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!
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…
Win two Read with Oxford comics, full of fun characters and engaging storylines – from sneaking past ticklish octopuses to getting cuddly bumbles home for tea.
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.
Have you ever met a man-eating Minotaur, a Kraken, a Roc, or a wise Phoenix? Now’s your chance! These stories will take you on a journey to see Ancient Greece, the Middle East, Ancient Egypt and the Vikings.
Tiny Tom Thumb wants to see the world. His mother just wants him to stay at home. But soon Tom is off to the palace, and a very special football match!
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 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!
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…
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?
Everything you need to know to build your own castle, from the shape of the towers to tactical tips on repelling invaders.
Winnie magics a bubble so she can drift away from all the mess in her house.
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.
Suki and Bekko are Warrior Monkeys in training. They spend hours every day perfecting their martial arts skills in the training hall but they are always alert to danger and ready to answer the call to protect their island home. Fearless and determined, they have the bravery, focus, and spirit to follow the way of the true warrior!
In a land of trolls and magic, Astrid goes to live with a white bear. She dreams about a prince, but is he real?
Kitty and her feline friends Pumpkin and Pixie discover a secret garden on a city rooftop, but as news of the garden spreads, not all that visit it choose to respect and care for the space. It’s up to Kitty to save the garden and its beauty from those who seem intent on destroying it.
Find out what Ron Rabbit gets up to on his big day.
Mark and Liam have to save three endangered animals. Help them to make some difficut choices in this adventure story that takes them from the African bush to the depths of the jungle.
When everyone is told to stay at home, Winnie wonders what she and Wilbur will do all day.
Two hilarious stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, taking on two special jobs at school. Winnie runs the after-school club and gets a job as the school cook.
Have fun in the sun with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur. Join Winnie as she digs for treasure, and find out what happens when Wilbur goes missing.
Two mischievous stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, getting into all sorts of trouble! A spell lands Winnie in double trouble, and Winnie tries out babysitting.
Brave the cold with Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, in two wintry stories. Join Winnie as she meets the abominable snowman and does her best to find some hot chocolate!
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?
The Princess doesn’t want to be friends with a cold, wet frog. But a promise is a promise…
White Fang is half dog, half wolf. Fierce, keen and clever, he quickly learns to survive in the wild open spaces of North America. His life changes forever when he encounters humans for the first time.
Two funny stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur, on an unexpected holiday adventure. Join Winnie on a mystery tour and a birthday fishing trip.
Two fun-packed stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur. Join Winnie as she stars in the pantomine and when she really brings stories to life at school!
Franklin loves living at number three Stanlet Street. His friends live there, and there are wonderful smells from the pie factory. But his mum and dad want to move…
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.
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 . . . ?
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…
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.
Sherlock Holmes, aided by the faithful Dr Watson, must use all his skill and cunning to solve four very different mysteries.
Green and fizzy and full of stars, Uncle Hal’s magic potion works wonders. Or does it?
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?
Birdy and the micro-friends tumble through time to try to save the final Artefact of Time from the Tick-Tock Men.
When Mary goes to live with her uncle, she discovers a secret, locked garden garden. Will she ever find her way in – and what other secrets does Misselthwaite Manor hold?
Dad has a big bug in this Biff, Chip and Kipper story.
Four rhyming ditties to help your child get to grips with phonics.
Peering over the edge of the warehouse roof, Jack and Harry spot an enormous, unexploded bomb…
Fireworks crackling, / Lanterns swinging, / People laughing, / Dancing, singing.
Clive knows exactly what he wants. He’s seen them in a shop window. Trainers. But how can he earn enough money to buy them?
When Omar and Kerry find an old coin, they put it in for the treasure competition. But are they making a mistake?
When Kipper doesn’t want to go to sleep, he pretends there is a monster in his room…
In this heart-warming story, Daddy Bear know just what to do to help Button the bear cub get to sleep
For thousands of years, people have wondered how the world began. Meet gods, goddesses and giants at the beginning of time as they create the earth in these myths from China, North America, Australia, Britain and the South Pacific.
Meet a proud lion, a hungry hyena and a greedy lizard, who all learn very important lessons. These stories from Africa will make you laugh and think.
Martin loves his camera, and taking photos is the only thing he’s really good at. So a chance to enter a school photography competition seems like a dream come true. Until, that is, he is partnered with the mysterious and aloof Sophia.
Dick Whittington dreams of moving to London, where the streets are paved with gold. Maybe Dick’s friend the cat can help his dreams come true…
Kipper has a plan for a silver foil rocket.
Are you ready to solve the mysteries that lurk within? But which will you read first – the short story, graphic novel, film script or poem?
Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger have a surprise preview of the new exhibit at the Greenville museum. But the exhibit isn’t working and when the children shrink to help they have a lot more surprises than they bargained for…
Three fantastic, action-packed, funny stories from Libya, China and England, featuring dragons that might surprise you.
Girl by day. Cat by night. Ready for adventure. Kitty is a hero-in-training with incredible feline powers. She dreams of being just like her superhero mum one day, but she’s still got a lot to learn. Join Kitty and her cat crew on the rooftops for a series of enchanting adventures by the light of the moon.
Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger visit the city farm. But when Ant’s watch goes wrong, they soon find they have a giant problem on their hands.
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 . . .
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?
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.
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!
In these moving and sensitive retellings of myths from India, Ancient Greece, the Vikings and Aboriginal Australia, people try to win back lost loved ones. Some return, while others appear to be lost forever…
Exciting animal myths and folk tales from Africa, the Philippines and North America.
Joe and his parents have moved to a new country, but things take a strange turn from the moment they arrive. Not only does Joe’s suitcase disappear, he seems to have ended up with a polar bear instead! Meet Mister P – the world’s most helpful(ish) polar bear.
A tornado has disappeared in Oklahoma. A sandstorm has vanished in the Gobi Desert. What, or who, is behind it? Team X investigate in Storm Chasers.
A wild young girl is captured by pirates and marooned on a desert island. She has to make her own shelter, find her own food and keep herself safe from all the dangers on the island. But nothing can stop Grace Barry for long…
Doohickey gets a job as the professor’s assistant. But all he’s allowed to do is clean. So when the professor goes out, Doohickey decides to test his newest invention. What could go wrong?
Join Sam on a camping trip with his special backpack and help Pip catch her dragon balloon! Contains six captivating Read with Oxford stories with clear phonics progression.
Read about Buzz’s dream of going into space in his big, red bucket and join Fang as he faces his fear of the dentist! Contains six Read with Oxford stories.
Find out what happens when Snoot stands up to his big, bad dream and meet the boy with a sabre-tooth kitten! Contains six captivating Read with Oxford stories.
Join Tops on a journey to meet the Dinosaur King and discover a planet made out of cake! Contains six captivating Read with Oxford stories with clear phonics progression.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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. . .
Biff and Kipper go to a troll party in this Biff, Chip and Kipper adventure.
The children paint Gran’s loft green, pink and black.
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.
Who is stealing the orchids?
The Magic Key takes the children to Paris. Why can’t they find the Eiffel Tower?
Two fully-decodable stories, filled with fun rhymes and pictures.
Finn and Angus both think they are the biggest giants in the land. But when they finally meet, Finn has second thoughts…
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.
Mum and Dad would like some help to get ready for Christmas in this Biff, Chip and Kipper story.
Lying awake at night, Tom hears the old grandfather clock downstairs strike . . . eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . . Thirteen! How strange! When Tom gets up to investigate, he discovers a magical garden.
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.
How can Ant see the new baby?
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.
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!
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.
Dad plays a trick in this Biff, Chip and Kipper story.
Dad picks up loads of toads in this Biff, Chip and Kipper story.
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