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.

Richard Adams

Watership Down

Joan Aiken

The James III Sequence

David Almond

* Skellig
* Kit’s Wilderness

Neil Arksey

Playing on the Edge

Linda Aronson


Bernard Ashley

* Little Soldier
* Rapid

Sherry Ashworth

What’s Your Problem?

Joyce Annette Barnes

Amistad Junior Novelization

Joan Bauer


Nina Bawden

* Carrie’s War
* The Outside Child
* The Real Plato Jones

Leslie Beake

Song of Be

Malorie Blackman


Thomas Bloor

The Memory Prisoner

Judy Blume

Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret

Martin Booth

Music on the Bamboo Radio

Tim Bowler

* River Boy
* Midget

Elinor M Brent-Dyer

The Chalet School Series

Melvin Burgess

* Billy Elliot
* Junk
* The Baby and Fly Pie

Betsy Byars

* The Pinballs
* Cracker Jackson
* The Summer of the Swans

Peter Carey

The Big Bazoohley

Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland

G K Chesterton

The Puffin Father Brown Stories

Agatha Christie

And then there were none

John Christopher

The Guardians

Ann Coburn

Worm Songs

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Susan Cooper

* The Dark is Rising Sequence
* The Boggart

Yvonne Coppard


Sharon Creech

* The Wanderer
* Walk Two Moons
* Chasing Redbird

Helen Cresswell


Gillian Cross


Kevin Crossley-Holland


Annie Dalton

Angels Unlimited

Nicola Davies

Tangled Webs

Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe

Anita Desai

The Village By The Sea

Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

Berlie Doherty

* Granny was a Buffer Girl
* A Parcel of Patterns
* Children of Winter

Gerald Durell

My Favourite Animal Stories

T S Eliot

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner

Anne Fine

* Up on Cloud Nine
* The Tulip Touch

Catherine Fisher

* The Empty Hand
* The Snow-Walker Sequence

Nicholas Fisk

* A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair
* Grinny
* Trillions

Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl

Jackie French

Hitler’s Daughter

Paul Gallico

* Jennie
* The Snow Goose

Leon Garfield

* Black Jack
* The December Rose

Alan Garner

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Carlo Gebler

August ‘44

Jean Craighead George

* Julie and the Wolves
* My Side of the Mountain

Adèle Geras

A Candle in the Dark

Rosa Guy

The Friends

Cynthia Harnett

The Wool-Pack

Libby Hathorn

Way Home

Esther Hautzig

The Endless Steppe

Nat Hentoff

The Day They Came To Arrest the Book

Odo Hirsch

Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman

Anne Holm

I am David

Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle

Janni Howker

* Badge on the Barge
* Martin Farrell

Norman Hunter

The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn

Brian Jacques

The Redwall Series

Robin Jarvis

* The Deptford Mice Trilogy
* The Whitby Witches

Catherine Jinks

Eye to Eye

Reinhardt Jung

Dreaming in Black & White, translated by Anthea Bell

Erich Kastner

Emil and the Detectives

Elizabeth Kay

The Divide

Gene Kemp

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler

Dick King-Smith

The Crowstarver

Madeline L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

Elizabeth Laird

* Secret Friends
* Kiss the Dust

Charles & Mary Lamb

Tales FromSkakespeare

C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Joan Lingard

The Guilty Party

Penelope Lively

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

Michelle Magorian

* Back Home
*Goodnight Mr Tom

Margaret Mahy

* The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
* The Haunting

Jan Mark

Stratford Boys

John Masefield

The Box of Delights

William Mayne


Geraldine McCaughrean

Gold Dust

Karen McCombie

Allys World: The Past, the Present and the Loud Loud Girl

Ian McEwan

The Daydreamer

L M Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

Michael Morpurgo

* Out of the Ashes
From Hereabout Hill

Beverley Naidoo

The Other Side of Truth

Bill Naughton

The Goalkeeper’s Revenge

Linda Newbery

Blitz Boys

Jenny Nimmo

* Griffin’s Castle
* The Snow Spider

Mary Norton

The Borrowers

Alfred Noyles

The Highwayman

Robert C O’Brien

Z for Zachariah

Judith O’Neill

So Far From Skye

Pat O’Shea

The Hounds of the Morrigan

Kenneth Oppel

The Silverwing Saga

Ruth Park

Playing Beatie Bow

Katherine Paterson

* Bridge to Terabithia
*Jacob Have I Loved

Jill Paton-Walsh

* The Dolphin Crossing
* Fireweed

Gary Paulsen


Gudrun Pausewang

* Fall-Out
* The Final Journey

Philippa Pearce

* Minnow on the Say
* The Way To Sattin Shore
* Tom’s Midnight Garden

Susan Price

The Ghost Drum

Willard Price

Cannibal Adventure

Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

Christine Purkis


Arthur Ransome

Swallows and Amazons

Morton Rhue

The Wave

Hans-Peter Richter

* Friedrich
* I Was There

Philip Ridley

* Zinderzunder
* Krindlekrax
* Scribbleboy

James Riordan

The Prisoner

Katherine Roberts

The Great Pyramid Robbery

Marcus Sedgwick

* Floodland
* The Dark House

lain Serrailier

Silver Sword

Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island

David Lee Stone

The Ratastrophe Catastrophe

Rosemary Sutcliff

* Sword Song
* The Mark of the Horse Lord
* Beowulf: Dragon Slayer
* The Eagle of the Ninth
* The Silver Branch
* The Witch’s Brat

Robert Swindells

* Hurricane Summer
* Abomination
* Brother in the Land
* Daz 4 Zoe
* Room 13
* Smash
* Stone Cold
* Unbeliever

Mildred D Taylor

* Let The Circle Be Unbroken
* Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
* The Road To Memphis

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The Lady of Shallot

Ruth Thomas

* Hideaway
* The Runaways

Colin Thompson

The Paradise Garden

Flora Thompson

Lark Rise To Candleford

Kate Thompson


J R R Tolkien

The Hobbit

Theresa Tomlinson

* Child of the May
* The Cellar Lad
* The Herring Girls

Geoffrey Trease

Cue for Treason

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 Days

Sylvia Waugh

The Menyms

Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

* Dragonlance Chronicles
* Dragonlance Tales

Robert Westall

* Blitz Cat
* The Machine Gunners
* The Scarecrows

Henry Williamson

Tarka the Otter

Diana Wynne Jones

* Black Maria
* The Time of the Ghost

Adeline Yen Mah

Chinese Cinderella