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BooksForTopics Recommended Reads

Discover BooksForTopics’ recommended Nosy Crow reads for each year group from Preschool to Year 6 below!

BooksForTopics is a website featuring children’s booklists sorted by age or topic. It was first launched to help primary school staff find the best books to use in classrooms.

The booklists on the site now help millions of users each year to find recommended children’s books. We’re delighted to see so many Nosy Crow books represented in their new recommended reading range across all year groups!

Access their full online booklist here, including printable booklists and more.

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The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin

Written by Nicola O'Byrne
2-5

Recommended for Preschool

If bedtime is a battle, then this hilarious, inventive picture book from international bestseller, Nicola O’Byrne, is exactly what you need.

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Building a Home

Written by Polly Faber Illustrated by Klas Fahlén
2-5

Recommended for Preschool

Building a Home is a beautifully illustrated picture book guide to exactly how an old building can become a brand-new home.

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National Trust: Look What I Found on the Farm

Written by Moira Butterfield Illustrated by Jesús Verona
2-5

Recommended for Preschool

Discover a world of wonder on a farmyard walk, with this beautiful picture book from the National Trust.

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Octopus Shocktopus!

Written by Peter Bently Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5

Recommended for Preschool

A brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, by two award-winning and bestselling picture book creators.

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Rabbit’s Pancake Picnic

Written by Tegen Evans Illustrated by Paula Bowles
2-5

Recommended for Reception

A sweet and funny picture book about friendship – perfect for Pancake Day. Pancake recipe included!

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The Body Book

Illustrated by Hannah Alice
5-7

Recommended for Reception

Look inside the human body in this incredible inventive board book with see-through acetate pages.

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A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch!

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
7-9

Recommended for Year 3

Hilarious, illustrated school-based antics where everything that happens leads to DRAMA and RUNNING AROUND and even some FAINTING!

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A Rabbit Called Clover

Written by Helen Peters Illustrated by Ellie Snowdon
7-9

Recommended for Year 3

The fourteenth in a fantastic series of animal stories for younger readers by Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-shortlisted author Helen Peters, with beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Ellie Snowdon.

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Dragon Storm: Tomas and Ironskin

Written by Alastair Chisholm Illustrated by Eric Deschamps
7-9

Recommended for Year 3

The first book in a thrilling, magical, and action-packed new fantasy series, illustrated throughout and perfect for 7 – 9 year olds!

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Press Start! Game On, Super Rabbit Boy!

Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
5-7

Recommended for Year 3

The first in a full-colour series of graphic novels about – and for – kids who love gaming! Join Sunny as he and Super Rabbit Boy take on the world, one move at a time!

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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12

Recommended for Year 4

Chaya, a no-nonsense, outspoken hero, leads her friends and a gorgeous elephant on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing the queen’s jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?

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Clifftoppers: The Arrowhead Moor Adventure

Written by Fleur Hitchcock
7-9

Recommended for Year 4

For Aiden, Chloe, Ava and Josh, holidays at their grandparents’ cottage mean wild beaches, no curfew, Bella the dog, and most of all – adventure! This action-packed series takes 7+ readers on fantastic, realistic adventures.

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The Boy Who Saved a Bear

Written by Nizrana Farook
9-12

Recommended for Year 5

A boy and a bear meet, become friends and have the adventure of their lives! From the author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant comes another brilliant escapade. The fourth thrilling adventure set in a fictional Sri Lanka is jam-packed with peril, thieves and a terrifying bear!

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Ella on the Outside

Written by Cath Howe
9-12

Recommended for Year 5

Ella can’t believe her luck when Lydia, the most popular girl in school, decides to be her new best friend – but what does Lydia really want? And what does it all have to do with Molly, the quiet, shy girl who won’t talk to anyone?

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Always, Clementine

Written by Carlie Sorosiak
9-12

Recommended for Year 5

A funny, wise and heartwarming story, with a truly one-of-a-kind hero, from the author of the highly-acclaimed I, Cosmo and My Life as a Cat.

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HerStory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook the World

Written by Katherine Halligan Illustrated by Sarah Walsh
9-12

Recommended for Year 5

Instead of just studying history, let’s think about HerStory too! In this uplifting and inspiring book, children can learn about 50 intrepid women from around the world and throughout history.

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No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Written by Catherine Bruton
9-12

Recommended for Year 6

With beautiful, captivating writing, wonderfully authentic ballet detail, and an important message championing the rights of refugees, this is classic storytelling – filled with warmth, hope and humanity.

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TrooFriend

Written by Kirsty Applebaum
9-12

Recommended for Year 6

A topical and sinister middle-grade novel about artificial intelligence from the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlisted author of The Middler.

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My Life on Fire

Written by Cath Howe
9-12

Recommended for Year 6

A tense, page-turning story that sensitively deals with themes of family upheaval and kleptomania, by the bestselling author of Ella on the Outside.

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Running out of Time

Written by Simon Fox
9-12

Recommended for Year 6

A thrilling, unputdownable debut, with extraordinary twists and incredible action, from an incredible new voice in children’s fiction.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy

Written by David Solomons
9-12

Recommended for Year 6

A brilliantly funny story of what happens when a galactic princess moves in next door and almost brings about the end of the world. Exciting new fiction from the bestselling, award-winning author of My Brother is a Superhero.

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