Books beginning with: A

  • A Bear Called Paddington

    Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Paddington, the brown bear from darkest Peru, is found by the Brown family on Paddington Station with his hat, duffel coat and marmalade sandwiches.

  • A Bear Hug at Bedtime

    Author: Jana Novotny Hunter Illustrator: Kay Widdowson
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    This is a delightful picture book with appealing illustrations and a gentle story about the power of the imagination and the fun of play, featuring a highly inclusive cast of characters.

  • A Beautiful Lie

    Author: Irfan Master
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Set in India during the summer of 1947, A Beautiful Lie follows the tumultuous events of the Partition of India through the eyes of Bilal who is looking after his ill father.

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This amusing guide book contains an array of information about how to spot and behave around bears. The result is a stylish, highly entertaining picture book, perfect for reading aloud.

  • A Berlin Love Song

    Publisher: Troika Books

    Lili Petalo is a trapeze artist in her family's circus. Max Hartmann is a member of the Hitler Youth, about to be recruited into the German Army.

  • A Big Day for Migs!

    Author: Jo Hodgkinson
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Migs is nervous on the first day of school, so he tries a number of things to calm his nerves.

  • A Bird Like Himself

    Author: Anahita Teymorian
    Publisher: Tiny Owl

    A charming book about growing up, fitting in and finding your own wings. Engaging, funny illustrations enhance the simple text in a story that will delight young readers.

  • A Bit Lost

    Author: Chris Haughton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Little Owl falls asleep in his (rather precarious) nest, falls onto the ground with a 'bump' and becomes 'a bit lost'. But Squirrel comes to his rescue...

  • A Book About Marley Bear at the Farm

    Author: Melissa Crowton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Marley Bear is having a day out at the farm. There’s plenty to spot, from a wheelbarrow to a hen, and even Marley’s friend, Gus the Lion. There are plenty of good, sturdy flaps and the book is tough enough to withstand enthusiastic chewing, too.

  • A Book of Feelings

    Author: Amanda McCardie Illustrator: Salvatore Rubbino
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Feelings. We all have them - and sometimes they're uncomfortable. But what should we do with them? Bright, lively and sensitive pictures complement this warm and thoughtful narrative.

  • A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

    Author: Dave Shelton
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Imagine travelling on a boat with a polar bear as your captain.

  • A Boy Called Christmas

    Author: Matt Haig Illustrator: Chris Mould
    Publisher: Canongate

    A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic.

  • A Boy Called Hope

    Author: Lara Williamson
    Publisher: Usborne

    A Boy Called Hope is a moving story about a boy's search for his dad. Dan Hope is a funny and likeable boy who tackles the questions he has in his life head on. His determination to find answers is inspiring and will make the reader laugh as well as cry.

  • A Brave Bear

    Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Emily Hughes
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A book for families, for dads and for illustration fans, this is in the same territory as the phenomenally successful Guess How Much I Love You, but with a subtler sentimentality that might appeal to a new generation of parents.

  • A Breath of Frost

    Author: Alyxandra Harvey
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

    Written with humour and wit this first story in the Lovegrove Legacy trilogy is a thrilling Regency adventure with a sinister twist.

  • A Bus Called Heaven

    Author: Bob Graham
    Publisher: Walker Books

    One morning, a dilapidated bus appears from nowhere abandoned outside Stella’s house; a hand-painted sign on the front says: 'Heaven.'

  • A Busy Day for Birds

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a bright, lively book, full of cheerful rhyme about the many different kinds of birds in the world. It is drawn with very distinct pop-art colours that really zing and grab your attention from the get-go. 

  • A Cage of Roots

    Author: Matt Green
    Publisher: O'Brien

    A gripping read with a feisty heroine, about time travel, loyalty, magic, betrayal and bravery which convincingly captures both contemporary and ancient Ireland.

  • A Cat Called Penguin

    Author: Holly Webb Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Scholastic

    An entertaining story for fluent younger readers complemented by pen and ink illustrations

  • A Cat’s Christmas Carol

    Author: Sam Hay Illustrator: Helen Shoesmith
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    It’s Christmas and all is quiet in the department store. The staff are on their way home to loved ones, all except one… Clawdia, the department store’s security cat. A purrfect twist to the classic A Christmas Carol.

  • A Change Is Gonna Come

    Author: Various
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    This must-have anthology featuring stories and poems from 12 black, Asian and minority ethnic authors deals with the subject of change with wit, emotion and moments that will make you stop in your tracks.

  • A Chase in Time

    Author: Sally Nicholls Illustrator: Brett Helquist
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Alex and Ruby hurtle back in time to 1912 when they topple through the ornate mirror of their great-aunt's house. This rip-roaring time-slip novel has a fast-paced plot and entertaining characters.

  • A Child of Books

    Author: Oliver Jeffers Illustrator: Sam Winston
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A little girl sails across the sea of her imagination to ask a little boy to come away with her to find stories again, worried that some people in the world have forgotten them.

  • A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In a war-torn, barbed wire-fenced landscape, a boy finds a seedling and cultivates it, attracting insects and birds, bringing joy to all.

  • A Christmas Advent Story

    Author: Hannah Tolson & Ivy Snow
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A gentle introduction to Christmas themes for little ones, with flaps to turn and new words to learn.

  • A Dangerous Crossing

    Author: Jane Mitchell
    Publisher: Little Island

    This heartbreaking story depicts the reality of fleeing war, as told by a 13-year-old boy. Not only is her story told with compassion and understanding, it is also a timely and vital read. Deserving of a place on every school reading list.

  • A Dangerous Game

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Mike Lowery
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Sam’s sickle-cell anaemia means he has trouble keeping up with the other boys in his class, but a school trip into the wild gives him the chance to be a hero. A fast-paced adventure story with plenty of peril and heart. 

  • A Dark, Dark Tale

    Author: Ruth Brown
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A black cat takes the reader from one dark place to another: from a dark, dark moor to the dark, dark corner of a find what?

  • A Darkling Plain

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Far into the future, cities are earth-churning, mobile predators which eat smaller towns and villages and fight the Anti-tractionists, who long for the demise of the cities and for the world to be green again.

  • A Day I Remember

    Author: Prodeepta Das
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This colourful account of a traditional Hindu wedding in modern day India is illustrated with stunning photographs, capturing the atmosphere of the preparations and ceremony.

  • A Day With Dogs

    Author: Dorothee de Monfreid
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    What do dogs do all day? A fantastically fun naming and classification-style book, A Day With Dogs will appeal to little ones that like to list and name different types of things - be it dogs, trains or elements of nature.

  • A Day with the Animal Doctors

    Author: Sharon Rentta
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Terence the Tapir accompanies his doctor mum to the animal hospital for the day.

  • A Different Dog

    Author: Paul Jennings
    Publisher: Old Barn Books

    A boy taking part in a running competition stops to help a van which has crashed - but the only survivor is a dog. This emotional novella follows his quest to get his new friend to safety and is perfect for reluctant or struggling readers.

  • A Dog Called Flow

    Author: Pippa Goodhart Illustrator: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Troika Books

    This is a powerful story that clearly leads its reader through the struggles of dyslexia. But it is also an adventurous tale of a boy and his dog and the powerful friendship between them.

  • A Dog Called Grk

    Author: Joshua Doder
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Returning a lost dog doesn't usually involve running away to obscure European countries, stealing helicopters, masterminding jail breaks and fleeing despotic generals.

  • A Dog With Nice Ears

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette

    It’s always a delight and a comfort to step into the lovely world of Charlie and Lola and this charming, warm and very funny book is no exception. Lauren Child captures perfectly the thought processes and dialogue of children who wish they had a dog.

  • A Dose of Dr Dog

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Random House

    The focus on tropical diseases means A Dose of Doctor Dog is not as educational in its focus as the first in the series, Doctor Dog, but it also means that Babette Cole’s anarchic sense of humour can be fully unleashed.

  • A Dot in the Snow

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Fiona Woodcock
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Miki the polar bear cub is bored: mum is fishing on the ice, but he wants to play. He sees a red dot, far in the distance: what could it be?

  • A Face Like Glass

    Author: Frances Hardinge
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    This unusual and highly imaginative fantasy from Frances Hardinge is spellbinding

  • A Fairy-Tale

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    In a dreary town, between the two world wars, young Bessie is lonely and bored. She meets the elderly Mrs Leaf who lives next door and they talk about whether fairies really exist.

  • A First Book of Animals

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A wide range of animals are depicted and celebrated in this lovely, colourful hardback - from polar bears to flamingos, fireflies to nightingales. Each double page spread features a full illustration and a short poem

  • A First Book of Nature

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Mark Hearld
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Hearld's nostalgic illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to this lovely chronicle of a child's first experiences of nature

  • A First Book of the Sea

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

    A First Book of the Sea reunites nature writer and poet Nicola Davies and illustrator Emily Sutton to create another stunning volume of poetic odes to the wonders of the sea.

  • A Flash of Blue

    Author: Maria Farrer
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A gripping story of love, grief, friendship and trust. The characters and their situations are completely believable and Amber's doubts, guilt and confused emotions are written with real understanding. Ultimately uplifting, this is a compelling read.

  • A Friend for Henry

    Author: Jenn Bailey Illustrator: Mika Song
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Henry’s keen to make friends in his class, but it’s proving a bit of a challenge. His autism is hinted at but not referred to directly, and all young readers will empathise with Henry and find reassurance in the book’s ultimate message of hope.

  • A Fun ABC

    Author: Sade Fadipe Illustrator: Shedrach Ayalomeh
    Publisher: Cassava Republic

    Simple rhyming text accompanies the full-page watercolour illustrations, and children will enjoy searching for an assortment of objects beginning with each featured letter. A fun, positive portrayal of everyday life in a Nigerian village.

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School

    Author: Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Silly and strange, children will enjoy the formula of this arty piece and it will encourage them to think creatively for their own extreme excuses.

  • A Gathering Light

    Author: Jennifer Donnelly
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Mattie is entrusted by a female guest at the hotel where she works with some letters and instructed to burn them. The next day the woman is found drowned: murdered.

  • A Ghost-light in the Attic

    Author: Pat Thomson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    While helping to sort out old toys in the attic of a historic house, two youngsters are summoned back to the 17th century and thrust into the midst of the English Civil War.

  • A Girl Called Dog

    Author: Nicola Davies
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Threatening, scary, moving and exciting, this adventure story tackles the serious subject of child abduction with a light touch

  • A Girl Called Owl

    Author: Amy Wilson
    Publisher: Macmillan

    This is a magical, wintery tale that explores the relationship between the human and fairy world, featuring well-known characters from folklore. Amy Wilson's debut novel is a perfect read for those who love wintery magic.

  • A Girl, A Raccoon and the Midnight Moon

    Author: Karen Romano Young Illustrator: Jessixa Bagley
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    When the statue at her beloved library is vandalised, Pearl is determined to find the culprit - but she'll discover a lot more along the way, too. A highly inventive, satisfying read.

  • A Good Day For Climbing Trees

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Illustrator: Jim Tierney Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys from Afrikaans
    Publisher: Rock the Boat

    Thirteen-year-old Marnus finds himself at the centre of a protest when he and a girl named Leila camp out in a tree to prevent it from being cut down by developers. This is the perfect feel-good book from one of South Africa’s top children’s authors.

  • A Good Night for Shooting Zombies

    Author: Jaco Jacobs Translator: Kobus Geldenhuys Illustrator: Jim Tierney
    Publisher: Rock the Boat

    When Martin and his neighbour bond over their love for horror films, he helps him realise his ambition to create a zombie movie. A wonderfully quirky, humorous and heartwarming read, with a compelling plot.

  • A Great And Terrible Beauty

    Author: Libba Bray
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Childrens Books

    Gemma Doyle struggles to deal with her strange supernatural powers in this first installment of Libba Bray's series set in Victorian England.

  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Beautifully illustrated poems for young children by two Children's Laureates

  • A Greyhound of a Girl

    Author: Roddy Doyle
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books

    Memories, stories and emotions intertwine in this beautiful, contemplative story about a family and its progress through time

  • A Guide to Sisters

    Author: Paula Metcalf Illustrator: Suzanne Barton
    Publisher: Words and Pictures

    A big sister imparts her wisdom on all things to do with having a new little sister in this fun and playful picture book. Smart, funny text from Paula Metcalf is matched perfectly with cute line drawings from Suzanne Barton.

  • A Hen in the Wardrobe

    Author: Wendy Meddour
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This warm-hearted, cross-cultural story from debut author Wendy Meddour makes a fun, easy and lively read.

  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Author: Ruth Frances Long
    Publisher: The O’Brien Press

    Izzy, who is only just getting used to her new powers, must try to stop a war breaking out. Hunted into the hills, she encounters an angel of death. This is a magical fantasy, brimming with suspense and adventure.

  • A House Without Mirrors

    Author: Mårten Sandén Illustrator: Moa Schulman Translator: Karin Altenberg
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

    During hide-and-seek, Thomasine and her cousins find a wardrobe that takes them to a mirror image of the house, but in another time. This beautifully written, poignant and sometimes creepy story is really about a family overcoming difficulties. 

  • A Hungry Lion: or a dwindling assortment of animals

    Author: Lucy Ruth Cummins
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The author keeps the surprises coming in this hilarious and quirkily illustrated picture book. It proves that, while you can never trust a hungry lion, there’s always a bigger eater waiting in the wings…

  • A is Amazing

    Author: Wendy Cooling (Editor:) Illustrator: Piet Grobler
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Whether you are feeling lonely, joyful, bored, excited or naughty, there is a poem for every mood in this delightful children’s poetry anthology exploring emotions and feelings.

  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

    Author: Yaba Badoe
    Publisher: Head of Zeus

    Real and supernatural threats mingle as a girl saved from a shipwreck tries to find justice for her dead parents. Romance and magic combine with a powerful setting and subject to make a unique, enjoyable read for teens.

  • A Journey Through the Human Body

    Author: Steve Parker Illustrator: John Haslam
    Publisher: Marshall Editions

    A clear, accessible and humorous exploration of the workings of the human body. An ideal book to share with budding scientists and curious children.

  • A Kid in my Class

    Author: Rachel Rooney Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    This brilliant and imaginatively illustrated book is the perfect addition to any classroom library; a book of clever poems picking out some of the many personalities that pupils will find sitting next to them in assemblies, lunch queues and in playgrounds.

  • A Lark in the Ark

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Lynne Chapman
    Publisher: Egmont

    The animals in the ark are bored. Noah suggests hide and seek, but he knows their usual hiding places, so the animals pick the one place they’re FORBIDDEN – Noah’s bedroom.

  • A Laureate's Choice: 101 Poems for Children chosen by Carol Ann Duffy

    Author: Carol Ann Duffy Illustrator: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has created a spirited, enriching and exquisite anthology of poems for children.

  • A Letter for Bear

    Author: David Lucas
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Bear works very hard, delivering post to all the animals in the wood - but he never receives any letters himself.

  • A Library of Lemons

    Author: Jo Cotterill
    Publisher: Piccadilly

    Believable, memorable, charming and moving, fans of Jacqueline Wilson's domestic dramas will enjoy this bittersweet story of a family finding their feet in the next chapter of their lives.

  • A Light Song of Light

    Author: Kei Miller
    Publisher: Carcanet Press

    A Light Song of Light is full of beautiful, graceful poems ruminating on Miller’s various identities: teacher, immigrant, gay man and, of course, poet.

  • A Lion is a Lion

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Everyone knows that lions are fierce, but this lion is dressed smartly and skips down the street. When he visits a little girl and boy for lunch, he eats all his greens. But the children are still worried... A modern fable that's sure to become a real favourite.

  • A Little Aloud for Children

    Author: Angela Macmillan (Editor:) Foreword by Michael Morpurgo
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Ideal for classroom use as well as bedtime reading, this is a delightfully varied and enjoyable collection.

  • A Little Piece of Ground

    Author: Elizabeth Laird
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    A Little Piece of Ground cleverly combines an exciting story with pressing political issues and as such is sure to encourage passionate debate.

  • A Little Princess

    Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Publisher: Vintage Children's Classics

    A girl has a terrible time when she must go to boarding school

  • A Lullaby for Little One

    Author: Dawn Casey Illustrator: Charles Fuge
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This heartwarming rhyming story is beautifully illustrated by Charles Fuge - with the huggiest and loveliest bunnies imaginable.

  • A Medal for Leroy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    A moving story of love, loss and discovering your identity, inspired by the true story of Walter Tull, the first black officer in the British army

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Manga Shakespeare

    Author: by Richard Appignanesi William Shakespeare Kate Brown
    Publisher: SelfMadeHero

    Shakespeare's enduring story set in present-day Athens, but a present with a massive difference.

  • A Monster Calls

    Author: Patrick Ness From an idea by Siobhan Dowd Illustrator: Jim Kay
    Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

    Connor's mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute him. And then there is the immense, mythic Monster.

  • A Month with April-May

    Author: Edyth Bulbring
    Publisher: Hot Key

    Follow bored, angry yet irresistible teen April-May as she negotiates a new school and a new family situation in her own unique way.

  • A Moon Girl Stole My Friend

    Author: Rebecca Patterson
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A funny, inventive story set in the year 2099, where skycars, cyber pets and flying sweets are the norm but the complexities of friendship and playground politics are just the same as now.

  • A Most Improper Magick

    Author: Stephanie Burgis
    Publisher: Templar

    A 21st-century take on Jane Austen's world, entertainingly viewed through the eyes of a 12-year-old heroine who discovers she has inherited her mother's magical abilities.

  • A Most Peculiar Toy Factory

    Author: Alex Bell Illustrator: Nan Lawson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Hoggle’s Happy Toys is a creepy toy factory that has been closed for five years, ever since the toys came to life and started to attack children. This darkly humorous tale will appeal to children who enjoy spine-tingling adventures with a macabre edge.

  • A Mouse Called Julian

    Author: Joe Todd-Stanton
    Publisher: Flying Eye

    Julian isn’t a very sociable mouse... until he finds an unexpected friend in a fox. Joe Todd-Stanton’s book is full of his usual stylish illustration and the book is a lovely reminder to children that it’s OK to be yourself and have the friendships that suit you.

  • A Near Thing for Captain Najork

    Author: Russell Hoban Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is another fantastic collaboration between Hoban and Blake. The story is a joyous, nonsensical tale of misadventure and the illustrations capture the absurdity perfectly.

  • A Necklace of Raindrops

    Author: Joan Aiken Illustrator: Jan Pienkowski
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape Children's Books

    Filled with poetic repetitions, each story beautifully balances the prosaic with the wondrous.

  • A Nest Of Vipers

    Author: Catherine Johnson
    Publisher: Corgi

    We meet Cato Hopkins in Newgate Prison in September 1712, on the morning of the day he is due to be hanged for fraud.

  • A New Hero: World of Warriors

    Author: Curtis Jobling
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Thirteen-year-old Trick Hope is magically transported to the Wildlands, where the greatest warriors of all time have been summoned to fight the brutal Boneshaker and his murderous Skull Army. To return home, Trick must first defeat the mighty warlord in this thrilling fantasy adventure.

  • A New House for Mouse

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Mouse sets off to find a new home, one that will be big enough for her and her big juicy apple.

  • A Piglet Called Truffle

    Author: Helen Peters Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    When Jasmine discovers a helpless piglet, she takes it upon herself to make sure it has a chance. But will Truffle be allowed to stay with Jasmine for good? This short, sweet story of a little girl looking after the runt of the litter is a perfect early reader. 

  • A Pilgrim's Progress

    Author: John Bunyan Retold by Geraldine McCaughrean Illustrator: Jason Cockroft
    Publisher: Hachette

    This retelling of John Bunyan's classic story is filled with drama, excitement and adventure

  • A Pinch of Magic

    Author: Michelle Harrison
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Desperate for an adventure, Betty plans an outing to neighbouring Marshfoot on her 13th birthday. But then Granny breaks the devasting news that she is trapped on her island by an ancient curse. A riveting tale of witchcraft, love and betrayal. 

  • A Place to Call Home

    Author: Alexis Deacon Illustrator: Vivianne Schwarz
    Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

    A family of furry animals grow too big for their home in an old mattress and have to go out into the unknown world of the back yard to find a new one. This endearing and engaging picture book about growing up is told with gentle humour and illustrated with a blend of painting and photography by 2011 Best New Illustrator, Viviane Schwarz.

  • A Pocketful of Stars

    Author: Aisha Bushby
    Publisher: Egmont

    Safiya must uncover the truth of her mother’s history to help her survive the present. A beautifully written and page-turning read, set in London and Kuwait, that deals with changing friendships, family dynamics and learning how to say goodbye. 

  • A Postcard to Ollis

    Author: Ingunn Thon Illustrator: Nora Brech
    Publisher: Wacky Bee Books

    Ollis’s mum has a new boyfriend and now she has a new baby brother. She feels lonely but luckily her best friend lives next door and they know each other inside out. Or do they? A charming and quirky illustrated story about the importance of family. 

  • A Quiet Day in the Jungle

    Author: Andrew Weale Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    The jungle animals are enjoying a quiet day in the sun. Rhinos are relaxing, snakes are sunbathing and hippos are hiding until, suddenly, ten puffer fish pounce and chaos ensues

  • A Recipe for Bedtime

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Sarah Massini
    Publisher: Hodder

    You're feeling sleepy, but how can you have the perfect recipe? Peter Bently's sweet lullaby will give you step-by-step instructions to the best bedtime ever.

  • A Recipe for Playtime

    Author: Peter Bently and Sarah Massini
    Publisher: Hodder

    Baby wakes up in the morning and starts to play! This rhyming text flows along very nicely, following a toddler through a delightful array of activity with their toys, who are definitely alive (like all treasured toys) and have personalities of their own.

  • A Reckless Magick

    Author: Stephanie Burgis
    Publisher: Templar

    Kat is stalked by a dangerous magical enemy - and finds everything she thought she knew about her late mother called into question.

  • A River

    Author: Marc Martin
    Publisher: Templar

    A lovely, poetic story following a girl's imaginary journey from the city to the sea, complete with immersive illustrations.

  • A Rocketful of Space Poems

    Author: Editor: John Foster Illustrator: Korky Paul
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A galactic display of poems all on the topic of space, with some trademark detail and chaos from Winnie the Witch illustrator Korky Paul: think multi-legged aliens, fantastic spaceships and swirling planets.

  • A Roman Rescue

    Author: Kelly Gerard Illustrator: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar

    Charlie and his trusty dog Bandit fall down a sinkhole and are transported to ancient Rome where he meets Cosmo and goes on an adventure...

  • A Room Full of Chocolate

    Author: Jane Elson
    Publisher: Hodder's Children's Books

    On Grace's tenth birthday, Mum finds a lump and her Dad leaves forever. Then Grace is sent to live with Granddad on a farm in Yorkshire. Soon, a girl in rainbow clothes and a pig called Claude become Grace's friends. A sweet, sad story with a smidge of silly slapstick.

  • A Safe Place

    Author: Lucy Marcovitch Illustrator: Jo Blake
    Publisher: Tamarind

    Can Kyla and her Dad safely deliver Granny's present, despite the many distractions on the way? Responsibility is a key theme in this (UK based) story.

  • A Sea of Stories

    Author: Sylvia Bishop Illustrator: Paddy Donnelly
    Publisher: Stripes

    Roo loves staying with her grandfather in his cottage by the sea and enjoys listening to his wonderful stories. A touching tale about a girl’s relationship with her grandfather, which also evokes the wildness and beauty of the coast. 

  • A Seven-Letter Word

    Author: Kim Slater
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    It's a difficult time for Finlay. It's two years since his mother left the family home without any explanation. Marrying some unusual themes and a likeable protagonist, this an absorbing and well-paced mystery.

  • A Shame to Miss: 1, 2 and 3

    Author: Various Editor: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Former Children's Laureate Anne Fine has selected some marvellous poems, both classic and contemporary, for inclusion in her trio of poetry anthologies.

  • A Shiver of Snow and Sky

    Author: Lisa Lueddecke
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When the lights in the sky turn red, the inhabitants of Skane know that the Goddess is warning them of great danger ahead. An atmospheric and thrilling quest that is packed with adventure and magic. 

  • A Small Free Kiss in the Dark

    Author: Glenda Millard
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    When the bombs begin to fall, runaway Skip camps out in the State Library with homeless old Billy and little Max, waiting for the mother who never comes.

  • A Song for Jamela

    Author: Niki Daly
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Jamela is a young girl who lives with her family in South Africa. One day she goes to help out at Aunt Beauty’s hair salon.

  • A Song for Summer

    Author: Eva Ibbotson
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    A deliciously old-fashioned story, which encompasses love, adventure and a host of memorable characters.

  • A Splendid Friend Indeed

    Author: Suzanne Bloom
    Publisher: Alanna books

    A small goose wants to know what a big bear is doing, and keeps asking him the question while the bear is quietly trying to read, write or think.

  • A Spoonful of Jam

    Author: Michelle Magorian
    Publisher: Egmont

    To avoid a gang of bullies during the summer holidays, 12-year-old Elsie eagerly accepts a role in a play at the local theatre.

  • A Sprinkle of Sorcery

    Author: Michelle Harrison
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Betty, Fliss and Charlie live on a gloomy island with their dad and pipe-smoking granny, Bunny Widdershins - but when they find a strange girl in their garden, a mysterious quest ensues. The second book in the Crowstone series can be read independently from the first, as a different adventure within the same magical world.

  • A Squash and a Squeeze

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    An anxious little old lady has a house that is just too small - but when she asks a wise old man for help, he suggests a rather strange solution to her problems.

  • A Stork in a Baobab Tree: An African Twelve Days of Christmas

    Author: Catherine House Illustrator: Polly Alakija
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    This Christmas tale explores African village life during the festive season. It would be particularly useful in schools, discussing how different people celebrate religious festivals.

  • A Storm of Strawberries

    Author: Jo Cotterill
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Twelve-year-old Darby is excited – it is the weekend of the family's chocolate hunt. However, beloved sister Kaydee has suddenly brought home a friend for the weekend. Plus her parents (who run the family's strawberry farm) seem distracted, increasingly preoccupied with news that a major storm is brewing. Does no one realise how important the event is to Dar…

  • A Story About Cancer (With a Happy Ending)

    Author: India Desjardins & Marianne Ferrer Translator: Solange Ouellet
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    A girl goes to talk to the doctor about her leukaemia. On the way, she considers how having cancer has affected her life. An affecting and striking illustrated book that charts one girl’s experience of surviving cancer: it’s honest and raw, but hopeful, too.

  • A Story Like The Wind

    Author: Gill Lewis Illustrator: Jo Weaver
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Gill Lewis’s brief but beautiful story is rich in wonder, as well as being a timely reminder of the refugee crisis. Mixed with an exotic story of wild horses and a Dark Lord that rules a kingdom in peril, this is an unusual and memorable book.

  • A Strange Place to Call Home

    Author: Marilyn Singer Illustrator: Ed Young
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    This illustrated collection of poems explores nature's miracles: creatures who survive in some of the world's most hostile places.

  • A Surprise for Tiny Mouse

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Baby Walker

    Expore different types of weather and turn the wheel for a surprise!

  • A Swift Pure Cry

    Author: Siobhan Dowd
    Publisher: Random House

    Loosely based on the real life case of the Kerry babies, powerful imagery and lyrical prose is woven throughout this unforgettable, outstanding and ultimately hopeful novel.

  • A Tangle of Magicks

    Author: Stephanie Burgis
    Publisher: Templar

    Kat’s stepmother drags their family to the fashionable city of Bath to remove Kat’s sister Angeline from a most improper suitor. But unbeknownst to Stepmama, Regency-era Bath is full of notorious rakes, Napoleonic spies, and dangerous wild magic!

  • A Taste of Chlorine

    Author: Bastien Vives
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    This beautifully drawn book cleverly examines the intricacies and complications of friendship

  • A Taste of the World: What People Eat and How They Celebrate Around the Globe

    Author: Beth Walrond
    Publisher: Little Gestalten

    From everyday meals to celebratory feasts, this fascinating non-fiction picture book looks at the diverse range of food eaten by people from around the world.

  • A Time Traveller's Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything

    Author: Ian Flitcroft Illustrator: Britt Spencer
    Publisher: O'Brien

    In this quirky, fantastical graphic novel, Albert Einstein is at your service to guide you through time and space on a beam of light and answer all the questions you ever wanted to ask about life, the universe and everything.

  • A Tiny Little Story: Park

    Author: Lisa Jones and Edward Underwood
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A bright and interactive cloth book with a velcro-fastening strap that can attach to a pram, this relatable little story about an everyday trip to feed the ducks can be read either on the go or at home.

  • A Tower of Giraffes

    Author: Anna Wright
    Publisher: Words & Pictures

    This exquisite volume of collective nouns will be treasured by children and adults alike, and cannot be recommended highly enough.

  • A Traveller in Time

    Author: Alison Uttley
    Publisher: Penguin

    Penelope is sent to stay with her great-aunt in an old Derbyshire house where the Babingtons used to live where discovers she can slip in and out of time

  • A Treasury of Animal Stories

    Author: Holly Webb Illustrator: Artful Doodlers
    Publisher: Stripes

    There are puppies and kittens as well as ducks, a hedgehog and penguins too in these 11 stories about animals.

  • A Tudor Turk

    Author: Rehan Khan
    Publisher: Hope Road

    Will and Awa are caught up in a dangerous adventure across the Mediterranean and beyond, during the Turkish "golden age" in the late 1500s. Older children and teens who love Assassin's Creed will enjoy the setting, mission and swaggering sense of adventure.

  • A Twist of Fortune

    Author: Barbara Mitchelhill
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    Sam Pargeter and his younger brother and sister have always been poor. But, in their tiny house in the country, with Ma and Pa, they were one big happy family. Until Pa goes off to America to seek their fortune and Ma dies.

  • A Throne of Swans

    Author: Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    If you love Melinda Salisbury’s royal politics and treacherous courts, you’ll love this brilliant Game of Thrones-esque fantasy. Tons of intrigue, mystery, family drama, glamorous gowns and hidden swords.

  • A Very Corgi Christmas

    Author: Sam Hay Illustrator: Loretta Schauer
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    It’s Christmas Eve, and Buckingham Palace is a flurry of activity. Delightful dogs and Christmas adventure (with a gentle nod to the latest royal couple, for their young fans) combine in a charming rhyming picture book for the festive season.

  • A Visit to City Farm

    Author: Verna Wilkins Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
    Publisher: Firetree Books

    The pupils of Rainbow Class eagerly embark on a visit to City Farm, where they spend a fun-filled day meeting the animals. This joyful tale, with its vibrant watercolour illustrations, perfectly captures the excitement of a school trip.

  • A Visitor for Bear

    Author: Bonny Becker Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Bear likes to be on his own until a mouse turns up and teaches him that sharing experiences is far better than being on your own

  • A Voice in the Distance

    Author: Tabitha Suzuma
    Publisher: Random House

    It seems like Flynn has it all - but he's also a manic depressive and two small daily pills represent the border between functioning normally and chaos.

  • A Walk in London

    Author: Salvatore Rubbino
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Full of fascinating facts about the city, this lovely companion to A Walk in New York is enhanced by Salvatore Rubbino’s engaging retro illustrations and even includes an unfolding panorama of the Thames.

  • A Walk in New York

    Author: Salvatore Rubbino
    Publisher: Walker Books

    From the talented new illustrator Salvatore Rubbino comes this charming story about a boy and his father who spend an exciting day wandering around Manhattan ‘the busiest part of New York’.

  • A Walk in the Park

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A welcome republication for an Anthony Browne classic from 1977. Two children from very different backgrounds (and their dogs) make friends where their parents cannot.

  • A Walk on the Wild Side

    Author: Katie Cotton Illustrator: Louis Thomas
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This is a great introduction to the world's key animal habitats, accompanied by amazing facts (why do zebras have stripes?) and humour. The stylishly expansive pen-and-ink illustrations prompt your curiosity along the journey. Great fun!

  • A Web of Air

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Scholastic

    The fabulous sixth book in the Mortal Engines series. Two years ago, Fever Crumb escaped the war-torn city of London in a travelling theatre. Now she arrives in the extraordinary craer city of Mayda

  • A Welcome Song for Baby

    Author: Marsha Diane Arnold Illustrator: Sophie Allsopp
    Publisher: Tamarind; Random House Children’s Books

    This reassuring, sensitively illustrated story celebrates the milestones of pregnancy as the seasons pass, foregrounding the naturalness of the process as Emma excitedly awaits her new brother or sister.

  • A Whisper of Horses

    Author: Zillah Bethell
    Publisher: Piccadilly

    An orphaned girl goes on a dangerous journey to find a place where horses still exist. With the government in pursuit, her escape to Whales is an adventure in recovering a past she's never known.

  • A Whisper of Wolves

    Author: Kris Humphreys
    Publisher: Stripes

    Kris Humphrey's debut is the first part of a four part series for middle grade readers, with each part focussing on a new character and animal companion it will appeal to young fans of fantasy and adventure.

  • A Witch Alone

    Author: James Nicol
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Arianwyn Gribble has finished her witch training, and now the evil Hex is driving more and more supernatural creatures from the Great Wood and into Lull and beyond. Lots of magic and Cressida Cowell-style spirit creatures make for great fun. 

  • A Witch in Winter

    Author: Ruth Warburton
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Anna is bewildered when Seth Waters – possibly the most beautiful boy she’s ever met – dumps his girlfriend and starts pursuing her

  • A World Between Us

    Author: Lydia Syson
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Spirited young nurse Felix shakes off her restrictive family to follow her heart and her political convictions to Spain to support the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War.

  • A World Full of Spooky Stories: 50 Tales to Make Your Spine Tingle

    Author: Angela McAllister Illustrator: Madalina Andronic
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Organised thematically, this delightful and truly diverse collection of international stories celebrate the spooky in all manner of different ways. 

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    Author: Madeleine L'engle
    Publisher: Puffin Classics

    When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'.

  • A Year Full of Stories: 52 Folk Tales and Legends From Around the World

    Author: Angela McAllister Illustrator: Christopher Corr
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    52 stories from around the world are collected in this nicely produced hardback, celebrating the wheel of the year across many cultures. It includes stories from Buddhist, Caribbean, Japanese, French, Inuit and Arabic traditions, among others.

  • A Year in the life of a Total and Complete Genius

    Author: Stacey Matson
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Arthur is a genius and he's great at everything he tries, despite the recent death of his mother.

  • 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.


  • A Year Without Autumn

    Author: Liz Kessler
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Kessler combines a chatty tween novel with a serious dose of 'what if' in which a disused lift transports Jenni between the present and future years.

  • A Zeal of Zebras

    Author: Woop Studios
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Vibrant design fills each page and the alphabetical listings create a clear, engaging read

  • A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi

    Elliot wishes his Mum was more interesting: everyone else’s parents do exciting things like work for the BBC, but his is only a secretary. But is she?

  • Aalfred and Aalbert

    Author: Morag Hood
    Publisher: Two Hoots

    Aalfred and Aalbert both need a friend but seem destined never to meet, until fate finally unites them. A unique voice and wryly humorous illustrations will leave you smiling at this wonderful tale of aardvarks, broccoli, string and friendship.

  • Abandon

    Author: Meg Cabot
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Skilful characterisation, gothic locations and plenty of humour combine to create an addictive read

  • ABC Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Creatures

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; paper engineering by Rodger Smith and Helen Balmer; computer lettering by Jane Walmsley and Hilary Saunders
    Publisher: Heinemann

    This big format dinosaur pop-up book may not contain any information about the dinos features, but it’s the pop-up papercraft that’s the real star here, and pulling all the levers and pulleys is great fun for all.

  • ABC Mindful Me

    Author: Christiane Engel
    Publisher: Walter Foster Jr

    This inspiring ABC board book introduces mindfulness to young children as it guides readers through the rhyming alphabet. A perfect antidote to the sometimes hectic, noisy and overwhelming environment of modern life – with suggested activities to try.

  • ABC: A Walk in the Countryside

    Author: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Learn the alphabet as you take a walk through the countryside. This is a great book for young readers who are just starting to learn their alphabet.

  • Abela

    Author: Berlie Doherty
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    When Abela loses her parents and sister to AIDS, she is left in the care of her aging grandmother in their African village. Unbeknowst to her, her selfish Uncle Thomas is hatching a scheme to take her to England.

  • Able Seacat Simon

    Author: Lynne Barrett-Lee
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Simon was a starving, bedraggled kitten living off scraps in Hong Kong harbour when he was scooped up by an English sailor. So begins his life of adventure aboard the HMS Amethyst. 

  • 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.

  • Absolutely Everything: A History of Earth, Dinosaurs, Rulers, Robots and Other Things Too Numerous to Mention

    Author: Christopher Lloyd
    Publisher: What On Earth Books

    The perfect gift for an inquisitive child, Absolutely Everything is a magnificent tome filled with wonderful discoveries that will keep you turning the pages. It will provide you with enough fantastic facts to impress friends for the next few years.

  • Accidental Superstar

    Author: Marianne Levy
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Katie's world feels like a mess: horrid new house, annoying new step-dad, and a mum who just won't listen. Things are weird with her best friend too. Katie's only escape is music and she loves writing her own songs, but then a film of her singing winds up online – and goes viral! Is this Katie's chance to make her dreams of pop stardom come true? Or will it …

  • Accidents of Nature

    Author: Harriet McBride Johnson
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Jean, who has Cerebral Palsy, is about to spend ten days at Camp Courage (or ‘Crip Camp’ as her cabinmate Sara calls it), which is to prove an eye-opening experience.

  • Ace Ghosts

    Author: Karen Wallace Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Catnip

    A humorous first 'chapters' book for newly independent readers or suitable for reading aloud to younger children. Pen and ink illustrations add interest and humour.

  • Ace of Spiders

    Author: Stefan Mohamed
    Publisher: Salt

    The second in the Bitter Sixteen trilogy, Ace of Spiders fizzes with just as much heart, razor-sharp dialogue, down to earth humour and sci-fi references as the first in the series. One of the best modern takes on the superhero genre, out there.

  • ACID

    Author: Emma Pass
    Publisher: Corgi

    Jenna Strong used to be pretty, popular and rich - now she is a violent, battle-scarred skinhead in an all-male maximum security prison.

  • Across the Universe

    Author: Beth Revis
    Publisher: Puffin

    Amy and her family are cryogenically frozen and stored aboard the Godspeed to travel to a new planet - but Amy is wrongly unfrozen 50 years early, forcing her to experience life aboard the ship.

  • Action Rhymes

    Author: Clare Beaton
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Simple rhymes with hand-sewn illustrations

  • Action Stan

    Author: Elaine Wickson Illustrator: Chris Judge
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    The follow up to Planet Stan has all the fun of graphs and charts and laugh-out-loud humour but has evolved to explore friendships and bullying too, making it the perfect story to help young people navigate relationships. 

  • Actual Size

    Author: Steve Jenkins
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Have you ever looked a giant squid in the eye, shaken hands with a gorilla or been face to face with a tiger?

  • Ada Twist, Scientist

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Abrams

    A brilliant and beautiful rhyming book about supporting your child's curiosity, and taking inspiration from Ada Lovelace (the pioneer mathematician and programmer), this is an inspirational and entertaining read.

  • Adamtine

    Author: Hannah Berry
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Four strangers are on the last train home when it is mysteriously derailed. As they all try to find out what's going on, we find out the thing that connects them all, which may be lurking outside the train.

  • Adelaide the Flying Kangaroo

    Author: Tomi Ungerer
    Publisher: Phaidon

    This tender and sometimes poignant book is delicately illustrated using a muted colour palette

  • Adelaide's Secret World

    Author: Elise Hurst
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    Adelaide lives a quiet life in a mysterious city. However, one stormy day leads to a chance meeting with someone similar to her, instigating much change in Adelaide's life and her city. Full of beautiful and surreal painted illustrations.

  • Adorkable

    Author: Sarra Manning
    Publisher: Atom Books

    A quirky, appealing and original young adult romance told from two contrasting perspectives, this is a sharp-eyed and funny insight into relationships for the Rookie generation.

  • Adventure Duck vs Power Pug

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Aleksei Bitskoff
    Publisher: Orchard

    Steve Cole’s funny animal fantasy will appeal to new readers looking to make the move from picture books or simpler chapter books. Giggles are guaranteed with plenty of silly puns and jokes that will also entertain parents if they’re reading aloud.

  • Adventure Island: The Mystery of the Whistling Caves

    Author: Helen Moss Illustrator: Leo Hartas
    Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

    An action-packed beginning to a new series and a good old-fashioned mystery.

  • Adventures of the steampunk pirates: attack of the giant sea spiders

    Author: Gareth P Jones Illustrator: Artful Doodlers
    Publisher: Stripes publishing

    The Leaky Battery is a pirate ship with a crew powered by steam and clockwork, apart from Pendle the cabin boy (who is really a girl).

  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: Clash of the Rival Robots

    Author: Gareth P Jones Illustrator: Artful Dodgers
    Publisher: Stripes

    After the motley crew of The Leaky Battery escape the clutches of the King of England, they run into trouble when a mechanical albatross lands on their ship.

  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: rise of the slippery sea monster

    Author: Gareth P Jones
    Publisher: Stripes

    The Steampunk Pirates' treasure has been stolen by what they think is a sea monster. They make a plan to get their treasure back and uncover more mysteries than they bargained for in this rip-roaring tale of daring-do on the high seas.

  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: The Leaky Battery Sets Sail

    Author: Gareth P Jones
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    Witty, engaging text is complemented by humorous pen and ink illustrations and clever characterisation making this ideal for newly independent readers.

  • Adder, Bluebell, Lobster: Wild Poems

    Author: Chrissie Gittins Illustrator: Paul Bommer
    Publisher: Oteer-Barry Books

    There is much to savour in this wide-ranging poetry anthology about all things wild. Written in response to the removal of many nature-related words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, each of the forty poems is about one of these 'missing' words.

  • Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Mouni Feddag
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A perfect book for young children interested in their cultural heritage or for those with a passion for travel and geography, this would also make a gorgeous gift for anyone interested in Africa.

  • African Tales: A Barefoot Collection

    Author: Gcina Mhlophe Illustrator: Rachel Griffin
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Eight inspirational stories plucked from the storytelling traditions of eight different countries, bring the fascinatingly diverse culture of the African continent alive.

  • After

    Author: Morris Gleitzman
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    The fourth installment in Morris Gleitzman's unforgettable series beginning with Once, tells the story of what happened to Felix in the final, agonising stages of the Second World War.

  • After Iris

    Author: Natasha Farrant
    Publisher: Faber Children's

    Given a video camera on her thirteenth birthday, Bluebell Gadsby sets out to document her life and her quirky, bohemian family

  • After Tomorrow

    Author: Gillian Cross
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Matt's world changed forever on Armageddon Monday, when five banks crashed simultaneously. Now he's living in a refugee camp, struggling to survive.

  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

    Author: Dan Santat
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    You’ve heard the story of Humpty Dumpty – what we will now refer to as the Great Fall. But did you know what happened afterwards? 

  • After the Snow

    Author: S D Crocket
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Fifteen-year-old Willo has been left alone in the freezing and snow covered hills that have been his home for years.

  • Aftershock

    Author: Bernard Ashley
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books

    After a major earthquake in 1951 devastates their lives, Makis and his mother are re-homed in North London, but they face antagonism from both the British and Greek communities.

  • Afterwalkers

    Author: Tom Becker
    Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

    This disturbing tale in the supernatural, zombie/horror genre has a refreshingly inventive storyline and credible and likeable protagonists the reader can really root for. A very rewarding and exciting page turner.

  • Afterworlds

    Author: Scott Westerfeld
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Afterworlds is very well written with an exciting double plot that keeps the reader engrossed. An all-round great read.

  • Again!

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    It's Cedric's the little dragon's bedtime, but before he goes to sleep, there's just enough time for mum to read him a bedtime story.

  • Agatha Parrot and the Zombie Bird

    Author: Kjartan Poskitt Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Egmont

    Agatha Parrot suspects Misto the Mysterious is up to no good!

  • Agent Zaiba Investigates: The Missing Diamonds

    Author: Annabelle Sami Illustrator: Daniela Sosa
    Publisher: Stripes

    The mysterious disappearance of some diamonds at her cousin's henna party gives Zaiba the perfect opportunity to prove that she's just as good a detective as her Aunty Fouzia. An energetic adventure set against the background of a traditional Pakistani pre-wedding ceremony.

  • Angel

    Author: LA Weatherly
    Publisher: Usborne

    A thriller with a difference, this riveting read explores the conflicting emotions felt by two young people who know that only by risking their lives can they save the world.

  • Angel Dares

    Author: Joss Stirling
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Novel five in the romantic supernatural Benedicts series. Light, humorous romance set in the teenage pop world, with the characters' special abilities adding excitement.

  • Angel Dust

    Author: Sarah Mussi
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Serafina is one of the brightest and most beloved of all God's angels - until she is sent down to earth to collect the soul of Marcus Montague, and deliver him to Hell.

  • Angel Fire

    Author: LA Weatherly
    Publisher: Usborne

    The Second Wave invasion of predatory angels continues.

  • Angel on the Roof

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Lewis finds an angel living on the roof of his house, they form a quick friendship. Soon, the people living under the angel feel the effect of its goodness in their lives. An atmospheric and timeless story, full of Shirley Hughes' trademark warmth. 

  • Angela Nicely: Cupcake Wars

    Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Stripes

    Three short chapter books in one small volume, containing the further adventures of Angela Nicely. The clear text and funny illustrations complement each other well, and encourage readers to move swiftly through the stories.

  • Angelica Sprocket's Pockets

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

    Angelica’s small chums are enchanted by the contents of her pockets which include mice, cheese, hankies, frying pans, umbrellas and much more!

  • Angelina's Christmas

    Author: Katharine Holabird Illustrator: Helen Craig
    Publisher: Penguin

    Beautifully epitomises the real spirit of christmas

  • Angelina's Halloween

    Author: Katharine Holabird Illustrator: Helen Craig
    Publisher: Penguin

    Helen Craig's delicate and intricate illustrations beautifully conjur up the Halloween atmosphere and are full of detail children will love to explore

  • Angels Next Door

    Author: Karen McCombie
    Publisher: Puffin

    This perfectly pitched pre-teen story touches on some bigger issues, but the gentle warmth added through its angelic spin keeps the whole thing lighter than a feather from a shimmering wing.

  • Angry Arthur

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    First published almost thirty years ago, Otam and Kitamura's depiction of Arthur remains a classic which continues to entertain and warn us all against unreasonable anger.

  • Angry Cookie

    Author: Laura Dockrill Illustrator: Maria Karipidou
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Cookie is very angry, and she’d prefer it is you just went away! Laura Dockrill’s text is brilliantly quirky and friendly, and little ones will definitely identify with Angry Cookie. It’s a perfect book for talking about emotions.

  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

    Author: Louise Rennison
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Welcome to the world of Georgia Nicolson - an angst-ridden teenage girl who keeps a diary to record the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences she faces every day

  • Ahmed and the Feather Girl

    Author: Jane Ray
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    This beautiful fairy tale story of hope and dreams is enchanting. Jane Ray's illustrations are truly magical. A wonderful book to keep and treasure.

  • Aidan Abet, Teacher’s Pet

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrations by Steve May
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Aiden is a target for school bullies. The only way he can survive is to suck up to the teacher, so he offers to look after the classroom animals. But there is something strange about them... A fun-filled mystery with a great twist.

  • Air

    Author: Lisa Glass
    Publisher: Quercus

    Iris travels far away to a surfing competition with her boyfriend, Zeke, but when they are both far away from what they know, Iris sees a different side to her boyfriend.

  • Airman

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Penguin

    A tense and accomplished adventure story from a popular bestselling author

  • Ake: The Years of Childhood

    Author: Wole Soyinka
    Publisher: Methuen Publishing

    The first volume of Wole Soyinka's acclaimed series of autobiographical works. This vivid, exuberant book is the author's account of his childhood in colonial Nigeria.

  • Akissi: Tales of Mischief

    Author: Marguerite Abouet Illustrator: Mathieu Sapin Translator: Judith Taboy and Marie Bédrune
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Akissi is a ball of energy who doesn’t know how to stay out of trouble. But she always eventually gets caught! A fun and colourful comic, full of tales of an Ivory Coast neighbourhood.

  • Aladdin

    Author: Niroot Puttapipat
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The classic tale is retold and illustrated using delicate silhouettes in six exquisite three-dimensional scenes

  • Alana Dancing Star: Viennese Waltz

    Author: Arlene Philips Illustrator: Pixie Potts
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Includes sweet illustrations, a cut-out doll to dress and a step-by-step guide to dancing the waltz yourself

  • Alaska

    Author: Anna Woltz Translator: Laura Watkinson from Dutch
    Publisher: Em. Querido Kinderboeken Uitgeverij

    An epileptic boy, an insecure girl, and the dog that brings them together – witty and wry with echoes of John Green.

    Sven knows he must do something brilliant on the first day of a new school year or he'll be the epileptic kid that everyone feels sorry for. So he targets Parker, a girl who just wants to be invisible after surviving the worst summer of her li…

  • Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers

    Author: Alastair Humphrey Illustrator: Kevin Ward
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    An inspiring introduction to 20 adventurers and explorers from the last 700 years. This book will encourage readers to live more adventurously, think a little more boldly and go a little further themselves.

  • Albert and Little Henry

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Henry starts to feel left out and ignored when a new baby sibling arrives at home.

  • Albert and the Garden of Doom

    Author: Phile Earle Illustrator: Jamie Littler
    Publisher: Orion

    Albie loves playing football in his garden. The problem is, he's always kicking the ball over the fence to the spooky, weed-infested Garden of Doom next door.

  • Albert’s Tree

    Author: Jenni Desmond
    Publisher: Walker Books

    After hibernating all winter, Albert the bear rushes to his favourite tree. As he settles onto one of the branches, the tree begins to cry, so Albert tries to cheer it up. A delightful tale with atmospheric illustrations, about caring for those you love.

  • Alex As Well

    Author: Alyssa Brugman
    Publisher: Curious Fox

    Alex As Well is a pioneering young adult story which explores issues of gender, identity and sexuality in a frank and unembellished way.

  • Alex Rider Mission 2: Point Blanc

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Alex Rider is plucked from his life as an average schoolboy to pit his wits as a spy for MI6 against the frightening Doctor Grief and his evil plans.

  • Alex Rider Mission 3: Skeleton Key

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Alex Rider’s back, and he’s in trouble. Real trouble.

  • Alex Rider Mission 4: Eagle Strike

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Fourteen-year-old MI6 agent Alex Rider's fourth case plunges him into a desperate race to save the world...

  • Alex Rider Mission 5: Scorpia

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The fifth Alex Rider adventure sees the teenage spy in Venice, where he infiltrates Scorpia, an international organisation of assassins.

  • Alex Rider Mission 6: Ark Angel

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    From Cornwall to Cuba, Venice to France, Alex Rider has travelled far and wide as a spy for MI6, facing danger and death at every turn.

  • Alex Rider Mission 7: Snakehead

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The latest instalment in the adventures of Alex Rider, in which he re-enters earthly events from outer space - and gets tangled up in the criminal world of the Snakehead organisation in south-east Asia.

  • Alex Rider Mission 8: Crocodile Tears

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A charity broker con artist has invested millions into genetically modified corn that has the power to release a powerful airborne strain of virus onto the world...

  • Alex Rider Mission 9: Scorpia Rising

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This gripping final mission brings together Alex Rider's old enemies to frame the teenage superspy in an unstoppable plot of revenge, from which he can never return.

  • Alex Sparrow and the Furry Fury

    Author: Jenifer Killick
    Publisher: Firefly

    Agent Alex and Jess are back for the second book in the Alex Sparrow series and still bickering constantly! Their latest mission begins when animals turn against humans. An innocent, funny and exciting read, with characters you wish you could be friends with.

  • Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink

    Author: Jennifer Killick
    Publisher: Firefly

    Alex Sparrow is training himself to be a super-agent and has a brand-new superpower that allows him to tell when people are lying. This is a hilarious, exciting, fun read - filled to the brim with great characters and laugh-out-loud moments.

  • Alex Sparrow and the Zumbie Apocalypse

    Author: Jennifer Killick
    Publisher: Firefly Press

    A bonkers story of unlikely superheroes, an evil genius, a zombified keep fit class and a very angry octopus.

  • Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door

    Author: Ross Montgomery
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    This lively debut novel features a host of eccentric but immensely likable characters.

  • Alfie and Dad

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Bodley Head

    This collection of three classic Alfie stories is a charming reminder of just how perfectly Shirley Hughes understands little ones.

  • Alfie and the Big Boys

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House

    Children will relish this warm tale of everyday life with illustrations overflowing with colour and vitality.

  • Alfie Bloom: The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle

    Author: Gabrielle Kent
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This book has a little of everything, time-travel, magic, mystery and an enigmatic butler! It is a satisfying story of good versus evil and little verses big that will resonate with young readers.

  • Alfie Gives a Hand

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Shirley Hughes' much-loved Alfie goes to his first birthday party in this lovely picture book for pre-school children.

  • Alfie Outdoors

    Author: Shirley Hughes Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Random House

    Shirley Hughes's iconic Alfie takes a trip into the garden and starts gardening and finding out more about the creepy crawlies.

  • Alfie Wins a Prize

    Author: Shirley Hughes Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Alfie's painting at the Big School's Harvest Fair is judged worthy of one of the main prizes. But Alfie is more taken with the consolation prize...

  • Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs

    Author: Gwen Lowe
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Can Alice outwit the Best Minister for Everything Nicely Perfect's evil plans? Find out in this brilliantly original tale of friendship and adventure.

  • Alice in Sunderland

    Author: Bryan Talbot
    Publisher: Vinatge Publishing

    Alice in Sunderland is a graphic novel like no other. Bryan Talbot takes the city of Sunderland and the story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell (the ‘real’ Alice) as the spine of his story and around them spins a spectacularly diverse range of different stories.

  • Alice Through the Looking-Glass

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark Based on the original story by Lewis Carroll
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Alice walks through the mirror above the fireplace and into the topsy-turvy Looking-Glass Kingdom in this glorious retelling of Lewis Carroll's classic story.

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

    Author: Lewis Carroll Illustrator: Alison Jay
    Publisher: Old Barn Books

    This much-loved children's classic features the traditional unabridged text, illustrated by Alison Jay, whose nostalgic and dreamy crackled-finish images are a perfect accompaniment.

  • Alice-Miranda on Holiday

    Author: Jacqueline Harvey
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Precocious seven-year-old Alice-Miranda is home from boarding school for the holidays in the second installment of this tongue-in-cheek series.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Author: Lewis Carroll Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This lovely edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1999.

  • Alien Invaders: Rockhead - The Living Mountain

    Author: Max Silver
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Set in 2121 about Cosmo, about an earthboy on a mission to save the galaxy from the monster Kaos and his deadly alien invaders

  • Alien Superstar

    Author: Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver Illustrator: Ethan Nicolle
    Publisher: Amulet Books

    What better place for an alien to go unnoticed than the backlot of Universal Studios? Full of humour and with an appealing plot, this book shows that, human or alien, we all need kindness and understanding to achieve our dreams and flourish. 

  • Alienography

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Have you ever feared a Martian attack? This book recommends creeping up close enough to plant a big wet slobbery kiss on their slimy skins – your germs will do the rest to defeat them.

  • Alienography 2: Tips for Tiny Tyrants

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Find out how to take over the universe in this funny and engaging book from Chris Riddell (and Colin the Alien)

  • Aliens Love Dinopants

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The return of old favourites in a new adventure involving underpants. When Aliens meet Dinosaurs a rhyming riot must ensue!

  • Aliens Love Underpants

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Underpants are a source of humour whatever your reading age, even, it appears, when it comes to aliens!

  • Alive Again

    Author: Ahmadreza Ahmadi Illustrator: Nahid Kazemi Translator: Azita Rassi
    Publisher: Tiny Owl

    A young boy asks his father what happens to the word 'blossom' when the blossom is blown from the trees. Does the word die, along with the blossom? What about rain, wheat or a journey? If these things disappear, do the words disappear too?

  • Almost Anything

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Penguin Random House

    Sophy Henn has the perfect touch when it comes to tapping into childhood emotions and readers both young and old will relate to George’s wobbly feelings about trying new things. A brilliant book for sharing, and for giving little ones a little extra self-belief.

  • Almost Everybody Farts

    Author: Marty Kelley
    Publisher: Sterling

    Part of the joy of this book, featuring the eternally amusing subject of farting, is the skilful depiction of a variety of farting faces belonging to all the different characters. Plenty of laughs guaranteed.

  • Along for the Ride

    Publisher: Puffin

    Auden decides to go and spend the summer with her father, his new (much younger) wife and their newborn daughter, Thisbe, at their home in a seaside town.

  • Alone

    Author: D J Brazier
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Imagine being stranded in a tropical jungle. You're all alone and all you have are the clothes you're wearing and whatever the jungle can offer you. A nail-biting story of survival.

  • Alone in The Forest

    Author: Bhajju Shyam Gita Wolf and Andrea Anastasio
    Publisher: Tara Books

    What makes this book extraordinary - and elevates a simple story into a complex, very real emotional and psychological experience of fear and of a particular place - are the illustrations.

  • Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Filled with vividly beautiful descriptions of land and seascapes, this roller-coaster novel quietly maps the changing nature of childhood through time.

  • Alpha: Abidjan to Gare du Nord

    Author: Bessora & Barroux Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
    Publisher: The Bucket List

    A powerful, terrible and essential story, Alpha should be required reading for everyone. The graphic novel highlights the terror and hopelessness experienced by someone forced to leave their own country in search of a future.

  • Alphabet Street

    Author: Jonathan Emmett Illustrator: Ingela P Arrhenius
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Eye-grabbing design gives this house-shaped board book some irresistible shelf appeal and it’d make an impressive gift (if a little challenging to wrap!) for the same reasons. The book folds out to make a street of shops or a bustling park scene.

  • Alphamals A-Z

    Author: Graham Carter
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    From A for Armadillo to N for Newt and X for X-ray Tetra (it's a fish), Alphamals combines alphabet book with poetry and sophisticated printmaking.

  • Alphonse, That Is Not OK To Do!

    Author: Daisy Hirst
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This charming and very funny book about the ups and downs of sibling relationships perfectly captures the affection and frustration experienced by an older sibling - and the monsters are wonderfully expressive.

  • Also an Octopus

    Author: Maggie Tokuda-Hall Illustrator: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a lovely story about storytelling which extends the invitation to the reader to continue the tale after the last page has been turned.

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean

    Author: Jenny Han
    Publisher: Scholastic

    The final instalment of the 'Lara Jean' trilogy: a coming-of-age, romantic story. Fans of the first two books will enjoy Lara Jean's personal journey towards independent thinking and a bright future.

  • All Aboard the Discovery Express

    Author: Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams Illustrator: Tom Clohosy-Cole
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    The Discovery Express is a sophisticated and interactive flap bookwhich offers an ongoing and interactive quest where readers follow clues to solve a mystery.

  • All About Alfie

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Red Fox

    In a brand new collection of stories and poems, Alfie has a spooky late-night adventure with an owl and introduces us to his secret den in the garden.

  • All About Mia

    Author: Lisa Williamson
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Mia is a troubled 'middle child'. For years, she has felt overshadowed by her siblings - and now is she relying on booze and defiance to feel in control. Mia's comical, infuriating and touching story will draw you in and keep you hooked.

  • All Afloat on Noah's Boat!

    Author: Tony Mitton
    Publisher: Hachette

    Combine bright, funny, action-packed pictures with a rap-style rhyming text telling a favourite story, and you get a book like this, guaranteed to engage readers of all ages.

  • All American Girl

    Author: Meg Cabot
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Teenager Sam is the All American Girl of the title. One day, quite by chance, she just happens to save the life of the President - this changes her life in ways she never imagined.

  • All Because of Jackson

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: John Eastwood
    Publisher: Random House

    A superbly-told story of a young rabbit whose dream of travelling overseas comes true.

  • All Fall Down

    Author: Sally Nicholls
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books

    Growing up in a medieval Yorkshire village, Isabel's life is utterly predictable – until the pestilence, which has been devastating Europe, crosses the Channel and begins to spread northwards. An utterly absorbing, compelling and meticulously researched novel.

  • All Fall Down

    Author: Ally Carter
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This thrilling story, set against a glamorous international backdrop, is the first in the exciting new Embassy Row series from favourite teen author Ally Carter.

  • All I Said Was

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Ross Collins
    Publisher: Red Squirrel Books

    One of an innovative series of dyslexia-friendly picture books which feature accessible fonts, strong contrast, good spacing and uncluttered layout to ensure accessibility for all, including parents with reading difficulties.

  • All I Want For Christmas

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Orchard

    A welcome addition to Rachel Bright's hug-a-licious series - and a timely reminder that the festive season is about more than just receiving presents.

  • All Kinds of Cars

    Author: Carl Johanson
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    A unique, picture book about real and imaginary vehicles of every sort: from a fire engine, small loading shovel and a limousine, to a moving skyscraper car, a sock on wheels and a chewing-gum car!

  • All Mine!

    Author: Zehra Hicks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    This appealing picture book brings together Zehra Hicks' vibrant and energetic illustrations with a quirky story about the importance of good manners and learning to share.

  • All My Secrets

    Author: Sophie McKenzie
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Fast paced and easy to read, this exciting mystery with unexpected plot twists, new friendships and a touch of teenage romance is a great summer teen read.

  • All Sorts of Possible

    Author: Rupert Wallis
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    When a giant sinkhole swallows Daniel and his father, it not only steals the only life he has ever known, it releases something dangerous within him.

  • All the Bright Places

    Author: Jennifer Niven
    Publisher: Penguin

    All the Bright Places will pull you in and won’t let you go again, even long after you turned the final page – a must-read

  • All The Rage

    Author: Courtney Summers
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    Romy Grey has given up trying to be heard after she was raped by Kellan Turner, the sheriff's son, and no one believed her story. A heart-rending and gripping novel that pulls no punches and is beautifully written.

  • All the Ways to be Smart

    Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys
    Publisher: Scribe

    All The Ways to be Smart is an earnest and charming book celebrating the joys of all the wonderful qualities that make children who they are, with a subtle and unique message that getting excellent grades is not what makes you smart.

  • All the Wild Wonders: Poems of the Earth

    Author: Editor: Wendy Cooling Illustrator: Piet Grobler
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Celebrating the wonder and variety of the earth - and the need to protect it - this is an eclectic collection of poetry from across time and continents.

  • All The Year Round

    Author: John Yeoman and Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    With Quentin Blake's instantly recognisable illustrations, this picture book contains 12 funny poems by John Yeoman: one for each month of the year, with suggested activities. A lovely, funny book that captures the fizz and farce of close family life.

  • All These Things I've Done

    Author: Gabrielle Zevin
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Set in the dirty, crime-filled New York City of 2083, in which basic necessities such as water are in short supply, this engaging young adult novel is the first in a trilogy blending elements of dystopia, thriller and romance.

  • Allies and Assassins

    Author: Justin Somper
    Publisher: Atom

    When Prince Anders is assassinated, his younger brother Jared's life is dramatically turned upside down. 

  • Am I Normal Yet?

    Author: Holly Bourne
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd

    This is a powerful and engrossing read that successfully informs, shocks, reassures and entertains in equal measures.

  • Amal Unbound

    Author: Aisha Saeed
    Publisher: Text Publishing

    Amal lives in a small Pakistani village. When her family are unable to pay the debt their landowner says they owe, he takes Amal to work in his house as a servant. Inspired by Malala Yousafzai, this is a compelling tale of one girl’s determination to make the world a fairer place.

  • A-maze-ing Minotaur

    Author: Juliet Rix Illustrator: Juliet Snape
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

     A pacy, atmospheric retelling of the old greek myth.

  • Amazing

    Author: Steve Antony
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

    A delightful story about a little boy and his amazing pet dragon. It's a rare and perfect example of completely incidental inclusion when it comes to disability – and the themes of friendship and being yourself will appeal to every child.

  • 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.

  • Amazing Animals

    Author: Guinness World Records
    Publisher: Guinness World Records

    Have you ever heard of Bini the basketball-playing bunny? What about Koko the gorilla, who speaks in sign language? Or the elephant that paints? These are just a few of the record-breaking animals in this fact-filled book about incredible creatures around the world. From the world's ugliest dogs to the silliest celebrity animals, and animal superpowers to an…

  • Amazing Baby: Mummy, Baby

    Author: Beth Harwood Illustrator: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Bonnier

    A chunky glossy board book with exciting tabs to slide and reveal which babies belong to which mummies. Little children will love the "slide and reveal" format and it will make for a lovely talking point.

  • Amazing Baby: Party Time!

    Author: Emily Hawkins Illustrator: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar

    This chunky party-themed board book contains a variety of favourite songs to sing together

  • Amazing Daddy

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Orchard Books, Hachette

    Unabashedly going straight for the heartstrings, this picture book looks at the father-child love between two every-day, house-dwelling pandas. It's full of lovely, funny details that never tips into schmaltziness.

  • Amazing Esme

    Author: Tamara Macfarlane
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Follow the wildly imaginative adventures of Esme as she leaves behind her circus home

  • Amazing Grace

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Caroline Binch
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This classic story clearly communicates an inspiring message that anything is possible

  • Amazing True Stories About Animals Behaving Badly

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This collection of animal anecdotes is funny, interesting and insightful. Comical black-and-white illustrations bring the true tales to life in this entertaining book for animal-loving independent readers.

  • Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

    Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Egmont

    The first in a series, this ghoulishly funny chapter book is full of fabulous gothic pen-and-ink illustrations and explores the importance of friendship.

  • Amelia Fang and the Unicorn Lords

    Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Egmont

    Anderson’s writing is as zany as ever in this third instalment of the Amelia Fang series. It's all presented completely accessibly and with tons of humour. The book reads well on its own even if children haven’t read the previous two. 

  • Amelie and Nanette: Snowflakes and Fairy Wishes

    Author: Sophie Tilley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Delicate, pastel illustrations with a Scandinavian feel express Christmas excitements, expectations - and disappointments - in this reassuring story about friendship and making the best of things.

  • Among the hoods

    Author: Harriet Sergeant
    Publisher: Faber

    Harriet Sergeant's three year friendship with a teenage gang, and in particular the gang leader, Tuggy Tug began when she was researching a report on why so many black Caribbean and white working class boys are failing

  • Amy

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    After falling out with her friends, Amy is lonely and turns to the internet for consolation. An extremely topical story about the dangers of internet chatrooms and date-rape drugs.

  • Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

    Author: Morgan Matson
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    This is a heart warming story about facing up to the complexities of life and winning through

  • Amy and Matthew: A Love Story

    Author: Cammie McGovern
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Amy, who has cerebral palsy, is in her final year of high school and she wants this year to be different: she wants to replace the adult aides who help her, with her fellow students, so she can get to know them better.

  • An Abundance of Katherines

    Author: John Green
    Publisher: Penguin Books

    When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped.

  • An Act of Love

    Author: Alan Gibbons
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    A hard-hitting, contemporary novel exploring issues of religion, ethnicity, friendship, family, duty and democracy from two different perspectives.

  • An Alphabet

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Everyone knows that A is for Apple and B is for Ball, but in this exciting alphabet book A is for Astronaut, P is for Parsnip and V is for Viking!

  • An Animal ABC

    Author: Alice Pattullo
    Publisher: Pavilion

    A is for Armadillo, short, stout and round; B is for Beetle, close to the ground. A lovely alphabet book and with accessible animal facts for younger children, this would be a great addition to any bookshelf.

  • An Eagle in the Snow

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Stuck on a train, a boy listens to a stranger’s story about one moment that could have stopped World War II. A thought-provoking story that young history enthusiasts will especially welcome.

  • An Egyptian Escape

    Author: K A Gerrard Illustrator: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Charlie has already had a narrow escape from the perils of Ancient Rome, but this time he travels back in time to an archeological dig in 1906 and then back to Ancient Egypt.

  • An Elephantasy

    Author: Maria Elena Walsh Translator: Daniel Hahn
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

    The fact that a girl is taking her geranium for a walk (the way she does every Thursday) is not the most unusual thing that happens on the first page of this book; there's an elephant on the doorstep. So far, so curious.

  • An Ember in the Ashes

    Author: Sabaa Tahir
    Publisher: Harper Voyager

    Laia and her family live under the oppressive and brutal rule of the Empire, where all defiance is met with death. When her grandparents are murdered and her brother imprisoned for treason, Laia has no choice but to ask the rebels for help.

  • An Episode of Sparrows

    Author: Rumer Godden
    Publisher: Virago Modern Classics

    With hints of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, it is a powerful, thought-provoking and subtle story, with plenty to offer to adult readers, as well as children themselves.

  • An Imaginary Menagerie

    Author: Roger McGough
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A welcome republication for McGough's classic collection of real and imaginary animal poems, which first delighted readers of all ages more than twenty years ago. Adults who enjoyed these poems as children now have an excuse to revisit and share them with a further generation.

  • An Island of Our Own

    Author: Sally Nicholls
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This is a beautiful tale of hardship and family love.

  • An Otter Called Pebble

    Author: Helen Peters Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Friends Jasmine and Tom spot a baby otter alone on the riverbank and decide to help and name her Pebble. This heartwarming tale of hope, kindness and determination will delight young independent readers with an interest in wildlife. 

  • Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Marcia Williams explores the rich culture and traditions of Ancient Egypt in this attractive large-format picture book.

  • Ancient Warriors

    Author: Iris Volant Illustrator: Joe Lillington
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Do you have a history nerd in your family? This book is for them! From Alexander the Great to Joan of Arc, Ancient Warriors teaches you pretty much everything there is to know about the warriors of the world. 

  • And A Happy New Year?

    Author: Holly Bourne
    Publisher: Usborne

    Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for a huge New Year's Eve Party. This is the perfect wrap up to the  series: smart, authentic, funny, and heartfelt.

  • And I Darken

    Author: Kiersten White
    Publisher: Corgi

    And I Darken is a fictional retelling of the rise of Vlad the Impaler - except, in White's thrilling take on it, Vlad isn't Vlad but Lady Lada. The political intrigue and character relationships are wonderfully done, and Lada is an anti-heroine to root for.

  • And Tango Makes Three

    Author: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell Illustrator: Henry Cole
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    Roy and Silo are two boy penguins who live in the zoo in New York's Central Park. This is a really delightful story and the message behind it is subtle. It's a true story, and you can learn more about it in a note at the end.

  • And the Ocean Was Our Sky

    Author: Patrick Ness Illustrator: Rovina Cai
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In Patrick Ness’ amazing homage to Moby Dick, the worlds of ocean and sky are upturned, and it’s a whale that tells her version of the story of hunter and hunted. The writing is as beautiful as you might expect and the illustration is exceptional. 

  • Animal ABC

    Author: Jannie Ho
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Some unusual animal choices complete the alphabet in this funky, modern animal-themed ABC board book: a cute and fun must-read for pre-schoolers starting to learn their letters.

  • Animal Babies in the Forest

    Author: Julia Groves
    Publisher: Child’s Play International

    Do you know what a baby orangutan is called? How about a baby raccoon? I bet you don't know what a baby snake is called! Flip through the pages of this book to find the answers.

  • Animal Friends: Swimming Hole Party!

    Author: Text by Chronicle Books Illustrator: Junzo Terada
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Monkey is heading to the swimming hole, collecting all his friends as he goes. Life is so much better when you are all together, sharing the excitement.

  • Animal Homes: A Lift the Flap Book of Discovery

    Author: Libby Walden Illustrator: Clover Robin
    Publisher: Caterpillar Books

    When we’re out and about, we probably walk past all manner of animal homes without even knowing it. A cute and charming board book, perfect for young nature fans at home or at school.

  • Animal Journeys

    Author: Patricia Hegarty Illustrator: Jessica Courtney-Tickle
    Publisher: 360 degrees

    This brilliant little hardback tells the stories of animal journeys from around the world. Combined with gorgeous illustrations that capture the awesomeness of these natural quests, this book is perfect for inquisitive young minds.

  • Animal Lullabies

    Author: Mandy Ross Illustrator: Krisztina Kallai Nagy
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Mandy Ross's original poems are fantastic, with an appealing mix of everyday language and nonsense words!

  • Animal Record Breakers

    Author: Steve Parker
    Publisher: Carlton Books

    Readers will love sharing the fascinating facts and surprising stats in this entertaining collection of oddities about animals.

  • Animal Records

    Author: National Geographic Kids
    Publisher: National Geographic Kids

    What’s the biggest animal? The fastest? What about the grossest, the tiniest, the smelliest, the deadliest…

  • Animal Spots and Stripes

    Author: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Templar

    Stripy zebras and spotty giraffes share a grassland habitat despite their difference in appearance; stripy caterpillars turn into spotty butterflies and spotty dogs chase stripy cats. Lots of bright colours and scope for discussion make this an ideal book for the very young.

  • Animal Surprises

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Abbie Cameron
    Publisher: GRAFFEG

    A simple illustrated nature picture book featuring a catchy rhyming refrain, Animal Surprises introduces a variety of animals to young readers in a friendly manner with a good level of text to illustration.

  • Animal Tales

    Author: Terry Jones Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books

    Terry Jones’s irreverent wit and quirky humour make a compendium of stories that will be enjoyed by children and adults alike

  • Animal Tales

    Author: Dick King-Smith
    Publisher: Young Corgi

    An anthology of five charming and humorous animal stories from much-loved author Dick King-Smith, accompanied with characterful drawings from a variety of illustrators.

  • AniMalcolm

    Author: David Baddiel Illustrator: Jim Field
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Magic realism and slapstick humour combine in this story about Malcolm: an animal hater living in a family of animal lovers. Inside the book are deeper questions about discovering and acknowledging who you really are.

  • Animalium

    Author: Jenny Broom Illustrator: Katie Scott
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    Quirky yet authoritative, this book is bursting with information to engage young naturalists, whilst the spectacular illustrations in a rich colour palette give it real 'wow' factor.

  • Animals are Delicious

    Author: Sarah Hutt Illustrator: Dave Ladd and Stephanie Anderson
    Publisher: Phaidon

    This box set of attractive concertina-style board books explores food chains in three different environments: the sky, the forest and the ocean. Crisp, stylish illustrations create a dynamic visual accompaniment to the simple yet informative text.

  • Animals in the Sky

    Author: Sara Gillingham
    Publisher: Phaidon

    A beautiful introduction to astronomy for younger readers. In this lovely board book with nice thick fold-out whole-page flaps, children are asked to guess the animal shape of a set of stars before turning the page to see if they were right, and to learn a basic fact about the constellation. 

  • Anna and Otis

    Author: Maisie Paradise Shearring
    Publisher: Two Hoots

    Anna and Otis, her pet snake, are best friends. One afternoon, Anna decides that she and Otis should explore the town, but Otis is worried – he knows that lots of people don’t like snakes. A delightful story about friendship and tolerance in a bright, modern style.

  • Anna Hibiscus' Song

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This delightful story about a happy girl learning to express her feelings is a wonderful celebration of the joy of life

  • Anne Frank

    Author: Josephine Poole Illustrator: Angela Barrett
    Publisher: Random House

    This account of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and Anne Frank's family's hiding in a secret annexe to escape them, is sensitively told.

  • Anne of Green Gables

    Author: L M Montgomery
    Publisher: Puffin

    Anne Shirley is one of literature's finest heroines, and this first book of her adventures is the perfect book about growing up, friendship and family.

  • Annexed

    Author: Sharon Dogar
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This fictionalised account of Peter (a teenage Dutch Jew, hiding from the Nazis with his family and their friends, the Franks) is a meditation on the power of written testimony and the nature of evil.

  • Another Life

    Author: Keren David
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    When Ty is imprisoned for knife possession, his privileged cousin Archie finds himself drawn into his cousin's darker and more dangerous life.

  • Anton and the Battle

    Author: Ole Konnecke
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Anton and Luke compete to see who is the strongest and the loudest - who will win?

  • Ants in Your Pants!

    Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Guy Parker Rees
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Brilliant colour and lively rhyming couplets tell the story of Leopard and his friends who decide not to invite Aardvark to their party because he's not as cool as they are.

  • Anthem for Jackson Dawes

    Author: Celia Bryce
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Megan would never have met Jackson Dawes if she hadn't had cancer.  But as the only teenagers on the children's ward, they soon form a powerful and unconventional bond.

  • Anyone but Ivy Pocket

    Author: Caleb Crisp Illustrator: John Kelly
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Twelve-year-old orphan Ivy Pocket battles supernatural forces and wicked vengeance to find out her true self. Ivy is an eccentric heroine in a humorous, macabre and quirky story.

  • Anything But Typical

    Author: Nora Raleigh Baskin
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Jason is 12 and on the autistic spectrum...

  • Anywhere Farm

    Author: Phyllis Root Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Rhyming text and warm illustrations create an uplifting tale that celebrates the joys and pleasures of growing not just food and flowers, but also friendships and communities.

  • Apache

    Author: Tanya Landman
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Siki already has a fierce hatred for the Mexican warriors but when her little brother Tazhi is brutally slain in front of her, she vows to become an apache warrior and avenge his death.

  • Apes-A-Go-Go!

    Author: Roman Milisic and A Richard Allen
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    This exuberant story employs repetition alongside highly entertaining variation, bringing security and surprise, the illustrations expressing the apes' antics with endearing gusto.

  • Apple and Rain

    Author: Sarah Crossan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Engrossing and uplifting, challenging and charming, Apple and Rain brings fiction and poetry together in a well-crafted story about growing up and learning to love.

  • Apple Pie ABC

    Author: Alison Murray Illustrator: Alison Murray
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Here is an introduction to the alphabet featuring a hot apple pie and a hungry pup!  Once he has seen the pie and eaten a crumb of it he must get his paws on some more...

  • April the Red Goldfish

    Author: Marjolaine Leray Translator: Sarah Ardizzone
    Publisher: Phoenix Yard Books

    Though a simple picturebook, with a limited palette of colours, and sketchy, childlike, crayon images, the subject is anything but childlike.

  • Arabel's Raven

    Author: Joan Aiken
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A new edition of a much-loved classic by the immensely popular Joan Aiken.

  • Arctic Hero

    Author: Catherine Johnson
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    American explorer Matthew Henson was one of the first men to reach the North Pole in 1909. But his place in history wasn’t formally acknowledged for many years, due to the colour of his skin.

  • Archie Green and the Magician's Secret

    Author: D D Everest
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    If you love books that show you where the magical could be hiding in your everyday world then this is the book for you.

  • Archie's Unbelievably Freaky Week

    Author: Andrew Norriss Illustrator: Hannah Shaw
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Poor Archie! Lovable but hapless Archie Coates manages to attract strange escapades wherever he goes.

  • Archie's War

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In 1914, ten-year-old Archie is sent a scrapbook in the post by his Uncle Colin, and through the years that follow, we see the world through Archie's eyes.

  • Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?

    Author: Julie Middleton Illustrator: Russell Ayto
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    Dave's dad reckons he knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs. But as they walk around the museum, all Dave wants to know is wherther these dinosaurs are really dead...

  • Are We There Yet?

    Author: Dan Santat
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A little boy is on the way to his Grandma's birthday party in the car with mum and dad, but after the first hour, the journey gets more and more boring. But as the little boy feels the hours ahead weigh heavy on the horizon, his imagination (or is it?) takes the car further and further into the past until there's a very real possibility that he and his mum a…

  • Are You Sitting Comfortably?

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The little boy in this book is looking for the perfect place to read his book - but nothing he finds is quite right. Hodgkinson's recognisably quirky and appealing rhyming text and illustration celebrates the enduring importance of reading together.

  • Are You Sleeping?

    Author: Constance von Kitzing
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Little Lion is desperate to find someone to play with, but all the animals in the savannah are going to sleep! A beautiful book to help settle your little ones.

  • Are You the Pirate Captain?

    Author: Gareth P Jones Illustrator: Garry Parsons
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    First Mate Hugh is on the hunt for a Captain to help lead a trip out to sea.

  • Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You!

    Author: Idan Ben-Barak Illustrator: Julian Frost
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    Quog and Oort are off to Kevin’s birthday party but – oh no! – their spaceship is broken. This beautifully crafted story distils complex ideas into a fun story. Thoroughly recommended for anyone exploring the world of science with young children.

  • Ariel: The Birthday Surprise

    Author: Gail Herman
    Publisher: Disney Press

    Girls who love The Little Mermaid and all things princess-like will be enchanted.

  • Ariki and the Giant Shark

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Nicola Kinnear
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When a huge shark threatens a fishing boat, the island's queen believes that the creature means them harm. However, young Ariki discovers the truth about the shark – it needs their help. An exciting adventure story about friendship, families and being different.

  • Aristotle

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Bob Graham
    Publisher: Walker Books

    As the mischievous Aristotle sets off on a series of incredibly perilous adventures, his nine lives start to vanish...

  • 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.

  • Armistice Runner

    Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Tom Clohosy Cole
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Lily loves fell running. She’s good, but never quite good enough: she gets anxious and loses her focus and then that’s it. Out. Plus she’s worried about her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s and is growing distant and confused.

  • Arrowhead

    Author: Ruth Eastham
    Publisher: Scholastic

    With its complex, well-defined characters and vivid setting, Arrowhead's narrative shares much of the same dark driving power that drives Viking mythology, in this thrilling time-slip novel.

  • Art & Max

    Author: David Weisner
    Publisher: Andersen

    Max and Art are reptilian friends. Art is an artist and one day, as he is painting a conventional portrait, the exuberant Max decides that he’d also like to give painting a try.

  • Artemis Fowl

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Penguin

    Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl hatches an ingenious plot to steal all the gold in fairy land.

  • Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Puffin

    In the seventh installment of the series, criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has summoned an elite group of hi-tech fairies to Iceland.

  • Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Penguin

    In this fifth episode in the ongoing saga of Colfer's teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis feels the first stirrings of adolescent emotion

  • Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Penguin

    Faced with the imminent death of his mother as a result of his irresponsible behaviour in an earlier adventure, Artemis Fowl travels back to confront his younger self

  • Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Penguin

    The second book in the epic Artemis Fowl series is another action-packed magical adventure.

  • Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Penguin

    In his third adventure, Artemis Fowl sets out to extract money from a powerful businessman by exploiting stolen fairy technology.

  • Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Puffin

    In the eighth and final volume in the saga of Artemis Fowl the power-crazed pixie Opal Koboi is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen

  • Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

    Author: Eoin Colfer
    Publisher: Penguin

    The Fairy People have a problem - the evil pixie known as Opal Koboi is hell-bent on world destruction, and they need help from Artemis Fowl.

  • Artichoke Hearts

    Author: Sita Brahmachari
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    This empathetic account of the process of bereavement, a month’s diary, reassures readers that we grow from our experiences, however painful they are.

  • Arthur and Me

    Author: Sarah Todd Taylor Illustrator: Peter Stevenson
    Publisher: Firefly Press

    A laugh-out-loud first chapters book, featuring a cast of mythical heroes and an accident-prone schoolboy.

  • Arthur At the Crossing Places

    Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
    Publisher: Hachette

    Crossley-Holland's trilogy continues with Arthur leaving Caldicot and his childhood behind and taking up a position as squire to Lord Stephen.

  • Aru Shah and the Song of Death

    Author: Roshani Chokhsi
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Packed with humour, wisdom and a satisfyingly twisty plot, this story will take confident readers on a magical journey. It’s fresh and contemporary and will open the door to a whole new world of Indian lore.

  • As in Eden

    Author: R M Lamming
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Using stories from the Bible as her starting point, Lamming breathes life into its female characters who have been condemned to live in the shadows of their male counterparts until now.

  • As Red as Blood

    Author: Salla Simukka
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Set against a wintry Finnish backdrop, this is an intriguing and brilliantly crafted thriller which keeps the reader absorbed right to the end. First in a trilogy.

  • Ash

    Author: Malinda Lo
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    In this bewitching and sophisticated re-interpretation of the Cinderella story, lonely orphan Ash falls in love not with a handsome prince, but with Kaisa, the King's Huntress.

  • Ash Dresses her Friends

    Author: Fu Wenzheng
    Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

    Ash the Magpie is lonely. Everyone thinks she is shy but the truth is, she is just quiet. After meeting a sad elephant, Ash makes him a shirt to cheer him up. Beautiful illustrations, which display Chinese culture, with simple text for very young readers.

  • Ash Mistry and the City of Death

    Author: Sarwat Chadda (also writes under Joshua Khan)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Ash Mistry and the City of Death is an action-packed chase across India to stop arch enemy Savage conquering the most powerful magic of all, and much more besides. The second book in a series, this story is a dark, gripping page-turner.

  • Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress

    Author: Sarwat Chadda (also writes under Joshua Khan)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Covering themes of reincarnation, destiny, family, friendship, loyalty and a host of characters from Hindu belief and mythology, this is a page-turner that most children will find totally gripping.

  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness

    Author: Sarwat Chadda (also writes under Joshua Khan)
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Ash Mistry has everything to play for in this final, epic battle against Savage and the forces of evil. The book isn’t simply a battle of good versus evil – the central theme is about realising your potential and becoming the best person you can be. 

  • Asha and the Spirit Bird

    Author: Jasbinder Bilan
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Asha’s quest across India to find her father brings her into danger before love, faith and friendship finally provide a happy ending. A warm, comforting story that tackles some dark subjects with a constantly reassuring tone.  

  • Ask Amy Green: Summer Secrets

    Author: Sarah Webb
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The second instalment in a series set in Ireland about a 13 year-old girl. As well as the trauma of teenage romance, Amy juggles a number of challenging family issues.

  • Ask Oscar

    Author: Alan MacDonald Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Egmont

    An ordinary day is interrupted for Sam when he finds a dog called Oscar on his doorstep. Can he persuade his parents to let the dog stay? This is simply an all-round good book, with lovable characters, laugh-out-loud moments and lots of warmth and innocence.

  • Assassinating Shakespeare

    Author: Thomas Goltz
    Publisher: Saqi Books

    In 1976, Thomas Goltz, then a naive twenty-one-year-old on the trail of his errant brother, worked his way around Africa putting on one-man Shakespeare performances.

  • Asterix and the Picts

    Author: Jean-Yves Ferri Illustrator: Didier Conrad Translator: Anthea Bell
    Publisher: Orion Publishing

    This is the first of the Asterix books not to be written by at least one of the series’ original creators, René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, and has instead been produced by a new  team

  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge
    Publisher: Orion

    In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans.

  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    Astrid loves the stars and space, and wants to be an astronaut. A delightful and educational book for young readers interested in space travel, with colourful illustrations, large-print text, fun facts, diverse characters and heartfelt father-daughter interactions. 

  • Astrosaurs: Riddle of the Raptors

    Author: Steve Cole
    Publisher: Random House

    Captain Teggs and his faithful crew are no ordinary dinosaurs – they are astrosaurs!

  • Astrosaurs: The Planet of Peril

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Woody Fox
    Publisher: Random House

    Captain Teggs is an astrosaur! With the help of his crew he goes on dangerous space missions in his spaceship, the DSS Sauropod. 

  • Asylum

    Author: Rachel Anderson
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Driven by drought, starvation and conflict, Rosa and Sunday have both undertaken perilous journeys across continents – only to end up in Hawk Rise, a decaying tower block scheduled for demolition.

  • At Somerton: Secrets and Sapphires

    Author: Leila Rasheed (also writes under Ellie Boswell)
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Spring 1910, and the Averley family are returning to their ancestral home, the beautiful Somerton Court, after living a life of luxury in India. But it soon becomes clear that they have some scandalous secrets to hide...

  • At the House of the Magician

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Lucy discovers that she has second sight. This enables her to warn the Queen of danger, and leads to her covert employment as a spy.

  • At the Seaside

    Author: Germano Zullo
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    This is a beautifully illustrated picture book which follows a mother looking for her son on the beach.

  • At the Sign of the Sugared Plum

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    It is 1665 and Hannah, the spirited heroine, is thrilled at the chance to visit London to help her sister in her sweetmeats shop, The Sugared Plum. 

  • At the World's End

    Author: Catherine Fisher
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Caz has been living in a department store for the past nine years with a group of survivors. They managed to escape the storm of the Blue Star, which turned everything outside into a frozen world. Nine years on, rations are running low and sacrifices have to be made - meaning someone has to leave the safety of the store.

  • Atlantia

    Author: Ally Condie
    Publisher: Penguin

    This engaging, dystopian fantasy is both entertaining and thought-provoking, raising questions about environmental responsibility and the nature of humanity.

  • Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World

    Author: Ben Handicott Illustrator: Lucy Letherland
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    From the Eiffel Tower to Angkor Wat, Death Valley to Easter Island, this edition of the beautiful and information-packed Atlas of Adventures series explores 30 wonders of the world, featuring a mix of human structures and natural phenomena.

  • Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures

    Author: Emily Hawkins Illustrator: Lucy Letherland
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    Millions of years ago, the world was very different than it is now – even in terms of how a map of the world looked. In the Triassic period, the world was one large supercontinent called Pangaea, which, over millions of years, separated into Laurasia and Gondwana in the Jurassic period, and then into the more recognisable continents we know today.

  • Atlas of Miniature Adventures

    Author: Emily Hawkins Illustrator: Lucy Letherland
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    This little non-fiction book celebrates small-scale curiosities from around the world and is accompanied by distinctive illustrations, which contain a wealth of detail. An unusual and informative book, packed full of petite surprises.

  • Atonement

    Author: Ian McEwan
    Publisher: Vintage Classics

    On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house.

  • Attack of the Necron

    Author: Cavan Scott Illustrator: Magnus Noren and Cole Marchetti
    Publisher: Games Workshop

    A rollicking, fast-paced space adventure awaits Zelia Lor when terrifying robot warriors attack her planet and force her to flee, alongside unlikely companions. This exciting, action-packed adventure is a great read for children who love the Star Wars universe.

  • Attack of the Not-So-Virtual Monsters

    Author: Kim Harrington
    Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

    This fun novel taps into the recent Pokemon Go craze, and will appeal to gamers and sci-fi fans equally. It is a fast-paced, heart-warming story that may even charm tech-fiends away from their screens.

  • Atticus Claw Breaks the Law

    Author: Jennifer Gray
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Atticus Claw is the world's greatest cat burglar, but things change when he is hired by a group of magpies to steal some jewels.

  • Athena: The Story of a Goddess

    Author: Isabel and Imogen Greenberg
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    The story of Athena may be lesser known than some other Greek myths, but hers is one of wisdom, war and courage. A brilliant and stylish book that offers an empowering experience for those unfamiliar with these commanding goddesses and heroines.

  • Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

    Author: Horatio Clare Illustrator: Jane Matthews
    Publisher: Firefly Press

    The holidays are not off to the best start. But if anyone can sort out this mess, it's Aubrey: the boy who can talk to animals. This lively chapter book is a funny, smart look at the animal kingdom and how - and why - we should listen to others' points of view.

  • Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

    Author: Horatio Clare Illustrator: Jane Matthews
    Publisher: Firefly

    This fabulously illustrated book addresses the difficult subject of parental depression, at once describing the horror of Aubrey’s dad’s experience but also remaining upbeat and full of surreal humour.

  • Augustus and his Smile

    Author: Catherine Rayner Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Augustus is a tiger, who though large and fearless, is sad, because he has lost his smile. He goes on a journey to find it.

  • Aunt Amelia

    Author: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    'We were in a bad mood. Aunt Amelia was coming to look after us. We didn't know who Aunt Amelia was and we didn't want looking after.'

  • Aurora

    Author: Julie Betagna
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    The third in a series which portrays a future world devastated by global warming, Aurora introduces us to  the headstrong Lily, Mara's daughter, who sets out in search of Fox, her birth father, and in doing so, discovers lands and peoples they had thought completely destroyed.

  • Ausländer

    Author: Paul Dowswell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Ausländer gives a fascinating insight into life in Berlin during WorldWar II – a perspective not frequently portrayed in young adult fiction.

  • Ava’s Spectacular Spectacles

    Author: Alice Rex and Angela Perrini
    Publisher: New Frontier

    When Ava doesn’t want to wear her glasses at school one day, her quick-witted teacher offers some wise words of advice about their importance. The reimagined fairy tales are told with plenty of humour and zest.

  • Avery McShane

    Author: Greg Lyons
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Plenty of action and adventure; an exotic setting; well-drawn characters and a plucky, engaging hero, make this a page-turner

  • Avocado Baby

    Author: John Burningham
    Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

    Mr and Mrs Hargreaves' new baby is the fussy kind and doesn't seem to want to eat anything. Until he eats avocadoes – and gets bigger and stronger than anyone could have guessed. Avocado Baby is a total joy, full of surreal, off-kilter humour.

  • Awful Auntie

    Author: David Walliams Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    A rude, witty and irreverent illustrated story in which an orphaned girl tries to escape from her murderous auntie and solve the mystery of her parents’ death. It's just a bit scary and fantastic fun.

  • Awkward

    Author: Svetlana Chmakova
    Publisher: Yen Press

    Awkward perfectly captures the secondary school experience – friendships, rivalries, secrets, eccentric teachers, and also what can be accomplished when everyone works together.

  • Axel Scheffler Rhyming Stories Book 1: Pip the Dog and Freddy the Frog

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Campbell Books

    The first in a series of rhyming stories following unlikely friends who love to make noise and have fun.

  • Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Featuring Axel Scheffler's bright, friendly and recognisable animal illustrations and a lighthearted rhyming text, children can also mix the animal names, poems AND animal pictures up to create amusing hybrids.

  • Axel Scheffler's Flip-Flap Farm

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Farm is a rhyming book app: swipe any part of the screen to create 121 different combinations of animal halves, rhymes and silly, hybrid animal names.

  • Azizi and the Little Blue Bird

    Author: Laïla Koubaa and Mattias De Leew Translator: David Colmer
    Publisher: Book Island

    Azizi's beautiful land is under threat, but will he be able to save it with the help of a little blue bird? The beautiful illustrations perfectly match the tone of the book and this is a fabulous way to introduce cultural diversity.

  • Azzi in Between

    Author: Sarah Garland
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    This is a moving tale of a refugee family told in graphic novel style and so appealing to a wide range of younger readers.

  • Cyborg Cat: Rise of the Parsons Road Gang

    Author: Ade Adepitan
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    This first book by Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan offers a fascinating picture of his childhood. With a light touch and plenty of wit, he recalls the influences and events that helped to shape his life and career. Entertaining, accessible and inspiring.