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Need something to read? Try one of our booklists below - we have Adventure, Animals, Comics, Mystery and detective, Fantasy & sci-fi, Historical stories, Quick reads, Fairytales, and Spooky stories booklists, and you can browse them in a list, or by their bookcovers. And if you want to print off a booklist, here are some printable versions:

  • Printable Adventure booklist
  • Printable Animals booklist
  • Printable Animals booklist
  • Printable Fairytales booklist
  • Printable Fantasy and Sci-fi booklist
  • Printable Historical stories booklist
  • Printable Mystery and detective stories booklist
  • Printable Reluctant Readers booklist
  • Printable Spooky stories booklist
  • Printable World stories booklist

Adventure booklist

Adventure logoRealism, action, journeys & quests!

Title Author Year
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson 1883
Swallows and Amazons (series) Arthur Ransome 1930
The Wolves Chronicles (series) Joan Aiken 1962
The Bridge To Terabithia Katherine Paterson 1977
The World Around the Corner Maurice Gee 1980
A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) Lemony Snicket 1999
Bartlett (series) Odo Hirsch 1999
Max Remy Super Spy Deborah Abela 2002
Evangeline Mudd (series) David Elliot 2004
Pals in peril (series) M. T. Anderson 2005
The Mysterious Benedict Society (series) Trenton Lee Stewart 2007
My One Hundred Adventures (series) Polly Horvath 2008
The Minivers (series) Natalie Jane Prior 2008
The Magician's Elephant Kate DiCamillo 2009
Benjamin Pratt & the keepers of the school (series) Andrew Clements 2010
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place Maryrose Wood 2010
Secrets at Sea Richard Peck 2011
Adventure Island (series) Helen Moss 2011
The Travelling Restaurant (series) Barbara Else 2012
The Grave Robber's Apprentice Allan Stratton 2012
Phantom of Terawhiti Des Hunt 2013


Animals logoAnimal stories and animal themes!

Title: Author: Year:
Just So StoriesRudyard Kipling1902
The Wind In The WillowsKenneth Grahame1908
The Velveteen RabbitMargery Williams1922
Winnie the Pooh (series)A A Milne1926
Charlotte's WebE. B. White1952
DogDaniel Pennac1982
Redwall (series)Brian Jacques1986
Sophie (series)Dick King Smith1988
Esio TrotRoald Dahl1989
Catwings (series)Ursula K Le Guin1994
The diary of a killer cat (series)Anne Fine1994
Welkin Weasels (series)Garry Kilworth1997
Shadrach TrilogyJoy Cowley1997
Silverwing (series)Kenneth Oppel1997
The Tale Of DesperauxKate DiCamillo2003
Hoot (series)Carl Hiaasen2003
Snake and Lizard Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop2007
Strat and ChattoJan Mark2008
Kingdom of the Lost (series)Isabolle Carmody2010
Lulu (series)Hilary McKay2011
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, detectives extraordinaire!Polly Horvath2012
  • Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Wind In The Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
  • Winnie the Pooh, by A A Milne
  • Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White
  • Dog, by Daniel Pennac
  • Redwall, by Brian Jaques
  • Sophie, by Dick King Smith
  • Esio Trot, by Roald Dahl
  • Catwings, by Ursula K Le Guin
  • The diary of a killer cat, by Anne Fine
  • Silverwing, by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Tale Of Desperaux, by Kate DiCamillo
  • Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen
  • Snake and Lizard, by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop
  • Strat and Chatto, by Jan Mark
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, detectives extraordinaire!, by Polly Horvath


Comics booklistAdventure, mystery, fantasy -- cool comics for everyone!

Title Author Date
Fungus the bogeymanRaymond Briggs1977
Artemis fowl: the graphic novelsEoin Colfer2007
Amulet Kazu Kibuishi2008
Adventures in cartooningJames Sturm2009
Binky Ashley Spires2009
Amelia Rules! Jimmy Gownley2009
Big NateLincoln Pierce2010
Hildafolk Luke Pearson2010
Olympians George O'Connor2010
Three thieves Scott Chantler2010
Rust Royden Lepp2011
Adventure Time comicsRyan North2012
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales Nathan Hale2012
Leo Geo Jon Chad2012
Lio Mark Tatulli2012
Snarked Roger Langridge2012
Giants bewareJorge Aguirre2012
Dogs of warSheila Keenan2013
Batman Li'l GothamDustin Nguyen2014
The vanishingBruno Gazzotti2014
  • Fungus the bogeyman, by Raymond Briggs
  • Artemis fowl: the graphic novels, by Eoin Colfer
  • Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi
  • Adventures in cartooning, by James Sturm
  • Binky, by Ashley Spires
  • Amelia Rules!, by Jimmy Gownley
  • Hildafolk, by Luke Pearson
  • Olympians, by George O'Connor
  • Three thieves, by Scott Chantler
  • Rust, by Royden Lepp
  • Adventure Time comics, by Ryan North
  • Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, by Nathan Hale
  • Leo Geo, by Jon Chad
  • Lio, by Mark Tatulli
  • Snarked, by Roger Langridge
  • Giants beware, by Jorge Aguirre
  • Dogs of war, by Sheila Keenan
  • Batman Li'l Gotham, by Dustin Nguyen
  • The vanishing, by Bruno Gazzotti

Historical fiction

Historical stories logoStories from times gone by, including specific time periods and events

Title Author Date
HeidiJohanna Spyri1880
Anne of Green Gables (series)L. M. Montgomery1908
Little House On The Prairie (series)Laura Ingalls Wilder1935
The Eagle of the Ninth (series)Rosemary Sutcliff1954
The Silver SwordIan Serraillier1956
When Hitler Stole Pink RabbitJudith Kerr1971
A Faraway Island (series)Annika Thor1996
The birchbark house (series)Louise Erdrich 1999
The Royal Diaries (series)(various authors)1999
At the sign of the Sugared PlumMary Hooper2003
Stop the Train! (series)Geraldine McCaughrean2003
No Safe HarbourDavid Hill2004
HunterJoy Cowley2004
Leonardo and the death machineRobert J. Harris2005
VictorySusan Cooper2006
Seeds of America (series)Laurie Halse Anderson2008
The evolution of Calpurnia TateJacqueline Kelly2009
One Crazy SummerRita Garcia-Williams2010
Moon Over ManifestClare Vanderpool2010
Plague: A Cross On The Door (series)Ann Turnbull2013
  • Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
  • Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
  • Little House On The Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Eagle of the Ninth, by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • The Silver Sword, by Ian Serraillier
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, by Judith Kerr
  • A Faraway Island, by Annika Thor
  • The birchbark house, by Louise Erdrich
  • The Royal Diaries, by (various authors)
  • At the sign of the Sugared Plum, by Mary Hooper
  • Stop the Train!, by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • No Safe Harbour, by David Hill
  • Hunter, by Joy Cowley
  • Victory, by Susan Cooper
  • Seeds of America, by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
  • One Crazy Summer, by Rita Garcia-Williams
  • Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool
  • Plague: A Cross On The Door, by Ann Turnbull

Fairytales, fables & classics

Fairytales logoFairies, folk tales, myths and legends, magic, and medieval themes

Title Author Date
Aesop's FablesAesop1484
The Water BabiesCharles Kingsley1863
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandLewis Carroll1865
PinocchioCarlo Collodi1881
Peter PanJ M Barrie1904
The HobbitJ. R. R. Tolkien1937
Cautionary VersesHilaire Belloc 1939
The Chronicles of Narnia (series)C S Lewis1949
The Borrowers (series)Mary Norton1952
The Neverending StoryMichael Ende1979
FablesArnold Lobel1980
Here there be dragonsJane Yolen 1993
The Fairy Tales (Grimm's Fairy Tales)translated by David Walser, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski/td>2005
The Sisters Grimm (series)Michael Buckley2005
Myths & legends : the gift of stories from our cultures Jillian Sullivan2007
Noah Barleywater runs awayJohn Boyne2010
Treasury of Greek mythology : classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes & monstersDonna Jo Napoli2011
King Arthur and a world of other storiesGeraldine McCaughrean2011
Robin Hood and a world of other storiesGeraldine McCaughrean2011
Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: the true tale of Sleeping BeautyJane Yolen.2012
  • Aesop's Fables, by Aesop
  • The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
  • Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi
  • Peter Pan, by J M Barrie
  • The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Cautionary Verses, by Hilaire Belloc
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, by C S Lewis
  • The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
  • Fables, by Arnold Lobel
  • Here there be dragons, by Jane Yolen
  • The Fairy Tales (Grimm's Fairy Tales), by translated David Walser, illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
  • The Sisters Grimm, by Michael Buckley
  • Myths & legends : the gift of stories from our cultures, by Jillian Sullivan
  • Noah Barleywater runs away, by John Boyne
  • Treasury of Greek mythology : classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes & monsters, by Donna Jo Napoli
  • King Arthur and a world of other stories, by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Robin Hood and a world of other stories, by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Curse of the Thirteenth Fey: the true tale of Sleeping Beauty, by Jane Yolen.

Fantasy, sci-fi & magic

Science fiction logoSci-fi, magical, supernatural and magical quests

Title Author Date
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (series)Alan Garner1960
A Wrinkle In Time (series)Madeleine L'Engle1962
The Chronicles of PrydainAlexander Lloyd 1964
Earthsea Cycle (series)Ursula Le Guin1968
The Halfmen of O (series)Maurice Gee1982
Howl's Moving Castle (series)Diana Wynne Jones1986
The Magician's House Quartet (series)William Corlett1990
The Queen's Thief (series)Megan Whalen Turner1996
Pure Dead Magic (series)Debi Gliori2001
Artemis Fowl (series)Eoin Colfer2001
Dealing With Dragons (series)Patricia C Wrede2002
Whispering to Witches (series)Anna Dale2004
The Sea of Trolls (series)Nancy Farmer2004
The Young Merlin Trilogy (series)Jane Yolen2004
Riding Tycho (series)Jan Mark2006
Stanley Wells Mystery (series)Joel Stewart2007
CosmicFrank Cottrell Boyce2008
The Magician's ElephantKate DiCamillo2009
The Familiars (series)Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson2010
Darius Bell and the glitter pool (series)Odo Hirsch2010
North of NowhereLiz Kessler2013
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner
  • A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Chronicles of Prydain, by Alexander Lloyd
  • Earthsea Cycle, by Ursula Le Guin
  • The Halfmen of O, by Maurice Gee
  • Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Magician's House Quartet, by William Corlett
  • Pure Dead Magic, by Debi Gliori
  • Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
  • Dealing With Dragons, by Patricia C Wrede
  • Whispering to Witches, by Anna Dale
  • The Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer
  • The Young Merlin Trilogy, by Jane Yolen
  • Riding Tycho, by Jan Mark
  • Stanley Wells Mystery, by Joel Stewart
  • Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • The Magician's Elephant, by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
  • Darius Bell and the glitter pool, by Odo Hirsch
  • North of Nowhere, by Liz Kessler

Mystery & detective stories

Mysteries logoRealism, mysterious happenings, and detective stories

Title Author Date
The Famous Five & The Secret SevenEnid Blyton1942 / 1949
Encyclopedia Brown (series)Donald J Sobol.1963
Father's Arcane daughterE L Konigsburg1976
Nancy Drew (series)Carolyn Keene1987
The Hardy Boys (series)Franklin W Dixon1991
Emily Eyefinger (series)Duncan Ball1992
The Fire-RaiserMaurice Gee1992
Antonio S, and the Mystery of Theodore GuzmanOdo Hirsch1997
Sammy Keyes (series)Wendelin Van Draanen 1998
MysteryArthur Geisert2003
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street IrregularsTracy Mack 2006
FramedFrank Cottrell Boyce2006
Amelia Dee and the Peacock LampOdo Hirsch2007
When You Reach MeRebecca Stead2009
MockingbirdKathryn Erskine2009
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (series)Maryrose Wood2010
Benjamin Pratt & Keepers of the School (series)Andrew Clements2010
Truly Tan (series)Jen Storer2013
Moxie and the art of rule breaking : a 14 day mysteryErin Dionne2013
Art detective : spot the difference!Doris Kutschbach2013
Timmy Failure (series)Stephan Pastis2013
  • The Famous Five & The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton
  • Encyclopedia Brown, by Donald J Sobol.
  • Father's Arcane daughter, by E L Konigsburg
  • Nancy Drew, by Carolyn Keene
  • The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W Dixon
  • Emily Eyefinger, by Duncan Ball
  • The Fire-Raiser, by Maurice Gee
  • Antonio S, and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman, by Odo Hirsch
  • Sammy Keyes, by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Mystery, by Arthur Geisert
  • Framed, by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp, by Odo Hirsch
  • When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
  • Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine
  • Benjamin Pratt & Keepers of the School, by Andrew Clements
  • Moxie and the art of rule breaking : a 14 day mystery, by Erin Dionne
  • Art detective : spot the difference!, by Doris Kutschbach
  • Timmy Failure, by Stephan Pastis

Spooky stories

Spooky storiesGhosts, scary, horror, supernatural, aliens and more

Title Author Date
FrankensteinMary Shelley1831
DraculaBram Stoker1897
The Children Of Green Knowe (series)Lucy M Boston1954
The Halloween Tree (YA)Ray Bradbury1972
The House With a Clock in Its WallsJohn Bellairs1973
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (series, short stories)Alvin Schwartz1981
The WitchesRoald Dahl1983
Tremors (series) Various Authors1998
House of ghostsAnne Turnbull2000
Beware! : R. L. Stine picks his favorite scary storiesR. L. Stine2002
MortlockJon Mayhew2010
The Zombie-Chasers (series)John Kloepfer2010
The Books Of ElsewhereJacqueline West2010
The devil walksAnne Fine2011
Ghost Club (series)Deborah Abela2012
Ghost KnightCornelia Funke2012
Under My Hat: Tales from the CauldronJonathan Strahan2012
Wardstone ChroniclesJoseph Delaney2012
Scary TalesJames Preller2013
Eerie (series)S. Carey2013
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  • The Children Of Green Knowe, by Lucy M Boston
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (YA)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (series, short stories) - Alvin Schwartz, by
  • The Witches, by Roald Dahl
  • House of ghosts, by Anne Turnbull
  • Beware! : R. L. Stine picks his favorite scary stories, by R. L. Stine
  • Mortlock, by Jon Mayhew
  • The Zombie-Chasers, by John Kloepfer
  • The Books Of Elsewhere, by Jacqueline West
  • The devil walks, by Anne Fine
  • Ghost Club, by Deborah Abela
  • Ghost Knight, by Cornelia Funke
  • Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, by Jonathan Strahan
  • Wardstone Chronicles, by Joseph Delaney
  • Scary Tales, by James Preller
  • Eerie, by S. Carey

Reluctant readers

Reluctant readers logoLarge text, pictures, cartoons, something short'n'sweet

Title Author Date
MadelineLudwig Bemelmans1952
Flat Stanley (series)Jeff Brown1964
Frog and toad are friendsArnold Lobel1970
The Worst Witch (series)Jill Murphy1974
Wayside School (series)Louis Sachar1978
Mr Majeika (series)Humphrey Carpenter1984
The HodgehegDick King Smith1989
Horrid Henry (series)Francesca Simon1994
Secrets of Droon (series)Tony Abbott1999
Andrew Lost (series)J C Greenburg2002
Wacky Families (series)Jackie French2003
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary BasilWiley Miller2006
Ottoline (series)Chris Riddell2008
Big Nate (series)Lincoln Peirce2009
The Dunderheads (series)Paul Fleischman2009
Battle Boy (series)Charlie Carter2009
Bink & Gollie (series)Kate DiCamillo2010
The 13-Storey TreehouseAndy Griffiths2011
Fortunately, The MilkNeil Gaiman2013
Ed and Ted and Ted's Dog FredAndy Griffiths2013
Don't Look Now (series)Paul Jennings2013
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown
  • Frog and toad are friends, by Arnold Lobel
  • The Worst Witch, by Jill Murphy
  • Wayside School, by Louis Sachar
  • Mr Majeika, by Humphrey Carpenter
  • The Hodgeheg, by Dick King Smith
  • Horrid Henry, by Francesca Simon
  • Secrets of Droon, by Tony Abbott
  • Wacky Families, by Jackie French
  • Ottoline, by Chris Riddell
  • Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce
  • The Dunderheads, by Paul Fleischman
  • Bink & Gollie, by Kate DiCamillo
  • The 13-Storey Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths
  • Fortunately, The Milk, by Neil Gaiman
  • Ed and Ted and Ted's Dog Fred, by Andy Griffiths
  • Don't Look Now, by Paul Jennings

Stories from around the world

World logoStories from different countries around the world - advanced readers

Title Author Date
Emil and the detectivesErich Kastner 1929
The Little PrinceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry1940
Emil (series)Astrid Lindgren1963
Anno's journey (wordless)Mitsumasa Anno1977
The Adventures of Young KrishnaDiksha Dalal Clayton1991
The Old Man Mad about Drawing: A Tale of Hokusai Francois Place1997
Chinese Cinderella (series, YA)Adeline Yen Mah1999
The great tug of war and other storiesBeverley Naidoo 2001
Danger by moonlightJamila Gavin2002
Moon FestivalChing Yeung Russell2003
Mannekin Pis - The Simple Story of a Boy Who Peed on a warVladimir Radunsky2003
ShauziaDeborah Ellis2003
South & North, East & West: 25 Stories From Around the WorldMichael Rosen2007
Two Good ThievesDaniel Finn2009
Where The Mountain Meets The Moon (series)Grace Lin2009
Boys Without NamesKashmira Sheth2009
The great wall of Lucy WuWendy Wan-Long Shang2011
Flying the dragonNatalie Dias Lorenzi2012
The WishbirdGabrielle Wang2013
  • Emil and the detectives, by Erich Kastner
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Emil, by Astrid Lindgren
  • Anno's journey (wordless), by Mitsumasa Anno
  • The Adventures of Young Krishna, by Diksha Dalal Clayton
  • The Old Man Mad about Drawing: A Tale of Hokusai, by Francois Place
  • Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah (YA Series)
  • The great tug of war and other stories, by Beverley Naidoo
  • Danger by moonlight, by Jamila Gavin
  • Moon Festival by Ching Yeung Russell
  • Mannekin Pis by Vladimir Radunsky
  • Shauzia, by Deborah Ellis
  • South & North, East & West: 25 Stories From Around the World, by Michael Rosen
  • Two Good Thieves, by Daniel Finn
  • Where The Mountain Meets The Moon, by Grace Lin
  • Boys Without Names, by Kashmira Sheth
  • The great wall of Lucy Wu, by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  • Flying the dragon, by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  • The Wishbird, by Gabrielle Wang