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Brilliant Books

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 or in our class library.


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.

- Illegal by Eoin Colfer

- Broken Glass by Sally Grindley.

- 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.

- Malamander by Thomas Taylor

- Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

- Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle

- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

- Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr

- Pax by Sara Pennypacker



Some great book series

- Alex Rider

- Charlie Bone

- Harry Potter

- How to train your dragon (The original book is completely different to the film)

- Spy Girl

- Flying Fergus

- 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

- Black dog

- Wolves in the wall

- How to live forever

- Tell me a dragon

- Way Home

- The Wonder

- The Promise


Gorgeous picture books without text that will spark discussion and imagination

- Flotsam by David Weisner (he has many other wonderful books)

- Journey, Quest, Return by Aaron Becker

- The Arrival

- Imagine by Norman Messenger


and finally some authors who have written lots of brilliant books

- Michael Mopurgo

- Roald Dahl

- Philip Pullman

- Sally Grindley

- David Almond

- Ruth Eastham

- Katherine Rundell

- Gill Lewis