Bunny vs Monkey: Machine Mayhem

Bunny vs Monkey Machine Mayhem

Genius inventor Skunky has just designed a brand-new creation . . . a robot called Metal Eve! She needs to learn everything there is to know about life, so it’s probably not the best idea that she’s surrounded by Bunny, Monkey, Weenie, Pig and the gang. The only thing she’s going to learn from them […]

Kitty Quest: Trial by Tentacle

kitty quest trial by tentacle

Dog Man meets the Lord of the Rings in this epic laugh-out-loud graphic novel series about two aspiring monster slayers. In their second adventure, our heroes face a new threat to Meowminster – an army of ferocious sea monsters! This is the perfect new read for fans of Captain Underpants, Dog Man and The Simpsons! The islands of Pawdor are […]

Family and Me!

family and me

A joyful book that shows children how their wonderful features, traits and heritage can be lovingly passed down from biological and chosen family members. As a young girl explores the idea of her family tree, she notices all the beautiful physical features she has inherited from her black and south Asian family lines. Not only […]

Genie and Teeny: The Wishing Well

Genie and Teeny The Wishing Well

Meet Grant the genie, and his best friend – the puppy, Teeny… The third in a series of magical adventures from the renowned illustrator, Steven Lenton, winner of Waterstones Picture Book of the Month and the Times Children’s Book of the Week. When Grant starts to miss his old life in Genie World, Teeny has […]

The Secret School Invasion

the secret school invasion

Hilarious, pitch-perfect stories where everyday school life becomes completely extraordinary! By a brilliant author/illustrator team with laughs on every page! Izzy’s school is being merged with St Bartholomew’s Primary, their greatest rivals! What will happen when the new kids join, in their too-shiny shoes and with their too-loud singing? And what if they’ve got a […]

Einstein the Penguin: The Case of the Fishy Detective:

Einstein the Penguin fishy detectives

An unforgettable friend returns in this warm and fantastically funny sequel to the bestselling debut Einstein the Penguin. Imogen and Arthur have been missing their friend, the penguin, Einstein, since he went back to Australia. So when an opportunity for him to return arises, they jump at the chance. But then Einstein and his friend […]

Resist

Resist tom player

As the brutal Second World War stretches on with no end in sight, life for ordinary Dutch people in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands is fraught with peril and hardship. There is very little to eat and the population lives under the constant threat of arrest and enslavement. After the murder of her beloved uncle and the […]

Yesterday Crumb and the Storm in a Teacup

yesterday crumb and the storm in a teacup

The first in a new fantasy series for readers aged 8-12, about a girl with fox ears who has never fitted in. With adventure and magic in every teacup, this is perfect for fans of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency and Starfell. Yesterday Crumb is no ordinary girl. She was born with fox ears that have […]

The Arctic Railway Assassin

The Arctic Railway Assassin

The bestselling, prize-winning Adventures on Trains series embarks on a thrilling sixth adventure as Harrison Beck and Uncle Nat climb aboard the night train to Narvik, travelling to the Arctic Circle to see the northern lights for Christmas. But as their train leaves Stockholm, Hal and Uncle Nat realize they’re being followed by a sinister […]

Running Out of Time

running out of time

A thrilling, unputdownable debut, with extraordinary twists and incredible action, from an incredible new voice in children’s fiction. When Alex and his father are forced to flee their home to escape a brutal government, they begin a life-threatening journey across Europe. But when they are separated before they can reach Britain, Alex finds himself alone, […]

Best Books of 2022

teachers favourites 2022

Children’s Books of the Year 2022: Shortlist We love to hear which books are popular among our community of primary teachers, TAs, librarians, authors and children’s book lovers. Our Review Panel has been searching for the top children’s books published in 2022. We’ve been looking for the best classroom read-alouds, the most popular books with […]

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. […]

Best Books of 2021

Teachers' Favourite children's books in 2021

We love to hear about which books are popular among our community of primary teachers, TAs, librarians, authors and children’s book lovers. We searched for your top children’s books published in 2021. Browse the SHORTLISTED books in each category below or head to the Books of the Year page to see the category winners. If you are […]

Show Us Who You Are

The second book from the author of A Kind Of Spark, with Neurodivergent characters you’ll root for and a moving friendship at its heart. When Cora’s brother drags her along to his boss’s house, she doesn’t expect to strike up a friendship with Adrien, son of the intimidating CEO of Pomegranate Technologies. As she becomes […]

An Alien in the Jam Factory

The first book in a hilarious, jam-packed new adventure series starring Scooter the inventor and his top secret alien sidekick. Scooter McLay’s cerebral palsy affects how quickly he can move his body, but his hyper-creative brain is a constant fizz of brilliant ideas. He spends every day inventing top secret recipes and machines for his […]

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Legend of the Wildcat

Toto is no ordinary cat, and she can’t wait for you to join her on her FIFTH ninja adventure! From one of the UK’s best-loved broadcasters. Toto’s brothers, Silver and Socks, and their best friend Catface have just been made Deputy Ninja Cats! But while celebrating, they accidentally break a boat belonging to a very […]

Black and British: An Illustrated History

The essential starting place for anyone who wants to learn about Black British History. David Olusoga’s thought-provoking text charts the forgotten histories of Black people in Britain from Roman times right through to the present day. From Roman Africans guarding Hadrian’s Wall, to an African trumpeter in the court of Henry the Eighth, Black Georgians […]

The Boy Who Sang with Dragons

Tomas is a fully-fledged expert dragon grower and protector of the dragonfruit tree. He has eyes in the back of his head for watching over those sneaky dragons, awesomely fast reflexes for putting out sparks and dodging the diving antics of whirling newly hatched dragons. He’s got it all down pat – and managing his […]

Genie and Teeny Make a Wish

Meet Grant the genie, and his best friend – the puppy Teeny… The first in a series of magical adventures from the renowned illustrator, Steven Lenton, winner of Waterstones Picture Book of the Month and the Times Children’s Book of the Week. When Grant the Genie is cast out of Genie World, he lands on […]

Bad Panda

bad panda

Are you sick of being utterly adorable? Tired of being cuddled and hugged? Fed up of having your head confused for your bottom because you just so happen to be SOOOOPER-DOOOOOPER fluffy? Lin: If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you’re in the right book. Everyone thinks that Lin is the cutest […]

Investigators Take the Plunge

Investigators Take the Plunge

Sewer-loving secret agents Mango and Brash are plunged into a hilarious new mystery and a BIG MESS in John Patrick Green’s full-colour, laugh-out-loud graphic novel InvestiGators: Take the Plunge, perfect for emerging readers and fans of Dav Pilkey. Mango and Brash are the InvestiGators : sewer-loving agents of S.U.I.T. and scourge of supervillains everywhere! In […]

My Skin Your Skin

My Skin Your Skin is a powerful book to help children and adults have meaningful discussions about race and anti-racism. Most importantly, the book empowers children to be the best versions of themselves; to have self-love, self-esteem and self-worth, irrespective of their skin colour. This book was specifically written by Early Years expert and children’s […]

What About the Tooth Fairy

what about the tooth fairy

Santa has Christmas, Cupid has Valentine’s Day and the Easter Bunny has . . . well, Easter! But why doesn’t the Tooth Fairy have a special day of her own?! Everybody knows the Tooth Fairy is the best in the business. But although she loves her job, sometimes she can’t help but wonder why she […]

Luna Loves Dance

Discover the joy of dancing and the importance of family, whatever your culture, ability or style with Luna! When Luna dances, she feels like the world’s volume turns up, like all colours brighten, like sunlight sparkles behind every cloud. But when she takes her dance exam she ducks, dives, spins and… falls. Luna thinks she […]

Anisha, Accidental Detective: Granny Trouble

Milo and I have been looking forward to this half-term for what feels like FOREVER – we’re finally going to the National Space Centre, to meet a real-life space engineer! My whole family wanted to tag along and visit a festival first, where this super-famous, mega-expensive diamond is on display. But guess what? The diamond […]

Amazing Treasures

Amazing Treasures

Discover 100 of the world’s most remarkable artefacts, most stunning artworks and most intriguing ruins in this beautifully illustrated book about Earth’s treasures. Treasures both natural and manmade make an appearance in a tour which stretches across thousands of years and all around the globe. Discover sunken wrecks loaded with pirate gold, the abandoned tombs […]

Uma and the Answer to Absolutely Everything

The hilarious and moving new book from funny fiction superstar Sam Copeland, author of the bestselling Charlie Changes Into a Chicken . Uma Gnudersonn has a head full of questions: How can I save my home from being sold? Will my dad ever start talking again? And how do alpacas get drunk? But since her […]

The Danger Gang

Franky can’t wait to move to his new town – although he wishes he didn’t have to leave his best friend Dani behind. But everything changes after the storm, when strange green lightning and powerful thunder crash down on the town. From that night on, the kids who live on Franky’s street start to change. […]

A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch

Hilarious, illustrated school-based antics where everything that happens leads to DRAMA and RUNNING AROUND and even some FAINTING! Izzy and her friends are on a school trip to a big lake. Gary Petrie is excited because the lodges where they’re staying have ROBES AND SLIPPERS! The lake is dark and deep and a bit scary. […]

Nano

This exciting non-fiction picture book introduces young readers to the fascinating (and cutting-edge) science of the very, very small. Everything is made from something – but the way we make things, from the materials we use to the science and technology involved, is changing fast. Nano offers a fascinating narrative introduction to this cutting-edge area […]

Yapping Away

Joshua Seigal, winner of the 2020 Laugh Out Loud Book Awards, brings his raucous humour, creativity and wit to another brilliant collection of poems. Ideal for fans of Michael Rosen, this book will delight all young readers and fans of funny books. From hilarious to heartfelt poems – and everything in between – this collection […]

The Most Important Animal of All

The Most Important Animal of All is a beautiful picture book, illustrated by award-winning Hannah Bailey, where a teacher challenges her class to decide which is the most important animal of all. Seven children champion a different animal for the top spot. * Is it BEES as master pollinators, or BATS who are night-time predators […]

I Can Only Draw Worms

A riotously funny and ever-so-slightly bonkers book from genius storyteller Will Mabbitt.

You Matter

For fans of Jon Klassen, this sensitive and impactful picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Christian Robinson is all about seeing the world from different points of view, and the perfect entry point for parents to help teach their little people about empathy and community. The small stuff too small to see. Those who swim with […]

Search and Find A Number of Numbers

Take a ride through 26 fully illustrated search and find spreads, each one themed on a number. Count the animals going into Noah’s Ark two-by-two, spot 13 scary skeletons at the haunted house on Halloween and visit Farm Fifteen where everything from one scarecrow through to 15 apples need to be found. Allan Sanders’ weird […]

Not Now Bernard

Bernard’s got a problem: he’s found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are just too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster… and that doesn’t go quite to plan. Loved by children, monsters and adults for forty years, David McKee’s iconic picture book is celebrated in this […]

Kitty and the Twilight Trouble

A magical adventure by the light of the moon. Kitty is excited about visiting the funfair with her cat crew. But Pixie has made a new friend and doesn’t want to play with Kitty anymore. She wants to play superheroes with Hazel instead. The problem is, Pixie and Hazel aren’t acting like superheroes, they are […]

My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

A playful, warm and funny story following a boy with a wild imagination and his lively family, from brand new creative duo: Swapna Haddow and Dapo Adeola. Shhh. Beware. My dad is a grizzly bear. In this family, it’s just possible that Dad is a grizzly bear . . . He has fuzzy fur, enormous […]

Tiger Walk

One day Tom draws a tiger, inspired by his visit to the art gallery… That night, when Tom can’t sleep, the tiger pads out of his drawing and purrs, “Let’s go for a walk!” It’s the beginning of a magical and life-changing adventure, as the tiger helps Tom to overcome some of his biggest fears.

Lights on Cotton Rock

An out-of-this-world picture book from David Litchfield, the best-selling author of The Bear and the Piano and Grandad’s Secret Giant . Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Heather is a little girl who wants to go to Outer Space, where the stars sparkle with magic and wonder . When a spaceship lands at Cotton Rock, […]

Around the World in 80 Ways

A fascinating and engaging picture book exploring 80 exciting ways to travel, both past and present – from the obvious, to the crazy! Travel around the world by yacht, tram, train, unicycle, jetpack, camel… any way you can imagine, in this non-fiction children’s book. Every mode of transport is part of a charming scene. See […]

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. “Dark is nasty” he says and so he won’t go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets […]

The Bear Who Stared

A funny and charming picture book with heart from rising star Duncan Beedie – now shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017. There once was a bear who liked to stare… and stare… and STARE. Bear doesn’t mean to be rude, he’s just curious but too shy to say anything. But nobody likes being […]

Rabbit & Bear: A Bad King is a Sad Thing

rabbit and bear a bad king is a sad thing

Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear … and how to defeat an icebear who wants to be king. Ideal for readers moving on from picture books. ‘A perfect animal double-act.’ The Times , Book of the Week Icebear has arrived in Rabbit […]

Never Teach a Stegosaurus to do Sums

A love letter to learning and the power of numbers from exciting talents, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen. A laugh-out-loud ‘what if . . .?’ adventure that celebrates maths being fun in this riotous read. If a Stegosaurus knew how to do sums – well, what would happen? Maybe she’d learn to code, to invent, […]

Best Test

Bird and Frog find a strawberry on their way. There’s only one strawberry and the two of them. So, only “the best” animal gets to eat the fruit. Soon Rat, Shrew, Squirrel, and others join them in a competition to find “the best” and award them with the strawberry. The animals have fun playing together. […]

Which Food Will You Choose

An ingenious and entertaining picture book to entice your little fussy eater to look beyond ‘beige’ and explore a whole new colourful world of food! Mummy’s in a bad mood. She’s fed up of food like chicken nuggets, pasta, chips, cereal and crisps. Then she has an idea! She’s going to take her children to […]

How Do You Make a Rainbow?

How do you make a rainbow? This joyful story, written by Caroline Crowe and illustrated by Cally Johnson-Isaacs, shows how to find colour and hope when days seem dim and grey: celebrating love, positivity and the precious relationship between a child and her grandad. Stuck inside on a cloudy day, a little girl asks her […]

Jaz Santos vs The World

A relatable, inclusive story about families, unlikely friendships and girl power. Ola! I’m Jasmina Santos-Campbell (but you can call me Jaz). You’ve probably heard of me and my football team the Bramrock Stars before. No? Well, you will soon because we’re almost famous! Forming the Stars was my genius idea – you see I need […]

Space Detectives

Dog lost in space? Grown an extra head and don’t know why? Pocket money stolen by a green blob? You need the Space Detectives! Connor and Ethan are spending their summer holidays aboard the world’s first orbiting city, Starville (basically Beverley Hills in space!). The amazing space station is bursting with celebrities and the mega-rich. […]

Bunny vs Monkey

Bunny V Monkey

This brand new remastered book collects together Bunny vs Monkey 1: Let the Mayhem Begin and Bunny vs Monkey 2: Journey to the Centre of the Eurg-th for the first time. Smaller easy-to-read format! 256 hilarious pages! FAST AND FURRY-OUS! Welcome to the woods. It’s chaos in there! Bunny and his friends Weenie the Squirrel, […]

Good News

Pandemics, war, terror, natural disasters – the world seems to be full of bad news and it can all feel, well, a little bit scary. But this is just part of the story. There are in fact tons of great things happening, from robots improving health care and trees healing the planet, to everyday people […]

First Big Book of Why

The definitive and stunningly illustrated question and answer book from Britannica, with answers to more than 100 questions that kids really want to know. Why do elephants have trunks? Why are clouds different shapes? Why does popcorn pop? Why does my tummy rumble? Why do we flush the toilet? This magnificent book features chapters on […]

The Body Book

Look inside the human body in this incredible inventive board book with see-through acetate pages. What’s going on inside the human body? How do we move, eat, think, sleep and breathe? Children will love looking inside to discover the answers with amazing see-through pages and clear, friendly text. With labelled acetate diagrams of the muscular, […]