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Great Books Guide: for 6 to 7 year olds

How to Make Friends with a Ghost

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2019), which we think any child aged 6 to 7 years will love. We definitely do!

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  • Sportopedia: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Sport

    Author: Adam Skinner Illustrator: Mark Long
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    A luxurious compendium of all things sporty, featuring both well-known and less popular games and activities with plenty of fascinating facts.

  • Hotel Flamingo

    Author: Alex Milway
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Anna is determined to bring back grandeur to Hotel Flamingo, so it can once again be full of sunshine and life.  Hotel Flamingo is a sweet story of working together, being optimistic and knowing anything is possible.

  • The Clue is in the Poo and Other Stuff Too

    Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Claire Almon
    Publisher: Quarto Publishing

    Packed full of fascinating facts and flashes of humour, this non-fiction picture book encourages children to become wildlife detectives. Ideal for any animal enthusiast, this would also be a useful addition to the classroom for use on wildlife projects.

  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!

    Author: Ben Clanton
    Publisher: Egmont

    Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky sea creature whose amazing horn-like tooth on his forehead earns him the nickname "unicorn of the sea". When he meets a jellyfish, they become firm friends. A quirky chapter book with a mixture of fun facts and nonsense stories.

  • The Questioneers: Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters

    Author: Andrea Beatty Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Amulet Books

    The character of Rosie Revere, engineer, makes her transition from picture book to early reader chapter book in a suitably messy and lively story about building a painting machine for an accident-prone artist.

  • Grobblechops

    Author: Elizabeth Laird Illustrator: Jenny Lucander
    Publisher: Tiny Owl

    A stunningly illustrated reworking of a classic "monster under the bed" story, which helps defuse the fear for the next generation of youngsters.

  • Laura Norder: Sheriff of Butts Canyon

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrator: Steve May
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    This easy-to-read story is full of brilliant cowboy slogans and Wild West atmosphere, but at heart it’s really a story about what happens when we impose too many rules on others, denying them the freedom to make decisions – and mistakes – for themselves.

  • Super Cats

    Author: Gwyneth Rees Illustrator: Becka Moor
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

    Tabby kitten, Tagg, is astounded to learn that he is a Super Cat, just like his parents. He must use his newfound superpowers to help rescue several missing cats. An amusing, action-packed adventure.

  • Armadillo and Hare

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Rebecca Bagley
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    In this adorable collection of ten short stories, friends Armadillo and Hare meet other animals in a variety of encounters that centre on the importance of small things. Full of gentle humour and philosophy, reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

  • A Year of Nature Poems

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Kelly Louise Judd
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    This beautifully illustrated portrait of one year in nature is put together by poet Joseph Coelho, with each month assigned a relevant and resonant poem. It reassuringly shows that emotions come and go, like the seasons – and the bad times always pass.


  • Evil Emperor Penguin (Almost) Takes Over the World!

    Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Laura Ellen Anderson’s tremendously funny comic about the enthusiastic, caustic and thoroughly unsuccessful megalomaniac penguin is hugely popular for a good reason: it’s hilarious for adults and children and a great way to inspire kids to read. 

  • Ellie and the Cat

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Matt Robertson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Ellie gets magically swapped into the body of her pet cat, Jolly. In order to become human again, Ellie must complete a special task before sunset the next day. A magical and gently comic tale of friendship and thinking of others. 

  • Hello Lighthouse

    Author: Sophie Blackall
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Sophie Blackall won the Caldecott Medal in the US for Hello Lighthouse and it’s easy to see why. Her artwork is stunning in this lovely book about the passing of time, which children will pore over, caught up in its magic.

  • Fanatical About Frogs

    Author: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Flying Eye

    The fifth in Owen Davey’s wonderful non-fiction series about animals adds frogs to the ranks of clear, fascinating reads, accompanied by truly amazing graphic illustration and just the right level of information to inspire all primary school kids. 

  • Two Sides

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen Illustrator: Binny Talib
    Publisher: Stripes

    Lula and Lenka are the best of friends until they have an argument and neither will say sorry. Will they ever manage to make up? Polly Ho-Yen beautifully explores the complexity of friendships and learning that there are always two sides of a story. 

  • How to Make Friends with a Ghost

    Author: Rebecca Green
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    It might feel scary to imagine being friends with a ghost – but what if ghosts were quite sweet, really? A delightful how-to guide to ghosts, with some beautiful, retro illustration and plenty of funny details. Plus, Rebecca Green's little ghost is adorable!

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

    Author: Vashti Harrison
    Publisher: Puffin

    This beautiful and profound book chronicles the struggles and achievements of historic and contemporary black women. Not just for girls, this is an inspiring book for any child as it shows how determination, ambition and hard work can bring important change.

  • The Legend of Kevin

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

    Max longs for adventure in his life – then one day, a flying pony called Kevin crashes into his flat, blown in by a magical storm. Mayhem, friendship and a brilliant cast of characters combine in this fabulously funny tale.

  • Level Up!

    Author: Tom Nicoll Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    A fun and mildly scary virtual romp through a computer game packed with space paraphernalia and gadgetry. Entertaining black-and-white illustrations add atmosphere and more than a few laughs.

  • Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Aliens Are Coming!

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Dog chefs Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are keeping very busy in these three action-packed stories.  These stories are fantastic fun for new readers and anyone looking for a jolly read with a little bit of mystery and some lovable characters.