Most popular Children's Books, by Age Range, 4 - 11 September 2016

By PeterC on 12th September 2016

Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Tabby McTat Picturebook and CD Julia Donaldson A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. The best-selling author and illustrator team of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have created a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated ... Download free opening extract
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Again! Again! Emily Gravett Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories can be read again and again and again... But sometimes, ... Download free opening extract
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Meltdown! Meltdown! Jill Murphy Jill Murphy, creator of the classic Five Minutes Peace here makes the worst (read most public) kind of toddler tantrum into a blissfully funny picture book. A trip to the supermarket starts well with toddler Ruby in high spirits and determined ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for Young Adults

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs The movie tie-in version of the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home ... Download free opening extract
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Beck Beck Mal Peet, Meg Rosoff *** Suitable for ages 16+ Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 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 fight against ... Download free opening extract
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As I Descended As I Descended Robin Talley September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Deadly Ambition |  Scheming with Spirits |  Descent into Darkness Thrilling, chilling, supernaturally-charged retelling of Macbeth set in a prestigious southern state high school. While Lily can’t wait to try out her antique Ouija ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 3+ readers

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr A wonderful story, about believing in the unexpected and magical. When a tiger turns up on the doorstep one day, the little girl and her mother just welcome him right in and offer him tea. He sits neatly at the ... Download free opening extract
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Tabby McTat Tabby McTat Julia Donaldson Best-selling author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have teamed up again to create a heart-warming story about loyalty and friendship. When Tabby McTat the busker’s cat gets separated from the busker he begins a new life on his ... Download free opening extract
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Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes Julia Donaldson Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016  Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox’s Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome Gruffalo Cake and. The twenty four recipes are easy to ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Grandpa Was an Astronaut Grandpa Was an Astronaut Jonathan Meres September 2016 Book of the Month |  In a Nutshell: Grandparents | Fun | Poignant | Interest Age 5-8  Best known for his hilarious World of Norm books, Jonathan Meres has here written a very different sort of book. Grandpa was an ... Download free opening extract
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The Diary of a Killer Cat The Diary of a Killer Cat Anne Fine A cat’s eye view of the world is not exactly the same as a humans! Tuffy’s got no problems with the trail of delicious victims he brings into the house. A bird, a mouse – they are both delicious. In ... Download free opening extract
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A Child of Books A Child of Books Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016   Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which, through words and pictures, takes children on a journey of ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 7+ readers

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My Mum's Going To Explode! My Mum's Going To Explode! Jeremy Strong Pure, unadulterated entertainment but beware, you may laugh so much that you can’t stop!!  Young readers with a sense of humour will devour it in a sitting and those without a sense of humour at the beginning will be filled ... Download free opening extract
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Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble Mango & Bambang: Tiny Tapir Trouble Polly Faber September 2016 Book of the Month  Polly Faber and Clara Vulliamy’s Mango and Bambang stories are perfect for newly independent readers. There are four funny, entertaining stories in each collection, short enough to be read easily in one go and ... Download free opening extract
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Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair Philip Reeve Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016  Bestselling Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre have created a fabulous feisty new heroine in Emily who is determined to be as helpful as she possibly can be to Jinks and O’Hare the ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 9+ readers

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The Wolf Wilder The Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell September 2016 Book of the Month  Wolves, wildness and freedom are at the heart of this thrilling story. Wolf wilders are employed to reintroduce wolves unfortunate enough to be brought up as pets in rich households back into the wild, ... Download free opening extract
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Eye of the Wolf Eye of the Wolf Daniel Pennac Born worlds apart - a wolf from the North and a boy from Africa. The wolf has lost nearly everything on his way to the zoo, including his eye and his pack. The boy too has lost much and seen ... Download free opening extract
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Kensuke's Kingdom Kensuke's Kingdom Michael Morpurgo Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parents’ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 11+ readers

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Shadowsmith Shadowsmith Ross MacKenzie September 2016 Book of the Month In a nutshell: good versus evil, spiders, finding courage Ross MacKenzie won the Blue Peter Best Story Award for The Nowhere Emporium and Shadowsmith is another heart-racing adventure. Kirby’s mum was hurt when a freak storm ... Download free opening extract
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Cogheart Cogheart Peter Bunzl September 2016 Debut of the Month In a nutshell: tick-tocking frequently airborne adventure   From its opening scene aboard an airship harpooned in mid-air, Cogheart is filled with fabulous visual images and a tangible sense of adventure. It follows the story ... Download free opening extract
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An Eagle in the Snow An Eagle in the Snow Michael, M. B. E. Morpurgo A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events, full of descriptions of heroism and selflessness: for any good writer this would make excellent material for a book, but in Michael Morpurgo’s hands, it’s pure gold. Barney is leaving ... Download free opening extract

Featured Books for 13+ readers

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The Haunting of Jessop Rise The Haunting of Jessop Rise Danny Weston September 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Historical haunting | Eerie intrigue | Sinister secrets Chilling historical novel in which an orphan becomes entangled in a web of supernatural goings-on and family secrets. It’s 1853 and, following the death of his ... Download free opening extract
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The Wrong Train The Wrong Train Jeremy De Quidt In a Nutshell: Sinister short stories Sublimely spine-tingling, this evokes all the dread of an ominous tap-tap-tapping on your door in the dead of night. Picture this. You rush to catch your usual train but your relief at making it in time ... Download free opening extract
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Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Such Stuff A Story-Maker's Inspiration Michael Morpurgo M.B.E. Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016  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 ... Download free opening extract

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