Summer Reading Children's Summer Reading 2017

We've collected together our very favourite summer reads into this special section. Just click on an age range below to see our selection of summer treats and once you've chosen your story pick the format that suits you best, whether it's physical or digital. The titles will be refreshed throughout the summer months so it will be well worth coming back to take a peek. This year we also have a great selection of holiday reading for reluctant/struggling readers including Super Readable Short Fiction and there is our usual recommendations for Summer Activity books too. Happy browsing!



Summer Reading for Babies & Toddlers

You Can do Anything (Hip and Hop)
Akala
Akala, award winning hip hop artist, gives power to the kids in this uplifting, lively story which carries a positive message that with hard work and practise you can be anything you want to be. Hip, the rapping Hippo, encourages... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Kiki and Bobo's Super Surprise
Yasmeen Ismail
What appealing little characters Kiki and Bobo are, full of life and energy, and kind and thoughtful too. After a yummy breakfast, Bobo announces it's a special day, and immediately dashes off to do some shopping. Kiki decides it must... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 06/07/2017
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That's Not My Unicorn...
Fiona Watt
The 50th title in the internationally bestselling That's not my... series. This sparkly, touchy-feely book features a magical unicorn to talk about, and a little white mouse to spot on every page. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 06/07/2017
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Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Ocean
Axel Scheffler
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Mix up a jellyfish and a dolphin and what do you get? A jolphin – and a very curious creature it looks too. And a whale and a jellyfish which becomes... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 01/06/2017
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Elmer: Guess Who?
David McKee
As fresh and vogueish today as when he make his first appearance over 35 years ago, Elmer continues to enchant children. He's bright enough to catch the... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 04/05/2017
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Bug Bear
Patricia Hegarty
‘Down in the forest as Bear had a doze/ A small stripy bug came and sat on his nose', and so Bear's troubles begin. He really doesn't want to become home to this troublesome, if extremely cheerful and friendly bug.... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Tip Tap Went the Crab
Tim Hopgood
Bubbling with energy, prize winning Tim Hopgood's illustrations are also full of warmth and plenty of colour. A chirpy crab with very big eyes tip taps as it counts its way around the seashore in Tip Tap went the Crab.... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 20/04/2017
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Playtime with Ted
Sophy Henn
Playtime with Ted is one of a new series of interactive board books from the super-talented Sophy Henn and like her bestselling picture books it's fresh and funny, and a wonderful celebration of the joys of being a child. Ted... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Baby's Very First Noisy Book Jungle
Fiona Watt
With bright colourful pictures of jungle animals from cheeky monkeys to playful tiger cubs and some very splendid parrots this will really catch baby's eye and there's lots to look at and talk about. There's lots and lots of fun... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 01/04/2017
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Colours A Little Board Book of Colours
Pat-a-Cake
Fun to share this is a lovely way to introduce children to colours. A variety of jolly little characters and objects demonstrate colours across the pages of this attractive, sturdy book: oranges, a pumpkin, a tiger and a goldfish adorn... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 09/03/2017
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15 Things Not to Do with a Granny
Margaret McAllister
This could quite possibly be the loveliest, happiest book about families published all year! It's full of invaluable advice for grandchildren on how to make sure every granny is a happy granny. Don't for example put leftover spaghetti in her... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2017
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Dog on Wheels
Gillian McClure
Children will love this story of a speedy skateboarding dog and his slower friend. Dubbin is eager to get out of the door even before breakfast, and can go wheeling down the street faster than feet on his skateboard. Todd... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/04/2017
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Lulu Gets a Cat
Anna McQuinn
This is another lovely and inspiring adventure for Lulu, one of the busiest and most positive little girls in picture books. Lulu loves cats, we can see that from her bedroom which is full of cuddly cat toys, but Mummy... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Summer Reading for ages 3+

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea
Andy Stanton
Andy Stanton, that maestro of absurdity, teams up with Neal Layton, an illustrator who also has a direct line to preposterousness, to create a picture book that takes a simple idea and follows it to a superbly irrational logical conclusion.... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Melric and the Crown
David McKee
David McKee's delightful Melric and the Crown has the same charmingly playful qualities as his best-selling Elmer stories. This time Melric the crafty magician uses his magic to outwit the evil Sondrak and save the King from embarrassment at the... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Swish and Squeak's Noisy Day
Birgitta Sif
Birgitta Sif's beautifully illustrated story of two little mice is as touching and realistic a depiction of sibling relationships as you are likely to find. It follows Swish through her day, from the purple shades of early morning through rosy... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday
Julia Donaldson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2017 Award-winning duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have created a brilliant new adventure for the clever Ladybird, star of What the Ladybird Heard. The Ladybird's old adversaries, Lanky Len and Hefty... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 29/06/2017
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Dogger
Shirley Hughes
July 2017 Book of the Month Filled with humour and Shirley Hughes' deft touch, this is a book for young readers to tackle by themselves, as well as a delight to read aloud. It's moving and inspirational on how to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/07/2017
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Up, Up and Away
Tom McLaughlin
Inventive Orson builds his own planet with a cupful of rocks, a dash of water, a sprinkling of metal and a lot of nothingness. He loves his planet and is proud of all he has achieved. Orson's planet becomes so... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Maisy Goes to the Bookshop
Lucy Cousins
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 Loveable Maisy's visit to a bookshop gives her a taste of the magic of stories. In book after book she finds a wonderful story. There seem to be books about everything! When... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Poppy and the Blooms
Fiona Woodcock
Fiona Woodcock's playful and stylish new picture book stars four utterly charming little characters, Poppy, Dandy and Bluebell, and Buttercup. Together they run wild, spreading sunshine wherever they go. When they learn that the last park in the city is... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/08/2017
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The Tree
Neal Layton
A tree stands on a hillside in the sun. It's tall and strong, but ominously next to it a sign reads ‘land sold'. A close-up shows a nest up in the branches, the next page reveals a drey with squirrel... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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No, Nancy, No!
Alice Tait
There are familiar places and faces in this charming life-the-flap book. It stars Nancy, a little girl with a penchant for mischief, and her dog Roger, on a day out in London. Outside Buckingham Palace they spot two little children... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Are We There Yet?
Dan Santat
The boredom of a long car journey turns into a massive adventure through time and space in this outstanding picture book. A boy is travelling with his parents to see his grandma and the journey seems to be taking forever,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Giant Jumperee
Julia Donaldson
April 2017 MEGA Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury bring the very best of their award-winning The Gruffalo and We're Going on a Bear Hunt... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Captain McGrew Wants You for His Crew!
Mark Sperring
January 2017 Book of the Month In suitably jolly rhyme Ed Eaves describes just what joining Captain McGrew's pirate crew entails, from the reasonably easy – climbing the rigging, shouting ‘Land Ahoy!' – to the downright difficult – digging up... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army
Michael Foreman
Award-winning author/illustrator Michael Foreman brilliantly releases everyone's favourite characters from a story and turns them into a powerful new army which can stop the building of a new superstore and so save a very special bookshop. Led by Origami Girl,... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Covers of My Book are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles)
Vivian French
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child | Whisper it, but not everyone automatically loves reading. Some people think they're too busy to read, or... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/03/2017
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Summer Reading for 5+

Hidden World Forest
Libby Walden
With large flaps on every page, short accompanying explanatory sentences and attractive illustrations, this is a great book to introduce children to nature and the natural world. Focussing on the forest and its animal and plant life, the book is... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 13/07/2017
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Best Friends!
Wendy Finney
A whole new direction for Tony Ross's bestselling Little Princess. Princess Rosie makes an unexpected new friend - but what mischief will they get up to? Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Pirate Blunderbeard: Worst. Pirate. Ever.
Amy Sparkes
In a Nutshell: Pirates | Mad Inventions | Humour | Cup-cakes With illustrations from none other than Ben Cort of Aliens Love Underpants fame and a story by Amy Sparkes that is as funny as the illustrations themselves, you are... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Winnie and Wilbur: Disgusting Dinners and Other Stories
Laura Owen
Winnie the witch and her black cat Wilbur are deservedly some of the most popular characters in contemporary children's books. This bumper volume contains twelve different adventures, involving them in a variety of entertaining and unusual domestic dramas. As always,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Wigglesbottom Primary: Super Dog!
Pamela Butchart
Here are three more very funny stories of primary school life perfectly pitched for young readers. Wigglesbottom Primary year twos find excitement in all sorts of things – things that adults wouldn't regard as out of the ordinary at all.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Sky Private Eye and the Case of the Runaway Biscuit
Jane Clarke
Baking, detection and fairy tales are all whisked together in this appealing story to make a tasty picture book. When Sky Private Eye gets an emergency call from the Little Old Man on her cupcake communicator (she combines careers in... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/03/2017
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Ballerina Dreams
Michaela DePrince, Elaine DePrince
In a nutshell: the inspiring true story of ballerina Michaela DePrince | This charming little book opens with a scene any young dancer dreams of: a girl peeking through the curtains before flying onto the stage, a ballerina. The journey... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Reader ReviewedSwashbuckle Lil and the Jewel Thief
Elli Woollard
In a nutshell: rhyming pirate fun just right for newly independent readers | Children ready to move from picture books to chapter books will love the antics of junior pirate Swashbuckle Lil. There are two breath-taking adventures in this book... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Danny Dingle's Fantastic Finds: The Metal-Mobile
Angie Lake
In a nutshell: fart-powered non-stop adventure, part book part comic-strip | Danny Dingle and his best friend Percy Mcduff are just normal boys – if normal boys dream of becoming super inventor spies for a gas-powered hero called Metal Face,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/07/2015
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Battle for the Shadow Sword
Adam Blade
In a nutshell: page-turning adventures at a school for superheroes Meet Jack, Ruby and Danny, set to become the new superheroes of children's books. They are stars of this thrilling new series from the creators of the much-loved BeastQuest books.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary
There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on holiday. The extended Bold family – that's Mr and Mrs, the twins Bobby and Betty, Uncle Tony whom they rescued from a safari park... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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The Long Lost Secret Diary of the World's Worst Pirate
Tim Collins
It's the early 18th century and young Thomas is on board a merchant ship with his parents sailing for the Caribbean. He's convinced that life as pirate would be more exciting though, and that swashbuckling is in his blood. His... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Summer Reading for 7+

The Accidental Billionaire
Tom McLaughlin
July 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: action-packed, laugh-out-loud inventor adventure Tom McLaughlin had readers in stitches with The Accidental Prime Minister and The Accidental Secret Agent, but The Accidental Billionaire is possibly his funniest yet.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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My Evil Twin is a Supervillain
David Solomons
July 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2017 Award-winning David Solomons' hero Luke is back for a sizzling new adventure and this time he has acquired Stellar, a super-powered twin from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Pirate Mcsnottbeard in the Zombie Terror Rampage
Paul Whitfield
Debut of the Month July 2017 | In a nutshell: Pirates, dinosaurs, zombies, big brothers in an irresistible comic adventure There are so many pirate stories you'd think it impossible to write one that's fresh and original, so congratulations to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner And Other Stories
Terry Pratchett
In a nutshell: inventive | readable | hilarious | This collection of 14 rip-roaringly funny stories is a great way to introduce children to Terry Pratchett – indeed, each story is just the right length for bedtime reading – but will have... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Slytherin Edition
J. K. Rowling
This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary boy but a wizard of great reknown, as well as expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff Edition
J. K. Rowling
This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary boy but a wizard of great reknown, as well as expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedTimmy Failure: The Book You're Not Supposed to Have
Stephan Pastis
In a nutshell: absurd comedy genius | Timmy Failure is the best worst detective in children's fiction, and a wonderful comic creation. In this adventure he's having to ply his trade very surreptitiously indeed – Mum has banned all detective work... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death
Chris Riddell
Award-winning author/ illustrator Chris Riddell has created a hilarious sequel to the much-loved Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and this time it has a topical theme. Ada lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall, a place where magic... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Unicorn in New York: Louie Makes a Splash
Rachel Hamilton
In a Nutshell - A fishy tale of fame and friendship Everyone's favourite Unicorn is back in another laugh-a-minute caper. There's a new show in town and the students of the New York School of Performing Arts are excited about the auditions for... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedLittle Red
Bethan Woollvin
Shortlisted for the 2017 Klaus Flugge Prize | Of all fairy tales, the story of Little Red Hood is the one that seems to speak most directly to today's audience, and to lend itself most readily to modern reinvention. It's... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedBad Mermaids
Sibéal Pounder
June 2017 Book of the Month Sibéal Pounder has won herself a band of dedicated young followers for her series Witch Wars, a mix of junior witch adventures, magic and fashion, and they'll find just as much to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedAubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds
Horatio Clare
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award June 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month June 2017 A sequel to the award winning Aubery and the Terrible Yoot, Horatio Clare tells an entertaining new story... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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The Beautiful Game
Alan Gibbons
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: the highs and lows of our national obsession | Football has the power to excite passions like no other sport. In the words of the great Bill Shankly: ‘Some people... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2017
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The Foolish King
Mark Price
In a nutshell: ingenious mix of horticulture, fairy tale – and chess! What an inventive and clever introduction to chess! Mark Price takes an almost Lewis Carroll approach to explaining the game for children: the story begins in a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Summer Reading for 9+

Roller Girl
Victoria Jamieson
In a nutshell: friendship, growing up and superheroes on skates! Roller derby, a contact sport played by teams, isn't very well known in the UK but boy, it looks great fun in Victoria Jamieson's graphic novel. A rough-and-tumble sport, unusually... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Creative Writer's Handbook
Katie Daynes, Megan Cullis
An engaging handbook with all the help you need to write better stories, blogs, scripts and poetry, with lists of inspiring words and tips on editing and grammar. See how well-known writers put techniques into practice, and try out ideas... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedDragon Rider
Cornelia Funke
A terrific magical adventure that will set your imagination off on a rollercoaster of emotions and ideas. We were captivated and spellbound by the power of the story and the quality of the narrative and I'm confident that children from... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink
Jennifer Killick
In a Nutshell: Humour | Adventure | Superpowers Laugh your socks off with this brilliantly funny fantasy adventure from a debut author whose passions are writing and running. Alex Sparrow has always wanted to have a super-power and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Summer Holiday Stories
Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton's short stories are made for summer reading: whether they are about magic, fairies and pixies, or set in the real world of fields, woods and meadows, they exude a sense of happiness, order and content, of children able... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedRunning on the Roof of the World
Jess Butterworth
June 2017 Debut of the Month In a Nutshell: Spirit of survival abounds on an epic Himalayan journey A captivatingly classic adventure in which two children battle extreme political and environmental hostilities as they journey from Tibet to India. By... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary boy but a wizard of great reknown, as well as expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Wee Free Men
Terry Pratchett
A rib-tickling, rollicking (all the rollicking it has to be said, is done by the 6 inch high Wee Free Men) adventure with just enough scary fairies to make anyone a little wary of Fairyland. Tiffany Aching has decided she... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/04/2017
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The Shepherd's Crown
Terry Pratchett
A fabulous and very fitting conclusion to the Tiffany Aching novels, and a wonderful full stop to the much loved Discworld series. Tiffany has to be on her mettle, a twisted powerful enemy is set for battle, Tiffany needs all... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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Super Creepy Camp
Barry Hutchison
In a nutshell: enormously funny story about boy compelled to tell the truth Ever since his encounter with an old lady who might just have been a witch, Beaky Malone has been unable to speak anything but the truth –... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Misfits Club
Kieran Crowley
In a nutshell: thoroughly modern Famous Five style adventure full of humour and excitement Five children (no dog), members of the Misfits Club, come across some suspicious activity and even stolen treasure in a derelict old house. They start to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe City of Secret Rivers
Jacob Sager Weinstein
June 2017 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: breath-taking magical adventure on the banks of London's underground rivers Hyacinth Hayward, newly arrived in the UK from the US, is already struggling with culture shock when her mum is kidnapped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/06/2017
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Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson
June 2017 Book of the Month In a nutshell: an evacuee story as imagined by the one and only Jacqueline Wilson Queen of contemporary fiction, Jacqueline Wilson is now setting her stories in the past, but they're not one... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop
Clare Balding
May 2017 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: follow your dreams | Young readers will gallop through Clare Balding's utterly delightful book – in fact, they'll be smiling from the very first sentence. Steeped in farm and... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedBlink and You Die
Lauren Child
In a nutshell: Nobody beats Ruby Redfort! | Blink and You Die is the very last book in Lauren Child's superb Ruby Redfort girl detective series, and what a finale it is! Someone, someone even more dangerous and ruthless than... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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I Funny: School of Laughs
James Patterson
June 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: more fast, funny, heavily illustrated adventures with everyone's favourite junior comic Lots has happened since Jamie Grimm's first appearance in I Funny. Then he was a would-be stand-up comic, now... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe 78-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
In a nutshell: surreal, kid-pleasing comic adventures set in an ever-growing treehouse | Andy and Terry's treehouse keeps growing, to the delight of its army of devoted readers. It's now 78 storeys high (new additions include an ALL-BALL sports stadium... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Forever Geek
Holly Smale
In a Nutshell: Luminous finale laden with laughter and love | There's more sunshine, soul-searching and sticky situations than you can shake a Eucalyptus branch at in this scorching conclusion to a series that's captured the hearts, minds and funny... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedAccidental Superstar
Marianne Levy
Music runs in Katie Cox's family. Her dad's a session musician, now based in California after divorcing Katie's mum. Her sister Amanda plays bass, while Katie's a talented songwriter with a flair for penning ingeniously comic lyrics, a personal highlight... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedWelcome to Nowhere
Elizabeth Laird
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award In a nutshell: the lives of a Syrian family brought vividly and sympathetically to life for young readers | This is an excellent book for young people who want to know what... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever
Rachel Renee Russell
In a Nutshell: School exchange shenanigans | Eleventh awesome-packed instalment of a sensationally sidesplitting series. Nikki goes into mega meltdown mode when she has to spend a week at North Hampton Hills International Academy as part of an exchange scheme.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration
Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo gives all those who love his books a fascinating behind-the-scenes introduction to how he came to write twenty of them. While each story and the inspiration for it is very different, the simple and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Summer Reading for 11+

Reader ReviewedDragon Rider: The Griffin's Feather
Cornelia Funke
A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher ‘When I first started flying on a dragon's back in Cornelia Funke's amazing Dragon Rider, I couldn't catch my breath. Now, I'm ready to embark on new adventures: extraordinary animals and devious... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Sunny Side Up
Holly Smale
In a Nutshell : Harriet hits Paris A treat for the summer holidays this special Geek Girl novella sees Harriet Manners in Paris for the Haute Couture shows no less. Being Harriet, she's extensively researched Haute Couture, but it wasn't... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedClover Moon
Jacqueline Wilson
In a nutshell: gripping historical drama with an irresistible heroine | Clover Moon is a typical Jacqueline Wilson heroine: she's bright, more than able to think for herself and stands up to the problems facing her with resilience, determination... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Ethan I Was Before
Ali Standish
July 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Loss, love, and the struggle to survive the most savage of storms A compelling coming-of-age story, an exploration of loss, and a gripping, multi-layered mystery, this had me hooked from... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Ravenclaw Edition
J. K. Rowling
This is where the adventure begins, as Harry Potter discovers that he is no ordinary boy but a wizard of great reknown, as well as expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Moreover, at Hogwarts, he encounters "He Who... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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A Hat Full of Sky
Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books are a must read (by children and adults), and the second novel in the series is an absolute delight. When Tiffany steps out of her body to check her outfit (as there's no mirror to... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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Wintersmith
Terry Pratchett
Wintersmith is another jewel in the wonderfully absurd crown that is the Discworld. Tiffany Aching grows in knowledge and power as she steps into a dance with winter and begins a, shall we call it… flirtation. As Tiffany grows older... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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I Shall Wear Midnight
Terry Pratchett
A chilling, plucky yet playful novel for older children, and adults. Tiffany Aching's magic has woken an evil being who has a intense loathing for all things witch. The Cunning Man is something that Tiffany has to face on her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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Love & Gelato
Jenna Evans Welsh
In a nutshell: teenage love, romance and more in beautiful Italy Lina's mum is dying, and she has one wish for her daughter: to go to Florence and spend a year with someone called Howard, a man Lina has never... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Evil Within
Catherine MacPhail
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8 In a nutshell: creepy, haunting story of the young Jekyll and Hyde Catherine MacPhail admits to being fascinated by the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and here she takes Robert Louis Stevenson's... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedOne Silver Summer
Rachel Hickman
June 2017 Debut of the Month A heady romance for two adolescences each of whom is coping with a family trauma revolves around a horse, secrets and the terrible pressures of family. Sass, newly arrived in Cornwall to live with... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/05/2017
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The Pavee and the Buffer Girl
Siobhan Dowd
Siobhan Dowd's short story first appeared in an anthology published in 2004. It has lost none of its power to move and the sheer depth and emotion packed into this spare narrative is still breath-taking. The book tells the story... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Reader ReviewedSputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | With all the invention, originality and insight that is typical of his writing for children, Frank Cottrell Boyce takes the sad story of Laika,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Kingdom of Sleep
E.K. Johnston
The world is made safe by a woman ...but it is a very big world. It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen saved her country from fire and blood - but now the kingdom of Kharuf is threatened by... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Indigo Donut
Patrice Lawrence
In a Nutshell: Soaring soundtrack to resilience and love Real-life grit, gripping mystery, magnificent love story - this second novel from the highly-acclaimed author of Orange Boy is a mighty fine feast of contemporary YA. Sixth-former Indigo hasn't had the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Nemesis
Brendan Reichs
July 2017 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Lord of the Flies with added asteroid action A uniquely-premised psychological page-turner packed with darkness, death, and compelling conspiracy. Since the age of eight, Min has experienced the unthinkable. On each... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Diabolic
S. J. Kincaid
In a Nutshell: Intergalactic Identity Epic Action and intrigue abound in this high-stakes, high-concept sci-fi thriller from the acclaimed author of Insignia. Nemesis is a Diabolic. They ‘look like us, but they aren't truly human beings.' They're predators who must... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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More Than One Way to be a Girl
Dyan Sheldon
In a Nutshell: Empowering, entertaining trading places tale Endlessly entertaining and inspirational, this radiantly witty novel imparts important messages about gender stereotypes with heartfelt humour. Zizi and Loretta are polar opposites, “like two sides of the same planet -... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Summer Reading for Teens/YAs

No Filter
Orlagh Collins
July 2017 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Classic coming-of-age love story This radiant story of summer love, family secrets and following your dreams begins with an almighty bang. On the penultimate day of her school year, Emerald's... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Scattering
Kimberly McCreight
In a nutshell: gripping adventure that keeps readers tense and guessing As revealed in the first book in this spell-binding series, Wylie is one of a group of people known as Outliers, able to read people's emotions and intentions. It's... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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A Small Free Kiss in the Dark
Glenda Millard
In a nutshell: family and survival in a strange wartime landscape From the author of The Stars at Oktober Bend, now shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this is another powerful, tender and precisely written YA novel. 11 year... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Reborn
Alex Scarrow
This feverishly fast-paced apocalyptic thriller, sequel to Remade, packs a seriously strong pathological punch. It's eighteen months on from the horrific events recounted in Remade (“People dying in the goddamm street”, flesh coming away from their bones “like casserole beef... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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The Names They Gave Us
Emery Lord
In a nutshell: moving story of a teenage girl coping when her world turns upside down Lucy's life seems pretty sorted: she's got a lovely boyfriend, a good relationship with her parents, and as a practising Christian is supported and... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Truth or Dare
Non Pratt
In a Nutshell: Race against time unites two brave, beautiful hearts How far will a person dare to go? What does it take to face the hardest truths? This gripping, heartfelt novel explores emotional depths and oh-so many vital themes... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Order of Darkness
Philippa Gregory
A Review for Changeling, the first in the Order of Darkness series: Best-selling Philippa Gregory's first book for teenagers is a thrilling story of malice and betrayal, courage and passion. Tricked out of her inheritance by her greedy and duplicitous... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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One of Us is Lying
Karen McManus
In a Nutshell: Hyper-tense high school whodunit * Everyone has secrets… Five teens in detention are hit by a storm when one of them of dies. Outsider Simon, creator of the notorious Bayview High gossip app, wryly remarks that they're... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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If Birds Fly Back
Carlie Sorosiak
In a Nutshell: Summer search for lost loved-ones brings unexpected love Captivating and compassionate debut in which two endearingly quirky teenagers find love - and themselves - through their search for missing family members. Since the disappearance of her... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/06/2017
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Reader ReviewedBeck
Meg Rosoff, Mal Peet
*** Suitable for ages 16+ Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 | In turns brutal and passionate, Beck is an utterly compelling story of survival and romance which will catch the breath of all readers and inspire them to... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Summer Days and Summer Nights Twelve Summer Romances
Stephanie Perkins
In a Nutshell: Summer love | Short stories | Poolside pick-me-up Perfect for dipping into between dips in the pool, this varied seasonal anthology features twelve scorching stories by twelve top YA authors. Following last Christmas's My True Love... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Red Nemesis
Steve Cole
In a nutshell: want action, adventure and storytelling flair? The name's Bond. The discovery of a lost communication from his father sent just before his tragic death some years earlier, sends the young James Bond off on a dangerous, possibly... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Reader ReviewedHeartless
Marissa Meyer
In a Nutshell: Heart, Hunger and Wonderland awaits… | Fans of fairy tale fantasy - or readers who've wondered how the Queen of Hearts came to be the angry “off with their heads!” screeching sovereign we know from Alice... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedA Quiet Kind of Thunder
Sara Barnard
In a nutshell: heartfelt, enthralling story built round one girl's life-consuming anxiety | Sixteen-year-old Steffi has been selectively mute since she was five. No-one really knows why, least of all her, but teenage readers will recognise the different pressures that... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedRook
Anthony McGowan
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: sharply realised slice of real life This finely written story speaks directly to readers in language that is frill free but shines with original, precise imagery. It opens with a... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/06/2017
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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 ReviewedPassing for White
Tanya Landman
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: brilliantly told story inspired by real life events A story of a daring escape made by two slaves, a young woman and... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2017
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Lena Lenik S.O.S.
Bernard Ashley
Interest Age 7 Reading Age 7 | In a nutshell: the surprise arrival of a new baby | Bernard Ashley's exciting contemporary story throbs with real voices, real situations, and real heart. Lena can't work out what's wrong with her mum, she's tired... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2017
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Super Readable Short Fiction

Reader ReviewedGood Dog McTavish
Meg Rosoff
April 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | In a nutshell: dog to the rescue in witty domestic satire | This characteristically sharp and witty comedy of modern life by Meg Rosoff stars a rescue dog who... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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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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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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Reader ReviewedThe Knights of the Drop-Leaf Table
Kaye Umansky
Interest Age 8+ Reading Age 8 The inimitable Kaye Umansky turns her attention to King Arthur and Camelot in a typically funny and mischievous story. Arthur is being driven to distraction by his knights, who keep pestering him to send... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2017
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Until We Win
Linda Newbery
Interest Age Teen Reading Age 13 | In a nutshell: inspiring story about women winning the vote | It's summer 1914 and Lizzy is enjoying a new freedom: she's saved the wages from her job as an office junior in an... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Reader ReviewedMind the Gap
Phil Earle
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 Mikey thinks the world of his Dad even though he doesn't... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2017
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Animosaics: Can You Find Me?
Surya Sajnani
An attractive and artistic 'search and find' board book from the creator of the Wee Gallery that introduces children to animal habitats and encourages them to count from one to ten. Large-format pages make this a great book for grown-ups... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 20/07/2017
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Summer Activity Books

Truly Foul & Cheesy Body Jokes and Facts Book
John Townsend
In a nutshell: warts and all joke-book guide to the human body The introduction to this book contains a warning: reading it might make you LOL, but it could also make you GOL (groan out loud), or even SEL (scream... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/04/2017
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Where's Wally? The Colouring Collection
Martin Handford
The colouring book of colouring books for kids and adults too! Bring busy Where's Wally? scenes to life by colouring them in and search for hundreds of things as you go. What colours will you choose? Can you... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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Lift-the-Flap and Colour Forest
Natural History Museum
Pre-schoolers will love this lift-the-flap colouring book series - this one is all about the Forest. Find out which animals live in the forest and there's also a simple verse on each page explaining a little bit about each habitat.... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Lift-the-Flap and Colour African Animals
Natural History Museum
There are 5 scenes to colour in this fun lift the flap book with black and white line drawings ready to be coloured in, bringing scenes of the savannah to life. Each scene is accompanied by a simple rhyming text... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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Where's Wally? The Totally Essential Travel Collection
Martin Handford
Small enough to slip into a rucksack or carry-on case, this compact volume includes all seven Where's Wally books in one; in other words, there are over 100 Wally scenes, teeming with people, creatures, visual jokes and strange things to... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Prehistoric Times
Stella Gurney
Published in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, The Prehistoric Times is a clever and creative way of exploring a topic that continues to fascinate children, dinosaurs and their world. Designed to look like a cross between a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2017
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The Anti-Boredom Book of Brilliant Outdoor Things to Do
Andy Seed
In typically lively style Andy Seed provides youngsters and their families with loads of ideas for things you can do outdoors, whether that's in the garden, at the beach, in the countryside or town. Some of the activities offer great... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/05/2017
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: My Explorer's Journal

Inspired by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's classic Picturebook and the new TV version this is a lovely book to take outdoors whether you're on a country walk or in the local park or just the back garden. It encourages... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Fingerprint Activities: Garden
Fiona Watt
Bright and enticing, this activity book and the rainbow coloured ink pad will provide lots of fingerprint fun for all your little, budding artists. Children will delight in adding their own fingerprint art throughout the pages following the simple instructions. ... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 01/04/2017
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Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad
Yasmeen Ismail
This is a wonderful way for young children to discover different emotions in a fun, creative way. Full of drawing based activities, Yasmeen Ismail's playful illustrations invite children to express themselves and add to the fun with their own drawings,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2017
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When they've been reading all year at school, it's not surprising kids want to run around frantically outside and have some fun when summer finally arrives. But the long holidays are also an ideal time to build on good reading habits, and foster a real life-long love of books away from the classroom...

Our summer reading selection this year has been "such fun to put together," says one of our Lovereading4kids 'expert voices' Julia Eccleshare. We're sure children of all ages will have a great deal of fun reading every one of them. Some are from well-known and well-loved children's authors, others are from exciting new authors. They are all fantastic reads.

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The Famous Five series celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year - what could be a better choice than one of these adventure stories to inspire your children's own summer adventures!

We also have a large selection of books for reluctant readers, dyslexia friendly books and books we think are Great for Boys. For the Pony Mad, there's a section just for them and if your kids aren't so keen on fiction check out our Fascinating Facts section, packed full of interesting reads. And a classic makes a great summer read - we have spruced up our Children's Classics section and our Essential Reads too.

If you're looking for something for babies and toddlers, take a look at the wonderful Picture Book Party from Walker or our Elmer the Elephant special category. Out and About is filled with clever ideas for activities over the holiday..and if you want a prize winner try our Carnegie Greenway section.

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There are eBook formats available for most of the books in our Summer Reading selection, but each month further eBooks can be found here.

Click here to download an activity pack, produced by Julia Green, the author of The Wilderness War, full of exciting outdoor activities to do including building a campfire, making a pond, ID the trees around you, go tracking animals and lots more.


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