Children's Must-Read Lists

Books About Friendship

  • Eva Ibbotson Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509880348 - Eva Ibbotson
    EVIB 10 years +
    Eva Ibbotson
    10 years +
    • £4.99
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    • Just £1.66 per book
    Eva Ibbotson's gentle adventure stories have enchanted so many young readers and this collection, including the all-time classic Journey to the River Sea, provides the perfect introduction to her work.

    Journey to the River Sea is an award-winning book that follows the orphan Maia as she travels all the way from England to the Amazon with her governess. Set in 1910, it celebrates the exotic worlds this intrepid duo visit while on their epic journey.

    The Dragonfly Pool takes place during the Second World War and finds 11-year-old Tally finding adventure, romance and a handsome prince while on a boarding-school trip; completing the set is The Star Kazan, an enthralling story about family and identity that takes place in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

    Format: Paperback
  • AEVFK 9 years +
    Arthur Ransome
    9 years +
    • £6.39
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ten-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.
  • ABI2 7 years +
    Jeff Kinney
    7 years +
    (1)
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    Perfect for getting even the most reluctant readers absolutely hooked, the tales of Greg Heffley, his friends and his family in Jeff Kinney's unique, diary-meets-comic book remains a worldwide sensation.

    In this sixth instalment of the hit Wimpy Kid series, Greg finds himself in trouble at school (again) but this time he is actually innocent... for the most part anyway. Then a surprise blizzard means the worst thing EVER happens - Greg is trapped indoors with his family.

    Maybe the punishment that awaits him at school doesn't seem so bad after all...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Year of Rainbow Magic Boxed Collection - 52 Books - Collection - 9781408348246 - Daisy Meadows
    YORM 5 years +
    5 years +
    (11)
    • £29.99
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    • Just 58.00p per book
    This sparkling collection gives fairy fans the chance to enjoy one Rainbow Magic story a week for an entire year!

    A Book People favourite, these magical stories follow Rachel and Kirsty as they join the fairies in their ongoing battle with Jack Frost. Completely spellbinding and with easy-to-read, accessible text, they are full of fun and will appeal to any child who has just started to read independently.

    With 52 books to get through, this is a massive collection of fantastic stories at a magical Book People price. Who will be your child's favourite fairy?
  • 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.
  • WPZ2 5 years +
    A. A. Milne
    5 years +
    (1)
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    Journey to Hundred Acre Wood with this quality reprint of A.A. Milne's classic stories that have been pored over for generations. Featuring the wonderful original colour illustrations from E.H. Shepard, this enjoyable collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories is a must-have for every child's - and grown-up's - bookshelf.

    Beautifully presented, this charming book includes the timeless adventures of Pooh Bear and his much-loved friends, and this collectable edition of tales sees the Bear for All Ages get into a tight place, nearly catch a Woozle, and discover the wrong sort of honey - amongst many other things!

    A gift that is sure to be cherished by any young reader.
  • AJDTT 8 years +
    Emma Shevah
    8 years +
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    Amber Alessandra Leola Kimiko Miyamoto. As if her name made up for being tiny, half Japanese and half Italian, and starting a new school with a caveman phone. Dream on! But the hardest bit about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and if he isn't coming back, she'll have to sort things out another way. And Amber has a big imagination.
  • FDR2 11 years +
    Jenny McLachlan
    11 years +
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    Friendship, love and dancing collide in Jenny McLachlan's Flirty Dancing - a book that will appeal to fans of Louise Rennison and Holly Smale's Geek Girl series.

    Shy but fiery Bea Hogg wants to sign up to the national dance competition Starwars when it comes to her school, but her best friend has agreed to enter with school bully Pearl Harris... Meanwhile, Pearl's boyfriend, the school hottie Ollie Matthews, decides to enter the competition with Bea. This couldn't possibly go wrong, could it?

    Very funny and full of Jenny's bubbly personality and highly observational style, the book's dancing theme means it may inspire reluctant readers, while the strong characters make it a great book for those who already love books.
  • ALCVH
    Dan Smith
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    Summer, 1941. For Peter, the war is a long way away, being fought by a faceless enemy, marching across places he's never seen. Until the night it comes to him. A German plane is shot down over the woods that his Dad looked after, before he went off to fight. Peter rushes to the crash site to find something exciting to keep. But what he finds instead is someone: a young and injured German airman. The enemy. Here. And in trouble. Suddenly, helping him seems like the right thing to do.
  • ALIEY
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    Two enchanting stories from one of the world's best-loved children's writers. High on a Himalayan mountain, a young explorer is snatched from her tent by a gigantic, hairy monster. But she soon discovers that the yeti is a brave and noble beast \- and he needs her help. Dog-crazy Hal longs for a dog and finally his parents let him choose one. But they don't tell him that Fleck is only on loan for the weekend. Can Hal and Fleck find a way to be together?
  • ALQJJ
    E. Nesbit
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    When Cyril, Robert, Anthea, Jane and Lamb move from the bright lights of London to the quiet countryside, there is little to do to amuse themselves. However one day while playing in the gravel-pit, they uncover a grumpy sand-fairy called The Psammead. The Psammead has the power to grant wishes, but having been buried for so long- things tend to go awry with disastrous and often hilarious consequences. Join the Five Children and It on this classic tale of family, friendship and magical adventure.
  • ALYXE
    Arnold Lobel
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    An Essential Picture Book Classics this book contains five engaging, warm and very funny stories about Frog and Toad. A collectable classic picture book that every child should read and own. Julia Donaldson says "I hugely admire and envy Arnold Lobel; he is my hero". Once upon a time there were two good friends, a frog and a toad...From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other - just as best friends should be. The Frog and Toad stories from Arnold Lobel have been loved by generations. Essential Picture Book Classics - timeless stories for every child to treasure.
  • AMDNM 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Book 3 in a magical new series from Paralympian and star of the Great Comic Relief Bake-Off, Ellie Simmonds. Ellie is going to her first ever birthday party! But first she has to bake a brilliant birthday cake for her new friend Talia. But her magical recipe book has gone missing! Will Ellie find it in time?
  • AMPSE 9 years +
    Liz Pichon
    9 years +
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    From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Children's Book Award, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award 2013, comes the seventh amazing instalment of Tom Gates' adventures - now in paperback! Will Tom and his band DOGZOMBIES be LUCKY enough to win the Rockweekly Bandbattle competition? They just might be if they could find time to practice! But with inspectors in the school, an amazing new cartoon on TV, caramel wafers to eat and a stray cat getting in the way, Tom's a bit too busy having FUN!
  • AMVNU
    Rachel Renee Russell
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    Nikki Maxwell is not popular, in fact Nikki Maxwell is the opposite of popular; she's a total dork! But Nikki's hoping that by moving to a new school she might just stand a chance of making some friends and leaving her old lame-ways in the past. But life is never that simple! Follow Nikki's life through sketches, doodles and diary entries as she starts her new school, battles with her mum for an iPhone and meets her arch-nemisis, the school's queen bee, Mackenzie. Enter Nikki's world through her sketches, doodles and daydreams. Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and Jacqueline Wilson.
  • AOHWL 9 years +
    Katherine Paterson
    9 years +
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    Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the class, but when a girl named Leslie Burke moves into the neighbouring farm his life changes forever. Even though she runs faster than him, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay - she's clever and funny and not a bit soppy. And it is Leslie who invents Terabithia, the secret country on an island across the creek where he can escape his troublesome family. The only way to reach Terabithia is by rope-swing where Jess and Leslie become King and Queen, defeating giants, sharing stories and dreams, and plotting against their enemies. They are invincible - until tragedy strikes. It is more dreadful than anything Jess had ever dreamed of, but as he struggles to cope with his grief and anger, he finds that his family value him more than he'd thought and that, still King, he could even save Terabithia for the future.
  • 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.