Thieves' Gambit by Kayvion Lewis

Thieves’ Gambit by Kayvion Lewis

Thieves’ Gambit is a fast-paced, intelligent thriller. Rosalyn is a highly capable, charismatic protagonist. She is smart, savvy and brave, fiercely loyal to her family even as she grows increasingly disillusioned.

Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shaman by Isi Hendrix

Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans by Isi Hendrix

Adia Kelbara is an exceptional read. With a brilliant main protagonist who leaps off the page, this book is alive with discussion points. The eminently satisfying conclusion leaves the reader wanting more.

Indiana Jones and the Invisible City by Harry Heape

Indiana Bones and the Invisible City by Harry Heape

Indiana Bones and the Invisible City is an exciting novel for ages seven and up which has thrilling discoveries to be made in each chapter. The humour works well as a tension breaker on more than one occasion.

My Dad is a Tree by Jon Agee

My Dad is a Tree by Jon Agee

The drawings are straightforward and direct, but also subtle. We were able to discuss how a slight change of shape or direction of the characters’ eyes made a difference to what they appeared to be thinking. And we are both now experts in drawing rain!

One Chance Dance by Efua Traoré

One Chance Dance by Efua Traoré

One Chance Dance is a wonderful book that carries the reader along on a tide of positivity. Jomi is a sympathetically written main protagonist who is easy to cheer for as he and his bushbaby face life head on.

How to Train Your Dragon 20th Anniversary Edition by Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon 20th Anniversary Edition by Cressida Cowell

In the 20 years since it was first published, the How To Train Your Dragon series has grown to 12 volumes with 14 million copies sold. There are also three blockbuster film, three TV series adaptations and more live action planned for 2025.

A Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell

A Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell

A Head Full of Magic is a positive, fun read that will particularly appeal to those who, like Fleur, are approaching the end of primary school and facing their own life changes.

Nowhere Island by Tania Unsworth

Nowhere Island by Tania Unsworth

Nowhere Island is a fast-paced, survivalist adventure story. A modern story that will appeal to fans of Katherine Rundell and Eva Ibbotson, the descriptions of the island make this an immersive tale.

Overemotional by David Fenne

Overemotional by David Fenne

Overemotional by David Fenne is an endearing and wholesome LGBTQ+ read that fans of Simon James Green, Tola Okogwu and Alice Oseman will enjoy. Combining the awkwardness of crushes with X-Men-style action sequences, teenagers will find it hard to put it down.

Last Girl In by Cheryl Diane Parkinson

Last Girl In by Cheryl Diane Parkinson

Last Girl In by Cheryl Diane Parkinson is a feel-good book with a positive message highlighting the advantages of believing in yourself. Sports-loving and less confident readers will enjoy this satisfying story with short chapters.

Sing If You Can't Dance by Alexia Casale

Sing If You Can’t Dance by Alexia Casale

Sing If You Can’t Dance is a moving story of finding a new path when life has taken a cruel twist. It gives much needed representation to those affected by chronic health problems, without resorting to mawkishness or ‘heroic suffering’ tropes.

The Not-So-Uniform life of Holly-Mei by Christina Matula

The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei by Christina Matula

Holly-Mei suffers regret, anxiety, misapprehension, jealousy and paranoia, all of it unnecessary and, thankfully, short-lived, in this fast-moving account of her journey towards self-knowledge and emotional balance.

Forwards Always by Matthew Hodson

Forwards Always by Matthew Hodson

Forwards Always by Matthew Hodson is a fun, engaging poetry collection for fans of Benjamin Zephaniah and Joseph Coelho. With lively and accessible poetry this is a collection to be read out loud and shared around in KS1 and KS2.

Growing Up Powerful by Nona Willis Aronowitz

Growing Up Powerful by Nona Willis Aronowitz

Growing Up Powerful is a positive, relevant guide to the early teenage years that will appeal to fans of Judy Blume and the Rebel Girls books. There is a strong emphasis on individuality and self-expression, of living life on your terms rather than comparing yourself to others.

The Call of the Titanic by Lindsay Galvin

Call of the Titanic by Lindsay Galvin

Call of the Titanic is a great mix of factual and fictional with a mythological twist, exploring what happened and what could have been. It leaves readers in no doubt as to how catastrophic and initially unbelievable the whole event was.

My Family and Other Romans by Marie Basting

My Family and Other Romans by Marie Basting

My Family and Other Romans is a fun and funny journey through the Roman Empire and some of its better and lesser-known gods and goddesses, catapulting the reader into the enthusiastic world of modern-day historical re-enactment.

The Wall Between Us by Dan Smith

The Wall Between Us by Dan Smith

The Wall Between Us is a beautiful book that invites the reader to walk in the shoes of its characters. It prompts them to consider how they might respond in the same situation and raises the question of whether a person’s character can always be judged by their actions.

The Isles of the Gods by Amie Kaufman

The Isles of the Gods by Amie Kaufman

The Isles of the Gods is a rich, swash-buckling adventure that will appeal to fans of Tamora Pierce and Kalynn Bayron. The diversity of the characters, as well as their complicated personalities, is refreshing and adds to the immersive nature of the tale.

Circus Maximus: Rider of the Storm by Annelise Gray

Circus Maximus: Rider of the Storm by Annelise Gray

Circus Maximus: Rider of the Storm is a compelling David and Goliath story of a young woman who dreams of justice and strives for a fairer world. In the words of Dido’s grandfather Muttambaal: “Fight, Dido, fight. Fear is just another opponent.”

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School is a bold, warm and funny YA novel that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and Alice Osman. There’s a freshness about the story with the diverse characters, hearty doses of sarcasm and the focus on strong family ties.

Ajay and the Jaipur Moon by Varsha Shah

Ajay and the Jaipur Moon by Varsha Shah

Ajay and the Jaipur Moon is an exciting and beautifully written and illustrated book for children aged eight upwards. It could be the starting point for discussions about what friendship means to them and how they relate to each other’s varying interests and future plans.

An Anthology of Aesop’s Animal Fables by Helen Ward

An Anthology of Aesop’s Animal Fables by Helen Ward

An Anthology of Aesop’s Animal Fables is a timeless edition of these beloved stories that will appeal to readers young and old. It’s a beautifully presented collection that is sure to inspire a love of both reading and nature in children of all ages.

Son of the Sea by Richard Pickard

Son of the Sea by Richard Pickard

Suitable for Year 4 and above Son of the Sea is a gentle look at the things which make us unique that could be used in class discussions on friendship, family, feeling different, and having something to aim for.

Prehistoric Beasts by Dr Dean Lomax

Prehistoric Beasts by Dr Dean Lomax, illustrated by Mike Love

Prehistoric Beasts by Dr Dean Lomax. There is a lot for a child and adult, sitting together, to digest and elaborate upon. The pop-ups are sturdy and will withstand a lot of yanking about by enthusiastic young hands!

Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer by Jeffrey Boakye

Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer by Jeffrey Boakye

Kofi and the Rap Battle Summer is a joyous read, filled with characters that you want to spend more time with. Happily for the reader, this is just the beginning of Kofi and his adventures.

The Thief of Farrowfell by Ravena Guron

The Thief of Farrowfell by Ravena Guron

The Thief of Farrowfell is the first in a new series of fast-paced children’s books by YA author Ravena Guron. The action is fast-paced and the side characters well developed. The ending is satisfying while leaving room for further books in the series.

Tourmaline and the Island of Elsewhere by Ruth Lauren

Tourmaline and the Island of Elsewhere by Ruth Lauren

Suitable for confident readers in the lower half of the 9-12 age bracket, it will also strike a chord with older middle-grade students who struggle to find the good in themselves that others already see.

Gwen and Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher

Gwen and Art Are Not in Love by Lex Croucher

Gwen and Art Are Not in Love is an engaging read that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and Alice Oseman who are looking to stretch their reading tastes into the realms of historical fiction.

The Way of Dog by Zana Fraillon

The Way of Dog by Zana Fraillon, illustrated by Sean Buckingham

The Way of Dog is a engrossing, touching and beautifully told verse tale of friendship, loyalty and finding your true home. It will appeal to fans of Eva Ibbotson’s One Dog and His Boy and C.C. Harrington’s Wild Oak.

I say Oh, You say No by John Kane

I say Oh, You say No by John Kane

With I say Oh, You say No, John Kane has made a bold, colourful book centred around a word game. It can keep the giggles going for at least half an hour – definite thumbs-up from us!

Corey’s Rock by Sita Brahmachari

Corey’s Rock by Sita Brahmachari

The poetic text is simple and impactful, telling a story of healing and hope that will resonate with young readers who have lost someone they love. Corey’s Rock is a moving, magical tale that will appeal to fans of Sarah Crossan and Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

A Passing On of Shells: 50 Fifty-Word Poems by Simon Lamb

A Passing On Of Shells by Simon Lamb

A Passing On Of Shells is the debut poetry collection by Scottish writer and performer Simon Lamb. The book contains 50 poems, each with exactly 50 words. It’s s a beautiful and accessible poetry collection that will appeal to fans of Michael Rosen and Joseph Coelho.

Vita and the Gladiator by Ally Sherrick

Vita and the Gladiator by Ally Sherrick

Vita and the Gladiator is rich in detail, with the descriptions of Roman food, clothing and entertainment helping to bring to life this turning point in British history. Readers who are keen to move on from the Horrible Histories series will find a lot to enjoy in this book.

Crossing the Line by Tia Fisher

Crossing the Line by Tia Fisher

Crossing the line is a fast-paced, highly readable novel in verse. This an exciting and growing sub-genre of YA fiction that tends to particularly appeal to reluctant or disengaged readers. The post-covid setting is very relatable and the murky world of drug dealing makes for addictive reading.

You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud

You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud

You Think You Know Me by Ayaan Mohamud is highly suitable for students in KS4 and it would serve as a valuable text for reading groups where issues of identity, integration and loyalty could be discussed with older pupils.

Fighting in a World on Fire by Andreas Malm

Fighting in a World on Fire by Andreas Malm

Reading this brilliant book I found myself underlining whole passages, ticking repeatedly in the margins and inwardly cheering. Every school library should buy a copy. Every concerned parent should make sure their children have access to it.

Xanthe & the Ruby Crown by Jasbinder Bilan

Xanthe & the Ruby Crown by Jasbinder Bilan

Xanthe & the Ruby Crown is a touching family-focused story with a strong thread of magical realism. Real-life issues of family illness, friendship struggles and anxiety over starting a new school are dealt with sensitively.

Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell

Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell

In Scattered Showers, LGBTQ+ relationships are portrayed in a strong, positive light and five of the stories are set at Christmas time, giving a festive spin on the collection. A beautifully presented book.

Wildoak by C.C. Harrington

Wildoak by C.C. Harrington

Set in the Big Freeze of 1963, Wildoak tells of an unlikely friendship between a young girl and a snow leopard, two outcasts trying to find their place in an often unfriendly world.

The Accidental Stowaway by Judith Eagle

The Accidental Stowaway by Judith Eagle

The Accidental Stowaway is an intricately woven and skilfully paced story which I’m sure will keep readers aged ten to twelve gripped to the end. Being set in 1910 it also provides many starting points for discussion.

This Book Kills by Ravena Guron

This Book Kills by Ravena Guron

This Book Kills would appeal to fans of Gossip Girl and Holly Jackson’s A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, and without spoiling the reveal, the denouement is satisfying and does justice to the plot.

The Rescue of Ravenwood by Natasha Farrant

The Rescue of Ravenwood by Natasha Farrant

With evocative descriptions of the countryside, The Rescue of Ravenwood will reinforce the idea that all nature is valuable This novel will appeal to budding eco-warriors aged 9-12 and fans of Eva Ibbotson and Lauren St John.

Curse Breaker by Simon Tudhope

Curse Breaker by Simon Tudhope

Curse Breaker is a fast-paced and involving read. The interactive elements make it suitable for reading in pairs and it is likely to be of particular interest to gaming fans who will appreciate the play elements of the book.

The Boy Lost in the Maze by Joseph Coelho

The Boy Lost in the Maze by Joseph Coelho

The Boy Lost in the Maze is a clever and original tale that makes for an impressive start to Coelho’s tenure as Children’s Laureate. The poetic nature of the text makes it a quick and accessible read which is likely to appeal to reluctant readers, particularly boys given the male-dominated storylines.

No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt

No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt

No place for monsters is a perfect Halloween read for children who are not entirely convinced that monsters under the bed are all in their imagination. But beware – you may want to steer clear of ice cream vans after reading this…

The Silver Chain, written and illustrated by Jion Sheibani

The Silver Chain, written and illustrated by Jion Sheibani

The Silver Chain by Jion Sheibani is highly recommended for teens aged 14+. This lovely book will, I’m sure, delight and reassure anyone going through this difficult time in her or his life. It will also solve at least one Christmas-list problem for parents, aunts and uncles!

Stone by Finbar Hawkins

Stone by Finbar Hawkins

With a rich weaving of myths and folk tales ranging from Hades and the underworld to legends of the Green Man and Samhain, Stone is a rewarding read that is likely to appeal to fans of Sally Nicholls’ Season of Secrets and Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls.

Free Kid to Good Home by Hiroshi Ito

Free Kid to Good Home by Hiroshi Ito

Free Kid to Good Home is easily accessible for newly-independent readers or for younger children to read with support and will appeal to young readers who have secretly (or not so secretly) resented the arrival of a potato-faced baby to the family.

Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen and Polly Dunbar

Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen and Polly Dunbar visits every corner of the small child’s sensory-world – the bathroom, the swings in the park, boiled eggs for breakfast, clouds, sucking up spaghetti & hugging teddy.

Pops by Gavin Bishop

Pops by Gavin Bishop

Pops by Gavin Bishop is a very stimulating, very special book which will appeal to children aged between two and four, with illustrations that are bold, direct and strangely primitive, simple and at the same time holding within them a lot to point at and talk about.

Unraveller by Frances Hardinge

Unraveller by Frances Hardinge

Unraveller will appeal to readers of Patrick Ness and Amanda Hocking. Weaving in strands from the darker side of fairy tales – including human to animal transformation and unhealthy family relationships – it is a powerful and immersive tale.

The Cartoons That Saved the World by Tom Ellen

The Cartoons that Saved the World by Tom Ellen

The Cartoons that Saved the World is a light, fast paced story that is perfect for comic book fans who are looking for a more substantial read. The inventive characters and made up words add humor to the madcap story and encourage reading aloud.

Once Upon a Fever by Angharad Walker

Once Upon a Fever by Angharad Walker

Once Upon a Fever is an absorbing read with well-developed strong female characters, an immersive fantasy setting and a fast-paced plot. It is highly recommended for fans of intelligent dystopian fiction who like to be challenged in their expectations and assumptions.

Alte Zachen: Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor

Alte Zachen: Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor

Alte Zachen: Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor is a witty, moving and illuminating story which has much to say about the big events of the last hundred years, and about how different generations can absorb lessons from each other’s viewpoints.

I'm More Than A Sheep by Bethany Christou

I’m More Than A Sheep by Bethany Christou

I’m More Than A Sheep by Bethany Christou is a busy, dramatic tale, illustrated with boldly colourful pictures. It carries an important sub-text about individuality, friendship and the need sometimes to rely on others.

The More Monster by Hayley Wells

The More Monster, written and illustrated by Hayley Wells

More urgently than ever now, we need the coming generation to hear the warnings hammering on the door. Hayley Wells has produced a brilliant book that is bound to spark serious questions in the minds of any youngster who reads it.

When Creature Met Creature by John Agard and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

When Creature Met Creature by John Agard, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

And are you looking for the perfect book to read with children and encourage them in their new enthusiasm? When Creature Met Creature by John Agard is a portal into a deeper understanding of the child’s everyday world, and the crucial role played in it by language.

Adventures in Time: Alexander the Great by Dominic Sandbrook

Adventures in Time: Alexander the Great By Dominic Sandbrook

Alexander the Great By Dominic Sandbrook is a beautifully produced book. With its marvellous illustrations by Edward Bettison, it’s full of fascinating facts and valuable life lessons and, perhaps most important, it is hugely enjoyable to read.

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo – this edition will enchant a watching class as the teacher reads and shares; and at home, the story itself will be a gift to treasure.

Minecraft Maths Official Workbook - Year 6

Minecraft Official Workbooks

Minecraft Official Workbooks – 12 exciting new Minecraft themes workbooks for English and Maths, ideal for children in years 1-6 and covering all aspects of National Curriculum strands in KS1 and KS2.

By Rowan and Yew by Melissa Harrison

By Rowan and Yew by Melissa Harrison

By Rowan and Yew by Melissa Harrison – the parallels with our disappearing environment are powerfully obvious and the reader is never in doubt that we have to work together to save the world that we share with nature.

The Bear Who Sailed The Ocean On An Iceberg by Emily Critchley

The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg by Emily Critchley

The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg by Emily Critchley – the witty and playful use of language delivered mainly through Monty, and the humour that runs throughout the book will appeal to both young and adult readers.

The Little Thing by Nick Cave

The Little Thing by Nick Cave

The Little Thing by Nick Cave features vibrant and ultra-high colour contrast illustrations that will intrigue children aged 3+. The hardback format with large print and each character’s dialogue on facing pages lends itself to shared reading or possibly as a thought-provoking bedtime story.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – the lively, dramatic versions of Eliot’s cat-worlds will capture and sustain the interest of new readers and, for those already familiar with its charms, help confirm its status as a classic.

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones has a dreamlike, almost hypnotic quality that works brilliantly and the cover and illustrations by Seamus Jennings capture the shadowy mystery and warm humour beautifully. I read the book in two sittings.

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

The Week at World’s End is rich in period detail and all the characters are vivid and entirely believable. We care about what happens to them, and to the world they live in. I would recommend it for pupils in Years 6, 7 or 8.

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell is a deliciously dark selection of peculiarly modern and relevant traditional tales. This collection will appeal to years children in years five and six who like short stories with danger, excitement and mystery.

National Geographic Everything Stone Age ft

National Geographic Kids Everything KS2 history books

National Geographic Kids Everything KS2 history books – four superb new non-fiction texts suitable for children in KS2, covering the Stone Age to the Iron Age period, Romans in Britain, the Anglo Saxons, and World War II.

When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari

When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari

When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari does much more than just describe people and locations; it examines deep human impulses. The failures of a systems-driven society that so often neglects and then ignores young people are laid bare.

Book of Numbers by Oliver Jeffers

Book of Numbers by Oliver Jeffers

Book of Numbers – this enchanting book teems with pictures and ideas which cannot fail to engage a curious child aged between three and seven. This is an ideal book to read and share and discuss with nursery aged children.

Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler

Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler

Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler is about learning from and being inspired by others. It’s a gripping read full of fascinating facts and valuable life lessons. A hugely enjoyable book.

The Ash House by Angharad Walker

The Ash House by Angharad Walker

The Ash House by Angharad Walker is a great work of imagination that grips the reader from the first page. It is not an ‘easy read’ but it is refreshingly original and vividly powerful.

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt explores themes of good and evil and love and hate and examines issues of gender and class expectations and family relationships and reconciliation. But most important of all the book is a great adventure story.

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling is a marvellous book with a beautifully calm and satisfying conclusion to the story. Highly recommended for late Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 independent readers.

Rita’s Rabbit by Laura Mucha and Hannah Peck

Rita’s Rabbit by Laura Mucha and Hannah Peck

Rita’s Rabbit – Rita is desperate to be given a rabbit for her birthday. Instead, her grandpa gets her Spike, a bearded dragon. This is a cheering, enjoyable story, made more so by Hannah Peck’s detailed and funny illustrations.

Sports Legends by Rick Broadbent

Sports Legends: 50 Inspiring People by Rick Broadbent

Sports Legends by Rick Broadbent. This great book is all about hearts, stomachs and feelings, drama, passion and joy. It is about learning from, and being inspired by others and invites you to confront your own doubts and prejudices.

Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye

Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye

Musical Truth – this accessible, lively and informative book is ideal for KS3 and KS4 aged pupils who want to explore British history through music. It’s also an ideal starting point for personal writing projects in KS4.

The Young Cyclist's Companion by Peter Drinkell

The Young Cyclist’s Companion by Peter Drinkell

The Young Cyclist’s Companion is an excellent addition to KS2 libraries. This comprehensive hardback guide to owning and riding a bicycle will appeal to a wide range of children in KS2.

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold – An American Journey by Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold – An American Journey by Kamala Harris. This inspiring and lively autobiography is an honest account of how she dealt with her struggles and battles, never descending to rancour or resentment.

Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway

Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway

Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway. The importance of peaceful co-existence with nature is delivered with humour and fun. The maps and illustrations add greatly to the overall reading experience in this great read-aloud for year 2.

Ten Little Dogs by Ruth Brown

Ten Little Dogs by Ruth Brown

Ten Little Dogs by Ruth Brown is a perfect book for sitting down with a two- or three-year-old; each stage involves learning numbers and sequence and there’s a solid narrative to follow that encourages plenty of talking.

Zoom Adventure Series by Susan Hayes

Zoom Adventure Series

Zoom Adventure by Susan Hayes. The ZOOM books are written with energy and humour. They provide plenty of scope for imaginative talk, jokes, enlargement of the stories and incidents and discussion about the creatures and plants which inhabit them.

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne is a winning combination of traditional furry bear cosiness and smart technology and Cal’s childhood anxiety will strike a chord with many young readers.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town – direct and spare, it examines deep human impulses: love, acceptance and security; and isolation, anger and instability. Accessible and easy to read, this is an ideal short story collection for Year 10 and 11.

The Magician's Map by Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai

The Magician’s Map by Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai

The Magician’s Map – a recipe for magical mayhem that is genuinely thought-provoking and wonderfully imaginative. Highly ecommended for independent readers in upper KS2 and lower KS3.

White Fox in the Forest by Chen Jiatong

White Fox in the Forest by Chen Jiatong

A tribute to Chen Jiatong’s great skill, White Fox in the Forest is a powerful story in which the animals achieve wisdom through their seeking and celebration of faith, kindness, love and courage.

Alone! by Barry Falls

Alone! by Barry Falls

Alone! will prompt young readers to examine their own needs and to resist the normalisation of conventions that simply might not suit them. And the illustrations are absolutely stunning!

Brilliant Brainz Magazine

Brilliant Brainz is a vibrant and interesting magazine for children aged 7-11, and one which is ideal for classroom and school libraries. With a wide variety of topics each month, including art, philosophy, music, food, science, sport and tech – there’s something to grab every primary aged child.

No! Said Rabbit by Marjoke Henrichs

NO! said Rabbit by Marjoke Henrichs

NO! said Rabbit – the register of the writing, the journey through the familiar events of the day and the chunky crayoned illustrations are perfectly attuned to the sensibilities of a two-to-three-year-old.

Ganster School 3 - Gruffles and the Killer Sheep by Kate Wiseman

Gangster School: Gruffles and the Killer Sheep by Kate Wiseman

Think Harry Potter meets Artemis Fowl meets Indiana Jones with thrills and spills told at a spin-dryer top speed with more fizz than an energy drink. This Gangster School story is a middle-grade roller coaster, rammed with jokes, razor-sharp language, unusual observations and … killer sheep.

Thunderbolt by Wilbur Smith with Chris Wakling

Thunderbolt by Wilbur Smith with Chris Wakling

Thunderbolt is a cleverly woven piece of page-turning adventure that will excite its KS2 and KS3 readers but also, hopefully, make them think critically about the world in which they are growing up.

My Sneezes Are Perfect by Rakhshan Rizwan and Yusuf Samee

My Sneezes Are Perfect by Rakhshan Rizwan and Yusuf Samee

My Sneezes Are Perfect. When the tide of Covid finally recedes, how much silt will it leave in its wake? Rakhshan Rizwan, calmly and with humour and wisdom, offers her son hope and assurance.

By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa Harrison

By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa Harrison

By Ash, Oak and Thorn. Approach this book with your disbelief suspended and your imagination receptive and you will be welcomed, as I was, into the Wild World. Ideal for 9-12 year olds.

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves is subtly and fluently revealed, in a world which is recognisable and entirely believable. The carefully-woven interplay of narrative, response and stagecraft, had me on the verge of tears and almost gasping with admiration.


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