By SF Said

By SF Said

I asked the children's books community on Twitter to recommend books they'd seen turn kids into readers. I was flooded with replies and recommendations. From them, I put together this crowd-sourced list of children's books. It includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books, illustrated books, and books with no illustration. The one thing they have in common is that they're all books that have got many kids reading, across all ages, genders and backgrounds - especially kids who found reading difficult before.  (Illustration  by Emer Stamp)

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander

£7.99 £7.59


David Almond

£7.99 £7.59

Noughts & Crosses

Malorie Blackman

£8.99 £8.54

Red Leaves

Sita Brahmachari

£7.99 £7.59

How to Train Your Dragon: Book 1

Cressida Cowell

£7.99 £7.59


Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake

£6.99 £6.64

Horrible History of the World

Terry Deary and Martin Brown

£9.99 £9.49

The whole Horrible Histories series was recommended!

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline

£6.99 £6.64

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

£7.99 £7.59

The Wheel of Surya Anniversary Edition

Jamila Gavin

£7.99 £7.59


Morris Gleitzman

£7.99 £7.59

The 13-Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

£6.99 £6.64

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Liz Pichon

£7.99 £7.59

The Advenures of Captain Underpants

Dav Pilkey

£6.99 £6.64

Oliver and the Seawigs

Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

£6.99 £6.64

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Chris Riddell

£7.99 £7.59

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J. K. Rowling

£7.99 £7.59


Louis Sachar

£7.99 £7.59

Varjak Paw

SF Said and Dave McKean

£7.99 £7.59

The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig

Emer Stamp

£5.99 £5.69

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman

£6.99 £6.64

Stay Out of the Basement

R.L. Stine


The whole Goosebumps series was recommended!

The hate U give

Angie Thomas

£8.99 £8.54

The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams and Quentin Blake

£7.99 £7.59

The Story of Tracy Beaker

Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt

£7.99 £7.59

Funky Chickens

Benjamin Zephaniah

£6.99 £6.64

Talking Turkeys was the book that was specifically recommended. It's currently out of print, sadly, but all of Benjamin Zephaniah's books are brilliant!

Read the original #HookedOnBooks piece on this BookTrust blog!

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