Illustrated books for older children
Your child is likely to love books with pictures well into primary school (if not all the way through and beyond).
There's nothing wrong with this at all: illustration is beautiful, fun and accessible, and offers another way to read a story!
If you're struggling to find illustrated books for older children (mid- to upper primary), then try some of the books below: all brilliant stories that are brilliantly illustrated...
Author: Lorena Alvarez
A remarkable, haunting and beautiful graphic novel for younger readers, Nightlights is a magical fable about creativity and believing in yourself. With a 'Studio Ghibli' feel and some sumptuous artwork, this is a wonderful read and a visual treat.
Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
The second in the Scavenger series, Chaos Zone finds York and his robot Zoid friend Belle exploding from a ventilation tube into a strange forest. A thousand years into space, the animals and plants aboard the city-sized Biosphere spaceship have mutated. But what has happened to the humans on board the ship?
Author: Judd Winick
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.
Author: Alex T Smith
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Claude is no ordinary dog - he leads an extraordinary life! When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude heads for the city, where pigeons, beret shops and robberies await.
Author: A.F. Harrold Illustrator: Joe Todd Stanton
Greta Zargo is the key to protecting planet Earth from space robots - but is she too busy tracking down a cake thief to notice? A silly joy of a book that mashes up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with The Great British Bake Off.
Author: Sibéal Pounder Illustrator: Jason Cockroft
Beattie, Mimi and Zelda will change the way you see mermaids forever as they attempt to save their home of Swirlyshell in this delightfully silly story from the author of Witch Wars.
Author: Stephan Pastis
Publisher: Walker Books
Meet Timmy Failure - a terminally over-confident middle school pupil attempting to make millions by solving local mysteries, such as who ate his classmates’ unattended Halloween candy.
Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Melanie Demmer
Publisher: Little Gems
When Grandma Gertie visits Anna and Kasper from Barbados, they discover that the ghost of Grandpa Bert is in her handbag! Meanwhile, some ghost snatchers are determined to capture him. Fast-paced and funny.
Author: Stephen Davies and Luke Pearson
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
An illustrated chapter book based on Luke Pearson’s brilliant Hilda graphic novels, Hilda and the Hidden People is a fun and pacey adventure combining a contemporary heroine with a gentle mythological element.
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.
Author: Cressida Cowell
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Wish is a girl from a warrior tribe and Xar is a boy from a wizard tribe, living in a world loosely based on Ancient Britain at the beginning of the Iron Age, but where magic is real. A fabulously imaginative, funny and unpredictable adventure.
Author: Katie and Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed
Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. This funny, fast-paced chapter book is the first in a series of Sam Wu adventures. Full of humour, black-and-white illustrations and a wacky plot.