DESERT ISLAND READING

Our Ocean-loving authors have written dozens of watery or just plain brilliant books, from MG mysteries and adventures about dolphins, seals, river voles, mermaids and young explorers to YA surf and sea romances. We hope you enjoy this selection....


Georgie Adams – Charmseekers: Moonlight and Mermaids

Philip Ardagh – The Grunts all at Sea, The World of Moomin Valley

Yaba Badoe – A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Catherine Barr – Red Alert!, The Story of Life: a First Book of Evolution, 10 Reasons to Love a Turtle, 10 Reasons to Love a Whale,

Quentin Blake – The Green Ship, The Heron and the Crane, The Bear’s Water Picnic

Emma Carroll – Letters from the Lighthouse,

Nicola Davies – LOTS: The Diversity of Life on Earth, Into the Blue, The Pond, Big Blue Whale, Ice Bear, The Selkie’s Mate, Whale Boy, Manatee Baby, Dolphin Baby, One Tiny Turtle, Surprising Sharks


Lydia Corry and Sally Gardner




Laura Dockrill – Lorali, Aurabel

Abi Elphinstone – Sky Song,

Maz Evans – Who Let the Gods Out series, VI Spy

Victoria Eveleigh – Midnight on Lundy

Natasha Farrant – The Children of Castle Rock

Vivian French – Captain Crankie and Seadog Steve, Growing Frogs, How Billy Hippo Learned to Swim


Sally Gardner - I, Coriander, Invisible in a Bright Light

Lisa Glass – Blue, Air, Ride

Julia Green – The Edge of the World, Seal Island

Kiran Millwood Hargrave – The Girl of Ink & Stars, The Island at the End of Everything

Rachel Hickman – One Silver Summer

Catherine Hyde – The Princess Blankets

Nicolette Jones – The Plimsoll Sensation: The Great Campaign to Save Lives at Sea

Liz Kessler – The Emily Windsnapp series, North of Nowhere, Read Me Like a Boy, When the World Was Ours

Elizabeth Laird – Song of the Dolphin Boy


M.G. Leonard – Beetle Boy, Beetle Queen, Twitch, The Highland Falcon Thief, Murder on the Safari Star

Gill Lewis – White Dolphin, A Story Like the Wind, Sky Hawk, A Street Dog Named Pup

Robert Macfarlane – The Wild Places, The Lost Words

James Mayhew – Mrs Noah’s Pockets

Geraldine McCaughrean – Where the World Ends, The Orchard Book of Greek Myths, The Odyssey (Puffin Classics)

Hilary McKay – Fairy Tales, Dolphin Luck, Binny for Short

Tom Moorhouse – The River Singers, The Rising, The New Adventures of Mr Toad: Toad in Troubled Waters

Jackie Morris – The Seal Children, The Lost Words, Mrs Noah’s Pockets, The Ice Bear

Michael Morpurgo – Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea, Why the Whales Came, Kensuke’s Kingdom

Chris Riddell – Ottoline at Sea, Goth Girl and The Pirate Queen

Katherine Rundell – The Explorer, Rooftoppers, The Good Thieves, The Book of Hopes

Lauren St John – Dolphin Song, Kidnap in the Caribbean, The One Dollar Horse, Wave Riders


Marcus Sedgwick – Floodland

Robin Stevens – The Guggenheim Mystery, Murder Most Unladylike series

Jonathan Stroud – The Lost Treasure of Captain Blood

Piers Torday – The Last Wild, The Dark Wild, The Wild Beyond

Jacqueline Wilson – The Longest Whale Song, Twin Tales, Cliffhanger, Buried Alive


Chris Vick - Kook, Storms, Girl, Boy, Sea

Jasbinder Bilan - Asha & The Spirit Bird

Christopher Edge – The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day. The Jamie Drake Equation, Twelve Minutes to Midnight

Elissa Elwick & Philip Ardagh: Stick and Fetch Investigate: Barking up the Wrong Tree

Elissa Elwick: Freddie and Gaston Go to Paris, Little Adventurers: What Bear? Where?

Dr Ben Garrod – So You Think You Know about Tyrannosaurus Rex? So You Think You Know about Triceratops?

Patrice Lawrence – Orangeboy, Indigo Donut, Eight Pieces of Silva

Tamsyn Murray – Instructions for a Second-hand Heart, Baby Zebra Rescue, Completely Cassidy Star Reporter, My So-Called Afterlife

Linda Newberry – Set in Stone, Until We Win, The Brockenspectre, Blitz Boys

Annabel Pitcher – My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, Ketchup Clouds

SF Said – Varjak Paw, The Outlaw Varjak Paw, Phoenix

Alom Shaha – Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder: Adventures in Science around the Kitchen Table

Holly Smale – Geek Girl series

LA Weatherly: Angel, Broken Sky


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