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ABC of Children’s Literature – Leeds Year of Reading

Leeds has declared September 2019 – September 2020 a Year of Reading! The aim is develop a love of reading across the city with the aim of raising achievement in both primary and secondary schools. Leeds hopes to engage children, families and whole communities with a wide variety of wonderful reading activities. #LeedsLovesReading

Follow the link to go to the Leeds Year of Reading website:

In honour of Leeds Year of Reading @LeedsYOR and amazing children’s literature, I am creating a list of titles/authors for each letter of the alphabet. On Tuesday evenings, I’ll post the next letter on my Twitter feed looking for contributions as we share great books and authors. Then, each week, I’ll add to the master list here. I hope you’ll get involved and share your favourites too. #ABCChildrensLit


Anne of Green Gables

Sophie Anderson @sophieinspace

Arthur Ransome

AF Harrold @afharrold

Alex Bell @Alex_Bell86

Abi Elphinstone @moontrug

Alex Sparrow @JenniferKillick

Armistice Runner @tompalmerauthor

Anna James @acaseforbooks

Anna at War

A Girl Called Owl

A Girl Called Justice



Brightstorm @vashti_hardy

Black Beauty

Enid Blyton


Bill Bryson

Brer Rabbit

Billy and The Beast @NadiaShireen

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbett

Bone Talk @candygourlay

Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola & Emily Carroll

Billy’s Bucket

Brown Bear Brown Bear

Berenstein Bears


Emma Carrol @emmac2603

Cogheart by @peterbunzl

CS Lewis

Captain Pugwash

Lewis Carroll

The Cat in the Hat


Dragon Daughter @lizziebooks

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Gerald Durrell

Charles Dickens


Danny the Champion of the world

Roald Dahl

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

Dido and Pa by Joan Aiken

D-Day Dog @tompalmerauthor

Death or Ice Cream @jonesgarethp

London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd


Dodgson (Carroll)

Dragonology by Dugald Steer

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott


The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Phil Earle @philearle

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Eagle of the Ninth

TS Elliot

Dorothy Edwards

Emma Carroll @emmac2603

Elmer the Elephant

The Railway Children by E. Nesbitt

Elidor by Alan Garner

Erica’s Elephant by Sylvia Bishop @sylviabishop

Everdark by Abi Elphinstone @moontrug

Ed Clarke @his_name_is_ed

Judith Eagle @EagleJudith

Christopher Edge @edgechristopher

Eoin Colfer @EoinColfer

Enid Blyton

Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Adventure by Simon Cherry @authorscherry


Frostheart @jamieillustrate

Friend or Foe – Michael Morpurgo

Fantastic Mr Fox- Roald Dahl

The Foxbusters – @DickKingSmith

Fox in Socks – Dr Seuss, bit of a theme emerging…

Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell.

Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown

Anne Fine


Bear Grylls adventure books @BearGrylls

The Graveyard Book @neilhimself

Once by Morris Gleitzman

To the Edge of the World, Wilderness War & House of Light @JGreenAuthor

Mold & Poison Plot & Maker of Monsters @authorontheedge

Snow Merchant & Last Zoo @sam_gayton

Invisible in a Bright Light & Mr Tiger @TheSallyGardner

Tall Story @candygourlay

Alan Garner

Paul Gallico

Kenneth Grahame

The Girl Who Speaks Bear @sophieinspace

George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

Gobbolino The Witches Cat – Ursula Williams

Greyfriars Bobby – Eleanor Aitkinson

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Margorian

Elizabeth Goudge


Dave the Pigeon @SwapnaHaddow




Harry Potter and the …. @jk_rowling

Hetty Feather @FansofJWilson


Mr Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves

James Herriot

Anthony Horowitz @AnthonyHorowitz

Ted Hughes



Horton Hears a Who (Dr Seuss)


Eva Ibbotson

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Roberto Innocenti


The Jungle Book

Julia Donaldson

Jack London

Jack and the Beanstalk

Just William

James and the Giant Peach

Jacquline Wilson

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Thornthwaite Inheritence & Death or Ice Cream @jonesgarethp

Dianna Wynne Jones

The Jolly Christmas Postman



Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew)

Judith Kerr

Charles Kingsley

Dick King- Smith

Katherine Rundell

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

Clive King (Stig of the Dump)
Kieran Larwood @kmlarwood

Kirsty Applebaum @KirstyApplebaum

Kiran Millwood Hargrave @Kiran_M

Katie Morag’s Island Stories by Mairi Hedderwick

What Katy Did and sequels by Susan Coolidge

Kim – Rudyard Kipling

King Rollo by David McKee

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman @PhilipPullman

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Divide trilogy by Elizabeth Kay


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

C.S. Lewis

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lemony Snickett by Daniel Handler @DanielHandler

Little Darlings by Jacqueline Wilson @FansofJWilson

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers @OliverJeffers

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

Letter for the king by Tonke Dragt

Lion Boy by Zizou Corder @rileypurefoy

Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam

Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan @JennyMcLachlan1

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan @camphalfblood

Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves

L.M. Montgomery (Anne of green gables)

Lucy Boston (Green Knowe)

Lizard’s Tale by @WengWaiChan1 UK release 27 February

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson

Letter from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll @emmac2603


Michael Morpurgo

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables books

Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley

Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake @QuentinBlakeHQ

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Max and Ruby series by Rosemary Wells @OmaOma43
Kiran Millwood Hargrave (The Girl of Ink and Stars) @Kiran_MH

Ross Montgomery @mossmontmomery

Struan Murray (Orphans of the Tide) @Struan_Murray

Zanib Mian @Zendibble

Jenny McLachlan (The Land of Roar) @JennyMcLachlan1

Hilary McKay @hilary_mckay

Bren MacDibble @MacDibble

Ruth Morgan @alienruth

Alex Milway @Alexmilway

Karen McCombie @KarenMcCombie

Will Mabbitt @gomabbitt

Kita Mitchell @kitamitchell

Harriet Muncaster (Isadora Moon) @H_Muncaster

Wendy Meddour @WendyMeddour

Tom McLaughlin @_TomMcLaughlin

David McKee (Elmer the Patchwork Elephant)

Megan McDonald (Judy Moody)

Jill Murphy

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Thunder and Lightnings by Jan Mark

Malamander by Thomas Taylor @ThomasHTaylor

The Box of Delights by John Masefield

A.A. Milne


Northern Lights by Philip Pullman @PhilipPullman

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson @WB_Nicholson

The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant @NatashaFarrant1

E. Nesbit

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Jenny Nimmo

Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie @RossAuthor

Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

Nothing to See Here Hotel by Steven Butler


Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great @judyblume

The Boy at the Back of the Class @OnjaliRauf

The Odyssey (graphic novel) @garethhinds

On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Way Home by Jill Murphy

Oi Frog @_JimField

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss

Ottoline by Chris Riddle

Fanatical About Frogs @owendaveydraws

Orphan. Monster. Spy @by_Matt_Killeen

Ocean of peril by Steve Barlow & Steve Skidmore

Chris Ould

Oliver Twist by Charlies Dickens

George Orwell

Owen and the Soldier @lthompsonwrites



Pax by Sarah Pennypacker

The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club @Alex_Bell86


Philippa Pearce, writer of Tom’s Midnight Garden and others

Tom Palmer @tompalmerauthor

Phillip Pullman @PhilipPullman

Patrick Ness

Harry Potter books 1 to 7 and the Cursed Child one too by JK Rowling @jk_rowling

PG Bell @petergbell

Piers Torday @PiersTorday

Helen Pielechaty

Helen Peters @farmgirlwriter

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Princess Mirabelle by Julia Donaldson

Princess Poppy by Janey Louise Jones

Pirate Blunderbeard by Amy Sparkes @AmySparkes

Please Please Please Save the Bees!!! by Gerald Kelley

Planet Omar @Zendibble

Paper & Hearts Society @LucyTheReader

(A) Pinch of Magic @MHarrison13

Princess of Pets @P_Harrison99

(A) Pocketful of Stars @aishabushby

Picklewitch @clairebarker

Peril en Pointe @Helen_Lipscombe

Potkin&Stubbs @GreenSofe

Pansy Boy by Paul Harfleet. @Thepansyproject

S.A. Patrick @SethPatrickUK

Pseudonymous Bosch @isthisPBosch

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan @Heldideas

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood @kmlarwood

Michelle Paver @MichellePaver

Phoenix by SF Said @whatSFSaid

Pinocchio by

Pippi Longstocking by Carlo Collodi

Potter, Beatrix

Parkin by Lettuce Cooper

Paddington Bear by Michael Bond


Quentin Blake @QuentinBlakeHQ

Queenie by Jacqueline Wilson @FansofJWilson

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling @jk_rowling

Tim Pippin & Giantland by Roland Quiz

The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith @DickKingSmith

Quick, let’s get out of here by Michael Rosen @MichaelRosenYes

Quest of the Gods series by Dan Hunter

Quest by Aaron Becker @storybreathing

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverley Cleary

Q Pootle 5 by Nick Butterworth

Quack, Quack Quentin by Kes Gray

The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allen


Katherine Rundell

The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling @jk_rowling & all the Ravenclaws

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan @camphalfblood

Rose Rivers by Jacqueline Wilson @FansofJWilson

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve @philipreeve1

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf @OnjaliRauf

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Rosemary Sutcliffe

Rivendell (In The Lord of the Rings) by J.R.R. TolkeinRavenclaw

Red Rackham’s Treasure (TinTin) by Herge


Dr Seuss

Rosemary Sutcliffe

Rashmi Sirdeshpande @RashmiWriting

Storm by Nicola Skinner @skinnerwrites

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz @AnthonyHorowitz

Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz @AnthonyHorowitz

Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz @AnthonyHorowitz

Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz @AnthonyHorowitz

Starfell by Dominique Valente @domrosevalente

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Skellig by David Almond @davidjalmond

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone @moontrug

Start Spun Web by @SJOHart

Snowglobe by @AJ_Wils

The Buried Crown @ally_sherrick

Murder most Unladylike by Robin Stevens @redbreastedbird

Can You See Me? by Libby Scott @BlogLibby



Sam’s Sandwich by David Pelham

SoMuch by Trish Cooke

Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough

A Sprinkle of Sorcery by Michelle Harrison @MHarrison13

Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Sykes @juliesykesbooks

Seaglass by @Eloisejwilliams the Childrens Laureate, Wales.

The Secret Starling by Judith Eagle @EagleJudith

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari @SitaBrahmachari

The 39-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton @AndyGbooks

Unicorn Club by Suzy Senior @Suzy_Senior

Speechless by Kate Darbishire @DarbishireKate

SEE HOW THEY LIE by SUE Wallman @SueWallman

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The Snake who Came to Stay by Julia Donaldson

Skycircus & Shadowsea @peterbunzl

Secrets of a Sun King @emmac2603

Snowglobe @AJ_Wils

Sweet Pizza #GRGemin

Summer of No Regrets @KateMallinder

Stunt Double @TamsinCooke1

Secret Deep @LindsayGalvin

Seaglass @Eloisejwilliams

Simply the Quest @MaryAliceEvans

Sue Mongredien & @KateisDrawing

Sam Usher

The Snow Dragon by @moontrug & @FionaWoodcock

The Storm Whale @Benji_Davies


Stuck by @OliverJeffers

Stardust by Jeanne Willia & @BrionyMaySmith

Superworm, Spinderella, The Smartest Giant in Town (Julia Donaldson)

Susan Laughs (Jeanne Willis)

Slinki Malinki (Lynley Dodd)

Splat the Cat (Rob Scotton)

Sophie’s Snail & all the other Sophie books (Dick King Smith) @DickKingSmith

Super Happy Magic Forest (Matty Long) @Matty_Long



Francesca Simon @simon_francesca

The Sheep-pig @DickKingSmith

Sad Book @MichaelRosenYes

R. L. Stine @RL_Stine

Sticky Pines: The Bigwoof Conspiracy! by Dashe Roberts @maddashe

Louis Sachar

The Monster in the Lake by Louie Stowell @Louiestowell

Scavengers @DarrenSimpson44

The Secret of Nightingale Wood @theLucyStrange (double whammy!)

She Wolf, by Teresa D’Amario,

S.T.A.G.S., by M.A. Bennett

Potkin and Stubbs, by Sophie Green

Snow Foal, by Susanna Bailey

Shadow Keepers (@MarisaNoelle77 ),

Seriously Silly Stories, by Laurence Anholt

A Sky Painted Gold, by Laura Wood

The State of Grace, by Rachael Lucas

A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge

The Secret Hen House Theatre, by Helen Peters

Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden

The Secrets of Winterhouse, by Ben Guterson

the Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman

the Secret Lake, by Karen Inglis

the Skylarks’ Wars, by Hilary McKay

Sky Chasers, @emmac2603

Seaglass, by Eloise Williams

Stone Bird (Mike Revell),

a Storm of Strawberries, by Jo Cotterill

Stig of the Dump (an oldie but a goodie!)

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Snow Spider by Jenny Nimmo

(Brian Brackbrick and the) Scowl of the Scorpion! by GR Dix Author @BrianBrackbrick

Shhh! By Sally Grindley

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency @ldlapinski ,

Shark In The Dark @NickSharratt1 ,

Silver Sword by Ian Serrailler ,

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Spike Milligan,

@StephMWard ,

Robert Lewis Stevenson ,

@TheSallyGardner ,

Sam Copeland


The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson

The Snowman, Raymond Briggs

Snore by @MichaelRosenYes

Skeleton Keys, Stitch Head and Spynosaur all by Guy Bass

Kate Saunders


Swapna Haddow

Simon James Green

Sophy Henn

Sarah Todd Taylor

Sarah Driver

Andy Shepherd

Andy Stanton

Darren Simpson

David Solomons

Storm Hound @ClaireFayers

Secret Dragon / Summer of Dragons @his_name_is_ed

Sweet Pizza, GR Gemin

Sky Hawk / Sky Dancer @gill__lewis

The Seeing Stone, Kevin Crossley

Holland Shadow @LucyCAuthor

Secret of the Egg @nicolakidsbooks

The Star-Spun Web by Sinéad O’Hart @SJOHart

Silver Sword by Ian Serailler,

Salt to the Sea @RutaSepetys ,

Strange Star by Emma Carroll,

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo,

Starfell by Dominique Valente

Survivors @WriterDavidLong @kerryhyndman

Sarwat Chadda


Sharing a Shell,

Stick Man,

Maurice Sendak,

Snow Bear,

Shark & Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure,

Richard Scarry

Sea Gold by John Blaine

Shackleton’s journey by @williamgrill

The wonderful Secrets on the Shore (ebook out tomorrow!) @followtheyellow


J.R.R. Tolkien

Twister @jools_forrest

TheBoyWithTheButterflyMind by @strangelymagic

Traction Man by Mini Grey

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lisa Thompson @lthompsonwrites

Piers Torday @PiersTorday (The Last Wild trilogy, There May Be A Castle)

Time Travelling With a Hamster by @rosswelford

Tiny T Rex by Jonathan Stutzman @dustdancestoo

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Thomas the Tank Engine by Reverend Wilbert Awdry

Tracy Beaker @FansofJWilson

Tales of Terror @crispriestley


Unipiggle! (By @HannahWeasel)

Kaye Umansky. The umbrella mouse.

Ursula le Guin – Ursula Bear

Ursula Moray Williams

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror @crispriestley


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

@vashti_hardy (Brightstorm, Darkwhispers, Wildspark)

Varjak Paw by SF Said @whatSFSaid

@VashtiHarrison – Little Leaders, Visionary Women Around the World



Wonder @RJPalacio

Watership Down

Where the Wild Things Are


Dr Xargle books

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot @HoratioClare

E. H. Young

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Kelly Yang @kellyyanghk



@BZephaniah with his poetry

Jonny Zucker @jonnyzucker

Yuval Zommer @yuvalzommer

Markus Zusak

Julius Zebra

Z for Zachariah

Zizou Corder and the Z-Rex books by @SteveColeBooks

Zombie Town by R.l Stine

Zac and the Dream Pirates by @RossAuthor

Andrew Zurcher author of Twelve Nights. Fantasy novel, Y4+, in the style of Philip Pullman / Terry Pratchett. Excellent book… @andrewzurcher

Ziggy and the Moonlight Show by Kristyna Litten

Zazie in the metro, by Raymond Queneau

Zog by Julia Donaldson

Zoe Tucker – Greta and the Giants. @ZoeTuckerDesign

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