Books beginning with: U

  • Ug

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Random House

    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!

  • Ultimate Superstars: Ariana Grande

    Author: Liz Gogerly
    Publisher: Studio Press Books

    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

    A remarkable, gripping and stunningly original new novel for teens

  • Umpteen Pockets

    Author: Adrian Mitchell Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orchard Books

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

  • Un Lun Dun

    Author: China Miéville
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

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

  • Unbelievable!

    Author: Paul Jennings
    Publisher: Penguin

    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

    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

    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

    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, Under Water

    Author: Aleksandra and David Mizielinski
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    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

    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

    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 Love Umbrella

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
    Publisher: Scribble

    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

    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

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

  • Undone

    Author: Cat Clarke
    Publisher: Quercus

    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

    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

    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

    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. 

  • Unique

    Author: Alison Allen-Gray
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

  • Unnatural Creatures

    Author: VariousEditor: Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

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

  • Unspeakable

    Author: Abbie Rushton
    Publisher: Atom

    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

    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

    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

    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 on Cloud Nine

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Random House

    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

    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

    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

    Lets children explore the world one flap at a time.

  • Use Your Imagination

    Author: Nicola O'Byrne
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    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

    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

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