The Federation of Children’s Book Groups produces a brand new booklist yearly, each year focussing on a new theme. The leaflets are written by people who are experts in their fields.

Funded both by the FCBG and a variety of sponsors, these booklists are available for free and can be posted free of charge to anyone in the UK. You can find a preview of each of the booklists below. In order to request a set, please email

The booklists include:

  • If you liked this… – fabulous recommended reading for children aged 8-12 years (2014)
  • It’s Never too Early to Start – a selection of contemporary books for the under 5s (2013)
  • Teens and Beyond (2012)
  • Going Solo: a Selection of Books Especially Chosen for the Newly Independent Reader (2009 – updated 2012)
  • It’s a Fact (2011)
  • Up and Running: a Selection of books for the Fluent Young Reader (2010)

Click on the covers below for an extract of each.

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Erratum: In “It’s a Fact” the author of Talk, Talk, Squawk!: How and Why Animals Communicate should be Nicola Davies, not Nicola Morgan. Our apologies to Nicola Davies.

Red House Children’s Book Award – Top 50
Each year, the Federation produces a leaflet highlighting the 50 books which have proved to be the most popular with our testing groups during the process of selecting the winner for the Red House Children’s Book Award.

You will shortly be able to download a copy of the latest Top 50 but in the meantime you can take a look at the 2012 Top 50 by clicking on the image below.

To download a copy of 2011’s Top 50 click here.

For further information about the Red House Children’s Book Award’s Top 50, please contact