Debbie Singleton           Children's Author

Great Books

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There are so many great children's books out there. Here are just a few of my favourites. If you haven't read them yet, I hope you enjoy them. If you know of a great book which I haven't included here, please let me know - I love finding good things to read.

Picture Books

George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell
Crisp, witty prose and beautiful illustrations. I just love the double-page picture of the tiny mouse. A perfect picture book.

Giddy Goat by Jamie Rix and Lynne Chapman
Lyrical language and lively illustrations make this a pleasure to read over and over again.

Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse and Barbara Lavallee
Captivating illustrations which beautifully depict life in the Arctic, accompanying a warm and simple text about a girl testing the limits of her mother's love. With additional information about Inuit culture.

Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas
The Australian classic picture book featuring native animals, local foods and Australian geography.

What Faust Saw by Matt Ottley
Another Australian book - author/illustrator Ottley creates stunning artwork with plenty of humour. The "Dad looked everywhere" page is just brilliant!

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
The modern classic picture book. Rhythmic, great characters and a clever story.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Simple but brilliant. Who can resist poking their fingers in those little holes?

When Mum Turned Into A Monster by Joanna Harrison
I think this story is really for the frazzled parents! But my daughter loved it so much she could recite it word for word long before she could read. Unfortunately I'm not sure she ever quite got the message.

Big Bear Little Bear by David Bedford and Jane Chapman
I love this for Jane Chapman's gorgeous illustrations. And a warm, cuddly ending for bedtime!

Mr Wolf and the Three Bears by Jan Fearnley
A deliciously wicked ending.

Chapter Books

Sea Horses by Louise Cooper
A four-book series. Short enough for young readers but with rich vocabulary and interesting plot. These were great books when my daughters were becoming accomplished readers but were still daunted by thick books with small type.
(Sea Horses; The Talisman; Gathering Storm; The Last Secret)

Mermaid Curse series by Louise Cooper
Another good four-book series by Louise Cooper.
(The Silver Dolphin; The Black Pearl; The Rainbow Pool; The Golden Circlet)

Children's Books

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
An engaging adventure in the mysterious city of Venice.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik
In an unusual mix, some of this novel is told through stunning black and white drawings.

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
Adventure on the exotic Amazon with an exciting plot and a cast of characters to love and hate.

Holes by Louis Sachar
Sent by a judge to Camp Green Lake, Stanley finds not the holiday camp he expected but a dry Texan desert with a strange secret.

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvig
The story of a young resistance fighter in German-occupied Denmark during World War II. Brilliantly combines a moving account of the dread and confusion of occupation with excitement, adventure and a touch of humour.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Another moving wartime story, this one set during World War I. This is probably one of master-story-teller Morpurgo's best books, but don't stop at this one - read them all!


Some of my favourite picture books
Some of my favourite chapter books
Some of my favourite children's books

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