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Our Favourite Books of 2018: Part 2

Our Favourite Books of 2018: Part 2

Our favourite Books of 2018 for children at school

Every year, the staff at The Reading Agency enjoy picking and sharing our favourite books for children and young people. We have three different booklists of the books we have loved the most from 2018: picture and illustrated books, books for children at primary school and for young people aged 13+. We hope that you enjoy finding out more about our picks that include a graphic novel, poetry books, non-fiction and many fantastic fictional stories.

You can get involved – write down a list of all of the books that you have read this year and then pick your favourite three. Recommend these books to your friends and family. Ask them which book they would recommend for you.

We also have created a Winter Wonderland Chatterbooks resources pack that you may enjoy.

Take a look at some of our recommendations:

Below are our picks for the best books for children at primary and secondary school

Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent and Rex Crowle
Welcome to the sleepy island of Penfurzy, where nothing exciting ever really happens. OR DOES IT? Adventure awaits Demelza and her new best friend in the whole world, Nessa, as they explore the island and uncover the mysteries of the Penfurzy Knights. With a honking pet goose sidekick, quirky islanders and a legendary treasure to find, it’s up to Nessa and Demelza to ride their bikes, solve the puzzles before them, and face down danger with frisbees, water-balloons, feathers…and a toilet plunger.


You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything by by Matthew Syed

Karen, who enjoys working with publishers said

“This is a truly inspiring and empowering book for children, which will show them that they have the potential to do amazing things, and be awesome! By using examples of successful people that children will know about, it makes it easy to demonstrate what’s possible without being overwhelming.”


Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs by Christopher Reid and Elliot Elam
I’ve rounded up a rowdy assembly
Of my own Consequential Dogs
As counterparts to Eliot’s mogs.
Mine are a rough and ready bunch:
You wouldn’t take them out to lunch . . .
But if they strike you as friendly, funny,
Full of bounce and fond of a romp,
Forgetful of poetic pomp,
I trust you’ll take them as you find them
And, at the very least, not mind them.

T. S. Eliot’s best-selling collection of practical cat poems has been one of the most successful poetry collections in the world.

For the first time in company history a companion volume will be published. Originally conceived by Eliot himself, Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs poems are a witty, varied and exquisitely compiled as Eliot’s cats.

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Emma, who plans lots of the Summer Reading Challenge said

“I loved this book! Max and his new biscuit-loving friend, Kevin, have tons of fun and adventures. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the story is warm, funny and touching. Roly-poly ponies rule!”


Find more recommendations here:
Books of the Year 1

We hope that you enjoy reading about these fantastic books – which book would you like to read first? Make sure you leave a review after you read a book to help other children know what you think.

Information for adults


Visit our School Zone to access free resources and Challenge ideas for your class.


Visit our Home Zone, full of useful Challenge information for parents, grandparents and carers. For information about supporting reading in the early years visit our Pre-School Zone.


Visit our Library Zone to find libraries near you running the challenge, and how to take part.