Virtual Bookshelf for 6-8 year olds

Here's some ideas for great children's fiction from some of our favourite authors!

THE NO 1 CAR SPOTTER - ATINUKE

When the family's cart breaks down and there's no way of bringing goods to market, it's No. 1 who devises the Toyota Cow-rolla. Now he can run errands for his family and help Mama Coca-Cola feed the busloads of people who stop for her delicious fried akara. No. 1 even helps Grandmother get to the medical centre when she can't afford treatment. Follow No.1 as he saves the day!

Atinuke is a Nigerian-born author who started her career as an oral storyteller of tales from the African continent. She draws on her recent Yoruba ancestry and her life in West Wales to write stories of contemporary life. This book is illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell, an illustrator who has worked with many leading publishers.

ROSIE REVERE AND THE RAUCOUS RIVETEERS - ANDREA BEATY

Rosie Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really important project to tackle - one that feels much bigger than herself. Rosie's beloved Aunt Rose and her friends, the Raucous Riveters, are a group of fun-loving gals who built airplanes during World War II. They need help inventing something new. Is Rosie up for the challenge?

Andrea Beaty is the author of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, among other popular children’s titles. Rosie Revere is illustrated by successful illustrator David Roberts.

FOOTBALL SCHOOL SEASON 1: WHERE FOOTBALL EXPLAINS THE WORLD - ALEX BELLOS & BEN LYTTLETON

This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and is guaranteed to make you laugh. When do footballers poo? Can you play football on Mars? What is a magic sponge? You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book if you love football.

Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton are both bestselling sportswriters and broadcasters. Their Football School series is illustrated by Spike Gerrell, an avid football fan and an illustrator for Arena, an agency of some of the country's most talented creatives.

THE NOTHING TO SEE HERE HOTEL - STEVEN BUTLER

Welcome to The Nothing to See Here Hotel! A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. When Frankie and his family learn that about the imminent arrival of the goblin prince Grogbah, they rush into action to get ready for their important guest. But it soon becomes obvious that the Banister family are going to have their work cut out with the demanding prince and his never-ending entourage, especially when it turns out that the prince is hiding a secret...

Steven Butler is an award-winning author and also a successful actor and voice artist, working in theatre, film, audio and video games. The Nothing to See Here Hotel is illustrated by Steven Lenton who also illustrated the Shifty McGifty series, written by Tracey Corderoy, and has written a number of his own picture books too.

POEMS ALOUD - JOSEPH COELHO

A wittily illustrated anthology of poems, designed to be read aloud. Learn techniques for lifting poetry off the page and performing with confidence.

20 funny and thoughtful original poems by the much-loved and award-winning performance poet, Joseph Coelho. There are tongue twisters, poems to project, poems to whisper, poems to make you laugh. There are poems to perform to a whole class and others to whisper in somebody's ear.

Joseph Coelho is a London-born poet and children's author who has won multiple awards. He has also been a guest poet on CBeebies 'Rhyme Rocket' and featured in 'Teach Poetry' a 10 part BBC online series that aims to make the writing poetry fun. Illustrations in Poems Aloud are by Daniel Gray Barnett, an award winning author and illustrator.

KNIGHTHOOD FOR BEGINNERS - ELYS DOLAN

High in the mountains are the Dragon Caves, and inside the deepest, darkest dragon cave, lives the most terrible dragon. And his name is Dave.

Dave's terrible (as in rubbish) at all dragony things. So when he finds a book called Knighthood for Beginners he decides to learn how to be a knight instead.

Dave sets out on a quest with his trusty steed, Albrecht the goat (all the best horses were taken), to be brave, chivalrous, and knightly in all ways. He'll be up against Sir Gnasty, who scoffs at the idea of a very small, strangely green knight and has an absolutely massive sword.

Elys Dolan is a popular author whose hilarious picture books have been shortlisted for The Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

TROUBLE AT SCHOOL - CHRIS HIGGINS

It's Bella's first day at her new school and, lucky for her, she's already got a best friend who will be in the same class - Magda! Bella is determined to make a good impression, but with Magda around, things don't always go according to plan. By the time she arrives, she's already drenched in yoghurt and marmalade, and things are about to get much, much worse.

Chris Higgin's books have won a number of awards including the the Lancashire Book Award and she has been shortlisted twice for Queen of Teen. Illustrations in Trouble at School are by Emily MacKenzie, an award winning author and illustrator.

THE DRAGONSITTER - JOSH LACEY

'Dear Uncle Morton. You'd better get on a plane right now and come back here. Your dragon has eaten Jemima.' It had sounded so easy: Edward was going to look after Uncle Morton's unusual pet for a week while he went on holiday. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path!

Josh Lacey is the author of many books for children including the popular, The Dragonsitter series, which was nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Illustrations for the series are by Garry Parsons who has worked with many of the UK's most talented writers. His illustrations are regularly aired on the popular CBeebies' "Bed Time Story" schedule.

A YEAR FULL OF STORIES - ANGELA MCALLISTER

Turn the pages and get lost in a year full of stories as you journey around the world reading tale after tale to keep story time alive from one end of the year to the other. This rich resource collects together folk tales from home and legends and myths from distant lands to commemorate the changing seasons, cultural events and international festivals throughout the year.

Angela McAllister is the author of over 80 books for children and teens ad has won several awards. A Year Full of Stories is illustrated by Christopher Corr, a successful artist and illustrator and author of books for children.

A SHEEPDOG CALLED SKY - HELEN PETERS

A sick puppy abandoned on Jasmine's farm urgently needs her help to survive. And though he adores her, Jasmine doesn't know if Sky will ever trust people again. But it's not until she gets into terrible danger that she finds out...

Helen Peters' books have won a number of awards and been nominated for many others including the Carnegie Medal 2020. A Sheepdog Called Sky is illustrated by Ellie Snowdon, an author and illustrator who has twice been highly commended for the Macmillan Prize for Illustration.

GOOD DOG MCTAVISH - MEG ROSOFF

The Peachey family is in crisis. No one cooks dinner, no one picks up the dirty washing and the kids are always late for school. All because Mum has resigned from being Mum and taken up yoga instead. She's in the tree pose; everyone else is in the doghouse. Except McTavish, a rescue dog with a difference, who is on a mission to sort his new family out...

Meg Rosoff is an award winning author. Her novels have won or been shortlisted for twenty international awards, including the Carnegie and the National Book Award. Good Dog McTavish is illustrated by Grace Easton, a multi-award winning author and illustrator who has worked with many leading publishers.

THE BOY WHO GREW DRAGONS - ANDY SHEPHERD

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house - and gets the shock of his life when a tiny dragon hatches!

Tomas now has his very own dragon, Flicker and while she's great fun she's also very... unpredictable. Tomas has to learn how to look after her - and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens - more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons...

The Boy Who Grew Dragons, Andy Sheperd's first book, was shortlisted for multiple awards including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2019. It is illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, an illustrator and printmaker whose books have been shortlisted for numerous awards and won the 2011 BookTrust Best New Illustrators Award.

THE EDDIE DICKENS TRILOGY - PHILIP ARDAGH

When both of Eddie Dickens's parents catch a disease that makes them turn yellow, go a bit crinkly round the edges and smell of hot water bottles, it's agreed he should go and stay with relatives at their house Awful End. Unfortunately for Eddie, those relatives are Mad Uncle Jack and Even-Madder Aunt Maud, and it doesn't look as if the three of them are ever going to reach their destination...So begins this laugh-out-loud trilogy which is followed by Dreadful Acts and Terrible Times.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Philip Ardagh is also the author of The Grunts and National Trust: The Secret Diary series. He is probably best known for his Grubtown Tales, but he is author of over 100 books. He is a 'regular irregular' reviewer of children’s books for The Guardian, and is very tall indeed.

SONA SHARMA, VERY BEST BIG SISTER - CHITRA SOUNDAR

Sona Sharma's house is always full of people. Relatives come unannounced, the phone rings frequently and friends drop in all the time. Then one day Amma tells Sona she is going to have a baby. Is that good? Sona isn't sure - she has always enjoyed being an only child - and straight away she has a word with her best friend, Elephant. When Sona learns that there will be a baby naming ceremony, she is determined to find the perfect name for her new brother or sister. It's going to be big change... but Sona Sharma wants to be the very best big sister she can be.

Chitra Soundar is an acclaimed writer, storyteller and author of over 50 books for children, inspired by her childhood in India. Sona Sharma is illustrated by Jen Khatun, a freelance illustrator who has worked with many leading publishers and exhibited at The Brighton & Hove Museum.

ANISHA ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE - SERENA PATEL

Anisha Mistry is all set to be a bridesmaid at her Aunty Bindi's wedding tomorrow...until she finds a note in her family's letterbox. Bindi's groom has been kidnapped and will only be released if the wedding is called off!

With best friend Milo, a mischievous granny, a runaway lobster, a giant chauffeur, and some super sleuthing skills, it's up to Anisha Mistry to find her uncle and save THE big Indian Wedding of the year.

Serena Patel is an award winning children's author. This book is illustrated by Emma McCann who has been a freelance illustrator for 17 years and worked on many titles for a wide variety of publishers and clients. The Anisha Accidental Detective series won the fiction category of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards.

THE STOLEN SPEAR - SAVIOUR PIROTTA

Wolf struggles to fit into his village. He s not strong like his brother or a natural leader like his father. Every day he just tries to keep his head down. That is until a sacred spear head is stolen. Wolf is cast out, seen as the reason for its disappearance. With no one but his trusty dog, Shadow, to join him, Wolf vows to find the stolen spear and restore his honour. But Wolf has never left the village before and the world beyond the sea is a complete unknown... where will this journey take him and what secrets will he uncover?

Saviour Pirotta is a best-selling and award winning children's author best known for his historical fiction including his Ancient Greek Mysteries, which won the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2018. The Stolen Spear is illustrated by Davide Ortu, a freelance illustrator who has illustrated many successful children's books.

I AM NOT A LABEL - CERRIE BURNELL

In this stylish biography anthology, meet 34 artists, thinkers, athletes and activists with disabilities, from past to present. Find out how these iconic figures have overcome obstacles, owned their differences and paved the way for others by making their bodies and minds work for them.

Cerrie Burnell is an actress and writer best known for her work on CBeebies. Cerrie is author in residence for Great Ormond Street hospital and so far has published seven books for children.

NELLIE CHOC-ICE AND THE PLASTIC ISLAND - JEREMY STRONG

Nellie Choc-Ice is on her way home to the North Pole at last! But things don't go so smoothly when Captain Beardy-Beard's trusty submarine grinds to a halt in an island of plastic. It's up to Nellie to untangle everyone from the mess...But what are they going to do about all thing plastic in the ocean?

This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface, and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it.

Jeremy Strong is an award winning children's author best known for his side splittingly funny books. A previous primary school teacher, Jeremy writes mainly for middle grade readers and has now written over 70 children's books.

GRANDPA BERT AND THE GHOST SNATCHERS - MALORIE BLACKMAN

Grandma Gertie is rather strange. With her big square glasses and a parrot on her hat, Anna and Kasper don't know what to make of her. But Grandma's got a secret... Grandpa Bert is a ghost and he's travelled all the way from Barbados squished inside her handbag! Even worse, they're being followed and could be in very grave danger... Can Anna and Kasper help their grandparents before it's too late?

This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface, and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it.

Malorie Blackman has written over fifty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. she has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award, the Fantastic Fiction Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, she has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and in 2008 received an OBE for her services to children's literature.

MOLLY ROGERS TO THE RESCUE - CORNELIA FUNKE

Thieves, greedy pirates and mischief-makers are no match for Molly Rogers! When Molly and her mother discover that Captain Firebeard is destroying Monkey Skull Island in search of buried treasure, they set sail to save the island and its animals from his clutches. but Firebeard will stop at nothing to get his treasure - how will Molly outwit him this time?

This book has a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface, and paperstock so that even more readers can enjoy it.

Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller who writes fantasy for all ages and readers. Her best known work is the Inkheart trilogy but many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and her work has been translated into more than 30 languages.

I CARE ABOUT MY PLANET - LIZ LENNON

A charming non-fiction book that promotes a caring attitude and an understanding of the ways even little ones can make a difference to the planet. This book explores topics such as litter, waste, energy use, plastic, and in a very gentle way it encourages children to be green and appreciate the planet. An ideal starting point for discussing environmental issues.

Liz Lennon is a writer who specialises in children's non-fiction. She's written numerous informative books for young people, including the I Care About... series which are quirky and fun books helping inspire children to think about themselves and the world and people around them.

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