Celebrate Independent Booksellers Week with Harris & Harris Books of Clare


We asked local book sellers Harris & Harris books in the lovely Suffolk village of Clare to recommend some fabulous children’s books in honour of Independent Book Sellers Week and this is their selection. Enjoy and don’t forget to pay the store a visit. With a full ordering service, two floors of new and secondhand books and an extremely knowledgeable owner, you’ll be charmed.


For the very young

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Busy Bookshop by Marion Billet – Pan Macmillan £5.99

Children will enjoy exploring a bookshop in this sturdy board book where they can lift tab, turn dials and join in.

Picture book (age 3-5) – Big Blue Thing On The Hill by Youval Zommer – Templar Publishing £6.99

When a big blue monster (a campervan) arrives on their hill, the local wildlife go to extreme lengths to get rid of it.


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Compton Valance – The most powerful boy in the Universe – by Matt Brown – Usborne – £5.99

The first in a new series featuring Compton and his pal Bryan who find discover the world’s first time machine (aka an old mouldy cheese sandwich). Find out if they use this power for good or evil (and what’s with the custard trousers?)

(9-11 – girls)

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Murder Most Unladylike – A Wells and Wong mystery – by Robin Stevens – Corgi – £6.99

The first in a new series of Agatha Christie style mysteries featuring Daisy Wells and Hannah Wong and their deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls.  A great introduction to the murder mystery for the younger readers.

(9-11 – boys)

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Lockwood & Co – The Screaming Staircase – by Jonathan Stroud – Random House – £7.99 (out 3rd July)

First in a new series by this best selling author featuring Anthony Lockwood who decides to set up a ghost hunting agency with George and Lucy in a London becoming overwhelmed by wandering ghosts and mislaid spirits. Their first case comes in the form of the terrifying ghost of the Red Duke. Find out what’s in store for them at the haunted Bliss Hall…..

(part two out in Sept).

(Teen – girls)

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Reckoning: The Silver Blackthorn Trilogy, book 1 – by Kerry Wilkinson – Pan Macmillan – £7.99

One girl. One Reckoning. One destiny. – 16 year old Silver Blackthorn must take the coming –of-age test known as The Reckoning to decide her place in society. But as teenagers disappear into Windsor Castle with it’s maze of ancient corridors (the new English capital), is being an “Offering” the privilege everyone assumes? A pacey and exciting read.

(Teen – boys)


The Dark Inside – by Rupert Wallis – Simon & Schuster – £6.99

If you like Skellig by David Almond or A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, then this is for you. “Creepy & fast-paced”, “exciting and though-provoking”

13 year old James befriends a homeless man in an abandoned house and the course of his life changes forever. A gripping and haunting story about loss and hope.

We’d love to read about your suggestions – what books do you read your children and what did you most love to read? Let us know in the comments box below!

The lovely Harris & Harris books of Clare.



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