Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Nothing says summer like long days filled with adventure. Set amidst the lush greenery of the Lake District, our gang of four Walker children set sail on The Swallow for the trip of their lifetime, to Wild Cat Islands. Here they battle it out with local rivals the Blackett sisters. This tale of childhood exploration is the ultimate summer read.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant, luckily for little Sophie. An unlikely duo, they set to take on the terrifying, chidder-eating giants together, full of snozzcumbers and frobscottle. Written by the renowned Roal Dahl, The BFG is a cult classic that inspired a generation of children with a message it’s ok to dream big.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Tumbling down a seemingly endless rabbit hole, receiving advice from a caterpillar, and attending a tea party with a very Mad Hatter – nothing is too strange for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. A hugely influential title in the fantasy genre, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book is a favourite with adults and children alike, and particularly, those who love a little bit of nonsense!

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling brings the jungle to life by weaving morals, myths and beautiful story-telling together to create a charming tale of an unlikely friendship, between man and beast. Inspired by his life in India, Kipling created a world where the protagonist Mowgli lives in harmony with his jungle friends. That is until Shere Khan comes along…

Watership Down by Richard Adams

One of the most famous animal adventures ever, Richard Adams’ Watership Down has been a worldwide bestseller for more than 40 years. An epic and stirring tale, Watership Down focuses on a group of rabbits who possess their own language, culture and proverbs. After receiving a disturbing vision, the group must traverse across the English countryside to safety, and ultimately – survival.

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

This wonderful fantasy introduces the Psammead, an unusual creature – a sand-fairy – that possesses the most magical of powers! Our five children discover him after digging in a gravel pit, he’s grumpy, but kindly grants them each one wish a day. A whimsical book with a comical edge, Five Children and It teaches many life lessons to burgeoning readers.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Beneath your kitchen floor lies the world of The Borrowers. Tiny people who live under floors and between walls, they borrow from Human Beans to survive. Matchstick boxes turn into beds, postage stamps are the most glorious paintings, and don’t forget doll’s crockery is perfectly Borrower-sized! Borrowers cannot – I under any circumstances – be seen by humans, and that’s where the fun begins…

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

E. B. White’s time-honoured story is about friendship and survival against the odds. Wilbur the piglet is a runt, but that doesn’t deter Charlotte, his caring human friend. Along with an array of farm animals, including Wilbur’s spidery friend Charlotte, the farmyard friends set about helping Wilbur become a prize-winning pig to avoid an untimely end.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

A story of magic, mischief, and mayhem. Peter Pan is the perfect bedtime book, filled with unforgettable characters including a flying boy who will never grow up, a dastardly pirate, a magic fairy and some lost boys. J.M Barrie’s fantasy adventure takes us all to Neverland, a place where you never have to grow up.

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien

Following the death of her husband Jonathan, Mrs Frisby has been in charge of looking after their children. But then her son Timothy falls ill with pneumonia just as Farmer Fitzgibbon is preparing to plough the field where the Frisby family live. Time is running out. So, Mrs Frisby is told to seek help from a group of highly intelligent but very mysterious rats… 

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