The Best Kids’ Books of the Year
From toddlers to teens, we've got the best kids' reads of the year, as picked by our favourite local book shop.
We’re all about shopping local on Muddy of course so when we wanted to tell you about the best children’s books of 2019, our local indie book shop, Muddy Award-winning The Little Bookshop in Cookham, was our first port of call – its kids’ selection is totally brilliant. From toddlers to teens, their edit should give you ample inspiration for small people’s Christmas presents. Bookmark this pronto!
BEST FOR TODDLER
The Bookworm by Debi Gliori
A funny and light-hearted story perfect for any child who has ever wanted a pet. With an added cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for.
Angel on the Roof by Shirley Hughes
A timeless Christmas story about friendship, understanding and seeing the world for the better.
12 Unicorns of Christmas by Timothy Knapman
Christmas, counting and UNICORNS in one magical picture book.
This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen
A sneaky fish learns a lesson in crime and punishment in thebestselling, multiple award-winning sequel to I Want My Hat Back.
AGE 5 – 8
Tom Gates Spectacular School Trip by Liz Pichon
The 17th laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated Tom Gates adventure. Written in diary form and full of doodles this instalment sees Tom desperate to stay out of trouble so he can go on the school trip.
The Snowman by Micheal Morpurgo
Beloved children’s author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers.
The 117 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
There are lots of laughs at every level in The 117-Storey Treehouse, the ninth book in the number one bestselling Treehouse series.
Guardians of Magic by Chris Riddell
Guardians of Magic is the first title in a brilliant new magical adventure series.
AGE 9 – 12
The Girl who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson
Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka’s journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the bestselling author of The House With Chicken Legs.
Five Cat Magic By Lisa Buddin
A magical adventure story about 10-year-old Jessica who is the new ‘guardian’. She must find the missing Gate Keepers in time or all planets will be plunged into despair.
Boy Giant by Micheal Morpurgo
A thrilling adventure inspired by the classic story of Gulliver’s Travels. This is a gripping modern narrative of rescue and refuge. A book about breaking down walls, at a time when many are trying to build them. And a timeless reminder of humanity’s infinite capacity for good… even when those humans are very small indeed.
The Secrets of the Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt
Adventures of the classic kind await in The Secrets of the Wild Wood, the sequel to The Letter for the King.
The Book of Dust Vol 2 – Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
In The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child. A powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you.
Becoming Dinah by Kit de Waal
A coming-of-age road trip novel about obsession, self-discovery, female power, and the people we meet along the way. The perfect read for anyone who’s ever wondered where they came from and where they might be going next.
Somebody Give This Heart A Pen by Sophia Thakur
From acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a powerful first collection of poems exploring issues of identity, difference, faith, relationships, fear, loss and joy.
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
The award-winning author of The Hate U Give returns with a powerful story about hip hop, freedom of speech – and fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you.
The Little Bookshop, High St, Cookham, Maidenhead SL6 9SJ