Children's Must-Read Lists

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    Why do people become refugees?
    How does it feel to be a refugee?
    How do refugees travel to a new home?

    This informative book introduces children to the subject of refugees and explains what they are and all the troubles they face as they attempt to find a new home. With accessible text, it aims to help children understand the issue from a range of perspectives.

    Presented in a sturdy hardback format, this book is bursting with informative and factual information and is full of photographs and diagrams that will engage young readers and inspire them to join in the debate.
  • FFV2 7 years +
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    Despite being over 60 years old, Enid Blyton's Famous Five adventures are a timeless treasure trove for newly independent readers to discover.

    With their action-packed plots and likeable characters, the Famous Five tales have established themselves as classics that can be enjoyed over and over again and by different generations.

    This bumper bind-up includes Five on a Treasure Island, Five Go Adventuring Again and Five Run Away Together.
  • HSD2 7 years +
    7 years +
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    How to Steal a Dragon's Sword, the ninth book in Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series, finds Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third finding it hard to be a hero.

    The woods of Berserk have burned down and it feels like the world is cursed: Dragons are revolting against their Masters, the water is rising and the wicked witch Excellinor has returned....

    Will Hiccup be able to find the King's Things and win a sword-fighting contest to save the day?
  • AXZ2 11 years +
    11 years +
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    Joe has never been 'cool' or 'hot' - he'd rather slog over a brand new recipe than spend hours obsessing over an Instagram image. When dating app Mate Match is launched to connect with teens at other schools, suddenly Joe has got to learn the rules of the dating game and big sister Georgia and her boyfriend Aaron are on hand to teach him everything he needs to know. And it seems the trick to success is to lie - about being in a band, about his hobbies (no cooking to be mentioned!), even his name. But when Joe gets matched with self-obsessed stunner Tania, his lies look set to unravel fast. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
  • BCWSW 14 years +
    14 years +
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    Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming. But Moonbeam is starting to see the lies behind Father John's words. She wants him to be found out. What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

    Winner of the YA Book Prize 2018.
  • FBJ2 9 years +
    9 years +
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    You've always dreamed of studying at Hogwarts so why not pick up one of the textbooks that the students read? J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (which inspired the hit film of the same name starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the 'author' of this book) is a miscellany of all kinds of magical creatures.

    An approved textbook at Hogwarts that even Albus Dumbledore claims no wizarding household should be without, it's an indispensable spotter's guide that contains profiles and facts about critters including Nifflers, Thunderbirds and Hippogriffs. There's so much for Muggles to read about.

    This new paperback edition has a foiled jacket and features the recently revised 2017 text that introduced six new creatures from the North American continent. It even has a new foreword from Newt that sheds light on the events surrounding a serious breach in the International Statute of Secrecy which took place in New York in the 1920s (if you've seen the film, you know what this is regarding...)
  • TTAC 7 years +
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    Our book collections of The 13-Storey Treehouse have been hugely popular and brought so much laughter into families all around the country. Now, you and your children can enjoy the madcap adventures of Andy and Terry in unabridged audio format with this 10-CD collection.

    Andy and Terry are best friends who live in the world's best treehouse. It's full of everything from ice cream-serving robots to sports stadiums and they keep adding even more floors to it full of even more incredible things.

    Packed with the humour of Wimpy Kid and ideal for children who love Captain Underpants and David Walliams, these audiobooks are sure to inspire children to read the stories that inspired them and will entertain all ages on long car journeys.
    Unabridged
    10 CDs. Approximate running time: 9 hours, 16 minutes
    Stories in this collection: The 13-Storey Treehouse, The 26-Storey Treehouse, The 39-Storey Treehouse, The 52-Storey Treehouse, The 65-Storey Treehouse
  • RLN2 8 years +
    8 years +
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    With images inspired by the animated aspects of the documentary He Named Me Malala, this is a powerful book all about activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai.

    Vibrantly presented, it will introduce children who may not be familiar with her to Malala's incredible story. Growing up in a world where women are supposed to stay silent, Malala defied the Taliban's rules and spoke out for her rights - getting shot for her beliefs.

    A passionate believer of education for all, this is a retelling of the story of one of the world's most extraordinary - and brave - figures.
  • 6DWK 7 years +
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    Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a worldwide bestseller that is cracking kids up from New York to Newcastle!

    When Greg finds himself thrust into a new school where undersize weaklings like him share the corridors with other kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving, he decides to piggyback on the popularity of his friend Rowley and finally become cool.

    Children from 9+ will love reading the hilarious story of how Greg and Rowley's friendship is tested to the limits!
  • TGT2 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.
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    This distinctive edition of the third book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series features cover artwork from the major motion picture The Divergent Series: Allegiant, starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Ansel Elgort. This special edition also contains never-before-seen bonus content! One choice will define you. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's No. 1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers and film fans in Divergent and Insurgent.
  • BKWLQ 12 years +
    12 years +
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    Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua ...

    Winner of the British Book Award Audiobook of the Year 2018
  • Top of the Pups Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781509891207 - Anna Wilson
    PUPS 7 years +
    7 years +
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    When Mum agreed to let Summer have her very own golden Labrador puppy, she probably didn't imagine the chaos to come...

    Summer and her new puppy Honey are best friends from the moment they meet and embark on a hilarious and exciting adventure together; Summer takes on Honey's training, performs with her in the school talent show, plans a birthday party for her and helps her prepare for the arrival of a litter of puppies.

    These amazing animal stories are full of gentle humour and funny situations children with pets may recognise from their own lives...

    Format: paperback
  • DAM2 11 years +
    11 years +
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    For a pimples-and-all look at teenage life, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 has it covered. Spots, embarrassing parents, unrequited love, bullies and bad poetry feature in abundance in Sue Townsend's modern classic.

    Loveable outsider Adrian Mole's pseudo-intellectual observations on all aspects of teenage life will have young adult readers in stitches, but there are some thoughtful and sensitive observations that will strike a chord, too.

    A simply fantastic and very funny book from the much-missed Sue Townsend that introduced one of the most-loved characters of recent times.
  • BKC2 5 years +
    5 years +
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    Did you know that there is a tree-climbing fish? Or that some bees drink crocodile tears? Or that a jellyfish was sent into space? Be truly inspired by incredible facts about the creatures that share our planet. Find out: If you're as tall as an emperor penguin or a velociraptor Whether a honey badger could beat a lion in a fight How one man was swallowed head first by a great white shark - and survived! Find out disgusting, hilarious, weird and wacky facts with this awesome book! Are you ready for another EPIC book from the winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 (Best Book with Facts)?
  • BKZXI 10 years +
    10 years +
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    Acclaimed performance poet and novelist Benjamin Zephaniah's honest, wry and poignant story of a young refugee left in London is of even more power and pertinence today than when it was first published. Life is not safe for Alem. His father is Ethopian, his mother Eritrean. Their countries are at war, and Alem is welcome in neither place. So Alem is excited to spend a holiday in London with his father - until he wakes up to find him gone. What seems like a betrayal is in fact an act of love, but now Alem is alone in a strange country, and he must forge his own path ... Brilliantly written and with a real ear for dialogue, fans of Angie Thomas and Malorie Blackman will love Benjamin Zephaniah's novels for young adult readers: Refugee Boy Face Gangsta Rap Teacher's Dead
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    In Nazi-occupied Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen is called upon for a selfless act of bravery to help save her best friend from a terrible fate. Winner of the Newbery Medal, newly reissued in the Essential Modern Classics range. "They plan to arrest all the Danish Jews. They plan to take them away. And we have been told that they may come tonight." It is 1943 and life in Copenhagen is becoming complicated for Annemarie. There are food shortages and curfews, and soldiers on every corner. But it is even worse for her Jewish best friend, Ellen, as the Nazis continue their brutal campaign. With Ellen's life in danger, Annemarie must summon all her courage to help stage a daring escape. Inspired by true events of the Second World War, this gripping novel brings the past vividly to life for today's readers.
  • APOAW 6 years +
    6 years +
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    The quirky sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. After returning from Wonderland, Alice's adventures continue when she steps through a looking glass and into the topsy-turvy world beyond. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
  • Kitten Chaos Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509891191 - Anna Wilson
    KIOS 7 years +
    7 years +
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    These are the purr-fect stories for any feline fan. Anna Wilson's Kitten Chaos books prove that some kittens are not quite as cute as they look.

    The Kitten Hunt, the first book in the series, finds a child starting up their own pet-sitting business as a way of looking after a variety of animals; Kitten Wars is the tale of one kitten and two smitten families; and The Kitten Catastrophe finds Jaffa changing overnight from a good girl to ferocious fireball.

    These heart-warming books are very funny and sure to appeal to cat lovers of all ages.

    Format: paperback
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    Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is attempting to navigate through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and music - when all one requires to feel infinite is that perfect song on that perfect drive. Standing on the fringes of life Charlie has a unique perspective of the world around him, but there comes a time to stop being a wallflower and see what it looks like from the dance floor. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion has become a modern classic. Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating and through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
  • AZPKR 3 years +
    3 years +
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    A young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. They will leave their town, she explains, and it will be sad but also a little bit exciting. They will have to say goodbye to friends and loved ones, and that will be difficult. They will have to walk and walk and walk, and although they will see many new and interesting things, it will be difficult at times too. A powerful and moving exploration that draws the young reader into each stage of the journey, inviting the chance to imagine the decisions he or she would make. From the winner of the V&A Student Illustration Award 2016.
  • ALTIE 12 years +
    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.
  • AVAJS 3 years +
    3 years +
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    Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child's bookshelf.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
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    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