10 Books to Celebrate this International Day of Families
Posted on 12 May 2021
The 15th of May is the International Day of Families, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate and reflect on what family means to you. We’ve picked out just a few of our favourite fictional families below, but be sure to visit our website to browse more of our recommendations.
The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child disobeys her father’s warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist . . . does he?
The Gruffalo’s Child is the number one bestselling, much-loved sequel to the worldwide picture book phenomenon that is The Gruffalo.
The Grinny Granny Donkey is the third picture book from Craig Smith and Katz Cowley, the bestselling creative team behind the Scottish Granny internet sensation, The Wonky Donkey!
Meet Grinny Granny – the latest addition to the phenomenal Donkey family. And just like Wonky Donkey and Dinky Donkey, she is silly and funny all at once. With a wonderful rhyming text and illustrations full of humour, The Grinny Granny Donkey will make you hee haw with laughter!
Grinny Granny is the latest member of the Donkey family to have her very own story – and she is just as silly and funny as her family!
Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing just how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure!
Since its publication in 1994, children and parents worldwide have cherished the heartwarming tale of Little Nutbrown and Big Nutbrown Hare so much that it has become one of the most enduring bedtime classics of our time.
Comical, insightful poems which celebrate the ups and downs of family life. In here you’ll find rhymes from some of the best-known children’s poets including Michael Rosen, Jack Prelutsky and Kit Wright, as well as poems written by children themselves.
There are happy poems and sad poems, funny poems and cheeky poems, plus lots of stroppy sisters, bratty brothers, daft dads – and grandmas giving sloppy kisses! Erk!
Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke’ s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he’s gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe. Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world…
Books don’t come much funnier than these! Packed with heart and soul, this series is perfect for fans of David Baddiel and David Walliams.
Someone is threatening to destroy Britain’s Biggest New Star, the country’s favourite TV talent show. The secret service decides to send in two young spies, twins Harry and Abby, to investigate. Their ticket backstage is their father, washed up comedian Gus, who believes the contest is his chance to revive his career.
The list of suspects is long, and the twins don’t know whom to trust. But they better track down the culprit soon, before disaster strikes the show – and its royal guest!
Things aren’t going great for Archie Albright. His dad’s acting weird, his mum too, and all he wants is for everything to go back to normal, to three months before when his parents were happy and still lived together. When Archie sees a colourful, crumpled flyer fall out of Dad’s pocket, he thinks he may have found the answer. Only problem? The answer might just lie at the end of the rainbow, an adventure away.
Together with his best friends, Bell and Seb, Archie sets off on a heartwarming and unforgettable journey to try and fix his family, even if he has to break a few rules to do it…
All Sam wants is a family of his own, a home instead of a ‘house’ and parents he knows will still be there when he wakes up. Because Sam has been in and out of foster care his whole life and he can’t imagine ever feeling like he truly belongs.
Then his best friend Leah suggests that rather than wait for a family to come to him, he should go out and find one. So begins The Perfect Parent Project … But Sam may just discover that family has a funny way of finding you.
This Scholastic Classic edition of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring book is beautifully packaged for children today. ‘I want to do something splendid… something heroic or wonderful that won’t beforgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what,but I’m on the watch for itand mean to astonish you all someday.’
Curl up with this timeless classic, and your new best friends – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, the four March sisters whose lives will bring tears to your eyes and warmth to your heart, and whose stories will stay with you forever.
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