Great books to share for Children’s Book Week


Run by Booktrust, Children’s Book Week takes place next week so we thought what a better time to try and encourage a love of reading in any child you know. There’s nothing better than a bedtime story (even the Minions get excited about one in their new film…) so we thought we’d take a look at some of the Book People’s best books to share with children aged 5 and under.

Best books to share with young children


A great way to introduce any young child to the endless fun and joy of ‘Peepo’!, this book from the dream team of Janet and Allan Ahlberg is packed with sing-song verses and delightfully nostalgic artwork.

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram’s tale of the love between Little and Big Nutbrown Hare is a global bestseller, and it doesn’t take long to see why. An unashamedly charming tale of the love between parent and child, it’s a perfect bedtime story.

Where the Wild Things Are

A badly behaved boy doesn’t want to go to sleep and finds himself transported to a magical world full of mystical creatures, adventure and so much more…


The Gruffalo

You just can’t beat Axel Scheffler’s bold and bright artwork or Julia Donaldson’s delightfully rhyming and flowing text – and what a team the duo make together. One of the most popular children’s characters of recent years, the Gruffalo is a must for any family’s reading time.


Shirley Hughes has an incredible knack for writing heart-warming stories that evoke so many emotions with their nostalgic appeal. A young boy loses his favourite pet toy Dogger – will he ever find him again? Perfect to read to children who have a favourite toy they never let go…

The Day the Crayons Quit

This award-winning book not only has a story and illustrations that are instantly appealing to children but a Pixar-style sense of humour that will have adults chuckling along as a number of crayons decide they’ve just had enough…


Alice in Wonderland 150th anniversary – Collector’s Edition

As we’ve discussed on the Book People blog a few times this year, we couldn’t be more excited about the fact that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is turning 150 years old this year. 4 July marks the date widely thought to be the day that Lewis Carroll unveiled his classic children’s story and brought the likes of the Rabbit Hole, a time-keeping rabbit and a grinning/slightly invisible Cheshire cat into popular culture…

2015 will see plenty of celebrations to mark this momentous occasion – not least with Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s musical adaptation appearing at the Manchester Festival and then moving to the National Theatre. As exciting as this new take on the story will be, we still feel the classic book – and its equally enigmatic and compelling sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass – just can’t be beaten, which is why we’re delighted to offer you a brilliant slipcased set of the two books for just £9.99.

With its saving of £30 off the RRP, these big books feature all the original text and Sir John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations which helped bring the unbelievable adventures of a young girl named Alice to life. The books also contain a foreword from Philip Pullman that shows the influence they still have on today’s biggest contemporary authors. Sure to make a great gift for any age, these books will become cherished mainstays of any bookshelf…

Quite simply, it’s a ‘Wonder’-ful set you’d be mad to miss out on…

The Book People Book Club Choice for July – Adele Parks’ If You Go Away

We’re excited to be launching our brand new book club today and are sure you can’t wait to get started on the book we’ve decided to kick it all off with – If You Go Away by Adele Parks. A popular author with Book People customers, we’re even giving you the chance to save 10% on our hardback edition of the novel (normally just £4.99) with the code ADELE10*.

If I stay promo

A tender tale set during World War I, the book follows the life of Vivian, a young debutante who has been hurried into a scandal-covering marriage. However, when her new husband enlists for battle on her wedding day she is left to manage the running of his entire estate. Meanwhile, playwright Howard is observing the horrors of war from the frontline – but is not fighting. When conscription becomes law in 1916, he refuses to join the ranks…

Seen as a threat to the government, the handsome Howard avoids a severe sentence as he agrees to work on Vivian’s farm for the remainder of the war – and when the two lay eyes on each other, a bond is a quickly formed… Romantic fiction at its finest, with the historical edge adding an extra layer, we feel this is one of Adele Parks’ best novels and hope you’ll join the discussion about it as we discuss it in our new and free online Book Club over on our Facebook page…

Watch the video above to find out more about Adele ParksIf You Go Away – a fine first choice for the Book People Book Club.

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Best holiday reads 2015: our top 10 summer reads


Summer holiday season has finally arrived and what better way to spend your well-deserved downtime than kicking back with one of this year’s best holiday reads! Our pick of the 10 best summer reads has all your holiday books covered. From the gripping Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – recently adapted into a major motion picture – to the romantic Nora Roberts collection, including titles like Under Summer Skies and Love by Design, our list of top summer reads of the moment has something for every reader, whether you plan to read on a tropical beach or at home in the garden.

Summer Reads 2015

NEW! Book Club: the Book People’s free online book club

At, we love books and we want to share our love of reading with everyone. So, on 30 June we will be launching our free online book club, the Book People Book Club.

As with any book club, our online book club is a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts; discuss favourite, acclaimed and new literature; and enjoy huge savings on the chosen book of the month – with exclusive offers and discounts available on each month’s Book Club title.

Unlike some book clubs online, membership to the Book People Book Club will be absolutely free, you won’t need to pay a penny. The only thing you will need is a copy of the book and the time to read and discuss it with your fellow book-lovers at our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Join in the conversation with us and you can also have your say on which you think should be chosen as the next book in our free book club. We can revisit childhood classics, dive into some contemporary fiction, solve some crime thrillers, be introduced to debut authors – and it’s so much fun to enjoy the books together, discussing their themes, picking out favourite quotes and more…

Book Club launches on 30 June, so stay tuned for updates on our first title. We look forward to announcing our very first Book Club title.

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