Hobbies reading list

We’ve got some of the best reading material to engage children who love music, football, art, history and exploring outside!

18 months-3 years old

In the Night Garden magazine In the Night Garden magazine

In The Night Garden magazine is tailor-made for toddlers and supports the Early Years Curriculum. Join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends for activities, stickers, and stories every month, plus there’s a free gift to play with.

Who’s in the Forest? Who’s in the Forest?
By Phillis Gershator

In this colourful interactive book, children are invited to peek through the holes on every other page to answer the question, ‘Who’s in the forest, dark and deep?’ The energetic, rhyming text introduces lots of creatures that make their home in the forest.

Cleo’s Colour Book Cleo’s Colour Book
By Stella Blackstone

Join Cleo as she discovers the colours in the world around her. Rhyme and repetition help children to develop colour recognition and the book teaches simple colour mixing for budding little artists.

3-5 years old

CBeebies magazine CBeebies magazine

For children who love CBeebies, this magazine features the presenters and programmes from the UK’s most popular children’s channel. It covers all areas of learning for children under five and has activities for parents and children to do together as well as some things for children to do on their own. It’s educational as well as entertaining and encourages learning through play.

CBeebies Art magazine CBeebies Art magazine

Bursting with things to draw, make and create, CBeebies Art magazine features Mister Maker Dip Dap, Squiglet and CBeebies presenters Cerrie and Alex! It is packed with quick and simple art activities for children to complete on their own, as well as larger projects that are perfect for family time.

Swashbuckle magazine Swashbuckle magazine

Swashbuckle is a rip-roaring magazine for little pirates, based on the popular CBeebies show! It’s packed with quizzes, colouring, stories, a special pirate challenge and of course lots of pirate stickers. The magazine encourages children to use Blippar - a free to download app - so that they can watch videos of Gem, Captain Sinker, Cook and Line.

The Furchester Hotel magazine The Furchester Hotel magazine

Based on the hit CBeebies and Sesame show this is for children who love Elmo, Cookie Monster and all the lovable monsters at The Furchester Hotel. The magazine encourages children to help look after the guests and to do some creative problem solving to fix the tricky and crazy problems that arise. Supporting the Early Years Curriculum this magazine encourages learning through play.

Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go Tree: Seasons Come, Seasons Go
By Patricia Hegart and Britta Teckentrup

Explore the beauty of the changing seasons in this peek-through book with rhyming text. Following the life-cycle of a tree through spring, summer, autumn and winter, children will easily learn to recognise the signs of the seasons with this simple yet striking picture book.

First Sticker Book cycling First Sticker Book cycling
By Jessica Greenwell

An action-packed sticker book full of speedy cyclists and busy biking scenes, from cycling through town and racing bikes at a velodrome, to BMX bikers performing tricks and a bicycle repair shop. The book includes over 200 stickers of different bikes and cyclists to add to the pages.

5-7 years old

Toybox magazine Toybox magazine

Toybox is packed with children’s favourite shows from the CBeebies channel! Each issue has a strong, appealing theme that is relevant to children and the time of year. On the farm, spooky, dinosaurs, wild animals and under the sea are all popular themes which children have had the opportunity to explore in depth. The magazine supports all areas of learning and comes with an exciting play pack gift!

Knightmare: Foul Play Knightmare: Foul Play
By Peter Bently (LT)

The funny tale of Cedric Thatchbottom, who can't wait to train as a squire, serving Sir Percival the Proud. But Cedric soon finds out that Sir Percy has bet Castle Bombast on the football tournament at the May Fair and it’s up to him to find a team. The opposition has a terrible reputation and the only volunteers Cedric can find have never kicked a ball in their lives...

Maisy’s Band Maisy’s Band
By Lucy Cousins

Maisy and all her friends love making music and tonight they're going to have a concert. With all their musical instruments – the piano, the triangle, drums and the double bass – they soon get a jam going. This book is full of pull-the-tabs that reveal Eddy tinging his triangle, Charlie working the double bass and Maisy feeling the rhythm on the drums!

Football Star Football Star
By Mina Javaherbin

When Paulo Marcelo Feliciano becomes a football star, crowds will cheer his famous name! Then his mother won’t have to work long hours and he won’t have to work all day on a fishing boat. The inspiring story of a Brazilian boy who dreams of being a football star and the sister who steps in to help his team win a game.

7-11 years old

Girl Talk Art magazine Girl Talk Art magazine

In every issue readers can learn new art skills, find out about art and crafts, express their own ideas through art and make something fabulous with the free gift. This magazine is for girls who love to design, create and make their mark. It helps to improve their knowledge, while having fun with their favourite hobby.

Horrible Histories magazine Horrible Histories magazine

Stuffed with foul facts, funny stories, jokes, puzzles and comics from the award-winning children’s books and hit CBBC show, Horrible Histories magazine will shock and scare readers while putting a smile on their face. Showing children the silly side of history, it may be gruesome but it’s very accurate too!

BBC Match of the Day magazine BBC Match of the Day magazine

BBC MOTD Magazine brings readers closer to their football heroes with exclusive interviews, brilliant facts and stats, the latest transfer gossip and results, quality posters, tough quizzes, mega prizes, and funny jokes and cartoons. It’s a must-read for all football-mad youngsters!

See Inside Exploration and Discovery See Inside Exploration and Discovery
By Emily Bone

Find some of the most famous and daring explorers from history in this interactive, lift-the-flap reference book. Children will discover Marco Polo's journey from Italy to China in 1271, Ibn Battuta's 28-year trip around the globe, Christopher Columbus' discovery of the 'New World', the race to the poles, space exploration and lots more.

Ballet Stars Perfect Pirouette Ballet Stars Perfect Pirouette
By Jane Lawes

It's Tash's first term at Aurora House, the school where dancing dreams come true. She's thrilled to be living with other girls who love ballet just as much as she does. But when Tash starts to worry that her dancing isn't as good as her new friends', she decides to take a big risk. Will her plan lead to a perfect pirouette... or a dancing disaster?

The Mozart Question The Mozart Question
By Michael Morpurgo

When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his fiftieth birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all – except the Mozart question. But it is Paulo himself who decides that it is time for the truth to be told…

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