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A master of the wordless form imagines a futuristic Noah’s Ark in a luminous sci-fi parable for our changing world.

The Earth has flooded. The only signs of humankind are the waterlogged structures they left behind. Peeking out from the deluge are the remnants of a zoo, home to rare and endangered animals, survivors of long neglect. Tender-hearted NOA is a construction robot who’s found new purpose as the caretaker of the zoo’s beleaguered inhabitants. Bracing for the next storm, NOA builds an ark from the wreckage in search of new land, only to discover something even more profound. With boundless compassion and sweeping scenes of sea and sky punctuated by detailed wordless panels to pore over, Caldecott Honor–winning creator Aaron Becker delivers a timely and concrete message about the rewards of caring in even the most difficult of times that is sure to inspire the dreamers among us.

Recommended Diary-Style Children’s Books

Diary-style stories have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks in part to bestselling series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Lottie Brooks. This style of writing is particularly engaging for reluctant readers and for children who like to get right into the heart of a story. Diaries can be used to explore a host of topics and themes.

This carefully-selected list of the best diary-style children’s books features popular favourites Dork Diaries and animal diaries like The Diary of a Killer Cat and The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig, alongside gripping adventures like The Secret Diary of Kitty Cask and Lost on Gibbon Island. For a more thought-provoking read, try Cloud Boy or My Secret War Diary.

KS2 children will love exploring the titles on this list. They may even be inspired to start a diary of their own!

Recommended Horror and Spooky Stories for Children in KS2

Prepare for a fright with this list of the best horror and spooky stories for KS2 children! With eerie settings and thrilling plots, this hand-picked list of scary titles will keep young readers on the edge of their seats!

From gripping ghost stories like The Spirit Snatcher and The Ghost Garden, to tales of monsters like The Beast and the Bethany and Frankenstiltskin, this list features atmospheric settings and mysterious happenings to delight those KS2 children who like a bit of a fright – with a happy ending.

Prepare for a scare with this list of the best horror and spooky stories for KS2 children!

Recommended Mystery Stories for Children in KS2

Prepare to be puzzled and perplexed by this hand-picked list of the best mystery stories for KS2 children! With thrilling plots and tenacious main characters, these mystery stories offer top quality storytelling that young readers won’t be able to put down.

From thrilling books set in iconic cities, like Villains in Venice and The Clockwork Conspiracy, to adventures in historical settings like Friends and Traitors and A Case of Grave Danger, this list features stories of theft, murder and disappearance that will captivate KS2 children.

So don your deerstalker hat, grab your magnifying glass, and prepare to hunt for clues!

Chapter book

Discover the original bone-chilling adventures that made Goosebumps one of the bestselling children’s book series of all time! Lindy names the ventriloquist’s dummy she finds Slappy.

Slappy is kind of ugly, but he’s a lot of fun. Lindy’s having a great time learning to make Slappy move and talk.

But Kris is jealous of all the attention her sister is getting.

It’s not fair.

Why does Lindy always have all the luck?

Kris decides to get a dummy of her own. She’ll show Lindy!

Then weird things begin to happen. Nasty things. Evil things.

No way a dummy can be causing all the trouble. Or is there?

Chapter book

Seth is the downtrodden kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel, owned by the nasty Bunn family. His only friend is his black cat, Nightshade.

But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, kindly Dr Thallomius is poisoned by Seth’s special dessert. A locked-room murder investigation ensues – and Seth is the main suspect.

The funny thing is, he’s innocent … can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?

A magical locked-room murder mystery: Agatha Christie meets Harry Potter!

Readers aged 9+ will love guessing whodunnit with the novel’s fantastic ensemble cast.

The Seth Seppi Mysteries continue in book 2, The Bad Luck Lighthouse, and book 3, The Cut-Throat Café.

Chapter book

The Last Bear meets The Life of Pi in this adventure-filled survival story set on a lush Cambodian island! Meet 12-year-old Lark, who finds herself ship-wrecked with no one but a baby gibbon for company. Can she survive storms, lack of food and jelly-fish infested waters and find her way home?

‘If you’re reading this, hopefully you’ve come to rescue me. My name is Lark Taylor, and I’ve been shipwrecked on an island. The last mainland I was on was Cambodia, miles and miles away from home…’

When Lark’s mum takes her family with her on a research trip to Cambodia, Lark never expects that she’ll end up stranded on a deserted island! But that’s exactly what happens when her boat is shipwrecked.

With her only companion a baby gibbon, Lark faces many dangers – brutal storms, scorching sunshine and jellyfish-infested waters. And with dwindling food and water, she must make a plan to find her way off the island before it’s too late…

Formatted as Lark’s diary with lined journal pages, gorgeous design details and a special map of Gibbon Island by Rob Biddulph, this is a gorgeous survival story that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Chapter book

A new 20th anniversary edition of the utterly classic Clarice Bean, Utterly Me, the very first novel by bestselling Children’s Laureate, Lauren Child.

Clarice Bean loves reading the adventures of Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and secret undercover agent. Ruby is always going on exciting missions, but the most Clarice gets to do is go to the local shop on her own . . .

But when Clarice and her best friend, Betty Moody, decide to do their school project on the Ruby Redfort books, they suddenly start finding mysteries everywhere. Like why are all the coats on the wrong hooks at school? Where has Granddad disappeared to? And just what is going on in the garden shed?

Chapter book

Everyone loves the wickedly dry sense of humour of The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine.

Okay, Okay. So hang me. I killed the bird. For pity’s sake, I’m a cat.

Poor Ellie is horrified when Tuffy drags a dead bird into the house. Then a mouse. But Tuffy can’t understand what all the fuss is about.

Who on earth will be the next victim to arrive through the cat-flap? Can soft-hearted Ellie manage to get her beloved pet to change his wild, wild ways before he ends up in even deeper trouble?

The hilarious antics of Tuffy and his family as told by the killer cat himself.

Chapter book

Meet Nikki Maxwell (aka Queen of the Dorks!) in the first book in the mega-selling Dork Diaries series, for fans of Lottie Brooks. Join the jokes, drama and aDORKable BFFs with over 50 million copies in print worldwide!

New school. New Crush. New mean girl. New diary, so Nikki can spill all!

Nikki Maxwell has never been popular but now she’s started at a new school, she’s hoping to leave her old dorky ways behind.

Follow Nikki’s adorkable life through sketches, doodles and diary entries as she shares all the details of her not-so-fabulous life full of BFF drama, hopeless crushes and an extremely cringe-worthy family.

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