Books beginning with: Z

  • Z Apocalypse

    Author: Steve Cole
    Publisher: Random House Children's Books
    Interest age: 10-12
    Reading age: 9+

    In the final installment of the Z-Rex trilogy, Adam must save the world from impending doom at the hands of evil scientists and their genetically-engineered dinosaurs.

  • Z.Rex

    Author: Steve Cole
    Publisher: Random House Children's Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    A novel that combines dinosaurs and fantasy, and has deeper and darker undertones for those who read it more closely.

  • Zac and Zeb and the Make-Believe Birthday Party

    Author: Sarah Massini
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Reading age: 5+

    Zac the spotty dog and Zeb the stripy zebra are good friends who have adventures together. In this lively picture book, it's Zac's birthday, and Zeb and all his friends join him for a fun birthday party with food and presents to enjoy.

  • Zagazoo

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    One day a strange parcel arrives at Bella and George's door containing a lovely human baby named Zagazoo. But Zagazoo doesn’t remain a lovely human baby for long…

  • Za-za's Baby Brother

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

    When Za-za's mum has a baby, it's hard for Za-za not to feel left out.

  • Zebra Crossing Soul Song

    Author: Sita Brahmachari
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 11-15
    Reading age: 13+

    Otis, the zebra crossing man, has been part of Lenny’s life for as long as he can remember. But now Otis is gone. What caused his meltdown? This lyrical, super-readable book is a joyful reading experience that will provoke tears as well as laughter.

  • Zeki Can Swim

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Books

    It is an exciting day. Zeki loves the water and today Dad’s taking him to his baby swimming class. Bright and colourful, this picture book for the very young is an utter delight, with a naturally diverse and subtly inclusive cast of characters.

  • Zeki Gets a Checkup

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Books

    Zeki is a big boy now – he loves hiding toys, playing ball, singing and dancing. Today, he’s going for a checkup at the doctors’ with Daddy and his toy Mister Seahorse. A lovely book to share with toddlers, which marks their developmental milestones.

  • Zeki Loves Baby Club

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Books
    Reading age: 5+

    Wednesday is Zeki's favourite day of the week because that's the day he goes to Baby Club and meets friends from all over the world...

  • Zeki Loves Daddy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Max

    An ideal gentle step-up from a board book, this sweet story about daily life with Daddy and Zeki is filled with love, play and snuggles. Fun rhyming text makes this an ideal book for shared reading time. 

  • Zeki Loves Mummy

    Author: Anna McQuinn Illustrator: Ruth Hearson
    Publisher: Alanna Max
    Interest age: 2-3

    Somewhere between a board book and a picture book, this is ideal for two to three year olds who will enjoy the rhyming text and sweet story about daily life with Mummy and Zeki. Sure to prompt plenty of hugs and snuggles with mummies everywhere. 

  • Zeraffa Giraffa

    Author: Dianne Hofmeyr Illustrator: Jane Ray
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    Each beautiful jewel-coloured illustration evokes magical stories and the poetic text is perfect for parents to read aloud. An extraordinary true story.

  • Zeroes

    Publisher: Simon and Schuster
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 13+

    This books loooks at superhero genre with a fresh twist and what is probably a realistic approach, if such a thing is possible in this genre; what if having superpowers sort of sucks.

  • Zim Zam Zoom!

    Author: James Carter Illustrator: Nicola Colton
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    An exciting, action-packed introduction to poetry for younger children. Perfect for reading out loud, at bedtime, playtime or at school.

  • Zinnia and the Bees

    Author: Danielle Davis
    Publisher: Capstone
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9+

    A funny, moving story about loss, love, loyalty and misunderstanding, all featuring a quirky young heroine, a hilarious swarm of bees, a fitness freak and an environmentally conscientious dentist.

  • Zo and the Forest of Secrets

    Author: Alake Pilgrim
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    A futuristic thriller set on the island of Trinidad that is unsettling from the start; a curious mix of cautionary tale, science fiction horror and a study of friendship and trust.  

  • Zoe and Beans: Pirate Treasure!

    Author: Chloe & Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 3-5

    Zoe and her trusty dog, Beans, are at the seaside with Oliver and his baby sister, Evie. Zoe is looking for treasure.

  • Zoe and Beans: The Magic Hoop

    Author: Chloe and Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    The second of Zoe and Beans’ adventures reminds readers that we are often better off as we are rather than what we think we might like to have or be

  • Zoe and Beans: Where is Binky Boo?

    Author: Chloe and Mick Inkpen
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Beans plays with Molly so much that she gets very grubby, so Zoe has to put her doll in the washing machine along with an entire box of Big 'n' Bubbly!

  • Zog

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Sheffler
    Publisher: Alison Green books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Zog is a keen dragon at Dragon School who aims to be the best in his class and win a golden star.

  • Zoo

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    The family visit the zoo, where they display behaviour which mirrors that of some of the animals, but where it also becomes apparent that the animals are equally unhappy.

  • Zoo

    Author: James Patterson
    Publisher: Arrow
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the impending violence becomes terrifyingly clear.

    With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders be…

  • Zoo Girl

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Lion Hudson
    Reading age: 5+

    A heart-warming tale told with just twenty words and very effective illustration. Ideal for classroom use

  • Zoom!

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Hurricane Kieron and Rush Around Ria never stop. They run right through the day, rushing from breakfast to bedtime.

  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play International Ltd

    The blend of rhyme, repetition and alliteration is a recipe almost guaranteed to attract a toddler. This delightful board book combines all these elements, along with a rocket theme for added excitement. 

  • Zoom: Farm Adventure

    Author: Susan Hayes and Aviel Basil
    Publisher: What On Earth Publishing

    Every young child will adore joining in with Bo and his duck for a day's adventure at the farm, as they round up animals, pick fruit, harvest corn, and comfort a farm cat who's just had kittens. A brilliant and absorbing gateway to longer picture books that will help build up attention span. 

  • Zoom: Ocean Adventure

    Author: Susan Hayes and Sam Rennocks
    Publisher: What on Earth Books

    Noah is going on a big ocean adventure! He meets all kinds of marine wildlife, discovers buried treasure, and encounters an iceberg before hitching a ride home on a whale - just in time for tea. A lovely board book with lots of information and beautiful pictures to take in.

  • Zoopertown: X-Ray Rabbit

    Author: Jem Packer Illustrator: Emily Fox
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Reading age: 3+

    When all the food goes missing it's up to the Zooperheroes to save the day. A fun, comic book-style story full of action.