Discover your next read with this carefully curated list from We Need Diverse Books. Check out 100 must-read books to try before you're 12! Packed with reviews, recommendations, and exclusive author interviews, The Reading Adventure: 100 Books To Check Out Before You're 12 will inspire young readers to discover books beyond the curriculum. From mystery to autobiography, the book is organised by genre, so you can jump to the section that interests you the most. Each entry has a key theme box so you can immediately see if the book is something you'll enjoy. Helpful signposts lead readers to another book the author thinks they'll enjoy. Hidden gems, award-winners, classics, and current bestsellers are brought to life by vibrant illustrations. There's truly something for everyone!
From sharks, clownfish, squid and dolphins, to whales, turtles, jellyfish and crabs, Under the Sea is a large board book, with beautiful illustrations by Neiko Ng, jam-packed with life under the sea! There are seven themed scenes: coral reef, rocky shore, deep seabed, shipwreck, ice shelf, open sea and underwater forest - with sturdy tabs for young children to find their favourite pages. Children can then explore the big scenes, find the sea creatures and read the name labels in the panels. With a daring diver to spot in each scene, there is plenty here for parents and children to talk about and return to again.
From bicycles, boats, scooters and skates to helicopters and hot air balloons, Things That Go is a large board book, with beautiful illustrations by Neiko Ng, jam-packed with all kinds of vehicles! There are seven themed scenes: town, building site, park, farm, rescue, sea, up and away - with sturdy tabs for young children to find their favourite pages. Children can then explore the big scenes, find the vehicles and read the name labels in the panels. With a naughty French bulldog to spot on each scene as well, there is plenty here for parents and young children to talk about and return to again.
From lions, elephants and monkeys to pandas, polar bears and kangaroos, Wild Animals is a large board book, with beautiful illustrations by Neiko Ng, jam-packed with amazing creatures! There are seven themed scenes: jungle, safari, sea, mountain, forest, desert, snow and ice - with sturdy tabs for young children to find their favourite pages. Children can then explore the big scenes, find the animals and read the name labels in the panels. With a daredevil tourist to spot on each scene, there is plenty here for parents and young children to talk about and return to again.
Settle down for bedtime with this brand new lift-the-flap adventure in the no.1 bestselling Ten Minutes to Bed series! It's almost time for bed . . . but where's Twinkle? Travel through the Land of Nod and help find this little unicorn to say goodnight! This magical lift-the-flap adventure features sturdy, durable flaps on every spread as young children search for Twinkle, meeting all their favourite characters from the Ten Minutes to Bed series along the way, from Rumble the dinosaur to Flicker the dragon! Weaving a journey from lively beginning to a gentle end, this gorgeous novelty board book is perfect for little ones winding down for bedtime.
Two Books in one! Episodes 9 & 10 in the hit Bad Guys series - soon to be a feature film animation. "I wish I'd had these books as a kid. Hilarious!" - Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys... and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that - whether you want them to or not! EPISODE NINE: THE BIG BAD WOLF When Mr. Wolf is blown up to Godzilla proportions, the Bad Guys find themselves in monster-sized trouble. They must figure out how to stop an alien invasion and get Wolfie back to his old self before the world is totally destroyed. Good thing they have the International League of Heroes on their side, and some newly honed superpowers ready to put to the test...Everyone's favourite hero has become a menace to society! Can the Bad Guys save the day? You know it! EPISODE EIGHT: THE BADDEST DAY EVER All hail Crown Prince Marmalade! Surrender to his evil magnificence! Kneel before his butt-handed glory! Or...like...DON'T! The Bad Guys and even Badder Girls might have been knocked down, but does that mean they'll stay down? No way, chicos! Pull on your party pants-it's the ultimate battle between Bad and BAAAAAAD! ABOUT THE SERIES Full of hilarious line illustrations throughout. Fans of Dog Man, Cat Kid and Captain Underpants will love this series. Perfect for children who are struggling with reading - or who just want to laugh their socks off
An uplifting picture book about loving your name, finding your voice and standing up for yourself. Mirha is so excited for her first day of school! She can't wait to learn, play and make new friends. But when her classmates keep mispronouncing her name, she goes home wondering if she should find a new one. When Mama helps Mirha see just how special her name is, she returns to school the next day determined to help her classmates say it correctly. Featuring beautiful, vibrant illustrations and with an empowering message at its core, this heartwarming picture book from author-illustrator Anoosha Syed reminds us all just how important our names are!
Why do stars shine? And how was the moon made? Children can blast off into space with this fantastic interactive flap book revealing the secrets of the Universe. Vibrant illustrations and simple explanations combined with over 70 flaps to lift. Each double page covers a different topic, including ‘Glittering galaxies’, ‘On the Moon’ and ‘Space Station’
All Wilson wants is a rest! For millions of years, Wilson has slept warm and toasty deep underground, along with billions of other carbon atoms. But when Wilson is suddenly woken, he is swept away on a startling adventure from the ocean to the sky and on. Bumping and jostling in the sky is TOO MUCH. Wilson just wants to rest! A beautifully illustrated picture book with a powerful message about the carbon cycle from environmental expert Sarah Roberts. The perfect gift to introduce children to the carbon cycle This book is made of material from well-managed FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources From the author of Somebody Swallowed Stanley
A charming, funny adventure about missing elephants and finding friends. It's the perfect kind of day until Alan's elephant goes missing! Lucky for him, Edie's an Elephant Detective and she knows exactly where to look. Together they examine doughnut shops, investigate dinosaur bones, and search the skies from a cable car, but they can't find him anywhere! Will Alan EVER find his elephant? And might he also find a new friend along the way?
In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. Little Neil's dreams took flight when he rode on his first airplane as a child. After studying aeronautical engineering and time spent in the navy, he became a pilot. From there, he was selected to take a trip to where no human had gone before - the moon! Along with his team, Buzz and Mike, he was the captain of the Apollo 11. And Neil took a giant step for humankind as the first person to ever step onto the surface of the moon.This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the legendary astronaut. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
From the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Nikola Tesla, the scientist and inventor whose groundbreaking inventions we continue to use today. Since he was a young boy growing up in the Austrian Empire, Nikola was fascinated by science and numbers. His teachers knew he had a brilliant mind, but Nikola's irregular routines and fondness for playing cards meant that he was kicked out of school before he could finish his exams. However, after working for a spell at the Budapest Telephone Exchange, where he made several clever innovations to their electrical systems, he managed to get a job with Edison Machine Works in New York, U.S.A. In the United States, Tesla's inquisitive nature and ingenious mind spurred him on to keep exploring electricity, and he came up with several ground-breaking inventions during this time, including breakthroughs in alternating current and wireless remote controls. By the end of his life, the brilliant inventor had more than 300 patents for original and unique inventions, and had advanced scientific thought by a generation. This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the iconic scientist's life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
Simple recipes to make mealtimes fun for even the fussiest eaters! Did you know that cooking actually encourages fussy eaters to eat, as they're more likely to dig in to something they've prepared? Instil a love of cooking to last a lifetime with Annabel Karmel's Fun, Fast and Easy Children's Cookbook. The latest book from the UK's no.1 children's cookbook author is the ultimate kitchen companion for young children and their parents, turning mealtimes into the most fun part of the day, no matter how picky your child! Inside, you'll find: * Delicious, easy-to-make recipes from Perfect Pancakes and Teddy Bear Burgers, to Animal Cupcakes * Vibrant, enticing photography * Fascinating food facts to make mealtimes fun * Step-by-step instructions to make recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and treats * Essential kitchen tips to get the family cooking together * Stunning illustrations by Bryony Clarkson This book is guaranteed to be loved by both little ones and adults alike, and provides the perfect opportunity to cook up delicious recipes and memories to treasure for a lifetime. Adults will love the emphasis on fresh, wholesome ingredients and clear, simple instructions. Little ones will love preparing and savouring the delicious dishes, all the while learning a host of skills along the way. From learning how to make their very first omelette, to discovering how to tell whether an egg is fresh without breaking it, and even how to peel bananas like a monkey, your little foodie will have their foundations for cooking set for life. Plus, with recipes including everything from sizzling stir-fries, orzo pasta jars and nutritious noodle pots, there's something for even the pickiest eater. With a mix of great recipes and foodie fun, this is the perfect cookbook for young families everywhere, and a must-have in any household with little ones!
There are lots of laughs at every level in Treehouse Tales: too SILLY to be told ... UNTIL NOW! From the bestselling Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Climb the storeys with 13 fully illustrated adventures starring Andy, Terry and their friends. Featuring stories such as: Terry and the Magic Wand Chair-up-your-nose Day The Day Terry Flushed Me Down the Toilet The Mystery Case of the Missing Doodles ... and many, many more! Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up! For fans of Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates
Traction Man is back! And so is Scrubbing Brush, his brave and rather bedraggled pet. But one night Scrubbing Brush myseriously vanishes and in his place is the utterly hygenic Turbodog, in indestructible Purple Plastic with Flashing Eyes, Electronic Bark and three AA batteries. But it's not the same without Scrubbing Brush. Where can he be? Traction Man sets out on his greatest rescue mission yet. Can he save Scrubbing Brush from? And is there room in his life for two pets?
Fun, fast-paced, high-octane action adventure, 21% Monster is a perfect page-turning new series for fans of Alex Rider, Percy Jackson and the MCU generation. When Darren Devlin is arrested for destroying his school with his bare hands, it's not just the police who are after him. Enter Marek Masters, 14 years old, 19% alien, and the most intelligent, most wanted "almost human" alive. Marek is here to tell Darren the truth - he is 21% monster, and together they must take down the secret organisation that created them. Darren and Marek are wanted, powerful and dangerous. And now it's payback time.
BE WARNED! AWFUL ANIMALS LURK INSIDE... Millions of readers have loved The World’s Worst Children, The World’s Worst Teachers and The World’s Worst Parents – now they will delight in this ludicrously laugh-out-loud collection of pets, brought to you by the phenomenal Number One bestselling author David Walliams, with every story illustrated in vibrant colour by Adam Stower. These ten tales of the world’s craziest creatures will have you shaking with laughter. You’ll never look at pets in the same way again! Marvel at Houdini, the magician’s rabbit. Take a trip around the world with Zoom, the supersonic tortoise. Gasp at the chaos created by Griselda, a grizzly bear with a big secret. And RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! It’s Furp, the monstrous goldfish! Good pets, bad pets, supervillain pets, pets as big as a house and pets that could eat you in one gulp – these are the most hilarious and horrendous animals around.
When, one morning, Mum calls Albie for school, he really doesn't want to go, He's too busy playing space rescues with his toys. But, when Albie steps into the playground, he quickly realizes that this isn't any old school. It's Alien School and there's a big, shaggy alien heading in his direction! Join Albie as he makes intergalactic friends, enjoys space-ghetti at the school canteen and rides on space scooters - school has never been so much fun!
Be open, be honest, be you! Big Bright Feelings for little people. Milo loves spending time with his best friend, Jay. But when a new girl called Suzi moves in next door, Milo starts to feel left out. The jealous feeling gets stronger and stronger - until suddenly, a GREEN-EYED MONSTER pops up beside him! Soon, the monster is poisoning Milo's thoughts. It won't leave him alone! Can Milo find a way to free himself from the monster and repair his friendship? Warm and uplifting, Milo's Monster is an inspiring story about dealing with feelings of jealousy. It's the ideal starting point for helping children to build strong friendships and say goodbye to jealous feelings. Tom Percival's Big Bright Feelings series is the perfect springboard for talking about mental and emotional health, positive self-image, building self-confidence and managing feelings. Every child's bookshelf should contain his books.
Filled with quizzes, stats and little known facts, plus illustrated and told with all the fun of a Tom Gates novel, the Football Superstars series is perfect for young readers five and up. Is Marcus Rashford your ultimate football hero? His rise to the top has already seen him win The FA Cup, EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League for Manchester United as well as become a semi-finalist at the FIFA 2018 World Cup. Discover how the local kid got into Manchester United's famous academy and worked hard to become part of its star-studded first team as well as an England international, plus the amazing way he called on the UK government to end child poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Football Superstars series is aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and a cast of characters chipping in with quotes, jokes and comments.
If Salah is your favourite football player then this is the book for you! Discover how he grew up in Gharbia, Egypt playing football for the youth team El Mokawloons to being named the African Footballer of the Year in 2019 by the BBC and CAF. Learn how he spearheaded Liverpool FC to the Champions League title in 2019. Football Superstars: Salah Rules is written in an upbeat style that is ideal for emerging and reluctant readers. The simple narrative text is supplemented with cartoons and visual jokes. Sections and chapters make the book easy to navigate and fun to dip in and out of. A supporting cast of players, managers, TV pundits - and even the authors themselves - chip in with quotes, jokes and comments to add to the playful and informative fun.
Filled with quizzes, stats and little known facts, plus illustrated and told with all the fun of a Tom Gates novel, the Football Superstars series is perfect for young readers five and up. Is Lionel Messi your ultimate football hero? Messi was the youngest player to score 50 goals in the Champions League, won the Ballon d'Or five times and once entertained the crowd by doing 1,200 keepy-uppies! Discover how he went from being the smallest player on the field (as a young boy he was so tiny all the other players called him 'Titch') to being widely known as the 'Greatest of All Time'. Football Superstars is a series aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and a cast of characters chipping in with quotes, jokes and comments.