Children's Books

Children's Must-Read Lists

  • PJA2 9 years +
    Rick Riordan
    9 years +
    • £3.99
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    A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the first book in a thrilling fantasy series that has inspired two hit Hollywood films.

    Taking as its hero, the unlikely character of Percy, a troubled kid who has dyslexia and ADHD, the story rapidly moves from a school outing for mortals from the 21st century to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena.

    Fast-paced fantasy and adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.
  • AWI2 11 years +
    Madeleine L'Engle
    11 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    With her book A Wrinkle in Time, gifted children's author Madeleine L'Engle has created an absorbing science fiction novel that revolves around the likeable, misfit characters of Meg and her brother, Charles.

    Criticised by her teachers for doing badly at school and worried about her missing father, Meg is struggling with how wrong her life is when events take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she stumbles upon a gap in time through which the children embark on an amazing and dangerous adventure.

    A gripping read for any young adult fiction fan aged 11+ who have ever felt like the odd one out!
  • WIK2 9 years +
    Jeff Kinney
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    Can you believe that Greg Heffley and his family have been entertaining children all over the world for 10 years now? The tenth book in the bestselling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School finds Greg's town voluntarily going electronics-free - and you can imagine how well this has gone down!

    Full of Jeff Kinney's trademark zeal and comic strip illustrations, Greg is missing modern life and its conveniences. As tensions mount both in and outside the Heffley household, Greg has to find a way to survive or decide if he is cut out for going 'old school'...

    A hilarious page-turner that adults will be chuckling at almost as much as the children.
  • The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781444936285 - Enid Blyton
    SVCC 7 years +
    Enid Blyton
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £15.99
    • RRP £111.84
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    Written by Enid Blyton - one of the world's favourite children's writers and the author who brought the world The Famous Five, Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl series - The Secret Seven are a group of friends who meet in a shed and solve some startling mysteries.

    Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara make up the Secret Seven. They meet in a shed with 'S.S' on the door and to get in you'll need to know the password and wear the right badge. Peter is head of the society and he makes jolly well sure that everyone abides by the rules...

    While the gang eat cake and drink lemonade, they puzzle over the peculiar goings-on in their local community and make it their mission to put things right. To do this, they have to keep watch, search for clues and ask the right questions. From burglaries to stolen animals and missing children, there's always a case to be cracked!

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: Paperback
  • CWE2 7 years +
    EB White
    7 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
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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!
  • LAX2 Toddlers
    Jill Murphy
    Toddlers
    (3)
    • £3.99
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    Jill Murphy is an award-winning author and illustrator and her first picture book, Peace At Last, is a lively, fun book to share with babies and toddlers. Mr Bear is finding it hard to sleep, what with the distractions of Mrs Bear's snores, the dripping kitchen tap and annoying owls hooting loudly in the garden. There are lots of laughs to be had reading this noisy book out loud and babies and toddlers from 1+ will return to it again and again. Fans of Peace At Last will also enjoy Jill Murphy's Five Minutes' Peace.
  • The Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781408344880 - Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross
    NSHK 7 years +
    Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross
    7 years +
    (9)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £79.84
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    • Just 62.00p per book
    It's now over 400 years since the Bard died and his work still remains just as relevant and compelling today. Boasting 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, this collection contains rewritten versions of all his most well-known tales.

    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers.

    The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life, allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.

    Please note that although these books are suitable for children aged 9 and over to enjoy independently, the themes they cover mean they may be considered more suitable for shared reading with children aged 7 plus.
  • The Little Miss Collection: 20 Books in a Box - Collection - 9780603572913 - Roger Hargreaves
    LMIT 3 years +
    Roger Hargreaves
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £59.80
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    • Just 50.00p per book
    This tray of Little Miss books will bring a smile to the face of your children that is just as big as Little Miss Sunshine's.

    Favourites with children for many years, there are 20 books to enjoy and all of the most popular characters are featured, including Little Miss Naughty, Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Trouble.

    The brilliant value of this collection is simply unbelievable and the tray-shaped box makes it convenient for storing. A lovely collection for any fans of Roger Hargreaves' creations.
  • LFD2 3 years +
    Oliver Jeffers
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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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!
  • JOR2 9 years +
    Eva Ibbotson
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    A huge favourite with us at Book People and described by the Sunday Times as 'the most perfect children's book', Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea is an enchanting read that proves that every kid should live their life full of adventure.

    The story of an orphan shipped to her distant relatives, Maia is disappointed when she is not welcomed with the open arms she was expecting... but the wonders of the Amazonian rainforest soon make up for this!

    When she meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, things become even more extraordinary. A beautiful, traditional adventure story, we just know you will adore this book.
  • SRH2 9 years +
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    9 years +
    • £2.99
    • RRP £5.99
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    What are you looking for?

    Friendship! Mystery! Adventure! Secrets!

    When spoiled, selfish orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at lonely Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, she discovers a magical world on the other side of a locked garden door. Mary decides to bring the abandoned garden she finds there back to life; and in doing so, changes her own forever.

    Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a children's classic that has enchanted generations.
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
    FFCC 7 years +
    Enid Blyton
    7 years +
    (2)
    • £24.99
    • RRP £153.78
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    • Just £1.14 per book
    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: paperback
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
    WOPR 3 years +
    3 years +
    (19)
    • £34.99
    • RRP £137.77
    • Save £102.78
    • Just £1.52 per book
    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
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
    (36)
    • £12.99
    • RRP £69.90
    • Save £56.91
    • Just £1.30 per book
    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

    Format: Paperback
  • Tallulah Casey Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007940578 - Louise Rennison
    TCAS 11 years +
    Louise Rennison
    11 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £20.97
    • Save £16.98
    • Just £1.33 per book
    Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Louise Rennison is a much-loved and sadly missed author who brought teen readers the bestselling Confessions of Georgia Nicolson stories, which in turn inspired the hit film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.

    This three-book collection follows the life and times of Georgia's cousin, Tallulah Casey, as she enjoys her life at the Dother Hall performing arts college.

    With boys, snogging and bad acting guaranteed, the laugh-out-loud books find Tallulah and her mates trying to find fame, but love and relationships soon get in the way... will Tallulah choose bad boy Cain or nice guy Charlie?

    Hilariously witty and full of perfect observations about early teenage life and growing up, these books will delight and entertain fans (aged 11 and over) of Grace Dent and Cathy Cassidy.

    Please note these books contain mature content that some parents may feel is unsuitable for children aged under 12.
  • 6BLB
    Anna Sewell
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    • RRP £6.99
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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.
  • WRT2 11 years +
    Louise Rennison
    11 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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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.
  • TRX2 5 years +
    Dr. Seuss
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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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!
  • AKWDK
    JK Rowling
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    Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. But the future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him - and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord's forces of evil. In this dramatic conclusion to the Harry Potter series, Harry must leave his most loyal friends behind, and in a final perilous journey find the strength and the will to face his terrifying destiny: a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight. These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It's time to PASS THE MAGIC ON .
  • ALKOB 9 years +
    James Patterson
    9 years +
    • £6.89
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    Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if he can pull it off. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class - 5,000 points! Running in the hallway - 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm - 50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.
  • Peppa Pig Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780241275771
    PGBG Toddlers
    Toddlers
    (3)
    • £12.99
    • RRP £49.90
    • Save £36.91
    • Just £1.30 per book
    This is a new collection of Peppa stories that comes in a big, green bag. It will delight fans of the star of the popular cartoon.

    With 10 stories to read through (all different from our previous collection - which you can find by searching product code PIGB), the books follow Peppa as she plays basketball; goes on holiday; and even meets the Queen. Her friends and family also have a chance to shine - George gets a brand new dinosaur toy; and Grampy Rabbit blasts off into space.

    With bright and bold artwork in every book and the familiar characters, this is an oink-some collection for young children who love all things Peppa!
  • MALA 13 years +
    13 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
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    The youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai has inspired people all over the world to stand up for what they believe in. In this book, she reveals how she stood up for education and managed to change the world.

    Just 10 years old when the Taliban took control of her region in Pakistan, Malala was shot point-blank by the Taliban for daring to stand up for girls' right to be educated. Surviving through the ordeal made Malala stronger and this book finds her looking back on her incredible life - from growing up in the Swat valley as it undertook drastic changes to the shooting, her recovery and her new life in England.

    Fully updated with new material, this is an inspiring read that shows just why Malala is so determined to make a right to education a reality for every child in the world.
  • LWN2 9 years +
    Louisa May Alcott
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    Little Women is the warm and touching tale of the four March sisters: sensible Meg, tomboy Jo, shy Beth and fiery Amy and the trials they face struggling to make ends meet while their father is away from home. This classic tale is perfect for reading aloud to youngsters or ideal for confident young readers aged 9+ to tackle independently.

    Little Women is narrated by Jo, who is fiercely independent and desperate to become a writer, but she and her sisters' ambitions are frustrated by lack of money and a series of misfortunes. Absorbing and inspiring, Little Women is a must-read classic that is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
  • ELQ2 Toddlers
    David McKee
    Toddlers
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    Elmer the patchwork elephant is the star of this gorgeous picture book.

    David McKee's stunning illustrations give Elmer lots of toddler appeal and this is a lovely book to read to youngsters to illustrate the message that it's OK to be different and not just one of the crowd!

    Elmer offers lots of fun and laughter for readers aged 1 and over.