Children's Must-Read Lists

Amazing Animal Tales

  • AAEAT 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Exuberantly colourful artwork and appealing animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours. Each spread leads seamlessly into the next and young children will delight in Eric Carle's colourful collage animals and simple repetitive language. Fans of the author's The Very Hungry Caterpillar will love this stunning book.

  • VEL2 3 years +
    Margery Williams
    3 years +
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    Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit is a best-loved children's book that will strike a chord with readers of all ages.

    The importance of friendship and the affection that young children feel towards their favourite cuddly toys are subjects that are poignantly and heart-warmingly expressed in Margery Williams' classic tale.

    The Velveteen Rabbit hopes to become real as he has been told that if an owner truly loves their toy, the toy will become real forever! This little treasure would make a perfect present for parents and their toddlers.
  • BDSY 3 years +
    3 years +
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    The winner of Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2016, Isabel Harris' The Moon Man is an exciting book and truly is one of a kind. It tells the tale of two sets of animal friends who view a scarecrow in very different ways...

    We asked children aged between 5 and 11 to let their imaginations run wild and write a picture book of between 200 and 800 words based around animals. This fantastic story, chosen by a panel of celebrity parents and publishing experts and illustrated by Ada Grey, is the judges' favourite and is perfect for reading at bedtime.

    Sold exclusively at BookPeople.co.uk, proceeds from this book will be donated to Action for Children, a UK charity which provides vital services, support and campaigns for disadvantaged children, young people and their families.
  • TGT2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
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    Judith Kerr created a best-loved children's classic with her story The Tiger Who Came to Tea, delighting generations of young children.

    The gentle illustrations coupled with the slightly anarchic story have unbeatable child-appeal and make this a perfect book to read aloud. If you haven't invited the tiger into your home yet, do so without delay!

    Toddlers from 1+ will love the big striped hero and his naughty antics.
  • BUI2 9 years +
    Michael Morpurgo
    9 years +
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    The Butterfly Lion by award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo is a powerful tale that is guaranteed to capture its young readers' hearts.

    At the centre of the story is a moving friendship between a young boy and an orphaned lion cub, but the novel also raises issues of bullying through the experiences of the present day narrator Michael.

    Winner of the Smarties Book Prize, this is a sensitive story that Morpurgo fans aged five and over will absolutely love.
  • SZP2 5 years +
    Dick King-Smith
    5 years +
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    The Sheep-pig is one of Dick King-Smith's most famous tales. It shot to further fame when the film adaptation, Babe, was released in 1995. 'Why can't I learn to be a Sheep-Pig?' When Babe, the little orphaned piglet, is won at a fair by Farmer Hogget, he is adopted by Fly, the kind-hearted sheep-dog. Babe is determined to learn everything he can from Fly. He knows he can't be a sheep-dog. But maybe, just maybe, he might be a sheep-pig. 'An unexpectedly thrilling, funny charmer of a book' - Guardian 'Dick King-Smith is a huge favourite with children' - Observer ***Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award*** Dick King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, and afterwards spent twenty years as a farmer in Gloucestershire, the country of his birth. Many of his stories are inspired by his farming experiences. He wrote a great number of children's books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe), Harry's Mad, Noah's Brother, The Queen's Nose, Martin's Mice, Ace, The Cuckoo Child and Harriet's Hare (winner of the Children's Book Award in 1995). In 2009 he was made an OBE for services to children's literature. Dick King-Smith died in 2011 at the age of eighty-eight.
  • Michael Morpurgo Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780007963027 - Michael Morpurgo
    MCHM 9 years +
    Michael Morpurgo
    9 years +
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    • Just £1.25 per book
    One of the most popular children's authors around, Michael Morpurgo has won many awards and is a former Children's Laureate. Our latest unbelievable value collection brings together 12 of his beloved books including Farm Boy (the sequel to War Horse), Shadow and A Medal for Leroy.

    Poignant, powerful and heartbreaking reads for children who love animals and are fascinated by the events of war, these books will leave a lasting impression on all who read them. They are exceptionally well written and will show children how powerful humanity can be.

    These touching books are perfect for children aged 9 and over and will help to introduce many important themes that they will encounter over the years ahead.
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    Anna Sewell
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    Fans of Watership Down and Charlotte's Web will love this classic tale of a spirited horse, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

    A handsome, sweet-tempered animal with a strong spirit, Black Beauty lives a life of luxury in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Can Black Beauty survive in the hands of men who treat animals so cruelly?

    Winner of multiple awards and professional accolades, Black Beauty is a must-have title for every bookshelf for children aged nine and up.
  • Miffy Collection with Plush Toy - 10 Books - Collection - 9781471160684 - Dick Bruna
    MIFY Toddlers
    Toddlers
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    Coming with a cute little key ring-sized cuddly toy, this 10-book collection of Miffy books finds the famous bunny learning to ride a bike; celebrating a birthday; and having fun in the snow.

    Dick Bruna's iconic artwork is accompanied by new text from the award-winning poet, Tony Mitton. Working closely with the Dutch publisher so they retain the classic feel of the stories, these books are bursting with warmth and friendliness.

    An iconic character from children's books, Miffy enjoys seeing the animals at the zoo; prepares for the arrival of a new baby brother or sister; and heads off to the seaside - all familiar situations children will love reading about.
  • SBV2 9 years +
    Gill Lewis
    9 years +
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    Scarlet has always said to her brother, Red, that one day they'll fly far, far away to Trinidad, where thousands of scarlet ibis fill the skies. Red is different to other children, and Scarlet is used to looking after her brother. They'll be together forever! But not everything lasts forever...

    One day they are split up and sent to live away from one another. Scarlet must now do whatever it takes to get her and her brother back together!

    A stunning and deeply moving novel from Gill Lewis, the acclaimed author of Sky Hawk, the story of unconditional sibling love will touch the heart of every reader. An ideal book for children aged 9 and up, and fans of Lewis's previous novels White Dolphin Moon Bear.
  • AKHVO 9 years +
    Richard Adams
    9 years +
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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.
  • CWE2 7 years +
    EB White
    7 years +
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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!
  • TTE2 7 years +
    Holly Webb
    7 years +
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    A heart-warming yet poignant story from bestselling author Holly Webb, A Tiger Tale covers the grieving process after young Kate's grandfather passes away.

    Toy tiger Amos, a present from her grandfather, is there to keep Kate company but then he suddenly comes to life and starts to smell, sound and act just like Granddad. As this happens, Kate begins to realise that as long as she keeps her grandfather in her heart, he will live on for a long time...

    This is a gentle guide to coping with loss for children aged 7 and over.
  • ANHDQ
    Kate DiCamillo
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    A deftly crafted fairy tale adventure story from a New York Times bestselling author, twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal. Here, reader, is the tale of a tiny, sickly mouse with unusually large ears; a mouse who takes his fate into his own hands. It is the tale of a beautiful, flaxen-haired princess who laughs often and makes everything around her seem brighter. It is the tale of a poor, deaf serving girl who entertains foolish dreams of splendour. It is a tale of impossible love, of bravery and of old-fashioned courage. And, reader, it is a tale of treachery - unlimited treachery...
  • Born Free Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781510101128
    BRNF 7 years +
    7 years +
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    • Just £1.33 per book
    Two dolphins are saved from a crumbling aquarium and sent back into the wild; lions Simba and Bella are moved from cramped captivity to Malawi where they find happiness; and two elephants are saved from a terrible fate.

    Inspired by incredible true stories from the Born Free Foundation, these books will appeal to anyone aged 7 or over who has a soft spot for animals.
  • VRJ2 9 years +
    SF Said
    9 years +
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    Cats, martial arts and a heart-warming story - we can't recommend S. F. Said's Varjack Paw series enough! Illustrated by the talented Dave McKean, this is the third book and continues to follow the adventures of Varjak.

    A Mesopotamian Blue kitten, Varjak learns about the Way from his grandfather and sets off on a journey of self-discovery. As he leaves home for the first time, he must learn how to survive in a terrifying city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and the mysterious Vanishings.

    A Gold Smarties Prize winner that has been described as 'The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch', this is an exciting and enchanting book that will have readers aged 9+ purring with delight.