/Our Picks For Kids

Our Picks For Kids

Our booksellers have chosen their current favourite books for children of all ages. Have a browse and find something to keep everyone happy (& quiet…)

*UPDATE ON SATURDAY 28TH MARCH 2020*

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown in Ireland we are no longer able to pack and send online orders until 12th April (or until the lockdown is lifted). If you do wish to place an order, please be aware that it will not be posted until the lockdown ends. Click & Collect parcels will not be available until the lockdown ends. Both shops are fully closed during this period. Thank you for your support and understanding, and love to you and your friends and families at this difficult time. Bob (Owner).

  • Part of the Usborne Key Skills series that supports the English lessons children learn at school, this book is filled with activities that help children write lists, choose words to complete a story, add speech bubbles to a comic strip and more. Wipe-clean pages offer endless practice, and answers and secret notes for grown-ups are at the back. ISBN 9781474951197
  • Visit the beach, go on a camping trip, relax by the pool and zoom down ski slopes in this entertaining activity book. The activities are designed to help young children develop their counting, observation and pen control skills, and the durable pages can be wiped clean so the book can be enjoyed again and again. ISBN 9781474922302
  • Part of Buster's brand-new 'Big Activity Book' series and packed with 70 puzzles and games, The Big Human Body Activity Book is bursting with fun and fact-filled activities for inquisitive kids. This innovative activity book includes brain-training memory games, intestine mazes, spot-the-difference searches, odd-one-out puzzles and so much more. Each puzzle explores a different part of the body and includes lots of fun facts to discover along the way. Children can find out about everything from where to find the smallest bone in the body to when you are most likely to need a poo. ISBN 9781780556321
  • Tom the lighthouse keeper finds an egg washed up on the beach in West Cork. When it hatches, young Barney Goose lives happily with Tom, until he feels a need to fly! What will Barney find as as he travels the Wild Atlantic Way from West Cork all the way to Donegal? And why does he feel a need to fly there?A beautiful picture book showing the sights of Ireland's Wild Atlantic way. ISBN 9781788491426
  • From rockets to robots, monkeys to monsters and lots more, find out how to draw everything you've ever wanted to by following the simple step-by-step instructions in this inspirational draw-in book. An easy-to-follow, step-by-step drawing book that helps children master the simple drawing skills required to render a range of animals, people and objects. It comes with plenty of space for doing their own drawings. ISBN 9781409565192
  • WELCOME TO THE ISLE OF MULCH...This little island is home to a large number of horrible grown-ups. The school, the local park, the toy shop and even the island's ice-cream van are all run by awful adults who like nothing more than making children miserable. And the island is owned by the most awful one of all - Aunt Greta Greed!Something needs to be done about them.But who could be brave enough?Meet Ned - an extraordinary boy with a special power. SLIMEPOWER! ISBN 9780008349141
  • I kept clear of Dog Cullen. Till the summer we turned seventeen, the summer the dolphin came to Carrig Cove . . . Donegal, 1976. When a dolphin takes up residence in Carrig Cove, Emer and her best friend, Fee, feel like they have an instant connection with it. Then Dog Cullen and his sidekick, Kit, turn up, and the four friends begin to sneak out at midnight to go down to the beach, daring each other to swim closer and closer to the creature . . . But the fame and fortune the dolphin brings to their small village builds resentment amongst their neighbours across the bay, and the summer days get longer and hotter . . . There is something wild and intense in the air. Love feels fierce, old hatreds fester, and suddenly everything feels worth fighting for. ISBN 9780571355594
  • From No. 1 bestselling children's author, David Walliams comes his biggest and most epic adventure yet! Illustrated by the artistic genius Tony Ross. This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth... Read all about it! Read all about it! ICE MONSTER FOUND IN ARCTIC! When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster - a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole - she's determined to discover more... A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime - from London to the heart of the Arctic! Heroes come in all different shapes and sizes in David Walliams' biggest and most epic adventure yet! ISBN 9780008164706
  • Charlie's racehorse has certainly earned the name Noble Warrior: he won the Derby against all odds and bested a bunch of nasty kidnappers. But now Noddy is facing his greatest challenge yet . . . Charlie's best friend Polly is still recovering from an accident that left her almost paralysed. But Polly has a real talent with horses - and she and Charlie are determined not to let it go to waste. Can the two best friends find a way to make Polly's equestrian dreams come true, and forge a new path for the racehorse who wouldn't gallop? ISBN 9780241336762
  • It's Easter time and Peter Rabbit is ready for an egg hunt! You can join him by creating your own Easter egg hunt with press out eggs and pretty decorations. Then snuggle up with your favourite bunnies for a special Easter story. Happy Easter from Peter Rabbit! ISBN 9780241414613 Great for Ages 5-8
  • Psst! Calling all super-cunning spies. Yes, I mean YOU. Can you find the real-life spies hidden throughout this book? With 8 fiendish spotting scenes, only the most cunning reader will be able to find these spies. Discover the true stories of 8 fascinating spies: one who crawled across the rooftops of Paris, one who hid secrets in her wooden leg, and even the grandma-next-door who turned out to have been a spy... Along the way you'll learn top-secret skills such as the art of disguise, coding secret messages and writing in invisible ink. With spotting scenes, real-life incredible stories from throughout history, and devious spy skills to learn - this book will keep all budding spies busy. ISBN 9780241414613 Great for Ages 7-12
  • Stone Cold is a Carnegie Medal-winning thriller by Robert Swindells. A tense thriller plot is combined with a perceptive and harrowing portrait of life on the streets as a serial killer preys on the young and vulnerable homeless. Link, aged 17, is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, another homeless youngster. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a self-imposed assignment to track down the killer and she's prepared to use herself as bait... ISBN 9780141368993 Great for Teens and Young Adults
  • Lara Jean and her love letters are back in this utterly irresistible sequel to Netflix film 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'. Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter. But suddenly they are together for real - and it's far more complicated than when they were pretending! A risque video of the two of them has been posted online. Will Lara Jean ever live it down? Peter is spending more and more time with his ex. Has he still got feelings for her? A boy from Lara Jean's past has returned, and so too have her feelings for him. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? Only one thing is certain: falling in love is just the easy part! The second book in the bestselling series by Jenny Han, which has been made into a Netflix feature film 'Always and Forever'. ISBN 9781474949521 Great for Teens and Young Adults
  • Someone has started playing a sinister game of Truth or Dare. Choose truth? You must reveal your darkest secret. Choose dare? Well, that could be even more dangerous. Even deadly. When the game takes an even darker turn, suddenly no one at Bayview High knows who to trust. But they need to find out who is behind the game, before it's too late. 'Given that her high-school-based murder mysteries read like bingeworthy Netflix dramas, it's easy to see why queen of teen crime Karen McManus is a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.' - THE OBSERVER ISBN 9781474949521 Great for Teens and Young Adults
  • He is Ireland's most famous warrior, a legendary figure who has enchanted children for millennia. But who really was Fionn Mac Cumhaill? And what was he like when he was a child?In this wonderful, modern retelling of an ancient tale, based on a 12th-century manuscript, Ronan Moore brings young Fionn to life in a series of wild adventures. A cheeky kid, constantly trying to outsmart the adults around him, Fionn is on the run from his father's enemies who want him dead. Travel with him as he journeys throughout Ireland, evading capture, outwitting enemies, and training to become the greatest leader Ireland has ever known. Including the well-known myths of the Salmon of Knowledge and the Dragon of Tara, this book will appeal to all children as they follow Fionn's life up to the point of his becoming leader of the Fianna. ISBN 9781844884681 Great for Ages 7-12
  • A rugby-mad boy. A huge game. And a chance for an epic win... or an epic fail! Gordon D'Arcy is an ordinary boy, but he's not so ordinary once he gets a rugby ball in his hands. He's the star player for Wexford Wanderers and dreams of one day wearing the Ireland jersey. A dream like that means hard work, raw talent and never losing sight of your goals. But Gordon has a wild streak that often lands him in trouble. Mum and Dad think that if he can just channel his energy, all will be well. Then something utterly mad happens and he gets a chance to live his biggest dream. Can he stay on his game and do everyone proud? Or will trouble follow him.. Gordon's Game is a funny and inspiring adventure for rugby lovers of all ages! ISBN 9781844884681 Great for Ages 7-12
  • Someone has started playing a sinister game of Truth or Dare. Choose truth? You must reveal your darkest secret. Choose dare? Well, that could be even more dangerous. Even deadly. When the game takes an even darker turn, suddenly no one at Bayview High knows who to trust. But they need to find out who is behind the game, before it's too late. 'Given that her high-school-based murder mysteries read like bingeworthy Netflix dramas, it's easy to see why queen of teen crime Karen McManus is a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.' - THE OBSERVER ISBN 9781474949521 Great for Teens and Young Adults
  • Isadora Moon is special because she's different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she's a bit of both. When Isadora wins an amazing holiday for her whole family she's ready for sun, sea, and sand! But there's work to be done when she and her mermaid friend Marina discover a baby turtle in trouble. Can Isadora help the turtle find a way home? With irresistible pink and black artwork throughout by author/illustrator Harriet Muncaster and a totally unique heroine with an out-of-this-world family, this is a beautiful, charming, and funny series of first chapter books. Perfect for fans of Claude, Dixie O'Day, and Squishy McFluff, Isadora Moon is the ideal choice for readers who want their magic and sparkle with a bit of bite! ISBN 9780192771643 Great for Ages 6-8
  • When Mum and Dad forget it's half term, what's Tom going to do to keep busy over the break?! All his friends are away or busy and he doesn't want Delia left in charge! So he's finding lots of EXCELLENT things to do... It's a weeks' worth of doodling, games, stories and woolly monster making (because everyone needs one of those, don't they?)! includes pages of doodling activities to keep Tom Gates fans happy for hours. Written in diary form Full of Tom's doodles and pictures & his amazing sense of humour The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Perfect gifts for boys & girls who love to laugh themselves silly. ISBN 9780702301636 Great for Ages 7-10
  • Toy robot Boot has come a long way since it woke up in a scrapyard with only two and a half glitchy memories. It has a home with its robot pals in an abandoned amusement arcade, and has discovered what true happiness is - although it's still not sure why humans are so leaky and weird ... But when Boot and the gang stumble upon Rusty, an old, broken robot, forgotten in the back of a testing lab, it's time to spring into action. Boot knows there's something special about Rusty - but can they free the old robot and help it find its purpose? Illustrated throughout by the award-winning Ben Mantle, this is an unforgettable tale of resilience and hope. ISBN 9781444949391 Great for Ages 7-10
  • Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!These editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able jackets by award-winning illustrator Jonny Duddle, and are the perfect starting point for anyone who's ready to lose themselves in the biggest children's books of all time. ISBN 9781408855652 Great for Ages 8-12
  • Howl with laughter with the FIRST book in the hilarious full-colour illustrated series, Dog Man, from the creator of Captain Underpants! George and Harold (the co-stars of the enormously popular Captain Underpants series) are in big trouble again! George and Harold have created a new breed of justice -- one that is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers, and scampers after squirrels. Will he be able to resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self. Full colour pages throughout. ISBN 9781407140391 Great for Ages 6-10
  • "Dream big. You can't put a limit on your dreams because nothing is impossible" Katie Mullan, Ireland Hockey Captain. Are you ready to be inspired? Open this book and discover a world of courage, bravery and adventure. Adventurers, explorers, inventors, dreamers... for a small country Irish people have had a huge impact internationally. From helping street children in India, to saving Jewish children during World War II and exploring new worlds, their reach has been worldwide. From Michael Collins to Rosie Hackett, Lady Gregory to Tom Crean, this book celebrates the brave and daring Irish. Be inspired by some of Ireland's most daring and fearless men and women. ISBN 9781788491273 Great for Ages 7-12
  • The Taylor Turbochaser is a road-trip rollercoaster... with a twist. At its heart is the unforgettable Amy Taylor. Amy loves cars, and dreams of being a driver. But there's a major catch: her slow old wheelchair with its broken wheel. When Amy finally gets a new electric one, it's exciting at first... But standard engines only have so much power. And that's where Rahul comes in - Amy's best friend and genius inventor. Soon Rahul turns a wheelchair into a supercar! And so the Taylor TurboChaser is born. But when it all goes suddenly wrong Amy is going to have to hit the road - and drive... ISBN 9781474948623 Great for Ages 7-10
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