Themed booklists

Looking for a great book on a theme? Our booklists can help you discover some brilliant children's books that your little one will love.

Our booklists cover a large range of subjects, from everyday issues to genre, disability, diversity, sporty books, funny books, and more. Can't find what you're looking for? Email us and we'll do our best to help. 

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Read our themed booklists and discover some of our favourite children's titles.

Books to support mental health awareness

Books that acknowledge or explore mental health issues can help to increase awareness, encourage dialogue, reduce stigma and develop real understanding. The following suggestions offer a spectrum of different perspectives and are well worth seeking out.

Jan Pienkowski: a lifetime in books

This pop-up pioneer and creator of the iconic Meg and Mog series has won our Lifetime Achivement Award 2019. Check out 20 of our favourite books by Jan Pienkowski, covering a wide range of reading ages. 

Deaf Awareness Week

This booklist includes books that feature deafness as a key theme, books with a deaf protagonist, and books that happen to include children with hearing aids and cochlear implants, in a subtle and natural way.

Easter bunnies, eggs and chicks

Always on the lookout for pictures of bunny rabbits and baby chicks, we've dug out the best Easter and springtime books – and a couple about chocolate, too.

Autism (including Asperger's Syndrome)

We believe that books are a great way to raise awareness and improve understanding of different experiences. This booklist aims to provide a range of children's and teens' books that feature characters who are on the autistic spectrum or have Asperger’s Syndrome.

Mother's Day: picture books about mums

Together, celebrate all the different kinds of special mums in the world with these marvellous illustrated books.

Down's syndrome awareness

Around 750 babies in the UK every year are born with Down's syndrome. This equates to one in every thousand. Here’s a list of children's and young teen books that feature characters who have Down's syndrome. 

Celebrating inspirational women

Whether it's International Women's Day or not, it's always worth pointing out and celebrating the – often forgotten or undervalued – achievements of women, both past and present.

Inspiring baby books to gift to new parents

Looking for present ideas for a new mum or dad? Here are our favourite books to give to little ones that they can "grow into" and appreciate at different stages of their life. Inspiring, fun and with plenty of the "awww" factor.

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