World-War Stories for kids, teens and young adults

In this list of well crafted and enduring stories of war, you will find age-appropriate recommendations that support school curriculum work. For the older readers, the books in this selection are a reminder to how war affects not only those on the battlefront and are relevant today considering the thousands of children and adults who have become refugees in recent years.

  • Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes – Age group 10-14 years.

A gripping and moving novel by one of the world’s best-loved writers for children. From much-loved author, Shirley Hughes comes a thrilling World War II novel for children aged 10 and up. It is 1944 and Florence, Italy, is occupied by Nazi German forces. The Italian resistance movement has not given up hope, though – and neither have Paolo and his sister, Constanza. Both are desperate to fight the occupation, but what can two siblings do against a whole army with only a bicycle to help them? In extraordinary circumstances, people are capable of extraordinary things.

 

 

 

  • Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden – Age group 9-11 years.

It is wartime and Carrie and her little brother Nick have been evacuated from their London home to the Welsh hills. In an unfamiliar place, among strangers, the children feel alone and find little comfort with the family they are billeted with: Mr Evans, a bullying shopkeeper and Auntie Lou, his kind but timid sister.

When Carrie and Nick visit Albert, another evacuee, they are welcomed into Hepzibah Green’s warm kitchen. Hepzibah is rumoured to be a witch, but her cooking is delicious, her stories are enthralling and the children cannot keep away. With Albert, Hepzibah and Mister Johnny, they begin to settle into their new surroundings. But before long, their loyalties are tested: will they be persuaded to betray their new friends?

  

  • Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo.  Age group 8-10 years.

Friend or Foe by [Morpurgo, Michael]Friend or Foe is a gripping World War 2 story from Britain’s best-loved children’s author, Michael Morpurgo.

Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace. When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David’s life.

  

  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley – but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London.

Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.

“An engrossing and poignant story, with much sunlight to balance the darkness.” — “The New Yorker.

  

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. Age group 12+.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Vintage Children's Classics) by [Boyne, John]‘Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone’

Nine-year-old Bruno has a lot of things on his mind. Who is the ‘Fury’? Why did he make them leave their nice home in Berlin to go to ‘Out-With’ ? And who are all the sad people in striped pyjamas on the other side of the fence? The grown-ups won’t explain so Bruno decides there is only one thing for it – he will have to explore this place alone. What he discovers is a new friend. A boy with the very same birthday. A boy in striped pyjamas. But why can’t they ever play together?

  

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Age group 13+

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meagre existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

  


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  • A Little Love Song by Michelle Magorian – Age group – Older Teens

A classic young love story set in the middle of World War II

It is the summer of 1943, and war continues to rage. For Rose and her sister Diana, it’s a time of independence and self-discovery as they find first loves.  But when Rose uncovers an extraordinary love story from another war, she is forced to question that love.  Rose is about to discover a secret that will change everything. Michelle Magorian combines her rich style with a refreshing take on wartime women in this classic coming of age story.

True Stories of war

  • Voices from the second world war – Witnesses share their stories with the children of today.  Publishes in association with the award-winning children’s newspaper First News and The Silver Line. 

A powerful, moving collection of first-person accounts of the Second World War. Contributors include a rear gunner who took part in sixty bombing raids, a Jewish woman who played in the orchestra at Auschwitz, a Japanese man who survived Hiroshima and Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children by setting up the Kindertransport program from Czechoslovakia. Many of the interviews were conducted by children, and the book is being published in association with award-winning children’s newspaper First News.

Categories: Non-Fiction          For readers aged: 9+

The Diary of a young girl – Anne Frank

First published over sixty years ago, Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl has reached millions of young people throughout the world.

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.

  

Stories of animals in war

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. This is his story.

War Horse was adapted by Steven Spielberg as a major motion picture with Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The National Theatre production opened in 2007 and has enjoyed successful runs in the West End and on Broadway.

A great way of introducing young readers to the realities of WWI. Look out for Morpurgo’s other war fiction including Friend or FoeWaiting for AnyaKing of the Cloud and An Eagle in the Snow.

War Horse is a story of universal suffering for a universal audience by a writer who ‘has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers’ (The Guardian).

   

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7 Delightful Bear Books to Read with your Kids

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Featuring some of the best-loved bears in children’s literature, these leading titles are sure to take up a special place in your child’s heart.


The Winnie-the-Pooh collection by A.A Milne

If you have not read this literary gem to your kids yet, they are missing out on something big! It has been 91 years since A.A Milne’s timely classic was published in 1926, but Christopher Robin and Pooh are two fictional characters whose names have stuck through generations.

Pick up this bestseller when you visit us next- and find out why Pooh has been named the Bear for All Ages- in our collection of stories with Pooh, his friends and their adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood.

Winnie-the-Pooh

In this story Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a Woozle and heads off on an ‘expotition’ to the North Pole with the other animals.

In this stunning edition of Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne’s world-famous story is once again brought to life by E.H. Shepard’s illustrations. Heart-warming and funny, Milne’s masterpiece reflects the power of a child’s imagination like no other story before or since.

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The House at Pooh Corner

This is the second classic children’s story by A.A. Milne about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. In this volume Pooh meets the irrepressible Tigger for the first time, learns to play Poohsticks and sets a trap for a Heffalump.

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When We Were Very Young

Curl up with A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children, When We Were Very Young. This is the first volume of rhymes written especially for children by Milne – as popular now as when they were first written.This collection is a heart-warming and funny introduction to children’s poetry, offering the same sense of humour, imagination and whimsy that we’ve come to expect from Milne’s favourite books about Winnie-the-Pooh, that Bear of Very Little Brain.

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Now We Are Six

Curl up with Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in A. A. Milne’s classic book of poetry for children, Now We Are Six.

This work includes poems for children which feature Pooh helping Christopher Robin with his schoolwork (if helping is the word). It is an evocation of childhood, through the eyes of the six-year-old Robin.

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Listen to a sample of “Now We Are Six” here.


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The classic novel about Paddington—who’s now a major movie star!

Paddington Bear had traveled all the way from Peru when the Browns first met him in Paddington Station. Since then, their lives have never been quite the same . . . for ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved.

First published in 1958, A Bear Called Paddington is the first novel by Michael Bond, chronicling the adventures of this lovable bear. Paddington has charmed readers for generations with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. This brand-new edition of the classic novel contains the original text by Michael Bond and illustrations by Peggy Fortnum.

“Paddington has joined Pooh as one of the great bears of English children’s literature” -The Teacher


 

My Father is a Polar Bear- Michael morpurgo

“Look at the polar bears,” said Terry. “You see that one on the left, the fatter one? That’s our dad – our real dad. But you’re not to tell.”

Drawing on Michael Morpurgo’s own childhood experience of first seeing his real father on television, My Father Is a Polar Bear tells the story of two young brothers rediscovering their birth father in the most unlikely of places – and in an entirely unexpected guise!

A warm and delightful tale of family bonds and love told by a master storyteller and beautifully illustrated by a talented new artist.

Great for starting conversation with your children or grandchildren. -Daily Mirror


 

Grrrrr!-Rob Biddulph

Come join Fred the Bear on a stunningly illustrated journey to be crowned Grrrrr! by [Biddulph, Rob]the best bear in the wood and, just maybe, learn that there might be more to life than training…

Each year, for as long as the forest has stood,
A contest is held for the bears of the wood…

And Fred is the champion. He’s just that good.

Fred is the Best Bear in the Wood – and he’s got the medals to prove it. Being the best takes a lot of hard work, and time on your own, but Fred doesn’t mind.
Until a new bear moves to town, and Fred’s champion GRRRRR goes missing… How will he ever win now? Or will Fred instead learn that some things are more important than winning?

The second stunning, captivating and witty picture book from the immensely talented Rob Biddulph, whose debut BLOWN AWAY won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

 


 

Awesome books to read with your kids at bedtime.

“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.”

~ J.K Rowling

It’s so easy to dismiss reading books in a world increasingly controlled by gadgets and gizmos- that we forget to understand the lasting impression that books can have on a child’s life. A cosy nook and a splendid book are all you need to create some precious time with your kids this holiday season and plant that seed to cultivate a rewarding habit for the new year.

Simply put, books give wings to your children to take flight outside of their world. You should take a bow if that’s what you’ve been doing in 2016 because we are applauding you!

The opportunities are endless with a paperback in your hands; transport your kids to the magical land of Narnia¹, go through the looking glass with Alice², be inspired by Auggie Pullman³ or even be Huck Finn’s trusted sidekick⁴!

¹Chronicles of Narnia- C.S Lewis | ²Alice through the Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll | ³Wonder- R J Palacio | ⁴The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

If you are thinking of starting something new with your kids in the new year, consider that one of the best gifts you can give your children is the gift of imagination and a long-lasting love for reading.

Here are a few of our favourites at Chapters to help you start the new year on a grand note.

A Little Stuck- Oliver Jeffers

A Little Stuck Board book by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

From the illustrator of the #1 smash ”The Day the Crayons Quit” comes another bestseller –a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled to free a kite!

A specially adapted board book edition of Oliver Jeffers’ laugh-out-loud classic, Stuck.

When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers’ most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike Image result for stuck oliver jeffers in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?– Eric Carle

Do animals have mothers, too?

Of course, they do—just like me and you! From baby kangaroos, called joeys, to baby elephants, called calfs, every kind of animal has a mother. Inside this playful and colourful book, you will see all sorts of different babies with their mothers, all with one thing in common: Their mothers love them very, very much—just like your mother loves you! Come right in and meet the family—the animal family, that is—in words and pictures by Eric Carle.

Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round– by Sam McBratney
Illustrated by Anita Jeram

“Gorgeous watercolours illustrate this affectionate story. A perfect picture book.”

-The Good Book Guide

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Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, from the multi-million-copy-selling picture book “Guess How Much I Love You”, return in these four stories: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each captivating tale is seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated – perfect for sharing with your very own Little Nutbrown Hare, no matter the time of year!

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The Mick Inkpen Treasury

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Mick Inkpen is a household name; his books are loved and cherished by children around the world. Here is an endearing treasury for children to listen to and enjoy for many years. Titles featured in the treasury are: “Lullabyhullabaloo”, “Billy’s Beetle”, “Nothing”, and, “Bear”.

It is a perfect gift item and is destined to become a child’s personal treasury.

Giraffes Can’t Dance- Giles Andreae

Number One bestseller Giraffes Can’t Dance from author Giles Andreae has been delighting children for over 15 years. Gerald, the tall giraffe, would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance. Or can they?

A funny, touching and triumphant picture book story about a giraffe who finds his own tune and confidence too, with joyful illustrations from Guy Parker-Rees and a foiled cover.

“… wonderfully funny.” – Independent

A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp of a picture book. All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them. – Daily Telegraph

A joyful read about an outsider who finds acceptance on his own terms…. there’s also a simple moral about tolerance and daring to be different. – Junior

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea– Judith Kerr

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Read the classic story and enjoy your very own tiger tea party, with this delightful book and china tea set!

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, furry, stripy tiger!
This captivating picture book has delighted generations of children for more than forty-five years. Now little ones can recreate the tiger’s visit with their very own tiger tea set.

This beautiful gift set contains: 1 hardback edition of The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, 1 china teapot, 2 china cups, 2 china saucers and 1 china milk jug perfect for hosting your own tiger tea party!

“A modern classic.” The Independent —

 

 

The 11th installment of “Wimpy Kid” coming soon! Who’s excited?

 

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We’re excited for the latest release of the eleventh installment of Jeff Kinney’s internationally bestselling series The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: “Double Down”. We hope you are too! Make sure to grab your copy early; they fly off our shelves very fast.

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Source: www.wimpykidclub.co.uk

The pressure’s piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything!—else.

When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process.

But is doubling down on movie-making a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for increasing Greg’s troubles?

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Click here for an exclusive sneak peak of the opening chapter of Double Down!

 

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Heart-warming reads for Tweens

We are constantly looking to fill our pre-teen shelves with literature that will inspire your kids to develop their love for books and more importantly, provide them with a rich reading experience. Here’s our latest hand-picked list which your kids can read to their heart’s content.

1. A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

*For fans of “Wonder”!

“A boy called Hope” by Lara Williamson is a book about a boy, Dan Hope.

A story about his dreams and A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamsonwishes, his fears and worries, and his search for hope. Because in life sometimes things are complicated and messy, not everyone is perfect, things can surprise us, they can make us laugh but they can also make us cry. This is Dan’s story, about what makes the world go round, what brings people and families together, and most of all, how hope helps you dream.

Sam Harper, age 10 – ‘This bitter-sweet book is fantastic, brilliant, funny and sad.  It made me laugh and cry and I’ve never read a book which could do that before.  You must read it.’

A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Dan Hope may be an ordinary boy, in an ordinary home, in an ordinary town but he has an extraordinary amount of hope in his heart particularly when it comes to his dad who has left the family home. Perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Frank Cottrell Boyce.


2. How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin

11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. MartinBut when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for him…A touching story from the bestselling author of The Babysitters Club.

Anastasia Abdian, age 11 – ‘How to Look for a Lost Dog is a truly amazing book. It gripped me the whole way and I could not put it down. Rose is a girl who likes these things: numbers, rules, words and her dog Rain. You will love it!’


3. A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin

*For fans of Michael Morpurgo

Best known for the Babysitters Club, Ann M Martin here tells the story of aA Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin dog, and with the warmth and understanding that made that series so popular. There’s nothing special about Squirrel, this isn’t a story of heroics, though she is brave when she has to be. Instead, it’s a story of finding your way, enjoying the good things and coping with the bad, and learning to trust and to love. Squirrel is a stray, and for most of the book has to manage alone; not till the very last chapters does she find somewhere safe to stay.

She tells her story calmly, without anger or bitterness when things go badly, and never asks for readers’ sympathy: she’s a dog, and she leads a dog’s life. It makes for a very touching story and one which will enthral readers.

“Heart-wrenching and heartwarming” – Kirkus


4. The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson

*One of our Books of the Year 2015 – Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016

All Becket wants is for his family to be whole again. But standing in hisThe Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson way are two things: 1) his dad, his brother and him seem to have run away from home in the middle of the night and 2) Becket’s mum had died before he got the chance to say goodbye to her. Arming himself with an armchair of stories, a snail named Brian and one thousand paper cranes, Becket ploughs on, determined to make his wish come true.

With tears and laughter – often both at the same time – Lara Williamson deals with family drama with a poignancy and a lightness of touch that is incredibly moving.

The humour comes from Becket’s idiosyncratic view of life, and the things he gets up to with little brother Billy, but also from the gap that exists between adults’ and children’s understanding of the world. Becket does find the answers to his questions, and ends the book happier and a bit wiser – readers will too.


5. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

The story of a young boy who rescues an orphaned white lion cub from theThe Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo African bush. They remain inseparable until Bertie has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold to a circus. Years later they are reunited until the lion gently dies of old age.

Amrit Bunet, age 15 – ‘Anyone will be able to read this heartwarming story and feel a smile creep across their face. This is one of Morpurgo’s great works and will always be one to remember.’


 

 

Best Holiday Reads for Kids

Now that the holidays are here, we cannot think of a better time to get your kids back into the reading habit! To help parents out with a few recommendations, here is our roundup of the best holiday reads for children.

For toddlers:

  • The Stanley series by William Bee

Join Stanley and friends for an exciting adventure in this colourful new series from William Bee!

“With engaging characters, introductory questions, themes that capture and sustain young children’s interest and simple, but informative story-lines together with bright, uncluttered images, touches of gentle humour and tools of the trade front papers, these sturdily bound books are just right for the heavy handling they are likely to receive by enthusiastic preschoolers.” – Books for Keeps

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  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

For two decades Sam McBratney’s timeless story, beautifully illustrated by Anita Jeram’s gentle watercolours, has captured the hearts of children and adults alike.

The tale of the Nutbrown Hares competing to measure their love for one another, and Big Nutbrown Hare’s heart-warming declaration to Little Nutbrown Hare, ‘I love you right up to the moon – and back’, has helped this story become a way of saying ‘I love you’ all over the world.


‘This is a book which both parents and children adore and will be a book any adult will happily read over and over again at bedtime!’

-The Guardian

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  • Busy Bugs Cloth Book for Toddlers

    This cuddly cloth book introduces the very youngest babies to many different animals! With one applique-style animal per page, eye-catching colored artwork, and a fuzzy fleece background, this is a book that children will love to snuggle up with.


For kids aged 3+ years:

  • The Cow That Laid an Egg and First Week at Cow School by Andy Cutbill

‘The Cow That Laid an Egg… had me in stitches. More than just a silly story about a cow who thinks she’s laid an egg, there’s something deeper here about the idea of family, but it’s so integral to the story that you don’t feel as thought you’ve been hit over the head with the sledgehammer of worthiness.’
-The Bookseller

“A Charming, comical tale.” -Starred Editor’s Choice
Junior

‘A wonderfully madcap story with wacky illustrations.’- Nursery World

‘Children will love the sheer craziness of this story, and Russell Ayto’s spectacular illustrations are the perfect accompaniment.’ -Alison Green (for Child Education)

‘This book has been wonderfully designed and the text is in perfect harmony with the incredible funny illustrations’ Booktrust Best Books Guide —

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Children’s Non-Fiction:

What’s it like to be a Bee? by Jinny Johnson

 

Using a first-person narrative accompanied by animal facts, this book provides a friendly, personal account of what it’s like to be a bee. Detailed and scientifically accurate illustrations work seamlessly together with the leveled text.

The book offers young students an engaging introduction to nonfiction and provides a valuable resource for STEM programs while supporting the Common Core State Standards.

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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

This classic tale of the famous Mallard ducks of Boston is available for the first time in a full-sized paperback edition. Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1942, Make Way for Ducklings has been described as “one of the merriest picture books ever” (The New York Times). Ideal for reading aloud, this book deserves a place of honor on every child’s bookshelf.

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First Read-Along Books:

Help your kids to read on their own with the hugely popular NOW I’M READING SERIES!

Now I'm Reading! Pre-Reader: Word PlayNow I'm Reading! Pre-Reader: My WorldNow I'm Reading! Pre-Reader: Look Around!Now I'm Reading! Level 1: Animal AnticsNow I'm Reading! Level 2: Snack AttackNow I'm Reading! Level 2: Amazing Animals

Now I’m Reading! is a proven step-by-step program that guides beginners from their first read-along books to the excitement of independent reading.

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Now I’m Reading! is an award-winning learn-to-read program that gives children simple steps to reading success! Our books combine the two major approaches to reading: phonics and literature-based instruction. Each book in the series focuses on specific phonics skills and sight words, and each level gradually increases in difficulty while reinforcing previously-mastered skills.

Easy for parents to use—and fun for kids to learn with—these books will soon have your little ones declaring, “Now I’m reading!”

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Dr. Seuss’s Books: A must-read collection for kids

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The Beginner Books collection by Dr. Seuss is a beloved series of funny and original children’s books that has been cherished by kids of all ages and adults alike! These books make the ideal gift for birthdays, happy occasions and new parents.

Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!

  1. The Cat in the Hat

To accompany the release of the live action movie of The Cat in the Hat, The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seussstarring Mike Myers, HarperCollins are proud to present Dr. Seuss’s original, classic tale of the coolest, hippest cat in history!

When the Cat in the Hat steps in on the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a roller-coaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but it means lots of thrills and spills along the way.

The wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat is one of the most popular characters in children’s fiction, and this book is ideal for budding readers to tackle on their own.

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2. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

 

Oh, The Places You'll Go!- Dr. SeussIn this classic Seussian tale, the good doctor primes his readers against all the little mishaps and misadventures that can befall even the best of us – from bang-ups and hang-ups to lurches and slumps – encouraging us to take life in our stride!

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

A joyous ode to life, Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages, from nursery school to medical school, and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains with the unrivaled exuberance and charm that have made Dr. Seuss’s books favorites for years.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

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3. The Lorax

“UNLESS someone like you…cares a whole awful lot…nothing is going to get better…It’s not.”

Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speakingThe Lorax through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty. His classic cautionary tale is now available in an irresistible mini-edition, perfect for backpack or briefcase, for Arbor Day, Earth Day, and every day.

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”

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4. Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham- Dr SeussDo you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently.

With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

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5. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish- Dr SeussOne Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a 1960 children’s book by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). A simple rhyming book for learner readers, it is a book with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was part of the Beginner Book Video series which included Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! and The Foot Book.

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6. Fox in Socks

In this hilarious book, the irrepressible Fox in Socks teaches a baffled Mr. Fox in Socks- Dr SeussKnox some of the slickest, quickest tongue-twisters in town.

With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK’s top ten favourite children’s authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.

“Don’t give up! I believe in you all.
A person’s a person, no matter how small!
And you very small persons will not have to die
If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”

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Get to know the author!

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Throughout his career, cartoonist and writer Dr. Seuss published over 60 books. His children’s books like ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ were some of his most famous works.

Acclaimed writer Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, changing the face of children’s literature forever. It was rejected 27 times before it was finally published by Vanguard Press in 1937.

Following the war, Geisel and his first wife Helen moved to La Jolla, California, where he wrote and published several children’s books in the coming years, including If I Ran the Zoo and Horton Hears a Who! A major turning point in Geisel’s career came when, in response to a 1954 Life magazine article that criticized children’s reading levels, Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked him to write a children’s primer using 220 vocabulary words. The resulting book, The Cat in the Hat, was published in 1957 and was described by one critic as a “tour de force.” The success of The Cat in the Hat cemented Geisel’s place in children’s literature.

In the years that followed, Geisel wrote many more books, both in his new simplified-vocabulary style and using his older, more elaborate technique, and including such favorites as Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In 1966, with the help of eminent cartoonist Chuck Jones, The Grinch was adapted into an animated film.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss overall was the author and illustrator of 44 children’s books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children’s books in the world. Following the death of his first wife Helen Geisel in 1967, Geisel wed ‘Audrey Stone’, who remained his wife until his death on September 24, 1991 at the age of 87.

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5 Laugh Out Loud Books to Read With Your Kids!

  1. The Book With No Pictures by B. J Novak

A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novakaloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .

BLORK. Or BLUURF.

Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.


 

 “Conceptually radical . . . making the refreshing and contrarian case that words alone have sensory and imaginative vibrancy to spare.”—Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review

“This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s perfect for one-on-one sharing with a parent or caregiver. Expect requests for repeated readings.”—School Library Journal

“Will have little ones laughing and finding a new appreciation for words.”— Entertainment Weekly


Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
–Penguin Random House

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2. Books by Jeremy Strong

At Chapters, you will find a range of ‘Laugh Your Socks Off with Jeremy Strong’ books that are sure to give you and your kids tears of laughter with his funny, witty and original stories coupled with delightful illustrations! As a full time writer, Jeremy Strong has written over 70 books, including the hugely popular Hundred Mile an Hour Dog books.

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3. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara

17405203When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with hypnotic powers . . . and he’s out for revenge!

 

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is a series that will keep kids laughing out loud long after they finish reading them!

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4. Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

The hotly-anticipated next novel from NUMBER ONE bestselling author, David Walliams!

Grandpa’s Great Escape is set in a small town near London in the 1980s. Grandpa is beginning to forget more and more and Jack is starting to get worried. One night Grandpa goes missing. Jack’s family go searching for him and eventually find him at the top of the church spire. That was where the trouble began… (Guardian)


 


“Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air” – Sun

“David Walliams’ children’s books are now guaranteed bestsellers… watch this fly off the shelves” – Daily Mail

An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

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5. Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith

Originally published as Opal Moonbaby, this is the first in a funny, warm-hearted series about friendship – and aliens! If you love Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Liz Kessler, you’ll love reading about Opal Moonbaby.

Martha’s decided that friends are stupid. Especially if they’re anything like Colette and Chloe. She never wants another friend. Ever.

But it’s the first day of the summer holidays, and there’s not that much to do … until she spots a strange little furry creature who leads her to Opal Moonbaby. Opal’s been sent down from her planet with a special mission: she needs to work out what on earth people are (and my goodness – people are strange) and make a friend. Can Martha help Opal make the Best Friend Project a success?


 

“The story of an alien who comes to earth on a mission to make friends,
this is a rather lovely debut. Quirky and very charming, Opal is something of a futuristic Pippi Longstocking, which can only be a good thing” ―BOOKSELLER

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