Children's book club

Young Summer Reads

Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge begins this week: children aged 5-12 are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the school holidays.

Not sure where to start? Take some inspiration from our pick of best new books for 5-8 year-olds and 9-12 year-olds.

Little ones needn't feel left out – we've got a whole bunch of great picture books for them to enjoy. And our teen reads will no doubt provide hours of entertainment for older bookworms – maybe some fully grown ones too…


Join the Puffin Audio Book Club


There's nothing like a good audiobook to make a boring car journey fly by. This summer Puffin Books is giving 250 MNers the chance to try out some of its top new book titles and share their feedback.

'How lovely, I thought, to regress and contact my own inner child...'

Julian Clary

Julian Clary joined us to talk about The Bolds, his first book for children. Catch up on what he had to say on everything from Rupert the Bear to how he survived Celebrity Big Brother.

'A must for nature lovers'

We asked 10 bloggers to review Creaturepedia, one of six new releases in the quirky non-fiction Wide Eyed Editions series. Find out what they thought.

Win a gorgeous Miffy Lamp

Dirty Bertie

It's Miffy's 60th Birthday this year and to celebrate we're giving away win this gorgeous Miffy lamp and loads of other goodies. Simply design her a birthday card with your DC for a chance to win.

'I was completely blown away...'

Half Bad

Last year we featured Sally Green's debut YA thriller Half Bad here in our Children's Book Club – and Mumsnetters reviewed it so highly it recently received a Mumsnet Best badge.

Books that bring a tear to your eye

Once There Were Giants

Do your eyes ever well up half way through a children's story? You're not alone, Mumsnetters discuss the worst offenders here. 

Children's book reviews

The Witches

Search our children's book reviews (arranged by age group) for inspiration when you've read The Gruffalo one too many times, or for suggestions of new authors and titles. 

Tips for reluctant readers


If you've spent more time pleading, bargaining and bribing your kids to read than they've actually spent with a book, Mumsnetters have got 11 top tips for you…