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Wildlife and Wanderlust: A Tiny TripFiction Booklist

17th October 2021

Travel the world with creatures great and small in this wonderful wildlife and wanderlust booklist, handpicked by our Kid’s Lit Writer in Residence!

Wildlife and Wanderlust

Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue by William Grill

In this moving tale based on a true story, award-winning William Grill’s stunning illustrations show the majesty of Myanmar’s forests and mountains, the backdrop to a heart-warming tale about empathy between humans and animals, and the strength that can arise from working together when the world is full of danger. Age 6+


A World Full of Animal Stories by Angela McAllister and Aitch (Illustrator)

Travel the world with 50 best-loved tales, featuring creatures big and small. This beautifully-illustrated collection of classic stories brings together favourite animal-themed fables, myths and legends including The Three Little PigsThe Ugly DucklingWhy the Swallow’s Tail is Forked and the story of Ananse and the Python.
Age 6+


Lore of the Wild by Claire Cock-Starkey and Aitch (Illustrator)

Did you know that people used to believe that rabbits’ ears would twitch in the direction of a thunderstorm? That lily of the valley flowers were formed from fairies’ drinking cups? And that taking dandelions into the house would make you wet the bed? See nature in a whole new light with this enchantingly illustrated treasury of natural folklore and wild wisdom from around the world. Age 6+


Wild City by Ben Hoare and Lucy Rose (Illustrator)

Take an unforgettable tour around the world to meet the creatures that share our city spaces – from bears to bats, penguins to opossums – and learn about how they have adapted and thrived in this gorgeously illustrated gift book written by award-winning natural history journalist Ben Hoare. Age 7+


Wildlife and Wanderlust

Heroes by David Long and Kerry Hyndman (Illustrator)

For as long as there have been wars, animals have been out there saving lives. Courageous dogs, cats, birds, horses, and even a bear have shown courage and devotion, and this book tells you their extraordinary stories. Includes the story of Jet the Alsatian who became a hero of the Blitz, pulling survivors from burning rubble, night after night. Gallipoli Murphy, the donkey who served as an ambulance. Simon, the cat who saved his crew. Age 7+


The Lost Book of Adventure by Unknown Adventurer and Teddy Keen

If you are reading this, it means my notebooks have been found. I am leaving them here at camp for safekeeping along with a few other belongings that I won’t be taking with me. The notebooks are a lifetime’s worth of knowledge, which I’m passing on the you.

REMEMBER: be good, be adventurous… and look after your parents. Age 7+


Agents of the Wild: Operation Honeyhunt by Jennifer Bell and Alice Lickens (Illustrator)

Enter the world of Agnes & Attie: AGENTS OF THE WILD! When 8-year-old Agnes is signed up for SPEARS (the Society for the Protection of Endangered and Awesomely Rare Species), she has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead with her elephant-shrew mentor Attie. Operation Honeyhunt sends them to the Brazilian rainforest, on a mission to save an endangered, dance-loving bee named Elton.
Age 7+


Wildlife and Wanderlust

Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis’s debut novel, Sky Hawk is a touching tale about friendship, loyalty and hope. Callum and local outsider Iona form an unlikely partnership when they pair up to protect a rare osprey in a remote part of Scotland. From glittering lochs, across wide oceans to far off lands, the pact Callum and Iona make will change their lives forever.

Firstly published ten years ago to critical acclaim, Sky Hawk has been captivating readers ever since. Age 9+


When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth and Rob Biddulph (Illustrated)

When Ruby’s dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel in the mountains of India, Ruby is devastated. Living in a run-down building in the middle of the wilderness, surrounded by scorpions, bears and leopards, India feels far from home. But when the last remaining wild leopards of the mountain are threatened by poaches, everything changes. Ruby vows to do all she can to protect them – if she can only overcome her fears… Age 9+


The Last Bear by Hannah Gold and Levi Pinfold (Illustrator)

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April meets one. He is starving, lonely and a long way from home. Determined to save him, April begins the most important journey of her life…
Age 9+


The White Giraffe by Lauren St John and David Dean (Illustrator)

When tragedy strikes on a winter’s night in England, Martine is sent to live with her grandmother on a game reserve in South Africa. Her wild, beautiful new home is riddled with secrets, but lonely Martine finds comfort in the legend of a white giraffe. But when Martine is plunged into a world of danger, mystery and adventure how far will she go to save the only friend she has ever known?
Age 9+


Snow Foal by Susanna Bailey and Keith Robinson (Illustrator)

When eleven-year-old Addie goes to stay with a foster family on a remote Exmoor farm in the midst of a very cold winter, she is full of hurt, anger and a deep mistrust of everyone around her. Until one day, when she rescues a tiny wild foal from the moorland snow and Addie discovers that perhaps she’s not so alone after all. And as adventure and unexpected friendship blossom, Addie is determined that both of them will know what is to be home again soon. Age 9+


Wilderness Wars by Barbara Henderson

When her father’s construction work takes Em’s family to the uninhabited island of Skelsay, she is excited, but also a little uneasy. Soon Em, and her friend Zac, realise that the setbacks, mishaps and accidents on the island point to something altogether more sinister: the wilderness all around them has declared war. Danger lurks everywhere. But can Em and Zac persuade the adults to believe it before it’s too late? Age 9+


Wolf Light by Yaba Badoe and Leo Nickolls (Illustrator)

Three girls born on the same day in wolf light are bound together to protect the world. They can dazzle or destroy. They have wind-song and fire-fury at their fingertips, but their enemies are everywhere. From the bleak steppes to the tropical forests of Ghana and the stormy moors of Cornwall, the lands they love are plundered and poisoned. The girls must rally to perfect their skills and prove the strength of sister-magic. Age YA


Lark by Anthony McGowan and Nick Hayes (Illustrator)

Things are tense at home for Nicky and Kenny. Their mum’s coming to visit and it will be the first time they’ve seen her in years. A lot has changed since they were little and Nicky’s not so sure he’s ready to see her again. When they head for a trek across the moors to take their minds off everything, a series of unforeseen circumstances leaves the brothers in a vulnerable and very dangerous position. There might even be a chance that this time not everyone will make it home alive.
Age YA


The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy and Prabha Mallya (Illustrator)

Something is stirring in the heart of Old Delhi… Prowling, hunting and fighting amidst the crumbling ruins of one of Delhi’s oldest neighbourhoods, are the proud Wildings. Battle-scarred tomcats, fierce warrior queens, the Wildings have ruled over Nizamuddin for centuries. Now there is a new addition to the clan – a pampered housecat with strange powers that could turn their world on its head. Age YA


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