Operation Bunny
by Sally Gardner
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Emily Vole makes headline news when she's found abandoned as a baby, lying in hatbox at Stanstead Airport. She's adopted by Mr and Mrs Dashwood who long for a child of their own, but they quickly tire of their adopted daughter, especially when her hair turns out to be the wrong colour and her eyes don't fit the Dashwood colour scheme. When Mrs Dashwood discovers she is having triplets, Emily is demoted to living in the laundry room, doing housework and taking care of her new 'siblings'.

Life is pretty miserable, until one day, hanging out the washing, Emily meets her mysterious next-door neighbour, Miss String, and her unusually large cat, Fidget, who prove to have some rather unusual abilities. Emily is enchanted to discover that magic is real, as well as to have found a real friend - but then Miss String dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances, leaving Emily a strange and unexpected inheritance. As the possessor of an old shop and a bunch of golden keys, Emily soon discovers it’s up to her to bring the old Fairy Detective Agency back into business - and to defeat the evil, fairy-snatching villain Harpella.

This quirky story from Sally Gardner is packed with magic, humour and imagination, as well as a touch of Roald Dahl-esque darkness. Young readers will be charmed by resourceful heroine Emily and her sidekick, Fidget who always has a cat joke or fishy quip to hand for any given situation. David Roberts's entertaining illustrations are the perfect match for Gardner's pleasingly eccentric text. This first installment of the Wings and Co series is great fun, and is sure to delight newly independent readers.
The Enchanted Wood
by Enid Blyton
Publisher: Egmont
When Joe, Beth and Frannie move into a new home, they discover a mysterious wood on their very doorstep. Soon, they discover that it's actually an Enchanted Wood, and home to a wonderful Faraway Tree.

Inside the Enchanted Wood, they make all kinds of unusual new friends, including Moonface, Silky the fairy and the hard-of-hearing Saucepan Man, and soon find themselves involved in a host of exciting adventures. Best of all is the discovery that strange new lands can be found in the clouds at the very top of the Faraway Tree itself - from the Land of Spells to the Land of Treats to the Land of Do-As-You-Please.

This delightful story from classic children's author Enid Blyton was first published in 1939 and has delighted children ever since. This new edition has been given a more modern face-lift - for example, changing the children's names (originally Joe, Bessie and Fanny) for more contemporary-sounding alternatives - but all the fun and magic of Blyton's original has been retained for a new generation of readers.
Five on a Treasure Island
by Enid Blyton
Publisher: Hodder
Meet Enid Blyton's most famous characters - Julian, Dick, Anne, George and of course the ever-loyal Timmy the dog - for the first time in this, the first book in the classic Famous Five series.

Julian, Dick and Anne are excited about spending their holidays at Kirrin Bay, and meeting their cousin Georgina for the first time. Meanwhile, George is determined not to make friends with her cousins, but in spite of her initial reluctance she soon finds herself drawn into an exciting adventure, when an old shipwreck off Kirrin Island leads to the discovery of long-forgotten treasure.

Complete with a ruined castle, secret caves and of course, plenty of seaside picnics, this has all the ingredients of a nostalgic Famous Five adventure, and is sure to be enjoyed by young readers discovering Blyton for the first time, as well as existing fans.
A Bear Called Paddington
by Michael Bond
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Paddington, the brown bear from darkest Peru, is found by the Brown family on Paddington Station with his hat, duffel coat and marmalade sandwiches.

Paddington is a decidedly loveable eccentric and his various sticky scrapes will strike chords of recognition with any child. Whilst his intentions are always honourable, his over-literal interpretation of situations means that 'things' inevitably happen, whether at birthday parties or on visits to the theatre or seaside.

With a blend of humour, theatricality and clear prose style, each chapter forms a stand-alone story, perfect for newly confident readers. First published in 1958, this is a truly British classic.
Finn Family Moomintroll
by Tove Jansson
Publisher: Puffin Books
Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and all of their friends. Throughout the winter the Moomins hibernate, but before they go to sleep they fill their tummies full of pineneedles. In spring they wake up, ready for their fun-filled summer adventures. This beautifully-written story from Tove Jansson introduces the loveable Moomin family and follows them on a series of remarkable adventures. Both children and adults will be entranced by Jansson's strange but delightful tales.
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook
by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Publisher: Macmillan
Milly-Molly-Mandy lives with her mother, father, uncle, aunt, grandmother and grandfather in a 'nice white cottage with a thatched roof'. In each of these twenty-one stories, she sets off on an adventure, sometimes with the help of 'little-friend-Susan' or neighbor Billy Blunt.

First published in 1925, Milly-Molly-Mandy's stories now have a nostalgic charm that will appeal to parents and grandparents who will remember them from their own childhood. However, these gentle stories of activities such as giving a party or setting out on a picnic, told in simple and direct language, still offer much to attract today's young readers.
Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown
Publisher: Egmont
Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning to find a notice-board has dropped on him in the night, leaving him happy and healthy, but only half an inch thick. It's a little unusual, but he finds he can fly like a kite, be sent on holiday through the post and can use his special skills to foil a burglary at the local art gallery. Still, he's glad when his brother Arthur has a bright idea to help bring him back to his normal shape.

This inventive story is full of wit and humour, and is sure to intrigue young readers. Originally published in 1964, Jeff Brown's ingenious tale has since become a well-established favourite both in the classroom and at home.
Clarice Bean, That's Me
by Lauren Child
Publisher: Orchard Books
'This book is about me, Clarice Bean. It's a very funny book and all of the pages have pictures, mostly of me. There are some annoying bits when my little brother barges in on pages 8 and 9, so you might want to miss them out ...'

In the chaotic Bean household, Clarice - an engaging and quirkily original heroine - has difficulty finding any peace. Certainly, there is none in her bedroom, which she has to share with her younger brother Minal (who likes to hang upside down until he turns purple), and where all her things are crammed into the tiniest of spaces. Meanwhile her boy-mad older sister and other brother Kurt (struggling with his perplexing adolescence), have rooms of their own to go to. Even the grown-ups have their bolt-holes: Dad gets to escape to the office, Granddad to his comfy chair and Mum to the bathroom. Only when Clarice openly rebels does she finally succeed in getting the peace and quiet she really wants.

Clarice Bean gives us a snapshot of her life and family in the book that launched a bestselling series. With distinctive collage illustrations and character-specific fonts, this irresistible book offers young readers a hilarious and recognisable slice of contemporary family life.
by Roald Dahl
Publisher: Puffin
The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, who unexpectedly spirits a little girl named Sophie out of bed, and into the land of the child-eating giants. With Sophie in his top pocket, the BFG sets off to rid the world of the big, gruesome giants who guzzle up 'human beans' - the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and all their rotsome friends. Full of outrageous humour and plenty of jokes about bodily functions that children will love, this warm-hearted stories is one of Roald Dahl's many much-loved tales that continue to be cherished by readers of all ages.
The Story of Babar
by Jean De Brunhoff
Publisher: Egmont
' In the great forest, a litle elephant was born. His name was Babar...' First published in the 1930s, this charming French classic tells the story of what happens to baby elephant Babar as he grows up. When his mother is shot by cruel hunters, a grief-stricken Babar leaves the forest and wanders to a nearby town. There, he is taken under the wing of a rich old lady, who dresses him elegantly. He learns mathematics and to drive a car - and even sleeps in a bed. But before long, he misses his fellow elephants, and soon he returns to the jungle,where he is crowned king of the elephants and marries his queen, Celeste. With beautifully distinctive illustrations from Jean de Brunhoff, a sometimes surreal and sometimes moving story, and a loveable hero in the dignified Babar himself, The Story of Babar remains a firm favourite with children.
My Naughty Little Sister
by Dorothy Edwards
Publisher: Egmont
This affectionate portrait of family life is the story of a naughty three-year-old sister who is obstinate, inquisitive and full of mischief. She tries to cut off the cat's tail, eats all the trifle at Harry's party and gets up to all kinds of other antics, involving a wobbly tooth, a visit to the doctor, and a traumatic encounter with Father Christmas. First published in the 1950s, Dorothy Edwards' much-loved My Naughty Little Sister books were inspired by memories of her own sister, and will particularly resonate with older siblings. Shirley Hughes' illustrations make a pitch-perfect accompaniment to this perennial favourite.
Asterix the Gaul
by Renné Goscinny
Publisher: Orion
In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans. The Gauls are mighty fighters, but none more so than Asterix, a dauntless and cunning warrior who gets his tremendous strength from drinking a magic potion supplied to him by Druid Getafix. Together with his companion Obelix, he embarks on a series of adventures, beginning with rescuing Getaflix when he is captured by the Romans. The first book in the hugely popular Asterix series is packed with puns, visual gags, funny anachronisms and plenty of mischevious humour, putting a tongue-in-cheek spin on history and cultural identity. Illustrated in bright comic-book style, this is a brilliantly witty and inventive book which will tempt even reluctant readers.
Amazing Grace
by Mary Hoffman
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Grace loves to act out stories. Sometimes she plays the leading part, sometimes she is 'a cast of thousands.' When her school decides to perform Peter Pan, Grace is longing to play Peter, but her classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he wasn't black...But Grace's Ma and Nana tell her she can be anything she wants if she puts her mind to it... This classic story clearly communicates an inspiring message that anything is possible. A warm-hearted tale about following your dreams.
The Queen's Nose
by Dick King-Smith
Publisher: Puffin
Harmony's Uncle Ginger sends her on a treasure trail - which ends in finding a 50p piece. But this is no ordinary coin - in fact, when you rub the queen's nose, your wishes will be answered. Favorite author Dick King-Smith weaves a wonderfully magical and exciting story in this funny family tale.
The Sheep-Pig
by Dick King-Smith
Publisher: Puffin
When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he is amazed that Fly, his sheep-dog, welcomes him as one of her own pups. Fly names the piglet Babe and teaches him all he needs to know about the farm and its animals. As he watches his 'mum' round up the sheep, he decides he would love to try too. However, his legs are too short and he is far too plump to run around after a flock of sheep. He then tries a different tactic; politely asking the sheep to form an orderly line! The sheep are so surprised to be treated with respect that they happily oblige and Farmer Hogget soon notices that Babe has a certain knack with them... One of Dick King-Smith's best-loved tales, this wonderful book is full of gentle humour. The short chapters make it ideal for early confident readers, and it will be especially adored by young animal lovers.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Publisher: Puffin
Greg Heffley is a normal American kid, albeit one with a habit of getting into (and out of) trouble. His diary, complete with hilarious cartoons, records a year in his life and follows his relationships with his nerdy best friend Rowley, annoying brothers Roderick and Manny and long-suffering parents. Greg is constantly trying to boost his popularity but his attempts at bodybuilding, cartooning and money-making - all recounted in the same deadpan tone - inevitably fall flat. This laugh-out-loud book was a New York Times bestseller and has had enormous success with children on both sides of the Atlantic. The engaging illustrated diary format will ensure it continues to have huge appeal for reluctant readers and younger children who are gaining confidence in their reading - and it will undoubtedly raise a smile from their parents too!
Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Follow Pippi Longstocking on her amazing adventures as she moves into Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase of gold coins, and meets Tommy and Annika who quickly become her best friends. They join her on her amusing escapades – joining the circus, dancing with burglars and celebrating her birthday. This lovely new edition of a classic has been brought up-to-date with delightful illustrations from Lauren Child and a new translation from Tiina Nunnally. The collection brings together 11 favorite Pippi stories, and will ensure that readers young and old fall in love with this fabulous heroine.
by A A Milne
Publisher: Egmont Books
No child's library could be complete without A A Milne's stories about Pooh, Christopher Robin and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Whether they are celebrating Eeyore's birthday, meeting a 'Heffalump' or even undertaking an important 'expotition' to the North Pole, children will be charmed by the adventures of Pooh and company, which are huge fun to read aloud. Beautifully illustrated with E H Sheperd's original black drawings, this is a true classic.
The Worst Witch
by Jill Murphy
Publisher: Puffin
Long before Harry Potter first went to Hogwarts, trainee witch Mildred Hubble embarked on life at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches... Loveable but accident-prone Mildred is probably the worst witch ever to attend Miss Cackle's Academy: her spells go wrong, her broomstrick crashes, and then she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into a pig! She can't even put her witch's hat on the right way round, and strict teacher Miss Hardbroom is not at all impressed. But when Mildred discovers a plot against the school, can she save the day? Newly confident readers will love reading this light-hearted and humourous story, which has an irresistible young heroine in Mildred. With plenty of lively fun, plus illustrations from Jill Murphy, it remains a firm favourite.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka
Publisher: Puffin
What really happened to the three little pigs and the big bad wolf? Find out the truth in this hilarious picture book. In revelatory newspaper style, this brilliant picture book exposes the truth about the three little porkers, and one A. Wolf. Putting a brilliantly inventive and very funny spin on fairy tales, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith bring a refreshing contemporary twist to a familiar original.
Horrid Henry
by Francesca Simon
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Stories about naughty characters have been told for centuries, and Horrid Henry is a modern-day rogue in the tradition of Dennis the Menace, Pippi Longstocking, Just William and My Naughty Little Sister. The first in the hugely popular Horrid Henry series introduces us to Henry and his brother, Perfect Peter. The four stories it comprises are long enough to satisfy early readers, yet are short enough to be manageable, with plenty of laughs along the way. Tony Ross's michevious illustrations are the perfect accompaniment - and children will have great fun comparing their own behaviour to Henry's, hopefully coming out on top!
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another country. We experience his journey, his struggles to communicate, find accommodation, a job and food, as well as following the stories of other immigrants. The story ends with his family joining him and a hopeful future ahead. This classic, wordless graphic novel perfectly expresses what it means to leave your country and your family and start a new life in a new country. Beautifully illustrated with black and white photo realist illustrations, and infused with surreal elements, it has a dreamlike atmosphere in which nothing is what it seems, and domestic appliances and landscapes transform themselves into strange beasts. Children and adults of all ages will be enchanted by this moving story, which is also a wonderful starting point for exploring themes of immigration, alienation and language in the classroom.
Charlotte's Web
by E B White
Publisher: Puffin
This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern - with the help of a friendly talking spider called Charlotte - saved her pig, Wilbur, from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs. An unusual and witty story which provides a gentle introduction to questions of mortality, Charlotte's Web is a modern classic.
Little House in the Big Woods
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Publisher: Egmont
Inside the little house live the Ingalls family: Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura and baby Carrie. Outside the little log house are the big woods with their wild animals - bears, bees, deer and wolves - but in spite of the dangers that lurk outside, within the little house, family life goes on. This classic story is based on memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder's early childhood in Wisconsin, and beautifully evokes day-to-day life in the America of the late 19th century.
Mister Magnolia
by Quentin Blake
Publisher: Red Fox
Mr Magnolia has many things, such as an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot, some very fat owls learning to hoot, a big purple dinosaur who's a magnificent brute, two sisters who play the flute, and even a swimming pool. But, he still only has one boot. Then one day a mysterious parcel arrives... This is a wonderfully whimsical nonsense rhyme in picture book format. Children will love the energy and humour of the verse, which is a treat to read aloud together. Quentin Blake's appealing, colourful illustrations including lots of fascinating details that children will enjoy picking out.
The Magic Princess Dress
by Gwyneth Rees
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
When Ava enters Marietta’s dress shop on the hunt for her missing cat, she has no idea how magical it will be – but before she knows it, she’s trying on a beautiful Princess Bridesmaid dress, only to be transported to Fairytale Land through the mirror! Will Ava get there in time to be Cinderella’s bridesmaid, and will she find her cat Cindy? Perfect for girls who love dressing up, this book achieves far more than a typical princess book, by realistically looking at the lives of princesses and other characters in fairytales without taking away from the enchantment.
The Barefoot Book of Knights
by John Matthews
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Young Tom of Warwick is homesick when he is sent away to the castle to learn about knighthood. Under the tutelage of storyteller Master William, the young pages and squires learn about 'chivalry', the code of behavior by which all knights try to live. Tom is enthralled by Master William's tales of the court of King Arthur, the distant realm of Prince Vladimir of Kiev, and faraway Persia and Japan. John Matthews, author of numerous books about Arthurian legend legends and Celtic mythology, brings together a selection of tales that will be new to many young readers. Giovanni Manna's humorous china ink and watercolour illustrations capture the atmosphere of the medieval world.
Jinx: the Wizard's Apprentice
by Sage Blackwood
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Blackwood's first novel in a series which will attract younger KS2 readers. Jinx is abandoned in the forest by his stepfather, but he is rescued by a wizard. Jinx sets to work as his apprentice, and discovers that he can do magic himself. When the wizard steals some of Jinx's powers, Jinx sets out to track down the evil Bonemaster, to discover what his hold is over the Urwald. Nicely spiced but not overpowered with evil, with some great comic touches, this is an exciting adventure that also references social, ethical, and environmental issues on the way.