From island adventures to stories about twin detectives, here’s our list of favourite children’s books to read this summer.
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An alternative list of recommended books for boys. Perfect for boys who are looking to read about something other than football or jokes about bottoms!
Once your child has mastered phonics and word-reading, where do they go next? Here are our ideas to keep your 7–11-year-old’s reading skills developing.
Five brave heroes, one epic quest… It’s time to head back into the Super Happy Magic Forest! Enter our competition to win your free copy.
Win this brand new book, perfect for children age 7+ interested in the natural world and the environment. When Willow crosses the boundary to the patch of woodland behind her house, something amazing happens: she enters The Wilderness, where magic and nature collide…
To celebrate the publication of the brand-new Kitty book, we have a bundle of books to give away! (February 2020)
Inspired by conversations with his parent friends who weren’t sure how to explain what is happening right now to their small children, Jon Burgerman created this free eBook.
Every child deserves to see lives like their own represented in powerful stories. Cerrie Burnell shares her favourite children’s books that celebrate diversity.
Join in this World Book Day with video sessions from some of your children’s favourite authors and our library of free downloadable activity sheets!
Not only does reading for pleasure improve children’s well-being, but it can be directly linked to children’s success at school and beyond. Get tips and book recommendations to encourage your child to read more.
If your child is mad about martial arts, they’re going to love the first book in this dramatic new series, written by martial arts expert MC Stevens and illustrated by Steve Brown.
From seriously spine-tingling stories to tales about the silliest of spooks, our collection of Halloween reading recommendations is packed full of books to entertain 2–12 year-olds on long, dark autumn nights.
Learning a new skill can be hard but when you’ve got friends like the ballet bunnies every day is a new adventure!
Win a copy of Amber Undercover, a novel which sets out to challenge the way that adventure and intrigue are too often reserved for the boys. (April 2021)
Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9–11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror.
Watch your children’s imaginations spirit them away with our selection of supernatural tales for ages 7–9. Unputdownable books about extraordinary children!
Half fairy, half vampire, totally unique. Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Follow her adventures with pink rabbit and find fun activities.
Isadora has a wobbly tooth. Should she give her fang to her dad so he can frame it like all vampires do, or should she leave it for the tooth fairy, as her mum would like?
It’s Christmas Eve and Winnie and Wilbur are super excited. They’ve posted their letters to the North Pole and made everything festive. But then disaster strikes…
Join our intrepid heroes Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face as they set off on a highly dangerous and nail-biting adventure (or it may just be very silly and mildly perilous!).
Pippi Longstocking makes the everyday extraordinary, and spreads fun wherever she goes. Join her and her friends Tommy and Annika as they set out to find a snirkle!
Isadora is going to be a bridesmaid at her aunt’s wedding, and she’s SO excited! The dress. The flowers. The cake! But, oh no, where has Baby Honeyblossom gone?
When Isadora wins an amazing holiday for her whole family she’s ready for sun, sea, and sand! But there’s work to be done when she and her mermaid friend Marina discover a baby turtle in trouble. Can Isadora help the turtle find a way home?
This beautiful edition of the children’s classic is illustrated throughout with wonderful collage pictures from the award-winning Lauren Child. Includes contemporary design, imaginative layout of the text, and stunning illustrations.
Pippi Longstocking is back and as crazy and as funny as ever! But for Tommy and Annika, the fun might stop all too soon if Pippi agrees to go back to sea with her father.
Pippi, Tommy, and Annika are of on a great adventure – a trip to Koratuttutt Island where Pippi’s father is king. They explore secret caves, play marbles with pearls, and luckily the pirates and sharks they meet are no match for Pippi!
Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! But snow magic can’t last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away?
Isadora’s class are going on a school trip to a spooky old castle. While Isadora investigates the castle dungeon she discovers a surprising new friend.
There’s a new head teacher at Lizzie’s school, and she’s great! She encourages the pupils to follow their passions, and there’s even a competition to win an adventure trip to an exciting remote island! But someone is waiting for them there. And once he lays his eyes on them, there will be no escape . . .
Winnie and Wilbur are visiting the wild animals from their library book in real life. It’s exciting to journey by magic all around the world, but there’s trouble ahead!
Twins, Victoria Stitch and Celestine, are denied their royal birth-right. Celestine accepts the decision with good grace, but Victoria Stitch is consumed with her obsession for power.
Emily loves living on Funfair Moon – especially when she gets to help Jinks & O’Hare, the extraordinary repair team. But when chaos strikes during a crucial funfair inspection, Emily has to act fast. Can she deal with a violent fudgesplosion, a gravity inversion, and a marauding candyfloss creature? Or does this spell doom for Funfair Moon?
In a spectacular tropical glade, Maya can’t believe her ears: she’s attending a songbird concert in the Magical Kingdom of Birds! But all is not as it seems – Lord Astor is stealing the birds’ beautiful voices to keep for himself. Will Maya and her friends be able to return the music to the kingdom. . . ?
When Pippi moves in next door to Tommy and Annika they are amazed by their new playmate. Pippi is cheeky, courageous, and completely unpredictable. She lives with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever!
Winnie and Wilbur have just opened the latest door on their advent calendar when they wonder ‘who gives Santa a present’? This thought leads to an epic quest involving flying trains, broomstick sledges, and, of course, Father Christmas himself!
Winnie and Wilbur are fascinated by the creepy-crawlies in the garden and decide it could be fun to shrink right down to their size. But when you’re knee-high to a caterpillar, there can be some very hairy moments.
Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she is different. When it’s time for Isadora to start school she’s not sure where she belongs – vampire school or fairy school?
Isadora is excited for her first ever trip to the fun fair, but when she arrives it’s not quite as magical as she expected. Luckily, her cousin Mirabelle has a plan to make the fairground rides extra special. What could possibly go wrong?
When her mum and dad come along on a school trip to the ballet, Isadora worries that they might not be like normal mums and dads. But she has even bigger problems when Pink Rabbit goes missing. Will she be able to find him before the curtain rises?
When Isadora and her family go camping at the seaside, some things happen that are not quite normal… From roasting marshmallows on a campfire to making friends with a mermaid – special things happen when Isadora’s around!
When Isadora’s cousin, Mirabelle, comes to stay, Isadora is really excited. Mirabelle, who is a witch, is older than Isadora and always has the best ideas for things to do. When Mirabelle suggests Isadora should take a dragon to ‘Bring Your Pet to School Day’, Isadora goes along with the plan…
Winnie and Wilbur love their local museum, especially the dinosaur gallery. When an exciting competition is announced to draw or make a model of a dinosaur Winnie and Wilbur can’t wait to take part. But what did dinosaurs look like?
When near disaster strikes at the fun fair, Kitty has to step in to show her cat crew what being a true superhero means, before someone gets hurt.
When Mirabelle goes off to witch school she promises not to cause any mischief . . . The only trouble is, causing mischief is one of her favourite things to do.
Ben’s starting to get a bit sceptical about Father Christmas’s existence, he needs proof. So, on Christmas Eve, he sets up an elaborate booby trap to capture the jolly bearded fella …
Meet Mirabelle, Isadora Moon’s cousin. Her mum is a witch and her dad is a fairy, and Mirabelle is a bit of both. She likes casting spells with her fairy wand and flying around on her witchy broomstick, but most of all, the thing she really, really likes to do, is cause mischief.
Hop on board our amazing train for a fun-filled learning journey! We’re off to explore shapes, playtime and so much more. All aboard everyone!
And they’re off! Who will win the Race to the Top of the World? Helga Hammerfest and her polar bears; bounder and cheat Sir Basil Sprout-Dumpling or Shackleton Jones with his robot-powered sled? But wait, what’s this? Two kids riding a sled pulled by 66 pugs wearing jumpers?! The underdogs are coming.
This flagship gift edition illustrated by Lauren Child is a glorious celebratory tribute to the strongest girl in the world, Pippi Longstocking, in her 75th anniversary year.
There was nothing, and then there was a train. A train with two passengers: a petty thief from a dead-end town, and an android girl who could be more human than the rest of us. Join Zen and Nova as they find out what really lies beyond the end of the universe . . .
Pippi lives in a house with a horse, a monkey, a suitcase full of gold and no grown-ups to tell her what to do. She’s wild and funny and her crazy ideas have a way of making anything exciting!
Our free costume guide has tips on dressing up as Isadora or one of her quirky companions.
Author Paula Harrison shares her tips to help you create your own story.
When Isadora is invited to stay at her friend Zoe’s house she’s so excited – she hasn’t been to a sleepover before! There will be midnight feasts, and staying up all night, it’s going to be so much fun!
Isadora loves going to human birthday parties, and now she’s going to have one of her own! But with her mum and dad organising things, it’s not going to be like the parties she’s been to before…
Winnie and Wilbur are going into space! Winnie conjures a rocket and they blast into orbit. It’s quite tricky dealing with all the rocket’s controls but it’s even trickier knowing what to do with hungry space rabbits . . . will Winnie have enough magic up her sleeve to save the day?
It’s almost time for the vampire ball, and Isadora can’t wait! There’s just one problem: she’s got to compete in a talent show with the other vampire children. Isadora’s talents aren’t very vampire-y. Will she be brave enough to perform . . . ?
Along with his friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver sets out to rescue his missing parents. On their perilous journey the friends meet evil islands, a boy called Stacey, and more sea monkeys than you can wave some seaweed at.
Astra’s ship is in trouble. There’s something very sinister lurking in the canteen. A cakey monstrosity on the war path. And then there’s the Poglites – a space salvage crew who have invaded the ship in their quest for spoonage! Astra and her robot friend Pilbeam are the only things standing in the way of the ship’s destruction.
When twelve-year-old Rixon’s great-uncle leaves him a mysterious island in his will, he sets off to see it for himself. And what Rixon finds there might hold the key to the future of the planet …
Even a big bear can feel small when starting school!
Up on the rooftops, Kitty soon discovers that being a superhero is about more than using her special abilities – she must learn to be courageous too.Can Kitty follow a trail of destruction and find Ludo the missing dog?
This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Deborah Ellis’s original novel, The Breadwinner, has been an international bestseller for more than 15 years.
Grown-ups have had their turn at running things, and let’s face it, they’ve been rubbish! It’s time that a kid was in charge. Where there is grumpiness, may we bring giggles, where there is jelly, may we bring ice-cream, where there are chairs, may we bring whoopee cushions!
Lula lives in a house next to the beach with her family. When they must leave their home to make way for a highway, Lula is desperate to protect the beach and its wildlife, but how will a small girl like her be able to do it? A beautiful picture book about the relationship between humans and nature, celebrating the power that children have and how they can make a difference.
Join Kitty – and her cat crew – as she learns how to use her special abilities to outwit cunning villains. Who has stolen the precious Golden Tiger Statue? Can Kitty return it to the museum before sunrise?
On a visit to the US things take a strange turn for 12-year-old Ajay when, completely at random and totally by accident, he is sworn in as the new president.
Something weird is happening at school. The children are too well behaved – almost like robots. What strange power does the eerie headmaster hold over them, and can anyone resist? Or are Dinah, Lloyd, and Harvey doomed to become part of the Demon Headmaster’s dark plan?
The Great Network is changing. New worlds, new alliances, new enmities. For Threnody the changes have brought great power. For Zen and Nova they have brought separation. For the trains that run from world to world, they have brought questions. Now all of them must find out what really matters to them and who they really are . . .
All Ollie ever wanted was to become famous, and now he’s a ROCK STAR! This is the crazy story of how it all happened . . .
The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers are recognized as being three of the best novels about Roman Britain written for children. Written by Rosemary Sutcliff, one the most acclaimed children’s writers of the twentieth century, and loved around the world, these outstanding books are now available in one volume.
Zen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, enlists him for one small job. One small job that might just bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line.
First a rat must earn his name. Then he must live up to it. This is the story of Gabble, a young rat with a wild, beloved, but unpredictable brother, Ash.
Whoops! Winnie the Witch has just sat on Wilbur . . . again! But that’s what happens if you share your black house with a black cat. Can Winnie find a magical way to put a stop to the accidents?
Something weird is going on at the hospital – children are going in, and not coming out again. Elena, Matt, and Tima are investigating, but even they are struggling to uncover the truth. But Spin is preparing to come out of the shadows, and when he does, nothing will be the same. . .
Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When Minnow’s mother is taken from her, she answers a call from the Wild Deep she has been waiting for her whole young life. In her brave and fearless mission, Minnow is transformed forever.
Kevin the flying pony blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF! – crashes into the balcony outside Max’s flat. As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged with creatures, Max and Kevin set about putting things right. With Max’s quick thinking and a constant supply of biscuits for Kevin, there’s nothing this heroic duo can’t achieve!
When George realises that his beloved pet dog Gizmo has been around for a long time – it’s an even longer time in dog years! – he writes him a bucket list, and they set out on a series of laughter-filled adventures, in search of ice cream, pampering and Gizmo’s fifteen minutes of fame.
Gran has always been there for Maya. They have lots of fun together but recently Gran has become a bit forgetful and Maya feels like the tables have turned and she needs to look after Gran . . . oh, and the enormous polar bear who has just sailed into their lives!
Famous pop star Misty Twiglet has moved to Bumbleford and she wants to meet roly-poly flying pony, Kevin. And she promised him biscuits! But when Kevin is captured in Misty’s back garden, things become serious and there isn’t a biscuit in sight. Kevin’s best friend Max must come to the rescue.
Join in the delights and disasters on the riverbank with Mole and friends. If you like great adventures, then The Wind in the Willows is for you! Not only does this edition include the unabridged text, it is also full of extra material to help you get the most from the story and gives lots of recommendations for other things you might enjoy.
Something lives deep within the forest . . . something that has not been seen on Callum’s farm for over a hundred years. Callum and Iona make a promise to keep their amazing discovery secret, but can they keep it safe from harm? The pact they make will change lives forever.
Joe has always loved the moorlands above his home. But everything has changed since his father died, and the moors are no longer a place of refuge. Now the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest up in the heather – and Joe is stuck right in the middle, with a choice to make, and a huge secret to keep.
Open your heart to the unforgettable March sisters . . . If you enjoy heart-warming books, then Little Women is for you! Not only does this edition have the complete, unabridged text, but it is also full of extra material to help you get the most out of the story.
Four illustrated stories in one bumper book! From dynamo strikers and fantastic goalies to a desperate school team and a side about to enter the record books for being the worst team in the world – there’s a story in here for every football-mad fan!
In a divided world of cats and dogs – where dogs only play dog music and cats only play cat music – one little dog chooses to follow the music in his heart, and that means jamming with the cats!
Christmas is only days away when Milly meets a unicorn. He patters softly into Grandpa’s house on a snowy night and suddenly Milly’s world is filled with magic, friendship, and the happiness she has been hoping for.
Beatrice is taking a bunch of beautiful bananas to her grandad, but on the way a giraffe flicks them into the stream – Splash! How will Beatrice get the bananas back? Find out and, on the way, meet hungry bees, playful monkeys, and even a sneezing elephant!
Make your own cat lantern with a balloon, tissue paper and pipe cleaners!
When Mister P stumbles through Arthur’s front door an interesting and fun new friendship is born. Arthur could do with someone to talk to and Mister P is a good listener – as well as being amazing at football, scared of spiders, extremely messy at eating, and the best at hugs when you need them! There are times when only a polar bear will do . .
Being struck by lightning and getting an amazing superpower wasn’t how Holly thought that her day would go. But now it’s happened, she might as well make the most of it . . . if only she could work out how to stop blowing everything up!
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