1. Horrid Henry
The main character Henry is horrid for a reason – he is selfish and always trying to find a way to endanger others. Not like his brother Perfect Peter, of course. Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup is the 23rd Horrid Henry storybook by author Francesca Simon and illustrator Tony Ross and children will feel liberated reading about this mischievous anti-hero.
2. Rainbow Magic Fairies
There have been more than 150 Rainbow Magic books published since 2003 and they have been the most borrowed children’s book from libraries for more years than one. The series follows Kirsty Tate and Rachel Walker and their magical adventures with the Rainbow Fairies, whom organise the colour in Fairyland. Lila and Myla The Twins Fairies follows the twins fairies as Kirsty and Rachel help them recover a magical item from Jack Frost.
3. Holly Webb’s Animal Stories
Beautifully told and stunningly illustrated by Sophy Williams, Holly Webb’s collection of best-selling books feature a host of scruffy puppies, lost kittens and other heart-warming tales about animals. The Brave Kitten is recent book from Holly Webb and follows the tale of Caramel, a cat who a young girl, Helena, helps nurse back to health after an accident. The ideal books for young animal lovers.
4. Roald Dahl Books
With hugely popular books that include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, Matilda, The BFG and many more, it’s little wonder that Roald Dahl is considered one of the greatest children’s storytellers of the 20th century. His unique style and dark humour remains popular with children to this day and Roald Dahl’s Scrumdidlyumptious Story Collection is a box set that contains six of his most favourite tales.
5. Enid Blyton Books
Enid Blyton’s first book might be over 90 years old now but her writing, which included topics about education, natural history, fantasy and mystery has easily stood the test of time. The prolific author is also responsible for some of the most endearing and cherished children’s characters, including Noddy, The Famous Five, Brer Rabbit and The Secret Seven. The Enid Blyton Five Book Bundle contains five of her bestselling titles.
6. Mr Gum
While a grumpy old man who hates children and animals might not sound like your first choice as the main character of a children’s book, Mr Gum is the hilarious villain and the star of a series of quirky, fun and award-winning stories. You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum is the first of author Andy Stanton’s books and features Mr Gum alongside a host of characters, including Polly, Jake the Dog and an angry fairy that lives in a bathtub.
7. How to Train Your Dragon
While How To Train Your Dragon might be best known as a major Dreamworks animation with a sequel and a children’s TV series, but the films were inspired by an original series of stories by author Cressida Cowell. How To Train your Dragon follows Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III on his journey to become a dragon whisperer and Viking warrior. This is a book likely to be enjoyed by children and adults alike!
8. Fortunately, the Milk…
Author Neil Gaiman might be better known as the man behind many popular adult fantasy novels, such as Stardust, American Gods and Anansi Boys, and even more graphic novels, but he has also written a number of children’s books. Fortunately, the Milk… is a tale about a dad whose trip to get the milk turns into a spectacular adventure featuring a time-travelling dinosaur, the Queen of the Pirates and some green globby things.
To the untrained eye, Minecraft might seem little more than a way to play with virtual building blocks, but this phenomenally successful ‘sandbox’ videogame has been used to create incredible constructions, while allowing for exploration, resource gathering, crafting and combat too. Minecraft: The Beginner’s Handbook is the definitive survival guide, with tips and advice to help new players negotiate their way through the mysterious and often dangerous world of Minecraft.
10. Activity books
Activity books and puzzle books are a great way to encourage reading over the summer holidays, offering a wide range of fun things to do, such as puzzles, drawing, colouring and more. Such books make the perfect companion for long car journeys or other holiday travel, with The Funniest Holiday Joke Book Ever, for example, offering plenty of ways to cheer up boring traffic jams or waits at the airport.
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