Great younger readers titles by SCBA-shortlisted authors

3 books, one by each shortlisted author, sitting on the branches of a Christmas tree
Category: Parents

So you’ve read the books, discussed them and figured out who likes what, and soon the voting will begin for SCBA 2013! If you and your pupils liked the books on the Bookbug shortlist, why stop with those books? Have a look below to see what you can read next!

Chae Strathie and Ben Cort – Jumblebum

Jumblebum is a really fun book which appeals to its reader on a number of levels. First of all there are some cracking rhymes, and reading it out loud really enhances the book because of the rhythm and pace. And secondly, the Jumblebum is a memorable monster, in keeping with Chae Strathie’s back catalogue of weird and wonderful creations.

If you liked the “dreaded Jumblebum beast”, you’ll probably like The Loon on the Moon, which features a journey to different planets and a variety of quirky creatures, including the Vimtingles from Venus and the Noodles from Neptune!

Jumblebum illustrator Ben Cort is well known for his work with Claire Freedman on the Aliens Love Underpants books. If you fancy reading about another hungry monster on the prowl, The Shark in the Dark is a great one to sink your teeth into (sorry).

The rhymes are a huge part of Jumblebum's charm, and Julia Donaldson also has some great rhyming books you might want to check out: try What the Ladybird Heard or Room on the Broom.

If you want to read some more books about monsters, give our 10 Monster Books list a whirl.


Debi Gliori – What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?

The coming together of a host of fairytale and nursery rhyme characters in What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf? has delighted children since its release.

Debi’s books are full of strong relationships and friends looking out for each other, as well as gorgeous, richly detailed illustrations. Her latest book, Dragon Loves Penguin, is a beautifully illustrated story of a young dragon’s quest to find a kindred spirit. The Scariest Thing of All is a similarly stunning book about a little rabbit and his triumph over an enormous list of fears.

Mr. Wolf can count on his friends when it comes to throwing a great party, and another great tale about friendship is Chae Strathie’s book Ping! Or, if you liked the assortment of well known characters in What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson might be a good one to try.

If you liked Debi’s interweaving of celebrated characters from nursery rhymes, try our list of 10 Nursery Rhymes and Fairytales.


Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb – The Paper Dolls

Julia’s book is a beautiful read about a little girl who uses her imagination to send her paper dolls on a series of adventures. Cave Baby is another of Julia’s books which celebrates the creativity of children, as a baby’s drawings on a cave wall are initially discouraged by his parents, but then re-imagined as things of wonder when a special friend comes along.

The power of the girl’s imagination is captured brilliantly by illustrator Rebecca Cobb’s interweaving of the real and fantasy worlds in the book. Rebecca’s book Lunchtime is a good one to read next if you and your child enjoyed the pictures in The Paper Dolls, and as the book’s funny and charming storyline shows, she’s as good a writer as she is an illustrator.

If you liked the imaginative element of The Paper Dolls, Chae Strathie’s book The Tickle Tree is a beautiful exploration of the power of dreams, and Debi Gliori’s book Stormy Weather is a testament to how our biggest fears can be made small through our ability to re-imagine them as something else.

Finally, The Paper Dolls celebrates the great things mothers and father pass on to their children: why not have a look at our 10 Books about Dads, or 10 Books about Mums lists?