Books beginning with: F

  • F2: Galaxy of Football - Attack of the Football Cyborgs

    Author: Dan Watters and Alex Paknadel Illustrator: Amrit Birdi & Co
    Publisher: Blink Publishing

    F2Freestylers Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch present a fantastical graphic novel that will enthral young readers with its tale of a race through time to save the beautiful game.

  • Fabio the World’s Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo

    Author: Laura James Illustrator: Emily Fox
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Fabio is the world’s greatest flamingo detective, and the new head judge of the local talent show. But then Julia – a fabulous singing hippo – disappears from the stage right in the middle of her audition. A bright and jazzy young reader’s chapter book. 

  • Face Painting

    Author: Monica Hughes
    Publisher: Pearson Education

    'I am a clown, I am a pirate', there’s a face painting design every child will enjoy in this fun non-fiction book, from a beautiful butterfly to a fearsome pirate and a scary monster.

    Full of colourful photos of children with their faces painted, your child will enjoy engaging with this book by describing what they see and reading the words they know.

  • Faces

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski; lettering by Caroline Austin
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Happy, sad, angry, shy: Jan Pieńkowski explores all manner of facial expressions and emotions in this bright and original book for toddlers, full of his trademark bright, thick-outlined illustration.

  • FactFeed: The Ultimate Book of Randomly Awesome Trivia

    Author: Penelope Arlon
    Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

    This bright and highly illustrated large format paperback is chock full of facts about everything - from computer viruses to weather, weird foods to gross jobs. Its interactive quizzes should ensure it is picked up, read and enjoyed many times.

  • Fangirl

    Author: Rainbow Rowell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Wren is excited about starting a new life at college, but twin sister Cath is much more comfortable in the world of the fan fiction she writes, preferring to write about romance than to experience it for herself.

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Author: Ray Bradbury
    Publisher: Collins Voyager

    The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen.

  • Fairy Magic

    Author: Cerrie Burnell Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Isabelle has discovered a fairy called Summer-Blue in a hidden magical world at the bottom of her garden... But will she be able to convince her brothers and sisters? A charming story about fairies, the changing seasons and a little girl who is deaf.

  • Fallen

    Author: Lauren Kate
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    Luce has been falsely implicated in the mysterious death of a school friend, and much to her despair, has been sent to reform school. But one student, Daniel, seems curiously familiar.

  • Fallen Grace

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Grace is desperately poor, struggling to evade the workhouse – she has also had an illegitimate child. And the sinister Unwin family are scheming to blight her life again...

  • Falling to Ash

    Author: Karen Mahoney
    Publisher: Corgi

    Moth, a newly-made Vampire, used to be a normal teenage girl called Marie. Now, she is trying to juggle the demands of her living family with her new, secret, night life, knowing that soon she will have to forgo daylight and her true family forever.

  • Fame Thing

    Author: Jonathan Meres Illustrator: Jake McDonald
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The 'bad boy' reputation of teen footballing sensation Dean Johnson is already known when he moves into a huge house in a quiet village. But should you really believe everything you read in the papers? Funny, intelligent and revealing.

  • Families, Families, Families!

    Author: Suzanne and Max Lang
    Publisher: Corgi

    Sheep, pigs, koalas, pandas, chickens, walruses all feature in this hilarious photo album of different family shapes and sizes.

  • Fanatical About Frogs

    Author: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Flying Eye

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

  • Fancy Dress Christmas

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    Today is the Christmas Party, and all the animals have come in fancy dress!

  • Fancy Dress Farmyard

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    This simple, engaging story is told in just four lines of rhyme on each page

  • Fantastic Football Poems

    Author: John Foster and Korky Paul
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Famous children's poems and lesser-known gems are featured in this imaginative, funny and engaging collection of poems for footie fans.

  • Fantastic Footballers

    Author: Jean-Michele Billioud Illustrator: Almasty
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    This Madam Tussauds of the footballing world showcases 40 legends from the beautiful game. Ideal for fact-hungry football fans but also stylishly designed to create the perfect coffee table book. A great book to read together as a family.

  • Fantastic Mr Dahl

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Puffin

    This new biography of Roald Dahl, written especially for children by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, has been much anticipated - it's been ten years in the making!

  • Fantastic People who Dared to Fail!

    Author: Luke Reynolds Illustrator: M S Corley
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    This book's premise is that failure is a necessary part of success as it builds resilience, determination and perseverance. It explores the setbacks that inspiring people have overcome to achieve their goals and tries to motivate children to have more self-belief. 

  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

    Author: Kate Pankhurst
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Written and illustrated by a direct descendant of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, this colourful picture book is full of facts about 13 inspirational women from history, showcasing their achievements in a fun and accessible way.

  • Fantasy Sports

    Author: Sam Bosma
    Publisher: Nobrow

    Magic and sport are rarely combined in stories for children, especially with a girl protagonist you can root for from the first page – and all this presented in a bright, stylish, engaging graphic novel format make Fantasy Sports a winner.

  • Fantasy Sports 3: The Green King

    Author: Sam Bosma
    Publisher: Nobrow

    The third in the Fantasy Sports graphic novel series, following the adventures of Mug and Wiz through sports-based challenges. This one focuses on golf and has a great sense of humour, reminiscent of Indiana Jones and TV cartoons.

  • Far From Home

    Author: Na’ima B Robert
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    This moving tale describes the violent history of Zimbabwe as seen through the eyes of two very different young girls.

  • Far From Home

    Author: Berlie Doherty
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    A parallel volume to Doherty’s powerful 2009 story set in the 1860s around Jim Jarvis, Dr Barnado’s inspiration for the orphanages he set up.

  • Far from the Madding Crowd

    Author: Thomas Hardy
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Far from the Madding Crowd is perhaps the most pastoral of Hardy's Wessex novels. It tells the story of the young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love.

  • Far Rockaway

    Author: Charlie Fletcher
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    A clever and unusual observation of love, life and death explored through fantastic and dangerous adventures with larger than life characters

  • Farewell Floppy

    Author: Benjamin Chaud
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    This funny and bittersweet story about growing up and friendship is a thoughtful and mature read for any child that loves animals - reassuring us all that we don't have to be too grown-up too soon.

  • Farm Boy

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Rich with historical detail and beautifully illustrated, this is a touching and inspirational portrayal of farming life and familial ties.

  • Farmer Duck

    Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books

    There once was a lazy farmer who spent his days in bed eating chocolate while his duck did all the hard work around the farm.


    Author: Grahame Baker-Smith
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Words and pictures combine beautifully to tell a moving story about fathers and sons

  • Fast Forward: The World's Most Famous Race Tracks and Race Cars

    Author: Adam Skinner Illustrator: James Gilleard
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    This remarkable, colourful guide to car racing will thrill little petrolheads: expect technical details, history, and fascinating personal interest stories.

  • Faster, Faster! Nice and Slow!

    Author: Sue Heap Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Penguin

    • This book is an introduction to simple opposites.
    • Friendship is a central theme.
    • The story's full of Nick Sharratt's funny and bright illustrations.

  • Fat Boy Swim

    Author: Catherine Forde
    Publisher: Egmont

    This is a wonderful story, brilliantly told in the Glaswegian dialect, and despite containing distressing accounts of bullying, it also reveals the complexities of human nature

  • Father Christmas

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

    For poor Father Christmas, December 24th is the hardest night of work in the year. Raymond Briggs follows him on his wonderfully grumpy and funny journey, revealing some beautifully illustrated moments of joy.

  • Father Christmas Goes on Holiday

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Raymond Briggs' classic comic book has all of his trademark humour and an endearingly grumpy Father Christmas

  • Father Christmas Heard A Parp

    Author: Olaf Falafel
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Silly holiday fun as Father Christmas hears a parp... but who is responsible? A toy? An elf? Or someone who has had a few too many sprouts?

  • Father Christmas Needs A Wee

    Author: Nicholas Allan
    Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books

    At each different house that he visits Father Christmas drinks and eats all the goodies left out for him. Before long he really, really, really needs a wee. So much so that he even forgets to leave the presents behind. But he dashes back, delivers all the pressies and flies home at high speed to avoid an embarassing accident . . . there's just one tiny probl…

  • Fear

    Author: Michael Grant
    Publisher: Egmont

    The penultimate book in Michael Grant's hard-hitting FAYZ series ratchets up the action as this gripping dystopian series sweeps towards an exciting conclusion.

  • Fearsome Dreamer

    Author: Laure Eve
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Apprentice hedgewitch Rue is bored of her sheltered country life, so she is thrilled to be whisked away to the city to make use of her special talent.

  • Feather Boy

    Author: Nicky Singer
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Robert is having a tough time at school, being bullied by Nicker; he's also trying to deal with the break-up of his parents' marriage.

  • Feathers in the Wind

    Author: Sally Grindley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Joe and Aesha travel to India with their father, a wildlife photographer, and their mother Binti, a vet who wants to help protect vultures who are often injured in the annual kite festival.

  • Feel Better, Daddy

    Author: Nancy Loewen and Hazel Quintanilla
    Publisher: Words and Pictures

    This adorable story about a little girl taking care of her unwell father is one that encourages empathy in little ones. It's a lovely little story with appealing red, black-and-white illustrations in a ten-page board book.

  • Feeling Great

    Author: Ailie Busby
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    One of the Just Like Me series, this colourful board book with flaps to lift encourages very young children to find out all about themselves and includes an inclusive cast. 

  • Feersum Endjinn

    Author: Iain M. Banks
    Publisher: Orbit

    Count Sessine is about to die for the very last time.

  • Felt Fun Beep! Beep!

    Author: Illustrator: Jonathan Lambert
    Publisher: Templar

    • From rockets and yachts to planes and cars, there are lots of different vehicles in this book.
    • Children will have great fun as they match each of the brightly coloured felt pieces to the correct scene.
    • A great rhyming text and lots of sound-words to read aloud together.

  • Fergal in a Fix!

    Author: Robert Starling
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A brilliant follow-up from Fergal is Fuming, the fiery yet well-meaning dragon is back to learn that perhaps trying to win and impress everyone isn’t the best way to help make friends in new situations. A humorous story with charmingly simple illustrations.

  • Fergus Crane

    Author: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Random House

    Fergus Crane is the story of a young boy whose daily routine is disrupted by the arrival of tiny winged boxes carrying mysterious messages from a long-lost uncle.

  • Fever

    Author: Dee Shulman
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Seth and Eva couldn't be more different - he is an elite Roman gladiator in  AD 152, she's an awkward modern teenager. Nevertheless they share a mysterious illness - and an intense romantic attraction.

  • Fever Crumb

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Scholastic

    In a teasingly recognisable London threatened by northern invaders, orphan Engineer, Fever Crumb, is assigned to help renegade archaeologist Kit Solent.

  • Field Trip to the Moon

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: John Hare
    Publisher: Macmillan

    This original take on the idea of a moon landing plays with the idea that the moon might need a bit of brightening up – and that aliens might be more caring than we expect. Fans of Jeanne Willis’ Dr Xargle picture book and new fans alike will adore it.

  • Fiendish

    Author: Brenna Yovanoff
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    This is an exceptionally well-paced thriller, packed with fantastic characters and an explosive climax. Highly recommended.

  • Fightback

    Author: Steve Voake
    Publisher: Faber

    Kier has seen his father murdered, the police want to arrest him and the bad guys are after him. Voake provides fast and exciting action but always underpinned by a thoughtful, ethical subtext.

  • Find Spot at the Zoo

    Author: Eric Hill
    Publisher: Puffin

    Everyone’s favourite puppy features in this lovely board book with lots of interesting lift-the-flaps and bright illustrations. It’s great that even though this is a board book aimed at babies and toddlers, there’s still a simple story involved which adds interest.

  • Finding a Voice

    Author: Kim Hood
    Publisher: O'Brien

    This is an engaging story about the two-way nature of friendship and the risks of making assumptions. The overriding message is uplifting, whilst also leaving the reader with a powerful reminder that good intentions aren't always enough.

  • Finding Black Beauty

    Author: Lou Kuenzler
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This is a lovely reimagining of Black Beauty - in this case, told from the point of view of 'Jo', the inexperienced stable boy who makes two brief appearances in Anna Sewell's original novel. It is a well-written, richly detailed adventure story. 

  • Finding Cherokee Brown

    Author: Siobhan Curham
    Publisher: Electric Monkey Books

    Claire Weeks is being bullied. She has no-one to talk to, and unsure where to turn, she comes up with the idea of writing a book about her life.

  • Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog’s Big Journey

    Author: Dion Leonard
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    An extraordinary true story about an ultra-marathon runner’s quest to find the small stray dog he fell in love with while running across the Gobi desert. A story that will appeal to any reader with an interest in dogs or tales of adventure and survival sports. 

  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and all of their friends.

  • Fins Fluff and Other Stuff

    Author: Dreda Blow and Bruno Merz
    Publisher: QED

    An interesting discussion starter with a lively rhyming text and entertaining illustrations. At the back there are suggested next steps for parents or teachers.

  • Fintan Fedora: The World's Worst Explorer

    Author: Clive Goddard
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Fintan's disasters invariably turn out worse for his opponents than for him, and every brilliantly comic page presents readers with a cartoon in words. A sequel is on its way, which promises more excellent entertainment for KS2 readers.

  • Fire and Thorns

    Author: Rae Carson
    Publisher: Gollancz

    Princess Elisa bears the Godstone, a sign that she has been chosen to perform an act of heroism, in her navel. However, her people see her as useless and lazy.

  • Fire City

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Corgi Children's

    In this terrifying dystopia from Bali Rai, the young, the old and the sick have become the prey of horrifying demons that Fire City's wealthy employ to police the city.

  • Fire Dreamer

    Author: Beth Webb
    Publisher: March Hamilton

    The second novel in Webb's series about Tegen, an Iron Age trainee druid

  • Fire Girl

    Author: Matt Ralphs
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Hazel must embrace her magic powers in a world where witchcraft is outlawed after her mother is kidnapped by a demon.

  • Fire Spell

    Author: Laura Amy Schlitz
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    In this wonderfully creepy Victorian adventure, three children take on sinister pupeteer Grisini,

    encountering a mysterious mansion, a dying witch and a powerful fire opal along the way.

  • Firebird

    Author: Saviour Pirotta Illustrator: Catherine Hyde
    Publisher: Templar

    This is a wonderful retelling of the classic Russian folk tale about the quest for the elusive Firebird

  • Firebird

    Author: Elizabeth Wein
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The atmosphere and setting of World War Two Russia are brought vividly to life through Anastasia: she’s a young woman full of hope and dreams, yet entirely a product of her country. This novella packs a real punch.

  • Firecrackers

    Author: Zaro Weil Illustrator: Jo Riddell
    Publisher: ZaZaKids Books

    This is more than just your standard collection of poem! This beautifully-illustrated anthology of verse, rap, fairytales and rhyming plays is perfect for sharing.

  • Firesong

    Author: William Nicholson
    Publisher: Egmont

    Bowman and Kestrel face an awesome responsibility for the future of their people: they must unravel the mysteries of the Singer people and prepare to face their worst fears.

  • Firewallers

    Author: Simon Packham
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Jess's mum announces a sudden plan to join a technology-free hippy commune on a remote Scottish island.

  • First Class Murder

    Author: Robin Stevens
    Publisher: Corgi

    A detective duo pounce into action en route to their holiday when a woman is murdered on a train.

  • First Day at Bug School

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

    With bright bustling illustrations fizzing with quirky details and insect jokes, this cheery, rhyming introduction to starting school from a unique bugs-eye point of view is reassuring and fun.

  • First Day at Skeleton School

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This bright and funny picture book shows young children that everyone goes to school - even skeletons and monsters. But Skeleton School is definitely a bit different from Human School...

  • First Explorers: Beautiful Birds

    Author: Macmillan Publishers
    Publisher: Campbell

    Watch eggs hatch, geese take flight, ducklings swim and an emu charge across the grassland in this fabulous, interactive board book about birds from all over the world, which makes early learning fun!

  • First Prize for the Worst Witch

    Author: Jill Murphy
    Publisher: Puffin

    With its gentle humour, engaging characters and simple yet satisfying plot, this is the final instalment in the hugely successful Worst Witch series and brings the story of Mildred Hubble’s schooldays to an end.

  • First Term at Malory Towers

    Author: Enid Blyton
    Publisher: Hachette

    We're rooting for Darrell Rivers as she starts boarding school, and learns to cope with her fiery temper and decide for herself which friends are genuine.

  • First Week at Cow School

    Author: Andy Cutbill Illustrator: Russell Ayto
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Starting school is full of fun in this laugh-out-loud sequel to The Cow That Laid and Egg and The Best Cow in Show.

  • Fish Boy

    Author: Chloe Daykin
    Publisher: Faber

    Billy is an odd boy: he's quiet, different from other children, and his skin's always wrinkled from swimming in the sea. At heart, this is a story about friendship in the face of adversity, and Chloe Daykin's writing is clear, poetic and grips you from the start.

  • Fish Food

    Author: Andy Mansfield Illustrator: Henning Lohlein
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    A clever pop-up book about the underwater food chain.

  • Fish is Fish

    Author: Leo Lionni
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A classic picture book with whimsical, textured illustrations exploring some basic philosophical questions and offering reassurance that it's ok to follow your own path in life.

  • Fish-Head Steve

    Author: Jamie Smart
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    This collection of comic strips does exactly what it says on the tin: a boy called Steve wakes up one day to discover he has a giant fish for a head.

  • Five Children and It

    Author: E. Nesbit
    Publisher: Faber

    When five siblings - Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother, the Lamb - discover a sand-fairy in their gravel pit, they are jolly surprised and a little delighted.

  • Five Children on the Western Front

    Author: Kate Saunders
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This moving and memorable homage to E Nesbit's classic story is no ordinary children's book. A heart-wrenching and poignant tribute to 'all the boys and girls, 1914-18', it is a must-read for children and adults alike.

  • Five Hundred Miles

    Author: Kevin Brooks
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    In the industrial wastelands of east London, two brothers are delivering forged vehicle documents. As soon as they walk into the pub, Cole knows something is going on. This is a stark, intense, plot-driven, cinematic story of hoping for better.

  • Five Little Ducks

    Author: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Child's Play

    This board book has popular rhymes and songs with young children signing key words. It also features a child with an arm splint and a child with a hearing aid.

  • Five More Minutes

    Author: Marta Altes
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Adults are always saying things like: 'There’s no time!' and 'Five more minutes!' But little fox thinks there’s always time to juggle, watch the birds and make new friends when you’re on the way to nursery! This adorable story about how differently little ones and adults experience time will be utterly relatable for anyone with a young family, and …

  • Five on a Treasure Island

    Author: Enid Blyton
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Meet Enid Blyton's most famous characters - Julian, Dick, Anne, George and of course the ever-loyal Timmy the dog - for the first time in this, the first book in the classic Famous Five series.

  • Five Things They Never Told Me

    Author: Rebecca Westcott
    Publisher: Puffin

    Erin counts her life in days since her mother left home. Erin is forced to accompany her father to the old people's home where he gardens for the summer.

  • Fizzlebert Stump

    Author: A.F. Harrold
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Living in the circus with his parents means Fizzlebert Stump’s life is always exciting - but he would prefer a normal life.

  • Flambards

    Author: K.M. Peyton
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Christina tentatively discovers her adult identity in this unashamedly romantic, coming-of-age novel set just before the First World War.

  • Flashes

    Author: Tim O’Rourke
    Publisher: Chicken House

    With a fast paced plot and enough twists to keep you guessing it makes for an exciting read and is a welcome addition to the YA thriller scene.

  • Flashing Fire Engines

    Author: Tony Mitton Illustrator: Ant Parker
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    This story’s full of big, bold fire engines ready to rescue or fight fires. There’s plenty of action, rhyme and rhythm.

  • Flat Cat

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Gwen Millward
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A lovely story about a pet that lives in a city apartment block, this is a nice reminder that many children also live in cities, as well as the moral that things don’t make people as happy as friends and family – and freedom – do.

  • Flat Stanley

    Author: Jeff Brown Illustrator: Scott Nash
    Publisher: Egmont

    Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning to find he is only half an inch thick

  • Fleabag

    Author: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    A small, scruffy dog visits the park every day and looks longingly at the other dogs who all have people to take for walks.

  • Flesh and Blood

    Author: Simon Cheshire
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Simon Cheshire has created a spine chilling story.

  • Flesh and Blood

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Bill thinks his wish for a brother has come true when his family takes in a boy injured during a World War Two air raid - but is he about to discover that wishes can go horribly wrong? A spine-chilling story from the master of spookiness, Chris Priestley.

  • Fleshmarket

    Author: Nicola Morgan
    Publisher: Hachette

    When Essie and Robbie’s mother dies, following a failed operation, they are abandoned by their father and left to fend for themselves in nineteenth-century Edinburgh.

  • Flights of Fancy: Stories, Pictures and Inspiration from Ten Children’s Laureates

    Author: Quentin Blake Anne Fine Michael Morpurgo Jacqueline Wilson Michael Rosen Julia Donaldson Anthony Browne Malorie Blackman Chris Riddell and Lauren Child
    Publisher: Walker Books

    To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, the incredible authors and illustrators who have held the title have come together to make one magical anthology, full of inspiration to help children’s imaginations soar.

  • Flightsend

    Author: Linda Newbery
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Could moving to a remote, ramshackle cottage in the middle of nowhere really mark the start of a new life and draw a line under the tragedy of recent months?

  • Flip Flap Dogs

    Author: Nikki Dyson
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    In board book format with a ring bound centre, this is a great book for young kids that love dogs, and who also love making up silly words.

  • Flirty Dancing

    Author: Jenny McLachlan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    First of four books, this is smart, funny writing, engagingly balancing the serious stuff - bullying, first love, friendship - with the joy of lindy hop and aerial moves.

  • Flood Child

    Author: Emily Diamand
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Lilly Melkun, an English fisher-girl, is out sailing with her sea-cat when the bloodthirsty Reavers come raiding - and kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter.

  • FloodWorld

    Author: Tom Huddleston
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    When the sea level rose, a wall was built to protect London. Now Kara and Joe are stuck in the middle between the privileged few inside the wall and the ruthless Mariners out on the ocean. An action-packed, edge-of-the-seat thriller with an environmental edge. 

  • Floors

    Author: Patrick Carman
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Enjoy your stay at the weird and wonderful Whippet Hotel, with crazy, colourful rooms, a roof full of troublesome ducks and a very angry manager.

  • Flora in Love

    Author: Natasha Farrant
    Publisher: Faber Books

    This lovely family story from Natasha Farrant is the second in the Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series. 

  • Florentine and Pig and the Lost Pirate Treasure

    Author: Eva Katzler & Jessica Mikhail
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Florentine and Pig are stuck in the house on a gloomy day, but they're brimming with inspiration for entertaining things to do

  • Flotsam

    Author: David Wiesner
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The story of a boy finding a vintage camera washed up on a beach unspools like a silent film in this mind-expanding wordless picture book.

  • Flour Babies

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Penguin

    As part of a Child Development project, each boy in Class 4C is given a 'flour baby', a sack of flour which must be looked after for three weeks, ensuring it does not get lost or dirty.

  • Flowers For Algernon

    Author: Daniel Keyes
    Publisher: Orion

    Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius.

  • Flush

    Author: Carl Hiaasen
    Publisher: Random House

    This is an engaging and light-hearted thriller about issues that matter - justice, family and the environment.

  • Fly By Night

    Author: Frances Hardinge
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's books

    Smugglers, thieves, murder, floating coffeehouses, river battles, highwaymen, suspense, political intrigue and excitement - this book has everything!

  • Fly Chick Fly!

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This touching tale about overcoming fear is a lovely and reassuring book to share with any child. 

  • Fly!

    Author: Xavier Deneux
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Two birds build a nest to lay their eggs and look after their chicks - until the day their babies are big enough to fly to their own tree. This utterly charming book is bursting with bold yet simple illustrations, plus a robust and interactive design.

  • Flyaway

    Author: Lucy Christopher
    Publisher: Chicken House

    The possibility of losing loved ones is captured in heart-breaking detail in his touching teenage book which tackles first love, friendship and the challenge of overcoming fear.

  • Flying Colours: A Guide to Flags from Around the World

    Author: Robert G Fresson
    Publisher: Cicada Books

    Flying Colours is far more than just a textbook about flags. With the use of a little team of multi-coloured flag experts called vexillologists, illustrating the elements of each flag alongside clear information, you will be ready for a quiz on flags in no time at all!

  • Flying Free

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Cathy Fisher
    Publisher: Graffeg

    When Colin shoots a sparrowhawk, he knows that he’s done something wrong and takes the hawk to the vet. Soon, Colin finds a passion for wildlife he never knew he had. Anyone reading Flying Free will want to rescue their own hawk...

  • Follow Me

    Author: Lucie Sheridan
    Publisher: LOM Art, an imprint of Michael O’Mara Books

    This simple and effective board book is great fun for little fingers to explore. Each page shows a different touchy-feely track for hands to follow around the page. 

  • Follow Me Down

    Author: Tanya Byrne
    Publisher: Headline

    Adamma isn't too impressed to be leaving her life in New York for an exclusive English boarding school. But then she meets Scarlett and the two strike up an intense friendship.

  • Follow that Bear if you Dare

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Alison Edgson
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Hare thinks he loves bears, so he buys a book which he thinks will help him catch one.

  • Follow the Firefly/Run, Rabbit, Run

    Author: Bernardo Carvalho
    Publisher: Book Island

    This fabulous, wordless picture book contains two stories. One that runs from start to finish and the other that runs from finish to start.

  • Follow the Moon Home

    Author: Deborah Hopkinson and Philippe Cousteau Illustrator: Meilo So
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    When Viv moves to a new home and school, she discovers that her local beach is a loggerhead turtle nesting area - but some baby turtles are dying. This is a great book for the classroom, with ideas and plans for all aspiring campaigners.

  • Follow the Swallow

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Pam Smy
    Publisher: Egmont

    Chack the blackbird is brown but claims he will turn black and that the berries in the tree where he lives will turn orange, but Apollo the swallow doesn't believe him.

  • Food and Faith

    Author: Susan Reuben Illustrator: Sophie Pelham
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    An excellent resource for religious education

  • Football Academy Reading the Game

    Author: Tom Palmer Illustrator: Brian Williamson
    Publisher: Puffin

    One of six titles in the Football Academy series, each featuring two young players

  • Football School Season 3

    Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Have you ever wondered how your height and your foot size affect how you play football? What about who the first ever football club was? Or exactly how league tables are calculated?

  • Football School Season 4: Where Football Explains the World

    Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Coaches Alex and Ben are back for a fourth season of the brilliantly informative Football School. A brilliant present for fact and football fans – these books should be in every school library.

  • Football School: Star Players

    Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Featuring 50 outstanding football players, this is a who’s who guide to the footballing world, from Eniola Aluko to Zinédine Zidane. Players included come from all around the world and from across the last century.

  • Football School: Where Football Explains the World

    Author: Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton Illustrator: Spike Gerrell
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This book is packed with true stories, real science and fascinating facts that all relate back to football. Funny, informative, and hugely entertaining, it is recommend for fans of non-fiction books.

  • Footnotes in Gaza

    Author: Joe Sacco
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Comics and graphic books are now being regarded as worthy of being considered heavyweight literature, and Joe Sacco has played a big part in this. Having made a name for himself with his war reportage books Palestine and Safe Area: Gora De, he doesn't comprise or relent with his new offering.

  • Footpath Flowers

    Author: JonArno Lawson Illustrator: Sydney Smith
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A little girl spreads joy and colour through the grey townscape, when she picks and presents flowers from the pavements to the people and animals she meets. This wordless picture book is a beauty to behold.

  • For All the Stars Across the Sky

    Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Chiaki Okada
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Luna the little bear is yawning. It’s time for bed but Luna wishes she could fly like a bird, swim like a fish and be small like a ladybird, so she and Mummy journey in their imaginations to amazing locations and magical meadows. This beautiful picture book has the feel of a classic - full of stars and dreams, and perfect for cosy bedtime moments.

  • For Every One

    Author: Jason Reynolds
    Publisher: Knights Of/404 Ink

    The wonderful Jason Reynolds has written this seamless long-form poem about achieving your dreams and reaching your potential. A small but perfectly formed and utterly delightful book: an ideal pick-me-up for everyone.

  • Forever

    Author: Judy Blume
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Seventeen-year-old Katherine meets Michael at a party. The two of them like each other immediately, and soon fall in love - but are they ready to take their relationship to the next level?

  • Forge

    Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    In the midst of the American War of Independence, a young, freed slave escapes his gaol and finds himself fighting with an underequipped American army.

  • Forged in the Fire

    Author: Ann Turnbull
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a fabulously atmospheric and beautifully written historical adventure and love story, set in 1665, at a time of religious intolerance and uncertainty.

  • Forget Me Never

    Author: Gina Blaxhill
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When her cousin Dani jumps from her balcony, Sophie refuses to believe it could be suicide.

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    Author: Matthew Quick
    Publisher: Headline Book Publishing

    It's Leonard Peacock's 18th birthday - but it's also the day he has decided to kill his former best friend and then himself

  • Fortunately Unfortunately

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    The day Milo the Monkey tries to return an umbrella to Granny turns into a roller-coaster ride!

  • Fortunately, the Milk

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's

    When Dad goes out to get some milk from the corner shop, a host of completely unexpected adventures befall him.

  • Foul Play

    Author: Tom Palmer
    Publisher: Puffin

    Danny is obsessed with two things: football and investigating crimes.

  • Four Children and It

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Jacqueline Wilson pays tribute to her 'all-time favourite classic children's author' E. Nesbit in this contemporary reimagining of Five Children and It.

  • Four Silly Skeletons

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

    This bold rhyming picture book features four accident-prone skeletons. Children will giggle at their various mishaps, making this an ideal book to share with little ones at Halloween.

  • FOX

    Author: Margaret Wild Illustrator: Ron Brooks
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    A story with a true moral behind it: that friendship can conquer anything. Now available in a beautiful 10th anniversary edition

  • Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories

    Author: Sergio Ruzzier
    Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle

    Explore the unique friendship and everyday adventures of mild-mannered Fox and excitable Chick: two seemingly opposite friends. Full of personality and humour.

  • Fox Investigates: A Brush with Danger

    Author: Adam Frost
    Publisher: Stripes

    An illustrated investigation for budding super-sleuths, the Fox Investigates series will impress kids who love their mysteries mysterious and their detectives foxy!

  • Fox’s Socks

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Mr Fox has lost his socks! Where could they be? A 'getting dressed' book, a hide-and-seek book and a lift-the-flap book, all rolled into one! The ultimate question, of course, is will Fox find his socks?

  • Foxly's Feast

    Author: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Templar

    Foxly's stomach is rumbling! On his search for dinner, he meets ducks, rabbit, sheep, mice - and even a friendly owl. What a feast this will be! But which tasty item will he choose...?

  • Foxy and Egg

    Author: Alex T. Smith
    Publisher: Hodder

    When Foxy Dubois invites Egg to stay for breakfast she has only one thing on her mind; serving him up with toast!

  • Foxy Tales: The Cunning Plan

    Author: Caryl Hart Illustrator: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    This fun chapter book from the lively pairing of Caryl Hart and Alex T Smith is the first in a new series, which brings back the characters from Smith's popular picture books Egg and Catch Us if You Can-Can.

  • Fracture

    Author: Megan Miranda
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This mysterious, dark tale looks at how death can teach us so much about life, love, friendship and what really matters

  • Framed

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    The story centres on Dylan Hughes, the only boy left in a small Welsh mountain town called Manod. This is an immensely entertaining book, about the power of art to bring about change and to redeem.

  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

    Author: Jon Scieszka Illustrator: Brian Biggs
    Publisher: Abrams

     A gripping, comical tale of ambition, imagination, determination, old bicycle wheels and expired batteries which blends real science with wacky science-fiction to create the compelling first book in a new series by best-selling author Jon Scienzka.

  • Frank Einstein and the Electro Finger

    Author: Jon Scieszka Illustrator: Brian Biggs
    Publisher: Abrams Books

    Science facts, illustrated by wittily accurate graphs, diagrams and maps intertwine with good-guys versus bad-guys roller-coaster action in this inventive, entertaining, educative series.

  • Frank!

    Author: Connah Brecon
    Publisher: Running Press Kids

    This quirky tale about helping out and friendship is brought to life by wonderfully expressive and funny illustrations that can't fail to spark a young child's imagination.

  • Frankenstein

    Author: Mary Shelley
    Publisher: Penguin Classics

    Obsessed with the idea of rivalling God and creating life, Victor Frankenstein plunders graves for corpses to make a new being.

  • Franklin’s Flying Bookshop

    Author: Jen Campbell Illustrator: Katie Harnett
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson

    Franklin the dragon can't find anyone to listen to his stories until he meets fellow bookworm Luna in this poetic, dreamy tale about the wonder of reading and the power of friendship.

  • Freak the Mighty

    Author: Rodman Philbrick
    Publisher: Usborne

    Kevin and Max are both accustomed to ridicule but when fate throws this seemingly mismatched pair together the result is awesome: Freak the Mighty. A tragic, suspenseful and touching story that is ultimately uplifting.

  • Freaks

    Author: Kieran Larwood
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Kieran Larwood won The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2011 for this lively Victorian adventure story.

  • Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome

    Author: Luke Jackson
    Publisher: Jessica Kingsley

    This is a guide to Asperger’s Syndrome by a young man who was just 13-years-old at the time of writing...

  • Freaky & Fearless: How to Tell a Tall Tale

    Author: Robin Etherington Illustrator: Jan Bielecki
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    When a shadowy monster kidnaps Simon's little sister, Rosie, it seems as if the comic book world is starting to leak into the real world. An illustrated, monster-hunting adventure story for lovers of comic books and gruesome humour.

  • Freax and Rejex

    Author: Robin Jarvis
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    It is five months since evil occultist Austerly Fellows was reincarnated as the Ismus and began to infest and mesmerise the world with the devilish text that was discovered in Dancing Jax.

  • Frederick

    Author: Leo Lionni
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Frederick is a field mouse with a difference. While his family harvests corn, nuts, wheat and straw for winter, he gathers sun rays, colours and words, sometimes to the frustration of his siblings.

  • Freddie and the Fairy

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Karen George
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Freddie rescues a fairy who offers to grant him his every wish. The only problem is that she can't hear very well, and so his wishes result in some unexpected surprises...

  • Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer

    Author: Alexander McCall Smith Illustrator: Kate Hindley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Freddie can't believe his luck when he's offered a holiday job at the circus, but is alarmed when he's asked to take on the challenge of lion taming. This entertaining tall tale is ideal for confident independent readers.

  • Freddie’s Amazing Bakery: The Great Raspberry Mix-Up

    Author: Harriet Whitehorn Illustrator: Alex G Griffiths
    Publisher: Oxford

    An illustrated first chapter book, featuring a baking competition that seems strangely familiar but has one particularly desperate and ruthless contestant who will stop at nothing to win first prize.

  • Freddy and the Pig

    Author: Charlie Higson Illustrator: Mark Chambers
    Publisher: Red Squirrel Books

    Freddy hates school and thinks that it is boring, but he comes up with clever plan. The dyslexia-friendly features make this book highly accessible.

  • Free Lance and the Field of Blood

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Stewart and Riddell expertly combine humour, adventure, and moral dilemmas in this slick short story that’s presented in a dyslexia-friendly format. This is a tale of chivalry, villains and heroes that will appeal to all young knights in search of their next adventure.

  • Free Lance and the Lake of Skulls

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The dream team of Stewart and Riddell are on fantastic form for this outing: full of Stewart’s trademark fantasy wit and grandeur, and Riddell’s detailed and capturing illustrations.

  • Freedom (1783)

    Author: Catherine Johnson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This is a brilliant adventure story that manages to give young readers a really important insight into slavery without being so upsetting that it’s impossible to read: a very fine balance, masterfully achieved.

  • Frida and Bear

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    An absolutely brilliant picture book to inspire children's imaginations and get them drawing. After sharing this book you'll have a fun new game to play as well, just give it a go.

  • Frida Kahlo

    Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara Illustrator: Gee Fan Eng Translator: Emma Martinez
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Books

    Frida Kahlo's life story is adapted for younger readers - with bold and colourful illustrations, and an inspiring facts and photos section at the back.

  • Friday Brown

    Author: Vikki Wakefield
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Friday Brown is cursed. Warned of the terrible fates of the women in her family, each of whom has met a mysterious death, she carries the weight of her ancestors on her shoulders.

  • Friendly Matches

    Author: Allan Ahlberg Illustrator: Fritz Wegner
    Publisher: Penguin

    Friendly Matches is an entertaining, and at times thought-provoking, collection of poetry about football.

  • Friends

    Author: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Great for the youngest of babies as it invites adults to talk about the pictures and to interact with their baby as they look at the book together.

  • Friends

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Foreman's characteristic, beautifully soft and gentle illustrations are used to great effect in this simple but powerful picture book about friendship

  • Friends

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin

    A delightfully improbable ending crowns this story of friendship lost and regained which is fabulously illustrated in vivid colour with Eric Carle's distinctive collage technique.

  • Frightfully Friendly Ghosties

    Author: Daren King
    Publisher: Quercus

    When Pamela Fraidy gets locked in the attic with a big, leggy spider by a mean still-alive, her ghostie friends have to call on all their ingenuity to set her free.

  • Frockodile

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Stephanie Laberis
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Cliff the crocodile discovers a slinky frock and some fabulous peals and heels, and feels divine in them! But when the hyenas laugh at him, he starts to worry about others finding out his secret. A funny picture book that looks at inclusion and acceptance with a light, expert touch.

  • Frog and Toad Are Friends

    Author: Arnold Lobel
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Arnold Lobel's classic characters Frog and Toad return in this recently republished collection of five favourite stories.

  • Frog and the Stranger

    Author: Max Velthuijs
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    When a rat comes to live at the edge of their wood, the animals decide they don't like having a stranger in their midst

  • Frog in Love

    Author: Max Velthuijs
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Frog is not well. His heart is beating too fast and he feels hot and cold. A trip to the doctor reveals that he is in love. But who is he in love with?

  • Frog is Frog

    Author: Max Velthuijs
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A little frog gazes happily at his reflection, musing on his luck being so beautifully green and such a good swimmer. But then he sees what his friends can do and gets worried...

  • Frogkisser!

    Author: Garth Nix
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    A fairy tale for the modern feminist generation, Anya's Quest (yes, Quest with a capital Q) takes her through dark woods and across barren moorlands, outwitting giants, making appointments with Good Wizards, travelling by magic carpet and looking into magic mirrors.

  • From Acorn to Zoo

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This is an alphabet book with a difference, in which the unexpected is juxtaposed with the everyday to sometimes surreal effect.

  • From Head to Toe

    Author: Eric Carle
    Publisher: Puffin

    Can you arch your back like a cat, clap your hands like a seal or wave your arms like a monkey?

  • From Hereabout Hill

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo
    Publisher: Egmont

    The stories encompass themes of life, death, friendship, love and revenge and each is preceded by a short paragraph explaining the inspiration behind it.

  • Front Lines

    Author: Michael Grant
    Publisher: Egmont

    It's an alternate history where girls are subject to the military draft in the US. Fast-paced, clever and with incredibly relatable characters, Front Lines is a fresh take on the second world war, while also letting females be kickass.

  • Frostfire

    Author: Jamie Smith
    Publisher: Chicken House

    On the day of her Choosing, Sabira is haunted by memories of her lost brother and anxieties about the future of her city. An icy, magical, coming-of-age adventure, set high on a sacred mountain, haunted by venomous mutants and deadly monsters.

  • Frostheart

    Author: Jamie Littler
    Publisher: Puffin

    This inventive story is helped along by vivid illustrations that conjure up a world populated by yetis and monsters that live under the snow. Jamie Littler’s first novel is a frosty delight, depicting a fantasy world with brilliant characters and adventure. 

  • Frozen in Time

    Author: Ali Sparkes
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Sparkes justifiably won the Blue Peter Children's Book Award 2010 with this novel, almost a twenty-first century update of a Blyton Famous Five adventure.

  • Frozen: Heart of Dread

    Author: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    This is the promising start to a new series of magic and adventure amid a post-apocalyptic setting. Fantasy and science fiction meet love and romance in a thrilling and engrossing page turner.

  • Fruit in Suits

    Author: Jared Chapman
    Publisher: Abrams

    It's time to go swimming, and everyone has a different swimming suit. The quirky twist is that all the keen swimmers are... Items of fruit! This book is very, very silly but has oodles of charm, with an underlying message about difference and having fun.

  • Fruitloops and Dipsticks

    Author: Ulf Stark Translator: Julia Marshall
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    This Swedish story retains its continental flavour. Largely light and humorous in tone, the book nonetheless touches on feelings of loss, grief and change

  • Fruits of India

    Author: Jill Hartley
    Publisher: Tara Publishing

    This sturdy, small format board book presents over twenty different fruits commonly eaten in India.

  • Fruits: a Caribbean Counting Poem

    Author: Valerie Bloom Illustrator: David Axtell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    From half a pawpaw to five jew-plums through to ten bananas, this girl’s love of Caribbean fruits is so infectious that you can almost taste the juice dribbling down your chin.

  • Fungus the Bogeyman

    Author: Raymond Briggs
    Publisher: Penguin

    This sophisticated cartoon-strip picture book for older children follows one day in the life of Fungus, a morose bogeyman who scares humans - but starts wondering what it's really all for? This is Briggs at his subversive and entertaining finest.

  • Full, Full, Full of Love

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Paul Howard
    Publisher: Walker Books

    • This great book is all about a boy and his Grannie.
    • The warm story is a real celebration of family.
    • Gorgeous pictures shine with the love in the book's title.

  • Fun Home

    Author: Alison Bechedel
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Bechdel's moving 'graphic autobiography' beautifully tells the story of her strange childhood and adolescence in the funeral home run by her father.

  • Funky Chickens

    Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
    Publisher: Puffin Poetry

    A funny, thought-provoking collection of poems for older children from Britain’s best-loved rap poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, which cover a diverse and sometimes difficult range of topics but are full of fun and imagination. 

  • Funny Face

    Author: Nicola Smee
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    This board book for the youngest readers has bright, funny bold drawings and a simple text exploring a considerable variety of feelings, all eventually happily resolved.

  • Funnybones

    Author: Allan & Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin

    In the first book of this now classic series, we are taken down the dark, dark street to the dark, dark house and into the dark, dark cellar in which the skeletons live.

  • Funnybones: The Black Cat

    Author: Allan Ahberg Illustrator: Andre Amstutz
    Publisher: Penguin

    Another Funnybones adventure. This time, the skeleton friends go sledging - whee!

  • Furthermore

    Author: Tahereh Mafi
    Publisher: Puffin

    This is a magical and mythical quest tale reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, with an engaging heroine that will enchant boys and girls.

  • Future Ratboy and the Attack of the Killer Robot Grannies

    Author: Jim Smith
    Publisher: Egmont

    Colin Lampost is transported to the future where he must battle the Killer Robot Grannies and try to return to his own time.

  • Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom-Noms

    Author: Jim Smith
    Publisher: Egmont

    Future Ratboy (A.K.A Colin Lamppost) has been zapped millions of years into the future by a bolt of lightning. As if that’s not bad enough, horrible little insects are turning everyone into zombies. A brilliantly hilarious superhero comedy adventure.

  • Fuzz McFlops

    Author: Eva Furnari Translator: (from Portuguese) by Alison Entrekin
    Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

    This is a wonderfully quirky tale, with endearing characters and delightfully amusing illustrations.

  • Fuzzy Mud

    Author: Louis Sachar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Marshall and Tamaya take a short cut home from school one day to avoid the school bully – through the forbidden, completely out-of-bounds woods. This is a fast-paced and exciting story of bravery, friendships, and science gone wacky.

  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

    Author: Andrea Beaty Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Abrams

    Sofia Valdez isn’t just a do-gooder: she’s a do-better, visiting people in her community who can’t get out much, or just stopping for a chat. Andrea Beaty’s brilliant rhyming text tells Sofia’s story flawlessly, and David Roberts' characters and imagery are stunning.