Books beginning with: H

  • Hacker

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House

    A thriller for the computer buffs. Vicky's father is arrested for the theft of millions from the bank where he works.

  • Hang In There Bozo: the Ruby Redfort Survival Guide For Some Tricky Predicaments

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    A companion book to the fantastically successful Ruby Redfort mystery series, this is a funny and practical guide to surviving the variety of tricky predicaments that life can throw at you.

  • Hair in Funny Places

    Author: Babette Cole
    Publisher: Random House

    Who else but Babette Cole would have the audacity to tackle puberty in a picture book - and the comic genius to make it work? This hilarious book is a conversation between a girl and her teddy bear about 'Mr and Mrs Hormone'.

  • Hair, it’s a Family Affair!

    Author: Mylo Freeman
    Publisher: Cassava Republic

    This celebration of black hair, demonstrating the variety of hairstyles found in a single family, is another delightful read from Mylo Freeman: full of vibrant illustration and some simple text about elements of everyday life.

  • Hairy Hezekiah

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

    Hairy Hezekiah is a camel living a sad solitary life in a zoo. To remedy this, he slips through the main gates to look for a mate.

  • Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

    Author: Lynley Dodd
    Publisher: Puffin

    This hilarious rhyming story follows Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, as he sets off for a walk in town

  • Hairy Maclary's Bone

    Author: Lynley Dodd
    Publisher: Penguin

    Hairy Maclary is lucky enough to be given a big juicy bone by the butcher, Samuel Stone. This does not go unnoticed by all the other dogs who decide to follow him.

  • Half a Creature from the Sea

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A collection of eight spooky tales of the fantastic. 

  • Half a King

    Author: Joe Abercrombie
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    From the first page, Yarvi's story, set in a vividly imagined fantasy world, is gripping, fast-paced and hard to put down. Explores complex questions of morality, loyalty and obligation.

  • Half Bad

    Author: Sally Green
    Publisher: Penguin

    In a modern-day Britain in which witches live alongside humans, Nathan is a 'half-code', caught between the 'good' White Witches and the 'bad' Black Witches.

  • Half Brother

    Author: Kenneth Oppel
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Oppel bases his first YA novel on projects in the 1970s which tested the capability of chimpanzees to acquire sign language.

  • Half Lives

    Author: Sara Grant
    Publisher: Hachette

    Separated by several hundred years, Icie and Beckett are linked by a deadly secret.

  • Half of a Yellow Sun

    Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Publisher: Harper Perennial

    Half of a Yellow Sun is set in Nigeria during the 1960s, at the time of the vicious Nigeria- Biafra war in which more than a million people died and thousands were massacred in cold blood

  • Halibut Jackson

    Author: David Lucas
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    One day Halibut Jackson receives an invitation from the Queen to a party at the palace and starts work on his most ambitious outfit yet, a bejewelled suit of silver and gold, which he thinks will go unnoticed amid the splendours of the palace.

    Unfortunately, Halibut doesn’t realise that it is to be a Garden Party... Shortlisted for the Booktrust Ear…

  • Halo

    Author: Zizou Corder
    Publisher: Puffin

    As an adolescent, Halo is dragged from the love and security of her unconventional upbringing and sold as a slave.

  • Hamish and the Neverpeople

    Author: Danny Wallace Illustrator: Jamie Littler
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Hamish and his friends again face the threat of world domination by an evil mastermind. A fast-moving, hugely funny, uproarious and irreverent storyline that will engage junior readers, especially boys.

  • Hamish and the Worldstoppers

    Author: Danny Wallace
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    How is a ten year old boy supposed to ward off a horde of marauding monsters plundering through Britain's fourth most boring town?

  • Hamish: The Bear who Found his Child

    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Wheelchair-using teddies (quite rightly) blend effortlessly into the landscape,as the toys have fun while the humans aren't looking in this book.

  • Handa's Noisy Night

    Author: Eileen Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a lovely addition to the classic Handa stories, which are beloved by so many.  In this, Handa is allowed spend the night with her friend Akeyo, when they hear some strange noises. Children will have great fun trying to mimic the animal sounds!

  • Handa's Surprise

    Author: Eileen Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Glorious images of an African village convey the sights, smells and colours of the landscape, its animals and its food in a story told as much through pictures as through words.

  • Handstand

    Author: Lisa Stickley
    Publisher: Pavillion

    Edith loves doing handstands, although she's only just learned how. 

  • Hans and Matilda

    Author: Yokococo
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Everyone says that Matilda cat is a good girl. She loves to quietly sit and read or water her flowers, while Hans cat is very naughty and always up to mischief.

  • Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid

    Author: Metaphrog
    Publisher: Papercutz

    The Little Mermaid lives happily under the sea, but her older sisters' tales of what they see on the surface of the water start to make her yearn for something more.

  • Hansel & Gretel

    Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Lorenzo Mattotti
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Neil Gaiman has created a chilling and dark retelling of the story of Hansel and Gretel.

  • Hansel & Gretel

    Author: Bethan Woollvin
    Publisher: Two Hoots

    Willow is a good witch, and it’s the horrendously naughty Hansel and Gretel who wreck her house and her magic spells. A delightful twist on the classic fairy tale.  

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This version is richer for the addition of the themes of manipulation, hope and love. The illustrations, both the bright and the brooding, reflect the disturbing plot.

  • Hansel and Gretel

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The classic tale of the two children abandoned in the forest, and their frightening encounter encounter with an evil witch, has lost none of its popularity over the years.

  • Happy Birthday, Sausage!

    Author: Michaela Morgan Illustrator: Dee Shulman
    Publisher: A&C Black

    There are lots of delightful illustrations in this story for children who have just begun to read books with chapters

  • Happy Christmas, Boris!

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    A fantastic interactive book that is great fun to read and share as a family

  • Happy Girl Lucky

    Author: Holly Smale
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Hope Valentine is about to find out that life isn't a movie - even when you're a member of an acting dynasty - in this light-hearted but satisfying new series from Geek Girl author Holly Smale.

  • Happy Hector

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A tale of playtime for Tilly and her animal friends, this time exploring themes of playing alone and playing together, feeling alone and feeling loved.

  • Happy in Our Skin

    Author: Fran Manushkin Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
    Publisher: Walker Books

    It’s terrific to have skin: it keeps the outsides out and the insides in! Skin is always there and everyone’s skin is different. Isn’t that marvellous? This beautiful book also reminds us that everyone has a right to feel loved, secure and accepted for who they are.

  • Happy to Be Me

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    With simple rhyme and colourful artwork, this picture book celebrates every bit of the human body and reminds us that each and every body is different. Another success from the bestselling author-illustrator.

  • Harold finds a voice

    Author: Courtney Dicmas
    Publisher: Child's Play

    • Harold the parrot lives in Paris and loves to copy sounds and voices.
    • Journey with Harold to discover new sounds, new friends and his own voice.
    • Your little one will love the vibrant colours and copying sounds along with Harold.

  • Harold Snipperpot’s Best Disaster Ever

    Author: Beatrice Alemagna
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson

    When Mr Ponzio arrives, bringing a whole zoo’s worth of animals, they fill Harold Snipperpot’s house with chaos. Disaster! Yet Harold soon starts to find the chaos quite exhilarating. Tremendously touching, well-judged and just a little bit different.

  • Harold’s Hungry Eyes

    Author: Kevin Waldron
    Publisher: Phaidon

    Young readers will love this story of hungry Harold the dog, and have a great time spotting all the original places that food has replaced normal everyday items. Kevin Waldron's artwork is bright and colourful with a quirky, modern use of collage.

  • Harper and the Circus of Dreams

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

    When a magical girl arrives, bringing with her a storm and The Circus of Dreams, Harper and her friends set off on a journey to find out more about the strange world in the sky. A great read with tonnes of magic and drama.

  • Harper and the Fire Star

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

    The adventure sees Harper and her band of friends on a quest to help the Wild Conductor regain his place in the circus. However, the task is not a simple one, and the evil ringmaster has other plans.

  • Harper and the Night Forest

    Author: Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Should Harper help her friend, the Wild Conductor, capture the Ice Raven so he can create beautiful music? Or should she help the maiden cloaked in moonlight find her happy ending? Interesting ethical questions in a fantasy adventure story.

  • Harper and the Night Forest

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

    Harper and her friends need to decide whether it's the conductor or the raven that needs their help the most... The third book in Burnell's magical Harper series continues to delight readers with its magic, alongside great characters. 

  • Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella

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

    This is an endearing book with beautiful black and white illustrations, a light, fairytale-like quality, and a sense there may be more Harper adventures to come.

  • Harriet Versus the Galaxy

    Author: Samantha Baines Illustrator: Jessica Flores
    Publisher: Knights Of

    When Harriet is hunting for her hearing aid under the bed, the last thing she expects to find is an alien. Soon, she is working alongside her gran to defend the human race. A highly accessible story, laced with lively illustrations and lots of laughs. 

  • Harris Finds His Feet

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    Harris leaps joyfully across the pages, against vibrant washes of colour, as he learns to be independent for the first time.

  • Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

    Author: Ian Whybrow Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Penguin

    Harry discovers lots of dusty old dinosaurs when he helps Gran clear out the attic. Then one day his beloved dinosaurs get lost! Will Harry ever find again them?

  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School

    Author: Ian Whybrow Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Penguin

    It's Harry's first day at school. He and his dinosaurs are very excited and perhaps a little bit nervous.

  • Harry and the Dinosaurs Have a Happy Birthday

    Author: Ian Whybrow Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Puffin

    In this title, farmer Oakley’s birthday provides the perfect excuse for a party to celebrate more than just his own old age.

  • Harry and the Dinosaurs: First Sleepover

    Author: Ian Whybrow Illustrator: Adrian Reynolds
    Publisher: Puffin

    Mum and Nan are concerned about how Harry and his dinosaurs will handle a sleepover at Jack’s house – but their worries are unfounded.

  • Harry and the Monster

    Author: Sue Mongredien Illustrator: Nick East
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    A warm, funny book about dealing with night-time fears, with bright, bold text and illustrations.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Author: J K Rowling
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    There is much heartache for Harry as he tries to complete the task left to him by Dumbledore and find the Horcruxes containing pieces of Voldemort's soul.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Author: J K Rowling
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A gripping and electrifying novel, full of suspense, secrets, and - of course - magic.

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Author: J K Rowling
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Convicted murderer, Sirius Black, escapes from Azkaban, the merciless prison of the wizarding world and Harry fears for his life.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Author: J K Rowling
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    After the misery of life with his ghastly aunt and uncle, Harry Potter is delighted to have the chance to embark on an exciting new life at the Hogwart's School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Illustrated)

    Author: JK Rowling Illustrator: Jim Kay
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived

  • Harry the Dirty Dog

    Author: Gene Zion Illustrator: Margaret Bloy Graham
    Publisher: Random House

    Harry the Dirty Dog is a delightful story about a mischievous and fun-loving dog. The spreads are old-fashioned but filled with humour.

  • Hartslove

    Author: K M Grant
    Publisher: Quercus

    This absorbing Victorian family story has a dash of everything - scheming servants, guardian angels, darkest despair, thwarted romance, pluckiness, even a spot of haunting – with a nail-biting climax

  • Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present

    Author: John Burningham
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present is the sort of story that warms your heart – and is perfect for a seasonal snuggle. A Christmas classic, indeed.

  • Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?

    Author: Liz Kessler
    Publisher: Orion

    One Friday afternoon in Geography Jessica's friend, Izzy, notices Jessica turning invisible...

  • Has Anyone Seen My Chihuahua?

    Author: Clare Wigfall Illustrator: Ollie Lett
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A funny, fresh twist on the search for a lost pet in a lovely story about friendship

  • Hat Tricks

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Scallywag Press

    This super simple picture book is ideal for very young readers who like to learn their animals. Kitamura’s fun illustrations are big and bold and children will enjoy shouting ‘Abracadabra, katakurico! What’s in the hat?’

  • Hate

    Author: Alan Gibbons
    Publisher: Indigo

    A hard-hitting story about love and hate, prejudice and forgiveness, inspired by a real event.

  • Hats of Faith

    Author: Medeia Cohan Illustrator: Sarah Walsh
    Publisher: Shade 7 Publishing

    This instructive board book opens with the simple statement that many religious people wear head coverings to show their love of God. An optimistic and valuable book that celebrates diversity and fosters understanding. 

  • Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of the Praying Mantis

    Author: Jane Prowse
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Hattie Jackson is an ordinary 15 year old girl until her mother suddenly disappears under mysterious circumstances, causing her life to change forever. Secrets about her mother's life begin to unfold, and Hattie discovers her true destiny - she is the last in line to a ninjutsu dynasty nearly a thousand years old.

  • Haunt Me

    Author: Liz Kessler
    Publisher: Orion

    Introverted Erin has just moved to a new house and school - and finds her new bedroom is haunted by teenager Joe. With a mature and sensitive approach to bereavement, loss and teen relationships, this proves a thought-provoking read.

  • Haunt: Dead Scared

    Author: Curtis Jobling
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    When Will dies and becomes a ghost, the only person who can see him is his best friend Dougie. Together, they try to discover why Will is still here. This book is funny, touching and exciting all in one go, and much more than a regular ghost story.

  • Haunted

    Author: Susan Cooper Joseph Delaney Berlie Doherty Jamila Gavin Matt Haig Robin Jarvis Derek Landy Sam Llewellyn Mal Peet Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A scintillating selection of supremely scary tales from 11 well-known children’s authors

  • Haunted House

    Author: Jan Pieńkowski
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Enjoy a tour of this spooky old house where a spine-tingling surprise lurks in every dark corner.

  • Hav3n

    Author: Tom Easton
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    When the world is struck down by a fast-spreading, deadly plague, only the small, isolated village of Great Sheen in the English countryside manages to escape the ravages of death

  • Have You Seen Elephant?

    Author: David Barrow
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    This hilarious book - about an elephant who wants to play hide and seek - will delight children and adults with its offbeat humour and beautiful illustration.

  • Have You Seen My Blankie?

    Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Paula Metcalf
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A princess loses her blankie. Who could have taken it? Her brother, a witch, a giant… or someone more fiery? A charming book that stresses the pleasure of sharing and features a brave and compassionate young heroine who is in no way a stereotypical princess. 

  • Have You Seen My Dragon?

    Author: Steve Light
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A counting book that is a cut above the rest in terms of its beautiful design and style. New Yorker Steve Light brings all the shapes and sights of the city to these stunning spreads.

  • Having Fun!

    Author: Jess Stockham
    Publisher: Child's Play

    A lift-the-flap book, with animals hidden behind pictures of happy toddlers, splashing like dolphins, playing like dogs and sliding like otters.

  • Head Over Heart

    Author: Colette Victor
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A very timely and topical story about a Muslim girl struggling to balance both cultures while staying true to her family and faith. An enlightening and uplifting story for young teens.

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play (International)

    This is a happy book for babies and toddlers, one that no-one will be able to listen to and remain sitting still!

  • Heads

    Author: Matthew Van Fleet
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    From frilled necks to floppy ears this follow-up to Van Fleet’s Alphabet and Tails, provides a playful way to teach toddlers about animals’ heads

  • Heart of Darkness and Other Tales

    Author: Joseph Conrad
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Set in the exotic surroundings of Africa, Malaysia and the east, these stories variously appraise the glamour, folly, and rapacity of imperial adventure.

  • Heart of Stone

    Author: Melanie Welsh
    Publisher: David Fickling

    The continuation of Verity Gallant’s story, begun in Mistress of the Storm, sees the ancient harbour town of Wellow once more under siege

  • Heart Shaped

    Author: Siobhan Parkinson
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Siobhan Parkinson tells the story of Annie in this companion novel to 2011’s Bruised.

  • Heartbeat

    Author: Sharon Creech
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Annie loves drawing, running barefoot, her family, and possibly Max, her running partner. It’s an eventful time for the 12-year-old: as her mother is about to give birth, her beloved grandfather is sliding slowly into dementia.

  • Heartbreak Cafe

    Author: Janet Quin-Harkin
    Publisher: Ellingstar Media

    Originally published in the 80s, Heartbreak Cafe (the first in a series) is a fun, typically American story in the tradition of TV shows like Beverly Hills 90210.

  • Heart-Shaped Bruise

    Author: Tanya Byrne
    Publisher: Headline Publishing

    Lying forgotten on top of a wardrobe at the Archway Young Offenders institution is a notebook. Inside its pages, the notorious Emily Koll reveals the story she has refused to tell anyone, even her psychiatrist - the truth about the crime she committed, and why she did what she did to her best friend, Juliet.

  • Heaven

    Author: Christoph Marzi Translator: Helena Ragg-Kirkby
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    While making his way across the rooftops of London one night, David meets Heaven, a beautiful, mysterious girl who has had her heart viciously ripped out. Yet she remains alive…

  • Heaven Eyes

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hachette

    A beautifully written tale about three lonely, frustrated children who live in Whitegates children's home.

  • Hector and Hummingbird

    Author: Nicholas John Frith
    Publisher: Scholastic/Alison Green Books

    The story of Hector and Hummingbird is a lovely one for children with - sometimes irritating but always lovable - little brothers and sisters. The 1950s style and colouring of this fantastic picture book is very appealing.

  • Hector and the Big Bad Knight

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When the Big Bad Knight steals Granny's magic wand, Hector offers to get it back for her. 

  • Hedgehog Holidays

    Author: Ruth Green
    Publisher: Tate

    Herbert and Hilda Hedgehog have been enjoying a book about the seaside and decide to go and see it for themselves. This gentle story has a bouncy rhyme, and the tone remains sweet and upbeat throughout.

  • Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor

    Author: Laurie Wallmark Illustrator: Katy Wu
    Publisher: Sterling

    Who was the real Hedy Lamarr? Was she the sensational movie star? Or was she an incredibly clever inventor whose most famous creation helped develop Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology? This wonderful book takes a closer look.

  • Held in Love

    Author: Dawn Casey & Oamul Lu
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    This beautiful, quiet book captures a new mother’s hopes for her new baby, and a message that whatever happens in life, love will see them through. Perfect for a dreamy, cuddly read.

  • Help Me!

    Author: Paul Geraghty Illustrator: Paul Geraghty
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    In this beautifully illustrated story based on real animal behaviour, benevolence from the most improbable sources helps to maintain the status quo during a day at the waterhole.

  • Help! The Wolf is Coming

    Author: Cedric Ramadier Illustrator: Vincent Bourgeau
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Relish the tension, as you are stalked by the wolf and encouraged to manipulate the book to scare him away. The black wolf is stark against a green and yellow landscape.

  • Help: My Cat’s a Vlogging Superstar!

    Author: Rae Earl
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Millie’s best friend Lauren is mortified by an Instagram post, Millie makes a vlog to cheer her up. Rae Earl has a real talent for writing a charming and funny story that handles life problems particularly well.

  • Helping Hercules

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Hachette

    Seven Greek myths with a twist: the introduction of an extra character in the shape of a small, and somewhat stroppy, girl named Susan.

  • Hell and High Water

    Author: Tanya Landman
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A historical adventure following one boy's fight for justice at a time when corruption, prejudice and brutality were commonplace - and society seemed to value wealth and status above honesty and integrity.

  • Hello Darkness

    Author: Anthony McGowan
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Johnny Middleton is hiding in the boys toilets to avoid double maths when a shower of dead stick insects hit the floor.

  • Hello Garage

    Author: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Nosy Crow’s series of board books featuring Ludo the cat is great for toddlers who love to turn flaps, and any little animal enthusiasts. A deceptively simple book that has interest and detail.

  • Hello Lighthouse

    Author: Sophie Blackall
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Sophie Blackall won the Caldecott Medal in the US for Hello Lighthouse and it’s easy to see why. Her artwork is stunning in this lovely book about the passing of time, which children will pore over, caught up in its magic.

  • Hello little Egg!

    Author: Puffin
    Publisher: Puffin

    The first in a new series of picture books from the phenomenally successful children's TV series Puffin Rock is as cute and appealing as you would expect - and a great bedtime choice for any young fan of the show.

  • Hello Tilly

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Tilly has a yellow storybook, and the characters in it become a house full of friends.

  • Hello World!

    Author: Paul Beavis
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Monster is bored as Mr and Mrs Mo are too busy to play with him. He decides to pack his bag, and sets off to see the world. Warmth and humour abound in this exuberant tale of adventure and friendship.

  • Hello Zoo

    Author: Nicola Slater
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Ludo the cat has come to the zoo in this cute and colourful board book. He peeks behind the giant fold-out flaps to find some other animals to play with... The lovely illustrations here have lots of little details to enjoy.

  • Hello, Friend

    Author: Rebecca Cobb
    Publisher: Macmillan

    This warm-hearted picture book about making friends is a perfect read for little ones starting school or nursery who might be a bit nervous, reassuring them that there will be lots of other children who will want to make friends.

  • Hello, Hello

    Author: Brendan Wenzel
    Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle

    Say ‘Hello!’ to a whole host of familiar, and more unusual, animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures in this stunning picture book with an underlying ecological message.

  • Hello, Hot Dog!

    Author: Lily Murray Illustrator: Jarvis
    Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books

    Hot Dog is having a lovely snooze on a comfy bread roll when he sees a bottle of ketchup approaching and realises he’s about to become… LUNCH! A quirky tale told in a delightful conversational style, which is full of humour and mild jeopardy.

  • Hello, Mr Dodo!

    Author: Nicholas John Frith
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    Martha loves birds, but she can't believe her eyes when she discovers the rarest bird of them all in the woods behind her house. It's a real life Dodo! Retro illustration and technicolour splashes make this picture book a beautiful thing to behold.

  • Hello, Orange Tiger

    Author: Natalie Marshall
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This rhyming board book has colourful, die-cut pages, which will introduce youngsters to animals, colour and habitats. Bright, vibrant and deceptively simple. 

  • Henry Tumour

    Author: Anthony McGowan
    Publisher: Random House

    Henry Tumour is certainly a memorable book: it's funny, shocking, and thought-provoking, too. Just be warned that the language is extreme throughout!

  • Her Idea

    Author: Rilla Alexander
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Inspired by Rilla Alexander's own experiences of working with children who can get frustrated about finishing a story or a picture, this is a how-to book about Rilla's own practice of keeping an ideas journal.

  • Her Name's Not Cruella De Vil

    Author: Anna Lavatelli Translator: from Italian by Denise Muir
    Publisher: Il Battello a Vapore

    This book starts as a garrulous tale of teenage angst and turns into a slower-paced, dramatic account of life in fascist Italy and Stalinist Russia. The young narrator, Katia, tells how she used to be at odds with her world and how misplaced anger led her to vandalise the property of an elderly lady. Her friends are sent on work placements but Katia is order…

  • Hercufleas

    Author: Sam Gayton
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This is an unusual and imaginative fairy tale adventure. A fast paced and exciting story, scattered with wonderful pencil drawings, it is also a reminder that the little things in life can be very significant. This will delight young readers with its originality and fun!

  • Here be Monsters

    Author: Jonathan Emmett Illustrator: Poly Bernatene
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    This brilliantly funny story uses rhyming text and very entertaining and colourful illustrations to keep young readers amused (and adults too).

  • Here Comes Frankie!

    Author: Tim Hopgood
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Describing music using words is tricky - but by adding pictures, Tim Hopgood creates musical magic on the page.

  • Here Comes Lolo

    Author: Niki Daly
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    Set in South Africa, this charming collection of four short stories about the everyday adventures of a young girl has broad appeal. Each tale focuses on small but significant events in the life of Lolo, who is a fun-loving, likeable character. 

  • Here I Am

    Author: Patti Kim
    Publisher: Curious Fox

    The word-less book deals with the challenges of leaving a beloved home; coming to terms with the big changes you face in your new world; and the emotions surrounding this journey.

  • Here I Stand

    Author: Various Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Walker Books/Amnesty International

    These short stories by writers such as Sita Brahmachari, Matt Haig and Frances Harding, with illustration by Chris Riddell, put current and continuing political situations in context for young people. Not an easy read, but a necessary one.

  • Here in the Real World

    Author: Sara Pennypacker
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Wade loves spending time in his own world, but when his summer plans are upended, will he finally be the hero he dreams of becoming? A beautiful, heartfelt tale.

  • Here Lies Arthur

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Scholastic

    The violence is darkly terrifying, the sense of landscape immediate and haunting and Gwyna/Gwyn's shifting gender permits Reeve to cast a unique, strikingly vivid glimpse into dark-age Britain.

  • Here We Are

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    This manual to life on Earth from new dad Oliver Jeffers to his baby son is simple, life-affirming and showcases the beautiful diversity in the world.

  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

    Author: Sophie Fatus
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    A multicultural take on a familiar old nursery rhyme, which transports each familiar activity into everyday life in Britain, West Africa, India and China.

  • Heriot

    Author: Margaret Mahy
    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    Heriot Tarbas has always been a troubled child but whether he causes, or attracts, trouble is unclear.

  • Herman's Letter

    Author: Tom Percival
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Herman the bear and Henry the raccoon have been friends for as long as anyone can remember - but then Henry has to move away.

  • Hermelin: The Detective Mouse

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Hermelin the Detective Mouse lives in the attic at the top of Number 33 Offley Street. From here, with the help of his trusty typewriter and binoculars, he solves all kinds of mysteries

  • Hero

    Author: Sarah Lean Illustrator: Gary Blythe
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    A gentle, imaginative story that looks at the importance of friendships and truthfulness.

  • Hero at the Fall

    Author: Alwyn Hamilton
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    Using every ounce of her resources, Amani is determined to continue the fight for Miraji and to bring justice and peace to her homeland. The final instalment in an epic fantasy adventure trilogy, packed full of myth, magic and merciless battles. Engrossing.

  • Hero on a Bicycle

    Author: Shirley Hughes
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The first novel from much-loved author and illustrator Shirley Hughes is a thrilling and moving story about a boy and his bicycle, set against a dramatic background of war-torn Italy

  • Heroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune

    Author: Rick Riordan
    Publisher: Puffin

    An enthralling page turner sure to delight Percy Jackson fans everywhere

  • Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Courageous Animals

    Author: David Long & Kerry Hyndman
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    For as long as there have been wars, animals have been saving lives. So begins the short preface to this fascinating and heartwarming book, featuring 33 true stories of heroic animals in wartime.

  • Heroes: Inspirational People and the Amazing Jobs They Do

    Author: Jonny Marx Illustrator: Gerhard Van Wyk
    Publisher: 360 degrees

    This appealing, colourful book acknowledges the unsung heroes of our everyday lives, going above and beyond to help others behind the scenes. It also acts as an aspirational guide for kids who might not have considered some of these options as viable careers.

  • Heroic

    Author: Phil Earle
    Publisher: Penguin Books

    Brothers Jammy and Sonny see their lives changed forever when Jammy joins the army and is sent to Afghanistan.

  • HERSTORY: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

    Author: Katherine Halligan Illustrator: Sarah Walsh
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Celebrated in this lavish hardback, the stories of 50 great women redefine their “herstory”, from disability activist Helen Keller to Indian poet, singer and saint Mira Bai and Aboriginal Australian Olympic athlete Cathy Freeman.

  • Hetty Feather

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Yearling

    Nick Sharratt's silhouettes perfectly reflect the mood of Jacqueline Wilson's first historical fiction, set in London's Foundling Hospital in the 1870s.

  • Hexed

    Author: Michelle Krys
    Publisher: Random House

    Hexed is a mixture of magic, romance and thriller with lots to appeal to teen readers looking for an enthralling page turner.

  • Hey Presto!

    Author: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    With delightful illustrations and something of the same quirky humour that characterised her acclaimed Good Little Wolf, this is a fun and engaging story about friendship.

  • Hic!

    Author: Anushka Ravishankar Illustrator: Christiane Pieper
    Publisher: Tara Books

    A little girl tries lots of crazy antidotes to her hiccups, but none of them work. This book gives children the chance to add their own solutions and be creative with rhyme while doing so.

  • Hiccups

    Author: Holly Sterling
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    While adults may be used to getting the hiccups, it can be a disturbing predicament for children. Author and illustrator Holly Sterling relays the frustration of Ruby, a young girl trying to cure her adorable doggie, Oscar, of the hiccups through any means possible.

  • Hicotea: A Nightlights Story

    Author: Lorena Alvarez
    Publisher: Nobrow

    Even if you're new to the Nightlights series, Hicotea (the second book) is a stunning place to start. Alvarez’s gloriously hallucinogenic artwork is coupled with a smart-girl protagonist and underlying themes of environmentalism and conservation.

  • Hide-and-Seek Pig

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

    Help Pig find Hen by lifting the flaps on each page in this fun game of hide and seek.

  • Hidden

    Author: Marianne Curley
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Ebony has never understood why her parents are so overprotective. But sneaking out to a night club with friends has consequences more frightening than she could ever imagine.

  • Hidden

    Author: Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis Translator: Laura Watkinson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This revealing, thought-provoking collection brings together true stories of Jewish children sent into hiding in the Netherlands during World War II - and provides plenty of opportunities for discussion.

  • Hidden

    Author: Miriam Halahmy
    Publisher: Troika

    Alix doesn’t want any trouble with the local bullies. But then she defends Samir, a boy who has recently joined their school – and is from Iraq, seeking refuge in England. A book about a serious subject which is nonetheless warm, funny and optimistic. 

  • Hidden Among Us

    Author: Katy Moran
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Lissy meets a mysterious boy at the train station late at night, she finds out that the Hidden - an ancient elven people - made a bargain with her mother fourteen years ago.

  • Hidden Planet

    Author: Ben Rothery
    Publisher: Ladybird Books

    A self-confessed wildlife obsessive, Rothery’s book isn’t just a collection of his gorgeous illustration but rather a study of the hidden connections between species. Fascinating and beautiful.

  • Hidden World: Ocean

    Author: Libby Walden and Stephanie Fizer Coleman
    Publisher: 360 degrees

    This is a delightfully simple introduction to the creatures of the underwater world with realistic portraits and incredible facts. Readers will get a glimpse into the diversity of our ocean habitats and explore how animals use camouflage to outwit predators.

  • Higgledy Piggledy: The Hen Who Loved to Dance

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Elizabeth Moseng
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Higgledy Piggledy loves to dance, but how useful is a dancing hen?! All the other animals think she is silly and lazy.

  • Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life

    Author: Maurice Sendak
    Publisher: Red Fox

    A quirky story about a discontented dog who is determined to be different, from the author of Where The Wild Things Are - and illustrated with his wonderfully detailed drawings.

  • Higgly Hen

    Author: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Oh dear - Higgly Hen has lost her chicks! This friendly farmyard board book is a must for Scheffler fans. The addition of a fun sound button will amuse toddlers and adds an extra element of play.

  • High Five to the Hero

    Author: Vita Murrow Illustrator: Julia Bereciartu
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    What if heroes weren't always the strong and silent type? Vita Murrow brings the stars from some of our favourite stories into the modern day with this thought-provoking collection.

  • Highest Mountain Deepest Ocean: A Pictorial Compendium of Natural Wonders

    Author: Page Tsou
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    Did you know that the Blue Whale's tongue weighs as much as an elephant, and its heart as much as a small car? Or that the Hercules Beetle can grow to 19cm long? 

  • High-Rise Mystery

    Author: Sharna Jackson
    Publisher: Knights Of

    High-Rise Mystery is the perfect ‘whodunnit’. As the two girls sift through red herrings and reveal a series of tower block secrets, short snappy sentences and sparkling dialogue will keep readers turning the pages. A mystery as hot as the summer heatwave in which it’s set!

  • Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women

    Author: Editor: Roseanne Saad Khalaf
    Publisher: Telegram

    They explore themes of war, romance and emigration in Lebanon's rich yet complex society.

  • Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales

    Author: Hilary McKay Illustrator: Sarah Gibb
    Publisher: Macmillan

    This gorgeous collection from Hilary McKay will make you see your favourite fairy tales in new and surprising ways; it's a book that you and your children will treasure.

  • Hilda and the Great Parade

    Author: Luke Pearson and Stephen Davies
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    The second novel-length version of Hilda’s adventures accompanies the Netflix series and follows the graphic novels by Luke Pearson. A magical yet contemporary world that is as full of friendship, school and community as it is elves, talking birds and trolls.

  • Hilda and the Hidden People

    Author: Stephen Davies and Luke Pearson
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    An illustrated chapter book based on Luke Pearson’s brilliant Hilda graphic novels, Hilda and the Hidden People is a fun and pacey adventure combining a contemporary heroine with a gentle mythological element. 

  • Hilda and the Mountain King

    Author: Luke Pearson
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Hilda is turned into a troll child and must venture into the Hall of the Mountain King on a quest to become human again in the sixth instalment of Luke Pearson's brilliant graphic novel series.

  • Hilda and the Runaway Baby

    Author: Daisy Hirst
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A sweet story of an unexpected friendship, with a porcine heroine you won't forget in a hurry! Daisy Hirst's bright colours and loose paintery style are a delight to behold, and Hilda herself is a fabulous character.

  • Hilda and the Stone Forest

    Author: Luke Pearson
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    In her fifth adventure, the daring Hilda is back on form with plenty of strange magic, but this time with mum in tow. This allows Pearson to explore their mother-daughter relationship - as they battle two-headed trolls, of course.

  • Hilda and the Troll

    Author: Luke Pearson
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Blue-haired explorer Hilda has an uncanny ability to find weird and wonderful adventures and befriend peculiar creatures.

  • Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World

    Author: Judd Winick
    Publisher: Puffin

    Hilo, DJ and Gina are best friends - only, Hilo's been away in another dimension battling alien monsters. He's back now, but  weird creatures are appearing out of interdimensional portals all over town. Funny, colourful, well drawn and full of adventure.

  • Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

    Author: Judd Winick
    Publisher: Puffin

    Colourful, action-filled and laugh-out-loud funny, with plenty of burps, farts and catchphrases, HILO is the first in a bestselling US graphic novel series for younger readers. It's also a genuinely well-told, gripping sci-fi story.

  • Hip and Hop: You Can Do Anything

    Author: Akala Illustrator: Sav Akyuz
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Inspired by Hip’s helpful rap about working hard for your dreams, Hop tries and tries, and finally wheels his way into first place at the local bike race.

  • Hippospotamus

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

    Poor Hippopotamus has a spot on her bottomus – a big red spot which simply won’t go away!

  • His Royal Whiskers

    Author: Sam Gayton Illustrator: Peter Cottrill
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This gloriously imaginative tale from Carnegie Medal nominee Sam Gayton is the perfect book for readers curled up by the fire, ready to be transported to a fantastical kingdom.

  • Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy

    Author: Douglas Adams
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is officially one of the funniest books ever written.

  • Hitler's Angel

    Author: William Osborne
    Publisher: Chicken House

    In the summer of 1941, two displaced teenagers, one German, one Austrian, are recruited by the British government for a secret mission.

  • Hitler's Canary

    Author: Sandi Toksvig
    Publisher: Random House

    Hitler's Canary, ultimately, is about the courage and heroism of ordinary citizens in a time of danger and strife.

  • Hog in the Fog

    Author: Julia Copus Illustrator: Eunyoung Seo
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    A wonderful, comical rhyming story about friendship and collaboration, with lively alliterative text  and appealingly atmospheric illustrations, which make the words sing.

  • Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story

    Author: David Levithan
    Publisher: Penguin

    Tiny Cooper first appears in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-written with John Green and, although not essential, it would make sense to read this first.

  • Hold On

    Author: Alan Gibbons
    Publisher: Hachette

    After a chance meeting with John on holiday in Florida, Annie realises that he sees her as a lifeline against the relentless bullying he suffers at school.

  • Holding Up the Universe

    Author: Jennifer Niven
    Publisher: Penguin

    The book is narrated in turns by Libby, famous for once being 'America's Fattest Teen' and starting high school after years of being home schooled, and Jack, who seems to be one of the popular kids but secretly suffers from Prospagnosia...

  • Holes

    Author: Louis Sachar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so he is not entirely surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to the Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre

  • Holes

    Author: Jonathan Litton Illustrator: Thomas Hegbrook
    Publisher: 360 degrees

    A fascinating book on holes, from subways to sinkholes, as well as the philosophical concept of a hole and some surprising cultural facts. Any budding archaeologists will really enjoy this original take on the natural and built environment.

  • Hollow Pike

    Author: Juno Dawson
    Publisher: Indigo

    Lis London had hoped that a move to the country would allow her to escape not only the bullies but also her recurring nightmares

  • Holly

    Author: Mary Hooper
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Holly agrees to meet her secret admirer and is shocked when he claims to be her real father. Furious and upset, she confronts her mother, who eventually admits it to be true.

  • Home

    Author: Carson Ellis
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Where is your home? Where are you? Carson Ellis explores wild and wonderful, familiar and extraordinary places that people – real and imaginary – might live.

  • Homesick

    Author: Roshi Fernando
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Thoughtful, melancholic, haunting, Homesick is a collection of interlinked stories which muse on growing up, fitting in and the ephemeral nature of human life.

  • Honk, Honk! Hold Tight!

    Author: Jessica Souhami
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    A King promises half his kingdo to anyone that can make his daughter smile.

  • Hook or by Crook

    Author: Jan Mark Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Mayhem in the Middle Ages!  The Abbot of Canterbury has been set three very tricky puzzles by mean King John.

  • Hooray for Fish!

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Lucy Cousins gently introduces first concepts: simple colours, spots and stripes, being happy and grumpy, counting one two three, the difference between fat and thin.

  • Hooray for Hoppy!

    Author: Tim Hopgood
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Tim Hopgood delights again with his signature heartwarming and thoughtful approach to concept books for young children. This one, a book about the senses, joins his equally fantastic previous books about colours, counting and shapes.

  • Hoot Owl: master of disguise

    Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Jean Jullien
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Hoot Owl wears a selection of ingenious disguises when hunting for food, but his prey always manages to escape. Vibrant illustrations and repetitive text combine to create a comical tale of perseverance. Very silly and the illustrations are great!

  • Hop a Little, Jump a Little!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play

    This is a perfect book for sharing with lively toddlers, who will love to imitate the children’s actions, as they run, skip, stretch and nod.

  • Hop Little Bunnies

    Author: Martha Mumford Illustrator: Laura Hughes
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    In a field, four little bunnies are sleeping until noon. Yet, when they wake up, it’s time to hop! The popular nursery song is given an adorable makeover (with actions and animal noises very much encouraged) in this picture book.

  • Hope

    Author: Rhian Ivory
    Publisher: Firefly

    Hope has only ever wanted to be an actress, so what will she do now she has failed to get into drama school? Tension in her family life and terrifying mood changes all add to her feelings of desperation. Hope is a contemporary coming-of-age story.

  • Hope in a Ballet Shoe

    Author: Michaela and Elaine De Prince
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    Michaela takes the reader with her from the joys and struggles of her early life in Sierra-Leone to the challenges and delights of her life in America.

  • Hope is a Girl Selling Fruit

    Author: Amrita Das
    Publisher: Tara Books

    A picture book which contains a powerful message about the evolving position of women in traditional Indian life.

  • Hopewell High: All Too Much

    Author: Jo Cotterill Illustrator: Maria Garcia Borrego
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    An absorbing school story that looks at the pressures and mental health challenges for young people when trying to live up to expectations. Part of a series that provides age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers.

  • Horace Burp, Lizard Boy

    Author: Christine Tennent Illustrator: Rob Overend
    Publisher: Earlyworks Press

    Horace Burp is an eight year old boy with an unusual name and an even more unusual condition. His skin changes colour like a chameleon along with changes in mood. We join him on the day he first discovers his strange new power - and then accompany him on a series of zany adventures, during which Horace must cope with a gang of bullies, escaped rattle snakes,…

  • Horrible Bear!

    Author: Ame Dyckman Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This sweet and simple story about friendship and saying sorry perfectly captures the frustration that children can feel when something doesn’t go right, and the relief we all feel at saying sorry and making things better again.

  • Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War

    Author: Terry Deary Illustrator: Martin Brown
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Terry Deary has created a book which details how life was in the trenches and at home during World War One.

  • Horrible Science: House of Horrors

    Author: Nick Arnold Illustrator: Tony De Saulles
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Enter the house of horrors and get up close with fleas, dust-mites, rats and germs in this entertaining book from the popular Horrible Science series.

  • Horrid Henry

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Stories about naughty characters have been told for centuries, and Horrid Henry is a modern-day rogue in the tradition of Dennis the Menace and Just William.

  • Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Henry has a chance to get his hands on FA Cup tickets, if he can be declared man of the match in a class football game.

  • Horrid Henry Gets Rich Quick

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Horrid Henry is not a model child. He is jealous of his younger brother, Perfect Peter, who symbolises everything that Henry is not.

  • Horrid Henry’s Haunted House

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    Horrid Henry can't believe his mean, horrible parents are forcing him to stay overnight at his slimy cousin Stuck-up Steve's house. And to make matters worse, Steve's house is HAUNTED. Or is it?

  • Horrid Henry's Revenge

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Hachette

    Horrid Henry is determined to get his perfect brother into trouble, meets his match in the monstrous Bossy Bill at dad's office, and pits his wits against Greta, the evil dinner lady.

  • Hortense and the Shadow

    Author: Natalia and Lauren O’Hara
    Publisher: Puffin

    Hortense and the Shadow is deeply captivating and atmospheric. The message – that we all have a shadow side, and it’s part of us, not to be ignored and denied – is simply and effectively expressed. Ideal for winter bedtime reading.

  • Horton Hears a Who!

    Author: Dr Seuss
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Now a major film, Horton Hears a Who! is a hilarious picture book in verse from the world-famous Dr Seuss. Horton is an elephant who takes his responsibilities of caring for smaller people very seriously. Reading this book together with your child will reinforce the need to care for other people and encourage less confident children to believe that it's okay…

  • Hostage Three

    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

    Amy's voyage across the world in a luxury yacht takes a nightmarish turn when her family's boat is captured by Somali pirates.

  • Hot Air

    Author: Sandrine Dumas Roy Illustrator: Emmanuelle Houssais
    Publisher: Phoenix Yard Books

    The climate is changing and animals all over the world are struggling.  At their wits’ end, they finally call a conference to try and solve the problem.

  • Hot Like Fire and Other Poems

    Author: Valerie Bloom Illustrator: Debbie Lush
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A book of poetry filled with humour and covering so many childhood themes that children of any culture and background will find something to enjoy.

  • Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend

    Author: Alan Cumyn
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    When Pyke flies into the playground, everything changes for Shiels. Pyke is a pterodactyl - and it leads Shiels to face her most primal desires. The magic realism doesn't detract from a sensitive, beautifully written tale of fitting in and being left out.

  • Hotel Flamingo

    Author: Alex Milway
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    Anna is determined to bring back grandeur to Hotel Flamingo, so it can once again be full of sunshine and life.  Hotel Flamingo is a sweet story of working together, being optimistic and knowing anything is possible.

  • Hour of the Bees

    Author: Lindsay Eager
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Carol's summer was supposed to be filled with pool parties and sleepovers - not helping move her dementia-wrecked grandfather from his drought-crippled ranch into a care home. But learning more about her family changes Carol.

  • House Held Up By Trees

    Author: Ted Kooser Illustrator: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A thoughtful and sophisticated picture book about the passage of time and the power of nature, which will particularly appeal to older readers.

  • House of Robots

    Author: James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
    Publisher: Young Arrow

    Patterson and Grabenstein create a funny, easily read novel, liberally aided by Juliana Neufeld’s illustrations, but beneath the crazy adventures is a story of school-bullying, of a gravely sick little sister, and a boy isolated from his peers by his family situation.

  • How About A Night Out?

    Author: Sam Williams Illustrator: Matt Hunt
    Publisher: Boxer Books

    This rhyming book about what cats do at night hits all the right notes – the rhyme is bouncy, quirky and original and the cats’ expressions are priceless. A thoroughly entertaining read, with lots of opportunity for pulling feline faces!

  • How Big is our Baby

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Britta Teckentrup
    Publisher: Wren & Rook

    This marvellous non-fiction book, aimed at soon-to-be siblings, charts the month-by-month development of an unborn baby in the womb. Warm, cheerful illustrations depict different genders, ethnicities and family set-ups, giving it broad appeal. 

  • How Dinosaurs Really Work

    Author: Alan Snow
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Everything you've ever wanted to know about dinosaurs is explained in a witty, accessible style in this book full of fascinating facts.

  • How Do You Feel?

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    From bored to curious, confident to shy, this book takes young readers through a kaleidescope of emotions

  • How Far Do You Love Me?

    Author: Lulu Delacre
    Publisher: Lee and Low

    This addition to the 'I love you' genre has soft illustrations, a poetic text and a map identifying each place highlighted in the text.

  • How Hard Can Love Be?

    Author: Holly Bourne
    Publisher: Usborne Publishing

    Working at a US summer camp, Amber meets Kyle, the all-American boy. He can't seriously be interested in her - can he? Written with humour and warmth, Amber's story perfectly captures the emotional rollercoaster that is love.

  • How High the Moon

    Author: Karyn Parsons
    Publisher: Puffin

    Inspired by the tragic true story of the youngest American ever to be executed, this ambitious novel weaves together family drama with an unflinching look at racism and prejudice in 1940s South Carolina.

  • How I Live Now

    Author: Meg Rosoff
    Publisher: Penguin

    Fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy is sent to England to spend a summer with her unconventional cousins

  • How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant

    Author: Elen Caldecott
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

    Kirsty Jenkins loves the allotment her grandfather lovingly tends and, just before he dies, he asks Kirsty to look after it for him. Unfortunately, Mr Thomas from the council has other ideas and insists the allotment must go to the next person on the waiting list.

  • How Loud Can You Burp?

    Author: Glenn Murphy
    Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books

    This is a wonderfully funny and informative book, which helps us take a fresh look at the world (and universe) we live in, with no boring bits and an abundance of fascinating facts!

  • How Many Legs?

    Author: Kes Gray Illustrator: Jim Field
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    How many legs are coming to my party? This is what's puzzling a little boy who has invited all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures to share his celebratory feast.

  • How Much Poo Does an Elephant Do?

    Author: Mitchell Symons
    Publisher: Red Fox

    Let Mitchell Symons be your guide into the weird and wonderful world of totally useless trivia!

  • How Not To Disappear

    Author: Clare Furniss
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Hattie and Gloria are generations apart. Times and attitudes have changed, but their stories of teenage motherhood, war-damaged fathers and family secrets vividly intertwine in this moving, beautifully structured, absorbing novel.

  • How to Avoid a Wombat's Bum

    Author: Mitchell Symons
    Publisher: Random House

    Have you ever wondered how long it would take to walk to the sun (about 2,000 years, if you didn’t burn to a crisp!)? And did you know that a snail has 25,000 teeth?

  • How to Babysit a Grandad

    Author: Jean Reagan Illustrator: Lee Wildish
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s

    A boy gives his account of looking after grandad when the parents go out - as, of course, grandad couldn't possibly be babysitting him. This very sweet and funny story will have you grinning from ear to ear.

  • How to Bake a Sausage Dog

    Author: Kirsten Reinhardt Illustrator: David Roberts Translator: Siobhán Parkinson
    Publisher: Little Island

    It’s no surprise that this book won the Oldenburger Prize for Children’s Books. Reindhart has created an irresistible world of surrealism. The quirky details, alluring mystery and wonderful characterisation are what make this a must-read.

  • How to Be a Bawse

    Author: Lilly Singh
    Publisher: Penguin

    Lilly Singh is a phenomenally successful YouTuber known as Superwoman, and that's a name rightly earned if this book is anything to go by. Lilly's collection of life lessons and coaching tips are designed to help young people conquer life and work.

  • How To Be A Lion

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin

    Leonard is a gentle lion: just because you’re a lion doesn’t mean that you have to roar. A book about ignoring the aggressive voices in our society and lending an ear to our quieter thoughts, this is a warm and reassuring story. 

  • How To Be a Tiger

    Author: George Szirtes Illustrator: Tim Archbold
    Publisher: Otter-Barry

    How To Be a Tiger is the first collection for younger children by multi-award-winning poet George Szirtes - and it's a treat that will make little ones laugh, think and wince.

  • How To Be A Viking

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

    Cressida Cowell came up with the idea for her How To Train Your Dragon series by sketching this little story about a timid Viking in her sketchbook. The story of Hiccup is one of believing in yourself and not measuring yourself against others' standards.

  • How To Be An Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

    Author: Dr Sheila Kanani & Sol Linero
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Lots of children think they might like to be an astronaut, but what other jobs could one do and still be involved in space exploration and study? Complete with a press-out model rocket to build and pages of stickers to play with, this is an original and inspiring read.

  • How to be Extraordinary

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Annabel Tempest
    Publisher: Puffin

    This inspirational non-fiction picture book introduces children to extraordinary people from across the world and throughout history. Selected from a range of disciplines, the 15 featured individuals are united by common themes of hard work and perseverance.

  • How to Be Invisible

    Author: Tim Lott
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A strange encounter with a moustachioed man in a dusty bookshop offers a cryptic answer to Strato Nyman's troubles

  • How to Be on the Moon

    Author: Viviane Schwarz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Viviane Schwarz is a beautifully inventive picture-book maker, and this book about friendship and working as a team works wonderfully with ideas of home and belonging that are invoked by a journey to the moon. 

  • How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    High up in the treacherous mists of the Murderous Mountains, Hiccup and the Company of Dragonmark are in hiding. The witch's Spydragons are guarding the shores of Tomorrow - but Hicup is determined to become King of the Wilderwest.

  • How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc

    Author: Jane Clarke Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
    Publisher: Red Fox (Penguin Random House)

    The little girl in this delightful board book takes Snappy Croc through each teeth-cleaning step: from squeezing out the toothpaste to brushing round and round, and showing off her sparkling smile at the end.

  • How to Catch a Star

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Once there was a boy and the boy loved stars very much. So much, in fact, that he decides he must have one of his own and sets out to catch one... Shortlisted for the 2004 Booktrust Early Years Award, this is a delightful picture book about the power of the imagination and the need for friendship, charmingly illustrated with Oliver Jeffers's quirky watercolo…

  • How to Catch a Witch

    Author: Abie Longstaff
    Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

    When 11-year-old Charlie and her family move to a creepy cottage in a strange village, she is lonely and miserable. Then she encounters Agatha: a retired witch. This spooky tale is an engaging combination of spells, friendship and self-belief.

  • How to Draw Funny Faces

    Author: Barbara Soloff Levy
    Publisher: Dover

    Aspiring artists will find it easy to create humorous portraits with this easy-to-follow guide. Step-by-step diagrams show how to draw little girls with unusual ponytails, a balding man, a lady with a funny hat and other odd faces by combining ovals and circles and adding curvy lines and squiggles. 116 black-and-white illustrations plus blank practice pages.…

  • How to Draw People

    Author: Barbara Soloff Levy
    Publisher: Dover

    Step-by-step diagrams make it easy to draw people of all shapes and sizes, engaged in a variety of activities.

  • How to Draw Pets

    Author: Barbara Soloff Levy
    Publisher: Dover

    Easy-to-follow directions make it easy to draw portraits of favourite animals. Step-by-step diagrams show to join circles, ovals and other shapes to create likenesses of 30 different creatures - from a mouse, parakeet and potbelly pig, to tropical fish, hermit crab and sugar glider. Finished drawings are also fun to colour in.

  • How to Eat Pizza

    Author: Jon Burgerman
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    How do you eat pizza? Which slice do you go for first? The biggest isn’t always the best, you know. Jon Burgerman’s big, bold pizza-tastic picture book explodes with colour and bounce, with clear, bold fonts and expressive illustrations.

  • How To Feed Your Parents

    Author: Ryan Miller Illustrator: Hatem Aly
    Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books

    Bringing a real twist to family meal times, this humorous story highlights that parents can also be fussy eaters. A real treat for foodie lovers, as Matilda explores the fascinating world of cuisine. There are also recipes to try at the back!

  • How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder

    This is the final instalment in the How to Train Your Dragon series and it packs an emotional punch. It brings together every adventure Hiccup and his friends have had, as well as reintroducing old characters and tying up loose ends.

  • How to Find Gold

    Author: Viviane Schwarz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A little girl and her crocodile companion go on an imaginative adventure in search of gold. This story celebrates the imagination, play and adventure - and Schwarz's illustrations are truly lovely.

  • How to Fly with Broken Wings

    Author: Jane Elson
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    This is a compelling and ultimately uplifting story about making the most of life despite its challenges.

  • How to Hide a Lion

    Author: Helen Stephens
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    One day, a lion strolls into town to buy a hat - but the townspeople are frightened of lions and chase him away. The lion runs and runs, until he finds a little girl called Iris, who isn’t frightened of lions at all.

  • How to Keep a Boy as a Pet

    Author: Diane Messidoro
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    Circe Shaw is quite good at looking after animals, but not so adept when it comes to taming herself a boyfriend. But this summer, Circe is determined things will change.

  • How to Live Forever

    Author: Colin Thompson
    Publisher: Random House

    At night, the book shelves come to life and the library is transformed into a bustling miniature city. But Peter discovers there is one important book missing...

  • How to Look After your Human: A dog’s guide

    Author: Maggie Mayhem With help from Kim Sears Illustrator: Helen Hancocks
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Using her expert knowledge and years of experience with her owner, Kim, Maggie Mayhem advises her fellow canines how to best look after their humans.

  • How to Look for a Lost Dog

    Author: Ann M Martin
    Publisher: Usborne

    A heart-rending tale of a girl with autism who is given a dog, only to lose it in a flood. The search for her pet brings her both sorrow and happiness.

  • How to Make Friends with a Ghost

    Author: Rebecca Green
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    It might feel scary to imagine being friends with a ghost – but what if ghosts were quite sweet, really? A delightful how-to guide to ghosts, with some beautiful, retro illustration and plenty of funny details. Plus, Rebecca Green's little ghost is adorable!

  • How to Save a Life

    Author: Sara Zarr
    Publisher: Usborne

    Told through two very different voices, this compelling young adult novel deals with challenging themes such as teenage pregnancy, bereavement and abuse with sensitivity and warmth.

  • How To Say I Love You In Five Languages

    Author: Kenard Pak
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    Five children from different countries show us who they love and how to say 'I love you' in their own languages. A stylish interactive board book that's fun for pre-schoolers and older children.

  • How to Speak Spook (and Stay Alive)

    Author: Ally Keenan
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Donald isn’t very good at school work, but he has an amazing gift. He can see and talk to ghosts.

  • How to Train the Perfect Parents

    Author: Rebecca Ashdown
    Publisher: Templar

    Meet Mimi Lee, an expert parent trainer. She knows that parents don’t understand what kids want and need, but you can’t blame them, as they’ve never been trained. So just follow her three simple steps to help train your parents, too! Funny and heartwarming.

  • How to Train Your Dragon

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hachette

    Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an incredible sword-fighter, dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking hero who ever lived.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 10: How to Seize A Dragon’s Jewel

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The world may be dark in this instalment of Cowell’s supremely enjoyable Viking series, but friendship, loyalty and Hiccup’s intelligence will surely win the day.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 2: How to Be A Pirate

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The second in Cressida Cowell’s epic adventure series follows Hiccup as he hones his skills and starts to realise some of his power. This continuation of Hiccup’s tale has as much humour and brilliant characterisation and world building as the first book. 

  • How To Train Your Dragon 3: How to Speak Dragonese

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    The third in the series featuring Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III sees the heroic Viking warrior recall more adventures of his life as a small boy.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 4: How to Cheat A Dragon’s Curse

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The fourth book in this wonderful series might put a beloved character in peril, but we know from the narrating elderly Hiccup that his younger self will save the day. A thrilling instalment of the laugh-filled adventure, which always favours the underdog.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 5: How to Twist A Dragon’s Tale

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The fifth in the hugely successful series is just as likely to get kids reading as the others – the humour, illustrations and fast-moving plot are fantastic even for reluctant readers.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 6: A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The sixth instalment in this brilliant series includes a dragonese dictionary for the superfan wanting to learn the language for themselves. There’s even a selection of profiles, chronicling the vital statistics of all the dragons.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 7: How to Ride A Dragon’s Storm

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The seventh book in this adventure-filled, hilarious series is a must read for fans of dragons, fantasy and Vikings – as well as all of us who appreciate good friends and brilliant ideas in the nick of time.

  • How To Train Your Dragon 8: How to Break A Dragon’s Heart

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The eighth book in this fabulous, action-filled series explores the Viking world even further and weaves depth into Hiccup’s story all the more, with plenty of scary dragons, peril and even a bit of romance. 

  • How To Train Your Dragon 9: How to Steal A Dragon’s Sword

    Author: Cressida Cowell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    Can Hiccup find the King's Things and win the sword-fighting contest to stop Alvin the Treacherous from becoming King of the Wilderwest? The reluctant hero Hiccup is back in the ninth instalment of this epic series.

  • How to Update Your Parents

    Author: Pete Johnson Illustrator: Nikalas Catlow
    Publisher: Award Publications

    A rip-roaringly hilarious adventure, this is the brilliant sequel to My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy, and features tears, bucket loads of snot, and some very strange clothes.

  • How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Kate Hindley
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Does your woolly mammoth need a wash? This picture book will show you how!

  • How to Write a Love Story

    Author: Katy Cannon
    Publisher: Stripes

    Tilly loves to write, but she has no experience with falling in love – so how can she write a love story? She soon finds out that research is not as easy as it sounds. This clever romance is likely to appeal to any reader with an interest in writing, reading and love.

  • How to Write Your Best Story Ever

    Author: Chris Edge
    Publisher: Oxford

    If you have ever thought that you would like to write a story but you were not sure where to start then this is definitely the book for you.

  • How the Borks Became

    Author: Jonathan Emmett Illustrator: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    Evolution can be a difficult concept to explain to children, but this amusing picture book presents it beautifully. Reminiscent of Dr Seuss books, it's a fantastically funny tale with wonderfully vibrant illustrations.

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    Author: Dr Seuss
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you'll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he's in for a big surprise!

  • How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel

    Author: Wendy Meddour Illustrator:  by Rebecca Ashdown
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    This is how every fairy tale should be written, with the protagonist - regardless of gender - saving themselves from a life of solitude and boredom. A great read.

  • How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

    Author: Sasa Stanisic Translator: Anthea Bell
    Publisher: Orion

    Aleksandar is Comrade-in-Chief of fishing, the best magician in the non-aligned States and painter of unfinished things. He knows the first chapter of Marx's Das Kapital by heart but spends most of his time playing football in the Bosnian town of Visegrad on the banks of the river Drina.

  • How the Stars Came to Be

    Author: Poonam Mistry
    Publisher: Tate Publishing

    This enchanting contemporary folk tale about how the stars were made is exquisitely illustrated, beautifully combining colour, shape and pattern. Influenced by traditional Indian textiles, paintings and ornaments, it will make a treasured gift.

  • How the Sun Got to Coco's House

    Author: Bob Graham
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A story about how the sun shines alike on everyone all over the world.

  • How the World Works

    Author: Christiane Dorion Illustrator: Beverley Young
    Publisher: Templar

    Your jaw will drop at the Big Bang and then you will find out that it is gravity which caused your jaw to drop. This ingenious book is a 3D extravaganza and perfect for curious young minds.

  • How They Met and Other Stories

    Author: David Levithan
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    This collection of stories from bestselling YA author David Levithan shows the many sides of love - complicated, addictive, volatile, scary and wonderful.

  • How Winston Delivered Christmas

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    How Winston Delivered Christmas is a delightful book written in 24 and a half chapters that are designed to be read, one a day, throughout December. Interspersed with Winston’s story are 24 activities. A wonderful idea for Christmas.

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Author: Diana Wynne Jones
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Sophie Hatter is cursed with an old body by the Witch of the Waste and the spell can only be broken by the dreaded Wizard Howl who lives in his moving castle and likes to eat the souls of young girls.

  • Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

    Hubert Horatio's family are fabulously rich and it seems like he has it all. But are they frittering away the family fortune? Children will love this story where kids like them clearly have the upper hand and will find much to giggle about.

  • Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    This is the fabulous story of the millionaire family The Bobton-Trents, and how their only child Hubert becomes a responsible and sensible child due to his woefully irresponsible and senseless parents! A great first chapter book that's a fun and witty read.

  • Hue Boy

    Author: Rita Phillips Mitchell Illustrator: Caroline Binch
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

    Hue Boy is smaller than his friends and, no matter what he eats, he doesn’t seem to grow.

  • Hug

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Bobo the chimp wanders sadly around the jungle looking for someone to hug, but all the animals are already cuddling someone else.

  • Hug Me

    Author: Simona Ciraolo
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    This is one of the loveliest and heart-warming stories around, with gorgeous illustrations to boot. A wonderful picture book that deserves a spot on your bookshelves.

  • Hug This Book!

    Author: Barney Saltzberg Illustrator: Fred Benaglia
    Publisher: Phaidon

    Saltzberg and Benaglia present a stylish and enjoyable book all about the pleasure of books themselves and of the joy of reading. The rhyming text celebrates all the ways that books can be shared.

  • Hugh Shampoo

    Author: Karen George
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Hugh Shampoo detests having his wild, unruly hair washed, brushed, cut or combed - in spite of the fact that his parents, Mr and Mrs Shampoo, are proud owners of a hair salon.

  • Hugless Douglas

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Douglas, a young brown bear, wakes up one spring needing a big hug. A large round rock is too heavy and a tall tree doesn't feel right, especially the splinters.

  • Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder Childrens Books

    • Part of the much-loved Hugless Douglas series about a huggable bear and his friends.
    • Hugless Douglas is off to a sleepover at Rabbit's, but will some extra guests fit?
    • Funny words, ilustrations and characters should have your preschooler giggling.

  • Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder

    Douglas wakes up to find sticky honey footprints leading from his cupboard to the tree outside, where the sheep are collecting everything they need to bake honey cakes. Problem is, Douglas needs to put honey on everything he eats, otherwise it doesn't taste right!

  • Hugless Douglas Goes to School

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Hugless Douglas has a great first day of school when he shows everyone his favourite activity.

  • Hugo Makes a Change

    Author: Scott Emmons and Mauro Gatti
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    A simple and accessible book with rhyming text and lovely, bright illustrations, all about the importance of healthy eating, having a balanced diet and trying new foods.

  • Hugo Pepper

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Random House

    Hugo Pepper is the tale of a young foundling raised by reindeer herders in the Frozen North.

  • Hunger

    Author: Michael Grant
    Publisher: Egmont

    Second in a series, this is a gripping, horrifyingly recognisable dystopian vision of a society re-inventing itself but with shaky rules and founded on fast-dwindling resources.

  • Hungry Bunny

    Author: Claudia Rueda
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Bunny’s tummy is rumbling as he stretches to reach a juicy red apple in a tree. But it’s too high! Can you, the reader, help? This playful, interactive adventure places the child at the heart of the fun.

  • Hungry Roscoe

    Author: David J Plant
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Roscoe is a little raccoon in a busy city, and he is hungry, but he’s sick of eating other people’s leftovers.

  • Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!

    Author: Christopher Lloyd Illustrator: Mark Ruffle
    Publisher: What on Earth Books

    It turns out that humans have far more in common with animals than you might expect. The examples given in this book provide a fascinating insight and promote sympathy with the animal world – which can only be a good thing for future generations.

  • Hummingbird

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: Jane Ray
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Every spring, hummingbirds winter in Mexico and then fly north for the warmer weather. They nest as far as Canada and Alaska – a 2,000-mile trip! This is a book to linger over, full of facts and tips about hummingbirds, plus rich and sumptuous drawings.

  • Humpty Dumpty

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play

    A simple board book featuring a well-known nursery rhyme with interactive text

  • Hurry Up and Slow Down

    Author: Layn Marlow
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Hare is always full of energy and likes to do everything quickly. Tortoise moves more slowly and struggles to keep up.

  • Hush... Little Bear is Sleeping

    Author: Surya Sajnani
    Publisher: QED - Quarto

    Baby Bear is trying to get to sleep, but will the other animals stop making so much noise? Hush... Little Bear Is Sleeping is a simple board book with soothing sounds that will help your own little cub drift off.

  • Hush-a-bye Bunny

    Author: Holly Surplice
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Full of affection and snuggles, this simple rhyme about Bunny's bedtime is just the thing for a relaxing good-night read.

  • Husherbye

    Author: John Burningham
    Publisher: Red Fox

    This soft, shushed delight of a bedtime book is perfect for getting little ones to sleep. John Burningham’s lilting text has a rolling rhythm and gentle assonance that carries the listener into a dream while listening. Husherbye, everyone; husherbye.


  • Hysteria

    Author: Megan Miranda
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Sixteen-year- old Mallory is sent away to boarding school to start afresh after her boyfriend's death.

  • The Adventures of Harry Stevenson, Guinea Pig Superstar

    Author: Ali Pye
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Harry the guinea pig is going to school for the first time! But the day turns out to have some unexpected results. This illustrated young reader book contains two stories and lots of charming black and white illustrations, perfect for young animal fans that aren't looking for long reads.