Skip to content
Books icon

Book lists

These book lists are produced or recommended by Islington libraries.

Click on the title of the book list for details. Please download for your own use. Most titles will be in stock and can be reserved through the library catalogue or can be requested via our online reservation form. Some titles are available on our eBook and eAudiobook service BorrowBox.

The 100 Caribbean books that made us

A timeless reading list for the Caribbean reader, by the Caribbean reader.


A recommended reading list, including books for children with autism and for families of children or young people with autism.

Banned book list

A list of children's and young adult books that have been banned or challenged in the 21st century.

Black British authors

A book list for children and Young People.

Black Lives Matter

A book list in response to Black Lives Matter – a collection of books as well as eBooks and eAudiobooks available from BorrowBox.

Black sci-Fi and fantasy

A list of 20 Afrofuturism books celebrating the best in Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

British Book Awards 2021

This booklist celebrates the winning books and authors of the British Book Awards 2021


A book list for carers covering dementia, old age, after a stroke and many other conditions.

Children's Manga

A book list of Manga titles recommended for children aged 9-12 years.

Climate change

This list includes a range of books covering climate change and the climate emergency - the issues we face and the future of the planet.


These eBooks have been especially curated to support creativity for people of all ages and families.


A book list of children’s titles celebrating diversity available on eBook and eAudiobook from BorrowBox.

Early years

The best eAudiobooks for Under Fives available from BorrowBox.

Earth Day

A children's booklist aimed at older readers, with the focus on the ways the natural world influences our everyday lives.

Female characters in children’s books

As part of International Women’s Day (8 March 2021), this book list celebrates books that have female lead characters.  

Found in translation

European children’s fiction translated into English.


A book list of eBooks and eMagazines for all those taking part in Islington in Bloom.

Holocaust Memorial Day

A list of books aimed at informing and explaining events surrounding the Holocaust to children aged 8+.

Irish women fiction writers

Novels, contemporary and classic, written by Irish women writers.

LGBT+ book list for under fives

The book list includes thirty of some of the best titles available.

LGBT+ fiction

20 recommended fiction titles for adults that were published in 2021.


The Japanese comic book art form.

Mental health awareness

A list of eBooks and eAudiobooks available from BorrowBox.

National Poetry Day - children’s selection

This list of recommended reads for National Poetry Day 2021 features inspiring new poetry books for children.

National Poetry Day – young adults’ selection

This list of recommended reads for National Poetry Day 2021 features inspiring new poetry books for young adults.

Nature writing 

40 books for adults that are about nature in all its forms. 


For UK Disability History month we have put together a list of recommended books for a Neurodiversity and Neurodivergent book list for children and young people. Most are available as books, and some are available as eBooks or eAudiobooks.


To celebrate Pride we have selected some of the best eBooks and eAudiobooks available on BorrowBox

Primary school

A list of eBooks and eAudiobooks for home learning available from BorrowBox.

Queen’s Jubilee book list

70 books from across the Commonwealth marking seven decades of the Queen’s reign.

Read for empathy collection 2022

Features 60 books for 4-16 year-olds, each chosen to empower an empathy-educated generation.

Reading well for mental health

A book list for children, young adults and adults providing helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences.

Refugee week

A celebration of the contribution, creativity and resilience of refugees. eBooks and eAudiobooks on BorrowBox.

Remembrance Day

A selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks available on BorrowBox.

Secondary school

A list of eBooks and eAudiobooks for home learning available from BorrowBox.

Summer Reading Challenge

Great reads for the Summer Reading Challenge 2023: Ready, Set, Read! 

World of stories

This list of 30 picture books for pre-school children contains stories, poems and traditional tales which show characters which children can identify with and be empowered by.

Was this information helpful?

Data protection: We will handle your personal information in line with the Data Protection Act 1998 and in accordance with the council’s Fair Processing Notice.