Hobbies reading list

Winter reading tips

Did you know, you can use books about your child’s interests to encourage them to enjoy books? Here are some popular titles about various hobbies for children of all ages.


Baby to 3 years

In the Night Garden magazine

In the Night Garden magazine is 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? by Phillis Gershator

In this colourful 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?’.

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 learn colours and the book teaches simple colour mixing for little artists.


Ages 3 to 5 years

CBeebies magazine

For children who love CBeebies, this magazine features the presenters and programmes from the UK’s most popular children’s channel. It’s educational as well as entertaining.

CBeebies Art magazine

Copy: CBeebies Art magazine 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 is a 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 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.

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

Following a tree, children will learn to recognise the signs of the seasons with this simple yet striking picture book.

First Sticker Book Cycling by Jessica Greenwell

From cycling through town and racing bikes at a velodrome, this book includes over 200 stickers of different bikes and cyclists to add to the pages.


Ages 5 to 8 years

Toybox magazine

Toybox is packed with children’s favourite shows from the CBeebies channel! Each issue has a theme that is relevant to children and the time of year.

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.

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, they soon get a jam going.

Football Star by Mina Javaherbin

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.


Ages 9 to 12 years

Girl Talk Art magazine

In every issue, readers can learn new art skills, express their own ideas through art and make something fabulous with the free gift.

Horrible Histories magazine

Stuffed with foul facts, funny stories, jokes, puzzles and comics, Horrible Histories magazine will shock and scare readers while putting a smile on their face.

BBC Match of the Day magazine

BBC MOTD Magazine brings readers closer to their football heroes with exclusive interviews, facts and stats, the latest transfer gossip and much more.

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.

Ballet Stars Perfect Pirouette by Jane Lawes

Copy: It's Tash's first term at Aurora House, the school where dancing dreams come true. But when Tash starts to worry that her dancing isn't as good as her new friends', she decides to take a big risk.

The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo

When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his 50th birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all – except the Mozart question.