Books beginning with: C

  • Caddy's World

    Author: Hilary McKay
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    This prequel to the award-winning Saffy's Angel focuses on 12-year-old Caddy Casson and her best friends: Alison, who hates everyone, Ruby who is clever and Beth who is perfect, as the girls embark upon the difficult and sometimes confusing business of growing-up. This book provides a perfect introduction to the loveable Casson family and is both moving…

  • Cake

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 3-6

    Cake is delighted when he receives his first ever party invitation. But will being a cake at a birthday party really end well…? Lots of humour and vibrant illustrations will have children giggling in anticipation as they wait to discover Cake’s fate.

  • Cake Girl

    Author: David Lucas
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    The story of a lonely witch who bakes herself a cake girl to keep her company on her birthday.

  • Cakes in Space

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    This lively and exciting space story from the duo behind Oliver and the Seawigs is packed with fun, adventure and plenty of surreal humour.

  • Calamity Jack

    Author: Dean and Shannon Hale Illustrator: Nathan Hale
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    This graphic novel is full of fun action set pieces, comedic turns and well-drawn out characters and is a much-needed updating of the classic fairy tale.

  • Calm Down, Boris!

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 2-4

    This interactive book comes complete with a Boris puppet making it perfect for sharing.

  • Calming Colouring for Kids

    Author: Lauren Farnsworth Illustrator: Chellie Carroll Fay Martin Felicity French and Jane Hayes
    Publisher: Buster Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    The illustrators have done a fantastic job of providing a real range of patterns and scenes in this colouring book. There's sure to be a page that captures your child's imagination and keeps them calm and focused.

  • Call Down Thunder

    Author: Daniel Finn
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Reve and his sister Mi head to the city in search of their lost mother, and find themselves in danger in this thrilling and unusual teen read.

  • Call Me Alastair

    Author: Cory Leonardo
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Alastair the parrot poet dreams of freedom, blue skies and palm trees. His sister Aggie yearns to go home with animal-loving Fritz. Can their different wishes be reconciled? Heartwarming, heartbreaking, eccentric, original and stunningly good.

  • Call Me Drog

    Author: Sue Cowing
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Parker thinks nothing of plucking an old hand-puppet out of the rubbish but he soon realises he’s made a big mistake - Drog is no ordinary puppet

  • Call Me Gorgeous

    Author: Giles Milton Illustrator: Alexandra Milton
    Publisher: Boxer Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 6+

    This stunning picture book intrigues and delights in equal measure.

  • Call to War: The Chronicles of Avantia

    Author: Adam Blade
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 11+

    The evil warlord Derthsin will rule Avantia if he can locate all four pieces of the Mask of Death. Only the Chosen Riders and their mythical Beasts stand between him and total control.

  • Camille and the Sunflowers

    Author: Laurence Anholt
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Focusing on a short period in Vincent Van Gogh's life, this story is told through the eyes of Camille, the postmaster's son.

  • Can I Come Too?

    Author: Brian Patten Illustrator: Nicola Bayley
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Even the smallest of us can make adventures happen. The very small mouse at the start of this tale decides that he’ll set off to find the biggest creature in the world.

  • Can I Eat That?

    Author: Joshua David Stein Illustrator: Julia Rothman
    Publisher: Phaidon Press
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 7+

    A quirky combination of fact and fun, this distinctive picture book about food poses questions that inquisitive children typically ask, such as: 'If I eat jelly and I eat fish, can I eat jellyfish?' Stylish, witty and informative.

  • Can it be About Me?

    Author: Cheryl Moskowitz Illustrator: Ros Asquith
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 8+

    Exploring life in and out of the classroom, the poems in this collection explore everything from spelling tests to best friends, teachers to secrets

  • Can We Save the Tiger?

    Author: Martin Jenkins Illustrator: Vicky White
    Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    A sequel to Ape, this beautifully illustrated book takes us through some of the extinct and endangered animals in the world.

  • Can you say it too? Brrr! Brrr!

    Author: Sebastien Braun
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    This charming book, with its sturdy card pages, allows young children to discover the world of the Antarctic through its interactive pages. Each flap reveals a new animal, as well as the noise they make, so readers can join in with the fun.

  • Can You Say It Too? Cheep! Cheep!

    Author: Sebastien Braun
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-2
    Reading age: N/A

    Little ones will love this sturdy board book with big, simple and colourful flaps. An animal theme is always popular, but the flaps and 'can you say it too?' animal sounds make this board book extra interactive.

  • Can You See a Little Bear?

    Author: James Mayhew Illustrator: Jackie Morris
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    Little Bear journeys through an astonishing collection of magical settings, and meets many exotic animals as he drifts off to sleep. The text is a series of rhyming statements and questions which draw the child's attention into the pictures, and encourage them to search for the creatures and objects mentioned, and also to discover the wealth of other images …

  • Can You See Me?

    Author: Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9+

    Starting secondary school is a daunting time for any 11 year old – and Natalia is no exception. This is a powerful, readable and relatable story about trying to fit in. Along the way, a host of assumptions and stereotypes about autism are smashed. 

  • Candle Man

    Author: Glenn Dankin
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 11+

    Theo lives a virtual prisoner at Empire Hall, cared for by Dr Saint, the butler and the maid, his knowledge of the world outside gleaned from fairy tales.

  • Candyfloss

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Many youngsters will relate to the story of Floss, who loves both her parents dearly and desperately wants them to get back together.

  • Candypop: Candy and the Broken Biscuits

    Author: Lauren Laverne
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    The story of a girl, a guitar, a guardian angel and a long-lost father. The girl is Candy Caine: in her dreams she's storming Glastonbury; in reality she doesn't even have a band.

  • Cannonball Coralie and the Lion

    Author: Grace Easton
    Publisher: Lincoln Children’s (First Editions)
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    When Coralie meets Lion, she is determined to stay in his circus troupe – but none of her talents are enough to impress the Ringmaster. An accomplished and beautiful tale about why sometimes it’s OK to live by your own rules, and always best to follow your heart.

  • Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

    Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Barbara Firth
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Little Bear just can't get to sleep because he is afraid of the dark. Big Bear is patient and brings bigger and bigger lanterns to keep away the darkness. Still Little Bear is afraid, so Big Bear takes him outside to see the moon and the stars. Finally, cuddled up in Big Bear's arms, Little Bear goes to sleep, allowing Big Bear to finish reading his book. Th…

  • Captain Cat and the Treasure Map

    Author: Sue Mongredien Illustrator: Kate Pankhurst
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 6-9
    Reading age: 7+

    Captain Cat and the Treasure Map is perfect for children starting to read their own books, but also tons of fun to read together at bedtime. There are lots of laughs, and the pace is nice and quick, meaning young readers will power this great new pirate series.

  • Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Missing Treasure!

    Author: Giles Andreae
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    This latest Captain Flinn adventure finds Flinn and his friends fighting off pirate dinosaurs to recover Captain Rumblebelly's treasure and restore it to the museum.

  • Captain Pugwash and the Mutiny

    Author: John Ryan
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    Two great stories featuring the crew of the Black Pig, from cowardly Captain Pugwash to young cabin boy Tom

  • Captain Small Pig

    Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Susan Varley
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    In picturing this quiet day out on the river with Turkey, Old Goat and Small Pig, Waddell and Varley have created a gently humorous text redolent of folk tales from many cultures.

  • Captain Valiant and Me: Revenge of the Black Phantom

    Author: Adam Britten Illustrator: Arthur Hamer
    Publisher: Piccadilly
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    Mark looks like an ordinary schoolboy, but the truth is he is really Dynamic Boy, one of a family of Astral Guardians sent to protect planet Earth.

  • Captive

    Author: A J Grainger
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13

    Robyn, the daughter of the British Prime Minister, is kidnapped at gunpoint, incarcerated in a tiny cell. A gripping read and a moving exploration of identity, celebrity, loyalty, politics and power.

  • Car Wash Wish

    Author: Sita Brahmachari
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 7+

    Fourteen-year-old Hudson has Asperger's Syndrome, and knows his brain works differently. This entertaining and thought-provoking story reveals that there is more than one way of looking at life and its problems.

  • Car, Car, Truck, Jeep

    Author: Katrina Charman Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 0-5

    Putting a new slant on an old favourite, this colourful rhyming journey to the seaside is sung to the tune of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and showcases vehicles and transport of all kinds. Joyful, noisy and exciting.

  • Caramel Hearts

    Author: E R Murray
    Publisher: Alma Books
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    One day, 14-year-old Liv discovers recipes written in her mother's handwriting, and this sets her off on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation. A beautifully told story about what it takes to get through hard times.

  • Car-Jacked

    Author: Ali Sparkes
    Publisher: OUP Oxford

    Ross McAllister has just robbed a bank, is on the run and must get to London with £100,000 by Wednesday or his brother will die. But when he steals a car, the last thing he expects is to find 12-year-old genius Jack in the back seat. Jack is shocked too, and even though he knows it's a bad idea, he decides to stay and help Ross. London is hundreds of miles a…

  • Carrie's War

    Author: Nina Bawden
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 10+

    Inspired by Nina Bawden's own experiences of living as an evacuee in a Welsh mining valley as a child, Carrie's War is now considered a modern classic. Funny, sad and thought-provoking. 

  • Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss

    Author: Michael Rosen
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Michael Rosen tells the story of his life in beautifully written short episodes, which give the reader a vivid glimpse into the author's personal life.

  • Casino Royale

    Author: Ian Fleming
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 15+
    Reading age: 15+

    James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome; chillingly ruthless and very deadly. Spymaster M has sent Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called simply 'Le Chiffre'.

  • Casting the Gods Adrift

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Galaxy
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8-12

    This is a journey back in time to the era of the ancient Egyptians, when religion and ritual were central to people's lives.

  • Cat is Sleepy

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 0+

    Cat is determined to find somewhere comfortable and quiet to sleep... this is an ideal first board book for the under-fives with a perfect balance of story and illustration. Stylish, accessible, attractive and great fun.

  • Catch That Crocodile

    Author: Anushka Ravishankar Illustrator: Pulak Biswas
    Publisher: Tara Publishing
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    This is a catchy rhyming, rhythmic story of village life interrupted by the appearance of a wily crocodile.

  • Catch That Egg!

    Author: Lucy Rowland and Anna Chernyshova
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Floppit is a bunny with very big, bouncy feet. Unfortunately, he is just too boisterous for his friends looking after little ones. Is he too bouncy to be around? A lovely one to share with older siblings that may have a new baby in the house.

  • Catch Us if You Can-Can!

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    The stars of Alex T. Smith’s dinner-time crime Egg are back in a sparkly sequel.

  • Catching Fire

    Author: Suzanne Collins
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 10+

    This second book of the Hunger Games trilogy sees Katniss and Peeta as the first ever joint Victors of a bloodthirsty and mercilessly gruesome reality TV show.

  • Catching Teller Crow

    Author: Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    A beautifully told, outstanding and thought-provoking novel. Themes of race and the treatment of Aboriginal peoples interweave with those of grief and letting go, but without ever becoming overbearing, with the focus on the town's mystery. 

  • Cats Ahoy!

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Jim Field
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Cats’ favourite thing in the world is fish. So when Alfonso the cat overhears a two old men discussing the imminent arrival of a boat,  carrying its largest ever catch, he hatches a plan. This book is very funny – fishtastic in fact!

  • Cats and Curses

    Author: Elen Caldecott
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    This is the fourth book in the Marsh Road Mysteries series, although there is no need to read them in order. Andrew, Piotr, Minnie, Flora and Sylvie are great characters and this is an exciting adventure that will be devoured in a few sittings.

  • Cat's Cradle

    Author: Julia Golding
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    This latest historical adventure following the fortunes of the feisty heroine Cat Royal will not disappoint fans of the series

  • Cats React to Science Facts

    Author: Izzi Howell
    Publisher: Wayland
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Izzi Howell's genius book combines genuinely astonishing scientific facts with hilarious and cute cat pictures: a perfect book for sparking conversations (and with "aww" appeal).

  • Catwad: It's Me

    Author: Jim Benton
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Catwad, a grumpy blue cat, is best friends with Blurmp, a relentlessly happy and pretty stupid orange cat. Togther they navigate the nitty gritty of life in the fine tradition of comic-book cats such as Garfield and Grumpy Cat. A really fun comic, very accessible and easy to read.

  • Catherine Certitude

    Author: Patrick Modiano Translator: William Rodarmor Illustrator: Jean-Jacques Sempe
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    A woman in New York reminisces about growing up in Paris with her father.

  • Catherine's Story

    Author: Genevieve Moore Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    This is the story of Catherine, a very special little girl who also happens to have severe additional needs.

  • Caught in the Crossfire

    Author: Alan Gibbons
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Oakfield is a town of white and Asian ghettos. The Patriotic Party wants a whites-only England and to this end incites race war.

  • Cave Baby

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Cave Baby is restless and sets about amusing himself. But he is warned that being naughty will mean 'A mammoth's going to throw you to the big brown bear!'

  • Century

    Author: Sarah Singleton
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Mercy and her sister Charity have never questioned their daily routine, each day unfolding exactly as the next

  • Ceri & Deri: No Time for Clocks

    Author: Max Low
    Publisher: Graffeg
    Interest age: 3-5

    This colourful picture book in the Ceri & Deri series combines straightforward language and simple illustrations to effectively introduce young children to the tricky concept of time.

  • Ceri & Deri: The Treasure Map

    Author: Max Low
    Publisher: Graffeg
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Ceri the Cat and her best friend Deri the Dog are on the hunt for treasure. Max Low’s illustrations are cartoony and comic and this gentle story is perfect for those who want to avoid too much peril or drama. 

  • Ceri & Deri: The Very Smelly Telly Show

    Author: Max Low
    Publisher: Graffeg
    Interest age: 4-5

    Best friends Ceri and Deri can't seem to pull Dai the duck away from his telly to play with them - until they find a smelly old cardboard box to make their own show with!

  • Ceri and Deri: Young Whippersnapper

    Author: Max Low
    Publisher: Graffeg
    Interest age: 4-5

    This entertaining tale in a vibrant series of picture books for young readers features best friends Ceri the cat and Deri the dog. While out for a stroll with their pal Dai the duck, they meet elderly Davey Dog, who is laden down with heavy shopping bags. The three friends offer to help Davey carry his bags home and Ceri comes up with the clever idea of whee…

  • Cezanne and the Apple Boy

    Author: Laurence Anholt
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    This picture book tells the story of the young Paul Cezanne. He visits his father where he lives in a little town in the mountains.

  • Cinder

    Author: Marisa Meyer
    Publisher: Puffin Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    This extremely imaginative take on the Cinderella story sees the heroine step out from behind the prince and forge her own destiny

  • Cinderelephant

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Prince Trunky is looking for a bride and all the girls in the neighbourhood are invited to his ball - but poor Cinderelephant is stuck at home cooking and cleaning for the Warty Sisters.

  • Cinderella of the Nile

    Author: Beverley Naidoo Illustrator: Marjan Vafaeian
    Publisher: Tiny Owl
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Rhodopis is a rarity in the north of Greece, with her red hair and blue eyes. Soon, she is kidnapped and turned into a slave. When the Pharoah finds a slipper, he declares he will marry the owner. This version of the Cinderella story is based on an Egyptian tale.

  • Cinderella: The Fairytale Files

    Author: Alan Durant Illustrator: Ross Collins
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 8+

    The household of King Magnus the Magnificent has been thrown into turmoil. Prince Charming has proposed to a mystery woman, the unknown, but very beautiful, Cinderella.

  • Cinderella’s Sister and the Big Bad Wolf

    Author: Lorraine Carey and Migy Blanco
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    In a creative retelling of the Cinderella story, it's Cinderella's third ugly sister sister Gertie, who is the nice one. Gertie really wants to go to the ball, but there's no way that Mrs Ugly will let her go unless she can prove she's just as horrible as they are.

  • Cinderella's Bum

    Author: Nicholas Allan
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Did you know that Santa has a big bum? And what about Cinderella? Brilliant bottoms of all shapes and sizes make an appearence in this quirky picture book.

  • Cinnamon

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Divya Srinivasan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 5-7
    Reading age: 6-8

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

  • Circle

    Author: Mac Barnett Illustrator: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Candlewick Press
    Interest age: 3-5

    Circle, Square and Triangle are friends and each has a distinctive personality. Beautifully designed, funny and a little bit spooky, this is a wonderful book to share with young children, particularly those with a spirit of adventure.

  • Circle Rolls

    Author: Barbara Kanninen Illustrator: Serge Bloch
    Publisher: Phaidon
    Interest age: 3-5
    Reading age: 3+

    The force of a tiny man’s sneeze sends Circle rolling off on an eventful adventure, where he encounters a variety of other shapes. This humorous picture book is an ideal way to introduce shape and colour to young children.

  • Circus Mirandus

    Author: Cassie Beasley
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 8

    Beautifully crafted and with the feel of an old fashioned fairy tale, Circus Mirandus is a wonderful, imaginative story of magic and fantasy, but also the power of  love and friendship.

  • City of Ashes

    Author: Cassandra Clare
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    In the second installment of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary finds herself falling deeper into New York City's underworld of demons, werewolves, vampires and Shadowhunters.

  • City of Bones

    Author: Cassandra Clare
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 9+

    When Clary visits a nightclub, she discovers that she is one of the Shadowhunters - a group of demon-hunters living in a world of vampires, werewolves and warlocks.

  • City of Ghosts

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Corgi
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 11+

    Based around the British massacre of Indians at Amritsar in 1919, Rai’s seventh novel for young adults moves seamlessly through time, place, belief and genre.

  • City of Ghosts

    Author: Victoria Schwab
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 10-13
    Reading age: 11+

    Instead of summer at the beach, Cassidy’s parents have dragged her on a trip to Edinburgh to film their new TV show. This wouldn’t be so bad, except that since her near-death experience last year, Cass has been able to see and feel ghosts whenever they’re near –and Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world.

    Cassidy can cross the ‘veil’ into a …

  • Clackers: Little Witch

    Author: Luana Rinaldo
    Publisher: Random House Inc.
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 4+

    Little Witch is brewing up some special Halloween punch and all of her friends are coming to help

  • Claire: Justice Ninja

    Author: Joe Brady Illustrator: Kate Ashwin
    Publisher: The Phoenix
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    This fun graphic novel has 12 relatable short stories for young readers to enjoy, with a young hero who intends to right the world of wrongs: whether it's litter in the street or your mum eating all the pepperoni off a pizza. 

  • Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day

    Author: Amy De La Haye Illustrator: Emily Sutton
    Publisher: V&A Publishing
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    Clara Button loves hats and when her older brother Ollie breaks her favourite, Mum takes them on a special hat day out

  • Clare and her Captain

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Conkers (Barrington Stoke)
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 7+

    While on holiday in Devon, Clare strikes up a touching friendship with an elderly man and his beloved horse. This moving tale of loneliness, loss and friendship is beautifully illustrated and particularly suited to dyslexic readers.

  • Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Clarice Bean is very bad at spelling. She thinks it is far better to be able to mend a hem using a stapler, or jump out of a moving helicopter safely.

  • Clarice Bean, That's Me

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    Clarice Bean gives us a snapshot of her life and family in the book that launched a bestselling series.

  • Clarice Bean: Don’t Look Now

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Clarice is facing her biggest, baddest worries by writing them all down in a notebook. But a worry has come along that she hadn't even thought about. As ever, Child tackles all this with humour, fun and some fabulously stylish illustrations.

  • Clash

    Author: Colin Mulhern
    Publisher: Catnip Books
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    A tense, aggressive, but moral tale of boys on the brink of adulthood

  • Class Six and the Eel of Fortune

    Author: Sally Prue Illustrator: Loretta Schauer
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 5-12
    Reading age: 7+

    Class Six and the Eel of Fortune keeps up the irreverent and fast-paced nature of the first book, while also ratcheting up the hilarity. 

  • Class Two at the Zoo

    Author: Julia Jarman Illustrator: Lynne Chapman
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Jarman's richly comical poem of Class Two's encounter with an anaconda is reminiscent of Belloc's Cautionary Tales.

  • Claude All at Sea

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 7+

    When Claude leaves the bath taps running and floods the house, he finds himself swept out to sea and in trouble with Nigel, the gigantic sea monster. Claude's resourcefulness and joie de vivre will appeal to both youngsters and adults.

  • Claude in the City

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Claude is no ordinary dog - he leads an extraordinary life! When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude heads for the city, where pigeons, beret shops and robberies await.

  • Claude in the Spotlight

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 6+

    Alex T Smith's adorable Claude - a small plump dog in a stylish red sweater and beret - is back for a new adventure.

  • Claude: Going For Gold

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7-9

    It's The Stonking Great Big Sports Day, and returning hero Claude is itching to take part! Hilarious and beautifully illustrated, Claude: Going For Gold is great fun and will carry you off in a gleeful adventure.

  • Clay

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 9+

    The scariest thing in Davie's life is the brutish leader of the gang of lads from the next village – until, that is, the arrival of Stephen Rose.

  • Clean Break

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Everyone adores Dad, with his glamorous ponytail and his wonderful storytelling gifts. Even Em, though he is not her real dad. His Christmas presents, which include a real (well, probably) emerald ring for Em, are the best ever too.

  • Clean Getaway

    Author: Nic Stone
    Publisher: Knights Of
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    One day, Scoob's Grandma turns up at his house and invites him on a road trip - retracing the steps of a trip she took with his late grandpa. This is a satisfying, timeless read about a family’s history which intersects with the American civil rights movement, and reminds readers of the impact of racism and intolerance.

  • Clean Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 4-8

    Rocket loves visiting her Grammy and Grampy in Jamaica, especially splashing in the waves with her cool surfing Grammy - but when Rocket finds a baby turtle washed up on the shore, tangled in plastic, she decides something must be done. It's time to clean up!

  • Clem and Crab

    Author: Fiona Lumbers
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Clem loves going to the beach and tries hard to keep the coastline clean, but soon realises she needs the help and enthusiasm of her classmates, too. An uplifting and inspiring picture book that demonstrates that lots of small actions can have a big impact. The uplifting story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations, which bring the seascape to life.

  • Clementine and Mungo

    Author: Sarah Dyer
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Clementine and Mungo may be pigs, but they ask just the sort of awkward questions typical of small children.

  • Cleo's Alphabet Book

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Caroline Mockford
    Publisher: Barefoot Books
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    • Join Cleo the cat and learn your ABC!
    • Together, you can guess the word which goes with each letter.
    • This is an imaginative and playful way to explore the letters of the alphabet.

  • Cleo's Counting Book

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Caroline Mockford
    Publisher: Barefoot Books
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    • Cleo the cat counts from one to ten and back again.
    • You will meet lots of friends with Cleo in this playful adventure.
    • This book is brimming with bright colours with a fun use of numbers!

  • Cliffhanger

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    A salutary and funny tale about not giving up from Jacqueline Wilson.

  • Clifftoppers: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure

    Author: Fleur Hitchcock
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 7+

    This rip-roaring page turner about a group of strongminded young sleuths is reminiscent of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series. Bursting with intrigue and excitement, it is ideal for confident young readers who enjoy traditional, wholesome adventure tales.

  • Climate Rebels

    Author: Ben Lerwill
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    An inspiring collection of climate activists from all over the world, perfect for older primary school children. It’s the ideal way to feel informed about what’s going on now, and will have young readers thinking about they can help in their own communities.

  • Clip-Clop

    Author: Nicola Smee
    Publisher: Boxer Books
    Interest age: 0-3

    Cat, Dog, Pig and Duck all want a ride on Mr Horse. Once on board, they want to go faster and faster.. but will that lead to disaster?

  • Clive and His Hats

    Author: Jessica Spanyol
    Publisher: Child's Play International
    Interest age: 0-3
    Reading age: 4+

    Clive loves his hats, and he has a hat to suit every situation imaginable. This funny book with its colourful illustrations and jaunty story helps little ones look at which clothes (and hats) to wear when - from rainy days to cosy bedtimes.

  • Clockwise to Titan

    Author: Elon Dann
    Publisher: Hot Key
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Having escaped from the Institute and its brutal watchdogs, Mo, Harete and The Moth must reach the border of the Other country.

  • Clockwork

    Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Peter Bailey
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 9+

    Apprentice clock-maker Karl must craft a new figure for the great clock in town - but he is exceedingly short on inspiration.

  • Close Your Pretty Eyes

    Author: Sally Nicholls
    Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Olivia is moving into her sixteenth home. Her previous homes have been cruel, dull, frightening and awkward - but never haunted.

  • Cloth Lullaby: the woven life of Louise Bourgeois

    Author: Amy Novesky Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault
    Publisher: Abrams
    Interest age: 5-9
    Reading age: 6+

    This beautiful picture book is a biography of 20th-century artist Louise Bourgeois. It tells the story of her childhood, and its influence on her work, with poetic language and expressive drawings.

  • Cloud Boy

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Angie's affection for her friend turns to frustration as he misses some of their planned get-togethers due to apparent headaches. But could it be something more serious? A touching story told with childlike innocence, a lightness of touch and gentle humour.

  • Cloud Busting

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    Shortlisted for the 2004 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (age 6-8 category), an exploration of an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.

  • Cloud Forest

    Author: Victoria Turnbull
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Victoria Turnbull’s visionary art in this book of few words is really the star of the show, depicting magical lands of soft imagination and a dreamlike sense of togetherness, as well as the grief that the little monkey feels when Umpa is gone. 

  • Cloud Tea Monkeys

    Author: Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham Illustrator: Juan Wijngaard
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    Tashi's mother is an impoverished tea-picker, and when she becomes ill, the little girl tries to continue her mother's job.

  • Cloudland

    Author: John Burnigham
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 7+

    On the way home from a day spent high in the mountains, Albert trips and falls off into the clouds. His parents are very sad. Fortunately the Cloud Children come to his rescue...

  • Clover Moon

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Jacqueline Wilson has set her latest story in Victorian London. When Clover Moon receives one beating too many from her evil stepmother, she decides to set off on an adventure, which proves both funny and sad - hooking readers right to the end.

  • Clyde

    Author: Jim Benton
    Publisher: Yoe Books
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 6-9

    Fans of Dog Man and Captain Underpants will adore Jim Benton's fast paced, clearly laid out and short comic: the humour is fast paced, zany and just the right kind of surreal to appeal to primary school kids looking for laughs.

  • Cock-a-doodle-doo! Farmyard Hullabaloo

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 2-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Fun to read aloud, each character is introduced with an enchanting rhyme which is accompanied by vibrant, colourful illustrations.

  • Cockatoos

    Author: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 2+

    The eccentric and absent-minded Professor Dupont is the proud but worried owner of ten cockatoos.

  • Code Name Verity

    Author: Elizabeth Wein
    Publisher: Electric Monkey
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    Two young women become unlikely best friends during WWII, until one is captured by the Gestapo...

  • Codebusters

    Author: Dan Metcalf Illustrator: Gary Cherrington
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Education
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 7-9

    This pacey illustrated chapter book for confident young readers highlights the importance of friendship and remaining true to yourself. With brainteasers to solve throughout, it will particularly appeal to those with an interest in maths, puzzles and codes.

  • Cogheart

    Author: Peter Bunzl Illustrations by Becca Stadtlander
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 10+

    This ambitious debut is set in 1896, but in an alternative history - almost steampunk - with clockwork servants, silver airships and mechanical animals. Expect thrills and mystery, but also some deep messages about what it is to live and be happy.

  • Colin and Lee: Carrot and Pea

    Author: Morag Hood
    Publisher: Two Hoots
    Interest age: 3-5

    Colin is a carrot, and Lee is a pea. An amusing and deceptively simple look at friendship and difference, this is a lovely book for young readers.

  • Colin the Cart Horse

    Author: Gavin Puckett Illustrator: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 8+

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

  • Colour Away Your Worries

    Author: Leslie Ironside and Haia Ironside
    Publisher: Buster Books
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 6+

    This drawing and colouring book is a very gentle way to encourage children to work through their worries and let go of stress. It also happens to be a lot of fun.

  • Colours

    Author: Pantone Inc
    Publisher: Abramsappleseed
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 2+

    This fun book illustrates all the colours of the rainbow with simple, bright pictures.

  • Colours

    Author: Susan Steggall
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    An interactive and fun way to teach young children about colours and vehicles - and learn new vocabulary.

  • COLOURS: A Walk in the Countryside

    Author: Rosalind Beardshaw
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 5+

    A young girl and boy play in the countryside, finding ladybirds and butterflies, birds and flowers, before sitting down for a nice picnic. Finally, after a lovely day spotting animals, they sit down beside the river and gaze up at a wonderful rainbow.

  • Collected Poems for Children

    Author: Ted Hughes Illustrator: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    All Hughes readers might expect the crows, horses and sheep they encounter here, but the haggis/bagpipe hybrid might be more of a surprise!

  • Collins Pocket English Dictionary

    Author: HarperCollins
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 6+

    Collins Pocket English Dictionary is the most up-to-date, information-packed dictionary of its size available.The feedback from the 2010 Letterbox Club Green Pilot showed that having your own copy of a pocket dictionary was both useful and empowering. Good for homework and school projects.

  • Collins World Atlas

    Author: HarperCollins
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 5+

    This fully up-to-date world atlas contains over 70 pages of highly accurate reference maps. Key statistics, facts and flags for every country of the world are included in the introductory section giving readers quick access to essential facts. Where is Libya? How big is Japan? Where is that Olympic gold medallist from? Children can find the answers here.

  • Come All You Little Persons

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Jessica Courtney-Tickle
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 3-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Captivating and vibrant illustrations complement the lyrical text in this joyous, inclusive story by celebrated poet John Agard. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime, this book celebrates childhood and the natural world in all its rich diversity.

  • Come Away from the Water, Shirley

    Author: John Burningham
    Publisher: Red Fox
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5-7

    John Burningham’s simple yet sophisticated account of a trip to the seaside is both a masterly drawing of grumpy Mum and Dad and a vibrant depiction of Shirley’s magical inner world. Fantastic.

  • Come Clean

    Author: Terri Paddock
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    An unflinching examination of love, loss and sibling intimacy, which is both brutal and compelling

  • Come into This Poem

    Author: Tony Mitton Illustrator: Caroline Holden
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    This latest anthology is a complete mixture: from the fun and energetic to the dreamy and ethereal

  • Come to School Too, Blue Kangaroo

    Author: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 5+

    Lily thinks Blue Kangaroo might be nervous about starting school – but in fact he can’t wait to have fun and make some new friends.

  • Comic Adventures of Boots

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    With stylish and witty endpapers of Boots's feverish imagination at work, this is a delightful new addition to Kitamura's growing canon of cat literature.

  • Complete Short Fiction

    Author: Oscar Wilde
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 15+

    Fairy tales, ghost stories, detective fiction and comedies of manners; the stories collected in this volume made Oscar Wilde's name as a writer of fiction.

  • Compton Valance: The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

    Author: Matt Brown
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    TV presenter Matt Brown's bonkers debut plays with form and timelines almost to the brink of confusion. It will take a fairly sophisticated reader to keep up!

  • Computer Ghost

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 8-12
    Reading age: 9+

    When Jade starts to receive e-mail messages from her father two months after his death, she clings to the idea that he is watching over her.

  • Concentr8

    Author: William Sutcliffe
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    A great book and a thought-provoking social commentary.

  • Confessions of an Imaginary Friend

    Author: Michelle Cuevas
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 8+

    Written as if it is a memoir by 'Jacques Papier', this short chapter book is the story of a child's imaginary friend - from the imaginary friend's viewpoint. Philosophical, sad and slightly bizarre.

  • Conquest

    Author: John Connolly & Jennifer Ridyard
    Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
    Interest age: 13-16
    Reading age: 11+

    This futuristic fantasy blossoms into a multi-layered, nerve-jangling explosion of intrigue, deception and chilling ambition.

  • Conspiracy Girl

    Author: Sarah Alderson
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster
    Interest age: 16+
    Reading age: 12+

    This book radiates with relentless excitement and a sense of danger that pulses off every page.

  • Conspiracy of Ravens

    Author: Leah Moore / John Reppion / Sally Jane Thompson
    Publisher: Dark Horse Comics / Penguin Random House
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Anne Ravenhall is just trying to get through her exams at boarding school - until a mysterious aunt leaves her a mysterious locket. Soon, she's caught up in a roaring supernatural adventure...

  • Constable & Toop

    Author: Gareth P Jones
    Publisher: Hot Key Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 10+

    A Victorian funeral parlour is the setting for this exciting mystery that blends comedy with the dark, spooky and supernatural.

  • Construction Vehicles

    Author: Marie Fordacq Illustrator: Peggy Nille Translator: Twirl from French
    Publisher: Twirl
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 2+

    The animals are building a house: they need dump trucks, hydraulic drills, cement mixers and much, much more. This is sure to be a hit with vehicle-obsessed children!

  • Contact

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Imagine a future where physical contact between humans is illegal. No hand holding and no hugs to make you feel better when you're feeling sad.

  • Contender: The Chosen

    Author: Taran Matharu
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 12-15
    Reading age: 11+

    This is the first book in a trilogy from the bestselling author of the Summoner series.
    Plenty of gore, and nail-biting jeopardy punctuate a mystery adventure that has many elements of a video game, so will appeal to gamers as well as lovers of fantasy fiction.

  • Conversion

    Author: Katherine Howe
    Publisher: Oneworld Publications
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 8+

    This is a scary and compelling read. Brilliantly written and full of suspense, it also has romance, friendship and some intriguing history. A definite page turner!

  • Cookie

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Corgi Children's
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Dark themes of domestic abuse and self-esteem are sensitively tackled in this redemptive tale of biscuits and rabbits.

  • Cookie (and the Most Annoying Boy in the World)

    Author: Konnie Huq
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press (Bonnier)
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Funny, ambitious Cookie wants to go on Brainbusters and get a pet, but the most annoying boy in the world keeps upsetting her plans. Can they ever be friends? Funny, loud, opinionated and sometimes thoughtless, Cookie is a relatable character.

  • Cool Nature

    Author: Amy-Jane Beer
    Publisher: Pavilion
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 9+

    This captivating reference guide to the natural world contains just the right amount of material to inform and educate, but not overwhelm the reader. Each double-page spread focusses on a single topic and there are plenty of experiments to try at home. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in nature.

  • Coping with Chloe

    Author: Rosalie Warren
    Publisher: Phoenix Yard Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 8+

    Twelve-year-old Anna's sister was killed a year ago in a road accident. Anna is convinced her sister still inhabits part of her brain, talking though her.

  • Copy Cat

    Author: Mark Birchall
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Whatever Dog does, Cat wants to do too - but soon Dog begins to feel annoyed...

  • Coraline

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 11+

    One day Coraline unlocks a mysterious door that opens onto another world, a twisted parody of Coraline's own dimension.

  • Coram Boy

    Author: Jamila Gavin
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Coram Boy is the story of Toby, saved from an African ship as a child, and Aaron, the illegitimate son of the heir to a great estate.

  • Corby Flood

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    To cheer up their father, who is facing professional ruin, Corby Flood and her family take a cruise. But Corby uncovers a mystery: what is that strange sound coming from the hold?

  • Cordelia Codd: Not Just the Blues

    Author: Claire O'Brien
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    An entertaining, well-written and warm-hearted story about dealing positively with life's unexpected problems.

  • Corey’s Rock

    Author: Sita Brahmachari Illustrator: Jane Ray
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 8+

    Isla and her family move to the Orkney Islands from Edinburgh after Isla’s five-year-old brother Corey passes away. Soon, she learns all about selkies and the myths behind them... Sensitive, sad and ultimately uplifting, with beautiful illustrations. 

  • Cornelia and the Jungle Machine

    Author: Nora Brech Translator: Don Bartlett
    Publisher: Gecko Press
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Cornelia has moved into a big, gothic and creaky new house with her parents, and she’s not happy about it. Full of utterly amazing artwork, this masterpiece has few words and is all about the power of imagination.

  • Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists

    Author: Adam and Lisa Murphy
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    A fun and funky graphic exploration of some of the greatest scientists you’ve ever heard of – and maybe a few you haven’t!

  • Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Women

    Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 8-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Adam Murphy interviews 18 amazing women from history. With a casual, chatty style and colourful comic-strip illustrations, this unique, accessible and slightly macabre series is packed full of humour and fascinating facts.

  • Corpse Talk: Season 1

    Author: Adam and Lisa Murphy
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Corpse Talk, the 'show that brings the dead famous to life' is a highly amusing and clever comic style history book that introduces the reader to historical figures in a fresh and funny way.

  • Corpse Talk: Season 2

    Author: Adam and Lisa Murphy
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    The second instalment of this book sees Adam talk to the corpses of Guy Fawkes, William Shakespeare and Queen Victoria.

  • Cosmic

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job?

  • Cosmic Disco

    Author: Grace Nichols Illustrator: Alice Wright
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7-9

    A poetry collection from the Guyana-born poet Grace Nichols that cover themes of seasons, planets and the cosmos for younger children, but also contains something for everyone to enjoy. 

  • Could a Whale Swim to the Moon?...and other questions.

    Author: Camilla de la Bédoyère and Aleksei Bitskoff
    Publisher: QED
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    Learn all about the blue whale with these funny facts! A great read for young, enquiring minds.

  • Count to 100

    Author: Felicity Brooks Illustrator: Sophia Touliatou
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 4+

    Counting to 100 can be hard, but if you break it down and use fun objects to help you (like cars, flowers, swirling leaves and stars), you'll get to 100 in no time! This book is a great tool to help children who are ready to count past ten.

  • Count with Little Fish

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 0-3

    Lucy Cousins brings her bold and bright illustrations to a set of books for babies featuring fish. This sturdy board book counts from one to ten with brightly coloured fish on each page.

  • Count with Maisy

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 0-3
    Reading age: 4+

    Young children will have fun counting from one to ten using familiar objects, such as pencils and fish.

  • Counting

    Author: Alison Jay
    Publisher: Templar

    • Look carefully - there's more counting than you might think in this great book.
    • The design and illustration are really sophisticated.
    • This is a joy to look at - try Alison Jay's Alphabet booktoo.

  • Counting Birds

    Author: Alice Melvin
    Publisher: Tate Publishing
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 7+

    This stylishly illustrated counting book from a Best New Illustrator, opens with a vibrant cockerel crowing to welcome the day and ends with a solitary barn owl flying off the page and slipping into the night. Perfect for learning how to count, as well as introducing children to a host of bird names, this rhyming text is great for reading aloud.

  • Counting by 7s

    Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Willow is a very gifted child that everyone finds a little disconcerting, when her parents are killed in a car accident those around her take care of her and their lives are changed forever.

  • Counting Chickens

    Author: Polly Alakija
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Tobi's colourful village life is captured in vivid detail in this charming counting story, perfect for sharing.

  • Counting Lions

    Author: Katie Cotton Illustrator: Stephen Walton
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Counting lions is a beautifully illustrated counting book with a strong conservation message. Beginning with one lion and ending with ten zebras, the text is used to carefully describe the behaviour of the animal. Stephen Walton's full page black and white illustrations show each animal in compelling detail. The illustrations and text combine to create a glo…

  • Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson put Astronauts on the Moon

    Author: Helaine Becker Illustrator: Dow Phmiruk
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 6-9
    Reading age: 7+

    The fascinating story of Katherine Johnson, who yearned to know about numbers and the universe, and ended up calculating the flight paths to the moon despite numerous obstacles. An inspiring picture book for children to dream big and work hard. 

  • Counting Stars

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    This evocative collection of short stories gives a clear insight into the experiences which lie behind David Almond's novels.

  • Counting with a Ladybird

    Author: James Mitchem and Dawn Sirett Illustrator: Rachael Parfitt Hunt
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
    Interest age: 0-2
    Reading age: N/A

    On each page of this colourful book, one to ten animals march and waddle and sing their way through their various environments, helping young readers to learn their numbers. A clever yet accessible board book.

  • Counting with Tiny Cat

    Author: Viviane Schwarz
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 3+

    Tiny Cat is counting balls of wool from 'None' through 'More' right up to 'Enough' in this beautiful and stylish picture book from the always-excellent Viviane Schwarz.

  • Courtney

    Author: John Burnigham
    Publisher: Random House (Red Fox)
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 7+

    Here is another brilliant story depicting John Burningham's quirky humour and understanding of children, clearly evident in the language and wonderfully expressive pictures.

  • Cowards

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: CreateSpace
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    This literary non-fiction book tackles the difficult subject of conscientious objectors during the first World War, relating the true stories of men who believed it was wrong to kill even in times of war.

  • Cowgirl

    Author: GR Gemin
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Gemma's father is in prison, she is fighting constantly with her mother and brother, she's fallen in with the wrong crowd at school, money's tight and violence and theft is rife in her neighbourhood. Little does she know the transformation about to occur when Cowgirl Kate and her herd of cows enter her life.

  • Coyote Summer

    Author: Mimi Thebo
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    Jules has been sent in disgrace from her privileged London life to live on her aunt and uncle’s farm in Kansas for the summer - where she ends up rediscovering her love for dance through the eyes of a coyote. Her experiences may be unique, but Jules’s confusion about her place in the world will ring true with most teenagers.

  • Cracks

    Author: Caroline Green
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 10+

    Set in a dystopian Britain of 2024, Cracks melds together disturbing echoes of 2012 with a lawless regime of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

  • Crater Lake

    Author: Jennifer Killick
    Publisher: Firefly Press
    Interest age: 10-13
    Reading age: 11+

    Lance and his friends aren't looking forward to the school trip to Crater Lake - for one thing, school bully Trent hasn't forgiven Lance for the incident at the start of Year Six. For another, they've just seen a man covered in blood at the side of the road warning them to run. And there's definitely something weird about their teachers... Spooky, thrilling …

  • Crayon

    Author: Simon Rickerty
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    There's humour and vibrancy in this introduction to colour, which cleverly combines line and crayon drawings, photographs and different fonts to graphically portray the concept.

  • Crazy About Cats

    Author: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 7+

    This beautifully produced hardback with great quality, thick paper pages isn't too long but has plenty to fascinate anyone even halfway interested in any catty creature, from lynx to lion.

  • Crazy Classrooms

    Author: Paul Cookson
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 9

    Both funny and observant, this is a fabulous collection of poems by successful performance poet Paul Cookson.

  • Crazy Hair

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 7+

    Originating in a distant bad-hair day of Gaiman's, this short poem from 2005 is rejuvenated with McKean's distinctive and inventive images.

  • Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    There is a poem to appeal to everyone in this thoughtful and fun collection

  • Creature Features

    Author: Natasha Durley
    Publisher: Big Picture Press
    Interest age: 4-5

    This large format book about nature features tough card pages full of brightly illustrated animals, organised by their special features: excellent for young readers building their vocabulary and learning about the natural world.

  • Creature Features: Dinosaurs

    Author: Natasha Durley
    Publisher: Big Picture Press
    Interest age: 3-6

    Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth: and a lot of them had very interesting features, such as big sharp teeth like T Rex, amazing armour like Ankylosaurus, or super spiny sails like Spinosaurus. Colourful illustrations and fascinating facts make this a great one for younger readers, though they may need help reading some of the longer dinosaur …

  • Creature of the Night

    Author: Kate Thompson
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 9+

    A teenage tearaway from tough downtown Dublin is unwillingly relocated into a rural County Clare which still believes in the Little Folk.

  • Creaturepedia

    Author: Adrienne Barman
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 8

    Creaturepedia is sure to keep a child entertained!

  • Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets

    Author: Hena Khan Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    This beautifully designed picture book with exquisite illustrations explores a variety of shapes relating to Islamic objects and practices. It is perfect to share with children at home or in the classroom.

  • Cress

    Author: Marissa Meyer
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Imprisoned aboard a satellite by the evil Queen Levana, Cress has grown up surrounded by nothing but netscreens and forced to be the Queen's eye in the sky. Now that means tracking Cinder, Thorne, Wolf & Scarlet who are coming for Queen Levana. However, when the group attempt to rescue Cress from her prison in the sky, she is forced to question everythin…

  • Crewel

    Author: Gennifer Albin
    Publisher: Faber Children's
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Adelice discovers she has a powerful but dangerous gift as she struggles to retain her indiviudality within a repressive regime.

  • Crikey and Cat

    Author: Chris McKimmie
    Publisher: Allen and Unwin
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    The text is minimal and the illustrations are drawn in a naïve style. Ideally working with an adult, the young reader will interpret the pictures and use their imagination to extract the story.

  • Crimson Poison

    Author: Susan Moore
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    In order to get her life back, Nat must travel to the ends of the earth to save her guardian's family. The excitement and adventure jumps off every page, gripping the reader right to the end. A great read.

  • Crisps

    Author: Jonny Zucker
    Publisher: Three Hares Publishing
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 10+

    A zany, comedy thriller/adventure story, featuring an evil old hag who runs a thriving crisp-making company - thanks to the efforts of an enslaved workforce.

  • Croc and Bird

    Author: Alexis Deacon
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    Two eggs lie side-by-side on a sandy beach: one hatches to reveal a crocodile and the other a bird.

  • Croc by the Rock

    Author: Hilary Robinson Illustrator: Mike Gordon
    Publisher: ReadZone Books
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Jake finds what he thinks is proof of a crocodile in his local pond. He tells a man in a van, and the man sends his dog to take a look...

  • Crongton Knights

    Author: Alex Wheatle
    Publisher: Atom
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 12+

    McKay's life on the South Crongton Estate is rough. His Mum has died, his Dad works all hours of the day to keep away the Bailiffs, and his brother is always out looking for trouble.

  • Crow Country

    Author: Kate Constable
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 11+

    Sadie isn’t happy when her impulsive mother drags her away from city life to make a fresh start in a remote country town.

  • Crow Moon

    Author: Anna McKerrow
    Publisher: Quercus
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    Crow Moon is an utterly unique take on witches, dystopia, and the environment.

  • Cruel Summer

    Author: Juno Dawson
    Publisher: Indigo
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 13+

    A year after Janey's suicide, her friends come back together for a holiday at a luxurious Spanish villa. Then an unexpected guest arrives, claiming to have evidence that Janey was murdered.

  • Crunchy Croc

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 1+
    Reading age: 4+

    Coco the crocodile is hungry! Quick, before she nibbles off your fingers - let’s find her something healthy to chomp.

  • Crusade

    Author: Elizabeth Laird
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 9+

    Adam and Salim find themselves part of opposing armies in the Europe-wide Christian crusade against Sultan Saladin's Islamic empire.

  • Crusade

    Author: Linda Press Wulf
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 12+

    Seeking escape from their lives, two teenagers are drawn to follow a charismatic young man who is leading a Children’s Crusade through France to the Holy Land.

  • Crush

    Author: Eve Ainsworth
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    This sensitive and thoughtful look at the dynamics of abusive relationships presents both victim and aggressor as three-dimensional characters. Thought-provoking and essential reading.

  • Crush

    Author: Svetlana Chmakova
    Publisher: Yen Press
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Welcome to Berrybrook School. Jorge has a pretty comfortable life here: a spot on the athletics team and two brilliant friends. Whenever he sees Jazmine, though, he gets totally tongue-tied. He definitely doesn’t have a crush – does he?

  • Crusher

    Author: Niall Leonard
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    When Finn Maguire finds his father brutally murdered, he sets out to discover who was behind the crime, taking him on a dangerous journey into London's criminal underworld.

  • Cuckoo Song

    Author: Frances Hardinge
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 12+

    This dark fairy-story from critically acclaimed author Frances Hardinge puts a richly imaginative spin on the old tales of changelings. Sensitive readers beware: there are some genuinely chilling and disturbing scenes here.

  • Cuckoo!

    Author: Fiona Robertson
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    Cuckoo’s a bit of an oddity: all of the birds at home seem to be able to understand each other, but no-one speaks his language. 

  • Curiosity House - The Shrunken Head

    Author: Lauren Oliver and HC Chester
    Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 10+

    Dumfrey's Dime Museum is celebrating the arrival of a shrunken head. The children who live at the museum under the care of Mr Dumfrey are soon involved in trying to solve the mystery of the head - without realising the danger.

  • Curse of the Dream Witch

    Author: Allan Stratton
    Publisher: Faber Childrens
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Since the King and Queen sought the help of the Dream Witch to give them a child,  the kingdom of Bellumen is suffering under a curse known as the Great Dread.

  • Curse of the Werewolf Boy

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Mildew and Sponge race to solve the theft of the School Spoon in this hilarious, ridiculous adventure that takes in time travel, werewolves and even rogue Vikings.

  • Cutting and Sticking

    Author: June Crebbin Illustrator: Peter Kavanagh
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Dad is helping Jess to decorate her new bedroom. Younger sister Alice wants to help too, but when Dad tells her to go downstairs she feels a bit left out.

  • Cyborg (Virtual Kombat 3)

    Author: Chris Bradford Illustrator: Anders Frang
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Following on from Gamer and Virus, this is the third book in Chris Bradford's dystopian series. Specifically designed to reduce barriers to reading, this super-readable book is sure to appeal to gamers and martial arts fans.

  • Cyborg Cat and the Night Spider

    Author: Ade Adepitan Illustrator: Carl Pearce
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Ade gets mysterious messages from the Night Spider – is he really in danger, and is he a superhero? Ade is a bright, active, positive, exciting character who drives a thrilling plot. The book also shows that there's no reason why a superhero can't use a wheelchair.

  • Cycle City

    Author: Alison Farrell
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 3-5

    This colourful, absorbing hardback is full of tiny but witty intimate scenes of the animal residents of Cycle City. It's also a seek-and-find tour of this town, where everyone is on wheels: pigs, elephants, snails and polar bears!

  • Cyril and Pat

    Author: Emily Gravett
    Publisher: Two Hoots
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Cyril the Squirrel is so lonely that, when he finally makes a friend, he doesn’t seem to notice that "Pat" might not be quite what he seems. A colourful, rhyming story about friendship against the odds.

  • Cyril the Lonely Cloud

    Author: Tim Hopgood
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 3-5

    Cyril the cloud drifts alone through the skies, wishing somebody would smile at him. Instead, everyone blames him for spoiling their day. This vibrant, thought-provoking picture book demonstrates the importance of rainwater to make sure the planet thrives.

  • Changes

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    One morning Joseph’s dad goes out to fetch Joseph’s mother. Before leaving he says that things are going to change.

  • Chains

    Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 10+

    A brilliantly told, exciting story, with a brave and dignified heroine, which reveals the complexities of this chapter of American history.

  • Challenge Everything: The Extinction Rebellion Youth Guide to Saving the Planet

    Author: Blue Sandford
    Publisher: Pavilion
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Written by 17-year-old youth activist, Blue Sandford, this powerful and practical book is designed to empower young people to take action and change their future. 

  • Chameleon Swims

    Author: Laura Hambleton
    Publisher: Milet Publishing

    • An unusual chameleon learns to swim in this colourpacked book.
    • It's got lots of positive messages about swimming.
    • The book is also available in dual language editions.

  • Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

    Author: Sabina Radeva
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species is one of science’s most important texts. Sabina Radeva, a natural biologist, illustrator and designer, has now retold the book in an accessible picture book form for children – and it’s brilliant.

  • Charles Dickens and Friends

    Author: Marcia Williams
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    A selection of the works of one of the world's greatest writers, retold in accessible comic-strip style.

  • Charles Dickens: Scenes from an Extraordinary Life

    Author: Mick Manning Illustrator: Brita Granstrom
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Celebrate the 2012 bi-centenary of Charles Dickens' life with this new, illustrated biography. Beginning with his birth it follows Dickens through his early years of hardship, career as a reporter and his family life, and then moves on to his success as a writer, his visits to America and Europe and his tours and talks. There are also lively graphic-novel st…

  • Charley's First Night

    Author: Amy Hest Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 7+

    On his first night at home, Charley the puppy is given a guided tour by his new owner, Henry.

  • Charlie and Lola: I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    As ever, Lauren Child's genius at following the imaginative logic of children is spot on in this funny yet reassuring book about bedtime. Great fun for little ones who can identify with the definitely-not-sleepy Lola.

  • Charlie and Lola: Numbers

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 1-3
    Reading age: 4-5

    Join Charlie and Lola to count to 10 and beyond in this lovely first counting board book.

  • Charlie and Lola: Opposites

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 1-3
    Reading age: 4-5

    Charlie and Lola demonstrate a variety of opposites in this charming board book for little ones.

  • Charlie and Lola: Shapes

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 1-3
    Reading age: 4-5

    Ideal for young fans of Charlie and Lola, this series of shapes in different contexts is a fun place to start naming and recognising.

  • Charlie and Lola: Things

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 1-3
    Reading age: 4-5

    Follow Lola as she discovers a variety of fascinating things in this charming board book for fans of Charlie and Lola.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Roald Dahl's wicked sense of humour is perfectly in evidence in this marvellously imaginative classic story, which has been loved by generations of children. 

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Pop-Up Book

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 7+

    This very special edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a treat for Roald Dahl fans both old and new

  • Charlie Bone and the Shadow of Badlock

    Author: Jenny Nimmo
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 9+

    Charlie’s ancestor, Otus the giant, has been imprisoned by the evil Count Harken and Charlie is sucked into a painting of Badlock to rescue him.

  • Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    From pirates to dragons, aliens and ghosts, this book serves as a celebration of all stories, and a reminder of how one story can lead to another!

  • Charlie Changes into a Chicken

    Author: Sam Copeland Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Something strange happens to Charlie at random times for no apparent reason: he changes into animals. This book cleverly portrays ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, and provides some sound advice throughout. Brilliant and positive. 

  • Charlie Merrick’s Misfits: I’m a Nobody, Get Me Out of Here!

    Author: Dave Cousins
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 7

    The second Charlie Merrick book takes our hero and his football-mad friends on a Soccer Camp holiday, but the plan misfires when they discover that the booking got confused, and they end up at a Survival Camp instead.

  • Charlie Merrick's Misfits in Fouls, Friends and Football

    Author: Dave Cousins
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    With some great lessons about friendship, ambition and individual worth, Charlie Merrick's Misfits in Fouls, Friends and Football is a great book for any child to get lost in and learn from.

  • Charlie Morphs Into a Mammoth

    Author: Sam Copeland Illustrator: Sarah Horne
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 9+

    The third book in a hilarious series following Charlie, a boy with a most unusual superpower, as he tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of animals in the town.

  • Charlie Turns Into a T-Rex

    Author: Sam Copeland
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Charlie is back, and still trying his best to avoid changing into animals. He soon realises that the true power of his abilities is knowing he is surrounded by friends and family who really care about him. Heartwarming and hilarious, this book will bring you so much joy.

  • Charlie’s War Illustrated - Remembering World War One

    Author: Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
    Publisher: Franklin Watts
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    A collage approach makes this picture flat a brilliant book to support school study of World War One.

  • Charlotte's Web

    Author: E B White Illustrator: Garth Williams
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern - with the help of a friendly talking spider called Charlotte - saved her pig, Wilbur, from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.

  • Charm and Strange

    Author: Stephanie Kuehn
    Publisher: Electric Monkey
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Win stalks his way through life at his exclusive boarding school - intense, haunted and shunning friendship. Then a hiker's savaged body is found nearby.

  • Charm School

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Horrified when her mother enrols her at Charm School, Bonny is saddened to discover that although outwardly, everyone is charming and ladylike, closer inspection reveals a group of spiteful, insecure girls.

  • Charmed Life

    Author: Diana Wynne Jones
    Publisher: Essential Modern Classics
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 9+

    Cat doesn't mind living in the shadow of his sister, Gwendolen, the most promising young witch ever seen on Coven Street. But trouble starts brewing the moment the two orphans are summoned to live in Chrestomanci Castle. Frustrated that the witches of the castle refuse to acknowledge her talents, Gwendolen conjures up a scheme that could throw whole worlds o…

  • Charming!

    Author: Michaela Morgan
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 8+

    In this 21st century take on the Cinderella story, our heroine is shy, lonely and embarassed - until new girl Charmaine encourages her to join a hip-hop dance class.

  • Chasing Danger

    Author: Sara Grant
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    When 14-year-old Chase Armstrong is sent to visit her grandmother at a remote tropical island, she thinks it's going to be the most boring holiday, ever – but then pirates attack the resort. An exciting and high-action mystery thriller.

  • Chasing Redbird

    Author: Sharon Creech
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
    Interest age: 11-15
    Reading age: 11+

    13-year-old Zinny becomes withdrawn after the death of her beloved Aunt Jessie ('Redbird'), but then an ancient pioneer trail is discovered on the family farm, giving her an irresistible challenge.

  • Chasing the Dark

    Author: Sam Hepburn
    Publisher: Chicken House
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 12+

    Joe's mum is dead, and he's been forced to go and live with his unwelcoming aunt in the country. A strange local mansion sets him on the trail of a mystery.

  • Chasing the Stars

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    Blackman's skilful retelling of Shakespeare's Othello in a futuristic space setting is thrilling and romantic. The characters are memorable, and readers won't be able to tell whose side they are on - and who they should trust.

  • Chavs

    Author: Owen Jones
    Publisher: Verso Books
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 14+

    Chavs is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain

  • Check Mates

    Author: Stewart Foster
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 11+
    Reading age: 11+

    Felix feels like he’s permanently in trouble at school. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but it’s just not that simple. His mind is constantly changing direction, making it impossible to concentrate, and no-one gets how frustrating it is.

    When his Granddad decides teaching Felix to play chess will help, Felix will do anything to get out of it. Aside…

  • Checkmate

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 10+

    How does a sweet and innocent child grow up to be so bitter and twisted that she is prepared not only to kill those she considers to be enemies but also to blow herself up in the process?

  • Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown!

    Author: Cressida Cowell Illustrator: Neal Layton
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5-7

    Emily Brown and her sidekick rabbit, Stanley, are back – and this time, they're on a mission to cheer up one very unhappy teddy bear. Another lovely story of friendship and humour from the author of How To Train Your Dragon and illustrator Neal Layton.

  • Cheese Belongs To You

    Author: Alexis Deacon Illustrator: Viviane Schwarz
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    ‘RAT LAW’ states that ‘Cheese Belongs To You’ – at least until someone bigger, stronger, faster, or scarier decides otherwise.

  • Cherry Blossom Dreams

    Author: Gwyneth Rees
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    Divided loyalties, tested friendships, first loves, a changing home life and family secrets are all contained within this readable and amusing tale about the difficulties faced by adolescent girls.

  • Cherry Moon

    Author: Zaro Weil Illustrator: Junli Song
    Publisher: Troika
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    This big, beautiful book is full of short, simple poems that are joyous nods to nature in all its awe and wonder. Any poetry or art lover would surely welcome Cherry Moon into their library, and it makes the perfect introduction to creative writing for young readers.

  • CHERUB: The Recruit

    Author: Robert Muchamore
    Publisher: Hachette
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 10+

    In the first book in Robert Muchamore's spectacular series, James is recruited into the ranks of CHERUB - a secret organisation which trains children as spies.

  • Chester Parsons is Not a Gorilla

    Author: Martyn Ford
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9+

    When "mind jumper" Chester gets trapped in a gorilla's brain, he has limited time to find his human body before being imprisoned in the primate’s mind forever. Recommended for confident middle-grade readers looking for a more challenging plot.

  • Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet

    Author: Sanae Ishida
    Publisher: Little Bigfoot
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 7+

    Little Kunoichi is a ninja-girl-in-training and has a very special pet – a fearless, powerful, super-duper Ninja Bunny. A charming picture book, combining the search for a suitable pet with a fun look at selected aspects of Japanese folklore and culture.

  • Chicken Clicking

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-8
    Reading age: 5

    A perfect introduction to internet safety for young children, wrapped up in an imaginative story about a thrill-seeking chick.

  • Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods

    Author: Jennifer Gray
    Publisher: Faber Children’s Books
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 7+

    Young readers will identify with the Elite Squad's lack of confidence, and revel in Ruth's inventions, and the dastardly Pigeon-Poo Gang, while their elders will enjoy the (useless) duck agent James Pond, and the clever acronyms!

  • Chicken on the Roof

    Author: Matt Goodfellow Illustrator: Hannah Asen
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
    Interest age: 8-11
    Reading age: 8+

    If you need an excuse to stay in bed or had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong, Matt Goodfellow knows exactly how you feel! A lively, illustrated collection of entertaining poetry by a popular performance poet.

  • Chickens Can't See in the Dark

    Author: Kristyna Litten
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    When Little Pippa Chicken is told by her teacher that chickens can't see in the dark, she sets out to prove him wrong, and soon becomes the talk of Sunnyside Farm.

  • Chicks Rule!

    Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen Illustrator: Renee Kurilla
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    A little chick gathers her fabulously talented girlfriends to achieve her dreams of reaching the stars. This charming and cartoony picture book has a lovely moral that when we work together, we can make incredible things happen.

  • Chinglish

    Author: Sue Cheung
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 13+
    Reading age: 13+

    Jo’s terrified about bringing friend Tina home to meet her parents and revealing that she lives above a Chinese takeaway. In reading Jo’s diary, we understand the tension within her family, as well as the racism and homophobia in the world around her.

  • Child I

    Author: Steve Tasane
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    This heartbreaking tale of a group of children living in a refugee camp is based on real events, and will make readers both young and old reflect on those less fortunate than them.

  • Child of St Kilda

    Author: Beth Waters
    Publisher: Child’s Play
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Norman John Gillies was born on Hirta, the largest island making up St Kilda, in 1925: an isolated place to live, exposed to the worst of the Atlantic weather. Now, it is deserted. A remarkable illustrated story that illuminates a little-known community.

  • Child X

    Author: Lee Weatherly
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 11-14
    Reading age: 10+

    14-year-old Jules should be happy, having just landed the leading role in a play. However, her adored father has discovered that Jules is not his child and is suing his wife for divorce and damages.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

    Author: Tomi Adeyemi
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 10+

    Magic has been gone from the world for years, destroyed by a vengeful king. Zelie joins forces with a rebel princess to bring it back and save her people from domination. Adeyemi has created a thrilling rollercoaster ride of a book. 

  • Children's Activity Atlas

    Author: Jenny Slater Illustrator: Katrin Wiehle and Martin Sanders
    Publisher: QED Publishing
    Interest age: 6+
    Reading age: 8

    In this atlas each double-page spread covers one of 13 regions of the world.

  • Chime

    Author: Franny Bilingsley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Interest age: 12+
    Reading age: 9+

    A promising portrayal of an adolescent mind which has been brainwashed by controlling adults into believing that its owner is evil.

  • Chimp and Zee

    Author: Catherine and Laurence Anholt
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 5+

    Chimp and Zee, the naughty, lovable monkey twins, like to hide in the banana basket and play tricks on Mumkey. 

  • Chimp and Zee and the Big Storm

    Author: Catherine and Laurence Anholt
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 6+

    Chimp and Zee go out in the Big Storm to help PapaKey bring in the washing. But they squibble and squabble and end up being carried out over the sea clinging on to a bed sheet.

  • Chimp and Zee's First Words and Pictures

    Author: Catherine and Laurence Anholt
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 3+

    'This is Chimp. This is Zee. Point to everything you see!' Never has acquiring language been such fun – or so enchanting.

  • Chips, Beans and Limousines: The Fantastic Diary of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop

    Author: Leila Rasheed
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7-9

    Bathsheba Clarice de Trop learns the lesson that money doesn’t always bring happiness, but friends and family can. A lovely, touching story, seen through Clarice’s diary, of what is actually happening in her world.

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Joe Berger
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 8+

    When the Tooting family find a vast abandoned engine and fit it to their camper van, they have no idea of the adventure that lies ahead...

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Race Against Time

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Joe Berger
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    In this follow-up to the popular Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, the car that can fly and sail can now also time travel

  • Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 2-5
    Reading age: 5+

    Join in the fun as all the animals come together for a chaotic dinner party! Tasty treats are on the menu - but unfortunately not all of the animals have very good table manners.

  • Chomp

    Author: Carl Hiaasen
    Publisher: Orion
    Interest age: 10+
    Reading age: 9+

    Hiaasen turns his satirical talents to an examination of the entertainment industry in this novel exploring the truth behind reality TV series.

  • Choo Choo

    Author: Petr Horacek Illustrator: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6 months+
    Reading age: 5+

    Enjoyment is enhanced for all youngsters as they are given the option of 'feeling' the train's journey as well as watching and hearing it.

  • Choosing Crumble

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    A charming twist on the familiar theme of a young girl wanting a dog.

  • Chopsticks

    Author: Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Interest age: 14+
    Reading age: 13+

    This unusual story of star-crossed teenage love is told visually, through a series of photographs, collages and scrapbook pages

  • Chris Riddell's Doodle-a-Day

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
    Interest age: 5+
    Reading age: 6+

    Chris Riddell's Doodle-A-Day features 366 illustration prompts, tips and artwork from award-winning illustrator Riddell, which will have you doodling every day for a year.

  • Christmas Dinner of Souls

    Author: Ross Montgomery Illustrator: David Litchfield
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 9-12
    Reading age: 9-12

    Although it has an overarching narrative, Christmas Dinner of Souls is also a collection of hair-raising and spine-tingling short stories. Some of these are deliciously, deliriously ghoulish, and if your child is the sort that hungers for chills and thrills, they will lap this up.

  • Christmas Eve at the Mellops'

    Author: Tomi Ungerer
    Publisher: Phaidon Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    It is the day before Christmas and the four Mellops brothers all have the same idea - to surprise their family with a Christmas tree

  • Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 6-10
    Reading age: 7-9

    Containing two Christmassy Mirror-Belle stories and an additional Christmas crafts section at the end of the book, this is a lovely, festive bedtime book for children looking forward to the big day.

  • Christmas: A Tiny Little Story

    Author: Lisa Jones & Edward Underwood
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 0-2
    Reading age: N/A

    A colourful and clear cloth book with thick, crinkly pages and a sturdy buggy handle to keep the book with little ones on the go, Christmas: A Tiny Little Story is a lovely present for a baby’s first or second festive season.

  • Christophe’s Story

    Author: Nicki Cornwell and Karin Littlewood
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 7+

    Christophe arrives as a Rwandan refugee in an English primary school, and initially suffers bullying...

  • Christopher Nibble

    Author: Charlotte Middleton
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 4+
    Reading age: 6+

    Christopher Nibble loves to eat dandelion leaves. But so does every other guinea pig in Dandeville – and that’s the problem!

  • Christopher's Bicycle

    Author: Charlotte Middleton
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 2+
    Reading age: 6+

    Christopher’s mum and dad have a surprise for him. They have fixed up an old bicycle as good as new so the young guinea pig can ride it around town.

  • Chu’s First Day at School

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Adam Rex
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 5-6

    Chu the panda has a very big sneeze for such a little panda. And sometimes, when he sneezes, funny things happen. A colourful, hilarious tale about starting school for the first time.

  • Churchill's Tale of Tails

    Author: Anca Sandu
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Churchill the pig is very proud of his curly tail, and is devastated when it goes missing. Can friends Billy and Gruff help him get his tail back?