Children's Must-Read Lists

Books About Friendship

  • JAC2 7 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    7 years +
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    In Jacqueline Wilson's book, Sleepovers, five friends plan out themed sleepover parties for their birthdays. The only problem is that Daisy is new to the school and the gang of girls, and she's unsure about how the others will react when they meet her sister who has special needs. With her trademark tact and sensitivity, Jacqueline Wilson tackles the issue of disability and friendship with humour and warmth. This is a wonderful book that will strike a chord with a lot of girls and boys aged 7+.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • Judy Blume Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509891214 - Judy Blume
    JDYB 12 years +
    Judy Blume
    12 years +
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    • Just £1.60 per book
    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.
  • RJP2 11 years +
    RJ Palacio
    11 years +
    (13)
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    A poignant book that made all of us laugh and cry in equal measure, R.J. Palacio's Wonder is told using different voices but at its centre is the honest and courageous character of 10-year-old August, a boy who was born with a severe facial disfigurement.

    August is about to start middle school after being home-schooled by his mum for years. The challenge is a tough one for someone like August and he has to tackle bullies and childish cruelty in his journey. But August's resilience, humour and bravery really shine through, making this an uplifting novel that will linger in the reader's thoughts for a long time to come.
  • ALTIE 12 years +
    Ann Brashares
    12 years +
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    Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridget have been best friends all their lives. They live in the same small American town and usually spend every moment of their long summer holidays together. The year they turn 16 is the first time they have separate plans for the summer but the girls are determined to keep in touch. Tibby buys a pair of jeans in a second-hand shop and the girls discover that the trousers magically fit each of them perfectly, despite their different figures and heights. They hit upon a wonderful plan of sharing the jeans throughout the vacation - sending them on to the next friend when they feel the time is right. From Baja California to Greece, from film-making to football, the girls - and the travelling pants - encounter first love, family upset and fatal illness. Secure in the knowledge that their friendship is constant - and the symbol of it need never be more than a parcel-delivery away - the girls survive their summer and return home with a wealth of new experiences to share. This is a perfect teen-chick summer read; a quirky, humorous and memorable cut above the rest.
  • AAMYX 3 years +
    Marcus Pfister
    3 years +
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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.

  • AAJME 4 years +
    Ludwig Bemelmans
    4 years +
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    'In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines...' Pepito lives next door to Madeline and her friends. When he moves to London, he pines for the twelve little girls terribly. So Miss Clavel and her charges pay him a visit in London...and come home with a new friend! This title features the small but feisty heroine, Madeline, and her charming Parisian world.
  • AARFT 7 years +
    Shel Silverstein
    7 years +
    (1)
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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.
  • ADJPU 5 years +
    Lincoln Peirce
    5 years +
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    Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday comic strip distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association since 1991. Nate is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Equipped with only a #2 pencil and the unshakable belief that he is #1, Nate fights a daily battle against overzealous teachers, undercooked cafeteria food and all-around conventionality. He's the original rebel without a clue, alternately abrasive and endearing to classmates and teachers alike. Nate blazes an unforgettable trail through the sixth grade at P.S. 38, earning straight A's in laughs along the way.
  • DIL2 3 years +
    Faustin Charles
    3 years +
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    Brilliant illustrations from Mike Terry, a witty storyline from Faustin Charles plus a CD of the story combine to make The Selfish Crocodile a lovely book to share with toddlers.

    The jungle animals are all terrified of the bad-tempered and greedy crocodile, so when they hear him shrieking in pain no one dares get too close. Only one little creature has the temerity to approach the selfish crocodile...

    This is a stunning picture book with a very satisfying moral message.
  • HOZ2 11 years +
    Louis Sachar
    11 years +
    (2)
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    Award-winning author Louis Sachar is a terrific storyteller who always has an original and interesting perspective.

    Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, whose family has a history of bad luck. Stanley's not too surprised when he's sent to a juvenile detention centre in Texas for a crime he didn't commit, but even he can't believe that all he and the other boys have to do is dig holes all day.

    Before long, Stanley realises that what he must actually uncover is the truth... Readers from 11+ who love a good story will find this totally unputdownable.
  • St Clare's Collection - 9 Books - Collection - 9780603571671 - Enid Blyton
    XEBST 9 years +
    Enid Blyton
    9 years +
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    Featuring all nine books from the wonderful St Clare's series, our Enid Blyton's St Clare's Collection contains the multi-million-selling author's six original stories paired with Pamela Cox's three fabulous continuative tales.

    When twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan finish their time at the elite school Redroofs, they expect, like their friends, to go on to the similarly elite and very expensive secondary school Ringmere. But their parents have different ideas for the twins as they find themselves attending St Clare's. Furious at their parents' decision to not send them to Ringmere, Pat and Isabel promise to be as difficult as possible at their new school...

    Eventually making friends at the school, the series follows the comic capers of the twins as they play tricks on unsuspecting classmates and teachers.

    Packed with the pace, fun and wit of her Malory Towers and Naughtiest Girl series, our Enid Blyton St Clare's Collection is essential reading for all budding Blyton-ites and children aged 9 and above who love a good prank!
  • TRX2 5 years +
    Dr Seuss
    5 years +
    (1)
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    Dr Seuss's The Lorax features all the zany language, eccentric characters and bouncy rhyming verses of his well-loved favourites, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but it also has an important environmental message to convey.

    Even though The Lorax is 30 years old, it's a fresh and fantastic book that still resonates today. The animated film, starring Danny DeVito in the title role, brought the tale to a new generation and now they can enjoy it in its original form!
  • AEVFK 9 years +
    Arthur Ransome
    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.
  • AGBYV
    Molly Idle
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    In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!
  • AHWYS
    Anthony Browne
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    Celebrate 30 years of the classic award-winning picture book in this stunning new edition. Hannah loves gorillas but has never seen one. Her father's too busy to take her to the zoo - or for anything else come to that. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla - but is disappointed when she discovers that the gorilla she's got is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens...the toy turns into a real gorilla, who puts on her father's hat and coat and takes her off for a magical visit to the zoo...This is a celebratory 30th anniversary edition with a glorious new cover! It is winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award.
  • CWE2 7 years +
    EB White
    7 years +
    (3)
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    A much-loved story by Stuart Little author E. B. White, and beautifully illustrated by Garth Williams, Charlotte's Web is the ideal book to read aloud and share with all the family.

    One spring morning, a little girl called Fern rescues a piglet and names him Wilbur. But then Wilbur is sent to live on a farm where he meets Charlotte: a very clever and very beautiful large grey spider. They become the best of friends and, when Wilbur is faced with a dreadful fate - the butcher's chop! Charlotte must come up with a very clever way to try and save him...

    The perfect gift for young readers aged 7 and above, the poignant and touching tale continues to entertain and engross readers over 50 years since its original publication. Quite simply, a children's classic!
  • AMPPH 3 years +
    Eric Carle
    3 years +
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    This is a new tale of friendship from Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Once there were two friends who were always together...But one day, the boy was all alone. His friend was gone. The hero of this delightful new story from Eric Carle makes up his mind to find his friend. Undaunted, he sets off on a quest that takes him across a swift cold river, over a tall mountain, through a broad meadow and a forest full of dark shadows. He sleeps under starry skies and dreams of floating on clouds before finally being reunited with his beloved friend. This wonderfully whimsical tale is a celebration of the value of friendship and the power of a child's imagination, captured in the simple prose and magnificent colourful artwork fans of Eric Carle's work know and love so well. Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of books for very young children. He was born in New York, but spent his early life in Germany. He returned to the States in his early twenties and worked as a graphic designer and an art director before he began creating children's books. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Barbara. The Carles opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Also by Eric Carle: The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; The Bad-Tempered Ladybird; Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said The Sloth; The Very Busy Spider; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; The Very Quiet Cricket; Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear; and, What Do You See?
  • AMXOV
    Atinuke
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    Anna Hibiscus is on holiday with Grandmother and Grandfather in the village where they were born. She befriends the local children there and teaches them their ABC and 123. When Anna goes to market one day and a boy steals a banana from her, she runs after him. It turns out that the boy is poor; he lives alone. Anna and Sunny Belafonte become friends and when Sunny takes ill, it is Anna who makes sure he gets the medical help he needs. Happily, Grandfather invites Sunny Belafonte to come and live with them, and be part of their family.
  • EII2 7 years +
    Helen Cresswell
    7 years +
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    This is a brand new edition of Helen Cresswell's Moondial - a beloved classic full of magic and mischief.

    Minty Cane has always known she's a witch as she notices things no one else seems to - cries on the wind, cold air on stairways and ghosts. On a walk home one day, she stumbles across a moondial which can take her back in time.

    She finds Tom, a sickly kitchen boy, and Sarah, a girl with a birthmark that her family believe is the mark of the devil. Will Minty be able to save her new friends?
  • EFI2 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Fans of Scarlet and Ivy will love devouring St Grizzle's School for Girls, Geeks and Tag-along Zombies.

    Dani introduces her best friend to so many of her new classmates from St Grizzle's but the realises mixing an old and new life is not that easy. Soon, there are mysterious disappearances and all sorts of spooky happenings...
  • AVXPI
    Holly Willoughby
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    Join schoolgirl detectives Molly, Maria, Pippa and Sally for more mystery and glamour in Holly and Kelly Willoughby's final adventure set in a contemporary school for the Performing Arts, with the classic charm of Ballet Shoes and Malory Towers. Twin sisters Molly and Maria are first class detectives with a flair for uncovering adventure - there's no mystery too big for the Fitzfoster duo. But, alongside their crafty clue-hunting, there's also the small matter of a school camping trip in the big outdoors. The girls are ready to roll up their sleeves but nothing could prepare the friends for what awaits them en France ...The sparkling finale to the much-loved contemporary detective series for fans of Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine.
  • BFQ2 9 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    9 years +
    (3)
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    In Best Friends, Jacqueline Wilson brings her amazing insight and sensitivity to bear on a subject that is close to her readers' hearts - friendship.

    Gemma and Alice have been friends practically since they were born on the same day in the same hospital, but their friendship faces a huge set-back when Alice and her family move to live hundreds of miles away. How can their friendship survive?

    Readers from 9+ will identify with this funny but sad tale.
  • LFD2 3 years +
    Oliver Jeffers
    3 years +
    (2)
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    Simple and heart-warming, Oliver Jeffers' picture book, Lost and Found, is an uplifting story, dealing with loneliness and friendship.

    The stylish illustrations will appeal to adults and their youngsters and make reading Lost and Found an absolute delight. When a small boy finds a penguin on his doorstep, he decides to return him home to the South Pole. But when they arrive at their destination, the penguin looks so sad, the boy is unable to leave him..

    This is a captivating story that children aged three and over will love to hear again, and again, and again!
  • WRT2 11 years +
    Louise Rennison
    11 years +
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    In Withering Tights, Louise Rennison has created another riotously funny look at teenage angst.

    Set at a summer school held in a performing arts college somewhere Up North, boys, snogging and bad acting are guaranteed when Tallulah Casey sets out to fulfil her theatrical dreams! Louise Rennison truly deserves her Queen of Teen award.