Recommended book titles for Under 5’s
Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie – Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn’t just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime! A wonderfully funny story from a talented new author/illustrator.
Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Join the very hungry caterpillar for a celebration of love and all the ways to tell that special someone how much you care. This delightful little book features Eric Carle’s bright and distinctive artwork of favourite things, from pretty sweets to sparkling stars, with the very hungry caterpillar making an appearance alongside each one.
Blown Away by Rob Biddulph – Meet Penguin Blue! It’s a windy day, and he has a brand new kite – but where’s he going on this maiden flight? Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites.
This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne – Bella is taking her dog for a stroll across the page when something odd happens. Her dog disappears and it becomes apparent to Bella, her friend Ben, and the rescue services that peril lurks in the pages of this book. But where the police and fire brigade fail, you – the reader can help!
The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty by Karla Strambini – Norman Qwerty is a man of many ideas, and none of them are the least bit ordinary. He’s quite certain that no one else thinks the way he does, and this makes him keep to himself. But when his ideas get too big to hold in, he builds the most extraordinary thing! Soon the beloved Mr. Qwerty is never alone (unless he wants to be), and the world will never be the same.
Recommended book titles for children aged 5 to 7
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor – Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl – oh no! – he’s a MASTER OF DISGUISE! And he will use his formidable camouflage powers to trick his unsuspecting prey into succumbing to him! Tiny animals of the night …BEWARE! But, SOMEHOW, Hoot Owl’s prey keeps escaping…Hmmm, perhaps he isn’t quite as masterful as he believes. Will he ever succeed in catching himself some dinner? Hilarity, ridiculousness and VERY bad costume changes abound in this wildly inventive new title from Sean Taylor and brand new picture book talent, Jean Jullien.
Squishy McFluff the invisible cat meets mad Nana Dot by Pip Jones – Ava and Squishy are up to their normal no-good when Dad whisks them off to Nana Dot’s – Mum’s got to go to the hospital to bring Ava back a baby sister! But Mad Nana Dot’s lost her glasses so can’t see Squishy McFluff and a trip to the hairdresser’s, the post office, the fishmonger all end in adorable disaster.
A walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino – Paris ‐ the most beautiful city in the world! It’s the perfect place for a girl and her grandad to spend the day. Join them as they explore Paris’s iconic landmarks and experience its culture and style first‐hand: visit a traditional street market, climb to the top of Notre‐Dame, wander through the Tuileries Gardens and gaze up at the Eiffel Tower.
Recommended book titles for children aged 7 to 9
The Toilet Ghost by Pamela Butchart – Wigglesbottom Primary is the school where anything can happen! For example, Jacob Barry’s stinky shoe can ACTUALLY PREDICT THE FUTURE, the boys’ toilets are HAUNTED, and then there’s the CURSE that lives in the story-time carpet and gives everyone ants in their pants! With three hilariously-illustrated stories in each book, this new series is perfect for newly-independent readers.
The shark-headed bear-thing by Barry Hutchison – In an alternate 15th century, where dragons roam, sailing ships transform into submarines, and blacksmiths build steampunk robots, ten-year-old orphan Benjamin Blank battles monsters, rescues maidens and discovers fantastic new lands, but never quite manages to get his homework handed in on time.
Fizzlebert Stump and The Girl who could lifted quite heavy things by A F Harrold – It’s the great Circus of Circuses competition, and Fizzlebert Stump has no act. He’s no longer the Boy Who Puts His Head In The Lion’s Mouth (the lion retired) and putting his head in a crocodile’s mouth instead didn’t work out for some reason. Can Fizz find a new act in time? Their new friend Alice, professional flower-arranger and secret Strongwoman, can she find her rightful place in the circus? A story of circus rivalry, learning who you really are, and the problem of oddly-shaped vegetables. Brilliantly bonkers and perfect for fans of Mr Gum and Lemony Snicket.
Recommended book titles for children aged 9 to 11
Save Rafe by James Patterson – After a rough summer, Rafe is heading back to the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, the site of the very worst years of his life. And as if that’s not bad enough, Rafe’s learned that he’s going to be held back a year unless he can prove himself on an outdoor survival excursion – complete with dangerous white-water rafting, dizzying rock climbing and military style counsellors. Rafe and the rest of the pack of ‘delinquent’ trainees are forced to cooperate as they prepare for the final test: a solo excursion in the deep woods. Can Rafe come out of the experience in one piece? And if he does, will anyone recognise him as the kid they once knew?
Not As we Know it by Tom Avery – Jamie and Ned are twins. They do everything together: riding their bikes, beachcombing outside their house, watching their favourite episodes of Star Trek. But Ned is sick, and one day, he may leave Jamie behind. When they discover a strange creature on the beach, Ned wants one more adventure and decides to keep him secretly in their garage. But Jamie begins to hope that the creature might bring some miracle, and stop his brother from going where he can no longer follow.
Circus of Thieves on the Rampage by William Sutcliffe – Shank’s Impossible Circus is back. There are 7,362 things that Armitage Shank hates and at the top of the list (which includes puppies, rainbows, lifts and flashing trainers) is being made a fool of. So, when he thinks his old nemesis, Queenie Bombazine, ringmaster of Bombazine’s Ecstatic Aquatic Splashtastic Circus, is trying to do just that, he sets out on a revenge rampage! Meanwhile, a HUGE revelation sends Hannah and Granny on their own journey to find Queenie, it’s only a matter of time before they all collide. Full of fun, adventure and wacky characters, a must for fans of Andy Stanton and Roald Dahl.
Recommended book titles for children aged Teens
There Will be Lies by Nick Lake – Shelby Jane Cooper is 17, pretty and quiet. It’s just Shelby and her mom, Shaylene, a court stenographer who wears pyjama jeans, stitches tapestry, eats ice-cream for dinner and likes to keep Shelby safe. So safe she barely goes out. So safe she doesn’t go to school. Because anything could happen, to a girl like Shelby. When Shelby gets knocked down by a car, it’s not just her leg that’s broken: Shelby’s world is shattered. Her mom turns up to collect her and drives off into the night, like it’s the beginning of a road trip, like two criminals on the run, like Thelma and Louise or Bonnie and Clyde. And somehow, everywhere she looks, there’s a coyote watching her, talking to her, telling her not to believe.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – Two boys. Two secrets. David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year 11 is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…
All that Glitters by Holly Smale – Harriet Manners has high hopes for the new school year: she’s a Sixth Former now, and things are going to be different. But with Nat busy falling in love at college and Toby preoccupied with a Top Secret project, Harriet soon discovers that’s not necessarily a good thing.
All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries, visit one of our branches or view our library catalogue: https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk