Books beginning with: U

  • Ug

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Ug and his parents live in the Stone Age. This means stone blankets, stone-cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers!

  • Uki and the Outcasts

    Author: Kieran Larwood Illustrator: David Wyatt
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Compelling and imaginative, this epic fantasy adventure series is set in the Five Realms, a world dominated by tribes of rabbits. A multi-layered story that entices readers into an unfamiliar yet utterly believable world.

  • Ultimate Superstars: Ariana Grande

    Author: Liz Gogerly
    Publisher: Studio Press Books
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 7+

    This accessible biography of actor and singer Ariana Grande charts her early life and rise to stardom. Written in a chatty style, it is an interesting read for fans and will help to inspire young people to follow their own dreams.

  • Ultraviolet

    Author: RJ Anderson
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    A remarkable, gripping and stunningly original new novel for teens

  • Umpteen Pockets

    Author: Adrian Mitchell Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    The selected poems are divided into sub-collections including magic, scenery, people and animals.

  • Un Lun Dun

    Author: China Miéville
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Zanna and Deeba inadvertently enter UnLondon, an alternative London which is threatened by Smog - a living poisonous cloud.

  • Unbelievable Football: The Most Incredible True Football Stories (You Never Knew)

    Author: Matt Oldfield Illustrator: Ollie Mann
    Publisher: Wren & Rook
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 6+

    This collection of true football stories demonstrates that sport can unite, inspire and amaze in equal measure. Readers can entertain their friends and family with a multitude of interesting, amusing and bizarre soccer stories from around the world. 

  • Unbelievable!

    Author: Paul Jennings
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9-12

    A brilliant collection of funny, weird and whacky short stories in which, believe it or not, a kid can grow younger; birds can bury you; ghosts have exams; there are eyes in the milk. 

  • Unboxed

    Author: Non Pratt
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    This is a touching story of old friends coming together after years apart. For a short novella, they are wonderfully complex characters.

  • Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed

    Author: Michael Rosen
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 9

    Defiantly playing with language and narrative conventions, this very silly, bonkers story is itself a joyful rebellion against systematised schemes of learning.

  • Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 7+

    These spine-tingling stories-within-a-story are the stuff of childhood nightmares, with a good smattering of ghosts, demons, blood and gore.

  • Under Earth

    Author: Ellen Renner
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 10+

    Following on from the final scenes of the first book in the Storm Witch seriesUnder Earth sees Storm learning more about the extent of her powers and how she can harness them to defend the autonomy of her island home. 

  • Under Earth, Under Water

    Author: Aleksandra and David Mizielinski
    Publisher: Big Picture Press
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    This gorgeous large hardback explores what happens under the earth and in our oceans and seas in fantastically colourful and accessible double-page spreads. This is a really excellent example of nonfiction that is both comprehensive and fun.

  • Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

    Author: Various Editor: Jonathan Strahan
    Publisher: Hot Key Books
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    What makes a witch? Despite the title, the stories in this imaginative collection suggest you might need more than just a pointy hat or a broomstick.

  • Under Rose-Tainted Skies

    Author: Louise Gornall
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    Seventeen-year-old Norah is essentially trapped in her own home, caught in the vice-like grip of Agoraphobia and OCD. Then one day a new young neighbour on the street arouses her curiosity. Honest, brave and utterly compelling.

  • Under the Great Plum Tree

    Author: Sufiya Ahmed Illustrator: Reza Dalvand
    Publisher: Tiny Owl
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 5+

    Set in the jungles of India, this is a marvellous retelling of a traditional tale from the Panchatantra, an ancient collection of Indian animal fables, which date from 300 BCE. A moving tale with striking, vibrant artwork. 

  • Under the Love Umbrella

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
    Publisher: Scribble
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Bright, expressive and featuring joyfully diverse illustration throughout, Under the Love Umbrella provides poetic reassurance that whatever happens, children will be protected and loved.

  • Under the Same Sky

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Caterpillar Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 3-6

    Under the Same Sky is a beautiful book with dreamy collage illustrations. It shows the way that animals across the world can have the same interests, hopes and dreams, allowing young readers to reflect on the community of our united world.

  • Under the Weather

    Author: VariousEditor: Tony Bradman
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 8+

    A thought-provoking collection emphasising the importance of individual, as well as group initiatives.

  • Underground

    Author: Uijung Kim
    Publisher: Cicada Books
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 7+

    In Uijung Kim's fabulous book, young readers will learn about subway systems in 10 international cities. The bright illustrations bring underground transport to life for little ones at a time when many of them are obsessed with trains, trucks and cars.

  • Undone

    Author: Cat Clarke
    Publisher: Quercus
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    Jem and Kai have always been best friends - until Kai commits suicide and Jem's world collapses.

  • Unfortunately

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 2-7
    Reading age: 4-7

    A cheerful little boy out exploring has masses of lucky escapes. Somehow he avoids being eaten by a lion, a starving snake, a man-eating hunter and more...

  • Unheard Voices

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

    This collection of writing about slavery was published to coincide with the 200 year anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

  • Unicorn Academy: Isabel and Cloud

    Author: Author Julie Sykes Illustrator: Lucy Truman
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Magic, sparkle and unicorns are sprinkled throughout this book, but it’s essentially about what many primary school children struggle with: jealousy, bullying and friendships. A bite-sized chapter book that's ideal for a quick read. 

  • Unipiggle the Unicorn Pig - Unicorn Muddle

    Author: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    It's time for the selection of Princess Pea's first Royal Unicorn! Everyone is delighted with the sugary sweet unicorns in the parade except the Princess herself - who is besotted with Unipiggle, a pig with a horn. Will Unipiggle bravely rescue Princess Pea from the storm and win her heart? This brightly illustrated story about a girl who wants to break…

  • Unique

    Author: Alison Allen-Gray
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    On the road to self-knowledge, Dominic undergoes various crises of identity, while facing threats from a controlling state and a voraciously-intrusive media

  • Unleashed

    Author: Amy McCulloch
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Lacey Chu loves "bakus": robot companion animals that link directly into your brain. But when she discovers that the company who make them want to control the world, she has to fight back.

  • Unnatural Creatures

    Author: VariousEditor: Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 12+

    A whole menagerie of extraordinary beasts appear on the pages of this short story collection.

  • Unseen Worlds

    Author: Hélène Rajcak Illustrator: Damien Laverdunt
    Publisher: What on Earth Books
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Meet the microscopic creatures living in your mattress and the miniature mites that are feasting on your skin in this extraordinary glimpse into the unseen worlds around us. This well-designed book makes a yucky topic quite lovely and interesting! 

  • Unspeakable

    Author: Abbie Rushton
    Publisher: Atom
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 12+

    Part thriller and part romance Abbie Rushton shows us the world from inside the mind of a teenage girl who is dealing with loss, regret and guilt.

  • Unstoppable

    Author: Dan Freedman
    Publisher: David Fickling
    Interest age: 12-15
    Reading age: 9+

    Twins Kaine and Roxy are both talented sportspeople but the harder they work, the further apart they seem to grow. A highly charged story of complex family relationships, misplaced loyalty and overcoming devastating disappointment.

  • Until We Win

    Author: Linda Newbery
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 7-9

    This dyslexia friendly book looks at feminism and friendship, set against the looming backdrop of the First World War. Lizzy is a fantastic character, full of passion and wonderfully unafraid to stand up for herself after joining the Suffragettes.

  • Up and Down

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 4+

    In this charming sequel to Lost and Found we rejoin Boy and Penguin who do everything together until one day Penguin decides he needs to try something on his own - fly.

  • Up and Down Mum

    Author: Summer Macon
    Publisher: Child’s Play
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 5+

    Everyone has good days and bad days, but in some cases, it is far more extreme. This powerful and moving portrayal of a parent with Bipolar Disorder is laced with hope and reassurance. An inspired picture book, created in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust.

  • Up on Cloud Nine

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Stolly has fallen out of a top-floor window and lies, unmoving and unconscious, in a hospital bed. While he watches, Stolly's friend Ian decides to write about Stolly’s unusual life.

  • Up, Up and Away

    Author: Tom McLaughlin
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 7+

    An amusingly illustrated picture book, featuring a young inventor who decides to build his own planet. The story presents some very complex ideas in an accessible format.

  • Usborne fold-out books: Christmas

    Author: UsborneIllustrator: Stella Baggott
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    This Christmas book is a great way to introduce babies to Christmas. One side of the pull-out has a bright, Christmas scene for them to explore while the other side contains a list of words and colourful illustrations for them to learn.

  • Usborne Lift-the-flap Picture Atlas

    Author: Alex Frith Illustrator: Kate Leake
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Lets children explore the world one flap at a time.

  • Use Your Imagination

    Author: Nicola O'Byrne
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Rabbit is bored, so librarian Wolf suggests that he writes a story. Rabbit is delighted - what a brilliant idea! Wolf is full of great ideas - some of them less friendly than others.

  • Utterly Me, Clarice Bean

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Clarice Bean finds family life exhausting and exasperating, and school is no better; particularly when the teacher, Mrs Wilburton, sets an 'utterly dreary' book project.

  • UUGGHH!

    Author: Claudia Boldt
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    The fascinatingly retro-styled illustrations in this book represent a fabulous world