Puffin 21 must-read books for 6-9-year-olds Part 1

Puffin 21 must-read books for 6-9-year-olds Part 1

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 16th May 2019


Puffin have come up with a list of 21 must-read books for 6-9-year-olds.


Today I am featuring Part 1 of that list 1-10 of very highly recommended brilliant books. Part 2 10-21 will appear here tomorrow. Enjoy!


From classic reads to the most spectacular of space adventures, these books will beat boredom and inspire young readers. And with so many to choose from, the fun need never stop…


1              On the Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva

This is the first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin’s iconic On the Origin of Species, bringing the theory of evolution to life for the youngest and most curious of readers. Molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva has painted a unique picture of Charles Darwin’s theories in her adaptation. This stunning picture book illustrates Darwin’s world travels and the discoveries that led him to outline the ground-breaking theory of how species form and develop over time. There’s an eye-opening discovery behind every colourful page!


2              Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid by Jeff Kinney

Get ready for more side-splitting giggle fits from Jeff Kinney this summer thanks to this brand-new story! Greg Heffley’s best friend Rowley Jefferson takes on the journaling duties in this book. Previously Greg has been the one chronicling all the goings-on at school in his 13 Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. It’s now time for Rowley to tell his side of the story. But Rowley’s stories about his best friend Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind…


3              Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland & Sarah Horne

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but scrap that for this book, because everything inside is just about as hilarious and brilliantly bonkers as the cover suggests. In fact, scrap THAT too, because things are even more bonkers inside! Not only can Charlie turn into a chicken, but he can turn into ANY kind of animal: a flea, a pigeon, a rhino – you name it! Trouble is, Charlie can’t control when he changes; he just knows it happens when he’s worried about something. Can Charlie, with the help of his three best friends, find a way of dealing with his crazy powers?


4              The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance by Clare Balding & Tony Ross

If you’ve been following Noble Warrior’s journey up until this point, you won’t need us to tell you that Charlie’s racehorse is certainly well-deserving of his name after winning the Derby against all odds and besting a bunch of nasty kidnappers. But will his valiant reputation help him – and Charlie – take on this latest hurdle? Charlie’s best friend Polly is recovering from a serious accident that left her almost paralysed. But Polly has a wonderful talent with horses and Charlie is determined to help her bestie live out her equestrian dream. But this dream isn’t going to come true overnight; it’s going to take some thinking, creativity and stepping – or perhaps dancing – outside of the box.


5              The Extraordinary Life of series


Get to know some of the world’s most influential heroes like never before through a nifty combination of biography and storytelling-style, facts and timelines – throw in a dash of eye-popping illustrations and you’ve got something nothing short of extraordinary! Neil Armstrong (the first astronaut to step foot on the moon), Katherine Johnson (one of the most influential people in the history of space travel) and Anne Frank (a young girl whose diary went on to become one of the world’s most read books) are just three of the extraordinary people throughout history that you’ll get to know in this series.


6              The Secret Dragon by Ed Clarke

This new tale of friendship and adventure is perfect for those looking for a page-turning adventure this summer. She might only be 11, but Mari knows she wants to be a scientist; in fact, she pretty much has her whole future mapped out – or, at least, she did until now. Mari soon stumbles across a tiny dragon while fossil-hunting on the beach – but there’s got to be a scientific explanation for this discovery – right?! She tries to keep her little friend secret as she investigates but soon learns that even a tiny secret can be BIG trouble.


7              Mummy Fairy & Me: Unicorn Wishes by Sophie Kinsella

So, for those that need a recap – Ella’s mummy looks pretty normal, but in short, she’s not. She can turn into a fairy just by stamping her feet, clapping her hands, wiggling her bottom and saying ‘Marshmallow’. Sounds cool, eh?! Well, yes and no. You see, sometimes Mummy Fairy’s magic goes wrong and it’s up to Ella to help. If flying cars, enchanted ballet shoes, a unicorn in the kitchen and a magical wardrobe sound like a good shout to you this summer, then stamp your feet, clap your hands… actually, don’t – we know what happens. Add a little sparkle to your summer reading list with this enchanting tale.


8              James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Hold on to those hats, because this story will fly readers to the furthest corners of their imaginations. Lonely James lives a pretty miserable life with two particularly nasty aunts, but one day, he notices a peach growing and growing at the bottom of his garden. Inside this giant peach are seven unusual insects – all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. This timeless tale by Roald Dahl has been making eyes widen and pages flip for years and years. This edition is a real peach, too – it includes some fizz-whizzing funny stickers to really help bug fans bring James and his friends to life.


9              The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

In this novel from author extraordinaire Tom Fletcher, readers meet Lucy. Lucy’s always wondered about the strange creaking noises that we all hear at night when we’re trying to doze off, or at least she did until all of the adults in town mysteriously disappeared – leaving the kids in charge! Lucy’s determined to get to the bottom of the disappearance and nothing is going to stop her… except maybe a few Creakers. Fans of The Christmasaurus will love this darkly magical adventure story.


10           Junkyard Jack and the Horse That Talked by Adrian Edmondson

Life’s pretty tough for Jack – he lives with a drippy aunt, a smelly uncle and an all-round evil cousin. One day, Jack accidentally runs away from his ghastly family and, much to his surprise finds himself on a mission to free his mum from prison. But all adventures come with twists and turns; this one comes with a few talking animals and FAR too much horse poo! The perfect read from Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award winner Adrian Edmondson is a non-stop laughathon.





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