The Takeoff! 2022 list is 22 great books for children in years 3 and 4 published (paperback) between April 2021 and April 2022.
These books are selected each year by Schools Library Services librarians and aim to cover a diverse range of authors, subjects and genres.
For new primary fiction for years 5 and 6, see our Must Read booklist!
Posters for the 2022 booklists will be delivered to subscribing schools!
|Bumble and Snug and the Angry Pirates: Book 1||Mark Bradley||Bumble and Snug are going on a big adventure to … have a picnic! But when they accidentally get lost, they’re both cross – is their adventure ruined?
Working together to find their way home, Bumble and Snug come across a pirate treasure horde. But taking treasure that isn’t yours is a good way to get into trouble, and sure enough some VERY angry pirates aren’t far behind.
|Nell and the Cave Bear||Martin Brown||A long, long time ago, a girl lived with her tribe in a cave. As she had no parents of her own, her pet cave bear was her best friend. He followed her everywhere and comforted her whenever she grew weary of all the chores she was given. So when Nell overhears some of the grown-ups planning to give Cave Bear to another tribe, she decides they must run away. So together they embark on a great adventure|
|Jasper and Scruff||Nicola Colton||Jasper and Scruff’s latest venture, Paws Diner, is a big success and the place is always packed. Until, that is, The Sophisticafé opens across the street. Determined not to be outdone by their old enemies, The Sophisticats, Jasper sets to work on a fancy new menu. But while Jasper hopes to gain a coveted three paw rating from the great restaurant critic Gaspard le Skunk, Scruff worries that his friend is forgetting about their loyal regulars.|
|Indigo Wilde||Pippa Curnick||Discovered in the Unknown Wilderness when she was just a baby, Indigo Wilde was adopted by World-Famous Explorers who are always off adventuring. Home for Indigo is Jellybean Crescent, a crazy and colourful house full of magical creatures that her parents have taken in over the years. And now they’ve sent another delivery to Indigo, but this time, the box is empty, and the escaped creature is running rampage around the house.|
|Farrah Rocks New Beginnings||Susan Muaddi Darraj||Farah Hajjar is just starting sixth grade at the Magnet Academy when something terrible happens–her house burns down. Even worse, the house fire may be her fault. When her family moves to temporary housing, Farah feels the guilt piling up. Luckily Farah finds comfort in writing, and she channels her energy into starting a creative writing club at her new school.|
|The cartoons that came to life||Ellen, Tom||Finn loves drawing comic strips featuring his two cartoon heroes, Arley and Tapper.
But after being teased at school, he finds he can’t draw them any more – and is shocked to see them climbing out of his sketchbook for real!
With the help of his friend Isha, Finn needs to find a way to draw them back to their comic world – and quickly …
|Rabbit and Bear||Julian Gough||Icebear has arrived in Rabbit and Bear’s valley, and he wants to be king. He’s big and scary, and the more kind and understanding the animals are, the meaner he becomes.
Rabbit is confused: Bear has always been able to fix their problems in the past – but maybe this time he needs to ask for help from someone else. Does Wolf have the answer to the bad king’s demands … or will Rabbit and the other animals find the solution within themselves?
|Ira Aldridge : the Shakespearean actor||Judy Hepburn||1883 and Fred is working as a stagehand at the Theatre Royal. When the star actor falls ill, American actor Ira Aldridge steps in. Can they save the show?|
|The Marvelous Granny Jinks and Me||Serena Holly||When Jada Jinks finds a box of magic tricks in her granny’s flat, she uncovers her granny’s SECRET dream of becoming a magician. Jada soon decides that she’s going to help Granny Jinks fulfil her dreams, but one thing stands in her way – her dad, Jonny Jinks, who hates magic!|
|The spitfang lizard||Humphrey, Kris||It’s Leo’s job as the Guardian’s apprentice to protect the village from the monsters that lurk in the surrounding forest. Whenever a monster gets too close to the village walls Leo must venture out, using his magical map to first find the monster and then do battle with it.|
|Flyntlock Bones : The eye of Mogdrod||Derek Keilty||A priceless golden chalice has been stolen from Fergus McSwaggers, fearsome chief of the squelchy Bog Islands … and he wants it back! Can Flynn and the crew of the Black Hound solve their most dangerous case yet, battling deadly ice pirates, outsmarting squabbling clans, and facing the scariest beast of all the Seven Seas, the monstrous, cat-like Mogdrod?|
|The secret explorers and the rainforest rangers||SJ King||Follow rainforest expert Ollie on an exciting mission to rescue a lost baby orangutan in the steamy rainforest of Borneo. Accompanied by engineering expert Kiki, they set out in a glider to search for the friendly ape.
Along the way, they encounter greedy plantation owners who are plotting to destroy the forest to expand a palm oil plantation! They also learn about the threat that endangered animals and plants face due to deforestation.
|Velda the Awesomest Viking and the voyage of deadly doom||David MacPhail||Velda is a small girl with a big axe. The only problem is, everyone thinks she can’t be a proper Viking because she’s “just a little girl”. PURLEASE! She sets sail with Freya, captain of the dragonship Valkyrie, and her notoriously ferocious crew for a life of awesome adventure (and very loud belching).|
|Mirabelle breaks the rules||Harriet Muncaster||Mirabelle’s mum is a witch, her dad is a fairy, and she is a bit of both.
When Mirabelle goes off to witch school she promises not to cause any mischief . . .
But then potions class goes a bit wrong and flying practise is a disaster. Soon enough, Mirabelle finds herself getting up to some seriously mischievous behaviour. Hopefully, with the help of her best friend, Carlotta, she can put everything right before home time.
|Sadiq and the bridge builders (and others)||Siman Nuurali||Lately it seems to be raining constantly, making it difficult for Sadiq to play outside. When the librarian at his school starts a building club, Sadiq and his friends decide to join. They’re tasked with building a city model to withstand a natural disaster. Inspired by the flooding happening in their own community, can Sadiq and friends come up with a solution?|
|Erika and the Anger Mare||Tom Percival||Erika Delgano can sometimes get a little angry . . .
Her little brother manages to ruin everything, and her parents don’t have any time for her.
And one night things go from bad to worse when she falls asleep upset – she finds herself stuck in a bad dream with no way to get home and being chased by a terrifying Angermare!
Enter the Dream Defenders – a top-secret organisation that will banish your worries while you sleep! Can they help Erika stand up to the Angermare, or will she be trapped forever?
|Ballet Bunnies: The lost slipper||Swapna Reddy||Millie is excited about her theatre outing, where she and her class will be watching a wonderful performance of the ballet Cinderella.
On her feet, Millie is wearing a special present from Aunty Karen – a pair of new shoes that twinkle and sparkle just like Cinderella’s glass slippers. But when she trips over in the crowded foyer, she is horrified to find one of her gorgeous shoes is missing!
Luckily, Millie has brought along her friends, the ballet bunnies, who help her search for her lost shoe… with a little magical input from an unexpected fairy godmother.
|Llama on a mission!||Annabelle Sami||Yasmin Shah is just like any other ten-year-old girl, with a crazy loud family, the BEST best friend ever and a talking toy llama!
With the help of her loud guardian llama Levi, Yasmin has finally found her voice, but her mission has only just begun. She is determined to use her new-found confidence to help her friends, starting with turning Levi back into his true guardian llama form and getting him back into Seen Not Herd – the secret society of guardian llamas.
|The Worries : Sohal finds a friend||Jion Sheibani||Everyone feels worried sometimes. But what if your worries came to life and started following you around?
Sohal worries about a lot of things: the dark, mutant sheep, being alone – you name it, he worries about it! So one night he tries drawing his worries to make himself feel better – and somehow they look a lot less worrying once they’re scribbled down.
But then imagine Sohal’s surprise when he wakes up the next morning to find a set of funny, furry friends at the end of his bed!
|Ping and the Missing Ring||Emma Shevah||When Ping visits her Aunty Lek and her cousins Tong and Taptim it usually isn’t long before they’re on an adventure. Aunty Lek’s precious ring is missing, and she’s sure it’s been stolen. Will Ping, Tong and Taptim be able to solve the case of the missing ring?|
|Nikhil and Jay save the day||Chitra Soundar||In Nikhil and Jay’s family, there’s always fun and mischief! Jay wants to do things by himself on his birthday, but sharing with Nikhil turns out to be more fun. Then they all go to visit Grandad and Nana – but where is the story dragon? On Pancake Day, Amma makes yummy dosa, Indian pancakes. And last but not least, Nikhil and Jay help to save their local library.|
|Sindhu and Jeets Detective Agency||Chitra Soundar||Sindhu and Jeet are the best detectives in town: they solve all their cases with a dollop of observation, a dash of imagination and a whole load of legwork. And when they travel from India to England for a holiday, the detective work doesn’t stop!|