Recommended Reads for April

April's theme is to read a children's classic

If you’re stuck for inspiration, why not try one of our staff recommended picks?

Many of these titles will also be available via our eLibrary.

Recommended Children's Classics

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Paperback:Heidi:2021 Paperback
Author: Spyri, Johanna
Year: 2021
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the classic story of Heidi, an unwanted child who finds love and happiness against all the odds.
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Paperback:Pippi Longstocking:2020 Paperback
Author: Lindgren, Astrid
Author: Grey, Mini
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Pippa lives in a house with a horse, a monkey, a suitcase full of gold and no grown-ups to tell her what to do. She's wild and funny and her crazy ideas have a way of making anything exciting.
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Paperback:The enchanted wood:2020 Paperback
Author: Blyton, Enid
Year: 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Joe, Beth and Frannie find the Enchanted Wood on the doorstep of their new home, and when they discover the Faraway Tree they fall into all sorts of adventures!
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Paperback:The sheep-pig:2017 Paperback
Author: King-Smith, Dick
Year: 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the local fair, Mrs Hogget thinks of fattening it up for the freezer. But the old sheepdog, Fly, takes him under her wing and starts to train him up as a sheep-pig, whose methods of getting the sheep to do what he wants are rather unconventional. Originally published: 2011
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Paperback:Tarka the otter:2014 Paperback
Author: Williamson, Henry
Year: 2014
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: TARKA THE OTTER is the classic story of an otter living in the Devonshire countryside which captures the feel of life in the wild as seen through the otter's own eyes. The story's atmosphere and detail make it easy to see why Tarka has become one of the best-loved creatures in world literature.
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Audio book:Little women:2019 Audio book
Author: Alcott, Louisa May
Year: 2019
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Ulverscroft Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Performed by Sandra Burr. 16 discs
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Paperback:The secret garden:2014 Paperback
Author: Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mary Lennox's life changes when she arrives at the gloomy old house on the moors
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Audio book:Stig of the dump:2019 Audio book
Author: King, Clive
Year: 2019
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Bolinda/Audible audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by Martin Jarvis. 4 Audio CDs Children
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Large print:Anne of Green Gables:2015 Large print
Author: Montgomery, L. M
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Thorpe
Resource type: Physical
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Paperback:Wonderful Wizard of Oz:2016 Paperback
Author: Baum, L. Frank
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: What are you looking for? Friendship! Fantasy! Adventure! Excitement! Dorothy and her friends know there's only one person who can help make their wishes come true and that's the Wizard. But as they set off to find him, the Wicked Witch is never far behind.
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Audio book:The BFG:2006 Audio book
Author: Dahl, Roald
Year: 2006
Language: English
Media class: Audio book
Publisher: Chivers Children's Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Read by David Bradley. 4 discs Giants are known for eating children. So when Sophie is snatched from her bed by the BFG, she fears for her life. But luckily he is far more jumbly than his disgusting neighbours. They become good friends and cook up a plan to rid the world of bad giants.
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Paperback:Ballet shoes:2015 Paperback
Author: Streatfeild, Noel
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil are orphans, found by Great Uncle Matthew on his travels. Pauline longs to be an actreee, petrova wants to fly aeroplanes and Posy would dance all day if she could
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Paperback:A little princess:2008 Paperback
Author: Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Year: 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: A wealthy young girl learns to live at a boarding school when her life changes dramatically
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Talking book - MP3:The Hobbit:2017 Talking book - MP3
Author: Tolkien, J. R. R
Year: 2017
Media class: Talking book - MP3
Publisher: Howes
Resource type: Physical
Note: Playaway. Read by Rob Inglis. The Hobbit' is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this quest is Bilbo Baggins.
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Paperback:Northern lights:2015 Paperback
Author: Pullman, Philip
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, set out to find him. They travel to the ice kingdoms of the North, where armoured bears rule, and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies.
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Hardback:Treasure Island:2016 Hardback
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Stevenson's classic tale is set in the mid-1700s and is narrated by young hero Jim Hawkins. Its fast-moving plot is filled with mysterious maps, shipwrecks, smugglers, mutiny, menacing pirates and a hunt for buried treasure.
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Paperback:Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone:2014 Paperback
Author: Rowling, J. K
Year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt and Uncle's house. He is bullied by them and his spoilt cousin, and lives a very unremarkable life. But then Harry is transported to a world of magic and excitement. Originally published: 1997
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Paperback:The wind in the willows:2015 Paperback
Author: Grahame, Kenneth
Year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Toad has always been a silly sort of fellow. But when his latest obsession with motor cars - the faster the better - threatens to lead him to disaster, it is up to Toad's good friends Mole, Ratty and Badger to get him under control. Can they save Toad from prison, and his home Toad Hall from the wicked Weasels and Stoats?
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Paperback:Charlie and the chocolate factory:2016 Paperback
Author: Dahl, Roald
Author: Blake, Quentin
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Charlie Bucket can't believe his luck when he finds a Golden Ticket and wins the chance of a lifetime: a magical day witnessing the miraculous creation of the most delectable eatables ever made.
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Paperback:Matilda:2016 Paperback
Author: Dahl, Roald
Year: 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Matilda's parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the stupid ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, as well as discovering that she has a very special power. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1988
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