We are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. Here are some suggestions but we would welcome your views and any others that you think should be added to the list.

Allan Ahlberg* The Giant Baby * Woof!
Allan & Janet AhlbergThe Clothes Horse and Other Stories
Joan Aiken* A Necklace of Raindrops * Fog Hounds, Wind Cat, Sea Mice
Nicholas AllanStories from Hilltop Hospital
Jonathan AllenFowl Play
Laurence Anholt* Daft Jack and the Bean Stack * Shampoozel * The Emperor’s Underwear
Phyllis ArkleThe Railway Cat
Chris AshleyWasim in the Deep End
Richard & Florence AtwaterMr Popper’s Penguins
Jeannie BakerWhere the Forest Meets the Sea
Nina BawdenKeeping Henry
Terence BlackerMs Wiz Series
Malorie BlackmanWhizziwig
Quentin BlakeMrs Armitage and the Big Wave
Judy Blume* Freckle Juice * Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Enid Blyton* Island of Adventure * Malory Towers * St Clare’s Series * The Famous Five * The Magic Faraway Tree
Michael BondA Bear called Paddington
Tony BradmanSam the Girl Detective
Henrietta Branford* Dimarche Diller Series * Spacebaby
Jeff BrownFlat Stanley
Marc BrownArthur Baby-Sits
Anthony Browne* Changes * Zoo * Gorilla
Melvin BurgessThe Earth Giant
Betsy ByarsThe Midnight Fox
Ann CameronThe Julian Stories
Humphrey CarpenterMr Majeika
Ann & Reg CartwrightThe Winter Hedgehog
Lauren Child* Clarice Bean That’s Me * Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
Beverley ClearyRamona Series
Sharon CreechLove that Dog
Helen CresswellThe Sea Piper
Kevin Crossley-HollandStorm
Jennifer CurryHands Off Our Hens
Roald Dahl* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory * Fantastic Mr Fox * George’s Marvellous Medicine * The BFG * The Magic Finger
Niki DalyJamela’s Dress
Colin DannAnimals of Farthing Wood series
Paula DanzigerThe Cat Ate My Gymsuit
Meindert De JongHurry Home Candy
Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince
Berlie DohertyWilla and Old Miss Annie
Helen DunmoreAmina’s Blanket
Dorothy EdwardsMy Naughty Little Sister Stories
Jan FearnleyMr Wolf’s Pancakes
Anne FineHow to Write Really Badly
Louise FitzhughHarriet the Spy
Michael Foreman* Grandfather’s Pencil and the Room of Stories * Jack’s Fantastic Voyage
Sarah GarlandTex the Cowboy
Paul GeraghtySolo
Adele GerasMy Grandmother’s Stories
Mike GibbieSmall Brown Dog’s Bad Remembering Day
Rumer GoddenThe Story of Holly and Ivy
Nigel GrayRunning Away From Home
Mairi HedderwickKatie Morag and the Wedding
Stuart HensonWho Can Tell? (with Wayne Anderson)
Nigel HintonBeaver Towers
Mary Hooper* Spook Summer * The Great Twin Trick
Anthony HorowitzThe Falcon’s Malteser
Harry HorseThe Last Cowboys
Ted Hughes* How the Whale Became * The Iron Man
Norman Hunter* Incrediblania stories * Professor Branestawm
Tove JanssonThe Moomins
Paul JenningsThe Cabbage Patch Fib
Terry JonesFantastic Stories
Ann JungmanVlad the Drac
Gene KempDog’s Journey
Dick King-Smith* Dragon Boy * The Golden Goose * The Hodgeheg * The Sheep-Pig
Jenny KoralekThe Boy and the Cloth of Dreams
Roger Lancelyn Green* Myths of the Norsemen * King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Joyce LanksterMilly Molly Mandy series
Michael LawrenceJiggy McCue series
Robert LeesonThe Dog who changed the World
Rob LewisLazy Daisy
Astrid LindgrenPippi Longstocking
Jonathan Long* The Cat that Scratched (with Korky Paul) * The Wonky Donkey
Margaret Mahy* The Great Piratical Rumbustification and the Librarian and the Robbers * Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones
Jan MarkLong Lost
André MauroisFattypuffs and Thinifers
Kara MayCat’s Witch
William MayneLady Muck
Sam McBratneyJimmy Zest
Alexander McCall SmithThe Perfect Hamburger
Roger McGoughThe Great Smile Robbery
Hilary McKayThe Treasure in the Garden!
David McKeeCharlotte’s Piggy Bank
Colin McNaughtonHave You Seen Who’s Just Moved in Next Door to Us?
Ursula Moray WilliamsThe Adventure of the Little Wooden Horse
Michael Morpurgo* Black Queen * Farm Boy * Muck and Magic Stories from the Countryside * The Butterfly Lion * The Dancing Bear * The Marble Crusher * Toro! Toro!
Jill MurphyThe Worst Witch
Magdalen NabbThe Enchanted Horse
Linda Newberry* Whistling Jack * Ice Cat
Jenny NimmoThe Owl Tree
Robert O’BrienMrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Hiawyn OramLittle Brother and the Cough
Florence Parry HeideThe Shrinking of Treehorn
Phillippa Pearce* A Dog So Small * The Battle of Bubble and Squeak
K M PeyonThe Pony that Went to Sea
Ann PillingHenry’s Leg
Alf ProysenMrs Pepperpot
Gwynedd RaeMary Plain series
Mary RaynerThe Small Good Wolf
Shoo RaynerDark Claw Series
Lynne Reid Banks* Harry the Poisonous Centipede * I Houdini
Thomas RockwellHow to Eat Fried Worms
Mary RodgersFreaky Friday
J K RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Jon Scieszka

The Stinky Cheeseman and other Fairly Stupid Tales

Martina Selway

Wish You Were Here

Catherine Storr

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

Jeremy Strong

* Krazy Kow Saves the World – Well Almost
* My Mum’s Going to Explode!
* The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog

Rosemart Sutcliffe

The High Deeds of Finn McCool

Robert Swindells

* Dracula’s Castle
* Ice Palace

Ruth Thomas

The Class That Went Wild

Colin Thompson

Attila the Bluebottle

Jill Tomlinson

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Jean Ure

* Becky Bananas
* Daisy May

Alison Uttley

Sam Pig

Nina Warner Hooke

The Snow Kitten

Robert Westall

* Blitz
* The Christmas Cat

E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web

Ian Whybrow

Little Wolf series

Marcia Williams

No Worries!

Sophy Williams

Nana’s Garden

Bob Wilson

Bing, Bang, Boogie, It’s a Boy Scent

Jacqueline Wilson