Children's Must-Read Lists

  • Winnie-the-Pooh in Colour Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781405284332 - AA Milne
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    One of the iconic characters from children's literature, A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926 and continues to remain a favourite with children and families today.

    This slipcased collection includes four of the friendly bear's classic stories and all of the high-quality books feature E.H. Shepard's original illustrations in full colour.

    As well as Pooh bear, the heart-warming stories feature other iconic characters including Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin. Each book is funny, imaginative and celebrates the joy of friendship.
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    A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams' spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time.

    Set in the beautiful English countryside of the Berkshire Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of very special rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a developer. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they leave the safety of Sandleford Warren in search of a safe haven and a mysterious promised land, skirting danger at every turn.
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    David Walliams provides another 10 horrendously hilarious stories about some rather horrible children in the latest book from his bestselling series.

    Illustrated by Tony Ross, the tales focus on children including the tantrum-laden Tandy and 10-year-old Hank, who loves playing pranks on his long-suffering family.
  • What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781509854097 - Julia Donaldson
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    Described as 'picture book perfection' by the Sunday Telegraph, these exciting stories all come from the bestselling duo of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

    Both What the Ladybird Heard books feature rhyming text and bold artwork; Sugarlump and the Unicorn is full of sparkle; and The Princess and the Wizard is an exciting tale of good versus evil.

    These books are great fun to share with Julia's flowing, rhyming text sure to delight little ears. Lydia's bright artwork is also beautifully appealing.
  • Time Hunters Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780007974641 - Chris Blake
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    After roaring through the Beast Quest books, adventure-loving children can take exciting trips through time with the 10 books in Chris Blake's Time Hunters collection.

    These pacy stories follow Tom and Aztec girl Zuma as they battle against some of history's greatest warriors including Isis the Egyptian mummy who's been imprisoned for years and outlaws, samurais and pirates!

    Packed with action and historical facts, these books find Tom and Zuma trying to track down hidden amulets and are oh-so addictive.

    Format: paperback
  • The Greatest Adventures in the World Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781408329405 - Tony Bradman & Tony Ross
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    This 10-book collection is packed with famous and action-packed tales. From Robinson Crusoe to Robin Hood, they're among the very best adventures of all time.

    Brilliantly rewritten by Tony Bradman to appeal to younger readers, each of these stories also features awesome artwork by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross.

    Dynamic retellings of Beowulf, Ali Baba and King Arthur are also included in this awe-inspiring introduction to adventure stories.

    Format: paperback
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    Life isn't easy for Margaret. She's moved away from her childhood home, she's starting a new school, finding new friends - and she's convinced she's not normal. For a start she hasn't got a clue whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she's a 'late developer'. She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It's too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead - and waits for an answer ...This edition of bestselling author Judy Blume's classic teen novel, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret features a fresh, contemporary cover look.
  • Hilary McKay's Casson Family Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781444947922 - Hilary McKay
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    Saffron Casson has just discovered she is adopted and this has changed everything. Although her parents and siblings adore her, she's determined to discover all about her past...

    With six books covering themes including friendship, gentle romance and loneliness, these books will appeal to children who enjoy Jacqueline Wilson and Anne Fine.

    Written by Hilary McKay, these Whitbread Children's Book Award-winning stories have been described as 'warm, witty and wise' by the Daily Telegraph and offer appealing accounts of family life.

    Please note this collection comes wrapped in paper.
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    Marcus Pfister's The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning mesmerising tale that preschoolers will love. The beautiful shiny fish will entrance young readers and the touching tale has a thoughtful message about friendship and sharing that is guaranteed to make it a best-loved bedtime story.

  • The Wombles Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781408856765 - Elisabeth Beresford
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    Underground, overground, Wombling free, the Wombles of Wimbledon star in this six-book collection.

    Adorned with fresh and beautiful illustrations from Nick Price, Elisabeth Beresford's much-loved original stories follow the lives of the Wombles as they find novel ways to 'Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish' and recycle everyday goods they find on Wimbledon Common.

    With classic characters like Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco, Madame Cholet and Bungo all featuring, this is a collection to be cherished by any young reader who wants to help the environment.
  • DWQ2 9 years +
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    Can you believe it's been 10 years since The Boy in the Dress first made his way on to children's bookshelves? Bad Dad, the 10th children's novel written by David Walliams, finds him at his anarchic and heart-warming best.

    Frank's dad has been thrown into prison for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery, so Frank hatches a plan to get him out for one night to give the money back. Frank's dad is happy to go along and make amends for his mistakes but the crime boss, Mr. Big, has other ideas...

    A fine addition to David's roster of children's classics, this is a pacy riches-to-rags story that celebrates the bond between parent and child and we're sure it will also make you and your children laugh and cry in equal measure.

    This title was shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
  • Unicorn Academy Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781788003636 - Julie Sykes
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    With their eye-catching holofoil jackets, these chapter books introduce children to the joys of Unicorn Academy - a place where so much magic happens.

    Written by Julie Sykes and illustrated by Lucy Truman, these books focus on different girls and their favourite unicorns. Sophia is sure that Rainbow is going to be her best friend but then Sparkle Lake turns a strange colour and the unicorns' magic starts to go wrong; Isabel and Cloud have to learn to trust each other when they fall under a bad spell; and Scarlett and Blaze get up to some good-natured mischief.

    Ava and Star grow their own magical plants but when the sky berries (that unicorns need to survive) die out, they need to go on a quest.

    Fans of Rainbow Magic will be enchanted by these fantastic adventures.
    Format: paperback
  • WWN2 9 years +
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    The World's Worst Children are back in this selection of short stories from the one and only David Walliams.

    Illustrated in full colour by Tony Ross, this book introduces beastly boys and gruesome girls and this time around they're ruder, more disgusting and worse than you could ever imagine! You'll be delightfully horrified by the antics of Gruesome Griselda and Fussy Frankie.

    Presented in beautiful hardback, these ten stories even feature a special cameo from the fan favourite, Raj!
  • HPF2 9 years +
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    Head to Hogwarts and discover where it all began with this special children's edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

    Living at number four, Privet Drive, Harry Potter has never even heard of the Wizarding school when the letters start arriving (and are subsequently confiscated by his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Dudley Dursley). On his 11th birthday, Harry learns from a giant of a man named Rubeus Hagrid that he is, in fact, a wizard... And that's when the most magical adventure really begins!

    Compete with Jonny Duddle's eye-catching, new artwork - this is a wonderful introduction to the Wizarding World.
  • AMJZU 7 years +
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    When Joe tells a local news reporter exactly what he would do if he were leader of the country, the video goes viral and Joe's speech becomes famous all over the world! Before long, people are calling for the current leader to resign and give someone else a go ...and that's how an ordinary boy like Joe ended up with the most extraordinary job. Now the fun can really start ...Hats for cats! Pet pigs for all! Banana shaped buses! Swimming pools on trains! A hilarious story of one boy's meteoric rise to power!
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    Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit - which prove necessary when she finds a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue, "Jane Eyre" (1847) dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for equality and freedom.
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    The Bad Beginning, the first book in Lemony Snicket's wonderful and bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, introduces readers to the misadventures - and misfortune! - of the Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus and baby Sunny.

    Their misfortunes begin when Mr. Poe informs them that their parents perished in a fire that destroyed their whole house. But, of course, what follows is even more dreadful... The children thought it was bad when the well-meaning Poes bought them grotesque-colored clothing that itched, but when they are ushered to the dilapidated doorstep of the miserable, thin, unshaven, shiny-eyed, money-grubbing Count Olaf, they know that they - and their family fortune - are in real trouble.

    Reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is ideal reading for children aged 9 and above - and this is the perfect place to start!
  • AADWX 9 years +
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    Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunk father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. But when Huck's dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escape down the Mississippi river with runaway slave, Jim. They encounter trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law. Through it all the friends stick together - but can Huck and Tom free Jim from slavery once and for all? With an inspirational introduction by Darren Shan, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is one of the twelve wonderful classic stories being relaunched in "Puffin Classics" in March 2008.
  • AWOKA 13 years +
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    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF? I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE. Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is. Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten. But the boy is gone. She thinks he's moved to the Arctic. Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust? THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is the unforgettable YA novel to take home in 2017.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's YA Book Award.
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    "E. Lockhart is one of our most important novelists, and she has given us her best book yet. Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, We were Liars is utterly unforgettable". (John Green, number 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars). "Irresistible." (The New York Times Book Review). "Haunting, sophisticated." (The Wall Street Journal). "Bowl-you-over." (Cosmopolitan). "So freaking good." (Sarah Dessen). "Such beautiful writing." (Libba Bray). "Beautiful and disturbing." (Justine Larbalestier). "Better than the hype." (Lauren Oliver). We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. It is a story of love and romance. It is a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?
  • AEVFK 9 years +
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    Swallows and Amazons for ever!' The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures. See inside: Crack the Swallow's code and learn all about the real locations that inspired the adventurous author.
  • Judy Blume Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509891214 - Judy Blume
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    Judy Blume is an important author whose books have resonated with so many teens (and older readers!) over the years. Tackling important issues including bullying, peer pressure and prejudice, the five books in our collection are vital reads.

    Blubber follows Linda as she reads out her class project and unwittingly becomes the victim of a sustained and cruel campaign of humiliation. Eventually, her friend Jill stands up for Linda but by the time she does, the bullies are ready to move on to their next victim - and now Linda's on their side...

    Deenie is all about the pressures of looking perfect; Iggie's House tackles neighbourhood prejudice; Here's to You, Rachel Robinson covers family conflict; and Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret is a classic story about fitting in - both at home and at school.
  • Go Girl Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781760502553
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    This refreshing, princess-free collection sees relatable female characters experiencing real-life situations including school, sports, friendship and family.

    In this series, Olivia worries about attending her very first sleepover, Annabelle is nervous about her birthday party, Sophie contends with juggling old and new friendships at camp and much, much more.

    With simple language and chapter structure, these are perfect for reluctant readers and deal with themes and scenarios that will be familiar to young readers.

    Format: paperback
  • BOMDJ 3 years +
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    While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea. "An atmospheric, haunting story" - The Bookseller Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Footpath Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. This beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of mining history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a mining town will enthral children and move adult readers, as a young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather's grave after lunch and comes home to a cosy dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea.

    Winner of 2018's CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.