November is National Non-Fiction month

National Non-Fiction November is a celebration of all things factual. Join in by borrowing one of our brand new non-fiction books, including biographies, cookbooks and travel guides.

9781911600893[1]My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen


“In a series of essays exploring her life, thoughts and opinions, this is the first time Lily has laid bare everything. ‘My Thoughts Exactly‘ is an epic exploration of a messed up mind and a complex life. Beginning with her childhood isolation, to finding huge success in her career but ending up as alone as she once was, Lily questions everything she knew about herself, probing her life for answers to the question she has forever been trying to answer: Who Am I?”

Together: Our Community Cookbook 9781529102925[1]

“In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, a group of local women gathered together to cook fresh food for their families and neighbours. Over the chatter and aromas of the kitchen they discovered the power of cooking and eating together to create connections, restore hope and normality, and provide a sense of home. This was the start of the Hubb Community Kitchen. ‘Together’ is a storybook of this West London community, showcasing over 50 delicious recipes from the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen and including a foreword by HRH The Duchess of Sussex.”

9781786572820[1]Lonely Planet Guide to Paris

“This guide provides accommodation options for all budgets, details on where and how to see the sights of the city, advice on using public transport, advice on shopping and information on the history of the city.”



9781786571809[1]Lonely Planet Guide to South Africa

“This guide provides practical information on every aspect of travel, with transport and accommodation options to suit any budget. There are also details on national parks and game reserves.”



9781788700283[1]Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story by Roger Daltrey

“Roger Daltrey is the voice of a generation. That generation was the first to rebel, to step out of the shadows of the Second World War – to invent the concept of the teenager. This is his story, from his birth at the height of the Blitz, through tempestuous school days to his expulsion, age 15, for a crime he did not commit (though he was guilty of many other misdemeanours he’d got away with). Thanks to Mr Kibblewhite, his draconian headmaster, it could all have ended there. The life of a factory worker beckoned. But then came rock and roll. He made his first guitar from factory off-cuts. He formed a band. The band became The Who – Maximum R&B – and, by luck and by sheer bloody-mindedness, Roger Daltrey became the frontman of one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.”


New Christmas Children’s books in libraries now


Choose a new children’s Christmassy book from our wonderful new range of titles available in Wokingham Libraries now. Visit the online catalogue to reserve your copy


Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig

“It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.”



9780552576703[1]Hetty Feather’s Christmas by Jacqueline Wilson

“An unexpected gift leads to trouble for Hetty on Christmas Day at the Foundling Hospital, and the dreaded Matron Bottomly is delighted to have an excuse to exclude Hetty from the festive celebrations. Poor Hetty is distraught – but just when it seems that all is lost, a dear friend arrives to whisk her away for a Christmas unlike any other.”




Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett

“Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers – they all start to feel a bit samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store or, was even, arrested for burglary!? Dive into the fantastically funny world of Terry Pratchett, for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) – you’ll never see Christmas in the same way again.”



The Dog that Saved Christmas by Nicola Davies

“Jake is different from the other kids at school. He struggles when routines change and people’s emotions are so hard to understand. Christmas can be even worse and often the festivities are just too much to bear. But when Jake finds a little dog lost in the street he unlocks a connection he’s never had before.”




Snowball by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

“A lonely young snowball, stuck at the top of a mountain, decides to visit the local town for a bit of fun – but on his way he trips, falls, and starts to roll – and when a snowball rolls through snow, we all know what happens! This snowball picks up not only snow, but a myriad of other crazy things on his way down – a sheep, a line of washing and even a bear on a bike.”

Meg’s Christmas by Jan Pienkowski and David Walser9780241357071[1]

“Oh no! A flood means that Christmas is looking doomed! Enter a spell, a surprise stay in a castle and a party to plan for – will Meg, Mog and Owl make it home for a very special Christmas Day? Jan Pienkowski’s bold, colourful artwork and instantly recognisable characters make this festive adventure for our favourite witch into a fun and satisfying read for the very young onwards.”



The Three Little Snowmen by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam

“Three little snowmen, Frosty, Freezy and Boots, are on a quest to find Father Christmas. Along with their pets, Poppet the Penguin, Henry the Husky and Samba the Seal, the intrepid friends go on a journey to the North Pole. But before long they get lost in a blizzard! Can the friends get to the North Pole in time to see Father Christmas?”

Mince Spies by Mark Sperring and Sophie Corrigan9781408893463[1]

“Who or what is destroying all the Christmas treats in the supermarkets? Santa sends his Mince Spies on a secret mission to uncover the culprits. With puff-pastry jetpacks, shortcrust walkie-talkies and squirty whipped cream they foil the villains – with a bit of help from Santa. A hilarious rhyming romp of a story with a festive message for all baddies: it’s better when you’re nice!”


The Night I Met Father Christmas

“Jackson has always wanted to meet Father Christmas. He knows all about the reindeer, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the magic that allows Father Christmas to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there’s one question he wants answered – how did Father Christmas become Father Christmas? One Christmas Eve, Jackson’s wish comes true and not only does he get to meet Father Christmas but he also hears his incredible story.”

The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw9780241352410[1]

A re-imagining of Raymond Briggs’ classic for a new generation of readers…

“When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his snowman again – and to his amazement, the snowman comes to life!”

New Adult Christmas Books in libraries now

Get into the Christmas spirit by borrowing one of these fantastically Christmassy new titles available now from Wokingham libraries. Visit the online catalogue to reserve your copy



An Island Christmas by Jenny Colgan

“Christmas on the remote Scottish island of Mure is bleak, stark – and incredibly beautiful. It’s a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love – unless, of course, you’re accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don’t know how to tell him. In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings? Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons – but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy?”

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry9781472234254[1]

“As the festive season approaches, Charlotte Pitt’s grandmamma, Mariah Ellison, is facing Christmas alone. When she receives an unexpected gift, memories are sparked of a Christmas in Haslemere long ago, when her beloved friend Cullen Wesley died and a local villager was brutally murdered, with no killer brought to justice. The unsolved case has resurfaced and Cullen’s grandson, Peter, begs for Mariah’s help to solve the crime that led to his grandfather’s death. Mariah can’t resist a friend in need and she returns to Haslemere to investigate the murder and heal old wounds. But evil still lurks in the picturesque village and she’ll need all her wits about her to see that justice is done.”

9781472257369[1]A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry

“Christmas is coming and the streets of London are full of festive cheer. As young Worm returns to his home at the Portpool Lane clinic, he encounters the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and, spellbound, he follows her until she is dragged away by two evil-looking men. Convinced that she is in grave danger, Worm begs Squeaky Robinson to help him track her down. But Elouise is embroiled with dangerous criminals who want information that only she can tell. They will stop at nothing to get what they want and, with Christmas day fast approaching, Worm and Squeaky must conjure up a daring plan to help Elouise before it is too late.”

A Christmas Wish for the Land Girls by Jenny Holmes9780552175814[1]

“Winter, 1942. Land Girls Brenda and Joyce have relocated higher up the Yorkshire Dales, to work on the remote hillside farms. Despite the bitter cold, there’s warmth to be found in old friends and new faces – and plans for a cosy Christmas are afoot. But then a child evacuee goes missing in the snow, and everyone must rally round to find the boy before it’s too late.”



The Christmas Lights by Karen Swan9781509838080[1]

“Set on the scenic fjords of Norway, ‘The Christmas Lights‘ by internationally bestselling author Karen Swan is a moving Christmas tale of love and heartbreak.”




The Magic of Christmas by Nora Roberts9780263267273[1]


“‘The most successful novelist on Planet Earth’ Washington Post Spend a glittering Christmas with New York Times bestselling sensation Nora Roberts!”



The Christmas Rose by Dilly Court9780008199678[1]

“As the ship glided into the harbour, guided by the cold, winter waters of the Thames, Rose took a deep breath. Had she done the right thing? Leaving everything behind her to follow the man she loved? But as London refused to appear through the thick fog that engulfed it, Rose felt more lonely than ever. Raised in Australia, Rose Munday is on the way back to the city she was born in. But, expecting to be met by her sweetheart, she is left alone on the waterfront, surrounded by whistles and scornful glances, chilled by the east wind coming off the docks. How could Max have abandoned her? With no money and no family left in London, Rose must go to work. Finding herself a position as a typist in a slowly modernising London, Rose‘s future begins to take shape in ways she would never have foreseen.”

Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson9781784709020[1]

“For years Jeanette Winterson has written a new story at Christmas time and here she brings together twelve of her brilliantly imaginative, funny, and bold tales, along with twelve delicious recipes for the twelve days of Christmas.”



9781471174360[1]Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain

“After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course.”




Spotlight on Michelle Obama’s autobiography “Becoming”

Michelle Obama’s autobiography “Becoming” is published on 13 November.

becoming-michelle-obama-memoir-cover_[1]“In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world.”

In the run up to the publication, Michelle Obama has been speaking to the American Library Association about her and her family’s love of books.

“We are readers, the Obamas…I love stories. I love to escape for a moment. I needed that escape over the past ten years. I needed to get out of my own story and get into someone else’s story for a minute.”
Michelle Obama speaking at the American Library Association Conference in June 2018


Read the books loved by Michelle Obama:

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I love all of her stuff“.

The book tells the moving story of two Nigerian teenagers, forced by military dictatorship to leave their country and make their separate ways in the West. Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, this is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today’s globalised world.

  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited and notices a heart stoppingly beautiful woman. When he kisses Beverly Keating, his host’s wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families, whose shared fate will be defined on a day 7 years later. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, is working as a cocktail waitress in Chicago. When she meets the famous author Leon Posen one night at the bar, and tells him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story.

  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith

I love a good story that takes me outside of myself. I love everything that Zadie Smith has done…I love her story telling, her characters…White Teeth was just so good.” Michelle Obama speaking at the ALA Conference in June 2018.

White Teeth is a comic epic of multicultural Britain, and was the first publishing sensation of the new millenium when it hit the shelves in 2000. It tells the story of immigrants in England over a period of 40 years, dealing with friendship, love, war, three cultures, three families, and three generations.

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Despite their differences, sisters Vianne and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Vianne is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Vianne finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Vianne and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

I just finished reading Exit West which was very good, very powerful.” Michelle Obama speaking at the ALA Conference in June 2018.

The novel tells the story of Nadia and Saeed, two young people who fall in love in a city swollen by refugees. Forced from their homeland, running for their lives, searching for their place in the world, will their love endure the unimaginable? Exit West is a novel to restore your faith in humanity and in the power of imagination.

Competition to win a signed copy of Becoming from The Reading Agency

Simply leave a review on the Reading Groups For Everyone website for one of the books loved by Michelle Obama, tweet or email a link to your review, and you could be the lucky reader chosen as a winner!

Becoming will be available to borrow in Wokingham Borough Libraries, reserve your copy via the online catalogue


Richard and Judy Book Club Autumn 2018 Reads


There is a new selection of reads from Richard and Judy for this Autumn. Why not cozy up with a cracking good read, all available to reserve from Wokingham libraries.

Choose from these 6 books…

9781784759438[1]Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

“A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A hectic, funny sexual affair between two best friends. A World War II veteran dealing with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A woman adjusting to life in a new neighbourhood after her divorce. Four friends going to the moon and back in a rocket ship constructed in the backyard. A teenage surfer stumbling into his father’s secret life. These are just some of the people and situations that Tom Hanks explores in his first work of fiction, a collection of stories that dissects, with great affection, humour and insight, the human condition and all its foibles.”

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

9781473660632[1]“People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green – family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. When she discovers that her mother’s will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.”

The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd


“20 years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels, which occurred 10 miles from her home in Red River county, Florida. Now, the accused is at the centre of a true crime documentary that is taking the world by storm – its one goal being the desire for the truth, to free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice. Sam is a viewer obsessed with the documentary, and starts to write to Dennis in prison. Soon she sets up a meeting and finds she has fallen for him. But how can she know for sure that he’s innocent?”


The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris9781785763670[1]

“This novel is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.”



Only Child by Rhiannon Navin


“Huddled in a cloakroom with his classmates and teacher, six-year-old Zach can hear shots ringing through the corridors of his school. A gunman has entered the building and, in a matter of minutes, will have taken 19 lives. In the aftermath of the shooting, the close knit community and its families are devastated. Everyone deals with the tragedy differently. Zach’s father absents himself; his mother pursues a quest for justice – while Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawing. Ultimately though, it is Zach who will show the adults in his life the way forward as, sometimes, only a child can.”

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan


“‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes. A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.”

Spotlight on The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – now a major motion picture


The long-awaited film adaption of Sarah Waters’ horror novel The Little Stranger is due to be released on September 21. The film is set in a declining country house after the second world war. Domhnall Gleeson plays country doctor Faraday, who is called to care for the inhabitants. Charlotte Rampling stars as the matriarch, Ruth Wilson as her daughter, and Will Poulter as the son physically and psychologically damaged after combat. But are the family haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

The Little Stranger is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (Room). Having watched the film, Sarah Waters commented, “The moment The Little Stranger finished, I wanted to watch it again. The product of a perfect combination of things – genius direction, a great script, masterly acting, lush cinematography – it’s a complex, poignant, terrifically unsettling film. I couldn’t wish for a better adaptation of the novel.”

Wokingham Borough Libraries have lots of copies of the novel if you are inspired to read it – either before or after watching the film! Reserve your copy via the online catalogue



New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Woodley Library

Why not try a new book this Summer from Woodley Library….?



The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams

“Whatever you’ve lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He’s retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He’s so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen’s crown?”


images[2]Molly Mischief Saves the World by Adam Hargreaves

“She’s Super Molly! And with great powers comes great mischief! Molly‘s super powers help her to complete her chores in record time, lift the family car over all the traffic jams, rescue a stranded whale, capture criminals in the big city, and save the world from an asteroid. But will Molly finally want to go back to her old life after all that super action?”


A T-wit for a T-woo by Charlie Farley and Layn Marlowimages[3]

“Little owl Twoo feels like something is missing. While all the other owls in the wood have a beautiful t-witt-woo call, Twoo only has half of his song. So the brave little owl sets off on a quest to find his true owl song – and a true friend to sing with him. On his journey, he discovers that when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

Come and meet Charlie Farley and Layn Marlow at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:


Hold on to that Summer feeling with one of these beach reads!


The Summer holidays may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean your Summer reading needs to be! Choose from one of these beach reads to sit back, relax and escape…reserve your copy either in your local library, or go online to the library catalogue at


The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell

isbn9781409152248-detail[1]“At twenty-six, Lillian feels trapped by life. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she expected it would. To her it seems she is just another object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband’s beautiful manor house tucked away high in the Chiltern Hills. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and his presence will unbalance everything she thought she knew and understood. Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn’t care. But when her elderly grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley.”

The Lido by Libby Page

“Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing – isbn9781409175209-detail[1]the library where she used to work has closed, the family fruit and veg shop has become a trendy bar, and her beloved husband George is gone. Kate has just moved and feels alone in a city that is too big for her. She’s at the bottom rung of her career as a journalist on a local paper, and is determined to make something of it. So when the local lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her. Together they are determined to make a stand, to show that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community. Together they will show the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love.”

A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry

“Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill fallingisbn9781409166610-detail[1] silent – a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga – seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom. But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother’s recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura’s jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles. Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose. Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her.”

Together by Julie Cohen

isbn9781409171744-detail[1]“On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually would. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie’s actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret – one they will do absolutely anything to protect.”



An Italian Summer by Fanny Blake

isbn9781409177128-detail[1]“Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she’s a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself. She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way?”


Nights of Rain and Stars by Maeve Binchy

“Four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek taverna isbn9781409106210-detail[1]high above the small village of Aghia Anna. From Ireland, America, Germany and England, they have each left their homes and their old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together.”

More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to Try at Woodley Library

Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho

9781910959589[1]“Gazing at the stars from five storeys up, smelling the bins from five storeys below. Overheard arguments, overheard laughter. A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library. Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.”

Wishing for a Dragon by Becky Cameron9781444936223[1]

“The sun has almost set, but Olive, Barney and Ella are wide awake and ready for adventure! Ella wants to go to the jungle, Barney hankers to be a pirate, but Ella has a secret wish – to see a dragon! So off they clamber into a hot-air balloon and are whisked away to magical lands. They see pirate teddybears and unicorns and tigers, but will they ever see a dragon?”

Time to Shine by Tom Eastman


“Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated. Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas. Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?”

Come and meet Tom at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

Survival Tales – Titanic by Katrina Charmanimages[3]

“When loyal dog Mutt discovers that his owner and best friend Alice is set to board the RMS Titanic without him, he is determined to follow her across the ocean. With the help of King Leon the rat, Mutt sneaks aboard, but it isn’t long before the Captain’s cat, Clara, discovers the stowaway. Reluctantly, Clara agrees to help Mutt find Alice, on the condition that he help her look after a trio of abandoned kittens she found in a lifeboat. But when the unthinkable happens and the so-called unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt and his new friends have to race against the clock to reunite with their humans – and to survive.”

Come and meet Katrina at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

More New Children’s Summer Reading Books to try at Wokingham Library

9780857638656[1]Listen To the Birds by Marion Billet

“Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this charming board book, which is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the sounds that bring every picture to life.”

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

“Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. Everything he stole was replaced with a 9780192749505[1]RHYME! Packed with the silliest of rhymes and wordplay, this original, hilarious, and interactive tale from Jon Burgerman will have the youngest children in fits of giggles!”


Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson

9780192759047[1]“Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan‘s bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.”


Come and meet Elaine at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here:

Black Powder by Ally Sherrick9781910655269[1]

“England, 1605. Twelve-year-old Tom must save his father from hanging. He falls in with a mysterious stranger, the Falcon, who promises to help – but can he be trusted? Soon, Tom faces a terrible mission: secure his father’s release and stop the assassination of the king.”


Come and meet Ally at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: