Children’s Books We Love

Children’s Books We Love

Children’s Books We Love;

Animalphabet, Alex Rider & more…

We’re always a bit biased towards children’s books, and a lot of people have been in touch asking for recommendations to entertain children in lockdown. As ever, we’d highly recommend that all grown ups borrow these books from the children to read afterwards!

Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson, The Sea by Miranda Krestovnikoff, Robert the Bruce by James Robertson & Jill Calder. Younger readers, children's recommendations.

Early readers

Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sharon King-Chai (18mths-3yrs)

A delightful ABC guessing game – how can you resist a book that begs the question “Who is pricklier than a goat?”. Julia Donaldson on cracking form as ever, with beautiful rich illustrations by Sharon King-Chai.

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Robert the Bruce by James Roberston, illustrated by Jill Calder (3-8yrs)

Hopefully some of you checked in with the Big Book Weekend where Jill Calder was one of the many amazing authors & illustrators talking about their work. This is a stunning retelling of the Bruce’s story, brought alive by the artwork – perfect for a spot of home learning.

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The Sea by Miranda Krestovnikoff, illustrated by Jill Calder (4-8yrs)

If you’ve been using David Attenborough to help home school, this glorious book is the perfect complement to his teaching. From Shipwrecks to Polar Seas, this book is a treasure trove of facts bringing the big blue alive to young minds.

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Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray, Viper's Daughter by Michelle Paver, Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz, Burn by Patrick Ness. Older readers, children's recommendations.

Confident readers

Viper’s Daughter by Michelle Paver (8yrs+)

Regulars at Mainstreet will know that we a huge fans of the Wolf Brother series, this is the LONG awaited seventh book in the series, we can’t wait to get stuck in…

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Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray (8yrs+)

This was our Book of the Month for April (!), but for obvious reasons it slightly missed out on all the attention. Courtney loved it “Page-turning adventure and twists you really don’t see coming.”

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Nightshade by Anthony Horowitz (9yrs+)

It’s here! The new Alex Rider, and we’ve got signed copies. Speaking as someone who pinched their (then) 8yrs old’s Alex Rider books to read overnight, I am only sad my teens are now apparently too grown up for this brilliant series!

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Burn by Patrick Ness (teen)

Another Mainstreet favourite author. In the words of John Green, “Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer.”

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