Reading Ideas for Children
Children's Book of the Month - The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
About the book
From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.
"I loved The Explorer. On one level it's a very exciting adventure story of four children fighting for survival in the Amazon - but it's also saying profound things about human nature and love and loss" JACQUELINE WILSON
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2017
Blue Peter Book Awards 2018
Blue Peter Book Awards 2018 celebrates children's books published in the last year in two categories: the Best Story and the Best Book with Facts.
Best Story shortlist
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
You're called Fidge and you're nearly 11. You've been hurled into a strange world. You have three companions: two are unbelievably weird and the third is your awful cousin Graham. You have to solve a series of nearly impossible clues. You need to deal with a cruel dictator and three thousand Wimbley Woos (yes, you read that sentence correctly). And the whole situation - the whole, entire thing - is your fault.
The island at the end of everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Amihan lives on Culion Island, where some of the inhabitants - including her mother - have leprosy. Ami loves her home - with its blue seas and lush forests, Culion is all she has ever known. But the arrival of malicious government official Mr Zamora changes her world forever: islanders untouched by sickness are forced to leave. Banished across the sea, she's desperate to return, and finds a strange and fragile hope in a colony of butterflies. Can they lead her home before it's too late?
The wizards of once by Cressida Cowell
The story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught since birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide. Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure.
Best Book with Facts shortlist
Beyond the Sky: you and the universe by Dara O' Briain
So you want to go into space? WHY?! (No, really - it's sort of a terrible idea. We humans are perfectly designed for life on Earth. We can walk around, breathe, drink water, eat vegetables, read books, not get poisoned or crushed to death when we go outside - it's lovely right where we are.) Not convinced? GOOD! People have been dreaming about space travel for centuries - there's something amazing about the idea of leaving our planet behind and setting out to explore the Universe - there's so much we still don't know. UK and Ireland's best-loved comedian Dara O'Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space (and beyond!)
Corpse Talk Ground-breaking Scientist by Adam & Lisa Murphy
Adam Murphy interviews the dead famous scientists who changed the world - getting their stories straight from the corpses' mouths! Reading this series is like having history injected into your brain! It guarantees laughs, surprises, and a whole host of the most astonishing achievements you'll ever discover.
Real-Life mysteries by Susan Martineau
Have you ever wondered what exactly does go bump in the night? From mysteries like Shackleton's ghostly companion to the Loch Ness Monster and friends, read the amazing evidence about these mysterious cases and make up your own mind. Quench your curiosity with this myth-busting (and sometimes, myth-confirming!) fascinating kids case study book. Things are not always what they seem - until they are, then you might wish you had never asked!