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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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7 years + : Must Read Children's Books

  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: NROJ
    Collection 7 years +
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    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable - and they're gathered together here in one box set!

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection is packed with Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

    Format: paperback
    • £18.00
    • RRP £98.85
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  • The Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books

    Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross

    Product Code: NSHK
    Collection 7 years +
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    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare's books for younger readers. The full list of stories in the collection is:
    • Julius Caesar
    • King Lear
    • The Merchant of Venice
    • The Taming of the Shrew
    • Twelfth Night
    • As you Like it
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • The Tempest
    • Henry V
    • Macbeth
    • Othello
    • Richard III
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Antony and Cleopatra
    • Hamlet
    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.

    Format: paperback
    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.
    • £5.00
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  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: FFCC
    Collection 7 years +
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    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
    • £14.00
    • RRP £153.78
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  • 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
    • £12.00
    • RRP £149.70
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    Beast Quest & Other Monsters Kitbag Collection - 12 Books

    Adam Blade

    Product Code: ABKB
    Collection 7 years +
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    Fight against beasts, discover the secrets of the deep and join Team Hero...

    This 12-book collection introduces children to the action-packed worlds of Adam Blade. The four Beast Quest books find Tom battling against brutes, serpents, jungle masters and a snow phoenix; the Sea Quest books feature cyber squids, electric eels, silent predators and blood sharks; and the Team Hero books find Jack battling the forces of darkness.

    Sure to appeal to even those children who wouldn't normally pick up a book, these are pacy and page-turning adventures - and they come in a handy kit bag featuring eye-catching artwork!
    Format: paperback
    • £4.00
    • RRP £59.88
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  • The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: SVCC
    Collection 7 years +
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    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
    • £12.00
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  • The Roald Dahl Audio Collection - 16 MP3 CDs

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: RDCD
    Audio 7 years +
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    Listen to the master storyteller's favourite tales!

    Roald Dahl is the most beloved children's author and his stories have entertained and inspired generations of readers. This MP3 CD collection contains unabridged adaptations of 16 of his classic books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG.

    It also includes his autobiography Boy and shorter stories including Billy and The Minpins and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. All of the stories are read by big-name celebrities and actors including Hugh Laurie, Kate Winslet and David Walliams.
    Please note this collection contains CDs that can only be played on MP3-accessible CD players, computers and laptops. The majority of post-2001 car model stereos are MP3 CD accessible. Please check your CD player is MP3 accessible before placing an order. To listen to the audio, import into iTunes or any other media player, then transfer to your MP3 device or player. Suitable for smartphones, iPads and tablets.
    Format: MP3 CD. Unabridged
    Stories in this collection: The BFG - Read by David Walliams, Billy and the Minpins - Read by Bill Bailey, Boy - Read by Dan Stevens, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Read by Douglas Hodge, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Read by Douglas Hodge, Danny and the Champion of the Word - read by Peter Serafinowicz, Esio Trot - Read by Quentin Blake, Fantastic Mr Fox - Read by Chris O'Dowd, George's Marvellous Medicine - Derek Jacobi, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me - Read by Hugh Laurie, Going Solo - Read by Dan Stevens, James and the Giant Peach - Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, The Magic Finger - Read by Kate Winslet, Matilda - Read by Kate Winslet, The Twits - Read by Richard Ayoade and The Witches - Read by Miranda Richardson.
    • £10.00
    • RRP £100.00
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  • Judy Moody Collection - 14 Books

    Megan McDonald

    Product Code: TJMC
    Collection 7 years +
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    Meet Judy Moody, her little brother Stink, her best friend Rocky and her 'pest' friend Frank Pearl in this incredibly witty 14-book collection.

    Judy has a mood for every occasion... A bad mood, a good mood and even an around-the-world mood! Across these books, she enjoys madcap adventures as she experiments with psychic abilities; investigates the case of a missing puppy; and for once gets a taste of her own medicine.

    Megan McDonald's laugh-out-loud stories are complemented by Peter H. Reynolds' fine illustrations in these bestselling books for newly confident readers. Racing through the pages of one of these books is sure to lift any young reader's mood!
    Format: paperback
    • £8.00
    • RRP £83.86
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  • Magic Ballerina Collection - 22 Books

    Darcey Bussell

    Product Code: MGCB
    Collection 7 years +
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    Beloved ballerina and former Strictly judge Darcey Bussell takes you on a captivating journey to a faraway land of ballet and magic where you'll meet Delphie - a girl who just wants to dance - in these 22 enchanting stories.

    Delphie's wish comes true when she joins a new ballet school but there's more to Madame Zarakova's class than meets the eye and, with the help of some very special ballet shoes, Delphie finds herself spinning into a whole new world!

    These simple, illustrated stories combine dancing with fairy tale-style magic and will delight children aged 5 and over.
    Format: paperback
    • £8.00
    • RRP £109.78
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  • The Giggle Ninja Joke Book

    Product Code: GNJB
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Laugh your way through the pages!

    We recently joined forces with Toto the Ninja Cat (and her owner, Dermot O'Leary) to find the most side-splittingly funny jokes from children aged between 3 and 13 from all over the UK. The Giggle Ninja Joke Book brings together the ones that made us all purr with laughter.

    Sure to have all ages giggling away, the original jokes range from traditional Knock Knock questions to simply pun-derful wordplay. Did your child's joke make it into the book?
    25% of the sale price of The Book People's Giggle Ninja Joke Book will go to our partner Save The Children. Save the Children exists to help every child reach their full potential.
    • £1.00
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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.
    • £3.00
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  • George's Marvellous Medicine

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: GMN2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    With refreshed artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 anniversary celebrations, this is a special edition of the magical tale, George's Marvellous Medicine.

    George's Marvellous Medicine is one of his most popular tales, in which young boy George creates a very special medicine to cure his grandma of her nasty habits. Complete with Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this is a must-read for any youngster in the midst of their reading journey!
    • £2.00
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  • The 117-Storey Treehouse

    Andy Griffiths

    Product Code: YTR2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    117 storeys of silliness and laughter in the ninth book in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's Treehouse series.

    Best friends Andy and Terry have added another 13 levels of madcap fun to their ever-growing treehouse. This time around, they've added a tiny horse level, a pyjama party room and a museum dedicated to underpants! It's not all fun and games though, especially as the Story Police are on their trail. Will they summon the courage to escape through the Door of Doom?

    This lively book is packed with laugh-out-loud situations and fun cartoon-style illustrations. Climb aboard!
    • £2.00
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  • Puppy Patrol Collection - 10 Books

    Jenny Dale

    Product Code: PUPY
    Collection 7 years +
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    Prepare to join Puppy Patrol with these 10 charming stories from Jenny Dale.

    From a mischievous teacher's pet to a naughty pair called Sugar and Spice and puppies who want to find their mother to a super-famous dog, these are barking good stories.

    With their popular theme and accessible text, these are perfect for newly independent readers.

    Format: paperback
    • £3.00
    • RRP £49.90
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  • The Worst Witch

    Jill Murphy

    Product Code: WZW2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
    • £2.00
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  • The Twits

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: DHT2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    With a phizz-whizzing new cover to mark 100 years of Roald Dahl, this is the story of a foul and smelly couple known as The Twits.

    Mr Twit has bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard, while his wife Mrs Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye. When they're together, they are probably one of the nastiest couples you're likely to meet. They love to play awful pranks on each other, too.

    The Twits are such a nasty couple that they keep Muggle-Wump the monkey and his family locked in a cage on their garden. But they haven't bet on the monkeys making a plan to trick them...

    One of Dahl's funniest stories, the story is accompanied by Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations.
    • £2.00
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  • The 78-Storey Treehouse

    Andy Griffiths

    Product Code: EGV2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's Treehouse series is all about friends called Andy and Terry who have incredible adventures in their wacky treehouse.

    Full of zest and wicked humour, this sixth book in the series finds the treehouse extended to 78 storeys and it now includes a drive-thru car wash, an ALL-BALL sports stadium and open-air cinema.

    This very exciting and zany story will appeal to reluctant readers and have so many children laughing out loud.
    • £2.00
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  • The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl

    Stella Caldwell

    Product Code: GWDH
    Hardback 7 years +
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    Presented in a scrumdiddlyumptious scrapbook style, The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl provides Dahl fans with many tremendous things and wonderful surprises.

    Inspired by his magical storytelling and especially published to coincide with the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, the book first shows the reader the writing hut in which Dahl created his crazy worlds and then invites them to step into each one - there are letters and newspaper cuttings about a giant peach; an insight into what hides inside a Twits-style beard; and a spotter's guide to the man-eating giants of Giant Country from The BFG.

    With plenty of Quentin Blake's iconic artwork on display and flaps to lift and guides inserted in the pages, this is a book that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about visiting Roald Dahl's phizz-whizzing worlds.
    • £3.00
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  • Mrs. Pepperpot Stories

    Alf Proysen

    Product Code: MRX2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Alf Proysen's Mrs Pepperpot is a resourceful character, but then this is important if you're liable to shrink to the size of a pepperpot at any moment! In Mrs Pepperpot Stories, readers will enjoy the gentle humour and ingenuity of our pint-sized heroine as she encounters a monstrous mousetrap, a crafty fox and a mountain of ice-cream! Readers from 5+ will be charmed by Mrs Pepperpot.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
    • £3.00
    • RRP £7.99
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  • A Bear Called Paddington

    Michael Bond

    Product Code: CPD2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    In Michael Bond's A Bear Called Paddington, Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station with a label around his neck which reads: "Please look after this bear. Thank you."

    It's the start of lots of hilarious stories in which Paddington Bear encounters all kinds of adventures, leaving his inimitable sticky imprint wherever he goes.

    The ultimate in funny and endearing classic chapter books to read with children aged five and older!
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  • Icarus Was Ridiculous

    Pamela Butchart

    Product Code: ICQ2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Pull up a plinth and enjoy all the drama of the original Greek myths!

    Pamela Butchart's book introduces Izzy, a girl who loves hearing all of the stories about myths and legends in Ancient Greece. The latest character she's heard about is Icarus, a total numpty, and the trojan horse that managed to end a war despite not even being real.

    Published in collaboration with the British Museum, this engaging story features striking artwork from Thomas Flintham and stories history-obsessed children will love to devour.
    • £2.00
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  • Daisy and the Trouble with Zoos

    Kes Gray

    Product Code: ZOS2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Kes Gray struck a chord with his toddler picture book Eat Your Peas, and he now introduces Daisy to an older readership In Daisy and the Trouble with Zoos. Illustrated by Nick Sharratt and Garry Parsons, Daisy's adventures with penguins will have newly independent readers laughing uproariously. This brilliant book was a winner of a Red House Children's Book Award and will delight readers from 7+.
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  • LEGO Harry Potter: The Magical Guide to the Wizarding World

    DK

    Product Code: HPMW
    Hardback 8 years +
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    This book brings a little LEGO magic into any Harry Potter fan's life!

    It's full of spellbinding photographs and shots of LEGO Harry Potter Minifigures (including Harry, Ron, Hermione and Professor Dumbledore) and sets including the Hogwarts Express, the Great Hall and the awe-inspiring castle.

    Along with fascinating facts, there is also a focus on the fantastic beasts and creatures featured in the popular LEGO sets including Fawkes the phoenix, Hedwig the snowy owl and Aragog the giant spider.
    • £3.00
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  • Peter Pan

    JM Barrie

    Product Code: ETE2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    Don't miss this timeless classic! JM Barrie's Peter Pan has charmed generations of children and their parents and the adventures of the mischievous Lost Boys, adventurous Darling children and courageous Peter Pan are sure to enchant generations more! Perfect for reading aloud.
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