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Great Books Guide 2017: for 6-7 year olds

Salty Dogs

The Great Books Guide is published as part of Children's Book Week, a celebration of reading for pleasure at school.

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love.

Check out the books below for children in Year 2 or 3 (aged 6-7)

Check out the full Great Books Guide

  • Amazing Animal Babies

    Author: Chris Packham Illustrator: Jason Cockroft
    Publisher: Egmont

    Travel around the globe and meet some incredible baby animals as they begin their journey through life in this beautiful, fact-filled non-fiction picture book by wildlife expert Chris Packham.

  • Ballerina Dreams

    Author: Michaela and Elaine DePrince Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This heart-warming true story about working hard to achieve your dreams will inspire children to believe that they can be whoever they want to be.

  • Cinnamon

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Divya Srinivasan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A very special, haunting and mythical tale with lush, vibrant images, this new Neil Gaiman fable illustrated by Divya Srinivasan is as typically unusual and compelling as you would expect.

  • Colin the Cart Horse

    Author: Gavin Puckett Illustrator: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Colin the carthorse has lived a happy, if predictable, life on the same farm for many years. He works hard, eats plenty of tasty hay and turns it into the very best manure which can be spread on the fields and produce the most delicious crops.

  • Dave Pigeon (Nuggets!)

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

    Another hilarious combination of engaging plot, silly jokes and wonderful illustrations from the Dave Pigeon team, which means that this sequel is just as good as the original.

  • Dear Dinosaur

    Author: Chae Strathie Illustrator: Nicola O’Byrne
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Filled with bright illustrations and fold-out letters, postcards and cards, Dear Dinosaur has a very interactive and playful feel. The clear and colourful pages are dotted with dinosaur facts and jokes that all dinosaur lovers will enjoy.

  • Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

    Author: Judd Winick
    Publisher: Puffin

    Colourful, action-filled and laugh-out-loud funny, with plenty of burps, farts and catchphrases, HILO is the first in a bestselling US graphic novel series for younger readers. It's also a genuinely well-told, gripping sci-fi story.

  • I Can Only Draw Worms

    Author: Will Mabbitt
    Publisher: Puffin

    This genuinely hilarious book is brilliantly simple, based on the idea that the author-illustrator can only draw very childlike worms. Highly recommended.

  • Last Stop on Market Street

    Author: Matt de la Pena Illustrator: Christian Robinson
    Publisher: Puffin

    A New York Times Bestseller, this wonderful picture book about the riches that money can’t buy is a timely and timeless reminder for all of us, not just children, that caring, thoughtfulness and community are more important than material wealth.

  • Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Emily Sutton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a book to pore and ponder over, from reading the story to picking out the different creatures in each picture, to reading the funny and fascinating animal names.

  • Salty Dogs

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Matty Long’s cartoon-style illustration, funny signage and pirate puns will keep kids entertained for ages. You’re in for fast-moving adventurous fun and plenty of dramatic exclamations with this band of dastardly dogs.

  • The Cat and the King

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When the royal castle is destroyed in an Unfortunate Incident involving a fire-breathing dragon, the King and his best friend, the cat, are forced to find an alternative home.