Hayling Island Books Recommend Children’s Books

It’s Independent Booksellers Week from the 28th June – 5th July, part of the Books Are My Bag campaign seeking to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland.  To mark the occasion we asked award winning Hayling Island Books to recommend some great children’s books for you.


Monkey and MeMonkey and Me – Angela Muss

One of a lovely series by Child’s Play.  Put your index finger into the monkey head puppet and start telling stories.

Baby Sees – Birthday – Chez Pictall

Created with the help of mothers and babies, this series uses high contract images that babies find stimulating to help eye and brain development.

Little Bear’s Bedtime – Jane Hissey

A soft pillowy cloth book featuring Jane Hissey’s wonderful illustrations as Little Bear gets ready for bed.

Pre School

crayonHappy Birthday Hugless DouglasDavid Melling

The fifth in this best selling series. Douglas is very excited about his birthday surprise.

Crayon – Simon Rickerty Return of the crazy characters which first appeared in Monkey Nut.

Meet the Parents – Peter Bently and Sara Olgivie.  Funny and affectionate look at all the things your parents do for you!


Ages 5-8

Jolley RogersAlice Through the Looking Glass.  Gloriously illustrated retelling from Emma Chichester Clark of this enduring classic.

The Jolley-Rogers and The Ghostley Galleon – Jonny Duddle  Every full moon a ghostly ship is seen off the coast of Dull on Sea.  A swashbuckling tale from the award winning Jonny Duddle.

First Book of Nature – Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld  From beachcombing to stargazing this is a lovely reminder of the wonders of the natural world on our doorstep.

Ages 8-13

warpHero – Sarah Lean  Story about a little dog with the heart of a lion from best selling author of A Dog Called Homeless.

WarpEoin Colfer The first book in a new series from the best selling Artemis Fowl author.  Featuring a Victorian orphan who is hurled into the 21st century.

Destination Earth – Ali Sparkes  The latest book by  Southampton based Blue Peter Award winning Ali Sparkes, with an Isle of Wight setting for a visit by an alien and an unwelcome stowaway.

Teenage/Young Adult

More Than ThisMore than this – Patrick Ness Stunning and provocative new novel from Patrick Ness about life and afterlife.

Looking for Alaska – John Green This was the debut novel from John Green who went on to write the international bestseller The Fault in our Stars.

Flashes –  Tim O’Rourke – New detective series with teenage psychic helping solve crimes before they happen.

Hayling Island Books are one of the last remaining independent bookshops in the area and were named South of England Bookshop of the Year 2009 and were finalists in the 2011 Parliamentary Best Small Shops Awards.  Offering a next day ordering service and rare and out of print booksearch service, the shop also offers greetings cards and educational toys and games.  They have also been chosen to sell signed copies of Michael Palin’s latest book ‘Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988-1998’ in the foyer of Kings Theatre when he appears as part of his one man tour across the country on the 19th September 2014.


About Shelley Cook

Self employed blogger, editor and copywriter. I work from home around my two children and am delighted to be able to visit local attractions and cafes and call it work.
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One Response to Hayling Island Books Recommend Children’s Books

  1. Martin Cook says:

    Well I think I will be off to hayling island to pick up some of those great books.

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