5-Star Children's Books

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    Moving and utterly hilarious, David Walliams' bestselling story of prejudice and acceptance, entwined with funny lists and wonderfully silly words, shows exactly why he is one of this country's most popular children's authors and a Red House favourite.

    Great for avid young readers who want a moving and hysterical novel in one, Gangsta Granny is also perfect for encouraging even the most reluctant kids to get reading with its Dahl-like wackiness and Tony Ross's characteristic illustrations. Ben's granny may look normal: grey hair, false teeth, a tissue up her sleeve. But in actual fact she's plotting the biggest jewel heist in history and she needs Ben's help!

    Funny, emotional and a must-read for children aged 9+. David Walliams was the 2013 Red House Children's Book Award Younger Readers category winner for Gangsta Granny.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo has been published in a sturdy board book format to suit very young children. The lively illustrations, simple story and engaging lift-the-flap fun guarantee the book's toddler appeal.

    With its repetition and appealing illustrations, this is bound to be a favourite choice at bedtime for toddlers from 1 and over.
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    By pushing, pulling and turning mechanisms, this first novelty board book will show young children the kind of things they can expect to see in a town just like theirs.

    Throughout Busy Town, there is so much going on. Children can ride on the bus, feed the ducks in the park and go to the shops before heading back home to bed.

    Bright and colourful, this book has gentle rhyming text and some simply beautiful illustrations.
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    John Green, the author of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, is one of the most popular voices in contemporary young adult fiction and The Fault in Our Stars became an instant classic.

    You will probably have been in tears watching the big-screen adaptation that starred Shailene Woodley and Ansel Engort as the devoted teenage lovers Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters and the book is just as heart-wrenching and poignant, but keeps a fine line in self-depreciating humour - especially from the wise-beyond-her-years Hazel.

    After meeting at a cancer support group, the cynical sufferer Hazel unexpectedly finds herself falling for the charms of Augustus and the novel follows the two as their relationship develops - taking in a romantic trip to Amsterdam in the process.

    Full of wit, sensitivity and observations about life and illness, this profound book will make readers of any age (especially teens) laugh and cry in equal measure.
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    Not only winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2015 but also the Costa Book of the Year, The Lie Tree is a brilliantly dark and mesmerising novel from Cuckoo Song author Frances Hardinge.

    Faith's father has been found dead under mysterious circumstances. As she searches through his belongings, she discovers a strange tree that only grows fruit if you whisper a lie to it. This fruit will then deliver a hidden truth to whoever eats it...

    The bigger the lie and the more people who believe it, the bigger the truth that is uncovered. Faith realises how good she is at lying and that this tree may just hold the key to her father's murder... As begins to spread untruths far and wide across her small island community, her tales begin to spiral out of control and she discovers that wherever lies seduce, truths shatter...

    The Lie Tree was shortlisted for 2016's Carnegie Medal.
  • Peppa Pig: Little Library Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781409303183 - Ladybird
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    Six chunky little books in one pretty slipcase - all starring the one and only Peppa Pig!

    One of the most popular characters around, these first readers are sure to help children develop a love of books and reading.
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    Author/illustrator David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award.

    In this heart-warming tale, cuddly brown bear Douglas sets off in search of a big hug but can't quite get it right. Witty illustrations capture the suprised expressions on the faces of those hugged by Douglas along the way.

    The perfect book to prompt a big hug with your child!
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    Sharing a Shell is a feast of colour and fun. With stunning illustrations by Lydia Monks and captivating rhyming verse from former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson, this charming story of friendship and sharing is bound to be a winner. Each page has a special glittery element and lots of quirky characters, too. Perfect for toddlers from 3+.
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection: Levels 1-3 - 33 Books - Collection - 9780192739858
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    Featuring 33 books covering reading levels 1-3, this collection of Oxford Reading Tree books is perfect for building a foundation in reading for young readers aged 3 and up.

    Specially designed by the reading experts at Oxford University Press, each book has a carefully levelled and beautifully illustrated story that parent and child will have lots of fun with as they read together, practising and perfecting essential skills that they'll be learning at school - from phonics and first stories to common words and everyday language.

    This Biff, Chip and Kipper collection features 32 storybooks and a parents' handbook full of ideas to make reading fun.
    Format: paperback
  • Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper Levels 4-6 Collection - 25 Books - Collection - 9780192745712
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    Especially published for children at reading levels 4-6 and always popular with Book People customers, we're excited to bring you this massive 25-book Oxford Reading Tree collection starring Biff, Chip and Kipper.

    A scheme used by the vast majority of primary schools, these books will help children aged 5 and over develop into confident readers, and the familiar characters and entertaining stories are sure to be returned to again and again.

    Focusing on phonics so young readers can practise their sounds and letters, these first stories allow children to practise reading everyday language too. With eight covering each level, the fun-filled books come in a popper case and the collection also includes a parents' guide.
    Format: paperback
  • Secret Breakers Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781444937114 - H.L. Dennis
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    This collection brings together six books in a series that has been described as 'The da Vinci Code for Kids'.

    When Brodie Bray receives a coded message through the post, her life changes forever. She has been chosen for a secret team who are all trying to solve one of the most complicated codes in the world. It's a task that has been driving people mad for years. However, every time Brodie and her new friends get close to cracking the code, more danger emerges.

    It becomes clear that someone is watching their every move...

    H.L. Dennis' stories bring real, unsolved mysteries into their plots and children will be racing through the stories to discover the solutions.
  • Disney Storybook Collection - 26 Books - Collection - 9781912564682 - Disney
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    This is a magical collection of stories for any Disney fan! Featuring Dumbo, Toy Story and Moana, there are so many favourites to discover and enjoy.

    These engaging stories feature famous characters and stunning illustrations. They will help inspire a lifelong love of reading in any children who love the famous films!

    Format: paperback
  • Time to Read Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781529006018
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    Featuring the likes of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and The Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell, this collection contains 20 original picture books adapted into early reader format with easy-to-read type.

    The familiar stories and characters and funny tales in this collection will inspire children who are just starting to read independently and will quickly become bookshelf favourites.

    Other brilliant tales in this collection include Football Fever, The Giant of Jum and What the Ladybird Heard.

    Format: paperback
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    Scratch and sketch amazing rainbow and foil pictures of amazing animals with this incredibly interactive art activity book.

    Taking colouring and drawing to another level, the pictures are simple to complete and the results really do look awesome. This book even has a stylus so you can scratch away the surface to reveal what lies beneath the specially coated pages.

    There are also step-by-step instructions for drawing simple pictures and a scratch-and-draw story to complete.
  • Percy the Park Keeper Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780007974719 - Nick Butterworth
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    This fantastic collection of children's picture books contains six charming stories which star award-winning author-illustrator Nick Butterworth's most beloved creation, Percy the Park Keeper.

    Percy works hard looking after the park and helping his animal friends. There is always something happening in the park but whatever the situation, Percy has a solution and can always find time for a bit of fun - from finding food on a cold winter's night in One Snowy Night, to helping his friends out of a maze in The Secret Path.

    The magical combination of imaginatively detailed illustrations and warm, gentle plots make these heart-warming bedtime tales ideal for sharing with children aged 3 and over.

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  • Amazing Machines Collection - 14 Books - Collection - 9780753444733 - Tony Mitton
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    From Brilliant Boats to Roaring Rockets, this 14-book collection introduces children to all kinds of awesome vehicles.

    Each book is full of fun facts and bright pictures that explain just what each amazing machine can do and they also feature engaging, rhyming text.
    Format: paperback
  • Reading Champion: Developing Collection - 30 Books - Collection - 9781445166308
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    Every title in this bumper selection of Reading Champion books has been specifically designed for children aged 5 and over who are starting to read independently (Book Band level: Orange-White).

    From One of Our Tigers is Missing to Cave Boy and the Egg and Dragon's Hiccups, these expertly levelled books are full of appealing themes and easy-to-follow plots and will support the books read in school classrooms.

    The original stories have diverse artwork and contain reading advice and activities to further aid learning.

    Reading Champion is an innovative series, designed to support and enrich your child's reading experience at home. It is the first ever officially levelled reading programme linking to the guided reading that your child is doing in the classroom.
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    One hot summer in Itching Down, Four million wasps flew into town ... and so begins this laugh-out-loud picture-book classic. If you've never come across the bouncy rhyming verses and zany humour of The Giant Jam Sandwich, then now's your chance to catch up! When four million wasps invade Itching Down, the villagers come up with a crazy and imaginative solution to get rid of them. Can they make their ambitious plan work, or will they come to a sticky end? Don't miss this timeless treat!
  • The Worst Witch Audio Collection - 12 CDs - Audio - 9780241383872 - Jill Murphy
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    Jill Murphy's The Worst Witch is one of the all-time children's classics and this audio collection contains unabridged adaptations - read by Gemma Arterton - of all seven stories in the spellbinding series.

    Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches as she's always getting her spells wrong. But she always manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy...

    Format: CD. Unabridged. Approximate Running Time 11 hours, 9 minutes.

    CDs in this collection:
    The Worst Witch, The Worst Witch Strikes Again, A Bad Spell for The Worst Witch - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch All at Sea - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch Saves the Day - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch to the Rescue - Disc 1-2, The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star - Disc 1-2 .
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    Overnight, the simple life of young farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever. After finding what appears to be a polished stone in the forest, a dragon is born and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power.

    With only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller to guide him, Eragon and the dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and battle the dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a evil king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    A tale of affection, adventure and ancient magic, Christopher Paolini's Eragon is a compelling and action-filled story brilliantly suited for readers aged 11 and up.
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    The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas gives readers aged 3 and over an intriguing look at the world - from the hot African plains to the frozen Arctic tundra.

    Featuring fun facts about countries and their capital cities, their famous landmarks, longest rivers and highest mountains - and with picture stories throughout as well - this is a brilliant home resource for young children as they begin to explore the wider world and the people and places within it.

    With quiz questions to engage the reader and interesting objects to spot on the pages, this is a simple and appealing introduction to maps and different cultures for preschool children.
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    From the earliest cave paintings to the street art of today, this book charts the evolution of art.

    Featuring paints, sculptures and photography, it covers everything from the Mona Lisa to Michelangelo's David and the Terracotta Army.

    This is an essential introduction to the world of art for children. As well as painting, it also discusses photography including pinhole cameras, digital imagery and iconic photography.
  • Treetops Myths and Legends Collection - 18 Books - Collection - 9780198421351 - Oxford Reading Tree
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    From Robin Hood to King Midas and Merlin and Beowulf to Hercules, this collection provides children with an enticing introduction to famous folklore tales.

    Aimed at primary school-aged children, each book is beautifully illustrated and the exciting stories are sure to grab children's attention from the very first page.

    With 18 books covering Oxford Reading Levels 10-15, these books will help children learn about all sorts of classic legends.
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
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    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect Christmas or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

    Format: hardback
    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm