TO BE READ Recommended by SCBWI members

Wonder what the next book you read should be? Julie Sullivan looks at what SCBWI members are currently reading.

Some of us have books stacked up waiting to be read when we have time, but even so, it can't hurt to get a little advice from SCBWI members and awards panels.

Here are some of the books people have been talking about on the SCBWI British Isles Facebook Group

Picture Books

My Best Friend, by Lauren Child (breaking up with a best friend) (2010)
Out of the Blue, by Alison Jay (2014)
Outdoor Opposites, by Brenda Williams (2015)
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, by David Soman and Jacky Davis (2009)
The Boy Who Grew Flowers, by Jen Wojtowicz (2005)
Where the Bugaboo Lives, by Sean Taylor (2015)
Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell (1982)
Supertato, by Sue Hendra (2014)
Kitchen Disco, by Clare Foges (2015)
The Trouble with Grandad, by Babette Cole (1988)
The Ugly Vegetables, by Grace Lin (1999)
The Mighty Asparagus, by Vladimir Radunsky (2004)
T-Veg, the story of a carrot-crunching dinosaur, by Smriti Prasadam Halls (2015)

Middle Grade

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall (2005) contemporary
The Unbreakable Code, by Jennifer Bertman (2017) mystery
The Map to Everywhere, by Carrie Ryan (2014) fantasy
In Darkling Wood, by Emma Carroll (2015) contemporary/historical fiction
Holes, by Louis Sachar (1998) contemporary
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park (2010) contemporary/historical fiction
The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness (2008) dystopia
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness (2011) contemporary
The Skull in the Wood, by Sandra Greaves (2013) mystery
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio (2012) contemporary
The Merlin Conspiracy, by Diana Wynne Jones (2003)  fantasy
Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter (2003-now)  fantasy
Igraine the Brave, by Cornelia Funke (1998)  fantasy
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, by Stephanie Burgis (2017)
A Girl Called Owl, by Amy Wilson (2017) fantasy
The Last Unicorn, by Peter Beagle (1968) fantasy
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker (2016) contemporary 
How to Bee, by Bren MacDibble (2017) dystopia
39 Clues series, begins with The Maze of Bones (2008) fantasy
El Deafo, by Cece Bell (2014) graphic novel


The Rasputin Dagger, by Theresa Breslin (2017) historical fiction
Strange Star, by Emma Carroll (2016) mystery 
Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman (2001) dystopia
Blood Ties, by Sophie Mackenzie (2008) science fiction
I am Traitor, by Sif Sigmarsdóttir (2017)  science fiction
Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence (2016) contemporary
Tiger Wars, by Steve Backshall (2012) fantasy
A Different Life, by Lois Keith (1997) contemporary
Secrets of the Henna Girl, by Sufiya Ahmed (2012) contemporary


Top image from Geralt at Pixabay

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