Books set in flats and tower blocks (picture books)

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Stories can happen everywhere and anywhere – in fantasy worlds, in space, at school and in someone’s home. Here are some funny, touching and exciting picture book stories where the main character lives in a flat or tower block.

Books for younger readers

Books for children aged 8+

  • The Invention

    Author: Julia Hubery Illustrator: James Munro

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • The Invention

    Author: Julia Hubery Illustrator: James Munro

    Interest level: 3-5

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    When Fili sees that her neighbours in her tower block don't talk to each other, she invents something to change it. Championing co…

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  • Flower Block

    Author: Lanisha Butterfield Illustrator: Hoang Giang

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Flower Block

    Author: Lanisha Butterfield Illustrator: Hoang Giang

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Theo’s sunflower has grown right through the tower block! A delightful celebration of nature and community.  

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  • Get Real, Mallory!

    Author: Daisy Hirst

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Get Real, Mallory!

    Author: Daisy Hirst

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 6+

    When Nomi’s drawing of a dog comes alive, they have brilliant adventures! This story about imagination – and longing for a pet whe…

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  • Flat Cat

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Gwen Millward

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Flat Cat

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Gwen Millward

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    A lovely story about a pet that lives in a city apartment block, this is a nice reminder that many children also live in cities, a…

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  • Our Tower

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Richard Johnson

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Our Tower

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Richard Johnson

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Three children find the magic in their tower block – showing that nature and adventure is for everyone. A beautifully illustrated,…

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  • Martha Maps it Out

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Martha Maps it Out

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

    Martha loves making maps! In this charming and original picture book, follow Martha as she takes you on a tour of her world and sh…

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  • The New Neighbours

    Author: Sarah McIntyre

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • The New Neighbours

    Author: Sarah McIntyre

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Sarah McIntyre returns to Pickle Rye, the setting for her comic Vern and Lettuce, in this clever book about tolerance and not…

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  • My Must-Have Mum

    Author: Maudie Smith Illustrator: Jen Khatun

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • My Must-Have Mum

    Author: Maudie Smith Illustrator: Jen Khatun

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    There is so much to enjoy in this charming, inclusive picture book, which beautifully celebrates diversity, acceptance and uncondi…

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  • The Neighbors

    Author: Einat Tsarfati Translator: from Hebrew by Annette Appel

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

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  • The Neighbors

    Author: Einat Tsarfati Translator: from Hebrew by Annette Appel

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 5+

    The Neighbors is cool, original and simple, presenting a character’s journey up the stairs of her building, imagining all the…

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  • Errol’s Garden

    Author: Gillian Hibbs

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Errol’s Garden

    Author: Gillian Hibbs

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Errol loves gardening, but he doesn’t have a garden. Then he comes up with a creative solution, thanks to the discovery of a disus…

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  • The Don't Panic Gang

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sarah Warburton

    Interest level: 4-8

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  • The Don't Panic Gang

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sarah Warburton

    Interest level: 4-8

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    The Don’t Panic Gang is a top secret organisation, comprising a doughnut-loving cat, a little blue bird and an unassuming window-b…

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