Books beginning with: S

  • Can You Say It Too? Stomp! Stomp!

    Author: Sebastien Braun
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A board book specially designed for children who are just starting to talk, with sturdy flaps, bright colours and bold illustrations giving it younger appeal, too. Part of Nosy Crow’s lovely little board series that covers all kinds of animals.

  • S.C.R.E.A.M.: The Mummy’s Revenge

    Author: Andrew Beasley
    Publisher: Usborne

    This terrifically exciting book has it all – mystery, creepy paranormal baddies and lashings of sharp humour. You’ll be right there with Charley and Billy as they outwit the grown-ups and use their wits in their battle to beat the baddies.

  • S.C.R.E.A.M: Carnival of Monsters

    Author: Andrew Beasley
    Publisher: Usborne

    Spooky supernatural activity is mixed here with plenty of humour to create the right balance of action, fun and thrills. Sharp-witted Charley makes a spectacular wheelchair-using protagonist, alongside streetwise partner Billy.

  • S.W.I.T.C.H Spider Stampede

    Author: Ali Sparkes Illustrator: Ross Collins
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Follow Josh and Danny on their terrifying trail down the plughole...

  • Sadiq and the Pet Problem

    Author: Siman Nurali Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar
    Publisher: Raintree (imprint of Capstone Global Library)

    Sadiq is excited about getting a pet for the classroom, but which one should the class choose? Sadiq is a relatable little boy from Somalia, who has everyday experiences that children will identify with.  

  • Safe and Sound

    Author: Jean Roussen Illustrator: Loris Lora
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    The baby animals are settling down in their homes for bedtime in this very sweet and simple rhyming story that is a great addition to the bedtime routine.

  • Saffy's Angel

    Author: Hilary McKay
    Publisher: Hachette

    This is an uplifting story about an eccentric family encased in chaos, but also full of intense warmth and loyalty.

  • Sag Harbor

    Publisher: Harvill Secker

    Sag Harbor is a warm and funny piece of literary comedy that is laidback like the summer it depicts and staunchly proud of its identity.

  • Saint Death

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: Orion

    Arturo lives in Anapra, one of the poorest neighbourhoods around the Mexican border city of Juarez, where drug lords rule. A tightly plotted, dark and thrilling tale of crime, poverty and desperation.

  • Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers

    Author: John Harris Dunning Illustrator: Nikhil Singh
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In this dark gothic fantasy, Salem must meet his guardian familiar, get help from some new friends and defeat mysterious dark forces.

  • Salt to the Sea

    Author: Ruta Sepetys
    Publisher: Puffin

    A group of children flee the war in Germany, each with a secret to hide and a painful past to bear. This book is brilliantly written and tremendously sad, showing the perspective of very different characters.

  • Salty Dogs

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Matty Long’s cartoon-style illustration, funny signage and pirate puns will keep kids entertained for ages. You’re in for fast-moving adventurous fun and plenty of dramatic exclamations with this band of dastardly dogs.

  • Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

    Author: Katie and Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Egmont

    Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. However, after an unfortunate incident in a space simulator on a school trip, he becomes a target for class bully Ralph, who nicknames him Scaredy-Cat Sam.

  • Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Spiders

    Author: Katie & Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Egmont

    Sam Wu has been working hard on his bravery, facing down dangerous sharks, ghosts and the dark – not to mention the annoying class bully who just won’t leave him alone. So when one of his teachers brings a tarantula into school, Sam definitely isn’t scared. And he really, really isn’t scared when he finds out later that day that the tarantula is on the loose…

  • Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark

    Author: Katie & Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Egmont

    The quest continues for Sam Wu to prove that he is not afraid of anything. This time he is out to prove that he is not by any means afraid of the dark... This series is going from strength to strength and is a great accessible read.

  • Sammy and the Skyscraper Sandwich

    Author: Lorraine Francis and Pieter Gaudesaboos
    Publisher: Book Island Books

    Sammy is hungry and he's going to make a sandwich - the biggest sandwich in the world! But are his eyes bigger than his tummy?

  • Sammy Claws the Christmas Cat

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

    Meet Sammy Claws, Santa’s sleepy pet cat, who has a more adventurous Christmas Eve than he first anticipates! The rhyming text and humorous antics of the lovable cat make this an ideal tale to read aloud to young children during the festive period. 

  • Sammy the Shy Kitten

    Author: Holly Webb Illustrator: Sophy Williams
    Publisher: Stripes

    Emma wants to adopt one of the kittens from her riding stables, but they are half wild. She must convince her mum that Sammy, the shy kitten, will be happy as a pet. This sweet and gentle animal story bridges a reading gap before novels.

  • Santa Baby

    Author: Smitri Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Ada Grey
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Having been told they're too young to join Santa on Christmas Eve, Santa Baby and Roo discover two presents left behind and decide to chase Santa round the globe. This exciting Christmas adventure story is jam-packed with colour and rhyme.

  • Santa Claude

    Author: Alex T Smith
    Publisher: Hodder

    It's Christmas Eve and Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes have gone to a party, leaving Claude and Sir Bobblysock alone. But then Claude hears a funny noise downstairs, and finds Santa himself! Prepare for plenty of panache, puns and Christmassy fun.

  • Santa Claus vs The Easter Bunny

    Author: Fred Blunt
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Fred Blunt’s anarchic, hilarious story delights with a fat, complacent Santa and an exhausted, desperate Bunny whose bad deed manages to come right in the end. A delightful mash-up (or meltdown) of festive characters, full of genuine laughs.

  • Santa Selfie

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Anna Chernyshova
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Father Christmas wants a little me time so heads off for a holiday... but it's not long before everyone recognises him and wants a selfie! An original take on a Christmas picture book.

  • Santa’s Wonderful Workshop

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Oxford

    Father Christmas is planning for another year but is beset by continual problems. He brings in some additional penguin workers, but they're rather rowdy and things keep going wrong. Like all Dolan's picture books, this is utterly joyful and endlessly original. 

  • Sapphire Battersea

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    Another fact-filled and exciting slice of working-class Victorian life, showing readers how young people used to live

  • Saving Daisy

    Author: Phil Earle
    Publisher: Penguin Books

    Daisy's mum is gone. Her dad refuses to talk about it. As far as Daisy's concerned, it's all her fault.

  • Sawbones

    Author: Catherine Johnson
    Publisher: Walker Books

    In 18th century London, 16-year-old Ezra is working as apprentice to a highly respected surgeon, William McAdam. 

  • Say hello like this!

    Author: Mary Murphy
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Six animals show how they say 'hello'.

  • Say You're One of Them

    Author: Uwem Akpan
    Publisher: Abacus

    Akpan's stories, told from the viewpoints of children (the innocent victims) are powerful, vivid and deeply moving.

  • Say Zoop!

    Author: Hervé Tullet
    Publisher: Handprint Books

    This fun, interactive book contains different instructions for different coloured dots, such as making the noise louder, quieter, go up and down or even shake. It will have both adults and toddlers laughing in no time.

  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell
    Publisher: Image Comics

    Luvander and her companions go on an expedition to find The Hall of Dreaming Teasures. Their journey is like a cross between Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings. A fun fantasy adventure packed with action and humour and comic-style ilustrations.

  • Scarlet Ibis

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    At times heart-rending, this is a powerful story which skilfully gains our sympathy for those who are often misjudged, feared and derided by society.

  • Scarlett

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Penguin

    Twelve-year-old Scarlett is a rebel: outrageous clothes, tongue stud, total contempt for authority and thinks she is totally cool.

  • Scarlett Dedd

    Author: Cathy Brett
    Publisher: Hodder Headline

    Scarlett is dead. Which sucks. She's stupidly gone and accidentally killed herself while trying to get out of a school trip.

  • Scavenger: Chaos Zone

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    The second in the Scavenger series, Chaos Zone finds York and his robot Zoid friend Belle exploding from a ventilation tube into a strange forest. A thousand years into space, the animals and plants aboard the city-sized Biosphere spaceship have mutated. But what has happened to the humans on board the ship?

  • Scavenger: Zoid

    Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Fourteen year-old York is one of the few humans left on the Biosphere, a huge spaceship adrift in space. He's a scavenger; one of the brave few that leaves the safety of the Inpost to kill zoids for their useful mechanical parts. Once robots that served humans, the killer zoids hunt their human prey mercilessly…

  • Scenes from an Impending Marriage: a prenuptial memoir

    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    When Adrian Tomine was asked by his wife-to-be to document the lead-up to their wedding in a comic book that would be given out as a party favour, he soon found himself with a fully-fledged graphic novel on his hands.

  • Scenes from the Epic Life of a Total Genius

    Author: Stacey Matson
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Arthur Bean is back and set to prove he’s a creative genius in this hilarious follow-up from A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius. As with the first title in this series, this is a great, funny take on the diary format.

  • Science Ideas in 30 Seconds

    Author: Mike Goldsmith Illustrator: Melvyn Evans
    Publisher: Ivy Kids

    This easy-to-read book illuminates a series of great science ideas, from Ancient Greece to the present day.

  • Science Tales

    Author: Darryl Cunningham
    Publisher: Myriad Editions

    This graphic novel takes on controversial topics like climate change and fracking to separate the truth from the fiction in a fun but informative way.

  • Scoop McLaren: Detective Editor

    Author: Helen Castles
    Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

    Who’s publishing bad news before it happens? Scoop McLaren is determined to find out, before the town of Higgity Harbour is destroyed forever. Pitched somewhere between Nancy Drew and Scooby Doo, this is a light-hearted and fast-paced adventure mystery. 

  • Scoot!

    Author: Katie Blackburn Illustrator: Jim Smith
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This fun-filled celebration of the joy of scootering is sure to be a hit with all young two-wheeled riders. Energetic and joyful rhyming text, as well as bright illustrations, makes this an enjoyable read.

  • Scott Pilgrim series (vol. 1-6)

    Author: Bryan O’Malley
    Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd

    Scott Pilgrim's life is totally sweet. He's 23 years old, he's in a rock band, he's 'between jobs', and he's dating a cute high school girl. Nothing could possibly go wrong...

  • Scramasax

    Publisher: Quercus

    This thought-provoking historical novel is the sequel to the acclaimed Bracelet of Bones.

  • School Bus Saves The Day

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Louise Conway
    Publisher: QED

    The School Bus must save the day when the carnival Queen and King are in danger of missing their carnival.

  • School for Princes: Stories from the Panchatantra

    Author: Jamila Gavin Ilustrated by Bee Willey
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    In these stories the Princes learn how to have self-control and wisdom, to be aware of treachery and to seek peace

  • Sea of Whispers

    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Growing up within an isolated island community, Hetty develops a unique connection with an old woman washed up by the sea.

  • Seaglass

    Author: Eloise Williams
    Publisher: Firefly Press

    As the week draws on in a bleak Welsh caravan park, 13-year-old Lark feels increasingly anxious and soon senses a presence hiding in the sea fog. This chilling ghost story will have readers gripped from the outset. 

  • Seahorse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

    Author: Chris Butterworth Illustrator: John Lawrence
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Seahorses are one of the most fascinating and ancient creatures that inhabit the oceans and this book explores their life-cycle and habits in some detail.

  • Seal Surfer

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A welcome re-publication of Foreman's timeless and evocative account of a boy's relationship with life and death.

  • Search & Find: A Christmas Carol

    Author: Original story by Charles Dickens retold by Sarah Powell with an introduction by Cindy Sughrue Charles Dickens Museum London Illustrator: Louise Pigott
    Publisher: Studio Press

    This search and find book takes children through the different stages of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story with lots of things to look for; a lovely activity for Christmas Day, whether you're young or old.

  • Search and Find: Alphabet of Alphabets

    Author: Mike Jolley and Amanda Wood Illustrator: Allan Sanders
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    A book with 26 differently illustrated and themed alphabets is an original idea, and it’s fun to dip in and out of – both to marvel at Allan Sanders’ fabulous eye for design, and perhaps in schools as a source of advanced vocabulary-building for Years 2 and 3.

  • Seaside Poems

    Author: Jill Bennett Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    This is a delightful collection of seaside poems, beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Nick Sharratt.

  • Second Best Friend

    Author: Non Pratt
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    An electric coming-of-age story, Non Pratt deftly uses a school political race to highlight other kinds of school politics: the minefield of boys and girls and friendships and relationships and how overwhelming and all-consuming these can be.

  • Seconds Away

    Author: Harlan Coben
    Publisher: Indigo

    Taking up the story exactly where Shelter left off, this action-packed thriller follows Mickey, Spoon and Ema as they continue to unravel the mystery of the Abonea Shelter.

  • Seconds Out

    Author: Dan Tunstall Illustrator: Dave Shephard
    Publisher: A&C Black

    Andy Cope’s self-worth centres on his reputation as the hardest lad in Year 10 – a reputation he frequently has to fight to maintain

  • Secret Agent Mummy

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Donough O'Malley
    Publisher: Red Fox

    With lively black and white illustrations and historical facts about ancient Egypt, this is a humorous and action-packed new series.

  • Secret Breakers: The Power of Three

    Author: Helen Dennis
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    When Brodie Bray receives a mysterious coded message through the post, she founds herself suddenly drawn into a strange new world of secret codes and ciphers.

  • Secret Friends

    Author: Elizabeth Laird Illustrator: Jason Cockcroft
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Rafaella suffers daily name-calling from her peers. Lucy feels partly responsible, having herself invented the nickname 'Earwig' as a result of Rafaella’s prominent ears.

  • Secret Horse

    Publisher: Faber Children's Books

    The sequel to Nobody's Horse continues the story of Abby and her god-fearing family on a Californian ranch in the mid 1960s.

  • Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes

    Author: Dara O'Briain (with Sally Morgan) Illustrator: Dan Bramall
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A whistle-stop tour through all the extraordinary things that happen behind the scenes to make our normal lives happen: science is going on everywhere, all the time. Funny and fascinating and it looks gorgeous, too. 

  • Secrets

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    Posh India and streetwise Treasure forge a friendship based on a shared secret – they lead unhappy lives with inadequate parents.

  • Secrets in the Fire

    Author: Henning Mankell Translator: Anne Stuksrud
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books

    Sofia and her family flee their Mozambique village after her father is killed by bandits. They attempt to start afresh, but the dangers of war are ever-present.

  • Secrets of a Sun King

    Author: Emma Carroll
    Publisher: Faber

    This is a glorious historical adventure with a nimble, thrilling 1920s tale, as well as a wonderful subplot set back in Ancient Egyptian times. Somehow that all does work perfectly, due to artful weaving by Emma Carroll. A totally thrilling read.

  • Secrets of a Teenage Heiress

    Author: Katy Birchall
    Publisher: Egmont

    If you were grounded just when you had the chance to hang out with a superstar celebrity, would you risk sneaking out to have some real fun? This first book in a new series about Flick’s life offers engaging, entertaining escapism.

  • Secrets of the Henna Girl

    Author: Sufiya Ahmed
    Publisher: Puffin

    Seba leaves rainy England for a holiday in her parents' homeland of Pakistan - only to discover she is expected to marry her cousin Asif. 'It is my honour and your honour to accept,' insists her father.

  • Secrets of the Sea

    Author: Kate Baker Illustrator: Eleanor Taylor
    Publisher: Big Picture Press

    This wonderful non-fiction book lets children see the staggering beauty of life under the sea.

  • Secrets of the Tombs; The Phoenix Code

    Author: Helen Moss
    Publisher: Orion

    There's a fast-moving plot, plenty of cliff-hangers and unexpected bad-guys, with humour provided by interplay between happy-go-lucky Ryan and nerdy Chloe in this engaging, informative ancient historical mystery.

  • See How They Run

    Author: Ally Carter
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    International intrigue, family secrets and a contemporary plot full of twists, yet rooted in the past, make this an addictive page-turner - with a fragile, deeply determined heroine.

  • See Inside Castles

    Author: Katie Daynes Illustrator: David Hancock
    Publisher: Usborne

    Packed full of fascinating facts about everything from banquets to battles, this delightful and engaging history book will be sure to grab young readers’ imaginations

  • See Inside Great Cities

    Author: Rob Lloyd Jones Illustrator: David Hancock
    Publisher: Usborne

    This interactive lift-the-flap book for older children lets you explore the world's most famous cities and their amazing buildings, with eye-catching spreads and fascinating facts.

  • See Inside Your Head

    Author: Alex Frith and Colin King
    Publisher: Usborne

    Find out how your brain controls your senses with this lift-the-flap book for older children. 

  • See What a Seal Can Do

    Author: Chris Butterworth Illustrator: Kate Nelms
    Publisher: Walker

    This stunning picture book follows a day in the life of a grey seal.

  • See You in the Cosmos

    Author: Jack Cheng
    Publisher: Puffin

    Alex has built his own rocket and he's going to launch it into space with a golden iPod full of Earth sounds. With themes of friendship and family, this is a highly engaging and heartwarming story - a true journey of discovery.

  • See You Later Escalator

    Author: Various Editor: John Foster
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    See You Later, Escalator is an anthology of rhymes and poems chosen by John Foster for the very young.

  • See You Later, Alligator

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play International Ltd

    A fabulous interactive story which encourages the reader to join in and encourages good discussion.

  • Seed

    Author: Lisa Heathfield
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    Everything 15-year-old Pearl knows is Seed, the nature-loving community she’s lived in all her life: cut off from the outside world and led by the mysterious Papa S. An uncompromising and truly fantastic read, Seed will stay with you for a long time.

  • Sektion 20

    Author: Paul Dowswell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A thoroughly absorbing story within a real historical setting

  • Selling Your Father's Bones

    Publisher: Harper Press

    In the summer of 1877, around seven hundred members of the Nez Perce Native American tribe set out on an epic 1,700-mile journey through the American West. Forced from their homeland by the great nineteenth-century wave of settlement from the east.

  • Sensational!

    Author: Various Editor: Roger McGough Illustrator: Sara Fanelli
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Every poem could inspire a child's writing, reading or thinking, and their teachers' too.

  • Senseational Illusions

    Author: DK
    Publisher: DK

    Turn science into a game with this fun, interactive book that explores the senses and the way the body reacts to different things.

  • Serafina and the Black Cloak

    Author: Robert Beatty
    Publisher: Egmont

    Serafina has spent her life in hiding, but now it is time for her come out of the shadows to save the children of Biltmore Estate. This is a book to be devoured in one sitting, overflowing with mystery, magic and adventure.

  • Seraphina

    Author: Rachel Hartman
    Publisher: Doubleday

    In a world in which humans and dragons have come to an uneasy truce in order to live side-by-side, shy court musician Seraphina has a secret to hide.

  • Set in Stone

    Author: Linda Newbery
    Publisher: Random House

    In the closing years of the 19th Century Samuel Godwin, a promising young artist, is employed by Ernest Farrrow to tutor his two teenage daughters at the beautiful Fourwinds house.

  • Seven Sorcerers

    Publisher: Quercus

    With a roller-coaster plot, a deliciously nasty bad guy and doggedly determined heroine, this fantasy adventure, with a desperate quest at its heart, is full of action and suspense.

  • Shackleton's Journey

    Author: William Grill
    Publisher: Flying Eye Book

    In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the frozen wastes of Antarctica, in what was to be the last expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. 

  • Shadow

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    This is a candid exploration of the injustices of war, at home and away, and an unflinching account of the treatment of asylum seekers.

  • Shadow

    Author: Robie H. Harris Illustrator: Patrick Benson
    Publisher: Brubaker, Ford & Friends

    A little boy discovers and explores his own shadow. Not knowing what it is, he excitedly plays with his shadow, as it follows him, plays hide and seek and even waves at him.

  • Shadow

    Author: Lucy Christopher Illustrator: Anastasia Suvorova
    Publisher: Lantana

    This dark story will appeal to older children who like its atmospheric illustration. It is a good book to share and talk through together, providing an opportunity to discuss stranger danger, loneliness and anxiety.

  • Shadow and Bone

    Author: Leigh Bardugo
    Publisher: Indigo

    In this richly-imagined and beautifully-written novel, Leigh Bardugo has created a vivid fantasy world drawing on Russian traditions and folklore

  • Shadow Cat

    Author: Gillian Cross
    Publisher: Oxford

     An exciting adventure novel which prompts readers to reflect upon how we treat wild animals, and respect each other.

  • Shadow Forest

    Author: Matt Haig Illustrator: Sandy Nightingale
    Publisher: Random House

    This fantasy story is both touching and humorous, and is sure to have wide appeal.

  • Shadow Girl

    Author: Sally Nicholls
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The story examines relationships between teenager and adult, and coming to terms with past experience. Another Barrington Stoke winner!

  • Shadow Magic

    Author: Joshua Khan Illustrator: Ben Hibon
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Lilith is the last surviving member of the House of Shadow - she was never meant to rule but the assassination of her family has left her no other option. This book is an exceptional start to what looks set to be a very exciting series.

  • Shadow of the Fox

    Author: Julie Kagawa
    Publisher: HQ (imprint of Harper Collins)

    In a land faraway, they tell of a mythical Dragon-god who appears only once every thousand years and can grant any wish. First of a trilogy of absorbing fantasy thrillers that draws inspiration from Japanese culture, myth and folklore. 

  • Shadow of the Minotaur

    Author: Alan Gibbons
    Publisher: Hachette

    Combining Greek mythology with modern technology, Alan Gibbons creates an exciting fantasy adventure.

  • Shadow of the Zeppelin

    Author: Bernard Ashley
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Set around Woolwich, in Flanders and in Germany, Ashley's latest powerful novel for KS3+ readers shows World War One from the viewpoint of British and German combatants, but concentrates on the little-known Home Front experience.

  • Shadow Runners

    Author: Daniel Blythe
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When 12 year old Miranda May is forced to leave her busy life in London and move to a small town where nothing ever happens, she begins to notice strange things happening - dark forces that cannot be explained.

  • Shadows of the Silver Screen

    Author: Christopher Edge
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Penny finds herself mixed up in the exciting new world of motion pictures in this entertaining sequel to Twelve Minutes to Midnight.

  • Shadowsmith

    Author: Ross Mackenzie
    Publisher: Floris Books

    Kirby's life is turned upside down after a terrible storm hits his hometown, leaving his mum fighting for her life.

    Soon, a mysterious girl warns him that he is in grave danger. This brilliant page-turner is full of suspense and intrigue.

  • Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings

    Author: Elizabeth Laird Illustrator: Shirin Adl
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    Shahnameh is an ancient Persian poem comprising a collection of stories, myths and legends which have been retold for over a thousand years.

  • Shake a Leg

    Author: Boori Monty Pryor Illustrator: Jan Ormerod
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    This award-winning picture book celebrates the diversity of peoples and traditions in Australia

  • Shamanka

    Author: Jeanne Willis
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Sam lives, unhappily, with her drunken aunt. Her only solace is her beloved orang-utan, Lola. While locked in the attic one day, Sam finds a witch doctor's note book.

  • Shampoozel

    Author: Laurence Anholt Illustrator: Arthur Robins
    Publisher: Hachette

    Dan Druff, the jolly hairdresser, steals secret herbs from the Bad Hair Witch’s castle to repair his wife’s terrible hair, so the Bad Witch kidnaps their daughter Shampoozel in revenge.

  • Shapes are Fun!

    Author: Katja Spitzer
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    Starting with some basic shapes (circle, square, rectangle, oval), this well-made hardback presents a quirkier approach to a basic shape book - engaging little ones and appealing to parents, too.

  • Share!

    Author: Anthea Simmons
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Georgie Birkett beautifully captures the expressions of both big sister and baby brother in this funny and endearing picture book about learning to share.

  • Sharing a Shell

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Poor crab has lost his shell, and nobody wants to share. But when he finally finds a shell of his own, he is surprised to find himself being asked to move over!

  • Shark in the Dark!

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Follow Timothy Pope, a young boy determined to see a Shark in the Dark before bed time.

  • Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    Timothy Pope spots all sorts of things through his telescope, but are they really sharks? A delightful Sharratt peep-hole picturebook for toddlers and pre-schoolers to explore the action and join in.

  • Shark in the Park!

    Author: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    But wait it's only a cat. He looks again and there's another shark! Phew, only a crow, and the next time, it's just his dad. But as he sets off for home, is he really sure it's a shark-free park?

    Some of the fun of this book lies in the sheer incongruity of spotting a shark in this spick-and-span, candy-bright park full of smiling people. Part of the fun com…

  • She is Not Invisible

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick
    Publisher: Orion Books

    Laureth receives a mysterious email informing her that her father's notebook has been found. She decides to travel to New York to investigate. Laureth is blind, but this book isn't about that: it's an action-packed adventure, full of twists and turns. 

  • She Persisted Around the World

    Author: Chelsea Clinton Illustrator: Alexandra Boiger
    Publisher: Puffin/Philomel Books

    Featuring simply-told stories and glorious illustrations, this book about incredible, determined women from around the world is sure to inspire a generation of young readers.

  • She Wolf

    Author: Dan Smith
    Publisher: Chicken House

    An intense and original coming-of-age adventure/thriller set in the Dark Ages, featuring murder, revenge, wolves, Vikings and Norse myths. Another stunning read from a master storyteller.

  • She Wore Red Trainers

    Author: Na’ima B Robert
    Publisher: Kube Publishing

    An intriguing teenage romance, told from the perspectives of a Muslim boy and girl.

  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler
    Publisher: Cub House Press

    At just 13, Marjorie has to run the family launderette. When a plan emerges to turn it into a posh yoga retreat, unexpected help comes from some sheet-wearing ghosts. A beautiful, modern, clever and funny graphic novel about bereavement and family.

  • Shelter

    Author: Harlan Coben
    Publisher: Indigo

    In the first young adult novel from bestselling crime author Harlan Coben, Mickey sets out to investigate the mysterious disappearence of his new girlfriend Ashley.

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamonds

    Author: Sam Hearn
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Young John Watson is a new arrival at the Baker Street academy. Soon he is befriended by quite a rude, lanky but very intelligent boy named Sherlock Holmes.

  • Shh! We Have a Plan

    Author: Chris Haughton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Deep in the dark of a moonlit forest, four shady hunters are out to catch themselves a bird. Or at least they’re trying...

  • Shift

    Author: Jeff Povey
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    A refreshingly original take on the popular 'teenagers surviving apocalypse' theme, this is a fast paced and thrilling read.

  • Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Aliens Are Coming!

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Dog chefs Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are keeping very busy in these three action-packed stories.  These stories are fantastic fun for new readers and anyone looking for a jolly read with a little bit of mystery and some lovable characters.

  • Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Up, Up and Away!

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Three wacky short stories are squeezed into this fun-filled volume, featuring the cake-baking, mystery-solving dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. With short chapters and cheery blue illustrations, this funny collection is sure to appeal.

  • Shine

    Author: Candy Gourlay
    Publisher: Tamarind

    A fascinating and mysterious tale of twins and superstition and separation.

  • Shine Mountain

    Author: Julie Hunt
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    When a young girl discovers that a magical artefact is malevolent, and could kill members of her family, she embarks on a dangerous and frightening quest to find the origin of the object and, ultimately, to destroy it.

  • Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

    Author: Harry Heape Illustrator: Rebecca Bagley
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    When Pippin discovers she possesses magical powers, she uses her newfound skills to investigate the mysterious water shortage in Funsprings. This hilarious fantasy adventure will have readers rolling around with laughter.

  • Ship's Cat Doris

    Author: Jane Simmons
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Meet a brilliant cast of animal characters in this charming Cornwall story of friendship and belonging

  • Shiver

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Set in small-town Minnesota, Stiefvater’s moving and poetic novel of human/wolf interaction and relationships is a werewolf story like no other.

  • Shivers

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Sam’s life changes forever when his Dad is arrested for an unspeakable crime.

  • Shiverton Hall

    Author: Emerald Fennell
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Arriving at his new school, Shiverton Hall, Arthur discovers its has a strange and spine-chilling history of ancient curses and sinister secrets.

  • Shola and the Lions

    Author: Bernardo Atxaga Illustrator: Mikel Valverde
    Publisher: Pushkin

    A charming story about an ambitious little dog convinced that she is actually queen of the jungle.

  • Shona, Word Detective

    Author: John Agard
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    A delightful celebration of lexicography in a dyslexia-friendly layout, this is a book that will surely inspire all children to find the fun in words and language.

  • Shoot to Kill

    Author: Steve Cole
    Publisher: Doubleday

    Young Bond: Shoot to Kill is a real page turner with heroes and villains, adventure, action and humour. The book works well as a stand-alone novel, but once you've read it you'll be glad there is a whole catalogue of Young Bond novels to dive into next.

  • Shopping with Dad

    Author: Matt Harvey Illustrator: Miriam Latimer
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    One Saturday morning, Dad is sent shopping with his excitable daughter. Enthusiastically, she starts crossing things off the list before they have even started. Things can only get worse...

  • Short

    Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Julia has always been very short for her height. It only started to feel like a problem when she overheard her parents discussing it. Could it be that being unusually short is something to worry about? A gentle story, told with tenderness and humour.

  • Shortcomings

    Publisher: Faber

    Faber reprints this gloriously arch and bittersweet graphic novel by Adrian Tomine, surely one of the biggest reasons to not dismiss graphic novels as worthy competitors in the sphere of literary fiction.

  • Shrunk!

    Author: Fleur Hitchcock
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    When Tom wishes on a meteorite that falls in the Bywater-by-Sea Model Village, he discovers he has gained a strange new power - the ability to shrink things.

  • Sidney, Stella and the Moon

    Author: Emma Yarlett
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Sidney and Stella love doing everything together except one thing: they are not very good at sharing.

  • Siege

    Author: Sarah Mussi
    Publisher: Hodder

    Leah's life is turned upside down by the Eternal Knights - a dangerous gang of bored, power-hungry Year Nine boys, armed and ready to take over the school.

  • Siege and Storm

    Author: Leigh Bardugo
    Publisher: Indigo

    In the second installment of  Bardguo's young adult fantasy series, Alina has left her life amongst the Grisha behind her, escaping to an unfamilliar land with Mal.

  • Siena

    Author: Helen Eve
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    A story of friendship, rivalry and unsettling family loyalties makes an engaging and entertaining read appealing particularly to teenage girls.

  • Sign About: Meal Time

    Author: Anthony Lewis
    Publisher: Child's Play

    A great introduction to simple signs which can be used with children from a very early age.

  • Signed Stories: A Lark in the Ark

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Lynne Chapman
    Publisher: Egmont

    All the animals are in the ark - but they're bored and decided to play hide and seek. Via the Signed Stories app, this picture book is told with a British Sign Language performance or subtitles, as well as narration, sound effects and specially-commissioned music.

  • Sing a Song of Bottoms!

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Puffin

    Young children will love the rhyming text which rejoices in the diversity of bottoms!

  • Sing Along With Me! Five Little Ducks

    Author: Yu-hsuan Huang
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This super chunky board book edition has lovely bright illustrations for little ones to enjoy. It also has fabulous pull tabs to explore, revealing the next part of the song – the best one being a little wheel that makes the ducks swim round a pond.

  • Sing Along With Me: We Wish You A Merry Christmas

    Author: Yu-hsuan Huang
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    It is time to learn the most famous Christmas song ever: 'We wish you a merry Christmas'. Turn the pages and follow the animals on their snowy adventure, while singing along to this festive tune.

  • Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Storymaker's Journey

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Peter Bailey
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Morpurgo encourages writers of all ages to nurture the seeds of creativity we all hold within us, and strives to reassure those who find school an unfulfilling and unpleasant place, as he did.

  • Silence is Goldfish

    Author: Annabel Pitcher
    Publisher: Indigo

    Tess starts to question herself and her life when things start to fall apart, although she finds solace in a bright orange goldfish.

  • Silver

    Author: Walter de la Mare Illustrator: Carolina Rabei
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This beautifully illustrated version of Walter de la Mare's classic poem about the moon's night-time adventures is sure to help your little ones nod off, thanks to its gorgeous colours and soft rhythm.

  • SilverFin

    Author: Charlie Higson
    Publisher: Penguin

    Meet Bond. James Bond. But not as you will have seen him before... James is a recently orphaned boy starting his first term at Eton.

  • Silly Billy

    Author: Anthony Browne
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Billy worries about so many things, like hats and rain and giant birds, that it keeps him awake at night. His Grandma comes up with an ideal solution - worry dolls to do Billy's worrying for him. Soon Billy is able to use his own resourcefulness to overcome his problem. This simple story from a former Children's Laureate is beautifully told and will reassure…

  • Silly Doggy!

    Author: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    When Lily finds an animal in her garden, she looks at his four legs, tail and big, wet nose and deduces that despite his enormous size, he is a dog

  • Silly Suzy Goose

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A delightful collection of action-filled pages; the illustrations fit the text perfectly and will greatly entertain young readers, while introducing new vocabulary for actions and sounds.

  • Simon Sock

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet Illustrator: Nick East
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    All the socks in the draw have pairs except for Simon Sock - he's all alone. He's odd. But when there's a voice from under the chest of drawers, will he be about to meet his perfect match? A bright and sweet book about relationships.

  • Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den

    Author: Aimee Carter
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Simon's world changes on the day that his mother and uncle begin to tell him the truth about his abilities. Simon needs to use his abilities and enlist the help of others to save his mother and keep himself safe.

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

    Author: Becky Abertalli
    Publisher: Penguin

    Simon finds himself in trouble when an email he sent ends up in the wrong hands; will his secret about his sexuality be revealed?

  • Since You've Been Gone

    Author: Morgan Matson
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    This is the perfect summer read about friendship, romance and self-discovery, written with real understanding and humour.

  • Sinner

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater
    Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

    A stand-alone companion book to the Shiver trilogy, this is an intense and gripping story of love and friendship - all set against the fast and crazy backdrop of LA. 

  • Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Big Adventure

    Publisher: Egmont

    A fun adventure, with big, bright, lively pictures and fold out pages

  • Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Tale of Two Treasures

    Publisher: Egmont

    The King has found a treasure map! Sir Charlie, his good grey mare and his faithful, fearless cat Envelope set out on a quest to find the treasure.

  • Sir Lilypad

    Author: Anna Kemp Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    It's brilliant to see Princess Sue again and Sir Lilypad is adorable. Faultless family fun.

  • Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Korky Paul
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    When King Colin’s golden underpants go missing, he sends young Sir Scallywag on a quest to find them.

  • Sir Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Pets

    Author: Tony Robinson and Jessica Cobb Illustrator: Del Thorpe
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Bursting with amazing tales, fantastic facts and practical tips on how best to look after your pets, Tony Robinson's compendium of stories, statistics and advice will delight animal lovers of any age.

  • Siren

    Author: Tricia Rayburn
    Publisher: Faber

    The first in Rayburn's trilogy about modern sirens: like those of mythology they inhabit earth and water, luring men to their death.

  • Sister, Missing

    Author: Sophie McKenzie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    Sister, Missing is the second book in McKenzie’s projected trilogy about three siblings who share a common birth mother, but a complex extended family.

  • Sisters Red

    Author: Jackson Pearce
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Scarlett and Rosie March saw their grandmother killed by a monster wolf, a Fenris. Now they have made it their mission to rid the world of Fenris and hunting is the focus of their lives.

  • Six Days

    Author: Philip Webb
    Publisher: Chicken House

    In grim, post-apocalyptic London, the search is on for the ‘artefact’, an undefined and mysterious relic from the distant past which holds the key to the future of the earth and mankind.

  • Six Dinner Sid: A Highland Adventure

    Publisher: Hodder

    Readers are subtly reminded of the responsibilities of pet ownership, and then introduced to a variety of upland wildlife, from wildcat to golden eagle.

  • Six of Crows

    Author: Leigh Bardugo
    Publisher: Indigo

    Set in the Grisha universe that Leigh Bardugo first introduced readers to in her bestselling Grisha trilogy, Six of Crows is a new epic fantasy that will both delight her old fans and thrill new ones.

  • Sixes and Sevens

    Author: John Yeoman Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    A comic counting book follows Barnaby and his raft on a ten-stop journey to Limber Lea. At each village Barnaby has to collect something and his mother advises him that if he has any difficulties, he should look in his big box.

  • Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrator: Pete Williamson
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    Full of mystery and adventure, Skeleton Keys will stretch vocabularies and imaginations. Children will love the outlandish story with monster chases and ghoulish beheadings, which is ultimately about friendships, fitting in and being confident in yourself.

  • Skellig

    Author: David Almond
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

    Exploring a ramshackle garage with his new-found friend Mina, Michael discovers a strange, magical creature who needs his help. A contemporary classic. 

  • Skin Deep

    Author: Laura Jarratt
    Publisher: Electric Monkey

    The car crash that left her best friend dead has left Jenna with scars both emotional and physical. She feels as though her life is over - but then Ryan turns up.

  • Skink No Surrender

    Author: Carl Hiaasen
    Publisher: Indigo (Orion Books)

    This is a brilliant and utterly gripping adventure, featuring an unusual, endearing and very funny hero in Skink. A tense thriller full of plot twists and laugh out loud humour.

  • Skip through the Seasons

    Author: Stella Blackstone Illustrator: Maria Carluccio
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    • This book takes you on a journey through the year and the seasons.
    • Learn about weather, activities and celebrations.
    • The story and word lists are great for helping to build your child's vocabulary.

  • Skippy Dies

    Publisher: Hamish Hamilton

    You probably won't read a funnier book than Skippy Dies this year. Told in three volumes, set in the grand Dublin institution of Seabrook School for Boys and featuring a cast of awkward teenagers looking for love and respect alike.

  • Skulduggery Pleasant

    Author: Derek Landy
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Meet Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective, fighting to save the world from wizard-gone-to-the-dark-side, Nefarian Serpine.

  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer

    Author: Derek Landy
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Derek Landy’s series about Skulduggery Pleasant, skeleton detective, reaches its sixth entertaining installment

  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing With Fire

    Author: Derek Landy
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Skeletons, vampires, black magic, ancient gods, secret powers and a gruesome monster... Skulduggery Pleasant is back. 

  • Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones

    Author: Derek Landy
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    Skulduggery Pleasant, the skeleton detective, and his sidekick, fourteen-year-old Valkyrie Cain, known to her Irish friends as Steph, are unofficially on the case.

  • Sky Chasers

    Author: Emma Carroll
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Based on historical events, the story follows a young thief, Magpie, who is caught up in the Montgolfier brothers’ attempt to be the first people to fly. This engaging story is full of heart and adventure.

  • Sky Dancer

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    The moorland where Joe lives has been traditionally managed for generations as a grouse moor. It's Joe's whole world and he loves it. But a storm is brewing and Joe's stuck in the middle: his brother and tradition are on one side, while much of the local community, including his school friends, are on the other. The problem? The hen harrier – or 'Sky Dancer'…

  • Sky Hawk

    Author: Gill Lewis
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Powerful, evocative writing about landscape and the natural world

  • Sky Run

    Author: Alex Shearer
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    A sequel to the popular Cloud Hunters, Sky Run is the exciting story of brother and sister, Gemma and Martin who live with their 130 year old great-great-grand aunt Peggy.

  • Sky Song

    Author: Abi Elphinstone
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Abi Elphinstone's magical adventure is full of close calls, fantastical creatures and deliciously evil villains to savour in a tale that already feels like a children's classic.

  • Sky Thieves

    Author: Dan Walker
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    This is the stuff of classic swashbuckling fast-moving adventure, complete with a wonderful cast of gloriously named characters, a deliciously evil baddie and a feisty heroine coming into her own.

  • Sky Wolves

    Publisher: Puffin

    An animal story with a difference, Sky Wolves combines diverse themes into a thoroughly satisfying novel, which can be read by readers of many ages and interests.

  • Skyward

    Author: Sally Deng
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books

    This slightly fictionalised version of the experiences of female pilots in World War Two is a fascinating read in terms of untold history. It's also an inspiring and heartwarming story of the close bonds these pioneer female pilots formed with each other. Brilliant.

  • Slated

    Author: Teri Terry
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Set in the not too distant future this book investigates the restrictions on freedom and individuality that are placed on society by an all-controlling government.

  • Slaves of the Mastery

    Author: William Nicholson
    Publisher: Egmont

    This is the second part of a trilogy, bringing together the Manth people, who were first introduced in The Wind Singer, with two other societies. 

  • Slay

    Author: Kim Curran
    Publisher: Usborne

    Slay are a successful rock band, but they hide a secret. When off-stage, the band fight demons, who are attacking innocent mortals to take over their bodies. This is a high-action drama with its fair share of blood and gore, but also plenty of humour and heart.

  • Sleep Tight, Teddy!

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Board book with cuddly toy teddy to help with talking to your baby at bedtime

  • Sleep Well Siba & Saba

    Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl Illustrator: Sandra Van Doorn
    Publisher: Lantana Publishing

    Sisters Siba and Saba are always forgetting where they have left things. They leave sweaters on buses and sandals at the beach. At night, they have magical dreams of the things they have lost.

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Author: Re-told by Lynn Roberts-Maloney Illustrator: David Roberts
    Publisher: Pavilion Books

    A wonderful retelling of the classic fairy tale coupled with the book's fantastic 1950s-style illustration is sure to make this a very popular read for children, as well as adults with an eye for the retro and beautiful.

  • Slightly Invisible

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Fans of the Charlie and Lola TV series should enjoy this original book featuring the pair.

  • Slog's Dad

    Author: David Almond Illustrator: Dave McKean
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Slog's dad is in heaven, but Slog is sure he'll see him again some day. David Almond and Dave McKean tell a sensitive story of grief and loss in this powerful graphic novel.

  • Sloth Slept On

    Author: Frann Preston-Gannon
    Publisher: Pavillion

    A gentle, endearing environmental tale about a lost sloth who finds his way into a family's back garden. Chunky, strongly coloured illustrations portray gestures and feelings with unexpected delicacy.

  • Slug Needs a Hug

    Author: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Poor little slug never gets a hug from his mummy and he's starting to feel a bit sad about it, so he goes and asks all the other animals what he should do to be more appealing. They have plenty of suggestions, but nothing looks quite right - fortunately, in the end, mummy makes it clear that she loves slug just the way he is.

  • Small Blue Thing

    Author: S C Ransom
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    When Alex finds an opal bracelet half-buried on the banks of the Thames, she discovers something extraordinary...

  • Small Bunny’s Blue Blanket

    Author: Tatyana Feeney
    Publisher: Oxford

    Small Bunny loves his blue blanket; it's perfect in every way. But one day, mummy insists on giving Blue Blanket a wash - and Small Bunny is worried that it will never be the same.

  • Small Change for Stuart

    Author: Lissa Evans
    Publisher: Doubleday

    This humorous adventure is accompanied by atmospheric ink drawings, making this an attractive and compelling book for confident boy and girl readers

  • Small Elephant's Bathtime

    Author: Tatyana Feeney
    Publisher: OUP

    A common cause for a toddler tantrum is averted with humour and understanding. Simple clear illustrations.

  • Small in the City

    Author: Sydney Smith
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The streetwise kid telling Sydney Smith’s atmospheric story has some advice for fellow kids negotiating a big, noisy city. A masterpiece of thick, blurry lines and drifting snow, framing a child’s solitary yet celebratory experience of urban life.

  • Small Knight and George and the Pirates

    Author: Ronda Armitage Illustrator: Arthur Robins
    Publisher: Orchard

    Small Knight and George, his tiny dragon friend, live in an old castle that is falling to pieces. There is no money for repairs so the duo set off in a pirate ship in search of treasure.

  • Small Steps

    Author: Louis Sachar
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Small Steps is the indirect sequel to Holes and follows the fortunes of its protagonist, Armpit, once he leaves Camp Green Lake and returns home.

  • Small Things

    Author: Mel Tregonning
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    This brilliant book manages to deal with bullying, fear of being different, frustration at underachieving, and the fact that while some things may appear small from the outside, they can feel unconquerable to those experiencing them.

  • Smart

    Author: Kim Slater
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When a homeless man's body is discovered wading in a local river, police determine the death to be an accidental drowning. Kieran, however, suspects that the body he himself found in the river was the victim of murder and takes it upon himself to investigate a case about which no one else seems to care.

  • Smart About Sharks

    Author: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Flying Eye

    Presenting an ever-popular topic, this fantastic, high quality illustrated book is fascinating and attractive.

  • Smelly Louie

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Louie goes on a hunt to try and find is old pongy smelly scent.

  • Smile!

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    When Sunny gets told she must not eat chocolate biscuits before teatime, she is very annoyed, and loses her smile.

  • Smoke and Mirrors

    Author: Neil Gaiman
    Publisher: Headline

    A collection of short stories: an elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat; a stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from evil...

  • Snail

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Rachel Wells
    Publisher: Usborne

    As babies develop they will love to follow the snail trail - a raised line - all the way through the book.

  • Snail Trail

    Publisher: Andersen Press

    One morning Slimy Snail sets out on a journey through many different landscapes which each present challenging obstacles... 

  • Snail, Where Are You?

    Author: Tomi Ungerer
    Publisher: Phaidon Press

    Packed full of subtle humour, each page of this witty and sophisticated picture book is a visual feast, providing a gateway to exciting, imaginative discussion.

  • Snail's Legs

    Author: Damian Harvey Illustrator: Korky Paul
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A cautionary tale with vibrant, comic illustrations which explains why Snail now hides his legs.

  • Snakes' Elbows

    Author: Deirdre Madden
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    This book is very, very funny, totally far-fetched, hard to put down and even harder to forget

  • Snap

    Author: Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe
    Publisher: Orchard

    Watch out for the snapping sharks and dancing dolphins - a treat for all!

  • Snow Bear

    Author: Tony Mitton Illustrator: Alison Brown
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A small bear is searching for a winter home. Everywhere he tries is occupied, until he finds a cottage inhabited only by one small girl, who welcomes him inside.

  • Snow Bears

    Author: Martin Waddell Illustrator: Sarah Fox-Davies
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This gentle, very beautiful picture book is about three baby bears playing in the snow with their mummy.

  • Snow Dog

    Author: Malorie Blackman Illustrator: Sami Sweeten
    Publisher: Corgi Pups

    Nicky would love a dog more than anything, but her mum and dad don't want one. Then Nicky’s grandfather comes up with the idea of a snow-dome dog, made with special clay...

  • Snow Sisters: The Frozen Rainbow

    Author: Astrid Foss Illustrator: Monique Dong
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This is the third exciting volume in the Snow Sisters series, with a sparkling front cover and black-and-white illustrations throughout the short chapters. It is ideal for children who enjoy fantasy tales and are building their confidence as independent readers.

  • Snow Sisters: The Silver Secret

    Author: Astrid Foss Illustrator: Monique Dong
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    This exciting chapter book with black-and-white illustrations is the first in a series about the magical triplets. Encompassing magic, love, loyalty and bravery, it's a delightful adventure for confident young readers.

  • Snow White and Rose Red

    Author: Bernadette Watts
    Publisher: Penguin

    Snow White and Rose Red live in an isolated cottage in the middle of the forest with their widowed mother. One wintry night there is a knock at the door...

  • Snow White in New York

    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    A beautiful 1920s Art Deco treatment of the classic fairytale - now a beautiful socialite, Snow White falls foul of her celebrity-loving stepmother who the tabloids call 'the classiest dame in New York'.

  • Snowball: The Baby Bigfoot

    Author: Ruth Symes Illustrator: Tina Macnaughton
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    How do you find a baby bigfoot in the snow? This is a delightful, engaging and warm-hearted story for early readers, which talks about friendship.

  • Snowflakes

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

    Mia has left the noisy city behind, and come to live with her Grandma in a land of forest and snow.

  • Snowglobe

    Author: Amy Wilson
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    This fantasy adventure features some formidable female characters and illustrates the importance of being true to yourself. Love, loss, magic and friendship are all explored and readers will welcome Clem’s change from bullied loner into powerful magician.

  • Snug

    Author: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Delightful book celebrating the different ways to feel snug by comparing how animals and children stay cosy

  • Snuggle Bunny

    Author: Emma Goldhawk and Derek Matthews Illustrator: Jonathan Lambert
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    As part of a going-to-bed routine, this book works like a dream

  • So Cosy

    Author: Lerryn Korda
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Dog is snuggled up in his bed, and it's awfully cosy. Then goose comes along and notices how cosy dog is, so she joins him. Then comes cat, some rabbits, bears, snake and even an elephant... The perfect book to cosy up with and share together.

  • So Much

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
    Publisher: Walker Books

    One by one, family members drop by on a mum and her tot – all wanting to squeeze, kiss and give undivided attention to the baby. An adorable picture book, which is high-spirited, vibrant and fun. 

  • Socks Are Not Enough

    Author: Mark Lowery
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Mike Swarbrick's life couldn't get any worse. His pervy best friend gets him embroiled in a scandal involving the girls' changing rooms, his idiot of an older brother is snogging the girl of his dreams and he's just come home early from school to discover his parents are secret nudists... but they're ready to go public!

  • Song for a Whale

    Author: Lynne Kelly
    Publisher: Piccadilly Press

    A baleen whale's unique 55-hertz frequency means he cannot communicate with other whales, and 12-year-old Iris is determined to help him. A pacy story told with a tender touch, which also offers examples of common frustrations experienced by deaf children. 

  • Song of the Current

    Author: Sarah Tolcser
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Could this be Caro's chance to prove herself to the river gods? The magical watery river-lands form a vibrantly organic backdrop to this absorbing fantasy of intrigue, spies, sorcerers and rebels. 

  • Songs About a Girl

    Author: Chris Russell
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The first in a series of three books, Songs About a Girl is for anyone who has wanted to be with the band. The story is fun with a lot of depth to the characters and some great plot twists.

  • Solace of the Road

    Author: Siobhan Dowd
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Holly Hogan, 'delinquent care-babe with a crack-pot past' is trying to settle with yet another set of foster parents, but their neat, ordered life is uncomfortable and stifling.

  • Soldier Dog

    Author: Sam Angus
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    It's 1917 and Stanley Ryder is one of many young boys enlisting in the army, in spite of the fact he is underage. Assigned to working with messenger dogs, he is drafted to the Western Front.

  • Solomon and Mortimer

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    Catherine Rayner’s cheeky character, Solomon Crocodile, is back - and this time he’s joined by his friend Mortimer, looking for some fun. Fun and sweet; a snappy read to enjoy at bedtime.

  • Solomon Crocodile

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Everything is peaceful on the river, until Solomon Crocodile appears and disturbs everyone from the frogs to the dragonflies to the storks. When he takes on the hippos peacefully bathing in the river, they decide enough is enough.

  • Some Days

    Author: Karen Kaufman Orloff Illustrator: Ziyue Chen
    Publisher: Sterling

    From the 'waiting at the store days’ to the ‘going for dessert days’, all the emotions are covered in this sing-song rhyming poem about the ordinary and extraordinary days that are part of growing up.

  • Some Dogs Do

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: Walker Books

    One morning, Sid the dog is filled with an overwhelming feeling of happiness which – to his utter surprise – sends him floating into the sky and all the way to school!

  • Some Kid Lived Here & Other Stories

    Author: Mi-Kyoung Song Translator: from Korean by Sophie Bowman
    Publisher: Sigongsa Co., Ltd.

    Sometimes there are strange worlds lurking inside our everyday lives. Sometimes our 'normal' everyday lives turn out to be anything but. This collection of five stories contains a range of eerie and unsettling variations on the theme of the ordinary.

    In Some Kid Lived Here, a lone kid roams undetected from home to home with nowhere to call his own, and le…

  • Some Other War

    Author: Linda Newbery
    Publisher: Catnip Publishing

    Seventeen-year-old twins Alice and Jack work at the mansion of the Morland family - but when the First World War breaks out, their lives are changed completely.

  • Some Places More Than Others

    Author: Renée Watson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Amara, in search of her past, heads to New York City to connect with family she has never met. Fixing old wounds is hard: will her father and grandfather ever get on? A warm, positive story with characters who are easy to empathise with. 

  • Somebody Give This Heart a Pen

    Author: Sophia Thakur
    Publisher: Walker Books

    An internationally acclaimed performance poet and YouTube phenomenon, Thakur writes with passion and conviction about everyday life alongside wider social issues, reminding us that they are intricately linked: the personal is political, after all.

  • Somebody Swallowed Stanley

    Author: Sarah Roberts Illustrator: Hannah Peck
    Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books

    Written by an animal behaviourist and environmental campaigner, this gentle tale subtly educates children about the damage a simple plastic bag can do to wild animals. Lively illustrations accompany the rhythmic, repetitive text, which is perfect to read aloud.

  • Someone Else's Life

    Author: Katie Dale
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    When Rosie's mum dies from Huntingdon's disease she thinks life can't get any harder, until she discovers that Trudie wasn't her biological mother at all. So who is and what happened to her?

  • Sometimes

    Author: Emma Dodd
    Publisher: Templar

    This is a warm book about unconditional love. A perfect book for encouraging children to do what they want with reassuring support.

  • Sometimes

    Author: Rebecca Elliott
    Publisher: Lion Hudson

    When Toby’s sister Clemmie is unwell, she has to go and stay in hospital...

  • Sometimes I Feel Sunny

    Author: Gillian Shields Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
    Publisher: Picture Corgi

    An introduction for the youngest readers to the different feelings they experience, from sad to funny, angry to sunny, and even lost and small.

  • Something About a Bear

    Author: Jackie Morris
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A beautiful gift for bear and book lovers alike, this is a showpiece for Morris's paintings which are as awe-inspiring as their subjects.

  • Something Beginning With Blue

    Author: Sally Symes Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Fun interactive 'I Spy' picture book - peep through the holes in the eyes and follow the clues to guess what's hiding on each page

  • Something Different About Dad

    Author: Kirstie Evans Illustrator: John Swogger
    Publisher: Jessica Kingsley

    Sophie’s father Mark has Asperger’s Syndrome.

  • Something Else

    Author: Kathryn Cave Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Puffin

    Something Else is a lonely creature, excluded from everything because he is different. This is the perfect book for reassuring any child that being different can be a very positive thing.

  • Something's Drastic

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Tim Archbold
    Publisher: Scholastic

    A diverse selection of fun and lively poems for children

  • Son of the Circus: A Victorian Story

    Author: E L Norry Illustrator: Alette Straathof (cover art)
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Twelve-year-old Ted discovers he has roots in the circus and must join his father’s company for the first time to discover his own talent! Great for history buffs and those looking for historical fiction featuring people of colour.

  • Sons of Scarlatti - Infinity Drake

    Author: John McNally
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    This is a real page turner with lots of twists and turns! An action-packed sci-fi adventure with killer wasps, and the first of a three book series.

  • Soonchild

    Author: Russell Hoban Illustrator: Alexis Deacon
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This unusual tale for both adults and children is imaginative, magical and readable. Stark, brooding black and white illustrations by Alexis Deacon, complement the northern landscape and the dreamworld of the shamans.

  • Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert

    Author: Morag Hood Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Every toy or animal in Sophie's sight is given a horn, and because she is a unicorn expert, she teaches them about magic, hunting and other important unicorn things. But Sophie is a little too busy teaching her “unicorns” to even notice a when a real one shows up...

  • Sophie Someone

    Author: Hayley Long
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    A girl's life is thrown into turmoil when her family's past comes back to haunt her. 

  • Sophie Takes to the Sky

    Author: Katherine Woodfine Illustrator: Briony May Smith
    Publisher: Little Gems (Barrington Stoke)

    Sophie is scared of everything. Can she overcome her fears to attend the crowded, noisy fair to see the hot-air balloon? This charming tale, about real-life 18th-century balloonist Sophie Blanchard, will inspire young people to follow their dreams.

  • Sorceress

    Author: Celia Rees
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Accused of witchcraft, Mary flees from the Puritan settlement of Beulah into the icy wastes of the New World.

  • Soul Eater

    Author: Michelle Paver
    Publisher: Hachette

    A complex plot puts an original slant on a good versus evil battle and will keep readers on the edge of their seats right to the last page.

  • Soulmates

    Author: Holly Bourne
    Publisher: Usborne

    Poppy doesn't believe in true love - until she meets Noah

  • Sounds of Nature: World of Birds

    Author: Robert Hunter
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Press

    Do you know what the roadrunner sounds like? The emperor penguin? Or the superb fairy-wren? Find out in this extraordinary sound book. Introducing birds from all around the world, over sixty different bird calls can be heard throughout the book, from the classic Cuckoo to the exotic birds of paradise.

  • Sounds of the Wild: Jungle

    Publisher: Templar

    One in a series of stunning pop-up books, this one shows rainforest scenes, with atmospheric jungle sounds of insects and elephants. Detailed factual information is also provided.

  • South Sea Tales

    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    This collection is the first to bring together all Stevenson's shorter Pacific fiction in one volume.

  • Sovay

    Author: Celia Rees
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    When an angry Sovay becomes a highwayman so she can hold up her faithless fiancé, she discovers that there is a conspiracy to try her father and brother for treason.

  • Space Ace

    Author: Eric Brown Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Billy's grandad is a retired astronaut who likes to take Billy on tours around the earth in his space ship. However, one day, by accident, they rocket into space and have to find their way back by navigating past all the planets, learning about them as they go!

  • Space Dog

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape

    Visually and graphically inventive, packed with tongue-in-cheek humour and witty details, this comic-style picture book delights in subverting the conventions of epic space adventure!

  • Space in 30 Seconds

    Author: Clive Gifford Illustrator: Melvyn Evans
    Publisher: Ivy Kids

    Thirty key topics on what really happens in space, explained in neat 30-second soundbites. Topics range from the Big Bang theory to what we know about distant planets and galaxies.

  • Space Kids

    Author: Steve Parker Illustrator: Andrea De Santis
    Publisher: Little Gestalten

    Including topics such as stars, planets, moons, gravity and even how astronauts are able to eat and sleep, each page of this fascinating book is a journey through the complexities of space.

  • Space Pirates: Treasure

    Author: Jim Ladd Illustrator: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    More swash and buckle in space than you can imagine when Sam and the crew of the Jolly Apollo continue their quest for Planet X. The fourth book in the Space Pirates series.

  • Space: The Whole Whizz Bang Story

    Author: Glenn Murphy
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    What is a black hole? What's it like on the Moon? And which planet is Earth's evil twin? Glenn Murphy, author of Why is Snot Green?, answers these questions and many more in this funny and informative book.

  • Spaghetti with the Yeti

    Author: Adam and Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Lee Wildish
    Publisher: Egmont Books

    Intrepid young hero George sets out to hunt the mythical yeti, armed with only a map, a woolly hat and a tin of spaghetti in his rucksack.

  • Spangles McNasty and the Fish of Gold

    Author: Steve Webb Illustrator: Chris Mould
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Both ludicrous and funny, join Freddie on the greediest, goldest and fishiest escapade of the summer. And remember, where there's fish, there's always chips!

  • Sparky!

    Author: Jenny Offill Illustrator: Chris Appelhans
    Publisher: Orion

    With simple, expressive text and dynamic illustrations providing wonderful contrast to the apathy of its main subject, this picture book is not only refreshingly original but also very, very funny.

  • Specs for Rex

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A perfectly judged niche story that has general appeal due to a clean text and cute character; Specs for Rex is a visual treat that's really worth putting your glasses on for.

  • Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul for School

    Author: Barry Hutchison
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Spectre Collectors is a funny, high-octane adventure story. Each page is bursting with imaginative details, from the magical and technological divisions of the secret organisation to the descriptions of the different ghost rankings. 

  • Speed of Light

    Author: Joy Cowley
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Cowley's writing is a delight to read and this family drama is engrossing and endearing.

  • Spellbound

    Author: Siobhan Parkinson
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    A fascinating selection of folk and fairy tales.

  • Spinderella

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Sebastien Braun
    Publisher: Egmont

    Spinderella is a spider who lives with her spider mum and brothers and sisters on top of a ceiling light at a school. A story about numbers, football and family, Spinderella is an enjoyable read for young children just starting to learn maths.

  • Spirit Walker

    Author: Michelle Paver
    Publisher: Orion

    While out hunting in the Forest, Torak encounters a man whose body and brain have been wasted by a horrifying disease

  • Spirited Away

    Author: Hayao Miyazaki
    Publisher: Viz LLC

    As night falls, Chihiro finds out she's in a world of ghosts, demons, and strange gods.

  • Splash

    Author: Charli Howard
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Molly is passionate about swimming but is having to deal with a domineering friend and a difficult home life. A sensitive novel that touches on several issues that may concern pre-adolescents, from anxieties about secondary school to pressures around body image.

  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Anna Hibiscus is at the beach with her family. She wants someone to go in the sea and splash in the waves with her but they are all busy doing other things.

  • Splat the Cat

    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    It’s Splat the Cat’s first day at school, but he’s worried he won’t make any friends – so just in case, he decides to bring along his pet mouse Seymour in his lunch box.

  • Splat the Fake Fact

    Author: Adam Frost Illustrator: Gemma Correll
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    These days it's very important to be able to identify fake facts. With a series of interactive activities, this book not only allows children to find out what is and isn't true. Fabulously original and interactive non-fiction.

  • Splintered Light

    Author: Cate Sampson
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    Engaging, believable characters, painful family secrets and tension which mounts to a nail-biting climax make this an addictive, well-plotted, gritty, thriller.

  • Splish, Splash, Ducky

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Lucy Cousins’ bright and vivid animal characters are as loveable as ever for babies and toddlers. The rhyme is perfectly aimed at little ones learning first words, who will enjoy repeating "drip drop" and "plip plop", and seeing the adults improvise actions!

  • Split by a Kiss

    Author: Luisa Plaja
    Publisher: Corgi

    Split by a Kiss is the story of Jo, a British girl who goes to live in the USA for a year, and finds herself plunged into an exhilarating but confusing new life.

  • Split Second

    Author: Sophie McKenzie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Books

    When a bomb goes off in a London market, Charlie’s mother is killed and Nat’s brother is left fighting for his life in a coma.

  • Spook Squad: The Beast of Hangman's Hill

    Author: Roger Hurn
    Publisher: Ransom

    The spook squad are Emma, Roxy, Nita and Leena; a team of four feisty girls who bust bogeymen and vanquish vampires.

  • Spooks and Scooters

    Author: Elen Caldecott Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    When Flora and Sylvie's holiday with dad is cancelled, they are determined to discover who or what is responsible. Amid the excitement of unravelling the mystery, Caldecott sympathetically shows us families coming to terms with change.

  • Sportopedia: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Sport

    Author: Adam Skinner Illustrator: Mark Long
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    A luxurious compendium of all things sporty, featuring both well-known and less popular games and activities with plenty of fascinating facts.

  • Sports are Fantastic Fun!

    Author: Ole Könnecke
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Full of brilliant detail about a vast range of sports, this highly entertaining illustrated picture book gives children a good introduction to their rules and ethos. Perfect for sporty children but also those less competitive! 

  • Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago

    Author: Amanda Wood and Mike Jolley Illustrator: Frances Castle
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    Do you think you could spot the wrong type of shoes worn by a Roman Centurion, or the wrong kind of helmet worn by a Viking? What about spotting a spray paint can at a medieval joust?

  • Spotlight on Sunny

    Author: Keris Stainton
    Publisher: Catnip Publishing

    A trip to London on a film-making couse forces Sunny to evaluate her life - can she tell her big secret to her friends.

  • Spot's Baby Sister

    Author: Eric Hill
    Publisher: Warne

    Spot and his friends play with his new sister, Susie.

  • Spot's Birthday Party

    Author: Eric Hill
    Publisher: Puffin

    It's Spot's birthday party, and the first game he wants to play is Hide and Seek. But where are his friends hiding?

  • Spotty Lottie and Me

    Author: Richard Byrne
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Joey has chicken pox; nobody's allowed to visit unless they're spotty too.

  • Sproutzilla vs Christmas

    Author: Tom Jamieson Illustrator: Mike Byrne
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan

    Anarchic and brilliantly funny (with a whole page dedicated to a fart), Sproutzilla vs Christmas is also a great book to encourage children to eat their greens. 

  • Spud

    Author: John van de Ruit
    Publisher: Penguin

    Spud gets a scholarship to a smart boys’ school where he soon joins in with a mad bunch of boys – the Crazy Eight.

  • Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Macmillan

    Prez has one summer to find ten things about the earth that make it worth saving - but can he do it? This book is heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure.

  • Sputterfly

    Author: Simon van der Geest Translator: Laura Watkinson (from Dutch)
    Publisher: Querido Children's Books

    Written in diary form, Sputterfly is the story of insect-lover Hidde, his brother Jeppe, and their mum. Three years after the death of Ward, their big brother, they're all still feeling the impact. Hidde hides away in his secret cellar with his menagerie of insects, carrying out experiments without realising how cruel he's being. Jeppe's become a bully who l…

  • Spy for the Queen of Scots

    Author: Theresa Breslin
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    Beautiful young aristocrat Jenny is the closest friend of Mary, the young Queen of Scots. When she overhears a whispered plot against Mary she sets out to become a spy to keep her friend safe, little realising how much danger she will soon encounter.

  • Spy Toys

    Author: Mark Powers Illustrator: Tim Wesson
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    A group of super-intelligent, computerised toys are destined for the crusher because they have faults that make them unsuitable for children. But maybe those 'faults' could be useful for a secret protection mission? 

  • Spyder

    Author: Matt Carr
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Spyder is a spunky secret agent who lives in Tom’s loft. The pace of this story is kept fast and exciting, and there are plenty of puns to keep families chuckling away.

  • Spylark

    Author: Danny Rurlander
    Publisher: Chicken House Books

    In Spylark, Rurlander has created a gripping adventure, with all the right ingredients. Local bullies, sinister villains, high-speed chases, terrorism plans, explosive weaponry, missing evidence and dramatic escapes.

  • Spynosaur

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrator: Lee Robinson
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    Spynosaur is a dazzlingly dapper dinosaur, with one mission: to make crime extinct. This action-packed adventure features comic-strip pages, doodles, belly laughs and a whole lot of puns - what's not to like?

  • Spynosaur vs Goldenclaw

    Author: Guy Bass Illustrator: Lee Robinson
    Publisher: Stripes

    When a plan to reignite Spynosaur's passion goes awry, a monstrous new mega-thug is unleashed in the world and only one superhero has any chance of defeating him. A sci-fi action series characterised by anarchic humour and non-stop thrills.

  • Square

    Author: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Square spends his days piling square blocks. One day, Circle comes along and asks him to make a sculpture of her. Barnett and Klassen are the perfect team to deliver this smart and funny book, which reassures children about their own artistic development.

  • Squares and Other Shapes with Josef Albers

    Author: Phaidon Illustrator: Josef Albers
    Publisher: Phaidon

    Squares, circles, triangles and rectangles - all in different colours, all in different places, and all having fun. Turn the pages and see if you can identify the shapes.

  • Squirrel's Busy Day

    Author: Lucy Barnard
    Publisher: QED

    With large, bright, energetic illustrations this story is ideal for classroom use and lists discussion points about friendship at the back.

  • Squish, Squash, Squeeze

    Author: Tracey Corderoy Illustrator: Jane Chapman
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Mouse is not alone: a large bear, an enormous crocodile and a tiger are sharing his tiny house. It's a squeeze but Mouse declares there's room for them all. A cheery story about sharing and making the best of things.

  • Squishy McFluff the Invisible Cat Meets Mad Nana Dot

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    This comical chapter book is ideal for early readers who are ready to move on from picture books.

  • Squishy McFluff: the Invisible Cat!

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Faber Children's

    Squishy McFluff is Ava's best friend. He may be invisible, but that doesn't stop them having all kinds of fun together - and you won't believe just how much trouble one invisible kitten can cause!

  • St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys

    Author: Karen McCombie Illustrator: Becka Moor
    Publisher: Stripes publishing

    Dani’s mum has taken a last-minute job that will see her gone for three whole months - and that means boarding school for Dani. Karen McCombie brings her usual wit and warmth to a St Trinian’s-style school story that's a light and fun read.

  • Stan and Mabel

    Publisher: Templar

    The arrival of a pink hairless creature means that Mabel has been a cuddle-less cat for a long time. Sam, the dog next door, longs for a walk in the park. The two embark on a journey...

  • Stand Off

    Author: Andrew Smith
    Publisher: Penguin

    Ryan Dean West is not looking forward to his final year at Pine Mountain boarding school. He is haunted by events from his past and fears that more terrible experiences await him. Fortunately, he has good friends - who will help him overcome his worries.

  • Stand Up, Stand Out

    Author: Kay Woodward
    Publisher: Carlton Books

    Who is your rebel hero? Stand Up, Stand Out highlights the lives and achievements of 25 amazing people who decided to stand up to injustice and speak out about what they believed in.

  • Standing in for Lincoln Green

    Author: David Mackintosh
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Lincoln Green has someone standing in for him to do all the things that need doing right away, but which aren't as much fun as the things he really wants to do

  • Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat

    Author: Emily MacKenzie
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    This eccentric feline tale celebrating friendship is jauntily entertaining. The bunnies in balaclavas have hilarious expressions, and the illustrations are as wild and colourful as Stanley's knitting. Great fun!

  • Stanly’s Ghost

    Author: Stefan Mohamed
    Publisher: Salt Publishing

    The third and final book in the Bitter Sixteen trilogy concludes the adventures of reluctant Welsh superhero Stanly Bird. Stanly’s Ghost brings Stanly back to fight the evil Angel Group for the second time, but a lot’s changed while he’s been gone.

  • Star by Star

    Author: Sheena Wilkinson
    Publisher: Little Island

    When her mum dies in the 1918 flu epidemic, 15-year-old Stella returns to Northern Ireland to live with an aunt she has never met. The war has ended and women (over the age of 30 with property) are about to vote for the first time. Fascinating and inspiring. 

  • Star Cat

    Author: James Turner
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    n the deepest depths of space, there is only one crew brave enough to take on the universe's most dangerous villains...Unfortunately, they weren't available for this book, so you'll have to make do with the crew of the...STAR CAT!

  • Star Fighters: Alien Attack

    Author: Max Chase
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Meet Peri, Intergalactic Force Academy Star Fighter, defender of the Milky Way...

  • Star of the Zoo

    Author: Virginie Zurcher Illustrator: Daniel Howarth
    Publisher: QED Publishing

    Published in the QED 'Storytime' series - very accessible stories for the youngest children, which highlight personal and social learning, and show how we can overcome our fears and prejudices.

  • Star Stories

    Author: Anita Ganeri Illustrator: Andy Wilx
    Publisher: Templar

    A collection of fascinating myths about stars from around the world, with stunning gold illustrations full of epic majesty.

  • Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space

    Author: Cavan Scott Illustrator: David Buisán
    Publisher: Egmont

    A tense, action-packed sci-fi adventure story set in the Star Wars universe. A brother and sister and their droid set out in a starship to rescue their parents who have been kidnapped by Empire forces.

  • Starcross

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: David Wyatt
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Volume two in the Larklight saga continues all the delightful eccentricities of its predecessor, and further convinces us of Reeve's amazing literary versatility.

  • Starcrossed

    Author: Josephine Angelini
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    When the beautiful and mysterious Delos family arrive on Nantucket Island, Helen Hamilton's teenaged life is turned upside down.

  • Stardust

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Briony May Smith
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    A little girl keeps hearing that her sister is a ‘star’. Desperate to be a star too, the little girl makes a wish, but then her grandad tells her all about how the world began... A gentle story of sisters and stars, which captures the busy scenes of family life.

  • Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day

    Author: Dominque Valente Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Willow's witch family have always looked down on her mundane magical speciality of finding lost things. But last Tuesday is now missing: can she help locate the missing day? Starfell is a fun adventure, with themes of friendship, family and being different.

  • Stargazers, Skyscrapers and Extraordinary Sausages

    Author: Claudia Boldt
    Publisher: Child's Play

    Henrietta is definitely not short on ambition. She’s going to start by being the world’s first ice-cream-making, sky-scraper-climbing lighthouse keeper.

  • Stargazing for Beginners

    Author: Jenny McLachlan
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Meg's dreamed of being an astronaut since she was seven. This novel achieves a delicate balance between light-hearted fiction and thoughtful exploration of the pitfalls of being female, smart and good at science.

  • Starring Carmen!

    Author: Anika Denise Illustrator: Lorenza Alvarez Gomez
    Publisher: Abrams & Chronicle Books

    Carmen is a one-girl theatre company. She sings, acts, dances and makes the costumes! Her little brother Eduardo is desperate to be part of her shows, and she gives him a non-speaking role in her latest production. When her parents decide they need a little break from her relentless performances, Carmen has a very dramatic sulk – how can she be the star of t…

  • Starring Grace

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

    There is no end to Grace's imagination! It is the school holidays and she and her friends spend their time playing at being everything from doctors to ghost-hunters.

  • Starring Tracy Beaker

    Author: Jacqueline Wilson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    Tracy Beaker is back and this time she's been cast as Ebenezer Scrooge in her school play.

  • Starters

    Author: Lissa Price
    Publisher: Doubleday Children's Books

    Callie and her little brother exist in a futuristic world in which chemical warfare has killed everyone aged between 20 and 60 years old.

  • Starting School

    Author: Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin

    Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is an enchanting picture book for reassuring children who are about to start school for the very first time.

  • State of Sorrow

    Author: Melinda Salisbury
    Publisher: Scholastic

    This is the first book in a new fantasy thriller series characterised by thwarted love, fraud, trickery and a ruthless battle for power. Startling plot twists will keep you gripped until the last page and impatient for the next instalment.

  • Station Zero

    Author: Philip Reeve
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    An epic conclusion to the Railhead series, Station Zero follows Zen and Nova – and the trains Damask Rose and Ghost Wolf – as they fight for the people and the things they believe in. An adventure, a race against time, and a tale of great friendships and power.

  • Stay A Little Longer

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Since Aman’s father died, nothing has been the same. Then she befriends a new neighbour, who is lonely too. This warm, optimistic book carries a vital message about the importance of confronting and resisting homophobia in all parts of society. 

  • Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

    Author: John Boyne
    Publisher: Doubleday

    This is a compelling story, beautifully observed, which covers difficult themes such as shellshock and loss in a sensitive and understanding way.

  • Stealing Snow

    Author: Danielle Page
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Stealing Snow is a grown-up fairy-tale, filled with witches, thieves, magic and beauty: all swirling around the frozen world of Algid. Snow is an anti-heroine, only concerned with her own goals; determined not to be dragged into a fight she can't win.

  • Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

    Author: Editor: Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A hugely varied anthology of thrilling and inventive short stories

  • Stefano the Squid: Hero of the Deep

    Author: Wendy Meddour Illustrator: Duncan Beedie
    Publisher: Little Tiger

    Stefano the common squid feels dull and ordinary compared to the other amazing sea creatures. But when a diver is in trouble, Stefano faces his fears and races to the rescue. A charming underwater adventure about courage and self-belief. 

  • Stella

    Author: Helen Eve
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Stella is the Queen Bee of Temperley, whilst quiet new girl Caitlin feels out of place at an English boarding school.

  • Step by Wicked Step

    Author: Anne Fine
    Publisher: Penguin

    Anne Fine does not shy away from the fact that separation and divorce are painful, but she does have an uplifting message about the power of honesty and compromise.

  • Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How To Live Your Best Life

    Author: Jamia Wilson Illustrator: Andrea Pippins
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

    In this wonderful and timely book, aimed at older primary or younger secondary school children, author Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins give a series of practical tips and explanations about ways that we can live our best lives.

  • Stephen Biesty’s Trains

    Author: Ian Graham Illustrator: Stephen Biesty
    Publisher: Templar

    This generously proportioned lift-the-flap book takes a journey through rail history: it's packed with fascinating nuggets of information and technical details, with clear yet beautiful drawings.

  • Sterling and the Canary

    Author: Andy Stanton
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Sterling Thaxton is handsome, popular and good at sport...

  • Steven Seagull Action Hero

    Author: Elys Dolan
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    The wry, snappy comic book-style text and layout humorously evokes the hard-boiled cop genre, in this story about Steven the seagull, pulled out of retirement for one final police case.

  • Stick & Fetch Investigate: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

    Author: Philip Ardagh Illustrator: Elissa Elwick
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A fun, illustrated first chapters book, featuring a little girl and her dog who imagine themselves to be a brilliant crime-solving duo. A funny, engaging story, and a celebration of the power of imagination.

  • Stick Man

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Scholastic

    The award-winning creators of The Gruffalo now present us with a modern variation on a long-established folk tale theme, which details the perilous adventures of a stick.

  • Sticky Ends

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

    Jeanne Willis brings you 19 delightfully disgusting cautionary tales, from mishaps on the toilet to adventures with bubble gum in this collection. Hear the fate of a variety of feckless children, from The Tale of Icy Clare who ran off in her underwear to Filthy Frankie who refused to use a hanky.

    Like a modern day Struwwelpeter with a mix of Revolting Rhymes…

  • Stig of the Dump

    Author: Clive King
    Publisher: Puffin

    Exploring an old chalk pit, Barney meets a strange boy who wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts.

  • Still Stuck

    Author: Shinsuke Yoshitake
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

    A boy wants to get ready for his bath on his own, but his top gets stuck over his head. What if he is stuck forever? This charming, funny picture book shows the boy realising that everything is OK – and thinking of all the advantages of this new point of view.

  • Still Water

    Author: Chris Priestley
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    World War II is on the horizon and Rosie’s been evacuated to the countryside to be safe from the threat of bombs. However, the village where she’s staying isn’t as idyllic as it at first appears and Mary, the girl she’s staying with, is a terrible bully and determined to be as nasty as possible.

  • Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers

    Author: John Dougherty Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Stinkbomb’s tenner has gone missing and he can only conclude that is must be the badgers that have taken it.

  • Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Evilness of Pizza

    Author: John Dougherty
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Unashamedly silly, this badger-themed series of zanily illustrated adventures for Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face delights in playing with conventions of language, genre, humour, and how stories work. Clever and fun!

  • Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Great Kerfuffle Christmas Kidnap

    Author: John Dougherty Illustrator: David Tazzyman
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    A group of dastardly badgers escape from prison and kidnap Father Christmas - so Stinkbomb and his little sister Ketchup-Face embark on a madcap adventure to save Christmas. Colourful characters and an uproarious plot.

  • Stinking Rich and Just Plain Stinky

    Author: Philip Ardagh
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    You won't find Grubtown on any maps. The last time any map-makers were sent anywhere near the place they were found a week later wearing nothing but pages from a telephone directory, and calling for their mothers.

  • Stitch Head: The Spider's Lair

    Author: Guy Bass
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing

    Guy Bass has spun a fun and creepy tale in the fourth adventure of the much loved character 'Stitch Head'. A great read that must be read!

  • Stolen

    Author: Lucy Christopher
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Sixteen-year-old Gemma has no idea what is happening to her when she is kidnapped from Bangkok Airport and finds herself trapped in the Australian outback. 

  • Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs!

    Author: Kaye Umansky Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Penguin

    Another brilliant rhyme book from Kaye Umansky and Nick Sharratt. This book focuses on dinosaurs, and all the stomps and chomps that come along with them! Full of fun, vibrant and bold illustrations

  • Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

    Author: Margaret Mayo Illustrator: Alex Aycliffe
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    A limited palette of extremely bright colours emphasises the images of dinosaurs and the qualities of their environments in this book.

  • Stone Age Boy

    Author: Satoshi Kitamura Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This beautifully illustrated book is packed with fascinating facts about the Stone Age, presented in an accessible and interesting way

  • Stone Girl Bone Girl

    Author: Laurence Anholt Illustrator: Sheila Moxley
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    Mary Anning lives near the cliffs at Lyme Regis and from an early age her beloved father, Pepper, shows her how to look for fossils, or 'curiosities' in the rocks.

  • Stone Heart

    Author: Charlie Fletcher
    Publisher: Hachette

    George finds himself alone and in mortal danger in unLondon, where all the statues in the city come to life and a terrible struggle ensues between the spits and taints – statues with opposing natures.

  • Stone Soup

    Author: Jess Stockham
    Publisher: Child's Play

    This beautiful picture book retells the traditional story, complete with ‘flip-up’ flaps which encourage prediction, involvement and discussion.

  • Stonebird

    Author: Mike Revell
    Publisher: Quercus

    An accessible and engaging story about the sadness and joy of family life and the power of memory, magic and storytelling.

  • Stop in the Name of Pants!

    Author: Louise Rennison
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    ‘Luuuurve God’ Masimo has gone back to Italy for the summer and she finds herself drawn to her old friend Dave the Laugh, who seems to be drawn to her too…

  • Stop Picking on Me: A First Look at Bullying

    Author: Pat Thomas Illustrator: Lesley Harker
    Publisher: Hodder Wayland

    A sensitive look at bullying for younger children - the reader is encouraged to think about and understand bullying and advice on ways in which to deal with the problem.

  • Stop the Train

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    This novel is set in 1890s Oklahoma. Cissy's family buys a plot of land in Florence, hoping to build a new life there.

  • Stop Those Monsters!

    Author: Steve Cole Illustrator: Jim Field
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster

    A hugely entertaining, fast-paced romp through Monsterland, with hilarious, lively illustrations which bring the monsters to life.

  • Stories

    Author: Various Editors: Neil Gaiman & Al Sarrantonio
    Publisher: Headline Review

    This is a short story collection not short on ideas. It’s one huge book of great, exciting stories which will become a uniting force for readers of all forms of imaginative fiction.

  • Stories for a Fragile Planet

    Author: Kenneth Steven Illustrator: Jane Ray
    Publisher: Lion Hudson

    Ten traditional and traditional-style tales retold for younger readers, reflecting experiences from around the world, encompassing different cultures, times and ethical beliefs.

  • Stories for South Asian Super Girls: A Treasure Trove of 50 Illustrated Biographies of Amazing South Asian Women

    Author: Raj Kaur Khaira Illustrator: Anu Chouhan Deepikah R Bhardwaj Kokila Bhattacharya Meenal Patel Nazrina Rodjan Poonam Saini Raj Kaur Sandeep Johal Suman Kaur and Vinny Soor
    Publisher: Kashi House

    This beautifully illustrated collection of 50 biographies showcases a huge range of historical and modern-day South Asian women's stories and achievements. 

  • Stories of WW1

    Author: Various Editor: Tony Bradman
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Poignantly bringing the First World War alive for teenagers, this anthology reminds us that many of those in the trenches were themselves no older.

  • Storm Hound

    Author: Claire Fayers
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    Fast-paced and funny, this otherworldly adventure is a heartwarming tale of friendship and loyalty. With entertaining characters and a clever plot, it explores big issues with humour, sensitivity and a touch of magic.

  • Storm Whale

    Author: Sarah Brennan Illustrator: Jane Tanner
    Publisher: Old Barn Books

    Three sisters walk to the beach on a windy day to find a huge whale beached on the shore. The girls try everything to help the poor whale, throwing endless buckets of water over its giant body to keep it alive. An encroaching storm sends the girls home where they spend a restless night worrying about the whale. The storm washes up all sorts of litter onto th…

  • Storm Witch

    Author: Ellen Renner
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    When Storm’s island home is attacked by the marginalised Drowned Ones, magic seems to be the only hope for survival. But can she rise to the challenge? A magical, coming-of-age fantasy with a tense and engaging narrative. 

  • Stormbreaker

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his life turned upside down on discovering that his late uncle wasn't a mild-mannered banker, but instead a field agent for MI6.

  • Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel

    Author: Anthony Horowitz
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The graphic novel adaptation of this well-written and action-packed story of a teenage spy works really well

  • Storm-Wake

    Author: Lucy Christopher
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Moss has always believed that the island she lives on is all that is left, after the great floods have swallowed the world. But a new arrival forces her to question all that she has ever known and loved. Lyrical and dreamlike, this is a unique and beautiful novel. 

  • Stormwalker

    Author: Mike Revell
    Publisher: Hachette Children's Group

    A year on from the death of Owen's mum, and his dad is still struggling to cope. But when his dad writes stories, his eyes light up and everything seems better. A gripping read from start to finish, which sensitively deals with grief and loss.

  • Stormy Weather

    Author: Debi Gliori Illustrator: Debi Gliori
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    All over the world baby animals are preparing to go to sleep. Foxes, seals, rabbits, owls and even snails have shared a bedtime story and said goodnight.

  • Story Time with Ted

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Another addition to the fab board book series for tiny tots, starring Ted. This time, Ted is getting geared up for story time. This is a perfect reminder of just how exciting story time can be.

  • StoryWorld: Christmas Tales

    Author: John Matthews Illustrator: Caitlin Matthews
    Publisher: Templar

    StoryWorld consists of a pack of beautifully illustrated story cards with lots of detail that children can combine to make any number of new stories and connections.

  • Strange and Ever After

    Author: Susan Dennard
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Set in 19th Century Egypy, the conclusion to The Something Strange Trilogy sees Cassandra Clare in hot pursuit of the evil necromancer Marcus who has taken her friend Jie hostage.

  • Strange But True: 10 of the World’s Greatest Mysteries Explained

    Author: Kathryn Hulick Illustrator: Gordy Wright
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln

    There are many strange mysteries with the reputation of being unexplained. But could a scientific explanation help us understand the seemingly odd? It’s nice to find a book that respects children’s love of the strange and spooky but also looks at other angles.

  • Stravaganza: City of Flowers

    Author: Mary Hoffman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Sky is a Stravagante who travels to Giglia, the City of Flowers, which resembles sixteenth century Florence.

  • Stravaganza: City of Masks

    Author: Mary Hoffman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Written in an inventive and engaging style, Stravaganza is an an extraordinarily exciting time-slip novel set in both sixteenth-century and contemporary Venice.

  • Stravaganza: City of Secrets

    Author: Mary Hoffman
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Matt Wood doesn't know the ancient leather-bound book he's bought is a talisman that will allow him to stravagate - to travel in time between this world and sixteenth century Italy.

  • Street Heroes: Runaways

    Author: Joe Layburn
    Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books

    In this second part of the Street Heroes series, Layburn challenges his readers to examine serious issue of ethics and political morality.

  • Stretch Your Confidence

    Author: Beth Cox and Natalie Costa Illustrator: Vicky Barker
    Publisher: B Small Publishing

    With a lightness of touch, this book encourages children to record their feelings, as they consider how they interact with others. A perfect way to help any child develop confidence and support good mental health through fun activities.

  • Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf

    Author: Sonya Hartnett
    Publisher: Walker Books

    When Satchel tells Chelsea about a creature he’s seen on the mountain, she becomes convinced it is the last-ever Tasmanian wolf and that finding it will save them both.

  • Stubby: A True Story of Friendship

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Published to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War, this beautiful book tells the story of Stubby, the most decorated war dog of the First World War. The storytelling is sublime and the illustrations are profoundly beautiful.  

  • Stuck

    Author: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    It started with Floyd's kite - but now there's all kinds of things stuck in the tree: a cat, a bucket of paint, the kitchen sink, and even a curious whale who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time...

  • Stuff You Should Know About The Human Body

    Author: John Farndon Illustrator: Tim Hutchinson
    Publisher: QED (Quarto)

    What do you need to make a body? How do you breathe, get strong, speak and move? What does your liver do, and where does your food go? Each one of 32 questions are answered in a lively double-page spread, entertainingly illustrated with bright cartoon-like imagery that is nonetheless very detailed: cell activity is depicted as a factory, and the fold-out sec…

  • Stung

    Author: Bethany Wiggins
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Can Fiona survive in a place where she is considered someone to be feared, hunted and killed?

  • Stunt Double

    Author: Tamsin Cooke
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    Free-running champ Finn is recruited to work on a new blockbuster movie as the stunt double for superstar Blake Saunders. A cleverly written, fast-paced read with each chapter leaving you on the edge of your seat.

  • Stupid Baby

    Author: Stephanie Blake
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    There is a new baby in Simon’s family, and Simon is not pleased. He wants to know when the stupid baby is going back to the hospital.

  • Submarine

    Author: Joe Dunthorne
    Publisher: Penguin

    Meet Oliver Tate, 15. Convinced that his father is depressed ('Depression comes in bouts. Like boxing. Dad is in the blue corner') and his mother is having an affair with her capoeira teacher.

  • Such Wicked Intent

    Author: Kenneth Oppel
    Publisher: David Ficklling Books

    In this sequel to His Dark Endeavour, Victor discovers a means of travelling through a time portal to find his dead brother, Konrad.

  • Suee and the Shadow

    Author: Ginger Ly Illustrator: Molly Park
    Publisher: Amulet

    When her dad gets demoted at work, Suee has to transfer school from the cosmopolitan Bustle Elementary to lame Outskirtsville, which is darker, duller and in all ways unwelcoming – not least the other kids, who make fun of Suee’s black clothes and strange sense of humour.

  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill
    Publisher: PanMacmillan

    Shortlisted for the 2005 Booktrust Teenage Prize, this is a controversial and daring look at the gritty reality of teenage experience.

  • Sugarlump and the Unicorn

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Lydia Monks
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have teamed up to create another delightful picture book, complete with sparkly glitter on each page.

  • Suite Scarlett

    Author: Maureen Johnson
    Publisher: Hot Key Books

    Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Martin lives in a famous art deco hotel in the heart of New York City. But her life isn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds.

  • Sulwe

    Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
    Publisher: Puffin

    Sulwe is anxious: why is her skin so dark, and why is she bullied? But a visit from a star reassures her that she is beautiful exactly as she is. This gorgeous book demonstrates the gloriously diverse spectrum of colour within "blackness".

  • Summer Bird Blue

    Author: Akemi Dawn Bowman
    Publisher: Ink Road

    Rumi struggles with loss and anger and ultimately finds her way back to the thing that gives her relief: music. A stunning and visceral depiction of survival after devastating grief and the potential of music to heal. 

  • Summer of Unrest: Generation Vexed

    Author: Nikesh Shukla and Kieran Yates
    Publisher: The Bodley Head

    An antidote to the broadsheet commentariat, this street-level view of the defining moment of the Summer of Unrest finds much to inspire hope and confidence for our future.

  • Summer's Dream

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Thirteen year-old Summer has always been passionate about dancing, but when the chance to audition for a place at a prestigious ballet school comes her way, she feels sure her dreams are about to come true.

  • Summer's Shadow

    Author: Anna Wilson
    Publisher: Macmillan

    The sumptuous setting makes for a perfect summer read - the gentle introduction of a romance will keep young teen readers engaged and the spooky set-up is atmospheric with some chilling moments.

  • Summertime of the Dead

    Publisher: Quercus

    When twins Hiroshi and Miko take their own lives after having being blackmailed by the Japanese mafia, Yukio sets out to avenge their deaths.

  • Summoner: The Outcast

    Author: Taran Matharu
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    This prequel to the Summoner series is an excellent introduction to the world of Hominum for new readers, and a welcome “what happened before?” for fans. A page-turning battle fantasy with a sensitive consideration of class and corruption.

  • Sun

    Author: Carol Thompson
    Publisher: Child’s Play International

    It’s the perfect day to slap on the sunscreen and sunhats and explore the great outdoors. Sumptuous illustrations celebrate children's responses to the weather, in this series of board books.

  • Sun Catcher

    Author: Sheila Rance
    Publisher: Orion Children's Books

    On her thirteenth birthday, Maia discovers she is the Sun Catcher - and must face up to her strange power

  • Sundae Girl

    Author: Cathy Cassidy
    Publisher: Penguin

    All teenagers are embarrassed by their parents but Jude feels she has more reason than most to cringe when hers are around her in public.

  • Sunita's Secret

    Author: Narinder Dhami
    Publisher: Random House

    Sunita's perfect world collapses when her father is accused of stealing money from his clients, and he disappears.

  • Sunk!

    Author: Rob Biddulph
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Penguin Blue is back and in search of treasure in this absolutely gorgeous book about pirates (and friendship) from award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph.

  • Sunny and the Mysteries of Osisi

    Author: Nnedi Okorafor
    Publisher: Cassava Republic

    The second book of a fantasy adventure series set in contemporary Nigeria. Can Sunny and her friends use juju and natural abilities to save the Niger delta from destruction?Great for those looking for some magical escapism.

  • Super Animal Adventure Squad

    Author: James Turner
    Publisher: Random House

    Cutlasses, cookery and comedy capers abound in these two brilliantly funny stories.

  • Super Awkward

    Author: Beth Garrod
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Bella's life is a bit like a rollercoaster ride - with highs and lows, comedy and trauma. But they say life is what you make it so can Bella get something positive out of all the things that make her super awkward?

  • Super Cats

    Author: Gwyneth Rees Illustrator: Becka Moor
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

    Tabby kitten, Tagg, is astounded to learn that he is a Super Cat, just like his parents. He must use his newfound superpowers to help rescue several missing cats. An amusing, action-packed adventure.

  • Super Duck

    Author: Jez Alborough
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Bright illustrations and rhyming text in a fun adventure with kites!

  • Super Frozen Magic Forest

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford

    The third in the excellent, giggle-inducing Super Happy Magic Forest series has a distinctly Lord of the Rings homage which will amuse parents no end, and the semi-comic format is original yet accessible for young ones.

  • Super Happy Magic Forest

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford

    This anarchic and amusing picture book deserves much praise for taking commonplace story elements - pixies, goblins, unicorns and magical locations - and giving them an original twist. It's a hilarious read, with rich and vibrant illustrations. 

  • Super Happy Magic Forest: Slug of Doom

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford

    Zorgoth the evil slug is accidentally freed by a unicorn, but fortunately, our heroes are hot on his trail. The second book in the psychedelic, cartoonish Super Happy Magic Forest world is as joyously original as the first.

  • Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power

    Author: Eunice and Sabrina Moyle
    Publisher: Abrams and Chronicle

    Here’s a super fun board book that will add lots of laughter to the tricky topic of learning to use the potty. The bright and bold illustrations are modern and cool – no one will be embarrassed reading this book!

  • Super Rabbit

    Author: Stephanie Blake
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Super Rabbit – complete with cape and mask – isn't little. He fights supervillains! But when he gets a splinter (otherwise known as a Super Sword) stuck in his finger, he needs his mum to help him out. Bright and funny and perfect for little heroes. 

  • Super Sloth

    Author: Robert Starling
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    This amusing tale about Sloth’s journey of self-discovery is accompanied by warm, colourful illustrations. The underlying message is that it is better to play to your strengths than try to be something you are not.

  • Super Sons: The PolarShield Project 1

    Author: Ridley Pearson Illustrator: Ile Gonzalez
    Publisher: DC Comics, Inc (Imprint: DC Zoom)

    Most likely to appeal to comic book collectors and existing fans of the DC universe, this is the first in a new series of comic books with an environmental theme, starring the sons of Batman and Superman.

  • Superbat

    Author: Matt Carr
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Pat the bat is bored. Everyone else is asleep, but Pat doesn’t want to be like everyone else, he wants to stand out. He dreams of being as special as the superheroes in his favourite comics. He dreams of being… Superbat!

  • Superdad’s Day Off

    Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Steve May
    Publisher: Little Gems

    Stanley is an ordinary boy from an ordinary family, with one notable exception: his father is a superhero. With lively, colourful illustrations, short chapters and clear, well-spaced text, this very funny tale is ideal for reluctant readers.

  • Superfrog!

    Author: Michael Foreman
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Superfrog is a brave frog who steps in to confront an evil underwater gang of frogspawn thieves, before leading them out of the depths of the pond, and encountering a princess - with unexpected results.

  • Superkid

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Scholastic

    When his X-ray eyes spot someone in trouble, Superkid is always ready to save the other children from all kinds of horrors - from playground bullies to grandma's broccoli

  • Superkitty

    Author: Hannah Whitty Illustrator: Paula Bowles
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    Based at the Sensational Superhero Agency, Kitty sets out to save the day and prove that small is MIGHTY when she pursues a criminal. A fun story that combines cute animals with a lively crime caper, and has a sweet message about believing in your abilities.

  • Supersaurs 1: Raptors of Paradise

    Author: Jay Jay Burridge Illustrator: Jay Jay Burridge & Chris West
    Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

    Intriguingly set in a world where dinosaurs co-exist with humans, this is the first in a six-book series of classic adventure stories with a twist. 

  • Supertato

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    It’s night-time in the supermarket and all is quiet and still. But wait. Something has escaped from the freezer, something with evil plans. This little escapee (or escapea?) wants to cause chaos. Can Supertato save the day? A hilarious and anarchic story with truly brilliant characters – one that you'll be asked to read again and again.

  • Supertato: Veggies in the Valley of Doom

    Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    The latest book in the Supertato series brings another fast-paced and colourful story, full of exciting twists and turns. But as well as being an adventure story full of fun and laughter, it’s also a sweet tale about friends who always look out for each other. 

  • Superworm

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    Superworm is a hero with a difference. Super-long and super-strong, he's always on hand to help out the other creatures - until the evil Wizard Lizard captures him.

  • Superhero Mum

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Joe Berger
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    No one is more heroic for the little girl featured in this retro Pop Art-styled picture book than her playground-chasing, cake-making, teddy-finding, bubble-bearded Supermum.

  • Superhero Street

    Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Orion Children’s Books

    Superhero Street is a heartwarming and laugh-out-loud read that celebrates mums as the everyday superheroes they are. Sara Ogilvie's illustrations add an even more warm, hilarious background to Earle's realistic family.

  • Surprising Sharks

    Author: Nicola Davies Illustrator: James Croft
    Publisher: Walker Books

    An engaging introduction to the world of sharks, which seeks to dispel the myths about them, while adding fascinating detail.

  • Survivor

    Author: Tom Hoyle
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    A group of strangers are on an outback survival course in Australia - but will they survive the murderous intents of someone in the group? This dark, disturbing, fast paced-story will keep readers on their toes.

  • Survivors

    Author: David Long Illustrator: Kerry Hyndman
    Publisher: Faber and Faber

    An anthology to inspire and help children understand how far self-belief and guts took adventurers from the past - and to wonder how far these qualities could take them too. Includes stunning illustrations.

  • Survivors of the Holocaust

    Author: Kath Shackleton Illustrator: Zane Whittingham and Ryan Jones
    Publisher: Franklin Watts

    Six people tell their stories of living through the Holocaust as children in this compelling and deeply thought-provoking graphic novel-style book.

  • Susan Laughs

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Andersen

    Susan can do so many things - she can laugh, sing, fly, dance, swim and much more. The final page of this wonderful book reveals that Susan is in a wheelchair, showing that 'disabled' doesn't mean 'disadvantaged'.

  • Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star

    Author: Petr Horacek
    Publisher: Walker Books

    As Suzy and her friends prepare the tree on Christmas Eve, Suzy notices something missing and sets off in search of a Christmas Star to complete the decorations.

  • Suzy Orbit, Astronaut

    Author: Ruth Quayle Illustrator: Jez Tuya
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Suzy Orbit, an engineer, lives on the moon and come sup with lots of ingenious solutions to life there. This STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) focused picture book explores concepts of remaking, reusing and making do.

  • Swallows and Amazons

    Author: Arthur Ransome
    Publisher: Red Fox

    It's the summer holidays, and the Walker children are excited to set sail on their boat Swallow and camp on Wild Cat Island.

  • Swapsies

    Author: Fiona Roberton
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    This clever and minimal little story about three friends, their favourite toys and what happens when you share is very good indeed. The humour and the simple but sparky language is perfectly pitched at little ones.

  • Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate

    Author: Elli Woollard Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Macmillan

    A rhyming 'chapters' story about a little girl with a big imagination, this is ideal for those transitioning from supervised to independent reading.

  • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster

    Author: Jonathan Auxier
    Publisher: Amulet Books

    When Nan, a chimney sweep, survives a fire, she realises that the small piece of coal in her pocket is alive and has saved her life. Providing a fascinating insight into 19th-century Britain, this moving page-turner is also an uplifting tale, enhanced with magic.

  • Sweet Damage

    Author: Rebecca James
    Publisher: Faber

    Having been kicked out by his girlfriend, Tom becomes a lodger in the mysterious Anna's enormous house.

  • Sweet Dreams Peter

    Author: Beatrix Potter
    Publisher: Puffin

    The perfect introduction to the world of Peter Rabbit, as Beatrix Potter's beloved bunny settles down for a lullaby at the end of a busy day.

  • Sweet Dreams, Maisy

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker

    A favourite with so many babies, Maisy the mouse and her friends admire the beautiful sunset before Maisy goes home to settle down for bed. She reads Panda a story and then snuggles up in bed with her bear. Sweet dreams, Maisy!

  • Sweet Music in Harlem

    Author: Debbie A Taylor Illustrator: Frank Morrison
    Publisher: Lee & Low

    Inspired by a 1958 photograph of American jazz greats, both text and illustrations in this unusual historical picture book capture the style and verve of Harlem's heyday.

  • Sweet Pizza

    Author: G R Gemin
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    In a small Welsh town, a young man gets to reconnect to his Italian roots and explore his entrepreneurial streak, as he exchanges the joys of fried chicken and chips for fresh espresso and pasta puttanesca.

  • Sweet Venom

    Author: Tera Lynn Childs
    Publisher: Templar

    Gretchen has been fighting monsters for years. As a descendant of Medusa, she is duty-bound to keep humans safe but, until now, thought she was on a solo mission.

  • Sweeties 1: Cherry/Skye

    Author: Veronique Grisseaux Illustrator: Anna Merli Translator: Joe Johnson
    Publisher: Charmz (imprint of Papercutz)

    When her dad moves in with his girlfriend, Cherry finds herself part of a whole new family. This comic-book adaptation of stories by Cathy Cassidy features some difficult family dynamics and a strikingly attractive ghost.

  • Swim the Fly

    Author: Don Calame
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    Matt, Coop and Sean have been friends forever.  Each summer, they set themselves a goal, and this year tops the lot - they must see a real live naked girl. 

  • Swimming to the Moon

    Author: Jane Elson
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    The unfortunately named Beatrix Daffodil Tulip Chrysanthemum Rose is dealing with parent and friend issues in this real-world drama that stays light on its toes. Just enough quirk for young readers who may feel like outsiders.

  • Swiss Family Robinson

    Author: Johann David Wyss
    Publisher: Penguin

    William, a Swiss pastor, and his wife Elizabeth are sailing to Australia with their four sons – Fritz, Ernest, Jack and Francis – when their ship is caught in a storm and they become shipwrecked on a deserted island.

  • Sylvia and Bird

    Author: Catherine Rayner
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    A story that gently explores themes of expectation, loneliness, friendship and valuing others.