Princess Minna: The Enchanted Forest

princess minna the enchanted forest

Princess Minna loves to sort out mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom! In this full-colour, illustrated chapter book, join her on a funny, exciting adventure to wake a sleeping prince and much more – all in time for tea. Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen, Raymond the Wizard and her […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Murder Most Unladylike

books for fans of murder most unladylike

If you like Murder Most Unladylike, try these… The Murder Most Unladylike books form a series of children’s murder mystery novels written by Robin Stevens. Popular with children aged 9-12, the stories follow the adventures of two schoolgirls who set up their own detective agency. Fans of the Murder Most Unladylike series enjoy the stories’ […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Dog Man

10 Books similar to Dog Man

If you like Dog Man, try these… The Dog Man books form a wildly popular children’s book series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey. The series features a half-dog, half-human police officer who fights crime and saves the day in the city. Written in a graphic novel format with comic-style illustrations and speech bubbles, these […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Lottie Brooks

books for fans of lottie brooks

If you like Lottie Brooks, try these… The Lottie Brooks books by Katie Kirby are hugely popular with preteen readers. This hilarious illustrated series explores the daily ups and downs of growing up, including facing puberty, navigating friendships, dealing with first crushes and all of the embarrassing moments that come with handling school and family […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Bunny vs Monkey

books for fans of bunny vs monkey

If you’re looking for books like Bunny vs Monkey, try these… The Bunny Vs Monkey series by Jamie Smart has become a popular favourite with children. The stories started as part of the Phoenix Comic and have now been made into a book series of their own. Teachers in the BooksForTopics community have told us what […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Isadora Moon

books similar to Isadora Moon

If you like Isadora Moon, try these… The Isadora Moon books by Harriet Muncaster are widely popular with young readers just taking the leap into independent chapter books. With easy-to-read text and stylish two-tone illustrations, this short, illustrated series hits the sweet spot as a first chapter book collection for many children in the 5-8 […]

Max and the Midknights

max and the midknights

Join Max’s quest to become a knight in this laugh-out-loud New York Times bestselling adventure! Max wants to be a knight – too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act . . . and […]

There’s a Beast in the Basement!

theres a beast in the basement

Chaos and mayhem reign as Izzy and her friends take on another hilarious (mis)adventure. There’s no such thing as an ordinary day at school when they’re around… Izzy and her friends overhear their head teacher talking about “missing treasure” and “running out of time”. They know this means there’s TREASURE buried in the school somewhere […]

Agatha Oddly: The Secret Key

agatha oddly the secret key

Meet thirteen-year-old Agatha Oddly – a bold, determined heroine, and the star of a stylish new detective series. Agatha Oddlow has been a detective for as long as she can remember – she’s just been waiting for her first big case. And nothing gets bigger than saving the City of London from some strange goings-on. […]

A Girl Called Justice: Book 1

a girl called justice book 1

Missing maids, suspicious teachers and a snow storm to die for… For a fearless girl called Justice Jones, super-smart super-sleuth, it’s just the start of a spine-tingling first term at Highbury House Boarding School for the Daughters of Gentlefolk. For fans of Robin Stevens, Katherine Woodfine and Enid Blyton. When Justice’s mother dies, her father […]

Emily Lime – Librarian Detective: The Book Case

emily lime librarian detective the book case

EMILY LIME is the one and only Librarian Detective! As Assistant Librarian (and a pupil!) at St Rita’s School, she’s got the sharpest mind going. And she’s going to need it! There’s been a bank robbery in town, a break-in at the school and a dastardly villain is on the loose. With the help of […]

Lori and Max

lori and max

Lori wants to be a detective, but so far the most exciting mystery she has solved is the disappearance of her nan’s specs down the side of the sofa. Max is the new girl at school and Lori is asked to look after her. Max is odd. She doesn’t fit in – but then, Lori […]

Murder At Twilight

murder at twilight

When Viv has a fight with Noah, she doesn’t think it’ll be the last time she sees him. But when she gets back from school, he’s nowhere to be found and there are police cars everywhere, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Viv is sure Noah’s run away to get attention. But it’s really cold, and […]

The Amazing Edie Eckhart: Book 1

the amazing edie eckhart book 1

Hello! My name is Edie Eckhart and I’m eleven years old. I’m a little bit different. I have a disability called cerebral palsy, so I talk slowly and fall over a lot. It’s never really bothered me because I’ve never known anything else. Edie Eckhart is Excited with a capital E to start secondary school […]

Invisible Emmie

invisible emmie

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jennifer L. Holm, Invisible Emmie is a humorous and surprising debut graphic novel by Terri Libenson, creator of the internationally syndicated, Reuben Award-winning comic strip The Pajama Diaries. This is the story of two totally different girls— quiet, shy, artistic Emmie popular, outgoing, athletic Katie —and how their […]

Best Friends

best friends

Gemma and Alice were born on the same day and have been devoted best friends ever since. Despite Gemma’s larger-than-life personality and Alice’s quieter, calmer character, the two are inseparable – until Alice has to move house, all the way to Scotland. Gemma is utterly distraught, particularly at the thought that Alice might find a […]

Oliver and the Seawigs

oliver and the seawigs

A lively, gorgeously illustrated story from Dynamic Duo, Reeve and McIntyre! Along with his new friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But before he can put his rescue plan into action there’s the evil Stacey de Lacey and […]

Midnight Magic

midnight magic

Black cats born at midnight Are different indeed A mischievous, odd And peculiar breed In the middle of winter, three kittens are born in a barn. Two are ordinary, but the third, jet black and born on the stroke of midnight, is brimming with magic from whiskers to tail – even sparking life into a […]

Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Sleepy Hummingbirds

magical kingdom of birds the sleepy hummingbirds

To the Keeper of this Book – it’s time for you to visit the magical Kingdom waiting within. Believe in yourself – that will give you wings to fly! When Maya receives a special colouring book – The Magical Kingdom of Birds – she is transported to a beautiful realm filled with magnificent birds and […]

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes

princess mirror belle and the magic shoes

From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, comes Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes, the exciting adventures of a mischievous princess. Full of black-and-white illustrations by Lydia Monks, Princess Mirror-Belle and The Magic Shoes is perfect for fans of this bestselling picture book team who are beginning to read on their own. Princess […]

Ballet Bunnies: The New Class

ballet bunnies the new class

Learning to ballet dance is harder than Millie expected. The other dancers in the class aren’t very nice to her either. But just when she’s thinking that maybe ballet isn’t for her after all, Millie meets the ballet bunnies! They live hidden in the ballet school, using what they find to make their home-ballet shoes […]

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind

the boy with the butterfly mind

Jamie Lee wants to be normal. But his ADHD makes him feel like his brain is full of butterflies. Elin Watts wants to be perfect. If she can be, surely her dad will come home. When Jamie and Elin’s families blend, the polar opposites of chaotic Jamie and ordered Elin collide. As their lives spiral […]

Rainbow Grey

Rainbow Grey

A magical new series from best-selling author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson! Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the magical Weatherlands, high in the sky. Ray is surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips . . . but she doesn’t have ANY magic! Then, after a trip to Earth, Ray’s life changes forever. […]


Sorrel Fallowfield is so good at being good that teachers come to her when they need help remembering the school rules – and there are LOTS. Luckily, Sorrel doesn’t have any trouble following them, until the day she discovers a faded packet of Surprising Seeds buried under a tree in her backyard. Now she’s hearing […]

Branching Out Booklists

Branching Out Booklists

Looking for book recommendations for children who have been hooked by a particular series or author and are ready to branch out? At BooksForTopics, we are passionate about helping readers of all ages discover new children’s books and authors they will love. Whether it’s newly independent readers who need more early chapter books after reading […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Julia Donaldson

Boof if you like Julia Donaldson

If you like Julia Donaldson, try these… Julia Donaldson’s books are firm favourites in many households and classrooms, with a number of her stories (like The Gruffalo and Stick Man) being considered modern classics. Working with different illustrators, Julia has written over 150 books and is best known for her easy-to-learn rhyming stories and memorable […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Supertato

Books for fans of Supertato

If you like Supertato, try these… In every preschool or infant class, you’ll find fans of Supertato and his hilarious crew of vegetable friends (not forgetting his nemesis, Evil Pea). Written by husband and wife team Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, the books are enjoyed by readers who like a high dose of action and […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of The Famous Five

Books for fans of The Famous Five

If you like The Famous Five, try these… The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton has been charming readers for generations and is one of the best selling children’s series of all time. Fans enjoy the stories of unravelling mysteries, innocent adventures and the power of teamwork – not to mention lashings of ginger beer! […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Roald Dahl

Books if you like Roald Dahl

If you like Roald Dahl, try these… Roald Dahl’s books have sold over 200 million copies and are well-known favourites in many households and classrooms. From oversized peaches to adventures in chocolate factories, Dahl’s stories are enjoyed for their imaginative plots, humorous commentary and devious villains who get their comeuppance at the hands of clever […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Horrible Histories

Books for fans of Horrible Histories

If you like Horrible Histories, try these… The Horrible Histories books have seen epic success – with over 60 books, a BAFTA award-winning TV series and several spin-off series to date. The books are well known for highlighting the gruesome side of history and are packed with jokes, comics and gruesome facts. We’ve put together […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Jacqueline Wilson

Books if you like Jacqueline Wilson

If you like Jacqueline Wilson, try these… Jacqueline Wilson’s books remain hugely popular with readers who enjoy stories that explore real-life issues and share themes of family, friendship and growing up. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Jacqueline Wilson. Readers who enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson’s stories about living in foster care […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Tom Gates

Books for fans of Tom Gates

If you like Tom Gates, try these… The Tom Gates books have been phenomenally popular with readers who enjoy laugh-out-loud illustrated stories exploring themes of school, family life and everything zany. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Tom Gates. Readers who want more books like Tom Gates in the notebook-style […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of The Worst Witch

Books for fans of the worst witch

If you like The Worst Witch, try these… The Worst Witch books have captured the imaginations of millions of young readers who enjoy stories about growing up and discovering magic. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of The Worst Witch. Readers who loved Mildred Hubble’s escapades as a trainee witch might […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Horrid Henry

Books for fans of Horrid Henry

What books are similar to Horrid Henry? The Horrid Henry books have seen incredible popularity among young readers who enjoy laugh-out-loud stories about family life and characters who get themselves into sticky situations. Children who love reading about the escapades of mischievous characters should try The World Class in the World or Dirty Bertie – […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Wimpy Kid

Books for fans of Wimpy Kid

If you like Wimpy Kid books, try these… The Wimpy Kid books are well known for turning reluctant readers into book fans, enjoyed for their easy-to-read style, laugh-out-loud humour and integrated cartoon-style illustrations. ​ We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Fans of comic-style […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Beast Quest

Books for Fans of Beast Quest

If you like Beast Quest, try these… The Beast Quest series has gripped thousands of younger readers who enjoy action, adventure and fantasy. Fearsome battles, fantastical beasts and epic rescue quests all characterise this best-selling children’s series containing over one hundred titles. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of the […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Rainbow Magic

Books if you like Rainbow Magic

If you like Rainbow Magic, try these… The Rainbow Magic books are a huge hit with many younger readers, often making the ideal first steps into chapter books. Readers enjoy their themes of friendship, problem-solving and – of course – magic. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of the Rainbow […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of David Walliams

Books if you like David Walliams

If you like David Walliams, try these… David Walliams’ books are hugely popular with young readers and he is known as one of Britain’s best-selling children’s authors. From recounts of criminal grandmas to tales of terrible tooth fairy impersonators, Walliams’ stories have hooked in millions of readers who enjoy memorable characters, an easy-to-read humorous style […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Michael Morpurgo

More books like Michael Morpurgo

If you like Michael Morpurgo, try these…. Michael Morpurgo has a loyal fanbase among readers who enjoy his stories of wartime, animals and adventure. With hundreds of books to date, Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning stories have become modern classics in primary school classrooms. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Michael […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Harry Potter

Books for fans of Harry Potter

If you like Harry Potter, try these… The Harry Potter stories have undeniably charmed millions of readers who enjoy stories sparkling with magic, fantasy and adventure. The award-winning series has sold over 500 million copies worldwide and has been turned into eight hugely successful Hollywood films. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Harry Potter. Fans […]