Little Gems Little Gems

Little Gems are gorgeous early reader chapter books, written by the cream of children’s talent, with super-readable layouts and design, and a chunky friendly format. Each Little Gem is fully illustrated and they are packed with fun extras and activities.

Mint Choc Chip at the Market Cafe
Jonathan Meres
Interest Age 5-8 In a nutshell: granny always knows best Priya and her grandma swap jokes, stories and memories over ice-cream at the market café. Priya's parents have a stall at the market and she loves it there,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2017
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Nellie Choc-Ice, Penguin Explorer
Jeremy Strong
Interest Age 5-8 | In a nutshell: crowd-pleasing penguin story, perfect for newly independent readers Jeremy Strong is a comedy genius, and this his new book for Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series will have readers in stitches. Nellie Choc-Ice is a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/08/2017
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Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door
Julia Donaldson, Catriona Black
Interest Age 5-8 Former Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson's story is a touching adventure told in easy to read chapters. Elmo and his sister want to move to the run down house with the overgrown garden. Instead, their parents choose to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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Out for the Count
Anne Fine
Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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Anna Liza and the Happy Practice
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 Dotted with knock knock jokes and including an hilarious bit of involuntary roller skating, this little book will have young readers smiling. Anna Liza wants to be a psychiatrist like her mum, after all, she says, a... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2016
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Grey Island, Red Boat
Ian Beck
Interest Age 5-8 Ian Beck has created a new fairy story with all the magical sensibility of a classic. Princess Opal lives on the island of Ashes, where cold grey sea washes up against the granite rocks, and it's always... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Monster Busters
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Rosa and her friend Ivan have three monster escapades in this short but satisfying little collection. There's an encounter with a real life monster in a ghost train for Rosa – Ivan comes to the rescue; high... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2015
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I Killed Father Christmas
Anthony McGowan
November 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 In a nutshell: Ho, ho … oh? It's Christmas Eve and Jo-Jo's parents are arguing again. After a particularly upsetting outburst from his mum, the idea lodges... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/10/2017
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Henry Pond the Poet
Dick King-Smith
Interest Age 5-8 Dick King-Smith had a wonderful gift for creating seemingly simple children's stories filled with humour and drama. Henry Pond is renowned by the other toads for his poetry, but it's not enough to win the heart of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2017
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A Twist of Tales
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 No-one knows better than Julia Donaldson how to tell a story for young readers. There are three fairy tales in this appealing collection, each told simply but with a bounce and narrative brio that will keep the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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The Genius Aged 8 1/4
Jeremy Strong
Jeremy Strong knows exactly what will make young readers laugh: eccentric characters; zany plots; plenty of slapstick. Alfie Poppleton is a very sensible young man, in marked contrast to his parents, school teachers, town police force and Mayor, who are... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedGrandpa Was an Astronaut
Jonathan Meres
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | September 2016 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant | Interest Age 5-8 Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2016
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The Snake Who Came To Stay
Julia Donaldson
Interest Age 5-8 When Polly sets up an animal home for pets, she doesn't anticipate quite how many problems she may face! But then, she doesn't know she is going to be asked to look after a snake! When Doris... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/08/2012
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Reader ReviewedBilly Button, Telegram Boy
Sally Nicholls
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | July 2016 Book of the Month Meet the Buttons. Mrs Button runs a shop – the nicest thing about it, she says, is the people – Mr Button runs the post... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2016
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Mary's Hair
Eoin Colfer
Interest Age 5-8 Best-selling Eoin Colfer's Mary knows better than most about a bad hair day. Her hair is bad every day! Determined to improve on her horrible curly mop Mary takes matters into her own hands. Literally! The results... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2015
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The Smile
Michelle Magorian
Interest Age 5-8 Poor Josh, he's being tortured by his baby brother. Charlie may only be 17 days old but he's really making Josh angry: he keeps everyone awake all night; he takes all their parents' attention; they've had to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Joe and the Dragonosaurus
Berlie Doherty
Interest Age 5-8 Joe is upset: his teacher has asked the class to do a project on their pets but Joe's mum has asthma and anything with fur makes her breath thick and squashy. Joe invents a pet for himself,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Gingerbread Star
Anne Fine
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2015 - Interest Age 5-8 Reading Age 5+ Hetty, a little grey earthworm, is spellbound when she sees a glow-worm. She longs to have a glowing little light in her body... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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The Rats of Meadowsweet Farm
Dick King-Smith
Interest Age 7-10 The rats of Meadowsweet Farm are a pretty ugly lot, but their leader, the King Rat, is gruesome. He's as big as a small dog and twice as vicious. The farmer is revolting in a different way... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2015
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The Monster from the Blue Planet
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Zaleb lives on the planet Balbaz. She's fascinated with stories of the little blue planet called Earth and the monsters that live there and goes there to find herself a pet. Izzy, the little girl she captures,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2015
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The Big Fib
Ros Asquith
Interest Age 5-8 When is a fib not a fib, asks Ros Asquith in this wise and funny little story for Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series. Robbie is six, and still learning how the world of grown-ups works. He loves... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2015
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Skulduggery
Tony Robinson
Interest Age 5-8 A swashbuckling adventure from TV star Tony Robinson. Ben is a pirate at heart who is not at all happy when he discovers on his first day at school that there are no walk-the-plank and cutlass classes.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2014
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Good Dog Lion
Alexander Mccall Smith
Interest Age 5-8 They always say a man's best friend is his dog and in this beautiful, heartwarming story set in Africa about a young boy and his yearning for a pet dog. When Timo brings home an injured dog... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2014
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The Fish in the Bathtub
Eoin Colfer
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 5-8 It's post-war Poland and grandpa is on a mission to enjoy... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2014
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The Bad Trousers
Ros Asquith
Interest Age 5-8 A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny's awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick. Robbie is excited about his upcoming birthday and what he might get as presents...a tractor perhaps or... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2014
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The Moonshine Dragon
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself playing a very... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2016
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Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs
Cornelia Funke
Interest Age 5-8 Best-selling author Cornelia Funke has created five great seaside mini-adventures which capture all the delights of a holiday in Sandy Cove. Mia, Joe, Anna, Tom and Ben all have quite different kinds of adventures – some real... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2014
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Minikid
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8 Award-winning Michael Morpurgo presents the very real dilemmas of life and death on a farm and how they impact on children. Chris and Lisa live on a farm but when Minikid, a child from the city, comes... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2014
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Blamehounds
Ross Collins
Interest Age 5-8 Who's to blame when things go wrong? Dogs Norman and Ringo realise that they are the Blamehounds when they get told off for everything from farts to an unexpected splat of peach juice. But then they come... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe First, Third Wish
Ian Beck
Interest Age 5-8 A generous helping of fairy dust fuels this delightful adventure with wonderful illustrations by the author. Cobweb is a very new fairy and she makes a complete mess up of her very first job! Tasked with delivering... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedSnug
Michael Morpurgo
Interest Age 5-8 Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo has a gift for telling stories about animals and how they touch the lives of children. Snug is Lisa's cat and always has been as he arrived at the house just before... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedMy Friend's a Gris-Kwok
Malorie Blackman
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8+ Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman tells a laugh-out-load story in this babysitting tale with a difference. When Mike pops round to see his friends Alex he discovers... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Castle in the Field
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8 A wonderful adventure which captures the importance of children finding a place of their own – and having secrets! When three children shelter in the rain... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2013
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Stars of Mine
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Interest Age 5-8 Award winning Kevin Crossley-Holland tells a traditional story with an entertaining crispness and a witty twist. A girl gets to marry the king and live handsomely for eleven months on condition that she can spin five sacks... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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Cheesemares
Ross Collins
Interest Age 5-8+ Hal's cheesy nightmares have become impossible and he is determined to find out why. With his fat dog Rufus, Hal goes on the hunt to find out and finds himself having to deal with some very disagreeable... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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Go! Go! Chichico!
Geraldine McCaughrean
Interest Age 5-7+ A brilliant footballing story from award winning Geraldine McCaughrean. Chichico is scouted for a try out at Santos Brazil. The only problem is that he doesn't have any boots! His friends Davi and Anna find a pair... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/02/2013
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Monster Slayer
Brian Patten
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Interest Age 7-10 Brian Patten tells the story of the hero Beowulf in vivid, accessible prose; in Barrington Stoke's Little Gems series, aimed at readers of 6 – 8, he chooses... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2016
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Reader ReviewedTed Rules the World
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Interest Age 5-8 Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of our funniest, most inventive writers for children and his readers should always be ready to expect the unexpected; that's certainly the case here. Ted's birthday starts quietly – he finds his... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/07/2015
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Norman the Norman from Normandy
Philip Ardagh
Interest Age 5-8 | In a nutshell: lots of funny fighting in Philip Ardagh's inimitable style When Norman the Norman from Normandy's dad, Great Big Norman, is killed in a fight (with ten Bretons from Brittany), Norman swears to visit every... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedSuperdad's Day Off
Phil Earle
May 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8 | In a nutshell: the best laid plans of mice and supermen …| Stanley is as normal a kid as you can meet, but his dad, well, he's a superhero, Dynamo... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2017
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Blue John
Berlie Doherty
Interest Age 5-8 Inspired by the Blue John stone found in the hills around her Derbyshire home, Berlie Doherty has created a myth that already feels as if it has been always been in our memories, just waiting to be... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2017
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All About Ella
Sally Nicholls
Interest Age 5-8 Ella wants to know on which day of the week she was born, but her family can't say; Ella's big brother is very sick and she often feels that it's all about Sam, while she is overlooked.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2017
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The Story of the Dancing Frog
Quentin Blake
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 In a warm-hearted story with a touch of the ridiculous about it, former Children's Laureate Quentin Blake tells of a happy friendship based on the success of a dancing frog. Left... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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The Little Gems are published with high quality cream paper, the special Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.

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Here are just a few of the reviews about Little Gems titles that we have received here at Lovereading4kids.co.uk:

'It was a really funny book! It made me laugh...I would give the book ten out of ten because I really enjoyed it!' - Kevin Emmanuel, Year One

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'This unusual story about creepy crawlies on your body and around you will make you laugh and itch looking for nits! Mum read this with me and we both loved the funny pictures.' Maisie, age 7

'It is written in rhyme and has colourful and funny illustrations...they show what fun the lice are having as well as the frustration felt by the mother who is trying to get rid of them.' Joseph Harris-Hart, age 11

'I really liked this book, because I never knew what magic was going to happen next, which made it very exciting; I wish I was a Gris-Kwok too!!' Charlie Clowes, age 5

'The cover of the book makes it looks like a funny story. The elephant looks like it’s going to squish the two boys.' Rory Dugdale Reed, age 5

'The book is about two boys that are friends called Mike and Alex...Alex's family are Gris-Kwoks (they can change onto animals). Mike doesn't know their secret!!!!I give it 1000 stars.' Daniel Bisland, age 6

'I would recommend this story to other children around my age who find reading tricky. Younger children who are good readers would also find this story brilliant. I would like to read some more Little Gems books.' Toby Goodall, age 8.

Little Gems are published by Barrington Stoke and since the launch in 2012 sales for the series are over 250k.

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