10 Best Children’s Tomes

Something for the mini-bookworms amongst us.  To celebrate World Book Day, Clare Maltby, Children’s Manager of Winchester’s P&G Wells has chosen her very favourite books for small people. If you haven’t popped into this wonderful indy bookshop tucked away in Kingsgate Village, read my review then trot down next time you get a moment. The children’s section is chokka with beautifully illustrated tomes, plus there are story sessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Picture Books

Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies

After the phenomenal success of The Storm Whale and On Sudden Hill, this new book by Benji Davies deals with the emotional topic of losing a grandparent. Subtly told, this beautifully illustrated book tackles a difficult subject with great sensitivity and depth.

 

The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson

One of my three-year-old’s current favourites, the Everywhere Bear has a wonderful time with the children in Class One, but one day he gets more than he bargained for when he falls unnoticed from a backpack and embarks on his own big adventure.

 

Beginner Readers

The Amazing Adventures of Superman – Battle of the Super Heroes! by Vate Stewart 

The world’s finest heroes, Batman and Superman, fight side by side to defend Earth building a great friendship in the process. But when the shape-shifting Clayface ignites a feud between our heroes will anything stop…The Battle of the Super Heroes? Find out in this action-packed chapter book for young readers.

 

Perfectly Poppy – Poppy’s Puppy by Michele Jakubowski 

Meet Poppy — even when her plans don’t go as expected, Poppy finds a way to make everything fun. The little girl has finally convinced her parents to let her get a puppy from the shelter, she falls in love with the animal but not the extra work and responsibility that owning a dog brings. Thankfully, Poppy’s best friend Millie is on hand to help.

 

Young Readers (6-8)

Tiger Days and the Midnight Foxes by Sarah Lean 

Meet animal lover, Tiger Days. A brand-new young fiction series about animals, friendship and adventure by bestselling author Sarah Lean.

 

The Invincible Tony Spears by Neal Layton

Making new friends is never easy, but seems impossible when Tony moves to a new town and school mid-term. But when he finds a round red button hidden in a cupboard, all his worries are forgotten.

 

Older Readers (9-12)

Bus Stop Baby by Fleur Hitchcock

On her way home from school, 13-year-old Amy finds a newborn baby abandoned at the village bus stop. It’s wrong, just like when Mum walked out on Amy and her sister ten years ago — so she tries to fix it, by finding the baby’s mother. But as Amy searches, she uncovers another story, a secret even closer to home.

 

Operation Blackout by Victor Watson 

Hannah and Konrad are on opposite sides of a war where the walls have ears and everyone has a secret. Tragic events and chance encounters bring them to the same place, and they don’t feel quite so alone. But Konrad has an impossible mission, Hannah is in more danger than she knows and in the shadows someone is watching…

 

Non-Fiction

Metropolis by Benoit Tardif

Cultural treasures, amazing architecture and key landmarks from the world’s major cities illustrated in glorious primary colours.

 

A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies

A spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods. There are animals everywhere, from blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety.

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