Children's reading lists

24 must-read books for under 5s

There’s a whole lotta dogs, a magic pony, and some brilliant fairy tale characters. These wonderful reads, filled with adventure, friendship and giggles, will take little readers and their imaginations to new and fantastic places.

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Children's reading list

The best new Puffin books out in 2022

From crime-busting adventures and retold classics to fascinating history books, we’ve put together a list of the children’s stories to watch out for in 2022.

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