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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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5 years + : Must Read Children's Books

  • Horrid Henry Mega Collection - 30 Books

    Francesca Simon

    Product Code: HHEN
    Collection 5 years +
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    Horrid Henry's hilarious antics will have young readers laughing aloud...

    This box set features every single one of Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry stories and a selection of facts books for children to pore over. There are 30 books featuring the naughtiest boy in children's books as he gets into all kinds of trouble and and faces up against nemeses including his younger brother, Perfect Peter.

    All of the re-readable, laugh-out-loud stories feature black-and-white artwork from Tony Ross.
    Format: paperback
    • £15.00
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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
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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.
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    Funny Animal Stories Collection - 6 Books

    Michael Rosen

    Product Code: FANM
    Collection 5 years +
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    Laugh along with Michael Rosen and Tony Ross...

    This rib-tickling collection of early readers introduces unforgettable characters including Burping Bertha, Fluff the Farting Fish and Hampstead the Hamster. Oh, and Don't Forget Tiggs!

    The riotously funny text in these books cover favourite themes of bagels, bees, animals and bodily functions and are guaranteed to leave a smile on the face of all young readers.
    Format: paperback
    • £4.00
    • RRP £35.94
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    Enid Blyton's Wishing-Chair Audio Collection - 12 CDs

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: WCCD
    5 years +
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    This unabridged audiobook collection brings the magic of Enid Blyton's Wishing-Chair stories to you, wherever you are. It's entirely enchanting, whether you're listening in the comfort of your own home or while on the go.

    Mollie and Peter come across a chair that can fly and grant wishes while out looking for their mother's birthday present and it's not long until they are whisked away to faraway lands and meeting pixies and even Santa Claus!

    Approximate running time: 11 hours 18 minutes. Unabridged. 12 CDs.
    Audiobooks in this collection: The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, The Wishing-Chair Again, More Wishing-Chair Stories
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    The Cat in the Hat

    Dr. Seuss

    Product Code: CNA2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat in response to a plea to make first reading books for young children more entertaining and appealing to read.

    The madcap illustrations and wild exuberance of The Cat in the Hat verses certainly fit the brief, and this picture book version of the rhyming classic introduces the craziness to an even younger audience from 4+.

    If your young reader loves Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, then they will relish the silly madness of The Cat in the Hat.
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  • Yasmin Collection - 4 Books

    Saadia Faruqi

    Product Code: YASM
    Collection 5 years +
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    This delightful four-book collection is about a spirited student named Yasmin Ahmad and her adventures as a fashionista, painter, builder and explorer!

    Yasmin is a strong character with a knack for solving problems in unique ways and she is known in her family as having big imagination. In each book, Yasmin inspires readers by using her creative thinking and curiosity to solve life's little problems.

    With bold illustrations and important messages, Saadia Faruqi's books subtly weave Muslim traditions into fun, relatable stories and would be great reads for children growing in confidence or moving from Key Stage 1 to 2.
    Format: paperback
    • £4.00
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  • Mia's Magic Uncle

    Lindsay MacLeod

    Product Code: AQJ2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    "Your uncle is amazing," Mia's friends tell her. "Yes," agrees Mia. "He is magic." Mia's Uncle Robbie is amazing - he knows lots of magic tricks, like how to produce an egg from Mia's ear, or how to turn a red hanky into a green one. One kind of magic he hasn't yet learnt, however, is how to make his legs work. But this doesn't stop him from being the best uncle Mia could wish for!
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    Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

    Kate Pankhurst

    Product Code: FGWM
    Hardback 6 years +
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    Full of fantastic facts, this illustrated book provides children with an introduction to some of the greatest women of all time - and reveals their actions that changed and shaped the world.

    Presented in a very contemporary style by Kate Pankhurst - a descendant of Emmeline Pankhurst - this book has cool artwork and accessible, bite-sized facts for children (and you!) to pore over.

    Among the incredible women it covers are leader of the Suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst, adventurer and pilot Amelia Earhart and African-American civil rights activist Rosa Parks. This is an inspirational book that covers some of the key moments in history and will encourage children to read further.
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    Knighthood for Beginners

    Elys Dolan

    Product Code: ASX2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Brilliant new young fiction from comedy genius, Elys Dolan, creator of Steven Seagull, Weasels, and Nuts in Space.

    Dave sets out on a quest with his trusty steed, Albrecht the goat (all the best horses were taken), to be brave, chivalrous, and knightly in all ways. He'll be up against Sir Gnasty, who scoffs at the idea of a very small, strangely green knight and has an absolutely massive sword. Hilarious fiction for young readers and fans of dragons, knights, and quests!

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's Branford Boase Award.
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    Monty the Sad Puppy

    Holly Webb

    Product Code: EFE2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Written by Holly Webb and illustrated by Sophy Williams, Monty the Sad Puppy will delight animal-loving children who are moving on from early readers to chapter books.

    Amelie always loved dogs but never imagined she'd end up looking after two of them herself. Her Grandad moves into a care home so Amelie has to look after his dog. Daisy is clearly scared of her new surroundings while Monty cannot understand why he's now living with another dog...
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    Gruffalo Crumble & Other Recipes: The Gruffalo Cookbook

    Julia Donaldson

    Product Code: GFCR
    Hardback 5 years +
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    Enjoy creating 24 recipes from the deep dark wood with this great little first cookbook inspired by The Gruffalo.

    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's picture book is a modern classic and all the sweet treats, healthy snacks and simple meals featured in this book are inspired by it. If a child's tummy is starting to rumble, they'll love to fill it up with 'owl ice cream', 'scrambled snake' and 'roasted fox'.

    Every recipe is very simple and comes with step-by-step instructions for you to follow with your children. A perfect introduction to cooking and baking, these recipes give children and parents something to do together on holidays, rainy days and they're all ideal for a Gruffalo-themed party.
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    Insults Aren't Funny

    Amanda F. Doering

    Product Code: AIY2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Casey the rabbit loves to play goalie on the soccer team. But when Casey fails to block a goal, Dana the squirrel starts calling Casey hurtful names. Young readers watch Casey struggle with bullying and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of verbal bullying.
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    An Extra-Ordinary Girl

    Gina Bellisario

    Product Code: AEY2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    After a life of being homeschooled by her clever-clogs parents, Ellie is so excited to be starting at Winkopolis Elementary School. She can't wait to meet normal children and learn normal things.

    However, she soon learns that her super powers make her stand out from the crowd in a not-so-super way. Can she continue to save the world and fit in?

    This is an action-packed story with plenty of wit, insight and humour.
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    Sometimes Jokes Aren't Funny

    Amanda F. Doering

    Product Code: AOE2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Jamie, Terry, and Sydney have been going to Camp Barkley every summer since they were puppies. But when a new dog named Taylor joins their cabin, Taylor's mean jokes make Jamie feel left out and picked on. Young readers watch Jamie struggle with Taylor's jokes and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of covert, or indirect, bullying.
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    Sammy the Shy Kitten

    Holly Webb

    Product Code: EFB2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Written by Holly Webb and illustrated by Sophy Williams, Sammy the Shy Kitten is a brilliant, heart-warming and simple read for young animal lovers.

    Tiggy the stable cat has had three kittens but the riding school can't look after them all. Who's going to adopt a cat?
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    Flora the Fairy

    Tony Bradman

    Product Code: EHD2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    This Green book band story is a delightful tale about a little girl who finds friendship in the most unexpected of places.

    Flora loves visiting her grandparents but she's scared of Rufus the cat. Every time she visits, Rufus has to go outside and this makes Flora feel awful. Luckily, Nana and Grandpop have a plan that proves Rufus just wants to be friends.

    Helping nervous children overcome a fear of animals, this is an engaging story that will also help build their reading confidence and vocabulary.
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    Pushing Isn't Funny

    Melissa Higgins

    Product Code: AKZ2
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Bailey is a raccoon who loves math and the superhero Mighty Raccoon. But Bailey is getting physically bullied by Kim, a dog at school. Young readers watch Bailey struggle with bullying and learn safe ways to make it stop. Sensitive illustrations of gender-neutral animal characters help all children relate to the issue of physical bullying.
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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.
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    Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories

    Joyce Lankester Brisley

    Product Code: 6MILL
    Paperback 5 years +
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    Milly-Molly-Mandy lives in a tiny village in the heart of the countryside.

    She is always busy doing things, and whether she is blackberry-picking with little-friend-Susan or keeping shop for Miss Muggins, you're sure to have fun when Milly-Molly-Mandy's around!

    The adventures of this lively little girl and her chums first appeared over 80 years ago and they have been delighting young children ever since.
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    The Unwanted Puppy

    Holly Webb

    Product Code: EFG2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Zoe loves dogs but hasn't had one of her own since Honey died. When Zoe sees Scout out walking with his new-to-the-area family, she offers to help walk him. But when doing so, she's worried Scout neither gets enough exercise or attention.

    She realises the family don't have time to give Scout the attention he needs. But how can she help when he doesn't belong to her? This is a brilliant book for newly independent readers.
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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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    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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    Biscuit Blast Off! Early Reader

    Clare Helen Welsh

    Product Code: BVL2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Captain Sneaky McSqueaky and his crew of pirate mice are trying to fly to the moon to steal moon cheese, but to get there they need some help from Oliver and his biscuits...

    Clare Welsh's Biscuit Blast Off! is a fun and quirky story that will inspire any young reader's imagination. Sophia Touliatou's artwork will be pored over again and again.
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