The Childrens’ Library

Children's Library

Welcome to the children’s page!

Here you will find information about the children’s section of the library, book recommendations and reviews, and links to other sites about children’s books. The Homework Help section provides links to resources on the Internet which are there to make homework a bit easier.

About the children’s section

The Lit & Phil has a rapidly growing collection of children’s books, with something for children of all ages. We have books by a variety of authors, including:

Jacqueline Wilson
Philip Pullman
Meg Rosoff
J.K. Rowling
David Almond
Anne Fine
Lemony Snicket
Hilary McKay

There are loads of fun picture books and also information books too. What’s more, if you’re a member of the library, you can request a book for us to have in our collection and then be the first to read it! You can also get drinks, cakes and biscuits in the library, to enjoy while you get lost in a good book.

Music and audio books

Did you know that the Lit & Phil also has a collection of music and audio books for children? We have lots of books on CD, ranging from the classics to contemporary fiction by Lemony Snicket, Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Pullman, and many more. Junior members can add Gramophone membership onto their subscriptions for only an extra £6 a year, and can borrow 5 CDs or DVDs at a time.

Book recommendations

Books of the month

The bride's farewell by Meg Rosoff

On the morning of her wedding, Pell Ridley creeps out of bed in the dark, kisses her sisters goodbye and flees - determined to escape a future that offers nothing but hard work and sorrow. The road ahead is rich with longing, silence and secrets, and each encounter leads her closer to the untold story of her past. And then she meets a hunter - infuriating, mysterious and cold. His fate appears to be strangely entwined with her own. Will he help her to find out what she seeks? Or must she continue to wander the earth, searching for love and lost things... (taken from inside jacket of book)

Morris the Mankiest Monster by Giles Andreae and Sarah McIntyre

It's years since he last changed his t-shirt, it's crusty and crawling with ants. His shoes are all slurpy and squelchy inside and potatoes grow out of his pants. Morris is sweet, charming and...completely disgusting! Kids will love him. Are you brave enough to open the most revolting children's book of the year? (taken from back cover)

Classic reads available at the Lit & Phil

0-3 Age group
Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak
The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle

4-7 Age group
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Owl babies by Martin Waddell

8-11 Age group
Tom’s midnight garden by Philippa Pearce
Skellig by David Almond

Over sea, under stone by Susan Cooper
Northern lights by Philip Pullman
The hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

You can search our catalogue for the books you would like to read – this can be accessed from the link on the home page.

Recommended websites

The list below provides links to useful websites about children’s books.


Seven Stories, The Centre for Children's Books

Newcastle City Library Children’s Library Service

The Northern Children’s Book Festival


The Children’s Book Council

Book reviews

Reading Matters

Children’s Library at the Guardian

Books for Keeps: the Children’s Book Magazine

Education Oasis

Homework help

We have lots of information books to help you with your homework, covering every kind of subject from the fire ants of South America to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, library staff will always be happy to try and help you find what you need.

Websites to help with homework

BBC Schools

Homework Elephant


Homework High

Woodlands Homework Help for Primary Kids


Your Homework


Send us a review

Have you read a book from the library that you’d love to tell other people about? If so, send us a review and we’ll put it on the website for others to see. Send your review to

Get in touch

We would love to hear what you think about the children’s section at the Lit & Phil and this page on the website. Let us know your views by emailing or by phoning (0191) 232 0192.