Top 10 Best Books for 6-year-olds

The sensational stories in this dazzling list of the 10 best books for 6-year-olds are sure to inspire a lifelong love of books in young readers. Discover some of the best children's authors - including Julia Donaldson, Roald Dahl and Michael Rosen - and pore over plenty of stunning illustrations in these brilliant books.

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1. The Snake Who Came to Stay

Julia Donaldson & Hannah Shaw

Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, presents this wonderful story starring Polly, who sets up a pets' holiday home for the summer and has to contend with greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and ssslithering sssnakes! Mum grows more exasperated by the day! And will Polly be able to find missing snake Doris before it finds its guinea pig prey? An exciting tale for all youngsters, including reluctant and dyslexic readers.

2. Classic Adventure Collection: 10 Books

Tony Bradman & Tony Ross

These adrenaline-pumping, action-packed stories have thrilled young readers for generations. In this collection, they've been brilliantly rewritten and presented for young adventurers, featuring riveting quests and legendary characters like Robinson Crusoe, Ali Baba, Robin Hood and many more! Packed with lively illustrations, these books are wonderfully accessible and exciting for kids starting to read their first novels.

3. Tony Robinson's Kings and Queens

Tony Robinson

This fascinating, fun-filled book is perfect for young non-fiction readers and fact fans. It covers all the kings and queens of England in an engaging and hilarious way, perfect as a study aid and treasure trove of trivia! Discover which king died on the toilet, which monarch reigned for the longest time, and who became king at just nine months old, in this brilliant, funny book.

4. How Pirates Really Work

Alan Snow

Little land-lubbers can discover all things piratical in this wonderful, hilarious book! Find a world of adventure in this riveting read: sail the high seas, walk the plank, climb the riggings, confront brave buccaneers and more! With vibrant illustrations and accessible text, this thrilling book is great for young readers.

5. Monster Practice: Multiplication and Division Age 6-7

Alison Oliver

This exciting book makes multiplication and division fun with friendly monsters introducing all the key sums and strategies! With fun activities and vibrant stickers to reward and motivate, kids will love these marvellous monsters, and will be multiplying and dividing with ease in no time.

6. Animal Atlas

Anna Claybourne & Christina Wald

For young animal-lovers, there can be nothing more exciting than a beautiful bumper book bursting with amazing animals from around the world! Discover curious creatures and exotic habitats, including rainforests and the freezing Arctic, in this fun-filled atlas, packed with brilliant illustrations and fascinating facts.

7. Sticker Dressing: Shakespeare

Rachel Firth

This gorgeous interactive book will introduce kids to the brilliant Bard through super stickers and exciting dressing-up fun! Prepare the actors with amazing costumes as they get ready to take to the stage. This book is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare, and is sure to instigate a life-long love of the Bard of Avon and his works.

8. Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy

Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake

This stunning set is a combination of two poetry books, created by wonderful writer Michael Rosen and brilliant illustrator Quentin Blake. It comes complete with a spellbinding CD, in which Michael Rosen reads his wacky poems aloud! This must-have collection is guaranteed to inspire a love of poetry in youngsters.

9. A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond & Peggy Fortnum

When Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station, they are startled to find a curious label around his neck, which reads: "Please look after this bear. Thank you." This begins a long line of hilarious stories featuring the adorable bear and his marvellous adventures! This funny, endearing classic has delighted children for generations.

10. The BFG

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake

When Sophie is snatched from her bed in the middle of the night by an enormous giant, she's a bit surprised to say the least! But she discovers that this big, friendly giant has a big, warm heart to match. Together, they set out to rid the world of rather less kindly giants. This exciting, lively tale comes from sensational storyteller Roald Dahl, and is complemented by the inspired illustrations of Quentin Blake.

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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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    Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy is a combination of two books of poetry written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

    Readers who love the dottiness of Quentin Blake's Mr Magnolia will be thrilled by this crazy collection, which comes complete with a CD in which Michael Rosen reads his poems. This is definitely a must-have collection of poetry for every youngster's bookshelf. From 5+.
  • The Greatest Adventures in the World Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781408329405 - Tony Bradman & Tony Ross
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    This 10-book collection is packed with famous and action-packed tales. From Robinson Crusoe to Robin Hood, they're among the very best adventures of all time.

    Brilliantly rewritten by Tony Bradman to appeal to younger readers, each of these stories also features awesome artwork by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross.

    Dynamic retellings of Beowulf, Ali Baba and King Arthur are also included in this awe-inspiring introduction to adventure stories.

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    Friendly monsters introduce key numeracy and literacy skills, to make learning fun and engaging for your child. The curriculum-based skills practice is accompanied by fun activities and colour stickers to reward and motivate. * monster characters that your child will love * practice and reinforcement of skills covered in school * fun activities for motivation * colourful monster sticker rewards * make your own monster mask * 'create your own monster' competition - the winning monster will appear in one of our future books!
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    The Sticker Dolly Dressing books have been huge hits for the Book People and now we're delighted some of William Shakespeare's much-loved characters, including Hamlet and Macbeth, are part of this bestselling series.

    With over 200 stickers to choose from, children aged 5 and over will have so much fun dressing up the actors as they prepare to take the stage to appear in one of the Bard's famous plays!

    A fun and accessible introduction to the work and characters of Shakespeare, this sticker book is sure to inspire children to look into his works further...
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    Perfect for animal-mad children and great for helping with homework and school projects, this full-colour illustrated Animal Atlas will help readers aged 5+ find out about all the different habitats animals live in around the world.

    Discover where the varying environments can be found and what each animal needs in order to survive.

    From polar bears in the freezing Arctic to orangutans in the steaming rainforest, this Bloomsbury Animal Atlas is packed with delightful illustrations, brilliant maps, easy-to-remember facts, and plenty of fun-filled information that will help children explore and be amazed by the animals living all over the world.
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    This is a special edition to celebrate queen Elizabeth II as Britain's longest reigning monarch. With an extra chapter on Queen Elizabeth II and her family including William, Kate and Prince George. Kings and Queens have always provided their subjects with a great deal to talk about. But how much do we really know about them? For instance, who became king when he was only nine months old? Which king invented the handkerchief? Which king died on the toilet? In this fascinating and witty look at kings and queens of England, Tony Robinson provides all the answers to these questions and many, many more.
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    Part of the Little Gems series of first chapter books, this clever and funny story from The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson is perfect for the younger end of the 5-8 age range.

    Fully illustrated, the former Children's Laureate's story follows Polly as she sets up a pets' holiday home for the summer. With a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slithering snakes, Mum is getting more and more fed up - and then Doris the snake goes missing!

    Can Polly find Doris before the snake finds the guinea pigs?
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    Prepare to sail the high seas, walk the plank and face up to brave buccaneers in Alan Snow's How Pirates Really Work, a book which gives wonderfully funny explanations of all things piratical.

    Wittily explaining the life of pirates, the book is sure to keep readers informed and entertained from first page to last. Suitable for children aged 5 and over, the lively illustrations perfectly complement the accessible text.

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    With its refreshed look to join in the Roald Dahl 100 Celebrations, this edition of The BFG is splendiferous. Telling the story of a young girl called Sophie who stays up way past the witching hour and meets a giant who is far friendlier than the others - who like to eat 'human beans' for dinner!

    With Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations featured throughout, this is an all-time classic children's book.