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.

Aesop Fables
Allan Ahlberg * The Giant Baby * Woof!
Allan & Janet Ahlberg The Clothes Horse and Other Stories
Joan Aiken * A Necklace of Raindrops * Fog Hounds, Wind Cat, Sea Mice
Nicholas Allan Stories from Hilltop Hospital
Jonathan Allen Fowl Play
Laurence Anholt * Daft Jack and the Bean Stack * Shampoozel * The Emperor’s Underwear
Phyllis Arkle The Railway Cat
Chris Ashley Wasim in the Deep End
Richard & Florence Atwater Mr Popper’s Penguins
Jeannie Baker Where the Forest Meets the Sea
Nina Bawden Keeping Henry
Terence Blacker Ms Wiz Series
Malorie Blackman Whizziwig
Quentin Blake Mrs 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 Bond A Bear called Paddington
Tony Bradman Sam the Girl Detective
Henrietta Branford * Dimarche Diller Series * Spacebaby
Jeff Brown Flat Stanley
Marc Brown Arthur Baby-Sits
Anthony Browne * Changes * Zoo * Gorilla
Melvin Burgess The Earth Giant
Betsy Byars The Midnight Fox
Ann Cameron The Julian Stories
Humphrey Carpenter Mr Majeika
Ann & Reg Cartwright The Winter Hedgehog
Lauren Child * Clarice Bean That’s Me * Utterly Me, Clarice Bean
Beverley Cleary Ramona Series
Sharon Creech Love that Dog
Helen Cresswell The Sea Piper
Kevin Crossley-Holland Storm
Jennifer Curry Hands Off Our Hens
Roald Dahl * Charlie and the Chocolate Factory * Fantastic Mr Fox * George’s Marvellous Medicine * The BFG * The Magic Finger
Niki Daly Jamela’s Dress
Colin Dann Animals of Farthing Wood series
Paula Danziger The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
Meindert De Jong Hurry Home Candy
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince
Berlie Doherty Willa and Old Miss Annie
Helen Dunmore Amina’s Blanket
Dorothy Edwards My Naughty Little Sister Stories
Jan Fearnley Mr Wolf’s Pancakes
Anne Fine How to Write Really Badly
Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy
Michael Foreman * Grandfather’s Pencil and the Room of Stories * Jack’s Fantastic Voyage
Sarah Garland Tex the Cowboy
Paul Geraghty Solo
Adele Geras My Grandmother’s Stories
Mike Gibbie Small Brown Dog’s Bad Remembering Day
Rumer Godden The Story of Holly and Ivy
Nigel Gray Running Away From Home
Mairi Hedderwick Katie Morag and the Wedding
Stuart Henson Who Can Tell? (with Wayne Anderson)
Nigel Hinton Beaver Towers
Mary Hooper * Spook Summer * The Great Twin Trick
Anthony Horowitz The Falcon’s Malteser
Harry Horse The Last Cowboys
Ted Hughes * How the Whale Became * The Iron Man
Norman Hunter * Incrediblania stories * Professor Branestawm
Tove Jansson The Moomins
Paul Jennings The Cabbage Patch Fib
Terry Jones Fantastic Stories
Ann Jungman Vlad the Drac
Gene Kemp Dog’s Journey
Dick King-Smith * Dragon Boy * The Golden Goose * The Hodgeheg * The Sheep-Pig
Jenny Koralek The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams
Roger Lancelyn Green * Myths of the Norsemen * King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Joyce Lankster Milly Molly Mandy series
Michael Lawrence Jiggy McCue series
Robert Leeson The Dog who changed the World
Rob Lewis Lazy Daisy
Astrid Lindgren Pippi 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 Mark Long Lost
André Maurois Fattypuffs and Thinifers
Kara May Cat’s Witch
William Mayne Lady Muck
Sam McBratney Jimmy Zest
Alexander McCall Smith The Perfect Hamburger
Roger McGough The Great Smile Robbery
Hilary McKay The Treasure in the Garden!
David McKee Charlotte’s Piggy Bank
Colin McNaughton Have You Seen Who’s Just Moved in Next Door to Us?
Ursula Moray Williams The 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 Murphy The Worst Witch
Magdalen Nabb The Enchanted Horse
Linda Newberry * Whistling Jack * Ice Cat
Jenny Nimmo The Owl Tree
Robert O’Brien Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Hiawyn Oram Little Brother and the Cough
Florence Parry Heide The Shrinking of Treehorn
Phillippa Pearce * A Dog So Small * The Battle of Bubble and Squeak
K M Peyon The Pony that Went to Sea
Ann Pilling Henry’s Leg
Alf Proysen Mrs Pepperpot
Gwynedd Rae Mary Plain series
Mary Rayner The Small Good Wolf
Shoo Rayner Dark Claw Series
Lynne Reid Banks * Harry the Poisonous Centipede * I Houdini
Thomas Rockwell How to Eat Fried Worms
Mary Rodgers Freaky Friday
J K Rowling Harry 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