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Our top picks for Back2School

Our top picks for Back2School

It’s time to pack the school bags, splash out on some new kit and invest in those back to school essentials. From stationary to books, being prepared for the start of a new term can feel like a long list! That’s why we’ve come up with the must-have fiction and non-fiction books for children of all ages to help them settle back in. We’ve got action-packed reading libraries to keep them going all term long, and a fun-filled range of non-fiction books to brush up on a bit of general knowledge in a way that can be plenty of fun.

Early learners

It’s never too early to start building up your little one’s reading library and is a great way to develop their literacy skills as they prepare for Back To School. Children’s publishers often create unique sets of books that are in stages or by different levels, so that young readers can continue their learning journey and work their way through the various stages. 

One of our most popular collections for early stage readers is the iconic Biff, Chip and Kipper collection which supports children aged 3+ in their phonics while providing them with an entertaining set of stories. If your child is already a huge Biff, Chip and Kipper fan, check out this Stage 2 collection of books for those aged 4+ with 16 brilliant books that continue the importance of learning phonics. For those aged 5 and over, fantastic collections such as the Reading Champions 30 book collection has been uniquely designed to develop reading skills with different coloured bands for each stage so children can work their way through the set as their confidence in reading grows. Last but not least, learning is plenty of fun with this collection of 10 Science books by leading children’s publisher Usborne. A great resource for subject learning at school, this is a fun approach to learning all about the weird and wonderful world of science!

Books Under £15

If you’re looking to add to your child’s reading library on a budget as they get ready for Back To School, the good news is that we have plenty of boxsets jam-packed with books to give them a little extra support throughout the school term. 

There are some great bargains across non-fiction titles to help them brush up everyday learning skills with extra practice that will make a huge difference for KS1 and KS2 learners, from as little as £5.99. These duo books of English and Maths Perfect Practice books can be completed in short bursts and give children that extra boost at home. For early learners, Numberblocks and Alphablocks have a fun collection of books for just £13.99 that use a wipe-clean style to introduce and ease young children into learning. Children who are preparing for the 11+ exams will see tremendous value in these quick 10 minute tests across the core topics of English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning for just £14.99. 

Reading list recommended

When it comes to encouraging children to read either at school or home, the list of books is endless. There are kids fiction books to suit all ages, interests and to support their reading skills. It’s no surprise that a number of popular authors both past and present top the list for recommended reading and we’ve got plenty of those, in big boxset style! Roald Dahl continues to be a firm favourite to encourage children to read, check out this 16-book set which is guaranteed to impress your child’s teacher! Worth over £100, every famous book by Roald Dahl is included here, for under £27. Another popular choice for readers is the Wickedly Funny Collection by Anthony Horowitz and we’ve got all 10 books in one set, for just £15.99. For slightly older children, books by Philip Pullman are a hit choice as well as the famous Jacqueline Wilson collection.  

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