Books for In Betweens"exciting stories & engaging characters"
The stories at the beginning of this section all have full colour illustrations to help the young reader visualise the action and characters.
They are split into chapters, so the young reader isn’t daunted by pages of unbroken text.
Some of these books are out of print but you can get them from your local library or often buy them secondhand on Amazon. Please just click on the cover illustration to learn more.
Next come books with fewer illustrations, usually in black and white. The reader must rely on the words to create pictures and tell the story.
Several of the books comprise several short stories, others are broken into chapters to make them more digestible.
At the end of this section you’ll find longer stories, short novels, mostly without illustrations. Children lucky enough to have been read to a lot, often aspire to read these ‘meatier’ tales.
If they don’t, don’t worry, keep reading to them!
Some children acquire the taste and stamina for reading novels only when they are in secondary school, and these titles will still be suitable
Grandma's Seaside Bloomers A story about the Victorian seaside. It's the first summer bank holiday and the family are off to the seaside. The children can't wait to go bathing, but Grandma is not so keen. 'Ace for KS1 History.' said one teacher. 'Explained important...
Flying Friends Owl is delighted when Bat arrives in Whispery Wood – he’s got a new flying friend! But not all the animals are pleased to meet him. Bat’s different. I was inspired to write this story when Ms Mitten, (our cat, sadly no longer with us) caught a long...
Mole's Useful Day Mole is bored. It’s winter and all her friends are sleeping. With no one to play with her big shovel paws are itching for something to do, but can she save Rabbit from Weasel’s evil plan? Colour Young Hippo ISBN 0-439-99455-1
The Return of Squonk (3,000 words, more coloured pictures from Jean Baylis) When Squonk returns to his home in America, the friendly green monster needs Jessica desperately. More adventures of Jessica and her monster friend. Heineman ISBN 0 434 97239 8
Squonk "Swuff, swuff ..., " - a strange noise is coming from Jessica's dad's suitcase. Jessica decides to take a look and meets an amazing little monster who GROWS! (3,000 words, lots of coloured pictures by Jean Baylis) Heineman ISBN 0 434 802 99 9
Nancy Pocket and The Kidnappers (3,000 words, lots of coloured pictures by Jean Baylis) When Mum brings home triplets from the hospital Nancy doesn't know what to think. Suddenly the house is full of terrible noises and horrible smells. When the triplets are kidnapped...
Pillywiggins and the Tree Witch Short-listed - Bedfordshire Children's Book Award Short-listed - Surrey Children's Book Award Highly recommended - Red House Children's Book Award Pillywiggins is a feisty fairy turned to stone by Tree Witch’s curse. When Natasha finds...
Poppy and the Vicarage Ghost (25,000 words Illustrated by Laszlo Acs) Poppy is looking after Mephistopheles the cat when she begins to suspect something strange is happening at the old vicarage. Could it be Alice, a girl who disappeared three hundred years ago? Poppy...
When Poppy Ran Away (25,000 words illustrated by Karen Elliott) Poppy is sure she shouldn't be around when the grown-ups find out what she's done to prissy, boring Virginia Creeper. That's why she runs away - and finds herself in deeper trouble. Andersen ISBN 0 86262...