Children's Books

Children's Must-Read Lists

  • MTFC2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
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    With her Mog the cat stories, Judith Kerr created a classic children's book character who has won lots of admirers over the years.

    Cuddly, grey-and-white cat Mog always seems to be in trouble for her forgetfulness. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she has already eaten her supper. But one night her forgetfulness proves really useful.

    Although first published over 40 years ago, Judith Kerr's story, starring this lovable, accident-prone cat is still making children aged 3 and over laugh out loud.
  • TRX2 5 years +
    Dr. Seuss
    5 years +
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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!
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    Judy Blume
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    Peter thinks he has the world's biggest problem - his little brother, Fudge. Fudge causes trouble wherever he goes and it's usually up to Peter to sort out the mess. When Peter wins a tiny green turtle called Dribble, he's determined to keep it away from his brother. But when Fudge does get his hands on Dribble - disaster strikes! A new cover edition of the first book in this hugely successful series from the bestselling author and household name Judy Blume.
  • AKYIY 11 years +
    Marie Lu
    11 years +
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    "Legend" is the much-anticipated dystopian thriller debut from US author, Marie Lu. The must-read dystopian thriller fiction for all teen fans of "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins and Divergent by Veronica Roth. A brilliant re-imagining of "Les Miserables", the series is set to be a global film sensation as CBS films have acquired rights to the trilogy. The "Twilight Saga" producers, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, will produce. Los Angeles, California Republic of America He is Day. The boy who walks in the light. She is June. The girl who seeks her brother's killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other's past. But Day murdered June's brother. And she has sworn to avenge his death. Dystopian fiction at its very best in this thrilling instalment in the Legend trilogy. Praise for "Legend": "If you loved "The Hunger Games", you'll love this". (Sarah Rees-Brennan, author of "The Demon's Lexicon"). "A fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc, 'Legend' doesn't merely survive the hype, it deserves it". ("New York Times"). "Marie Lu's dystopian novel is a "Legend" in the making". ("USA Today"). ""Legend" is impossible to put down and even harder to forget". (Kami Garcia, author of "New York Times" bestselling author of film sensation, "Beautiful Creatures"). Marie Lu is a US author who works as an art director for a video game company. "Legend" and its brilliant sequel, "Prodigy" were built round the world that Marie Lu created for a popular Facebook game also called "Legend". She was born near Shanghai but currently lives in California.
  • Spy Dog - Paperback - 9780141318844 - Andrew Cope
    6DOG 5 years +
    Andrew Cope
    5 years +
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    Andrew Cope's special agent, Lara, is a spy with a difference. The difference is: she's a dog! In Spy Dog, Lara has been told to go undercover as a normal dog with a family because her last mission put her in danger from an evil drugs baron. Lara is a fabulous canine heroine and her adventures are perfect for building the confidence of newly independent readers. Boy and girl readers of five years and above will be captivated by Lara and her adventures.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • TMX2 9 years +
    Philippa Pearce
    9 years +
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    A Carnegie Medal-winning children's book from Phillipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden is a haunting and evocative tale that will stay in the reader's memory for a long, long time.

    Tom is packed off to stay with relatives when his brother catches measles. Boredom and loneliness plague Tom until one night he hears the clock strike thirteen and something magical starts to happen.

    An enchanting and beautiful tale that will live with you for a very long time.
  • APOZY 7 years +
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    7 years +
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    A luxury, highly illustrated clothbound gift edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of adventure; complete and unabridged. When Jim Hawkins sets sail in search of buried treasure and adventure, he finds himself caught up in a deadly mutiny where he must outwit the cunning pirate Long John Silver in order to stay alive.
  • ANMQZ
    David Baddiel
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    A brilliantly funny, gripping novel from a born storyteller, The Parent Agency is an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child - and for the child in everyone. Barry said, a third time, "I wish I had better parents!" And then suddenly the entire room started to shake...Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it's number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) 'being boring' and 3) 'always being tired'. But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don't have children. That's far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents. For Barry Bennett, this world seems like a dream come true. Only things turn out to be not quite that simple...Illustrated by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Jim Field.
  • ASODG 9 years +
    Enid Blyton
    9 years +
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    Schooldays at St Clare's are never dull for twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan in Enid Blyton's much-loved boarding school series. In book one, the twins find life at St Clare's is not as easy as they thought. They have several surprises and arguments before they admit their troubles are of their own making, and settle down to make friends. Expect mischief at St Clare's! Between 1941 and 1946, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at St Clare's. This edition features the original text and is unillustrated.
  • AGBYV
    Molly Idle
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    In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!
  • ADVCB Toddlers
    Toddlers
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    Thirty-six years after publication this much-loved classic is still as popular as ever. Ingenious die-cut holes bring this much-loved nursery rhyme to life, and Pam Adams's illustrations lend humour and vibrancy to the proceedings. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Available in three formats, suitable for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and the nursery or classroom.
  • MCX2 11 years +
    Patrick Ness
    11 years +
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    The winner of both the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012, Chaos Walking author Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel about the difficult subject of terminal illness and coming to terms with loss.

    Based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, this is an unforgettable read. 'The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do...' is how the book begins, but it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is something different - something ancient and something wild.

    Now an acclaimed film starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is a heartbreakingly beautiful read.
  • DAI2 Toddlers
    Toddlers
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    Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy is the wacky invention of award-winning author and illustrator Lynley Dodd. This board book version, featuring the scruffy and lovable mutt, brings the lively rhyming verses and comical adventures to a whole new readership. A sing-song rhythm and terrific pictures make this an irresistible board book to share with toddlers and preschoolers.
  • ASZAG 9 years +
    Enid Blyton
    9 years +
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    For new girl Darrell Rivers, there are friends to be made, pranks to be played and fun to be had at Malory Towers in Enid Blyton's best-loved boarding school series. First Term New girl Darrell is two terms behind her classmates and feels out of place and alone. Soon, however, Darrell makes friends as well as enemies as they induct new students, win and lose sporting matches and play tricks on teachers. Second Form There's a thief about! Purses and jewellery are missing in the North Tower. Meanwhile Darrell is caught in the middle when her friend Sally is made head girl instead of Alicia. Will they find the thief and will Alicia and Sally make up? Third Year There are lots of new students, including sophisticated Zerelda from America. This year, not only the girls face challenges - Bill's poor horse, Thunder, suffers from collic. Will Zerelda and Darrell become friends, and will Thunder survive? Between 1946 and 1951, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at Malory Towers. This collection features the original stories and is unillustrated.
  • AGIUB 13 years +
    Sarah J. Maas
    13 years +
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    Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?
  • AHWYS
    Anthony Browne
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    Celebrate 30 years of the classic award-winning picture book in this stunning new edition. Hannah loves gorillas but has never seen one. Her father's too busy to take her to the zoo - or for anything else come to that. For her birthday, Hannah asks her father for a gorilla - but is disappointed when she discovers that the gorilla she's got is just a toy one. But then something extraordinary happens...the toy turns into a real gorilla, who puts on her father's hat and coat and takes her off for a magical visit to the zoo...This is a celebratory 30th anniversary edition with a glorious new cover! It is winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award.
  • AAFVM 7 years +
    Dav Pilkey
    7 years +
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    Zoom into action and join our hero for a triple wedge of chunky action, freaky horror and crispy laffs! There are terrible toilets to defeat, evil aliens to send packing, and heaps of other totally horrible villains too. But will Captain Underpants have the wedgie-power to tackle them all?
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    Astrid Lindgren
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    Ronia lives with her father, a robber chieftain, and his band of men in their fortress on the top of a mountain. On the night Ronia was born, a bolt of lightning split the stronghold in two, leaving a huge chasm - Hell's Gap - in between. Soon Ronia is old enough to explore the forest around her, but she must beware of the grey dwarfs and wild harpies that live there. One day she meets Birk, the son of a rival robber leader who has claimed the other side of Hell's Gap, and upon whom Ronia's father instantly declares war. Ronia and Birk develop a friendship that is as indestructible as the mountain fortress itself. But with their families sworn enemies they are forced to keep their friendship a secret until one fateful day when Ronia's father catches Birk ...prompting Ronia and Birk to escape into the woods and fend for themselves. How long can Ronia and Birk survive in the magical forest? And will their fathers ever put aside their differences to get their beloved children back?
  • Julia Donaldson Activity Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509878475 - Julia Donaldson
    JDAC 4 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    4 years +
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    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's picture books including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and What the Ladybird Heard are hugely popular with little ones and these 10 books are full of activities inspired by the stories.

    This collection contains three colouring books (each with over 20 scenes to decorate); four sticker books (with over 100 stickers each); and three activity books (with over 30 puzzles in each one).

    Your little ones will love completing the puzzles and joining in the fun.
    Format: paperback
  • OSS2 9 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    9 years +
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    In Candyfloss, Red House favourite Jacqueline Wilson looks at the painful decisions faced by heroine Floss when her mum moves to Australia. Choosing to stay in England with her dad isn't an easy decision but things get even tougher when his business is declared bankrupt and the pair are made homeless. Can Floss help her dad make a new life? Jacqueline Wilson has created a witty and sensitive story that readers from 9+ will adore.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • OXN2 3 years +
    Michael Rosen
    3 years +
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    Award-winning children's classic, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen, has a perfect sing-song verse for plodding along to on a family walk.

    Learning the words off by heart should be compulsory for children and grown-ups! Helen Oxenbury's illustrations beautifully capture the obstacles of squelchy mud and splishy-splashy river.

    The fabulous text and pictures are totally in tune and this simple book will have young children returning to it again and again.
  • AXKBI
    Janet Ahlberg
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    Janet and Allan Ahlberg's classic, Starting School. From first day nerves to finding your peg, this reassuring read is full of humour and fun for children and parents alike. A classic picture book which offers advice and enjoyment for the whole family before school starts. Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber's mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children's writers. He has published over 100 children's books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as EACH PEACH PEAR PLUM and THE JOLLY POSTMAN - both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.
  • AHRXN 7 years +
    Holly Webb
    7 years +
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    A gorgeous story about family from bestselling author Holly Webb. Amy and Laura aren't looking forward to the arrival of their new brother or sister. There doesn't seem to be any room for them any more. But at least they still have their gorgeous dog Choc - he always knows how to make them feel better.
  • WWM2 3 years +
    Maurice Sendak
    3 years +
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    One of the classic children's books, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is pretty much the perfect bedtime read.

    Max doesn't want to go to bed and finds himself travelling to a faraway, mystical land full of monsters who roar and gnash their terrible teeth. It's a little frightening but so much fun!

    Bold and stylish, funny and ultimately heart-warming, the book is full of toddler appeal and was memorably adapted into a hit film by Spike Jonze.

    This paperback edition of the Caldecott Medal-winning story will be returned to time and time again by toddlers who love mystery and adventure.