· By Jessica Paul
Jumping Up! What to read after picture books.
Have you been on a Bear Hunt? Invited the Tiger to Tea? Found the Gruffalo...?
Once the beloved picture books have been read and read (and read...) where do you go next?
Here is a selection of some of our favourite 'jumping up' books- perfect for little readers who still love a bedtime story but are ready for something a little longer.
Highly illustrated, with characters to fall in love with, these books introduce children to 'chapters' and series where they can follow their favourite characters through many adventures.
Wigglesbottom Primary- The Sports Day Chicken
Written by Pamela Butchart. Illustrated by Becka Moor
Year 2 at Wigglesbottom Primary is never boring. They don't expect to run a race against a chicken at Sports Day, or eat green toxic slime at lunch (it's halloween custard!) or that Anne Marie Moor is an ant queen and one of her subjects is called Lady Gaga..!
Isadora Moon- Under the Sea
Written and Illustrated by Harriet Muncaster
Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique!
Isadora is special because she is different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she's a bit of both. Isadora has been invited to a sleepover, which is always fun, but this time it's even more exciting because she will be staying at her mermaid friend's house under the sea! It's so much fun spending time with her watery friends, but while she's there Isadora meets a mermaid called Emerald who doesn't seem to be having such a nice time.
In the middle of the night, when everyone else is fast asleep, Emerald finally reveals to Isadora what has been troubling her. Can Isadora help Emerald sort out her problem? It's the beginning of an amazing underwater adventure!
Rabbit and Bear- Rabbit's Bad Habbits
Written by Julian Gough. Illustrated by Jim Field
Gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is a brilliantly funny story of a rabbit and a bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend.
If she can't sleep, then at least she can make a snowman. Rabbit has never made a snowman, but he definitely wants to make one that's better than Bear's. But with an avalanche and a hungry wolf heading his way, Rabbit soon realises that it might be nice to have a friend on his side.
Adventuremice- Otter Chaos!
Written by Philip Reeve. Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre
Meet Pedro. He's tiny, but while looking for a BIG adventure he is rescued by the ADVENTUREMICE - a brave, determined team who keep all the Mouse Islands safe from harm. Pedro's dream is to show he's heroic enough to join their ranks.
And he soon gets the chance to prove himself, when a big scary otter starts causing trouble in the waters nearby . . .
Princess Minna- The Best Princess
Written by Kirsty Applebaum. Illustrated by Sahar Haghgoo
Princess Minna lives in Castle Tall-Towers with the King and Queen, Raymond the Wizard and her best dragon friend, Lorenzo. There are often mix-ups and mishaps in the kingdom and Princess Minna loves to sort them out! She can tame unicorns, kiss frogs and fight dragons (apart from Lorenzo) and she is very good at fixing things before it's time for bed.
In The Best Princess, Princess Minna's mirror ALWAYS tells her that she's the best princess of all, so she's SHOCKED when one day it says that PRINCESS SKY-BLUE is the best! Princess Minna sets out to put things right again but learns instead that being a BEST FRIEND is far better!
Marv and the Mega Robot
Written by Alex Falase-Koya. Illustrated by Paula Bowles
Marvin is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa, reading comics, and making science experiments with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic.
To his amazement, Marvin learns that he is next in a long line of superheroes. Now the time has come to meet his destiny!When the Science Fair is thrown into chaos by super-villain Mastermind and her giant robot, Marvin is the only one who can stop them.
Will Marvin be brave enough to step into his power-and into his superhero suit-to become the great and marvellous superhero Marv?
Kitty and the Runaway Train
Written by Paula Harrison. Illustrated by Jenny Lovlie
Kitty is a superhero-in-training with feline superpowers. She dreams of being just like her superhero mum one day, but she's still got a lot to learn. Join her for a series of enchanting adventures by the light of the moon.
In Kitty and the Runaway Train, a famous steam train, the Red Rocket, is visiting Hallam City, but when it starts moving along the track with Pumpkin the kitten on board, Kitty must use her superpowers and race to catch the runaway train.
Unipiggle- Camping Chaos
Written and illustrated by Hannah Shaw
Meet the princess who loves breaking the rules and her Royal Unicorn, who happens to be a pig!
Princess Pea and Unipiggle are very excited to be attending ROYAL CAMP for the first time. They are looking forward to meeting other Princes, Princesses and Royal Companions, and staying in a tent.
But someone is out to RUIN Royal Camp. Things are going missing, and the activities are all spoiled... Even worse, it looks like Princess Pea and Unipiggle have done it.
Can Unipiggle and Princess Pea find the real culprit and stop the CAMPING CHAOS?