Young Readers

These are our recommended books for younger readers. We will be adding to this list and welcome your own recommendations and comments on these suggestions.

Fiction:

molly MOLLY THE MOLE – TRUTH & TAILS
Molly the Mole has lots of friends, but sometimes gets sad because of how different she feels. Then one day, she realises that the reason her friends love her is because there aren’t many animals like her around… Age: 5-8.
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vincent VINCENT THE VIXEN – TRUTH & TAILS
Vincent the Vixen loves nothing more than playing make-believe with their brothers and sisters. But although the fox cubs all love using their imagination to be whoever they want to be, Vincent is happiest when they understand and accept who they really are. Age: 5-8.
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CARLOS THE CHAMELEON – TRUTH & TAILS
Carlos the Chameleon is a unique little creature. He can change his colour to fit in anywhere in the rainforest. But soon, he realises that he fits in best with all the animals when he’s being himself. Age: 5-8.
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roxy ROXY THE RACCOON – TRUTH & TAILS
Roxy the Raccoon lives in the forest with her three best friends, who she loves to visit and play games with. Roxy teaches her friends that by making a few small changes and working together, the forest can be a better place for everyone. Age: 5-8.
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war-horse WAR HORSE – MICHAEL MORPURGO
In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. Age: 10+.
adolphus-tips ADOLPHUS TIPS – MICHAEL MORPURGO
A heart-warming tale of courage and warmth, set against the backdrop of the second world war, about an abandoned village, a lifelong friendship and one very adventurous cat! Age: 8-12.
the-breadwinner THE BREADWINNER – DEBORAH ELLIS
Afghanistan: Parvana’s father is arrested and taken away by Taliban soldiers. Under Taliban law, women and girls are not allowed to leave the house on their own. Parvana, her mother, and sisters are prisoners in their own home. With no man to go out to buy food, they face starvation. So Parvana must pretend to be a boy to save her family… Age: 9-11.
the-little-prince THE LITTLE PRINCE – ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY
A pilot forced to land in the Sahara meets a little prince. The wise and enchanting stories the prince tells of his own planet with its three volcanoes and a haughty flower are unforgettable. Age: 7-9.
WONDER – R.J.PALACIO
You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. Age: 8-11.

Non-Fiction:

91v7t48tjl SADAKO & THE THOUSAND PAPER CRANES – ELEANOR COERR
The star of her school’s running team, Sadako is lively and athletic… until the dizzy spells start. Then she must face the hardest race of her life – the race against time. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan. Age: 10+.
61jhddprbrl KID PRESIDENTS GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME – ROBBY NOVAK
In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends, and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer. Age: 8+.
81dgqthljil MALALA YOUSAFZAI: WARRIOR WITH WORDS – KAREN LEGGETT ABOURAYA
The inspiring, true story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who stands up and speaks out for every child’s right to education. Though she and two of her schoolmates were targeted by a Taliban gunman, a life-threatening injury only strengthened her resolve. Age: 4-7.
A IS FOR ANARCHIST – INNOSANTO NAGARA
A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. Age: 3-7.
YOUNG GIFTED & BLACK – JAMIA WILSON
Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Age: 7-10.
STORIES FOR BOYS WHO DARE TO BE DIFFERENT – BEN BROOKS
Prince charming, dragon slayer, mischievous prankster… More often than not, these are the role-models boys encounter in the books they read at home and at school. As a boy, there is an assumption that you will conform to a stereotypical idea of masculinity. Age: 9-18.
GOODNIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS – ELENA FAVILLI
What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.
GOODNIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS 2 – ELENA FAVILLI
100 new bedtime stories, each inspired by the life and adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” transforms each biography in a fairy-tale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.