authors favourite childhood books

“This book made me fall in love with storytelling”

Every month we ask our Book of the Month authors to share the childhood books that inspired them to write. We've put together a list so you can see the childhood favourites of authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Sarah Waters and Kazuo Ishiguro. From schoolyard staples to sci-fi and spies, these world-renowned writers reveal a variety of literary tastes.


"Happiness is seldom dramatic, and so what is the novelist to do with it?"

America's most acclaimed contemporary novelist, Jonathan Franzen joined us for a webchat to answer some grilling questions from bookclubbers. Find out what he said.

Tips for teaching your child to read

Nancie Atwell, winner of the Global Teacher Award, shares her top ten tips for developing children's reading skills – and for nurturing a life-long love of literature.

Top writing tips from debut authors

Summer hols are coming, with ample time not only for reading, but for writing too. Keen to get scribbling but unsure of where to start? Check out our page full of writing tips from all our featured debut authors.

"There's something special about scaring a reader"


Sarah Waters joined us for a webchat and answered questions about her latest novel, The Paying Guests, her current projects and told us about the importance of her cat Atkins on her novel writing.

Best new picture books

Know all your DC's books by heart? Spice it up with these new books for young readers. From new authors to legends of children's literature, we've got books to please even the fussiest book worms.

Most gripping read?

Which book has kept you up reading late into the night? Join the thread for a chance to win £50 vouchers for Selfridges. We also have 50 copies of Alexandra Burt's latest page-turner Little Girl Gone to giveaway.

"You can NEVER have too many dragons"

The Ice Twins

How To Train Your Dragon author, Cressida Cowell joined us for a webchat and answered your DCs questions on everything from Hiccup to Camicazi.

10 annoying book tropes

Annoying book tropes

Scatty heroines? Twee titles? Lack of basic research into the female anatomy?
Mumsnetters share the 10 things that get their literary goat.

Local Independent bookshops

the winding stair

Mumsnet Local editors have rounded up the best of the independent bookshops. Check out the list to find great book stores in your area.

The best children's book festivals in 2015

The Woman In The Picture

Summer's coming to an end but there's still plenty of brilliant children's book festivals to visit in 2015.
Check out where your nearest festival is, and read suggestions by Mumsnetters for where to visit next time.

Mumsnet guides

Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

Did you know that in addition to the vast repository of wisdom that is Mumsnet Talk, you can also get some of the best bits in book form? Find out more about our Mumsnet guides, including the Book of Bedtime Stories written by Mumsnetters. 

Your stories published!

The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories – ten stories chosen from 600 entries by a panel chaired by former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne – is out NOW. We've 25 free copies up for grabs – find out more.

Mumsnet cookbook: Top Bananas!

top bananas

Top Bananas! is Mumsnet's first cook book and it's loaded with 120 tried-and-tested recipes (by Mumsnetters), there's breakfasts, Sunday lunches, cooking with kids and heaps more. Interested? Watch the video for our three-minute sponge cake! 

Browse our book library

Shelved books

Reading list: Stumped on your next book choice? Be inspired by our archive of Mumsnet book club choices. There's a wealth of wonderful novels.