What book should I read?
Reading offers children access to worlds they may never see; perspectives they may never have encountered; vocabulary that opens new doors in their writing and ideas that spark their imaginations and lust for life.
There are some truly wonderful books for children aged 8-14 but sometimes it is difficult to know what to read and even harder for parents to decide what is a 'high quality text' book.
Our school reading scheme is designed to develop the children's reading skills and expose them to a wide range of genre and vocabulary but it doesn't mean they can't read anything else! Here are some of my favourites - you will find some of them in the reading scheme.
You can find tips for the best children's books at these websites
Here are my other suggestions:
I'm currently loving all the books by the incredible Katherine Rundell including Rooftoppers, The Explorer, The Girl Savage and The Wolf Wilder. The vocabulary in these books is incredible.
- Wonder by R J Palacio
-The Messenger Bird by Ruth Eastham.
-The Memory Box by Ruth Eastham.
-Holes by Louis Sacher.
-Itch by Simon Mayo.
-Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis.
-My name is Mina by David Almond.
-Skelleg by David Almond.
-Trash by Andy Mulligan.
-The other side of the Truth by Beverley Naidoo.
- Broken Glass by Sally Grindley.
-The boy in the striped pyjamas by John Boyne.
-Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders.
-Fortunately the Milk by Neil Garmin.
-A boy and a bear in a boat by Dave Sheldon.
-Breaking Starlin's nose by Eugene Yelchin.
-Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle
-The Astounding Brocolli Boy by Frank Cottell-Boyce
-The Last Wolf by Michael Mopurgo
-The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
-Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr
Some great book series
-How to train your dragon (The original book is completely different to the film)
-A series of unfortunate events
- Percy Jackson
-In 30 seconds (non fiction books about Space, Earth, Inventions, Science and much more)
Brilliant picture books that offer lots of opportunity for discussion as well as quality text
-The lost happy endings
-Cloud tea monkeys
-Leon and the place between
-The man who walked between the towers
-Wolves in the wall
-How to live forever
-Tell me a dragon
-The Land of Never Believe
Gorgeous picture books without text that will spark discussion and imagination
-Flotsam by David Weisner (he has many other wonderful books)
-Journey, Quest (and soon Return) by Aaron Becker
-Imagine by Norman Messenger
and finally some authors who have written lots of brilliant books
- Gill Lewis