Please click on the link below for a trove of around 400 book recommendations from baby/toddler to teen. The list – which I am constantly updating – has come together over the past decade during exciting, long expeditions to bookshops, libraries, schools (as a teacher) and other people’s houses (as a tutor). I hope it will prove helpful!
How is the list organised?
I have divided the recommendations into age-appropriate categories for ease of access. I have also written the odd note for each book to give you an idea of why each one is special.
What are my criteria?
- impact – will the book nurture a love of reading? – would a child want to read it again?
- wonderful illustrations/visuals (essential for young children or emerging readers)
- educational value – what might a child learn/experience?
- quality of the English language
Where are the best places to find these books?
Better World Books
World of Books
Ginger and Pickles, Stockbridge – A (small) specialist children’s bookshop for new books run by an experienced (secondary) English teacher.
St Columba’s Bookshop, Canonmills – Very clean, up-to-date editions, and there are many bargains to be had! Good on fiction and non-fiction, toddler-teen.
Amnesty International Bookshop, Marchmont – A good selection of pristine, up-to-date stock. Very reasonably priced.
Central Children’s Library in Edinburgh – Very quiet and spacious! Good for recent titles, or as a place to relax with a young child!
The Lit & Phil in Newcastle – One of the most beautiful old libraries I have been in. And a good place to discover forgotten gems which you could then buy elsewhere! NB I rummaged in boxes under a table in the children’s section for my most unusual finds!!