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 2018: 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.

  • Bath, Book, Bed 2017: Best Bedtime Books

    Sweet dreams start with a simple routine - Bath, Book, Bed.

    But if you need some advice about which stories will send your little ones happily off into the land of nod, you've come to the right place - we've picked out ten brilliant books that will have you cuddling up and dreaming big.

    So choose a book, get all snuggly under the covers, and enjoy spendi…

  • 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 issu…

  • Being active

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

  • Best bedtime books for babies (2-12 months)

    We know that reading with your baby at bedtime can be lots of fun. And  it's an opportunity for parents and carers to give outlandish accents and voices a try.


    Bedtime stories are the last part of an effective and good bedtime routine for your baby. A story to your child can send your little one off to sleep for longer. Here are some top recommendation…

  • 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 soothi…

  • Best bedtime books for toddlers (12-36 months)

    We know that reading with your toddler at bedtime can be lots of fun. It's also a time to help your child and relax into bedtime

    Books are an important part of a bedtime routine. So, If you want to get your little one off to sleep, a soothing, sleepy, soporific story or poem will be a big help. Here are some of our top recommendations for sleepy time reads.

  • 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 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 of 2015: Children's books

    We've assembled a definitive booklist of the best children's books of 2015: Grandads - one escaping in a fighter plane and one with his own island, crayons returning home, a vegetable-eating dinosaur and a boy made of broccoli. These are just some of the fun and amazing stories that have made our best of 2015 list.

    We're highlighting our favourite 12 book…

  • Bookbuzz 2016

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

  • Bookbuzz 2017

    Here are the amazing Bookbuzz titles for 2017! This autumn, students in Bookbuzz schools can choose their own book to keep from this list - and all schools who sign up get two sets of the Bookbuzz books for their library. There really is something for everyone, even the most reluctant of readers, with funny books, fact books, fast-paced action and myste…

  • 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. From their curly tails to their oink oink sounds and their love of rolling in mud, they're perfect for picture books. But slightly older readers have also warmed to the brave exploits of swine in classics like Charlotte's Web…

  • Books about refugees and asylum seekers

    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 for 5-12s: March 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month for little ones aged five to 12.

  • Books we love for ages 0-4: March 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month for little ones aged four and under.

  • Books we love for teens: March 2018

    Here are the books we reviewed and loved this month for teenagers (aged 12+). 

  • Books we love: April 2018

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

  • 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: 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.

  • Favourite books for teens

    Read our list of outstanding teenage books that have won or been shortlisted for the Book Trust Teenage Prize since it was founded in 2003.

  • Favourite books from around the world

    Some of these books have been translated from other languages, while others use a different country as their setting - all will encourage readers to take a journey in their imagination.

  • 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:

  • The horror, the horror

    Quench your bloodthirst and get your teeth into these books for Halloween.