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Our must-read children's books include classic stories and contemporary fiction of the highest calibre. We also have essential non-fiction in our must-read books for kids, including great coming-of-age books. Whether you're looking for books with strong female characters or super school stories, you're sure to find a new bookshelf favourite in our selection of popular children's books.

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3 years + : Must Read Children's Books

  • Julia Donaldson Audio Collection - 10 CDs

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: GFCD
    Audio 3 years +
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    The Gruffalo has become one of the most-loved children's characters of all time and this 10-CD collection brings him, and many of his equally brilliant friends from Julia Donaldson's collection of books, to life in audio format.

    Perfect for long journeys and for keeping children entertained whatever the weather, among those delivering the soothing, rhyming stories are Imelda Staunton, Alexander Armstrong and even Julia Donaldson herself!

    A Squash and a Squeeze is a charming story; while Room on the Broom is hilarious; and The Snail and the Whale is quite rightly regarded as a children's classic. There is even The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs included, a CD which contains some of Julia's very own fun-filled action songs for children aged 3 and over.

    CDs in this collection:
    What the Ladybird Heard, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, The Troll, The Snail and the Whale, Room on the Broom, The Smartest Giant, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Gruffalo's Song, The Gruffalo's Child and The Gruffalo.

    Format: paperback
    • £6.00
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  • I Love Christmas Collection - 10 Books

    Product Code: CRCK
    Collection 3 years +
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    Who doesn't love Christmas? These 10 festive picture books celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with plenty of Yuletide sparkle.

    Little mouse William makes a winter wish for it to snow; Santa tries to avoid being photographed everywhere he goes; and there's a whole host of wintry animals waiting to say hello!

    With rhyming text, funny characters and heart-warming plots, these books will help the whole family get into the festive spirit.
    Format: paperback
    • £5.00
    • RRP £63.90
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  • Usborne Little First Stickers Halloween

    Kirsteen Robson

    Product Code: LFSH
    Paperback 3 years +
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    This spooky book will leave young witches and wizards spellbound!

    They'll have lots of ghoulish fun filling haunted houses with ghosts; cooking up sinister concoctions with witches; and terrifying the riders of the ghost train with bats and monsters!

    This book for little vampires is most certainly a treat, not trick, this Halloween!
    • £1.00
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  • The Fairytale Hairdresser Collection - 8 Books

    Abie Longstaff

    Product Code: FRYH
    Collection 3 years +
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    Step into a fairytale salon...

    Abie Longstaff's picture books introduce young readers to fabulous fairy tale characters including Snow White, Rapunzel and Princess Rose (Sleeping Beauty) who all line up at Kitty Lacey's salon to have their hair cut and tell incredible stories.

    The illustrations in these books are packed with things for parents and children to spot together.
    Format: paperback
    • £3.00
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  • Old Bear Collection - 3 Books

    Jane Hissey

    Product Code: OBEA
    Collection 3 years +
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    Join the toys and celebrate Old Bear's birthday party!

    This is a collection of three charming picture books by Jane Hissey. Old Bear is the classic and familiar story of a much-loved teddy bear who gets lost. Luckily, Bramwell Brown, Little Bear, Duck and Rabbit have an entire array of ingenious methods to find Old Bear again...

    Jolly Snow is a wonderfully wintry tale about Jolly Tall, who just wants it to snow. When it doesn't come, Old Bear strikes upon a brilliant idea - why don't the toys just make their own?

    Happy Birthday Old Bear finds the toys getting everything ready for Old Bear's party. Elsie the elephant is a new friend and is planning on giving Old Bear a painted umbrella but then a gust of wind blows her (and the present!) away. Will the toys save her in time?

    These endearing stories were all inspired by the author's actual toys and the adventures she used to send them on!
    Format: paperback
    • £4.00
    • RRP £23.97
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  • Bedtime Story Winner 2017: There's a Boy Just Like Me

    Frasier Cox

    Product Code: BDSR
    Hardback 4 years +
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    The winner of Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2017, Frasier Cox's There's a Boy Just Like Me is a heart-warming tale of friendship between the author and a refugee who shares the same interests and childhood hopes and dreams.

    In 2017, we asked children aged 5 to 11 to write a bedtime story between 200 and 800 words on the theme of friendship. The response was astounding and out of over 1,300 entries, Frasier's story was selected as the winner by a panel of judges that included TV favourite Claudia Winkleman and radio DJ and Radio Boy author Christian O'Connell. Frasier's story was chosen for his focus on important issues and beautiful storytelling.

    At least 35% of the price of the book will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that fights every single day for children's futures. Sold exclusively through us at BookPeople.co.uk, Frasier's book features illustrations from top children's book illustrator Alison Brown and published by Little Tiger.

    Please note that this book is exempt from all promotions due to its charitable donation.
    • £3.00
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  • Demolition Collection - 4 Books

    Sally Sutton

    Product Code: DMTN
    Collection 3 years +
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    Four bright and bold books packed with shout-aloud noise words and rhythmic text.

    Based around roadworks, demolition, ambulances and construction vehicles, these books are packed with familiar objects for children to spot including diggers and road signs.

    They'll have so much fun reading the text aloud and poring over the bright artwork in these books.
    Format: paperback
    • £2.00
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  • Bedtime Story Winner 2018: The Incredible Journey

    Tom Burlison

    Product Code: BSIJ
    Hardback 3 years +
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    We are so excited to be sharing Tom Burlison's The Incredible Journey - the winner of The Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2018.

    One of the UK's youngest picture book authors, 7-year-old Tom's tale is a fun and inspiring bedtime story about the power of imagination and friendship. The two main characters, Elliot and Ruby, have many adventures: they travel through puddle portals to pirate lands, find parts of an alien spacecraft, and get chased by dinosaurs - all on their walk to school as their imaginations unlock a world of possibilities!

    Tom's story was selected as the winner of our Bedtime Story Competition 2018 out of over 1000 entries from children aged between 5 and 11. A panel of judges that included Olympic Gold medallist and Dadventures author Alex Gregory and Sara Sanchez, the illustrator of the winning book chose Tom's story because it is funny, clever and it shows how imagination can transform the way a child looks at the world.

    At least 35% of the price of the book will be donated to Save the Children, a charity that fights every single day for children's futures. Sold exclusively through us at theBookPeople.co.uk, Tom's book features illustrations from top children's book illustrator Sara Sanchez and is published by Little Tiger.

    Please note that this book is exempt from all promotions due to its charitable donation.

    If you think you know a child who could be our next published author then head to our competition page to encourage your children to enter their stories about feelings.
    • £2.00
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    Debi Gliori's Alfie Collection - 3 Books

    Debi Gliori

    Product Code: DGLI
    Collection Toddlers
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    This delightful series from bestselling author Debi Gliori is about Alfie the rabbit and his experiences in the garden, bath and woods!

    With beautiful watercolour illustrations and a lovable main character, these endearing stories are able to capture the irrepressible imagination of children and are perfect reads for toddlers.

    In the first story, Alfie is out in the garden and starts to imagine that he's in the jungle as a lion, an elephant and a little bird. In the second story, Alfie goes from splashing around in the bath to imagining an amazing deep-sea adventure. And in the third story, Alfie imagines himself as all sorts of woodland creatures whilst on a walk through the woods!

    Format: paperback
    • £3.00
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  • The Lion King: Hakuna Matata

    Brittany Rubiano

    Product Code: LKPB
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Everybody look left, everybody look right... Simba and co are back in the spotlight with Disney's remake of the 1994 animated classic, The Lion King.

    Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf, The Jungle Book), the photo-realistic film features an all-star voice cast including Donald Glover as Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Beyonce as Nala and James Earl Jones (who else?) as Mufasa.

    This companion picture book retells the Hamlet-inspired story with gorgeous artwork and flowing text as Simba attempts to overcome the tragic scheming of his uncle and take his rightful place as king of the Pride Lands.

    It's sure to become a much-loved favourite with any fans of both the original and new film over the coming months. Hakuna Matata!
    • £2.00
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    Beast Feast

    Emma Yarlett

    Product Code: BEFE
    Hardback 3 years +
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    This dinner doesn't want to be eaten...

    Emma Yarlett's Beast Feast is all about a soft-hearted beast who wants to enjoy a feast. Unfortunately for the beast, Dinner is a child who really doesn't want to be eaten.

    Beast is asking his friends for recipes but then the quick-thinking Dinner starts talking to him. Will he be able to change the beast's mind? This fun story has Jolly Postman-style letters to open for extra interactivity.
    • £2.00
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  • I am Too Absolutely Small for School

    Lauren Child

    Product Code: IAH2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Bestselling author Lauren Child offers a fresh and funny look at starting school with her Charlie and Lola classic, I Am Too Absolutely Small For School. Big brother Charlie steps in to persuade Lola that her fears about school and the dreaded 'schooliform' are unfounded and that her nervous invisible friend needs help. This is a helpful, sensitive book and an ideal read for wary pre-schoolers nervous about making the transition to 'big school'.
    • £2.00
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  • Sheep on the Run

    Alice Hemming

    Product Code: EJF2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    When Farmer Green falls sick and can't feed the sheep, Lee decides to help. But he forgets to shut the pens and soon a big flock of sheep are on the run. This Yellow book-banded story is perfect for introducing children to new words and developing their vocabulary in a fun and exciting way.
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  • I Love You Already!

    Jory John

    Product Code: BQS2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    All Duck wants if for Bear to love him back. However, Bear isn't quite ready to reciprocate these feelings...

    Bear is looking forward to a nice, quiet day but next-door neighbour Duck wants to play. Will they ever be able to resolve their differences? This is a beautiful story about friendship and family.
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  • Are We There Yet?

    Dan Santat

    Product Code: AZH2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    The car trip to Grandma's house is taking forever. Are We There Yet? explores the amazing possibilities of imagination on a long, boring car journey, as time slows down so much that it starts going backwards. Featuring dinosaurs, Ancient Egyptians, knights and pirates, this is one amazing journey through the imagination. With stand-out illustrations that span millennia by the Caldecott-winning author of The Adventures of Beekle.
    • £3.00
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  • Dog in a Dress & Run, Tom, Run! (Early Reader)

    Katie Dale

    Product Code: EJA2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This red book-banded early reader contains two stories that will help children build their reading confidence and fluency. Dog in a Dress finds animals wearing lots of clothes and asking who they belong to while Run, Tom, Run! follows Tom as he enters the big race. Will he win?
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    Up Here

    Jay Dale

    Product Code: APW2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    Following a cheeky monkey, Up Here is a Pink book-banded book that introduces engaging, accessible and contemporary vocabulary to help build a child's reading fluency and confidence.
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  • Cool Duck and Lots of Hats

    Elizabeth Dale

    Product Code: EIR2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This early reader contains two stories - Cool Duck is about a hot cat who spots a duck and Lots of Hats follows Sam and his family on a windy day as they wear all kinds of hats. This book will help children familiarise themselves with the kind of things they'll see on days out.
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  • Bam-boo and I Wish

    Alice Hemming

    Product Code: EIX2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This gorgeously illustrated book will help children develop into confident readers. It's red book banded and includes two stories - Bam-Boo and I Wish.

    Bam-Boo is about a panda who loves to hide and I Wish has a princess finding a well up on a hill. What will she wish for?
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  • The Dog and the Fox

    Jenny Jinks

    Product Code: EJG2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    The Dog and the Fox finds a dog wanting to play int the daytime, but his friend Fox is fast asleep. Will Fox join him? This is a Yellow book-banded story to help children build their reading fluency and confidence.
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  • Bad Dog & No, Nell, No!

    Elizabeth Dale

    Product Code: EIV2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This pink-book banded early reader contains two fun stories to help children develop their reading skills. Bad Dog finds a muddy pup trying to find somewhere to sit and No, Nell, No! follows Nell as she enjoys a picnic but can't stop thinking of eating other things.
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  • Buzz and Jump! Jump!

    Alice Hemming

    Product Code: EIW2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    This red book-banded picture book will help children with their reading progression. It contains two stories - Buzz and Jump! Jump! - that are full of excitement. Buzz asks what a certain sound is while Ken follows a kangaroo who loves to jump around.
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