Books of the Year 2014 Books of the Year 2014

2014 was a fantastic year for children's publishing. So many amazing books were published it’s quite possible even the most dedicated of parents missed a few. Below are favourites chosen by our book experts. Just click on the age range you are interested in.



Books of the Year Babies & Toddlers

Where The Poppies Now Grow
Hilary Robinson
Shortlisted for the Education Resources Award 2015 - One of our Books of the Year 2014 This moving poetic text matched with warm-hearted illustrations captures the lives of two friends and the parts they played in the enormous military campaign... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Once Upon an Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. One of our Books of the Year 2014 - December 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers has created an outstanding alphabet book which goes far beyond the traditional expectations... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedFive Children on the Western Front
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month - Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014 Witty, tender and full of insights... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Mr Wuffles!
David Wiesner
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 A cat story with a difference! When Mr Wuffles finds a toy space ship he can't resist playing with it but, as he... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Fantastic, cumulative adventure as a family cheerfully sets out on a brave hunt to find the bear - and this new edition has interactive sound! It could be frightening but they're not scared. They're full... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird
Arabella Weir
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Debut of the Month New-to-school thirteen-year-old Tabitha Baird is determined to be super-cool, to make some great best-friends. However, to do so she must reinvent herself and, in particular,... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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TiN
Chris Judge
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month A wonderful adventure is sparked by Tin's little sister Nickel when she climbs a tree, grabs a balloon and floats off into the sky. Tin... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2014
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Peck Peck Peck
Lucy Cousins
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Axel Scheffler's Flip Flap Safari
Axel Scheffler
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - August 2014 Book of the Month A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family and in particular young toddlers as they flip and flap the pages... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 07/08/2014
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Books of the Year 3+

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon
Petr Horacek
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A stunning and thought-provoking picture book with some clever use of cut outs and a flap. Little Mouse looks at the lovely round yellow moon and thinks how much she would love... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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Miffy's Birthday
Dick Bruna
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Small, square and always with a robust, hardback cover, Dick Bruna's iconic picture books about the little white bunny called Miffy, have been treasured by millions of British households since they were... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 22/05/2014
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A soft cloth book with bright, colourful pictures that can make snuggle-time extra special. This is a much-loved classic but as relevant today as it was when first published in 1969! The... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Rag book | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Broken King
Philip Womack
One of our Books of the Year 2014 When Simon is really annoyed with his sister Anna he summons up the Broken King from a favourite poem and asks him to take her away. Of course, he doesn't really believe... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2014
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First Words and Pictures With Chimp and Zee
Laurence Anholt, Catherine Anholt
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - April 2014 Book of the Month This first words book, with charming, humorous, colourful and energetic illustrations featuring Chimp and Zee, by a bestselling, award-winning creative team, will delight children and... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon
Jonny Duddle
One of our Books of the Year 2014 The award-winning pirates are back for a second great adventure! Help is needed in Dull-on-Sea after a ghostly pirate ship draws up on the beach and a rash of burglaries from homes,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Crocodile Under the Bed
Judith Kerr
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month From the creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes a glorious picture book full of wonder and adventure. Matty is sick, so... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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The New Small Person
Lauren Child
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Lauren Child, the creator of Charlie and Lola, captures perfectly the always difficult and sometimes terrible moment when a new sibling arrives. Elmore Green... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2014
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt
Overall Winner of the Red House Children's Book Awards 2015, and winner in books for younger children category - Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2014- One of the Lovereading4kids Readers'... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/07/2014
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Monsters Love Underpants
Claire Freedman
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 MEGA Book of the Month Best-selling underpants are back! It all began with Aliens who love underpants. Then the Dinosaurs and Pirates showed that they do too. And now... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/10/2014
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Books of the Year 5+

Reader ReviewedSam and Dave Dig a Hole
Mac Barnett
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award-winning illustrator Jon Klassen has created a second delightful and surprising picture book with Mac Barnett, author of The Dark. Here two boys dig a hole. It doesn't seem to take... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2014
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The Something
Rebecca Cobb
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning illustrator Rebecca Cobb creates a number of different imaginary worlds in this delightfully fanciful story... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedBears Don't Read!
Emma Chichester Clark
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month George is sure there is more to life than fishing and chatting which is what the other bears do. When he finds a book he... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Chicken Clicking
Jeanne Willis
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross go to the heart of a modern predicament in this cautionary tale about a young chick who hops into... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedAll I Said Was...
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child The former Children's Laureate simply tells a deliciously funny... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/02/2014
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The Way to the Zoo
John Burningham
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - April 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning John Burningham tells a touching story of a little girl and the special friends she makes in the night time. When Sylvie finds a... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2014
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Hog in the Fog A Harry & Lil Story
Julia Copus
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A tea time adventure that goes badly wrong when the guest gets completely stuck in the fog! The Little Mouse Lil has invited her friend Harry the Hog for tea. The table... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedItch Scritch Scratch
Eleanor Updale
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child With wit and brio this picture book captures... Featured in: 5+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2014
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The Middle of Nowhere
Geraldine McCaughrean
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014 Award-winning Geraldine McCaughrean captures a far off landscape and a far off time in her fabulously... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedMore Than This
Patrick Ness
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal This exceptional novel from multi-award-winning Patrick Ness will, once again, delight his readers with a superbly written, enthralling and provocative story that raises the most profound questions of adolescence – and answers some of... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Books of the Year 7+

Malala a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal a Brave Boy from Pakistan
Jeanette Winter
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Meet two brave young heroes of Pakistan, Malala and Iqbal, each unafraid to speak out, each a victim of unspeakable violence, each an inspiration to the world as they stood up for... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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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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Willy's Stories
Anthony Browne
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A stunning picture book with a story to each spread to inspire a child's own imagination into what happens next and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2014
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My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words
Sophie Fatus
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A feast of words for every kind of situation is spread across the beautiful pages of this book. The words that are included come from the story of a family's everyday life.... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2014
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Animals
Camilla de la Bedoyere
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month A bumper book of stunning animal pictures classifying all kinds of creatures according to species, colour or habitat. Produced in a striking large format this... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/09/2014
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A Bear Called Paddington
Michael Bond
One of our Books of the Year 2014 The classic story of Paddington Bear, so called because the Brown family first meet him on Paddington Station and decide to take him home. Paddington Bear has travelled all the way from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Mixed media product | Released 10/07/2014
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Eddie's Kitchen And How to Make Good Things to Eat
Sarah Garland
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A birthday party needs to be got ready in a hurry! Mum has forgotten that it is Grandad's birthday but luckily Eddie is on hand to help. Eddie loves cooking and he... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Zeraffa Giraffa
Dianne Hofmeyr
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A giraffe in Paris! The idea sounds ridiculous but this beautiful picture book tells the true story of how the Pasha of Egypt sent a young giraffe called Zeraffa as a gift... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedA Pig Called Heather
Harry Oulton
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - January 2014 Debut of the Month A touching story told from the point of view of a very special pig! Heather the pig has two joys in life – apples and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/11/2013
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Reader ReviewedFortunately, the Milk ...
Neil Gaiman
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award-winning Neil Gaiman brilliantly weaves a spell-binding story taking readers up and away on a wild fantasy in which dinosaurs and space travel happily coexist. And all because…Dad has to go out... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Half a Man
Michael Morpurgo
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo deftly captures the devastating and long lasting impact of war in this stunning and beautifully produced short story. Michael's grandfather is badly disfigured by his horrific experiences... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Books of the Year 9+

The Hero Pup
Megan Rix
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month Can training Patch, a loveable Labrador puppy, help Joe find some happiness after the death of his father? Joe and his dad have always wanted... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Cakes in Space
Philip Reeve
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Best-selling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre's space adventure with a difference sees Astra, a young girl travelling to a new life in Nova Mundi, setting in motion a gigantic cake catastrophe. Astra... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2014
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The Grunts in a Jam
Philip Ardagh
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award winning Philip Ardagh's Mr and Mrs Grunt are as disgusting as ever as they trundle into this fourth adventure in their ramshackle caravan which, in a typically unusual way, is drawn... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2014
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The Ultimate Survival Guide for Kids

One of our Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month Adventurous kids, both boys and girls, will love to read about how to face a number of extreme dangers, whether the're animal dangers... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Most Powerful Boy in the Universe
Matt Brown
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Debut of the Month Told at a speed to match the time-travel theme of the story, this is a highly entertaining and wittily illustrated adventure which pays a lot... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedA Pig Called Heather
Harry Oulton
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - January 2014 Debut of the Month A touching story told from the point of view of a very special pig! Heather the pig has two joys in life – apples and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 18/11/2013
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Counting by 7s
Holly Goldberg Sloan
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Debut of the Month A touching story shot through with warmth and humour this tells of one girl's journey to find herself. Willow's view of the world is unusual.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedMoone Boy: the Blunder Years
Chris O'Dowd, Nick Vincent Murphy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Martin Moone- one boy and a load of sisters! That means Martin is always in trouble of one kind or another. What would you do? When Martin asks his friend Padraic for... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 23/10/2014
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The Parent Trap
Erich Kastner
One of our Books of the Year 2014 The classic story of Lottie and Luise, two identical little girls who meet for the first time at summer camp and discover that they are twins, is famous as a film. Here,... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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The Flying Classroom
Erich Kastner
One of our Books of the Year 2014 A perfect story for Christmas! Set in a school in the weeks running up to Christmas with all the excitement of an end of term play in the background, The Flying Classroom... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/11/2014
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Impossible!
Michelle Magorian
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Best-loved for her classic Second World War title Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian brings the excitement of being part of a theatre company to life in this action-packed and rip-roaring adventure. Twelve... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2014
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Red Leaves
Sita Brahmachari
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Book of the Month Award-winning Sita Brahmachari has a great gift of understanding for the confusions and loneliness of adoloescents and their need to be gently nurtured and cherished.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/09/2014
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Awful Auntie
David Walliams
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Best-selling David Walliams is back on top form with Awful Auntie. Stella... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedMountwood School for Ghosts
Toby Ibbotson
One of our Books of the Year 2014- October 2014 Book of the Month Best-loved author Eva Ibbotson had a gift for making magical worlds both come alive and be wonderfully credible. Her hand guides this delightful story of a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 09/10/2014
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Sterling and the Canary
Andy Stanton
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8+. Prize-winning Andy Stanton injects his trademark humour into this hilarious story about a teenage... Featured in: 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Baking Life of Amelie Day
Vanessa Curtis
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month Can Amelie win the Britain's Best Teen Baker of the Year competition? She's got through to the quarter-finals and must now go to London in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/09/2014
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Books of the Year 11+

Reader ReviewedThe Girl Who Walked On Air
Emma Carroll
All the excitement of the circus is captured in this exciting story about one girl's exceptional talent and tenacity as she does everything she can to become the new star of the show. Everyone knows ‘the bigger the danger, the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe River Singers
Tom Moorhouse
One of our Books of the Year 2014 In the tradition of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows and Richard Adams's Watership Down, The River Singers captures the desperate adventures of a family of water voles struggling survive as... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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The Tornado Chasers
Ross Montgomery
One of our Books of the Year 2014 This hilarious and liberating story about taking risks and living life to the full. Owen's parents are anxious to protect him from danger. As they are frightened of almost everything, Owen has... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/07/2014
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Reader ReviewedChocolate Box Girls: Sweet Honey
Cathy Cassidy
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Cathy Cassidy's Chocolate Box Girls are growing up and learning to deal with new problems. Fifteen year old Honey flies... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedFlora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014- Winner of the IBW Children's Award 2014 Award-winning Kate diCamillo tells a zany, bitter sweet story of how Flora Belle Buckman, a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedRussian Roulette
Anthony Horowitz
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 - June 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling Anthony Horowitz doesn't miss a beat in this thrilling new adventure that... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedBrilliant
Roddy Doyle
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Book of the Month A profound story about the effect of despair on society is touched with magic and humour by best-selling Roddy Doyle. When a black dog comes... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedInfinity Drake: the Sons of Scarlatti
John McNally
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - March 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month Meet Finn, shrunk to 9mm tall by his uncle in order to save mankind by stopping a killing machine from wreaking havoc. Full of... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 27/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedKnightley and Son
Rohan Gavin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 - January 2014 Debut of the Month When weird things start happening around him, Darkus Knighty puts his mind to trying... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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The Great War An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War
Various Authors
Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - July 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month What did living through the First World War feel like for relatives at home, especially... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Matchbox Mysteries
Sally Gardner
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - November 2014 Book of the Month Jam-packed tales full of hilarity, excitement and fun but this latest in the Wings and Co. series from Sally Gardner, winner of the Costa Book... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - November 2014 Book of the Month -One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Another awesome epic from Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant and compelling landscape... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 07/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedListen to the Moon
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo's much praised novel Listen to the Moon was inspired by a gruesome medal commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago off the coast of Co. Cork, and a newspaper report he came across during his research... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 25/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Golden Day
Ursula Dubosarsky
One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award-winning Ursula Dubosarsky's enigmatic story is elegantly and briefly told. Gripping as the story unfolds it will also leave readers wondering, What really happened? Eleven impressionable girls in a small class at... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Boy with the Tiger's Heart
Linda Coggin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Debut of the Month Can three children and a bear keep themselves free from the authorities who... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/08/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Glass Bird Girl
Esme Kerr
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Debut of the Month An engrossing school adventure story packed full of mystery and rich in atmosphere. Orphaned Edie is rescued from a miserable stay with cousins because she... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Books of the Year 14+

Reader ReviewedValentine Joe
Rebecca Stevens
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Debut of the Month Bringing the past alive through a timeslip is an excellent way of getting under the skin of the very young soldiers serving at the front in... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Over the Line
Tom Palmer
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age 10+ Reading Age 8 Football never dies – even during the darkest days of the First World... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedBone Jack
Sara Crowe
Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015 - April 2014 Debut of the Month A haunting story in which Ash and his soldier father are linked by traditions from the past and struggles in the present. When Dad returns from... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Finisher
David Baldacci
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - March 2014 Book of the Month This is the first young adult book from number one bestselling author David Baldacci. A thrilling fantasy adventure story that follows one girl's quest beyond... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedDandelion Clocks
Rebecca Westcott
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - March 2014 Debut and Mega Book of the Month The big emotions at the heart of this story will grab readers' attention and guide them through a painful and heart-warming story.... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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A Song for Ella Grey
David Almond
Winner of the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - One of our Books of the Year 2014 and Winner of the 2015 Peters Book of the Year 'Teen Fiction' Award Award-winning David Almond is at his lyrical best in this... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014 This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps you on the... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedSkink No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - September 2014 Book of the Month This is a dive in head first and read until you're dizzy book, so utterly brilliant and readable it's scary! The totally bizarre and freakily... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 11/09/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - One of our Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 Debut of the Month *** Suitable for 15+ as some explicit content An enormous family... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedA Little in Love
Susan Fletcher
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 - October 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month Eponine tells the heart wrenching story of her own life of suffering and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Rain
Virginia Bergin
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - July 2014 Debut of the Month A dystopian story told with the refreshing addition of a dollop of good humour. Ruby thinks nothing of it when it begins to rain. Why... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/07/2014
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Books of the Year Dyslexia Friendly

The Night Raid
Caroline Lawrence
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Best-selling Caroline Lawrence doesn't skimp on violence in this action-packed story which captures the bravery of two young boys, survivors of the carnage... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedLobsters
Lucy Ivison, Tom Ellen
One of our Books of the Year 2014 **Due to content we recommend this as suitable for at least 15+** June 2014 Debut of the Month Shortlisted for The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2013 Funny, awkward and full of... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Reader ReviewedWe Were Liars
E. Lockhart
Zoella Book Club title Summer 16 | One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014 - May 2014 Book of the Month A gripping story with a brilliantly... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 13/05/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Year of the Rat
Clare Furniss
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - May 2014 Debut of the Month Heartbreak is made bearable by humour in this gripping and touching story of sixteen year old Pearl, struggling to keep going after the death of... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 24/04/2014
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Reader ReviewedTilly's Promise
Linda Newbery
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Linda Newbery gives a fresh insight into the First World War in this deeply touching story. Village sweethearts Tilly and Harry are... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Reader ReviewedHalf Bad
Sally Green
Winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize Best Fiction for Teens Award 2015 - Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2015. Important questions are posed in this richly imagined and fast-paced supernatural thriller with big themes at its heart. Nathan... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2014
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Reader ReviewedGrasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - March 2014 Book of the Month - One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 *** Suitable for 15+ due to explicit content Across a huge canvass that... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 27/02/2014
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Reader ReviewedTape
Steven Camden
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - February 2014 Mega Debut of the Month This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 30/01/2014
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Old Dog, New Tricks
Bali Rai
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Award-winning Bali Rai pulls no punches in his story about Mick, the neighbour from hell and his unpleasant, racist attitudes. Harvey's family do... Featured in: 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Soul Mates
L. A. Weatherly
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen, Reading Age 8+ Iris has always dreamed of being with Nate. But how can that be when they have never met? Something from her memory draws... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/01/2014
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Each year thousands of children's books are published and each month we feature around 80 of our favourites, all categorised by age range.

Below, after much debate in the office, are the ones we think are the best of the year.

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