Booklists beginning with: B

  • Babette Cole: some favourites

    When Babette Cole died at the beginning of this year (2017), many authors and fans went into mourning - she was a unique and joyful voice in children's books.

    Unafraid to tackle big and tricky issues with a light, hilarious touch, Babette was also prolific - creating over 70 books throughout her career. Her fantastically detailed illustrations have been just…

  • Baby's First Books

    It's never too soon to start enjoying books and reading - and these engaging baby books are the perfect places to start.

  • Bath Book Bed: Best bedtime books

    If you're looking for a brilliant book to get your little ones dropping off into a happy slumber, you're in the right place: we've picked out some fantastic stories that are sure to do the trick.

  • Be a daily reading hero!

    We chose a hero-themed book for every day of National Bookstart Week 2014 and you can see the seven books below, as well as downloading a PDF of the booklist.

  • Becoming a big sibling

    It can be a confusing time for children when they find out there's going to be a new addition to the family - from understanding what pregnancy is right through to trying to work out what will happen when their baby sibling arrives.

    These books explore all those issues, from what takes place when someone finds out that they're expecting to the thorny issue o…

  • Being active

    Hop, skip, dance and jump with these books guaranteed to get you up and moving

  • Best bedtime books for newborns (0-2 months)

    We know that reading with your newborn baby at bedtime can be lots of fun. It's also a special time for snuggling up and sharing a story: it's important bonding time.

    However, we think the bedtime story's role in getting your little one to sleep can be the best part of a successful sleepy time routine. If you want to get your little one off to sleep, a sooth…

  • Best books 2014

    Below are the dozen books for readers ages 0-5 that were selected to appear in the Book Trust Best Book Guide 2014. We hope you like them as much as we do!

  • Best Books for 1-year-olds

    Board books with flaps are great for toddlers at this age. Take a peek at some of our favourite books for sharing with 1-year-olds.

  • Best Books for 2-year-olds

    Two-year-olds love joining in with actions and guessing what will happen next. We've picked out some brilliant books we think your child will love.

  • Best Books for 3-year-olds

    At three, children can often follow slightly longer stories but they'll still want to hear their old favourites again and again. Here's a selection of perfect picture books for 3-year-olds.

  • Best Books for 4-year-olds

    Why not try some of our favourite books for 4-year-olds - slightly longer stories they'll love chatting to you about. From bad bunnies to bug school, storytime giggles are guaranteed.

  • Best Books for 5-year-olds

    Five-year-olds might be starting to read on their own, but they'll still love a story. This list is packed with offbeat humour and brilliant characters. Perfect for keeping your child hooked on books.

  • Best Books for babies 0-12 months

    Babies love snuggling up close with you and listening to your voice. Here's our selection of brilliant books for you to try with your baby.

  • Best books for your preschool child

    Our panel of experts has chosen ten of the best picture books to read with your preschool child. All these titles are great fun to share and will help give your 3-4 year old child a flying start when they start school.

    Look out for forthcoming lists of the best books for babies and toddlers - coming soon!

  • Best Fictional Libraries (12+)

    We all love libraries! Or we should do anyway, and these books will ensure that your 8-12 year old will continue to do so. 

    Whether they still go to the library regulary, or have stopped in recent years, these books will help promote the importance of libraries to society and to education..

  • Bookbuzz 2016

    Here are the Bookbuzz titles for 2016! Year 7 and 8 students in Bookbuzz schools were able to choose their own book to keep from this list - with something for every reader.

    This list is a great illustration of what BookBuzz can provide for your school, with something for everyone, including books fro veracious readers, reluctant readers amd SEND pupils.

  • Bookbuzz 2017

    Here are the Bookbuzz titles for 2017! Year 7 and 8 students in Bookbuzz schools were able to choose their own book to keep from this list - with something for every reader.

  • Books about animals

    Enjoy some of our recommended books for younger children about animals, from classics like Dick King-Smith's Sheep Pig to modern favourites like Ed Vere's Mr. Big.

    These books are perefect to cuddle up and read with little ones, and for more confident kids to read themselves. 

  • Books about friendship

    Can you imagine Pooh without Piglet? Or Frodo without Sam? Here are some children's books that celebrate the power, fun and wonder of friendship.

  • Books about pigs

    Pigs are often described as one of the most intelligent animals, so maybe that's why they've inspired countless children's books.

  • Books about refugees and asylum seekers (older children)

    Since asylum can be a confusing issue for children (and even adults), here are some books that explore what it really means to flee your home and have to start your life over.

  • Books about refugees and asylum seekers (teens)

    Since asylum can be a confusing issue for teenagers (and even adults), here are some books that explore what it really means to flee your home and have to start your life over.

  • Books about refugees and asylum seekers (younger children)

    Since asylum can be a confusing issue for children (and even adults), here are some books that explore what it really means to flee your home and have to start your life over.

  • Books to cuddle up and share

    Cuddle up together to enjoy some of our favourite stories to share

  • Books to inspire your imagination

    These picture books are all about the power of imagination: be inspired to imagine new worlds and new words with your children!

  • Books we love: August 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month. Happy reading!

  • Books we love: July 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month. Happy reading!

  • Books we love: June 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved a lot this month: for preschoolers up into the teens.

  • Books we love: May 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved a lot this month: for preschoolers up into the teens.

  • Books we love: November 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month. Happy reading!

  • Books we love: October 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month. Happy reading!

  • Books we love: September 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month. Happy reading!

  • Books with positive images of disability in 2017

    These are 12 books that we think show positive images of disability, as well as titles that may prove useful in discussing disability and diversity. They are all brilliant reads that were our Bookmark Books of the Month in 2017.

  • Bookshine books

    Great books to share with deaf children. The Bookshine booklist aims to introduce ideas for books for children up to the age of five, based on ideas given to us by parents, teachers, children and experts.

  • Booktouch books

    Great books to share with blind or partially-sighted children. The Booktouch booklist aims to give you more book suggestions for children up to the age of five, based on ideas given to us by parents, teachers, the RNIB, ClearVision, children and other experts.

  • Branford Boase Award 2018

    It's always worth keeping an eye on the Branford Boase Award. It's an excellent talent spotter, highlighting some of the best novels for young people by first-time writers.

  • Casual inclusion of disabled characters

    This list comprises books which include disabled characters within their images and/or story naturally, subtly and often without comment.

  • Our Favourite books for teens

    Read our list of outstanding teenage books that either won or were shortlisted for the BookTrust Teenage Prize during it's running from 2003-10.

    With fantasy, crime, horror and coming-of-age there is definitely something here for a book loving teen.

  • Ten books made into films

    It's notoriously difficult to get it right when adapting books onto the screen. Here are some of our favourites.