Summer ReadingChildren's Summer Reading 2018

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. And there is our usual recommendations for Summer Activity books too. Happy browsing!



Summer Reading for Babies & Toddlers

My First Elmer
David McKee
May 2018 Book of the Month | All children should grow up with Elmer and this abridged version of the original story, presented as an Elmer-shaped board book,... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 03/05/2018
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Sound Book
Eric Carle
This is a much-loved classic, but as relevant today as it was when first published in 1969. Now available in this sound-book format so you can actually listen to the Very Hungry Caterpillar as he walks and eats his way... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 03/05/2018
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Baby's Very First Noisy Book Zoo
Fiona Watt
Cheerful and bright, full of pictures of animal families – elephant, penguins, monkeys, seals and lions – and with the added bonus of sound buttons, this will delight the very young. The illustrations will hold their attention and there's lots... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Board book | Released 01/07/2018
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Frog Hops Off!
Lydia Monks
July 2018 Book of the Month | Lydia Monks' new series is perfect for little children particularly those just starting nursery or reception. Frog is the star of this story which recounts his adventures on the school trip. He's a... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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All About Families
Felicity Brooks
Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. A celebration of... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/07/2018
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Amazing Machines First Words
Tony Mitton
This large format board book with its clever round tabs is a great first book to share with pre-school age children. Ten spreads take us to various locations – city, farm, airport and more. In each picture there are bright... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 17/05/2018
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A Perfect Day
Lane Smith
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Award winning Lane Smith celebrates the simple delights of Cat who loves the warmth of the sun, and Dog who loves the cool... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedWhat the Ladybird Heard
Julia Donaldson
Bestselling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks have teamed up for another brilliant picture book. Right in the farmyard among all the noisy animals with their MOOs!... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Summer Reading for ages 3+

Read the Book, Lemmings!
Ame Dyckman
Utterly silly, utterly delightful, Read the Book, Lemmings is a picture book in a million. The main characters are Foxy, First Mate on the SS Cliff and three lemmings, eventually named Jumper, Me Too and Ditto. The ship's laconic captain... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/08/2018
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Old MacDonald Heard a Parp from the Past
Olaf Falafel
Readers will learn how to create the sound of the fart of a T-Rex or a Viking in this super-silly picture book! Bored with life on the farm, Old MacDonald and his animal friends fashion a time-machine (it seems to... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/08/2018
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Supertato Veggies in the Valley of Doom
Sue Hendra, Paul Linnet
July 2018 Book of the Month | Whatever your attitude to vegetables, no-one could resist Supertato and these hilarious, heart-warming stories of supermarket aisle adventures! In this episode, the veggies are bored so Broccoli suggests a game of hide-and-seek. It's... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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A First Book of the Sea
Nicola Davies
July 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | A brilliant celebration and evocation of everything to do with the sea. The many, brief poems cover favourite holiday experiences including the excitement... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/07/2018
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The Girls
Lauren Ace
July 2018 Debut of the Month | The Girls is a glorious and uplifting description of female friendship. It stars four girls and simply but beautifully describes in words and pictures their enduring friendship as they grow from little children... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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Gary's Banana Drama
Jane Massey
There's plenty of drama and lots of surprises too in Jane Massey's delightfully nutty picture book. Gary loves bananas, he loves them so much that on the day that something bad happens, and there are no bananas to be found,... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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Baby's First Bank Heist
Jim Whalley
Baby Frank, immediately distinctive in a stripy black and white Babygro, wants a pet. In fact he really, really wants a pet. But his parents won't allow it, pets are too expensive to keep they say. It leaves Frank with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedWhat the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Book and CD Pack
Julia Donaldson
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... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Book | Released 12/07/2018
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The Bad Mood and the Stick
Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc as it moves from person to person, leaving an unexpected trail of surprise in its wake: opportunities for... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Cave
Rob Hodgson
It's all about the timing in this wonderfully funny picture book. In a cave lives a little creature, a little creature that never leaves its home - turn the page - because of a wolf. The wolf is fierce, determined... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedHappy Hatchday
Rob Biddulph
April 2018 Book of the Month Rob Biddulph's new picture book is another typically happy reading experience. Nine dinosaur eggs (count them) are ready to hatch: out pop Otto, Winnie, Hector, Sue, Nancy, Martin, Wilf and Boo. But what about... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedWhat the Ladybird Heard Next
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have gone back to the farmyard for a second adventure featuring the clever and resourceful ladybird! This time thieves Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out to steal the fat red hen. Luckily... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Summer Reading for 5+

Rose's Dress of Dreams (Little Gem)
Katherine Woodfine
Interest Age 5-8 | Rose's Dress of Dreams reads like a wonderful fairy tale; the little girl who dreams of beautiful dresses and spends her time drawing designs for fanciful frocks (much to the amusement of her family) grows up to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/04/2018
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Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers
Malorie Blackman
Interest Age 5-8 | More spy caper than ghost story this is a fun adventure for young readers, and one that puts grandparents nicely in the driving seat of the action too. Anna and Kasper's Grandma Gertie has an unusual secret... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2018
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Splash Day!
Nick Sharratt
Interest Age 5-8 | What a lovely first reading book! Something exciting is happening at school – there's a paddling pool in the playground, the children are in their swimming costumes – and so are the teachers… It's Splash Day, a... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/07/2018
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The Cook and the King
Julia Donaldson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 The best-selling author of The Gruffalo deploys a story-telling device equally full of cunning in this witty story about the way a King is tricked into doing some work. The King... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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Grandad Mandela
Zindzi Mandela, Zazi Mandela
July 2018 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | 2018 sees the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth and this is a wonderful book to introduce children to one of the most inspiring figures of modern times. The text takes the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/06/2018
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Mr Pegg's Post
Elena Topouzoglou
June 2018 Book of the Month | A story of kindness and the unexpected friendships that result from it, Mr Pegg's Post will charm readers young and old. Anna lives in a lighthouse by the edge of the sea with... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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Ocean Meets Sky
Terry Fan, Eric Fan
July 2018 Book of the Month | Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, Ocean Meets Sky is a celebration of love and the imagination, and a wonderful book to prompt discussion of loss, particularly of a grandparent. Finn has vivid memories of... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/06/2018
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Winnie and Wilbur: Seaside Adventures
Valerie Thomas
Who better to enjoy the delights of the seaside and the high seas than Winnie the Witch and her longsuffering cat Wilbur? There are three different stories in this bumper edition and the two enjoy some typically exuberant and surprising... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Older Not Wiser
Sophy Henn
By the always-current Sophy Henn this new series for children just starting to read on their own is to be celebrated. Jeanie, aged 7 ¾, has a special relationship with her grandma, known to the family as Bad Nana. She... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 31/05/2018
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Gaspard The Fox
Zeb Soanes
May 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 A wonderfully warm-hearted animal adventure based on Zeb Soanes observation of a local urban fox. Waking up hungry one evening, Gaspard sets out to... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/05/2001
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Summer Reading for 7+

The Great Telephone Mix-Up (Little Gem)
Sally Nicholls
May 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell; Communication chaos bringing a community closer | Interest Age 5-8 | The villagers in this charming story rely on their telephone for different reasons and when the local line... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedWhat the Ladybird Heard on Holiday
Julia Donaldson
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... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Gryffindor Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked
Adrian Edmondson
July 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 | A wonderfully funny romp of a story full of all kinds of imaginative nonsense including a cast of talking animals. Young Jack is an... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Bad Mermaids: On the Rocks
Sibéal Pounder
In a nutshell: sparkling, funny underwater adventures | Mermaids Beattie, Zelda and Mimi are absolutely fabulous! Their second adventure streams by, full of underwater hi-jinks all driven by friendship and fun. The little mermaids are in the Crocodile Kingdom (it's... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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50 things you should know about Football
Aidan Keir Radnedge
Football is the world's most popular sport, and the world cup will see millions of people across the globe united in their love of the game. This book will fascinate any fan. It covers all aspects of the game, from... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Twitches Bake a Cake
Hayley Scott
June 2018 Book of the Month | More delightful small-scale fun and big adventure in this new story starring toy rabbit family the Twitches and their owner, Stevie. Two stories run parallel: Stevie and her mum are having a party... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Funny Life of Pets
James Campbell
You'd expect a book by top comic-for-kids James Campbell to make them laugh a lot, and this certainly will. Over 240 illustrated pages he explores the life of pets, in ways that range from the anecdotal to the surreal. Though... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedDog Diaries
Steven Butler & James Patterson
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: It's a (very funny, very readable) dog's life Narrated at breathless speed by super-excited puppy Junior, this new series is spot-on for newly confident readers. Junior's honest, direct, puppy's-eye-view account... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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The Uncracked Code
Tamara Macfarlane
In a nutshell: comic-book inspired crime story | The action in this exciting crime story is set in a comic shop, and come-strip sensibilities inspire the whole adventure. The Cosmic Comic Shop and adjoining café are threatened with closure by... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/04/2018
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A Boy Called Bat
Elana K. Arnold
The first book in a funny, heartfelt, and irresistible young middle grade series starring an unforgettable young boy on the autism spectrum, from acclaimed author Elana K. The Lovereading Comment will follow. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 19/04/2018
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The Dragonsitter's Surprise
Josh Lacey
In a nutshell: another inventive, clever and hugely appealing story There's great excitement in the Smith-Pickle household when an old egg given to Eddie by Uncle Morton suddenly appears to be hatching. It's clearly something very special and the cute... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Summer Reading for 9+

Reader ReviewedRose Rivers
Jacqueline Wilson
May 2018 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: new and old friends united in classic Jacqueline Wilson story Jacqueline Wilson's historical novels tell vivid, enthralling stories about young girls in testing situations, and Rose Rivers is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 17/05/2018
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Reader Reviewed13-Storey Treehouse
Andy Griffiths
Best-selling Australian author/ illustrator Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton have created a fantastical treehouse which will tickle the imagination of all readers. It's a house with everything – and if there is something it lacks, it can easily be... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/01/2015
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Reader ReviewedIguana Boy Saves the World With a Triple Cheese Pizza
James Bishop
In a nutshell: can one boy and four iguanas save the world? You betcha There might be a lot of superhero books around at the moment, but Iguana Boy proves that there's plenty of wear yet in the genre's... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Back on Weird Street
Anne Fine
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | The three stories in Anne Fine's new Weird Street collection are guaranteed to send delicious shivers down the spine, even on the hottest summer day. In classic Gothic tradition, the narrative is passed... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/06/2018
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Middle School: From Hero to Zero
James Patterson
July 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: the irrepressible Rafe Khatchadorian set loose on the streets of London | No-one knows better than James Patterson how to keep the pages turning and of all his junior heroes... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/07/2018
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Dog Town
Luize Pastore
In a nutshell: quirky and unusual adventure with traces of myth and magic Riga is the setting for this fairy-tale like adventure, and the city is depicted so clearly that it's almost a character in the story. Jacob lives with... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedOnly You Can Save Mankind
Terry Pratchett
This is an absolutely cracking whiz-bang of a story. Set in an unreality, that is actually scarily real, it plays with your mind and really, really makes you... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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Race to the Bottom of the Sea
Lindsay Eagar
In a nutshell: swashbuckling adventure, sometimes underwater Race to the Bottom of the Sea is a well-written, thoroughly unusual, thought-provoking pirate story, and a rip-roaring adventure. Our hero 11-year old Fidelia Quail has grown up with the sea in... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Arch-Enemy Is a Brain In a Jar
David Solomons
In a nutshell: another unmissable brilliantly comic comic adventure story David Solomons is a simply brilliant writer for children and his My Brother is a Super-Hero series is consistently funny, entertaining and true. Indeed, the further-fetched the stories get, the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Ravenclaw Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Sami's Silver Lining (The Lost and Found Book Two)
Cathy Cassidy
In a nutshell: a story of survival, friendship and recovery – to a musical soundtrack Cathy Cassidy has a talent for writing positive and life-affirming stories even though they're about young people facing really difficult situations. Sami's story is... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 28/06/2018
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The Dog Squad
Andrew Clover
In a nutshell: the further adventures of everyone's new favourite ten-year old detective Hot on the heels of the first Rory Branagan adventure comes this new story and The Dog Squad is every bit as sharp and quirky, and possibly... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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Ella on the Outside
Cath Howe
It's hard to be the new girl but for Ella things are even more complicated. She has recently moved to a new area - and a new school - with her mum and brother, and a big secret. Ella has... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedWilliam Wenton and the Secret Portal
Bobbie Peers
In a nutshell: code-breaking child genius versus villainous robots | William Wenton is something of a bionic boy; half of his body is a hi-tech metal called luridium, and this gives him special mental powers. But something – or someone... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Sand Dog
Sarah Lean
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Full of hope and wonder but also shot through with deep feelings of sadness this is a beautiful story about the importance of belonging. Azi's home is with his grandfather on... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedMcTavish Goes Wild
Meg Rosoff
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | A new story for that best of all dogs, McTavish, and another delicious helping of wry, insightful observation on human and family life. McTavish's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/04/2018
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Aru Shah and the End of Time
Roshani Chokshi
In a nutshell: Hindu folklore provides the background for a thrilling adventure story with a sharp, funny protagonist | Aru Shah is an average twelve-year old, not particularly attentive at school, but keenly aware of the importance of fitting in,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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The Wizards of Once
Cressida Cowell
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Winner of the 2018 Blue Peter Awards - Best Story Best-selling Cressida Cowell launches her new series with a title that will delight all fans of the How to Train Your... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Burning Maze
Rick Riordan
May 2018 MEGA Book of the Month | In a nutshell: gods and monsters, heroism and humour | The Burning Maze is book three in Riordan's The Trials of Apollo series, and the best yet. It opens with Apollo, trapped... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Wild Folk
Sylvia V. Linsteadt
In a nutshell: magical quest adventure story with a strong sense of the natural world | Perfect for readers who enjoy magical adventures set in the wild world, Sylvia Linsteadt's beautifully told story stars two children called upon to be... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedJudy Moody
Megan McDonald
Another day. Another mood. Meet Judy Moody at her moodiest-best, in this laugh-a-minute first adventure in the international bestselling series. Lovereading Comment to follow. Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedBeyond the Odyssey
Maz Evans
April 2018 Book of the Month The penultimate in the series, Beyond The Odyssey continues with poor Elliot's life becoming more difficult by the day. The situation with his mum is desperate and poor Hermes is still in a coma,... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedLaugh Out Loud
James Patterson
In a nutshell: lively, comic story celebrating kids' reading and determination James Patterson creates books kids love, and his latest book is all about a boy who decides to create books kids love by setting up his own book company.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedEmily Windsnap and the Falls of Forgotten Island
Liz Kessler
In a nutshell: exciting new adventure for the deservedly popular Emily Windsnap An idyllic holiday in the sun with her parents and best friends turns into a testing adventure for mer-girl Emily, and she finds herself caught up in an... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedRace to Kangaroo Cliff
Alexander Mccall Smith
In a nutshell: exciting children's adventure story on a tall ship Twins Ben and Fee will be the envy of children everywhere: their school is a tall ship and alongside ordinary lessons they learn seamanship and how to sail. No... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Wave Me Goodbye
Jacqueline Wilson
February 2018 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: Paperback | Released 08/02/2018
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Summer Reading for 11+

Reader ReviewedThe Storm Keeper's Island
Catherine Doyle
July 2018 Debut of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2018 Swept along by the wind and sea and suffused with magic and mystery this is an ebullient adventure story that compels its readers to... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2018
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Undercover Princess
Connie Glynn
July 2018 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: Cinderella story made for summer reading | An unusual friendship, a chance to live as a princess, mystery, romance and intrigue, all set in the luxurious surroundings of a top... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Johnny and the Dead
Terry Pratchett
Fantastic, funny and weirdly wonderful, with beautifully apt illustrations by Mark Beech. Johnny can see and talk to the dead, not scary zombie ghostly dead people, just rather ordinary dead people who don't want anyone to build on their cemetery.... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/05/2018
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Slytherin Edition
J. K. Rowling
July 2018 Book of the Month | In Book 2 of this phenomenal series Harry Potter, a boy wizard, is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little does he know that this year will be... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedGirls Can Vlog: Festival Frenzy
Emma Moss
July 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: 21st century style fun and friendship | In book 5 of this popular series, our gang of friends/vloggers Lucy, Abby, Hermione and Jessie, are enjoying a special week camping, and... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 28/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedMidnight
Derek Landy
In a Nutshell: Can a coldblooded killer be curtailed as time ticks down? Following hot on the heels of Resurrection, this eleventh instalment of Skulduggery Pleasant's incomparable exploits offers everything devoted fans have come to expect - all-out action, astonishing... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 31/05/2018
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A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge
May 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2017 Award-winning Frances Hardinge's latest novel bubbles over with brilliant ideas in a fast-paced and thought-provoking adventure... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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A Good Day for Climbing Trees
Jaco Jacobs
In a nutshell: quirky treetop adventure with a streak of activism Cape Town is the setting for Jaco Jacobs' quirky adventure, but the emotions described will be familiar to all young readers. It's the holidays and Marnus is bored, fed... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedTruly, Wildly, Deeply
Jenny McLachlan
The brilliant, irresistible and gorgeously romantic new novel from Jenny McLachlan, the breakout star of young, laugh-out-loud teen fiction. Annie is a teenager. She's feisty, passionate about life and her independence, doesn't want to depend on anyone oh and she... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Goose Road
Rowena House
April 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Inspiring WW1 against-the-odds adventure | It's 1916 and fourteen-year-old Angelique is working on the family farm when she learns that her detested father has been killed in action, while her... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series - now with a new cover look. Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero. This title tells the author story. Like Percy... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2013
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Summer Reading for Teens/YAs

The Wonder of Us
Kim Culbertson
In a Nutshell: Rollercoaster road trip, relationships and forging fresh paths Brimming with coming-of-age dilemmas, romance and tonnes of transformative on-the-road experiences, this is an ideal summer read for fans of friendship-driven contemporary YA. Introverted history fanatic Abby has... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Mud
Emily Thomas
July 2018 Debut of the Month | Based on the author's own unconventional upbringing on a Thames Barge, Mud is an unusual and touching roman a clef. Lydia tells her father he is ruining her life when he announces that... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2018
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The Brink of Darkness
Jeff Giles
In a nutshell: passionate love story continues – in hell | Zoe and X are soulmates, even though she's a 21st century teenager and he's a bounty hunter from the Lowlands, ie Hell. They were brought together in The Edge... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 12/07/2018
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The Family Tree
Mal Peet
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: themes of fatherhood, memory and guilt explored in haunting YA novella Mal Peet, who died in 2015, wrote with extraordinary sensitivity and insight and this novella, freshly published by Barrington... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/05/2018
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Starry Eyes
Jenn Bennett
In a Nutshell: Summer of romance, revelations, friendship and feuds Stars collide and sparks fly in this electrifying story of a wildly unforgettable summer. Thought-provoking, funny and flooded with energy, this is contemporary YA at it's finest. After discovering an... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Neverworld Wake
Marisha Pessl
In a Nutshell: Chilling Groundhog Day mystery | This smart sci-fi-infused thriller sees a group of friends faced with having to make the mother of all life and death decisions. The night Bee decides to visit her estranged friends one... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Little Liar
Julia Gray
In a nutshell: YA psychological thriller, as twisty as they come | This story begins in a spiritual retreat. 17 year old Nora is there to recover from an accident and promises readers she will describe the chain of events... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedNobody Real
Steven Camden
In a Nutshell: Growing up and moving on, with an imaginary bear-armed best friend in tow | A sublimely fresh and moving exploration of how it feels to be teetering on that giddy precipice between childhood and adulthood. Marcie is... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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Shadowblack
Sebastien de Castell
In a Nutshell: Magic | Murder | Mystical plague | This satisfying sequel to Spellslinger sizzles with sorcery, secrets and a slathering of swindle and comes highly-recommended for fans of funny fantasy. Though darker than its predecessor, this is still... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Box-Shaped Heart
Rachael Lucas
In a Nutshell: Fractured families | First love | Fresh starts | 16-year-old Holly feels like an outsider, except when she's swimming at her local pool: “Under the surface, deep in the blue-lit water, nobody can see me. There's nobody to... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 17/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Weight of a Thousand Feathers
Brian Conaghan
Heart wrenching, honest, funny and bold, this exceptional novel about the life, loves and agonies of a young carer, and the love between a mum and her sons, is a storytelling triumph. Seventeen-year-old Bobby Seed is a devoted son and... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/06/2018
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Reader ReviewedMy Messed-Up Life
Susin Nielsen
June 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Problem parents | Dealing with change | Loads of LOLs | Hilarious and heartfelt Judy Blume-brilliant tale of a girl who's struggling to come to terms with her parents' divorce. Oh,... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart
June 2018 Book of the Month | Wonderfully chilling, this is another thrilling treat from E. Lockhart, author of We Were Liars. Two girls, in an intense relationship are both looking for escape but at what cost? When... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 31/05/2018
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The Girl in the Broken Mirror
Savita Kalhan
May 2018 Book of the Month | In a Nutshell: Fight to forge a happily ever after | When Jay's father died, her life imploded in every way imaginable. Not only did she lose her vibrant, supportive dad, but... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedDear Martin
Nic Stone
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Striving for goodness when the world has you down as bad Picture this. You're an honors student with a top university in your sights. You work hard, and you follow... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedSavage Island
Bryony Pearce
In a Nutshell: When a £1 million prize game becomes more than a game…. Extreme pressure, perils and outright horrors fester when five friends enter a contest on a private island and find themselves in a gruesome fight for survival.... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedEncounters
Jason Wallace
April 2018 Book of the Month | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a Nutshell: Alleged alien encounter inspired by true events | An utterly absorbing novel based on the real-life phenomenon of a group of Zimbabwean schoolchildren... Featured in: YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedOptimists Die First
Susin Nielsen
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award | In a Nutshell: how to hope for the best even when you've been through the worst | Susin Nielsen puts her protagonists through the most terrible situations, but always manages to keep... Featured in: 13+ readers | YA readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2018
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Reader ReviewedSkylarks
Karen Gregory
In a Nutshell: Falling in love, taking a stand, and standing tall Exploring an unforgettable relationship between two young women and obstructive social inequalities, this is a thoroughly thought-provoking, engaging read. I was mightily impressed by the author's debut... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Reader ReviewedI Stop Somewhere
T. E. Carter
May 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Intense exposé of extreme misogyny and male privilege An unflinching novel about brutally toxic masculinity, male collusion and how justice systems and society at large are still appallingly rigged against women.... Featured in: YA readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2018
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Fantastically Great Women Who Made History Activity Book
Kate Pankhurst
August 2018 Book of the Month | Kate Pankhurst inspires thousands of young readers with her books about the fantastically great women who made history. This book reunites us with those women, including astronaut Valentina Tereshkova, dancer Josephine Baker, and code... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/08/2018
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Are We Nearly There Yet?
Gill Harvey
The title of this book will bring shudders to anyone who has ever undertaken a long journey with children, the book itself could be a godsend! 96 busy, colourful pages are packed with puzzles, games and activities of all sorts. ... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2018
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Where's Wally? Games on the Go! Puzzles, Activities & Searches
Martin Handford
Wally-watchers will find lots to entertain them in this pocket-sized puzzle-packed volume. As well as search and find challenges, there are quizzes, mazes, memory games and even the odd page of jokes all of them stamped with the unmistakeable images... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2018
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Hoakes Island
Ian Friel
May 2018 Book of the Month Not only is it lovely to look at, but Hoakes Island gives the brain a really good work-out too. Readers are challenged to find out what happened to Henry Hoakes, owner of Hoakes Island... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/05/2018
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My RSPB Nature Clipboard
Eryl Nash
A trip to the country, local park or even into the back garden will be lots of fun with this special pack, which has everything children need to discover and find out more about the nature surrounding them. It contains... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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COPA90: Our World Cup A Fans' Guide to 2018
Copa90
Preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup can begin right now with this handsome and thoroughly comprehensive guide to the tournament. Over 170 colour pages it details the teams and the players, not just today's but the best from the... Featured in: 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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199 Things in Nature
Hannah Watson
This robust, beautifully illustrated board book is a great way to teach young children about nature, and will also boost their vocabulary. Themed under headings such as gardens and parks; feathers, eggs and nests; and rocks and gems, the pages... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 05/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Treehouse Fun Book
Andy Griffiths
The 'Treehouse' series of books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton reliably provides kids with some of the most inventive, entertaining and deliciously daft reading around, and this new activity book takes the fun on to a different level. Across... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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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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For those excited about The World Cup 2018 we have a special section full of football focused books, both fiction and factual for readers of all ages.

We also have a large selection of books for reluctant readers, dyslexia friendly books and books we think are Great for Boys.

If your kids aren't so keen on fiction check out our Fascinating Facts section, packed full of interesting reads. 360 Degrees presents non-fiction in wonderfully imaginative ways and our 30 Seconds category has lively factual books which will be perfect for keeping the kids interested on long journeys.

A classic makes a great summer read - we have spruced up our Children's Classics section and our Essential Reads too. And throughout the year there are special events to celebrate the centenary of Women's Suffrage so have a look at our selection for books both fiction and non-fiction.

If you're looking for something for babies and toddlers, take a look at the wonderful Picture Book Party from Walker or our First Concepts special category. Out and About is filled with clever ideas for activities over the holiday..and if you want a prize winner try our UKLA Book Awards 2018 section.

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