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Our must-read children's books include classic stories and contemporary fiction of the highest calibre. We also have essential non-fiction in our must-read books for kids, including great coming-of-age books. Whether you're looking for books with strong female characters or super school stories, you're sure to find a new bookshelf favourite in our selection of popular children's books.

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Must Read Children's Books

  • David Walliams Mega-tastic CD Story Collection - 32 CDs

    David Walliams

    Product Code: DWMG
    Audio 9 years +
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    David Walliams' Dahl-esque books are hugely popular with children and many of them have been adapted into hit BBC shows. Here are nine of his books in audiobook format, so the whole family can listen and laugh to them - wherever you go!

    Coming in a handy tin, the collection includes The Boy in the Dress, Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy, Gangsta Granny, Ratburger, Demon Dentist, Awful Auntie, Grandpa's Great Escape and The Midnight Gang. All the stories are read by David himself and he's joined by special guests including Nitin Ganatra, Michael Gambon and his old Little Britain partner Matt Lucas.

    A bumper-tastic story collection full of heart and humour, these are stories you'll want to listen to over and over again.

    Running time: 36 hours
    Tin size: 145 x 145mm
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  • The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters

    Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Product Code: AFKWR
    Hardback 3 years +
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    The Jolly Postman delivers cards and letters to various fairy-tale characters. He has a letter of apology for the three bears from Goldilocks, a postcard from Jack for the giant, a solicitor's letter on behalf of Little Red Riding-Hood for the wolf who ate grandma, and so on. There are six envelopes in the book, each containing letters, cards, etc.
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  • The Chronicles of Narnia

    CS Lewis

    Product Code: ADDPD
    Paperback 7 years +
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    The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory for adults and children alike. All seven Chronicles are bound together in this new paperback edition (rebranded with HarperCollins logo). The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.
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  • The Lost Words

    Robert Macfarlane

    Product Code: BKJDJ
    Hardback 5 years +
    From bestselling Landmarks author Robert Macfarlane -- a gorgeous, illustrated collection of spell-poems to re-wild the language of childrenAll over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives -- words from the natural world, from the countryside and the landscape. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn should be familiar to every child: they are the simple, beautiful symbols of nature as seen by a child. They represent a space of discovery and imagination, of play and freedom. Yet this rich landscape is rapidly fading from children's minds.The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our plant- and animal-filled countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustration by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

    Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2019.

    Joint winner of the British Book Award Children's Book of the Year 2018.
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  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

    Elena Favilli

    Product Code: AXDIA
    Hardback 7 years +
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    What if a princess didn't marry went on to become an astronaut? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?

    Illustrated by 60 female artists from every corner of the globe, this essential book introduces children to 100 remarkable women including Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.

    A truly empowering, moving and inspirational read.

    This title was shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
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  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

    Philip Pullman

    Product Code: BVTRQ
    Hardback 12 years +
    It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey. It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence. Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . . The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right. Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.
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  • Usborne Illustrated Classics

    Product Code: AKWZX
    Hardback 7 years +
    A collection of six timeless, classic stories: The Story of Heidi, Little Women, The Railway Children, Black Beauty, The Secret Garden and The Wizard of Oz.
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  • The Colours of History

    Clive Gifford

    Product Code: BQDRD
    Paperback 9 years +
    Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which colour is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this vibrant exploration of the stories behind different colours, and the roles they've played throughout history. From black to white, and all the colours in between, every shade has a story to tell. Each colour group is introduced with a stunning and interpretive double-page spread illustration, followed by illustrated entries exploring the `colourful' history of particular shades. With vivid, thought-provoking illustrations and engaging bite-sized text, this book is a feast for the eyes and the mind, ready to enthral budding artists and historians alike.

    Winner of the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Book Award 2018
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  • You're Safe With Me

    Chitra Soundar

    Product Code: BQESN
    Hardback 3 years +
    Deep in the Indian forest, it is bedtime, but the baby monkey, loris, pangolin and tiger cub can?t sleep as the skies turn stormy, Mama Elephant?s words of wisdom bring comfort through the strange sounds and night visions of the dark, ?You?re safe with me...?

    This title has been shortlisted for 2019's CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
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  • Suffragette

    David Roberts

    Product Code: BPKWG
    Hardback 12 years +
    An exquisitely illustrated history of the women's suffrage movement, created by the New York Times bestselling David Roberts and introduced by BBC presenter Lauren Laverne. The year 2018 marks a century since the first women won the vote in the United Kingdom, and Suffragette tells the story of their fight. This is a tale of astounding bravery, ingenuity and strength. David's writing is accessible and his artwork full of rich detail, bringing to life the many vivid characters of the women's suffrage movement - from the militant activist and wheelchair user Rosa May Billinghurst to the world-famous Emmeline Pankhurst, Millicent Fawcett and Emily Wilding Davison. Covering the whole range of female and male suffragist experiences - from aristocrats to the middle and working class as well as a look at the global struggle for universal suffrage, Suffragette: The Battle for Equality makes a fantastic introduction to a fascinating topic. David Roberts' exquisite artwork and clear, exceptionally well-researched text make this the perfect gift. This 128 page book is fully colour illustrated on every page, and has been completed with advice from June Purvis, Emeritus Professor of Women's and Gender History at the University of Portsmouth.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2019's CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
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  • The Book of Dust - Volume 1: La Belle Sauvage Audio

    Philip Pullman

    Product Code: BKWLQ
    Audio 12 years +
    Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua ...

    Winner of the British Book Award Audiobook of the Year 2018
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  • Beautiful Oops!

    Barney Saltzberg

    Product Code: ASXVR
    Other Toddlers
    We all make mistakes - grown-ups and children alike. But little kids sometimes have trouble dealing with their mistakes, whether it's a piece of artwork they've torn by accident, or juice they've spilled on their favorite drawing. In this book, every page begins with a 'mistake' that ultimately unravels, lifts out, or pulls up to become a surprising work of beauty. Kids see firsthand as they go through the book that any smudge, smear or stain can lead to something absolutely marvelous - with a little imagination. Inspiring and inventive, this interactive board book teaches a valuable lesson: 'When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!'
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  • The Giving Tree

    Shel Silverstein

    Product Code: AARFT
    Hardback 7 years +
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    Once there was a little tree ...and she loved a little boy. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
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  • Malala's Magic Pencil

    Malala Yousafzai

    Product Code: BKLCP
    Hardback 3 years +
    As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala's story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.
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  • The Babar Collection

    Jean de Brunhoff

    Product Code: AUVXH
    Paperback
    This charming collection of five French illustrated classics follows the adventures of the world's best-loved elephant, Babar, as he becomes king, builds a city, meets Father Christmas and has many other exciting adventures. One of the most iconic series of animal books in history, Babar has become a household name both as a character in children's books and on TV. Jean de Brunhoff's exquisite stories have charmed readers around the world for 80 years, and fans can now cherish a collection of his tales in this beautiful gift book. This edition includes the original introduction by A. A. Milne
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  • King of Scars

    Leigh Bardugo

    Product Code: BTWJC
    Hardback 12 years +
    The much-anticipated first book in a brand-new duology by New York Times bestselling author, Leigh Bardugo. Face your demons . . . or feed them. Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country's bloody civil war - and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka's coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren't meant to stay buried--and some wounds aren't meant to heal.
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  • Six of Crows: Collector's Edition

    Leigh Bardugo

    Product Code: BSBIB
    Hardback 12 years +
    A glorious Collector's Edition of New York Times bestselling, epic fantasy novel, SIX OF CROWS. Beautifully designed, with an exclusive letter from the author and six stunning full-colour character portraits. This covetable hardback with red sprayed edges is a perfect gift for fans, and a perfect way to discover the unforgettable writing of Leigh Bardugo. Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist: break into the Ice Court - a military stronghold that has never been breached - and retrieve a hostage whose knowledge could change Grisha magic forever. To succeed would mean riches beyond his wildest dreams - but he can't pull it off alone . . . A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Together they might just be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first. 'Fast, thrilling heist fantasy, boasting a brilliant new cast of characters.' METRO 'A full-throttle adventure . . . crackling dialogue and sumptuous description. Bardugo dives deep into this world.' - NEW YORK TIMES
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  • Moon

    Alison Oliver

    Product Code: BPOXI
    Hardback 3 years +
    Like many children, Moon leads a busy life. School, homework, music lessons, sports, and the next day it begins again. She wonders if things could be different. Then, one night, she meets a wolf. The wolf takes Moon deep into the dark, fantastical forest and there she learns to howl, how to hide, how to be still, and how to be wild. And in that, she learns what it's like to be free. This simply worded and stunningly illustrated story reveals the joy to be found in play, nature, and, most of all, embracing the wild in us all.
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  • Thornhill

    Pam Smy

    Product Code: BGTSC
    Hardback 14 years +
    As she unpacks in her new bedroom, Ella is irresistibly drawn to the big old house that she can see out of her window. Surrounded by overgrown gardens, barbed wire fences and 'keep out' signs, it looks derelict. But that night, a light goes on in one of the windows. And the next day she sees a girl in the grounds. Ella is hooked. The house has a story to tell. She is sure of it. Enter Thornhill, Institute for Children, and discover the dark secrets that lie within.But once inside, will you ever leave?

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018?s CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
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  • The Language of Thorns

    Leigh Bardugo

    Product Code: BJMGL
    Hardback 12 years +
    Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange - to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
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  • The Wizards of Once

    Cressida Cowell

    Product Code: BOMAA
    Hardback 9 years +
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    Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon, kicks off a magical new adventure with The Wizards of Once. This hardback book is set in an ancient, magical time when Wizards and Warriors hated each other like poison. Magic used to live in the dark forests, but then the Warriors came... Xar is a young wizard boy who has no magic and Wish is a Warrior girl who owns a banned magical object that she will do anything to conceal... As the duo head towards the dungeons at Warrior Fort, they quickly notice something that has been sleeping for hundreds of years is stirring... They're going to have to put their differences aside in order to survive. This is an exciting and timely page-turning fantasy that tackles serious subjects such as the divisiveness nature of society with a deft lightness of touch. It even features some of Cressida's own incredible illustrations.

    Winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2018
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  • Moonrise

    Sarah Crossan

    Product Code: BHAPJ
    Hardback 13 years +
    The astonishing new novel from Carnegie Medal, CliPPA Poetry Award, YA Book Prize and CBI Book of the Year Award winning author Sarah Crossan. They think I hurt someone. But I didn't. You hear? Cos people are gonna be telling you all kinds of lies. I need you to know the truth. Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think ...From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018?s YA Book Award.
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  • Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

    Chris Riddell

    Product Code: BHCLC
    Hardback
    There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and another spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in the fourth book in the Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate 2015-2017. Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can't wait, but it's quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there's a faun living in her wardrobe and Maltravers is up to his old tricks. Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest ...
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  • Release

    Patrick Ness

    Product Code: AZOXS
    Hardback 14 years +
    The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's CILIP Carnegie Medal and YA Book Award.
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