tells him that one day he will b…

  • The Here and Now

    Author: Ann Brashares
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    An exciting thriller, including time travel, romance and even climate change and plague.

  • The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero

    Author: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Puffin

    Percy has been missing for three days, and Jason has mysteriously found himself transported into the Camp where he grapples with a variety of malevolent supernatural challenges.

  • The Hidden Princess

    Author: Katy Moran
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The sequel to Hidden Among Us, this is an absorbing and chilling tale of magic, love and loyalty and the importance of family.

  • The Hidden Star

    Author: K Sello Duiker
    Publisher: Cassava Republic Press

    Part mystery, part quest, this book uses magic realism to tell an absorbing story about friendship and courage, which is filled with talking dogs, renegades who occupy the space between good and bad, and evil night riders that must be defeated.

  • The High Street

    Author: Alice Melvin
    Publisher: Tate

    Sally has a list of 10 items she needs to buy

  • The Highway Rat

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    This rhyming tale of a villainous Highway Rat is the latest book from Children’s Laureate Julian Donaldson and her Gruffalo collaborator Axel Scheffler. The Highway Rat, gallops along the highway stealing food from other animals – clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel and even his own horse’s hay, until he encounters a cunning duck! Ea…

  • The Hippo at the End of the Hall

    Author: Helen Cooper
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Ben and his mother's ordinary life is disturbed when Ben receives an invitation to a museum of curiosities. With exquisite descriptions ratcheting up tension along the way, this book will convince you that magic really does exist. 

  • The History Keepers

    Author: Damian Dibben
    Publisher: Doubleday

    A wonderfully imaginative adventure thriller giving an excellent introduction to fantasy fiction

  • The History Keepers: Circus Maximus

    Author: Damian Dibben
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    In this exciting installment of the History Keepers series, Jake must embark on risky missions to 18th century Sweden and Ancient Rome.

  • The Hit

    Author: Melvin Burgess
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Melvin Burgess has gained a reputation for dealing with shocking and controversial issues in books like Junk, and The Hit is no exception.

  • The Hobbit

    Author: JRR Tolkein
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's

    This well-loved fantasy story has delighed readers ever since its first publication in 1937.

  • The Hog, the Shrew and the Hullabaloo

    Author: Julia Copus Illustrator: Eunyoung Seo
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Harry the Hog is fast asleep until a strange noise wakes him up.

  • The Honest Truth

    Author: Dan Gemeinhart
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Mark has cancer. He can't bear more doctors, so he runs away with his dog Beau for company.

  • The House in Poplar Wood

    Author: K E Ormsbee
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Thirteen-year-old twins, Felix and Lee, live in the same house but lead very separate lives. Skilfully combining a gripping plot, intriguing characters and a convincing alternative world, populated by sinister beings, this is a dark and compelling novel.

  • The House in the Tree

    Author: Bianca Pitzorno Illustrator: Quentin Blake Translator: Stephen Parkin from Italian
    Publisher: Alma books

    A totally surreal story that puts a new spin on a magical faraway tree – Pitzorno’s story is full of surprises and delightfully silly scenes.

  • The House on Hummingbird Island

    Author: Sam Angus
    Publisher: Macmillan

    At the age of 12, Idie Grace learns that she has inherited a large estate on Hummingbird Island: a tropical but remote island in the West Indies, full of exotic wildlife and secrets.

  • The House Rabbit

    Author: Lesley White
    Publisher: David Fickling

    In a dark, old house upon a hill, the House Rabbit wakes up with a terrible thought, ‘What if the house falls down?’ and suddenly a crash sends him scurrying from his bed.

  • The House With Chicken Legs

    Author: Sophie Anderson
    Publisher: Usborne

    A story of death, magic and the afterlife told by Marinka, who is desperate not to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and wants to find her own destiny. Loosely based on the Slavic myth of Baba Yaga, this story is delightfully macabre and utterly engrossing.

  • The Humpback's Wail

    Author: Chrissie Gittens Illustrator: Paul Bommer
    Publisher: Rabbit Hole Publications

    A variety of funny, thoughtful, playful and sensual, image-rich poems, probably most suitable for primary school-age children.

  • The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Penguin

    Trevor’s mother offers him £30 if he’ll walk the dog every day for summer. It sounds easy enough, but the dog - Streaker - has other ideas.

  • The Hunger Games

    Author: Suzanne Colins
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Welcome to Panem: its Capitol repressively rules twelve satellite Districts, enslaving the populations as workers and controlling them through hunger.

  • The Hunt

    Author: Andrew Fukuda
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    A lone human living among vampires, Gene must contain his emotions and physical reactions to blend in and stay alive. Then he is chosen to participate in The Hunt - a game that threatens to expose his true nature.

  • The Hypnotist

    Author: Laurence Anholt
    Publisher: Corgi

    As a young black boy living in the American Deep South in 1963, expectations for 13-year-old Pip aren't great. Jack, his tutor, soon realises the danger that Pip is in... This is a gripping novel looking at a turbulent period of American history.

  • The Icarus Show

    Author: Sally Christie
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    This is an original, heartfelt and powerful story that sensitively looks at issues of loneliness, depression and bullying, but also the power of friendship.

  • The Ice Bear

    Author: Jackie Morris
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    In icy northern lands, a great white bear gives birth to tiny cubs. But raven the trickster steals one cub away, dropping the creamy bundle of fur in a hunter’s path.

  • The Iliad and The Odyssey

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Marcia Williams’s brilliant wheeze of depicting classic myths and legends in humorous comic-strip format has introduced to very young readers some of the most famous stories.

  • The Illustrated Mum

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    This is a moving yet unsentimental account of two children coming to terms with their mother’s depression, mental instability and alcohol problem.

  • The Imaginary

    Author: A F Harrold Illustrator: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This is young fiction of the very best quality, showcasing inspiration, inventiveness and an intoxicating passion for storytelling. The Imaginary has the potential to be a family favourite and a future classic.

  • The Imagination Box

    Author: Martyn Ford
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    When fate throws together a lonely youngster and an eccentric scientist, the result is an Imagination Box.

  • The Immortal

    Author: Ricard Ruiz Garzón Illustrator: Maite Gurrutxaga Translator: Rahul Bery from Spanish
    Publisher: Edebé

    A coming of age story about chess, tolerance, immigration and what it means to be a true champion.

    Judit is an 11-year-old girl who lives in Geneva with her mother and grandfather. A keen artist, she draws in charcoals by the giant chess boards in her local park, practicing for a prestigious art competition. She gradually becomes interested in chess, until o…

  • The Immortals: Evermore

    Author: Alyson Noel
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    In the first book of The Immortals series, find out what Ever will do after discovering she can read auras and hear thoughts

  • The Impossible

    Author: Mark Illis Illustrator: Bimpe Alliu
    Publisher: Quercus Children's Books

    Hector Coleman, your average teenager living a normal boring life in a dull town with, let's face it, a rubbish name. Until he and his mates start genetically mutating ... and everything changes. Everything that is, other than his rubbish name and his girl troubles, oh and his embarrassingly low number of social media followers. All those things, unfortunate…

  • The Impossible Knife of Memory

    Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
    Publisher: Scholastic Children's Books

    This is a gripping and powerful story about the effects of PTSD on families as seen through the eyes of a typical teenager.

  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Henry loves books. However, his pleasure isn't derived from reading them but from eating them instead, and the more he eats, the smarter he gets.

  • The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

    Author: Christopher Edge
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    On Maisie's birthday, she finds that her family have disappeared and her house is being consumed by darkness. A brilliant introduction to physics wrapped inside a great story.

  • The Inquisition

    Author: Taran Matharu
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The perfect balance of excitement, adrenaline-rich action, magic, fantasy and gaming, the second in the Summoner series is perfect for fantasy fans, gamers and action-loving kids (and adults).

  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

    Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The first in a four part series, this imaginative and engrossing story is a clever spin on the dystopian genre. The author expertly creates a believable, alternative world featuring a strong, moral heroine.

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures

    Author: Brian Selznick
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This book inspired the recent Martin Scorsese film, Hugo. Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret, are put i…

  • The Invincible Tony Spears

    Author: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    After Tony moves house, the kitchen in his new place turns into a spaceship called The Invincible. Amid all the zaniness, there's an important message tucked in here about just trying your best.

  • The Iron Man

    Author: Ted Hughes
    Publisher: Faber Children's

    Subtitled 'a children's story in five nights' this powerful, moving and beautifully-written fable from poet Ted Hughes is a true modern classic.

  • The Iron Witch

    Author: Karen Mahoney
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    In an American society which unknowingly exists alongside the world of Faerie, dark elves are resentful of humans, and desperate to regain both their eternal life and their kingdom.

  • The Island

    Author: Armin Greder
    Publisher: Allen and Unwin

    This chilling picture book about prejudice, intolerance and the plight of refugees will spark classroom discussions with older readers.

  • The Island at the End of Everything

    Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Amihan lives happily on the island of Culion in the Phillipines with her mother, her Nanay, who has leprosy, and in a wider community where some people are "touched" with the disease, and some are not.

  • The Isobel Journal

    Author: Isobel Harrop
    Publisher: Hot Key

    Subtitled ‘Just a Northern Girl from Where Nothing Really Happens’, this beautifully-presented book from 18-year-old debut author Isobel Harrop is a vivid scrapbook of teenage life.

  • The It Girl: Superstar Geek

    Author: Katy Birchall
    Publisher: Egmont

    Anna Huntley just moved to London and isn’t the most popular girl at school. But when her dad gets engaged to one of the most famous actresses in the world, Anna is thrust into the spotlight. A funny book about friends, family and learning to be yourself.

  • The Jade Boy

    Author: Cate Cain
    Publisher: Templar

    What is Count Cazalon's sinister plan - and can Jem and his friends stop him?

  • The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life

    Author: Mark Lowery
    Publisher: Piccadilly

    Roman loves jam doughnuts, but bringing a secret doughnut on a school trip brings about all sorts of mayhem.

  • The Jamie Drake Equation

    Author: Christopher Edge
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Jamie’s dad is an astronaut on the International Space Station. One day, Jamie's phone picks up a up a weird signal. Could it be a message from his father? Filled with Christopher Edge's trademark combination of wit, pathos and hilarity.

  • The Jolley-Rogers and the Cave of Doom

    Author: Jonny Duddle
    Publisher: Templar

    Nugget and her big brother Jim Lad Jolley-Rogers are off on an expedition with their pirate parents when they happen on the enchantingly dangerous Cave of Doom, and find themselves in a bit of a pickle.

  • The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster's Gold

    Author: Jonny Duddle
    Publisher: Templar

    The Jolley-Rogers are just your everyday pirate family, doing everyday pirate family things. This clever series serves up lots of nautical giggles, and will be enjoyed by all children.

  • The Jolly Christmas Postman

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Puffin

    Follow our favourite jolly postman as he delivers Christmas cards and gifts to fairytale folk

  • The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin

    Brilliantly designed with lots of little details to spot, this old favourite will be enjoyed time and time again

  • The Journey

    Author: Francesca Sanna
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    What is it like to leave everything behind and travel somewhere strange? This incredibly poignant story introduces the concept of refugees with straightforward language, tackling this difficult subject with truth, clarity and strikingly beautiful illustrations.

  • The Kick Off

    Author: Dan Freedman
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Packed full of footballing tips, fumbled free kicks and nail-biting penalties, every reader will be on Jamie's side.

  • The Kids Who Knew Too Little

    Author: Gitty Daneshvari Illustrator: James Lancett
    Publisher: Little Brown

    When Jonathan's parents are framed and arrested by the CIA, he and his fellow spy Shelley will have to pull together to find the real villains... if they can stop eating junk food and come up with some kind of plan. Another fun adventure in the League of Unexceptional Children series.

  • The Killer Cat Strikes Back

    Author: Anne Fine Illustrator: Steve Cox
    Publisher: Puffin

    This is Tuffy's third adventure, in which he takes exception to Mum's art class, and ruins almost all of her new masterpieces.

  • The Killing Woods

    Author: Lucy Christopher
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When Emily's father stumbles from the woods one night carrying the dead body of Ashlee Parker, Emily's life changes forever. 

  • The King and the Sea

    Author: Heinz Janisch and Wolf Erlbruch Translator: Sally-Ann Spencer
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    The King and the Sea is a collection of 21 extremely short stories that each feature the same little king. Each story is presented on one page with beautiful minimalist illustrations on the other.

    The heart of each story is a funny yet puzzling little thought that will spark the imagination. Beautiful, surreal, funny and philosophical, this book will deli…

  • The King Arthur Trilogy

    Author: Rosemary Sutcliff
    Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics

    One volume combines Rosemary Sutcliffe's three classic books2 about King Arthur and his knights. Beginning before Arthur's birth and ending with the disintegration of the brotherhood of the Round Table, this mystical retelling of the ancient legends takes readers on a magical journey through the England of the Dark Ages. The story of the Sword in the Stone a…

  • The King of Birds

    Author: Alexander Utkin Translator: Lada Morozova
    Publisher: Nobrow

    Gamayun, the magical human-faced bird of Slavic mythology, narrates this vibrant and luxurious graphic novel for younger readers. The story is magical and full of the strangeness of the original fairytale that inspired it.

  • The King of Tiny Things

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Gwen Millward
    Publisher: Puffin

    Two little girls and are very excited about camping in the garden but when bedtime comes and all the nighttime bugs come out, the idea doesn't seem so appealing.

  • The King Who Wouldn't Sleep

    Author: Debbie Singleton Illustrator: Holly Swain
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The King is determined not go to sleep until he's found the perfect prince for his daughter to marry. But the Princess wants to make up her own mind - can a farmer with a flock of sheep provide some help?

  • The Kite Rider

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Haoyou feels powerless when the man responsible for his father's death demands to marry his mother. Determined to support her himself, the young boy joins a travelling circus.

  • The Kites are Flying

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Laura Carlin
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This dual narrative tale of a modern day conflict is both tragic and joyful. An accessible portrayal of the human consequences of political strife.

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go

    Author: Patrick Ness
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The first in a series, this enthralling sci-fi/fantasy novel grips readers throughout, presenting them with tough questions about identity, ethics and the nature of truth.

  • The Knife That Killed Me

    Author: Anthony McGowan
    Publisher: Definitions

    Paul isn't one of the tough kids, but when he ends up delivering a message from Roth, the terrifying school bully, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous rivalry.

  • The Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table

    Author: Kaye Umansky Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    To celebrate their new round drop-leaf table, the Knights decide to hold a party, and the French Knight, who has a hankering for yucky snails, volunteers to do the food. What could go wrong? A perfect, Monty Python-esque introduction to Camelot for kids.

  • The Land of Green Ginger

    Author: Noel Langley
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Noel Langley's pantomime-esque adventure story is reprinted in its 'much-celebrated longer text' for a new edition included in Faber's list of children's classics.

  • The Land of Neverendings

    Author: Kate Saunders
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Emily’s sister Holly has died, and nothing will ever be the same at home: Holly’s bedroom is an empty cave that Emily is scared to walk past at night. Emily’s also just started at secondary school, and she doesn’t understand why her best friend Maze is ignoring her, just when she needs her the most.

  • The Language of Cat

    Author: Rachel Rooney
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A wonderful testament to the scope and versatility of language which youngsters will enjoy reading and which is likely to inspire them to be creative in their own poetic endeavours.

  • The Last Chance Hotel

    Author: Nicki Thornton
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A magical murder mystery tale set in a crumbling hotel at the heart of a remote and sinister forest. A fabulous cast of weird and wonderful characters and a plot that reveals its secrets very gradually will draw readers in and keep them hooked. 

  • The Last Dragonslayer

    Author: Jasper Fforde
    Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

    Times are tough for Jennifer Strange, manager of Kazam Mystical Arts - then predictions of a new Dragonslayer coming to slay the Last Dragon begin...

  • The Last Duchess

    Author: Laura Powell
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Pattern may only be a lady’s maid, but when it comes to protecting her employer, a grand Duchess, she’s determined to offer her very best service. A mystery with magic and friendship at its heart and a sharp dagger in its tail.

  • The Last Kids on Earth

    Author: Max Brallier
    Publisher: Egmont

    Jack Sullivan is 42 days into the monster zombie apocalypse and doing pretty well, but that's all thrown into jeopardy when a monster called Blarg becomes intent on killing him off... A fast-paced, funny story that's a mix between Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Shaun of the Dead.

  • The Last of the Spirits

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This book is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who has watched and loved a film adaptation of A Christmas Carol but who isn't quite ready for Dickens himself just yet!

  • The Last Summer of Us

    Author: Maggie Harcourt
    Publisher: Usborne Books

    After her mother’s funeral, Limpet is only too glad to get away for a few days and join her best friends Steffan and Jared on a summer road trip.

  • The Last Taboo

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Random House

    A story of powerful emotions and strong language, which provides no easy answers to the fact that racism exists in communities of all kinds.

  • The Last Tiger

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Lion Children's

    Luka lives in a drab, grey world where there are no more trees, flowers or animals - or so Luka thinks, until he meets the last tiger.

  • The Last Wild

    Author: Piers Torday
    Publisher: Quercus Books

    In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him.

  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Random House

    Powerful illustrations underline this captivating tale of loyalty and bravery.

  • The Last Wolf

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    The Last Wolf ranks alongside Mini Grey’s other picture book masterpieces, with all her trademark rich, characterful illustration, quirky humour and perfect pacing. The story has an environmental message but is in no way preachy or boring.

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    Author: Alan Moore
    Publisher: DC Comics

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is comics scriptwriting supremo Alan Moore's incredible, reinvention of classic heroes and villains.

  • The League of Unexceptional Children

    Author: Gitty Daneshvari
    Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

    Jonathan and Shelley are surprised to be selected to join The League of Unexceptional Children. They are used to people forgetting them as soon as they've met them - so why are they about to be trained as spies?

  • The League of Unexceptional Children Get Smart-ish

    Author: Gitty Daneshvari Illustrator: James Lancett
    Publisher: Little Brown

    Jonathan and Shelley are unremarkable American twelve year olds, who also happen to be spies. Summoned to London by the Prime Minister, they must recover a dangerous virus which has been stolen by a rogue British agent before it is unleashed on an unsuspecting world. This is the second amusing title in this fast-paced, offbeat spy series, which contains plen…

  • The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth

    Author: Eoin Colfer Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Penguin

    With characters last seen in Colfer's The Legend of Spud Murphy, this is another light-hearted adventure for younger readers, in which the issue of sibling rivalry is deftly and humorously handled.

  • The Legend of Kevin

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

    Max longs for adventure in his life – then one day, a flying pony called Kevin crashes into his flat, blown in by a magical storm. Mayhem, friendship and a brilliant cast of characters combine in this fabulously funny tale.

  • The Legend of Spud Murphy

    Author: Eoin Colfer Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Penguin

    Will and Marty are horrified when their parents decide to find them something educational to do during the holidays, condemning them to three afternoons a week at the library.

    How will they cope when they meet the librarian, the legendary Spud Murphy, for the first time? And will she use the gas-powered spud gun she keeps under her desk? When Marty steps …

  • The Legend of the Loch Ness Lilo: You, Me and Thing

    Author: Karen McCombie
    Publisher: Faber Children's

    The third in Kaen McCombie's series about Ruby and her next-door neighbour Jackson, who have a secret - at the end of their gardens they are hiding the small, cute but very troublesome ‘Thing’.

  • The Letter for the King

    Author: Tonke Dragt Translator: Laura Watkinson
    Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books

    A young squire named Tiuri has his meditation disturbed by a desperate cry for help.

  • The Lie Tree

    Author: Frances Hardinge
    Publisher: Macmillan

    This dark, exciting novel delves into the world of religion versus science in the late 1800s, and twists towards a thrilling climax.

  • The Lies We Tell Ourselves

    Author: Robin Talley
    Publisher: Mira Ink

    This exceptional novel of first love and sexual awakenings is set against a backdrop of shocking racism and prejudice.

  • The Light That Gets Lost

    Author: Natasha Carthew
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A powerful and moving tale of growing up and moving on.

  • The Lines on Nana's Face

    Author: Simona Ciraolo
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    A touching exploration of old age and the discovery that wrinkles are not just marks on the skin but also reminders of special moments in time.

  • The Lion and the Mouse

    Author: Jerry Pinkney
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This retelling of Aesop’s fable is told without text through pictures alone

  • The Lion and the Unicorn

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House

    Lenny is bullied by the children at his new school, but draws courage from a badge his father gave him, and comes to terms with his fear and loneliness when he befriends Mick.

  • The Lion Who Lost his Roar, but Learnt to Draw

    Author: Paula Knight and Daniel Howarth
    Publisher: QED

    Lionel the lion cub, like many of the book's readers, loves to make a lot of noise. But sometimes he scares the other animals with the noise he makes.

  • The Lion Who Stole My Arm

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Annabel Wright
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When a lion attacks Pedru and bites off his arm, he vows to find the lion and kill him. But as he learns more about these formidable creatures, he realises strength and courage come in different forms. An uplifting story in the excellent Heroes of the Wild series.

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    Author: C S Lewis
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's

    When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy - step through a wardrobe door in the strange country house where they are staying, they find themselves in the land of Narnia.

  • The Listener

    Author: Elizabeth Laird
    Publisher: A C Black

    A story about a young boy who is sent to stay with his Gran for the weekend when he would rather be at a football match with his friend watching his hero making his debut.

  • The Liszts

    Author: Kyo Maclear Illustrator: Julia Sarda
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Every member of the Liszt family makes lists - lists about ghastly illnesses, dreaded chores, cheeses, Bowie songs. But with all of their time spent categorising the world, what will they do when an unexpected visitor arrives?

  • The Little Book of Football Jokes

    Author: Joe King Illustrator: Nigel Baines
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Featuring a whole host of football funnies and goalie gags, this collection of soccer silliness is a must for any young fan of the beautiful game.

  • The Little Gardener

    Author: Emily Hughes
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    With diverse illustrations, and a clear story to follow, this wonderful book is the perfect read - especially when your own garden is full in bloom.

  • The Little Hen and the Great War

    Author: Jennifer Beck Illustrator: Robyn Belton
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A stunning picture book for older readers, about a soldier's friendship with a little hen during World War One.

  • The Little Mistake

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher
    Publisher: Graffeg

    Rose learns that not all mistakes are bad when she helps her mum watch over their sheepdog Trix and its litter of puppies – including one that definitely isn't going to be a prize-winning sheepdog. Another brilliant wildlife story from Nicola Davies. 

  • The Little Pioneer

    Author: Adam Hancher
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    Inspired by letters and diaries from the 1800s, this enjoyable picture book explores the origins of modern-day America and the life and motivation of early pioneers.

  • The Little Prince

    Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery Translator: Katherine Woods
    Publisher: Egmont

    An air pilot makes a forced landing deep in the Sahara Desert. There, he makes a mysterious Little Prince, who tells him a series of wise and enchanting stories.

  • The Little Red Train: Green Light

    Author: Benedict Blathwayt
    Publisher: Random House

    The guard tells Duffy the Driver to 'keep going as long as the lights are green' and Duffy does just that - without realising that he has taken the train through the Channel Tunnel!

  • The Littlest Dinosaur

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    When mother dinosaur’s last egg finally cracks open, out comes a minute dinosaur. He doesn’t grow any bigger – and when he’s playing football he is in danger of being trodden on.

  • The Littlest Dinosaur's Big Adventure

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    When a small, bouncy frog interupts his daydream, the littlest dinosaur is delighted to find a friend his own size.

  • The Loblolly Boy

    Author: James Norcliffe
    Publisher: Allen and Unwin

    A lyrically written and memorable story with an ultimately hopeful resolution

  • The London Eye Mystery

    Author: Siobhan Dowd
    Publisher: Penguin

    Ted likes the weather, he also likes statistics and routine but his life is thrown into disarray when his Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim arrive, like a hurricane, to stay in London en-route to a new life in New York.

  • The Loneliness of the Long distance Runner

    Author: Alan Sillitoe
    Publisher: Harper Perennial

    Sillitoe's depiction of petty crime and deep-seated anger in industrial and desperate cities remains as potent today as it was almost half a century ago.

  • The Longest Whale Song

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Corgi Yearling

    When a rare condition causes her mum's pregnancy to go wrong, leaving her lost in a coma, Ella's life goes into free-fall. Suddenly, nothing is as it was before.

  • The Look

    Author: Sophia Bennett
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Ted is an awkward, gangly teenager constantly following in her older sister Ava’s confident footsteps...

  • The Lost and the Found

    Author: Cat Clarke
    Publisher: Quercus

    Faith's sister re-appears after being abducted 13 years before, but is it Faith's sister?

  • The Lost Diary of Sami Star

    Author: Karen McCombie
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    This is a simple and accessible story about Hannah's challenges with teen life and family relationships, as well as her unfolding friendship with Sami, who has Asperger's syndrome.

  • The Lost Girl

    Author: Sangu Mandanna
    Publisher: Definitions

    Eva is an echo, created by the mysterious Weavers as an exact copy of someone else. When her 'other', Amarra is killed in a car accident, Eva must take over her life.

  • The Lost Kitten

    Author: Komako Sakai Lee
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    One day, Hina and her mother open the door to find a scrawny little kitten waiting outside with its mother. The kitten has something wrong with its eye, and it seems as though the mother cat wants Hina and her mother to look after it, so they take it in.

  • The Lost Magician

    Author: Piers Torday
    Publisher: Quercus

    This beautiful homage to Narnia sees renowned children’s writer Torday explore what it is to be a reader and the power of books and libraries, as well as the imagination. Fantastical but with real heart, this immersive story is sure to become a firm favourite.

  • The Lost Property Office

    Author: Emily Rand
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    When a little girl leaves her teddy on the train, her Grandpa has a brainwave and takes the little girl to the Lost Property Office, which is full of all manner of amazing things. A reassuringly lovely and vivid story about where the lost things go – and are found. 

  • The Lost Stars

    Author: Hannah Cumming
    Publisher: Child's Play

    A thought provoking tale of the beauty of the natural world and a reminder to value it in our increasingly busy lives

  • The Lost Thing

    Author: Shaun Tan
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A version of this unique book was the winner of Best Animated Short Film at the 2011 Oscars. A boy is out walking on the beach, when he spots a weird looking thing - it looks lost. The boy asks around, but nobody seems to know where it came from, so the boy begins a quest to find the thing somewhere to call home. This memorable picture book can be enjoyed on…

  • The Lotterys Plus One

    Author: Emma Donoghue Illustrator: Caroline Hadilaksono
    Publisher: MacMillan

    Sumac lives with her huge and diverse family. All is chaotic, offbeat brilliance until the 82-year-old grandfather the kids have never met moves in. Told with utter charm and a lightness of touch, ultimately The Lotterys Plus One is about acceptance.

  • The Lottie Project

    Author: Jaqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Yearling

    At odds with her strict new teacher, and concerned that her unmarried mother is falling for the divorced father of the little boy she childminds, Charlie's life becomes increasingly stressful.

  • The Lucy Variations

    Author: Sara Zarr
    Publisher: Usborne

    Lucy once had a promising future as a concert pianist, but the incessant pressure from her family made her give it all up. Can she learn to love music again - this time on her own terms?

  • The Magic Blanket

    Author: Richard Morgan
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Join Jack, Lucy, Max and Peter as they play their games of magical make-believe!

  • The Magic Bojabi Tree

    Author: Diane Hofmeyr Illustrator: Piet Grobler
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    In the hot and dusty African plains, Python is guarding the mango-melon-pomegranate tree. He will only let the hungry animals eat the fruit if they can tell him the name of the tree.

  • The Magic Faraway Tree

    Author: Enid Blyton
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, it proves to be the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree.

  • The Magic Paintbrush

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Joel Stewart
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When Shen is given a magic paintbrush, she promises only to use it for the good of the poor. But how will she avoid painting for the greedy emperor?

  • The Magical Snow Garden

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Jane Chapman
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Wellington Penguin wants to grow a garden - but how can he do that in the snow? A vibrant picture book about how you never know what you can achieve until you try.

  • The Magical Unicorn Society: Official Handbook

    Author: Selwyn E Phipps and Jonny Leighton Illustrator: Harry and Zanna Goldhawk and Helen Dardik
    Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books Limited

    After centuries of mystery, the mythical Magical Unicorn Society has published its official handbook. It's a treasure chest of unicorn lore – the where, why and what of these elusive beasts.

  • The Making of Mollie

    Author: Anna Carey
    Publisher: O’Brien

    When Mollie discovers big sister Phyllis is part of the suffragette movement, she’s determined to do something to help. A sweet epistolary novel that makes the historical context accessible to modern audiences.

  • The Maloneys' Magical Weatherbox

    Author: Nigel Quinlan Illustrator: Keith Robinson
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Mr Maloney is a Weatherman, an important and powerful man. It is his task to open the door of a magical telephone box that allows one season to leave and another to begin.

  • The Man

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Random House

    The Man is a dialogue between a boy, John, and a tiny naked man who appears in the middle of the night, demanding clothes. The book perfectly captures an enchanting friendship with its message of kindness and intolerance of prejudice.

  • The Man on the Moon!

    Author: Simon Bartram
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Bob knows almost everything there is to know about the moon - but there's something going on behind his back that he hasn't spotted...

  • The Man Who Wore All His Clothes

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Katherine McEwan
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Mr Gaskitt works as Father Christmas in a department store, his wife is a taxi driver and Horace, their cat, loves spending much of his time watching sad old movies on TV.

  • The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting

    Author: Holly Bourne
    Publisher: Usborne

    Holly Bourne has written an intriguing and well-written YA novel that keeps you turning the pages and is a meaner Mean Girls of sorts.

  • The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

    Author: Christopher Edge
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A son of two scientists, it's only natural that Albie uses quantum theory when his mum dies, to find a parallel universe where she's still alive. Considering the topics covered, it's a light read that even reluctant readers might be tempted to try.

  • The Map to Everywhere

    Author: Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
    Publisher: Orion

    Extraordinarily vivid alternate worlds, strong characters and hair-raising adventures are interwoven in this fast-moving fantasy quest.

  • The Mapmakers' Race

    Author: Eirlys Hunter Illustrator: Kirsten Slade
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    When their mother gets left behind at a train station, the Santander siblings decide to take part in the Great Race to create a new route for a railway without her. A timeless, thrilling adventure full of derring-do and heart.

  • The Marsh Road Mysteries 2: Crowns and Codebreakers

    Author: Elen Caldecott
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The second in the Marsh Road Mysteries series once again brings together friendship, adventure and solving mysteries.

  • The Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers

    Author: Elen Caldecott
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    With a fast-moving plot and satisfyingly diverse group of young investigators, this humorous whodunit has a contemporary feel and will appeal to a wide range of young readers.

  • The Martian Girl

    Author: Paul Magrs
    Publisher: Firefly

    Aliens, humans, mad scientists and flying saucers abound, all leading up to the reveal of a dangerous secret.

  • The Marvels

    Author: Brian Selznick
    Publisher: Scholastic

    More than just a mystery, The Marvels is a heart-warming story about growing up, identity and family, full of cinematic and captivating illustrations.

  • The Match

    Author: Russell Ayto
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A man and his dog watch their favourite football team getting beaten over and over again - but could a surprise substitute change the game? A quirky tale that fans of football (and dogs) will love.

  • The Matilda Effect

    Author: Ellie Irving Illustrator: Matthew Jones
    Publisher: Corgi

    Matilda loves science and wants to be an inventor. When she discovers that her grandma was an astrophysicist who didn't get any credit for discovering a planet, they go on an adventure to change things.

  • The Medici Seal

    Author: Theresa Breslin
    Publisher: Random House

    A carefully reasoned and historically informed novel about growing up and making choices

  • The Memory Cage

    Author: Ruth Eastham
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Alex needs to act fast or his family will be torn apart

  • The Memory of an Elephant

    Author: Sophie Strady Illustrator: Jean-Francois Martin
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    The Memory of an Elephant is one of the most unusual picture books of the year. Marcel's marvellous book will be a real conversation piece.

  • The Merchant of Venice: A Shakespeare Story

    Author: Andrew Matthews Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Shakespeare's dialogue is greatly abridged, but key passages are kept, and the well-known sayings remain.

  • The Messenger Bird

    Author: Ruth Eastham
    Publisher: Scholastic

    The Messenger Bird is an exciting adventure story with a twist, and will be particularly enjoyed by anyone who is interested in history and the Second World War.

  • The Middle of Nowhere

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Usborne

    Life in the Australian outback is hard enough, but when a deadly snake in the laundry basket kills her mother, Comity Pinny finds herself in a whole new type of wilderness.

  • The Midnight Carnival

    Author: Erika McGann
    Publisher: The O’Brien Press

    Grace and her five friends, all trainee witches, have to battle dark magic when the carnival comes to town.

  • The Midnight Gang

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Poor Tom has been hit on the head by a cricket ball and wakes up in the Lord Funt Hospital. David Walliams’ tongue-in-cheek fun continues to amuse in this new adventure that also tugs at the heartstrings in just the right way.

  • The Midnight Palace

    Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Translator: Lucia Graves
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    In Calcutta in 1916, after the deaths of both their parents in bizarre circumstances, two babies are separated at birth.

  • The Midnight Peacock

    Author: Katherine Woodfine
    Publisher: Egmont

    In book four of The Sinclair’s Mysteries, Sophie and Lil’s fledgling detective agency is making ripples across London. A tightly woven and engaging adventure, The Midnight Peacock is full of characters you can’t help but root for.

  • The Mighty Dynamo

    Author: Kieran Crowley Illustrator: Marta Kissi
    Publisher: MacMillan

    Noah is sure that getting signed to a big football club is the only way he will earn enough money to fix everything going wrong in his family. This book has it all: laugh-out-loud moments, lump-in-throat moments and an exciting storyline.

  • The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook

    Author: Joyce Lankester Brisley
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Milly-Molly-Mandy lives with her mother, father, uncle, aunt, grandmother and grandfather in a 'nice white cottage with a thatched roof'.

  • The Ministry of SUITs

    Author: Paul Gamble
    Publisher: Little Island

    The Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things is a hilarious, madcap adventure. It is as strange as the title suggests - and ridiculously good fun.

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

    Author: Kate DiCamillo
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Edward Tulane is an impressive and immaculate china rabbit. Abigail, his owner, adores and cares for him completely, but Edward does not return her love.

  • The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero

    Author: Rachel Renée Russell
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Max is put in a locker by the school bully after everyone has left for the long weekend - and then three thieves break in to the school. Written in journal format and peppered with humorous illustrations, Max's (mis)adventures are sure to be a hit.

  • The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

    Author: Chris van Allsburg
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Sweetie Pie is the last hamster in the shop. One day a girl with pigtails comes into the shop and takes him home.

  • The Moment Collector

    Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
    Publisher: Orchard

    Anderson's poetic descriptions of the lakes, their weather and their wildlife underpins her narrative to provide an unusual, intuitive and thought-provoking YA novel.

  • The Monstrous Child

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Olivia Lomenech Gill
    Publisher: Faber & Faber / Profile Books

    Hel is just like any other teenage girl - but she is also a Norse goddess and a monster. A good story with black humour and mythological detail, this will appeal to tweens and young teens looking for a strong heroine to root for.

  • The Moon of Gomrath

    Author: Alan Garner
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    The Brollachan, an ancient evil, is threatening the elves. They ask to borrow Susan’s magic bracelet to use its power. Vulnerable without it, Susan is attacked and almost lost...

  • The Moonlight Dreamers

    Author: Siobhan Curham
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Amber craves excitement and adventure. Then she finds three like-minded girls, and the group soon call themselves the Moonlight Dreamers. A charming and inspirational story about friendship and being true to yourself.

  • The Most Beautiful Place in the World

    Author: Ann Cameron
    Publisher: Tamarind Books

    Ann Cameron provides the reader with detailed descriptions of Guatemala. The beauty of the setting compares harshly with hardships Juan faces in his life.

  • The Motorcycle Diaries

    Author: Ernesto Guevara Translator: Alexandra Keeble
    Publisher: Harper Perennial

    In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on 'La Poderosa', the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton motorcycle. One of them was the twenty-three-year-old Che Guevara.

  • The Mouse Family Robinson

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Publisher: Puffin

    Old Mr Brown has had seventy-eight children. And with the Robinson's first babies on the way he advises them to name them following the letters of the alphabet.

  • The Mouse Who Ate the Moon

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This peep-through story book has beautiful illustrations which are brought to life with the peep-through hole on each page. An endearing and funny story with friendship at its heart.

  • The Mouse Who Reached the Sky

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A simple tale of friendship and cooperation between animals, beautifully illustrated in Horáček's distinctive style.

  • The Mouse Who Wasn’t Scared

    Author: Petr Horáček
    Publisher: Walker

    Little Mouse is fearless and one morning decides to go exploring in the deep, dark woods. One of a collection of Little Mouse tales, this light-hearted picture book demonstrates that fear can come in all shapes and sizes.

  • The Mozart Question

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Reporter Lesley is told she can ask world-renowned violinist Paolo anything about his life and career as a musician, but on no account must she ask him the Mozart question...

  • The Mulberry Bush

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play

    A large-format picture book with strong pages and peep-through holes.

  • The Mum Hunt

    Author: Gwyneth Rees Illustrator: Chlo March
    Publisher: Macmillan

    When Esmie is 11, she decides it’s about time her dad got himself a new girlfriend and is convinced that her French au pair Juliette is the perfect choice.

  • The Murderer’s Ape

    Author: Jakob Wegelius Translator: Peter Graves
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

    Sally Jones is an engineer and loyal friend to Captain Koskela. She’s also an ape. When Koskela is falsely accused of murder, she's the one who must unravel the mystery. A brilliant adventure, rich with lovable characters.

  • The Muslims

    Author: Zanib Mian
    Publisher: Sweet Apple Publishing and Muslim Children's Books

    When class bully Daniel tells Omar to go back to his own country, he's not sure how - he's never been there, he can't speak the language, and the pizza is yuck! A funny, warm story that will appeal to fans of Tom Gates.

  • The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

    Author: Chris Van Allsburg
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A man called Harris Burdick leaves a set of drawings with a publisher, with the promise of returning with the stories the next day, and then disappears, never to be heard from again.

  • The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth

    Author: Julia Lee
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    When Clemency Wrigglesworth arrives in England from India, orphaned and penniless, she hopes that her long-lost relations will be waiting for her.

  • The Mystery of Me

    Author: Karen McCombie
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    A touching story about identity and how something horrific, like an accident, can actually be life-changing in a positive way.

  • The Mystery of the Colour Thief

    Author: Ewa Jozefkowicz Illustrator: Sophie Gilmore (front cover)
    Publisher: Zephyr

    The book paints a convincing picture of a harrowing time in a young life, and the time, talking and friendship that helps her to process trauma. But this is by no means a gloomy read, offering ample humour, hope and optimism.

  • The Mystery of the Haunted Farm

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Farmer Greg is terrified. Monsters, ghosts and horrible slimy creatures have all moved into his farm. A comical look at all things scary, this is perfect for feisty, funny children who aren't afraid of things that go bump in the night.

  • The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth

    Author: Katherine Woodfine
    Publisher: Egmont

    In the follow up to The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow, we are reunited with Sophie, Lil and the rest of the gang, and Woodfine introduces some fantastic new characters. Perfect for fans of Chris Riddell, Enid Blyton and Robin Stevens.

  • The Mystery of Wickworth Manor

    Author: Elen Caldecott
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

    This lively story from Elen Caldecott is packed with humour and action, but also has a serious side, touching on the history of the slave trade.

  • The Name of the Star

    Author: Maureen Johnson
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Louisiana teenager Rory is embarking on a new life at an East London boarding school. But even as she arrives at her new school for the first time, a terror is stalking the city streets.

  • The Name of this Book is SECRET

    Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
    Publisher: Usborne

    Eleven-year-old Cass is a ‘survivalist’ and her school friend, Max Ernst, an expert at puzzles.

  • The Nanny Goat's Kid

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

    The tiger cub is different to the other Kids and the sisters criticise the way Nanny Goat is bringing him up.

  • The Natural

    Author: Bernard Malamud
    Publisher: Vintage

    This is a book about heroism, and it is a strange one. What makes Roy Hobbs potentially a hero is his immense natural gift for playing baseball.

  • The Nest

    Author: Kenneth Oppel Illustrator: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    When wasps invade Steve's dreams under the pretence of helping him, their meticulous work is a thing of wonder - and the stuff of nightmares. This is a chilling family drama with skillful storytelling, atmospheric illustrations and a sting in its tale.  

  • The New Baby and Me!

    Author: Christine Kidney Illustrator: Hoda Haddadi
    Publisher: Tiny Owl

    This joyful picture book beautifully celebrates the birth of a child and highlights the importance of recognising everyone’s unique qualities and interests. The charming collage illustrations are full of detail, creating a warm, imaginative setting.

  • The New Football Coach

    Author: Dominique Demers Translator: Sander Berg Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Alma Junior

    The Black Duck Brook Football Club are hoping their new coach Miss Charlotte will help lead them to victory - but she seems to have some very unusual methods. A quirky, warm story about doing your best.

  • The New Neighbours

    Author: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Sarah McIntyre returns to Pickle Rye, the setting for her comic Vern and Lettuce, in this clever book about tolerance and not believing gossip. Readers will love her customary attention to detail, as well as the message about being a good neighbour.

  • The New Policeman

    Author: Kate Thompson
    Publisher: Random House

    JJ Byrne’s mum never has enough time and JJ decides to buy some for her birthday. This unusual quest leads him to Tir na n’Og, land of eternal youth, where time stands still.

  • The New Small Person

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Puffin

    An endearingly funny story, featuring Lauren Child's heart-warming illustrations, about the arrival of a new sibling and the havoc that ensues.

  • The New Teacher

    Author: Dominique Demers Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Alma Books

    A delightful little story that welcomes a fabulously eccentric character in the form of Miss Charlotte. She's a bit Mary Poppins, a bit Nurse Matilda, and a whole lot of fun.

  • The Newborn Child

    Author: Jackie Morris
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    The day the angel came, her life changed forever. A pregnant woman makes her way through the desert to pay her taxes. Visually stunning, Jackie Morris adds an image-rich layer of fruitfulness and bountiful love to this most famous Nativity story.

  • The Next Together

    Author: Lauren James
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A couple keep coming together time after time in order to change world events.

  • The Night Before Christmas

    Author: Clement C Moore Illustrator: Christian Birmingham
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    There have been countless editions of Clement's poem but none has transcended this one illustrated by talented artist Christian Birmingham.

  • The Night Bookmobile

    Author: Audrey Niffenegger
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    In the early hours of a summer morning, a young woman encounters a mysterious mobile library while walking down an empty suburban street.

  • The Night Dragon

    Author: Naomi Howarth
    Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books

    Maud the multi-coloured dragon isn’t like the other night dragons, but that's perfectly all right. The artwork is the star of the show in this gorgeous picture book, especially the dragons, and its story of self-belief is an important one. 

  • The Night Gardener

    Author: The Fan Brothers
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A sumptuously illustrated, heart-warming tale of a sad town and lonely orphan, given new life by the kindness of The Night Gardener. There is little text, leaving the emotional impact to the gorgeous pictures. This has the feel of an instant classic.

  • The Night Itself

    Author: Zoe Marriot
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Mio feels a little anxious when she secretly takes her family's katana from her parents' attic, so she can use it as part of a fancy dress costume.

  • The Night Knights

    Author: Gideon Sterer Illustrator: Cory Godbey
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

    Night time might be considered a time for monsters, except heroic Night Knights guard children’s houses when darkness falls. A magically reassuring book for bedtime.

  • The Night Pirates

    Author: Peter Harris Illustrator: Deborah Allwright
    Publisher: Egmont

    A band of rough, tough, girl pirates steal the front of Tom's house for disguise and agree to take him off on an adventure. The youthful pirates attack Captain Patch and his grown-up pirates, who have never seen a sailing house before and who hide in the trees like cowards; the girls take their treasure chest and sail away home again. On the pirate's return,…

  • The Night Sky in my Head

    Author: Sarah Hammond
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Mikey’s life changed following an injury to his head when he was very young. Now aged fourteen, he lives in a confusion of half-remembered events from a dark and shadowy past.

  • The Night Spinner

    Author: Abi Elphinstone
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The Dreamsnatcher Trilogy concludes with another epic journey for Moll Pecksniff and her band of loyal friends. Dangerous landscapes and dark magic threaten at every turn. Bravery triumphs, but fans will need tissues handy.

  • The Noisy Book

    Author: Soleded Bravi
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    A robust and fairly long board book with 54 different examples of funny things and ordinary things making sounds, this is a perfect shared read with your toddler or baby - and a perfect excuse to get really silly making all the odd noises!

  • The Nothing to See Here Hotel

    Author: Steven Butler Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Frankie Banister and his family run the Nothing to See Here Hotel, which is cunningly hidden from human view by magic and lots of really bad TripAdvisor reviews. The cast of characters in this laugh-out-loud book are full of sparkle, oddness and vitality.

  • The Not-So-Little Princess: What’s My Name?

    Author: Wendy Finney Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The Little Princess is not so little anymore. She must use a more appropriate name, but her real one is so awful that no one wants to tell her what it is. This is a perfect extension to the well-loved picture books about the rude but lovable young royal.

  • The Not-So-Perfect-Penguin

    Author: Steve Smallman
    Publisher: QED

    Big, lively illustrations and a simple message make this book ideal for classroom circle times. Points for discussion are included at the back.

  • The Novice

    Author: Taran Matharu
    Publisher: Hodder

    If you enjoyed Eragon by Christopher Paolini or you are a fan of The Hobbit then this is the book for you.

  • The Nowhere Emporium

    Author: Ross Mackenzie
    Publisher: Floris Books

    Daniel's life changes forever when he stumbles upon The Nowhere Emporium in Glasgow. A dazzling and quirky tale, full of imagination and wonder - perfect for fans of JK Rowling, Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman.

  • The Oathbreaker's Shadow

    Author: Amy McCulloch
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Aspiring warrior Raim lives in a world in which people tie a knot for every promise they make. Anyone who breaks an oath is shunned and cast out into the desert.

  • The Obsidian Mirror

    Author: Catherine Fisher
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    There's a touch of wild magic to this gripping adventure combining elements of folklore, fantasy and science-fiction.

  • The Odd Egg

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan

    All the birds have laid an egg and are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their chicks, but poor Duck can’t understand why he hasn’t produced an egg too.

    Then Duck finds a big, spotted egg – the most beautiful egg he has ever seen – and claims it for his own.

    One by one, eggs hatch for Hen, Owl, Parrot and Flamingo, but despite waiti…

  • The Ogre of Oglefort

    Author: Eva Ibbotson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    The Hag, the Troll, Dr Brainsweller and a most unmagical orphan, Ivo, are despatched to dangerous lands to slay the flesh-eating Ogre of Oglefort and rescue the princess.

  • The Okay Book

    Author: Todd Parr
    Publisher: Little, Brown

    With reinforced binding and bright primary colours, this fun little book encourages children to recognise that everything is okay, from wearing glasses or having being friends with a mouse!

  • The One Dollar Horse

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

    Casey Blue lives with her father in a tower block in Hackney, London , but despite her urban existence, she dreams of one day becoming an equestrian champion.

  • The Ones That Disappeared

    Author: Zana Fraillon
    Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

    Esra, Miran and Isa are enslaved children who escape with the aid of the magical Riverman. This powerful but harrowing read is best suited to older readers, unafraid to tackle difficult subjects. 

  • The Onion's Great Escape

    Author: Sara Fanelli
    Publisher: Phaidon

    A beautifully presented and innovative picture book telling the surreal story of a poor little onion who wants to escape the chopping board

  • The Only Pupil in the School

    Author: Liu Hsukung
    Publisher: Balestier Press

    A delightful story about the first day of school where there is just one pupil, but lots of eager teachers...

  • The Orchard Book of Love and Friendship

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrator: Jane Ray
    Publisher: Hachette

    Geraldine McCaughrean and illustrator Jane Ray team up to produce this beautifully crafted collection of folk tales centred around the themes of love and friendship.

  • The Ostrich of Pudding Lane

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    When Mad Iris, a large and crazy ostrich, escapes from a local farm, Ross and Katie decide that they have to look after her and keep her at their school, Pudding Lane Primary. A fun, frantic and extremely readable story.

  • The Other Alice

    Author: Michelle Harrison
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Michelle Harrison's dark take on middle-grade fairytale fantasy will appeal to those readers with a leaning towards the Grimm. Murder and mystery are afoot - and it's fabulously good fun.

  • The Other Side of Truth

    Author: Beverley Naidoo
    Publisher: Puffin

    The family knew that Papa’s journalism might put them at risk. But now Mama is dead, their passports are seized and Papa must try to get the children to safety – illegally. A story of terror, loss, love and humanity. This novel wholly deserves its classic status. 

  • The Otherlife

    Author: Julia Gray
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    An intelligent and insightful read, this YA novel manages to merge Norse myth, competitive parenting, bullying, class issues and exam pressures into a taut and chilling thriller. Perfect for fans of Sarah Govett and Neil Gaiman.

  • The Outlaw Varjak Paw

    Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang

  • The Outsiders

    Author: SE Hinton
    Publisher: Penguin

    SE Hinton was just 17 years old when she wrote this exciting story of gang rivalry. The story features the Socs and the Greasers and explores themes of class conflict, affection, brotherly love and coming of age. This is teenage fiction at its best.

  • The Owl Service

    Author: Alan Garner
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    When Alison finds a curious dinner service in the attic, the discovery sets off a strange chain of events that look set to affect everyone's lives. This extraordinary and powerful story is a modern classic, blending together mystery, adventure and history.

  • The Paper Dolls

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    A little girl makes a string of paper dolls with her mother, and then takes them off to play in an imaginative world of her own - until a pair of scissors threaten.

  • The Paradise Bird

    Author: Marcus Pfister
    Publisher: Minedition

    The crows are bored. They sit on their branch from noon to night, waiting for they don't know what.

  • The Parent Agency

    Author: David Baddiel
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Barry Bennett has a long list of things he dislikes about his parents, but what if the tables were turned and children could choose their parents? What would Barry do?

  • The Parent Problem

    Author: Anna Wilson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    Skye's life is an endless cycle of embarrassing incidents. She needs someone to talk to, but her mum is too busy doing ballroom dancing. This easy read will make pre-teens laugh out loud when they're not cringing on Skye's behalf.

  • The Parrot Song

    Author: Édouard Manceau
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    The three little parrots are here to teach you a song. Are you ready to learn it? This stunning book has simple, striking illustrations and easy-to-follow rhyming.

  • The Patch

    Author: Justina Chen Hedley Illustrator: Mitch Vane
    Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

    Becca has amblyopia and needs to wear both glasses and an eye patch to strengthen her weak eye.

  • The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

    Author: Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Emma Shoard
    Publisher: The Bucket List

    Jim's from a traveller family and has never been to secondary school, but one day his dad says he has to go - and it's horrible. Stunningly illustrated by Emma Shoard, this short story by the late Siobhan Dowd is full of sensitivity and subtle, deft storytelling.

  • The Pea and the Princess

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Random House

    This is the real story of the princess and the pea, which recounts events from the Pea’s perspective.

  • The Peculiars

    Author: Maureen McQuerry
    Publisher: Amulet Books

    Set in an alternative 1800s, this is the story of Lena, who sets out on her 18th birthday into the Scree - a lawless land where she hopes to find her lost father and discover the truth about her identity

  • The Penalty

    Author: Mal Peet
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Paul Faustino is reluctantly drawn into investigating the disappearance of San Juan's teenage football prodigy El Brujito.

  • The Pencil

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Bruce Ingman
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In this metafictional tale, a pencil discovers its creative powers, at first tentatively drawing a boy, then more confidently providing him with what he asks for; a dog, then a cat.

  • The Penderwicks

    Author: Jeanne Birdsall
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Four eccentric sisters and their loving but distracted father take a holiday cottage in the beautiful Arundel estate.

  • The Penguin Who Wanted to Find Out

    Author: Jill Tomlinson Illustrator: Paul Howard
    Publisher: Egmont

    This charming picture book is a must for animal-loving children.

  • The Peppers and the International Magic Guys

    Author: Sian Pattenden
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Monty and Esmé's parents have left them for a week in the care of their magician uncle, Potty.

    Monty has been happily drawn in to be Uncle Potty's assistant in his magic tricks, but unfortunately, his routine keeps going disastrously wrong.

  • The Perfect Flower Girl

    Author: Taghred Chandab Illustrator: Binny Talib
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    Sisters Mariam and Amani are very excited about being flower girls at the wedding feast of their Aunt Sarah and her new husband.

  • The Perfect Picnic

    Author: Ciara Flood
    Publisher: Templar

    Squirrel and Mole do everything together, including going on picnics. But Squirrel is determined that the picnic will be perfect. A soft palette of colours in this picture book present a warm and comforting story about friendship.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Author: Stephen Chbosky
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    High school student Charlie prefers to look on life from the sidelines, but he can't be a 'wallflower' for ever, and soon finds himself grappling with the challenges of adolescence.

  • The Person Controller

    Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Jim Field
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

    Twins Fred and Ellie are being bullied and finding life hard at school - until they receive a special video game controller. This funny fantasy adventure has a sweet little moral about self-belief and standing out from the crowd.

  • The Pets You Get!

    Author: Thomas Taylor Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd

    A boy disagrees with his sister that a guinea pig would make a good pet: he would much prefer something more exciting and fun.

  • The Phantom Tollbooth

    Author: Norton Juster Illustrator: Jules Feiffer
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Milo is bored and can’t see the point to anything. But when a mysterious tollbooth suddenly appears in his bedroom, Milo decides to give it a go. This classic book has some vividly strange scenes that children will remember for many years.

  • The Phenomenals: A Tangle of Traitors

    Author: F E Higgins
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    A creepy and gripping tale of a murderous world where drifting stones and a fortune-teller’s cards reveals surprising truths, and nothing is quite as it seems. 

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A spell-binding modern retelling of a classic children's tale by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark

  • The Pigeon Spy

    Author: Terry Deary Illustrator: James de la Rue
    Publisher: A&C Black

    Terry Deary retells the true story of the heroic pigeon Cher Ami and his 16 year-old handler Joe in an easily accessible format.

  • The Pigeon wants a Puppy

    Author: Mo Willems
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Pigeon is like a typical under-five year old. He wants a puppy, and he’s wanted one forever – at least since last Tuesday.

  • The Pirates Next Door

    Author: Jonny Duddle
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Lots of humour and irrepressibly rakish pirates combine in this entertaining book about looking beyond appearances

  • The Poet X

    Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    Xiomara, a teenage girl of Dominican heritage, is starting to notice boys, but her strict Catholic parents have decided on no contact with the opposite sex until marriage. A verse novel that sings with the rhythms of slam poetry, this is powerful and affecting.

  • The Poison Boy

    Author: Fletcher Moss
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Dalton Fly is a poison boy, tasting the food and drink of Highlion's rich and powerful citizens.

  • The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club

    Author: Alex Bell Illustrator: Tomislav Tomic
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Stella wants to join The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club – although technically, she can't, simply because she's a girl. Stella is determined to prove she can be as good an explorer as anyone. This is a magical and charming adventure with memorable characters.

  • The Polar Express

    Author: Chris Van Allsburg
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    An enchanting Christmas story, beautifully written and illustrated with pictures full of warmth and light

  • The Pond

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher
    Publisher: Graffeg Books

    A young boy and his father are planning a pond in their back garden - but they only get as far as digging a muddy hole when Dad passes away. A raw, emotional but ultimately hopeful take on grief, loss, nature and love.

  • The Poodle Problem

    Author: Anna Wilson Illustrator: Clare Elsom
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    An amusing and entertaining mystery story starring chatty Pippa Peppercorn, who jumps at the chance of working for local hairdresser Mrs Semolina Ribena Fudge, and soon finds herself uncovering a sneaky plot.

  • The Positively Last Performance

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Gracie’s parents arrive in the seaside town of Seashaw with a plan to restore its run-down Royal Theatre – but it is there that Gracie meets the ghosts.

  • The Power of Dark

    Author: Robin Jarvis
    Publisher: Egmont

    Set in Whitby, allegedly the most haunted place in Britain, this is a creepy, tense and multi-layered gothic horror story. It might be wise to set aside a whole weekend before starting this book as, once begun, it’s almost impossible to put down. 

  • The Power of Five 1: Raven's Gate

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In trouble with the law and facing prison, Matt Freeman opts for an experimental fostering programme.

  • The Power of Five 2: Evil Star

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Having defeated the Old Ones at Raven's Gate, Matt would like life to settle down for a while but a second gate is about to open on the other side of the world...

  • The Power of Five 3: Nightrise

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Scott and Jamie Tyler possess extraordinary powers of mind control. Their guardian forces them to use their powers onstage until a sinister organisation, Nightrise, tries to kidnap them.

  • The Power of Six

    Author: Pittacus Lore
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    This second volume of Lorien Legacies maintains the relentless pace and tension of the first book

  • The Powerpuff Girls: Brain Freeze

    Author: Cartoon Network
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Superhero sisters, the Powerpuff Girls, are eager to enter a competition to invent a new ice cream flavour. This light-hearted adventure, packed full of girl-power, humour and ice cream, is ideal for reluctant girl readers.

  • The Prehistoric Times: The Newspaper for Discerning Dinosaurs

    Author: Stella Gurney Illustrator: Naeve Parker and Matthew Hodson
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books / Natural History Museum

    The Prehistoric Times is out! Presented in a style between vintage tabloid newspaper and puzzle book, The Prehistoric Times is huge fun for kids looking for something different to satisfy their dino appetites. It’s a dip-in, dip-out kind of book, perfect for fans of non-fiction.

  • The Prey

    Author: Tom Isbell
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Tom Isbell has created a future dystopia where those who are the lives of some are considered to be cheap. This book is perfect for those who enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Divergent.

  • The Prince of Mist

    Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    This is a chilling and haunting story of magic and mystery

  • The Prince of Pants

    Author: Alan MacDonald Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Scholastic

    It's Prince Pip's birthday, and the first decision of the day is: which pants to wear? Morning pants? Evening pants? Pirate pants? Maybe the Magician's pants so he can play tricks on people. But - oh no! All the pants have disappeared from his pants drawer! 

  • The Princess and the Christmas Rescue

    Author: Caryl Hart Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Princess Eliza lives in a beautiful palace amid a forest - but living in a palace is about the only bit of being a traditional princess she really does. Eliza is in fact a brilliant, brainy inventor, and she can make anything you want from a bit of wood and some pieces of wire, However, what she can't make is a friend, and so she goes out into the forest to …

  • The Princess and the Foal

    Author: Stacy Gregg
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Based on the early life of Princess Haya of Jordan this is the story of how a sad little girl found purpose in her life and achieved great things through the sheer force of her own will and determination.

  • The Princess and the Pea

    Author: Lauren Child Illustrator: Lauren Child and Polly Borland
    Publisher: Puffin

    Lauren Child's highly imaginative retelling of this well-known fairy tale is sure to become a new classic in its own right.

  • The Princess and the Peas

    Author: Caryl Hart Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    In this light-hearted take on a favourite fairy-tale, Lily-Rose May is allergic to peas - so the doctor decides that she must be a princess!

  • The Princess and the Pit Stop

    Author: Tom Angleberger Illustrator: Dan Santat
    Publisher: Abrams

    A celebration of girl power and horsepower as a Princess tries to overtake her fairy tale rivals on the final lap of a grand prix. With full-colour graphics, it’s the pictures that do much of the storytelling.

  • The Princess and the Pony

    Author: Kate Beaton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Princess Pinecone wants a warrior horse for her birthday - imagine her disappointment when she gets a short, fat, farting pony instead. However, the Princess is determined to make the best of things, and she and the farting pony prove that they have what it takes to win.

  • The Princess and the Wizard

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    Princess Eliza is having a birthday party. But just as she blows out the seven candles on her cake, the wicked wizard arrives… uninvited.

  • The Princess Diaries

    Author: Meg Cabot
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Mia hides her real feelings as she takes care of her disastrously disorganised mother, until her absent father drops a bombshell: She is actually Princess Amelia of Genovia.

  • The Princess Diaries: Seventh Heaven

    Author: Meg Cabot
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    Mia is back and she's under pressure, worried that she may have blown it with Michael and lost a load of money.

  • The Princess in Black

    Author: Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
    Publisher: Candlewick Press

    A prim and proper princess leads a double life as a superhero ninja

  • The Promise

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

    On the dark streets of a city that is mean and hard and ugly, a young thief tries to steal an old lady's bag.

  • The Puffin Baby and Toddler Treasury

    Author: Various
    Publisher: Penguin

    Favourite nursery rhymes, lullabies, poems and stories in one book

  • The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems

    Author: Various Editor: June Crebbin
    Publisher: Penguin

    Poets ranging from Robert Louis Stevenson to Eleanor Farjeon are featured in each of the themed sections devoted to subjects such as animals, night time, food and nonsense verse.

  • The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

    Author: Various Editor: Brian Patten
    Publisher: Puffin

    Ten utterly individual poets contribute a selection of poems as varied as the colours of a rainbow to this glorious celebration of the power of verse

  • The Queen & Mr Brown: A Day for Dinosaurs

    Author: James Francis Wilkins
    Publisher: The Natural History Museum

    This picture book will make younger readers chuckle as the Queen and her corgi take a trip to London's Natural History Museum and ponder about what really made the dinosaurs die out.

  • The Queen of Dreams

    Author: Peter Hamilton Illustrator: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Doubleday

    First of a trilogy, with dramatic illustrations, this gripping adventure is full of magic, suspense and fantastical creatures - classic storytelling with a contemporary twist.

  • The Queen’s Knickers

    Author: Nicholas Allan
    Publisher: Random House

    Let's face it: knickers are funny, and in The Queen's Knickers, Nicholas Allan makes them even funnier with this cheeky look inside the Queen's wardrobe.

  • The Queen's Nose

    Author: Dick KingSmith
    Publisher: Puffin

    Harmony's Uncle Ginger sends her on a treasure trail - which ends in finding a 50p piece.

  • The Questioneers: Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters

    Author: Andrea Beatty Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Amulet Books

    The character of Rosie Revere, engineer, makes her transition from picture book to early reader chapter book in a suitably messy and lively story about building a painting machine for an accident-prone artist.

  • The Quick Brown Fox Cub

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lucy Richards
    Publisher: Egmont

    Frisk is an inquisitive fox cub who would rather spend the day exploring than sleeping. One day he follows a little girl to school, which leads to his most exciting adventure yet!

  • The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow

    Author: Jackie Morris
    Publisher: GRAFFEG

    A collection of original folk tale-style stories inspired by her own music-themed paintings, this beautiful large hardback is an ideal gift for any Jackie Morris fan, and will appeal to adults and children alike.

  • The Quietness

    Author: Alison Rattle
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Growing up in Victorian London, Queenie and Ellen lead very different lives, but they find themselves drawn together in dark and dangerous circumstances.

  • The Rabbit and the Shadow

    Author: Melanie Rutten
    Publisher: Book Island

    Dazzling illustrations complement the warmth of this story, which touches lightly on independence, the unknown, fractured families, responsibility, fear, friendship, growing old and ultimately, love.

  • The Rabbits

    Author: John Marsden Illustrator: Shaun Tan
    Publisher: Hachette

    Rabbits invade a peaceful land and the inhabitants become wary and frightened as their lives are gradually taken over.

  • The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop

    Author: Clare Balding Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Puffin

    Charlie's convinced that Noble Warrior can win the Derby, even though the odds are against it. After all, the prize money could save her family's farm from bankruptcy. An emotionally powerful, nail-bitingly tense story of courage and passion.

  • The Radleys

    Author: Matt Haig
    Publisher: Walker Cannongate

    Matt Haig takes an original and witty approach to the supernatural genre in this quirky young adult novel about the Radleys: abstaining vampires, living in a peaceful English village.

  • The Railway Children

    Author: E Nesbit Illustrator: C E Brock
    Publisher: Vintage Publishing

    Now nearly 100 years old, this story centres on the lives of three children whose comfortable, middle-class existence ends when their father has to go away unexpectedly.

  • The Rain

    Author: Virginia Bergin
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    A funny, smart and wonderfully British take on dystopia that will leave readers eager for the next installment of Ruby's story.

  • The Rain Door

    Author: Russell Hoban Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This adventurous tale is a flawless blend of excitement and surrealism that children are sure to adore.

  • The Rainbow Bear

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Random House

    The white snow bear, wandering in his arctic homeland, sees a rainbow and longs to catch it for himself.

  • The Rainbow Chameleon

    Author: Yusuke Yonezu
    Publisher: Minedition

    This sturdy board book about Leon Chameleon is an absolute delight from start to finish. Both covers contain a wheel that allows little hands to change Leon's colour with ease: beautifully illustrated, interactive and entertaining.

  • The Rainmaker Danced

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The exuberant John Agard shares his infectious love for the world and its words in this new collection of poetry for children. The poems are thoughtful and thought-provoking, and like all good children’s books, they inspire questions and discussions.

  • The Ransom of Dond

    Author: Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Pam Smy
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    The last of Siobhan Dowd's novels, this is a wonderfully atmospheric story, that will sweep readers away to the wild, windswept island world where it is set.

  • The Raven Boys

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Popular author Maggie Stiefvater is in top form in what is arguably her most complex and ambitious book to date, and the first in a magical new series. 

  • The Raven Mysteries: Flood and Fang

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick Illustrator: Pete Williamson
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Strange things happen in Castle Otherhand, which isn't surprising given its eccentric inhabitants. Lord Valevine spends his time performing experiments on frogs, his wife Minty prizes her baking tins almost as highly as her children, ten-year-old Cudweed tears around the castle with his annoying pet monkey, and teenage beauty Solstice is the castle's kindly …

  • The Raven’s Children

    Author: Yulia Yakovleva Translator: Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp from Russian
    Publisher: Puffin books

    It’s 1938 and siblings Shura and Tanya are good Soviet citizens and comrades. But there are spies and enemies everywhere. Gripping and at times quite surreal, the book – which is popular in Russia – is inspired by true events from the author’s family past.

  • The Reason I Jump

    Author: Naoki Higashida
    Publisher: Sceptre Publishing

    An invaluable tool for family members trying to understand autistic behaviour but also a fascinating and powerful read in its own right.

  • The Red Necklace

    Author: Sally Gardner
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Gardner skilfully sets the scene, in which extra-sensory abilities can be turned to many uses, and where good and evil, identity and destiny are not as clear cut as we might think.

  • The Red Ribbon

    Author: Lucy Adlington
    Publisher: Hotkey

    It’s Ella’s job in the camp, where everyone must either work or be killed, to make beautiful clothes for the wives of Nazi officers and female guards. The Red Ribbon is a moving story of friendship, kindness and heroism under impossible circumstances.

  • The Red Shoes

    Author: Eleri Glass Illustrator: Ashley Spires
    Publisher: Simply Read Books

    This is the story of a small girl taken by her mother to buy new shoes. Among the shelves of boring, dull, colourless lace-ups she spots a pair of red shoes and sets her heart on them.

  • The Red Tree

    Author: Shaun Tan
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    The perfect blend of words and pictures, this is a wonderful book to share with anyone suffering from depression or uncertainty

  • The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen

    Author: Susin Nielsen
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Nielsen tackles a hugely difficult subject with a deceptive lightness of touch. Henry’s life will never be the same, but day by day, he can begin to live again. A terrific, sad, beautiful and essential read.

  • The Rescue Princesses: The Stolen Crystals

    Author: Paula Harrison
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    An exciting mystery in the Rescue Princesses series, which celebrates friendship, courage and kindness. Short chapters, line drawings and an intriguing plot make this an ideal series for newly-independent girl readers.

  • The Restless Girls

    Author: Jessie Burton Illustrator: Angela Barrett
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    After their mother, the dashing, adventurous Queen Laurelia dies, her 12 daughters are imprisoned in their bedroom by King Alberto.

    Alberto rules a kingdom where girls and women are not valued. After his wife’s death and, now that Laurelia isn’t around to manage their education, Alberto simply doesn’t know what to do with his daughters.

    The 12 princesses, al…

  • The Rhyming Rabbit

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    The Rhyming Rabbit isn’t like the other rabbits, he likes to make up rhymes about the world around him but not everyone is interested in hearing them.

  • The Rhythm of the Rain

    Author: Grahame Baker-Smith
    Publisher: Templar

    Grahame Baker-Smith is a huge talent in picture book illustration. Baker-Smith explores the global life cycle of water and weather, reminding children that small actions and experiences are always a vital part of the bigger picture.

  • The Ring of Sky: Young Samurai

    Author: Chris Bradford
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    This final installment in Bradford's Young Samurai series, about an English boy stranded in Japan in the seventeenth century, sees Jack's adventures reach a thrilling conclusion.

  • The Rise of Wolves

    Author: Kerr Thomson
    Publisher: Chicken House

    This tale of conflict between ancient traditions and contemporary technology features a gripping plot, stunning setting, great characters, and an underlying theme of loyalty to family and friends.