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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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Childhood Favourites

The Gruffalo 
Since it was first published more than ten years ago, The Gruffalo has become a children's classic and has been voted the nation's favourite bedtime story on several occasions.

The combination of delightful rhyming text and beautiful images are the trademark of collaborations between, Julia Donaldson, and illustrator Axel Scheffler, and are on display again in the equally popular follow-up book, The Gruffalo's Child.

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Harry Potter 
In 1997 author J.K. Rowling changed our lives with Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, and the rest is publishing history.

The charming tale of young wizards, witches and a curious school of magic captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the world, culminating in a box office-blasting film franchise that is still delivering almost 20 years after the first book was published.

We've collected together our Harry Potter books including audio CDs narrated by Stephen Fry, beautiful special editions, box sets, books on the films and gifts for children.

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Book Blog

The Fox and The Star named Waterstones Book of the Year

A charming, otherworldly tale 

We are delighted to announce Award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith’s illustrated story as our Waterstones Book of the Year 2015.


The Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

We're all still potty over Potter

Take a look at some of Jim Kay's beautiful illustrations as one of our booksellers, Stevie Connor, explains why the new Harry Potter book is such a delight for fans new and old.


Video: Chris Riddell's How to Draw Series Part One

A master at work 

Let children's fiction illustrator, and the Waterstones Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell show you a thing or two about drawing.


Gloriumptious! Roald Dahl turns 100

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, the world's number one storyteller. How squiffing!

With jubilation galore across the UK, in our homes and in our bookshops we'll rediscover the stonkingly imaginative stories of Dahl, creator of Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant PeachThe Twits and so many more superb stories for children (and adults too!)

Whizzpopping events for children and gloriumptious newly designed editions of Dahl's classic books will appear throughout 2016 so check back for updates on how to join in the fun. It's going to be fantabulous!

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Roald Dahl turns 100

the Waterstones Children's Laureate

Illustrator, cartoonist and writer Chris Riddell is the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2015-2017 and Waterstones booksellers are proud to support him as he champions reading and illustration in his new role. Go Chris!

Curious about what it is the Children's Laureate does?

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Waterstones Children's Laureate Chris Riddell

Adorning our bookshelves are the best and most inspiring books for children of all ages - absorbing activity books and early learning books for toddlers, as well as a wealth of children’s picture books for younger readers. There's a carnival of fantastic children’s fiction books and children’s reference books too.

Shopping for a teenager or young adult? Browse books for teens or young adult fiction.