Children's Must-Read Lists

  • WZW2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
  • AXDIA 7 years +
    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 has been shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
  • CPD2 4 years +
    4 years +
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    In Michael Bond's A Bear Called Paddington, Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station with a label around his neck which reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." It's the start of lots of hilarious stories in which Paddington Bear encounters all kinds of adventures, leaving his inimitable sticky imprint wherever he goes. The ultimate in funny and endearing classic chapter books to read with children aged five and older!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • BKC2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Did you know that there is a tree-climbing fish? Or that some bees drink crocodile tears? Or that a jellyfish was sent into space? Be truly inspired by incredible facts about the creatures that share our planet. Find out: If you're as tall as an emperor penguin or a velociraptor Whether a honey badger could beat a lion in a fight How one man was swallowed head first by a great white shark - and survived! Find out disgusting, hilarious, weird and wacky facts with this awesome book! Are you ready for another EPIC book from the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 (Best Book with Facts)?
  • APOAW 6 years +
    6 years +
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    The quirky sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. After returning from Wonderland, Alice's adventures continue when she steps through a looking glass and into the topsy-turvy world beyond. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
  • Puppy Patrol Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509891368 - Jenny Dale
    PUPY 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Prepare to join Puppy Patrol with these 10 charming stories from Jenny Dale.

    From a mischievous teacher's pet to a naughty pair called Sugar and Spice and puppies who want to find their mother to a super-famous dog, these are barking good stories.

    With their popular theme and accessible text, these are perfect for newly independent readers.

    Format: paperback
  • SZP2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Adapted into the 1995 film Babe, the Sheep-pig is a classic story by Dick King-Smith about an orphaned piglet who just wants to fit in...

    Babe was won by Farmer Hogget at a fair and was soon adopted by kind-hearted sheep-dog fly. He learns so much from Fly but knows he can never be a sheep-dog. But perhaps there's a chance he can be a sheep-pig?
  • ASX2 6 years +
    6 years +
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    Brilliant new young fiction from comedy genius, Elys Dolan, creator of Steven Seagull, Weasels, and Nuts in Space. High in the mountains are the Dragon Caves, and inside the deepest, darkest dragon cave, lives the most terrible dragon. And his name is Dave. Dave's terrible (as in rubbish) at all dragony things. So when he finds a book called Knighthood for Beginners he decides to learn how to be a knight instead. Dave sets out on a quest with his trusty steed, Albrecht the goat (all the best horses were taken), to be brave, chivalrous, and knightly in all ways. He'll be up against Sir Gnasty, who scoffs at the idea of a very small, strangely green knight and has an absolutely massive sword. Hilarious fiction for young readers and fans of dragons, knights, and quests!

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's Branford Boase Award.
  • IAH2 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Bestselling author Lauren Child offers a fresh and funny look at starting school with her Charlie and Lola classic, I Am Too Absolutely Small For School. Big brother Charlie steps in to persuade Lola that her fears about school and the dreaded 'schooliform' are unfounded and that her nervous invisible friend needs help. This is a helpful, sensitive book and an ideal read for wary pre-schoolers nervous about making the transition to 'big school'.
  • EIM2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Beautifully illustrated and adapted for a younger audience, this edition of professional ballerina Michaela DePrince's memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe, is sure to capture your heart. It tells her almost unbelievable life story with wit and candour.
  • ECZ2 6 years +
    6 years +
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    Welcome to Wigglesbottom Primary - a school where fun and mayhem always ensues. This hilarious story from Pamela Butchart introduces the likes of ROBOT BOY and a hamster with magical power. It is ideal for children who are just starting to read independently.
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    Goldilocks is a fearless Indiana Jones-esque explorer in this exciting book by Laurie. S. Sutton. She searches the world looking for hidden artefacts and forgotten treasures of ancient times.

    Eventually she comes across a crypt that happens to be home to three blood-sucking vampires. Will she be able to defeat them all? This is a rip-roaring adventure that will help children embrace the joys of reading and will even appeal to those who wouldn't normally pick up a book.
  • AUI2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Daisy's getting into more trouble than ever before! When her best friend Gabby turns up at Daisy's house with the most awesome, immense, water-squirting micro-scooter Daisy's ever seen, Daisy knows she's got to have one too! Trouble is, they cost a LOT of money. So Daisy and Gabby hatch a money-making plan...
  • Animal Rescue Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781847159458 - Tina Nolan
    ANMR 6 years +
    6 years +
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    Featuring lost ducklings, homeless hamsters and problem ponies, this 10-book collection will warm the heart of any young animal lover.

    Eva and Karl Harrison live at the Animal Magic Rescue Centre with their parents and have to help a new arrival recover every single day. They have to deal with a ginger kitten who's been locked out of their football star owner's house; find a new home for a loveable puppy; and nurse an injured fox cub back to health.

    A bestselling series, the simple and easy-to-follow books find all kinds of animals overcoming trouble. They are written by an author with a real love and knowledge of animals and are already bestsellers. The refreshed artwork here makes them even more appealing.

    Format: paperback
  • AYN2 5 years +
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    Anna Liza likes to help cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients with her 17 top knock-knock jokes and cheerful songs, but when she meets Edward, she hits a brick wall. Edward's dad is so sad since his mum left; he says his life isn't going anywhere any more. Anna Liza has a plan to get him on the move again, if only she can manage to evade her mother's attention long enough. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.
  • AOE2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Jamie, Terry, and Sydney have been going to Camp Barkley every summer since they were puppies. But when a new dog named Taylor joins their cabin, Taylor's mean jokes make Jamie feel left out and picked on. Young readers watch Jamie struggle with Taylor's jokes and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of covert, or indirect, bullying.
  • DKC2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Simply told, beautifully illustrated and with a gripping plot, Carnegie Medal winner Anne Fine's story of a ferocious feline is a satisfying read to stretch a beginner reader.

    Ellie is horrified when her cat Tuffy drags in a dead bird, and even more so when he follows that with a dead mouse. Tuffy's just doing what comes naturally, but he'll need to change his ways or he'll end up in even more trouble.

    Written from Tuffy's point of view, The Diary of a Killer Cat is funny, gripping and purr-fect.
  • EFD2 6 years +
    6 years +
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    Ava's new kitten Tiger is small in size but big on personality. Sometimes, however, he gets a bit too excited and Ava has no choice but to save him from the scrapes he gets into.

    Written by Holly Webb and illustrated by Sophy Williams, this is a purr-fect book for newly independent readers who love animals.
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    Bruce Wayne is attending a charity ball when he notices something very strange: all the waiters are twins. Shortly after this discovery, Two-Face gatecrashes the party - and he has plans to rob every bank in Gotham City.

    This book features an action-packed plot and famous characters from the DC Comics back-catalogue. It's a fun and engaging read for younger superhero fans.
  • EFF2 6 years +
    6 years +
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    The 30th Dirty Bertie adventure might be his most disgusting yet. He's picked to be the mascot for Pudsley Rovers, attempts to get expelled from summer camp and makes a robot called Bootosaurus to replace Miss Boot!

    These short and sharp stories are very funny and perfect for reluctant readers.
  • EFE2 6 years +
    6 years +
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    Written by Holly Webb and illustrated by Sophy Williams, Monty the Sad Puppy will delight animal-loving children who are moving on from early readers to chapter books.

    Amelie always loved dogs but never imagined she'd end up looking after two of them herself. Her Grandad moves into a care home so Amelie has to look after his dog. Daisy is clearly scared of her new surroundings while Monty cannot understand why he's now living with another dog...
  • AOCUU 6 years +
    6 years +
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    A Dirty Bertie collection to delight his legions of fans who revel in his revolting ways! Enjoy the comic capers of Dirty Bertie - the boy with nosepickingly disgusting habits - in this bumper book of nine revolting stories from Crackers!, Pong! and Pirate! Join Bertie as he performs in the school nativity play, gives Miss Boot the fright of her life and tries his luck as a swashbuckling pirate! Dirty Bertie is a hugely popular series created by David Roberts. With each hilarious story approximately thirty pages long and split into chapters, Dirty Bertie is ideal for reluctant readers or readers in search of hilarity but with a short attention span.
  • AKZ2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Bailey is a raccoon who loves math and the superhero Mighty Raccoon. But Bailey is getting physically bullied by Kim, a dog at school. Young readers watch Bailey struggle with bullying and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of physical bullying.
  • AAZ2
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    In a dark forest, a merchant picks a rose for his daughter Beauty. It belongs to a terrible beast. To save his life, the merchant promises that his daughter will visit the creature. When she does, Beauty grows to like the beast. But can she ever love him?