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Great Books Guide 2016: age 6-7

Claude: Going For Gold

We've just published the Great Books Guide 2016 for Children's Book Week: a round-up of 60 books from over the last year, which we think your child will love.

These are our favourite books for 6-7-year-olds:

  • Claude: Going For Gold

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    It's The Stonking Great Big Sports Day, and returning hero Claude is itching to take part! Hilarious and beautifully illustrated, Claude: Going For Gold is great fun and will carry you off in a gleeful adventure.

  • I (Don't) Like Snakes

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Luciano Lozano
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is an unusual and amusing tale about a girl who doesn't share her family's enthusiasm for snakes. However, as they tell her more about the incredible reptiles, she has a change of heart.

  • Toby and the Ice Giants

    Author: Joe Lillington
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    A charming story with lively illustrations to learn more about the last Ice Age.

  • The Princess in Black

    Author: Shannon Hale and Dean Hale Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
    Publisher: Candlewick Press

    A prim and proper princess leads a double life as a superhero ninja

  • Pugs of the Frozen North

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    A race to the far north among some very unconventional competitors and their vehicles. A winning combination of text,  image, humour and sadness.

  • Evil Emperor Penguin: Book 1

    Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Far away in the icy wastes of Antarctica lives a warm and cuddly, kind-hearted penguin who only wants to do good in the world...NOT! This is no ordinary penguin! This is...EVIL EMPEROR PENGUIN! And he wants to take over the world!

  • Badly Drawn Beth

    Author: Knife & Packer
    Publisher: Orchard

    A comic/storybook crossover where hilarious heroine, Beth, charts her survival of school, friends (best and worst), the dreaded family barbecue and other natural disasters.

  • The Bear and the Piano

    Author: David Litchfield
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A bear's piano playing makes him a huge star, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging from an exciting debut author-illustrator.

  • Louie Lets Loose!

    Author: Rachel Hamilton Illustrator: Oscar Armelles
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Louie the unicorn lives a quiet life with his parents in Story Land, until his invite to the New York School of Performing Arts arrives. This book is a fantastically funny tale of friendship and adapting to a new school.

  • Wild Animals of the North

    Author: Dieter Braun
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    This special book takes us on an animal journey through North America, Europe and Asia. It is ideal for an animal-loving child, young person interested in animal conservation, or anyone who would appreciate the book's enchanting artwork.

  • Harper and the Circus of Dreams

    Author: Cerrie Burnell Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When a magical girl arrives, bringing with her a storm and The Circus of Dreams, Harper and her friends set off on a journey to find out more about the strange world in the sky. A great read with tonnes of magic and drama.

  • Footpath Flowers

    Author: JonArno Lawson Illustrator: Sydney Smith
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A little girl spreads joy and colour through the grey townscape, when she picks and presents flowers from the pavements to the people and animals she meets. This wordless picture book is a beauty to behold.

  • King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

    Author: Andy Riley
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    When nine-year-old King Edwin runs out of pocket money, he can no longer buy his subjects Friday chocolate. The peasants revolt and elect a new leader, Evil Emperor Nurbison. This slapstick tale will appeal to those who love something a bit silly.

  • Above and Below

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Hanako Clulow
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press (360 Degrees)

    This fascinating and stylish picture book explores habitats both above and below the surface. The half-page flaps add another level of interactivity to this wonderful information book that young nature fans will love.

  • Dave Pigeon

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Dave Pigeon, the brilliant pigeon mastermind, is determined to find and eat all of your biscuits. The expressive illustrations complete a perfect funny book for younger readers.

  • The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster's Gold

    Author: Jonny Duddle
    Publisher: Templar

    The Jolley-Rogers are just your everyday pirate family, doing everyday pirate family things. This clever series serves up lots of nautical giggles, and will be enjoyed by all children.

  • Wigglesbottom Primary: the magic hamster

    Author: Pamela Butchart Illustrator: Becka Moor
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This instalment of the greatly loved Wigglesbottom Primary series sees class 2F puzzling over the great mysteries of their school existence - including the makeup of the school mashed potato and what happens when you eat a fly by accident.

  • Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom-Noms

    Author: Jim Smith
    Publisher: Egmont

    Future Ratboy (A.K.A Colin Lamppost) has been zapped millions of years into the future by a bolt of lightning. As if that’s not bad enough, horrible little insects are turning everyone into zombies. A brilliantly hilarious superhero comedy adventure.

  • Jack Dash and the Magic Feather

    Author: Sophie Plowden Illustrator: Judy Brown
    Publisher: Catnip Publishing

    On the day that Jack’s family moves to a new house, he finds a magic feather in the attic that makes whatever he draws real. Surreal humour and a page-turning plot will keep boys and girls hooked.

  • Rabbit's Bad Habits

    Author: Julian Gough Illustrator: Jim Field
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

    Gentle Bear wakes up early from hibernation one day and decides to build a snowman. Grumpy, know-it-all Rabbit comes along, and then Wolf, too. A beautiful modern classic about friends and sharing.