Recommended book titles for Under 5’s
The Day the Crayons Came Home Written by Drew Daywalt and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers Watch out, the crayons are back – and they’re crosser than ever! One day, Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons, who’ve been lost, forgotten, broken – even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a pair of underpants! They may just be crayons but crayons have feelings too.
Grandads Island by Benji Davies A beautifully realised, delicately handled story about a little boy coming to terms with the loss of his much-loved grandfather.
The Mouse Who Reached the Sky by Petr Horacek What is that beautiful red, shiny thing hanging from the tree? Little Mouse thinks it’s a marble, but Mole is sure it’s a balloon and Rabbit says it’s a ball. None of them can reach it by themselves, so how will they discover what it really is? Enjoy lifting the flap to reveal the tasty surprise at the end.
Grrrrr! By Rob Biddulph Come join Fred the Bear on a stunningly illustrated journey to be crowned the best bear in the wood and, just maybe, learn that there might be more to life than training. Each year, for as long as the forest has stood, a contest is held for the bears of the wood. And Fred is the champion. Until a new bear moves to town, and Fred’s champion GRRRRR goes missing. How will he ever win now?
I wish I had a pirate hat Written by Roger Stevens and Illustrated by Lorna Scobie Would you rather have a pirate hat or a football? Would you like to have tea with a rabbit, bring home a pussy cat or go in a big red pedal car? And are you a good pirate or a bad pirate? This book features fifty fantastic poems for young children from top performance poet Roger Stevens.
Recommended book titles for Children aged 5 to 7 years old.
Mary’s Hair by Eoin Colfer Mary loathes her big, curly, bushy hair and so she chops it all off – and she looks fantastic! Well, at least she thinks so. But her mammy is not convinced and forbids her from ever cutting her own hair again. But she didn’t say anything about anyone else.
Ted rules the world Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce with illustrations by Cate James and Chris Riddell Ted thinks there’s something fishy going on. Ever since his birthday when he got a special loyalty card at the local shop, all his great ideas are being thought of by the new Prime Minister too. Now there’s laws about walking to school and everyone has Monday’s off. Could the shop’s market research lady have anything to do with it? And if Ted has become a Leader, shouldn’t he start thinking up proper laws to save the world?
The 39-Storey Treehouse Written by Andy Griffiths and Illustrated by Terry Denton Andy and Terry’s amazing treehouse has 13 new levels! They’ve added a chocolate waterfall you can swim in, a volcano for toasting marshmallows, a bulldozer-battling level, a baby-dinosaur-petting zoo, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world’s scariest roller coaster and a top-secret 39th level which hasn’t even been finished yet!
The wacky winter wonderland by Tracey Corderoy and Illustrated by Joe Berger Another adventure in the Hubble Bubble series – Find out what happens when a naughty toddler waves Granny’s wand in a posh shop. Can Granny build a raft that doesn’t sink? And enjoy a visit to Winter Wonderland with some surprises in store.
Meteor Madness by Frank Lampard Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game – especially in space! When Frankie and his friends climb into a broken Galaxy Quest ride, the shuttle sends them flying beyond the stars! Can Frankie and his team win a game against aliens, and save their new friends from a meteor? Frankie needs to win like never before!
Recommended book titles for children aged 7 to 9
The Super amazing adventures of me, Pig by Emer Stamp Pig couldn’t be happier. Life with the vegetarian farmers is perfect, and best of all, he has a new friend, Kitty. Kitty is a fellow vegetarian, she purrs over Pig’s every move, laughing at his jokes and encouraging him to fart as much as he can. She even gave him his new diary! Of course, only Duck can see Kitty for the cunning, jealous, killing car she is. Pig won’t believe she’s up to something until he’s eaten the entirety of the farmers’ prize crop and is half way to the pie factory.
Dragon White by Shoo Rayner Ryan’s dad is out for revenge. He knows there is a secret about Tan, Harri’s supposedly ‘toy’ dragon. Ryan, Harri’s new best friend knows Tan is real and his dad forces him to give the secret away, testing Harri and Ryan’s friendship to the limit. Ryan’s dad is now obsessed with getting his own dragon in time for the May Parade.
The no. 1 car spotter and the broken road written by Atinuke and Illustrated by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell – The road through No. 1’s village is full of holes. There are no cars for No. 1 to spot and no customers for Mama Coca-Cola’s roadside cafe. Mama Coca-Cola tries to get the road fixed but she fails. Grandfather says, ‘No. 1, you have a No. 1 brain. Use it to fix the road’. What can a small boy do? On Cousin Homework’s wedding day, No. 1 still hasn’t come up with a solution, but he does figure out a way to get everyone to the wedding. And when Mama Coca-Cola asks him to sell her goat at market, he returns home with two goats instead. Finally he has a brilliant idea – one he is sure will get the road through his village mended.
How to fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell It is the Doomsday of Yule. At the end of this day, either the humans or the dragons will face extinction. Alvin the Treacherous is about to be crowned the King of the Wilderwest on the island of Tomorrow. His reign of terror will begin with the destruction of dragons everywhere. The fate of the dragon world lies in the hands of one young boy as he stands on the nearby isle of Hero’s End with nothing to show, but everything to fight for.
Recommended book titles for children aged 9 to 11
How Harry Riddles Got Nearly Almost Famous – Shouty Kid Series Written by Simon Mayle Hi there, My name is Harry Riddles, and I live with my mum, my dad, my EVIL sister and my twin baby brothers in our house in Cornwall. But if my dad has his way we might not live here much longer. He’s got this crazy idea to take us all sailing round the world for like, two years! I’m not sure about it, I guess the swimming with dolphins, learning to scuba dive and climbing volcanoes would be pretty cool but how am I meant to win the school Battle of the Bands competition and get Jess to go out with me if I’m stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean? I’ve written to a load of famous people who might be able to help me sort out my problems who knows if they will write back. Good luck and have fun.
Scratch and Python: the basics by Hywel Carver ‘Coding Unlocked’ is a fun and accessible coding book, guiding children through simple coding concepts and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to become active participants and makers in a digital world. These are illustrated with a narrative-driven problem to solve using Python, and a fun project to create using Scratch. It guides the reader through the learning process, building skills and understanding gradually, and providing lots of practical examples to try out and consolidate new ideas. Exciting context and adventures adds fun to the exercises, and helps readers understand the point of coding and the ways coding could be useful to them in their real lives.
The Jam Doughnut that ruined my life by Mark Lowery Roman Garstang is obsessed with food – particularly Squidgy Splodge raspberry-jam doughnuts – but he is about to learn that things are not always as sugar-coated as they might seem. Because of his Monday-morning jam doughnut, Roman’s week takes a very sticky turn. By Friday Roman has been banned from eating for 24hrs, narrowly avoided a faceful of warm toddler-wee, accidentally shoplifted, been given a lift in a getaway van, styled his teacher’s guinea pig with a blue mohawk, started an OAP riot and still barely managed to scoff a crumb – or lick – of a single doughnut. Who knew jam could be so deadly?
Return to the secret garden by Holly Webb Return to Frances Hodgson Burnett’s timeless classic, ‘The Secret Garden’ in this magical sequel by bestselling author Holly Webb. It’s 1939 and a group of children have been evacuated to Misselthwaite Hall. Emmie is far from happy to have been separated from her cat and sent to a huge mansion. But soon she starts discovering the secrets of the house – a boy crying at night, a diary written by a girl named Mary and a garden. A very secret garden.
Recommended book titles for Teens
One by Sarah Crossan Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. But can they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? Just as Tippi and Grace have begun to live like normal teenagers, Grace gets sick, so sick separation might be the only option left open to them. But separation could mean spending the rest of their lives in wheelchairs. Separation could mean death. And whatever happens, it means being torn apart.
Demon Road by Derek Landy This thriller about an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America features killer cars, vampires, and undead serial killers. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in. 16 years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager – until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves. Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travelers. But they are not at all what they appear to be!
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning.
Rail head by Philip Reeve 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.