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Recommended reading books for children

This website aims to provide exciting, stimulating and engaging reading suggestions for Primary and Secondary school aged children. The lists are designed for parents, teachers, school English departments, librarians and anyone who buys books for children. These are books your children will want to read! The lists have been complied to include fiction and non-fiction books for all abilities, including reluctant readers and the most able - with an emphasis on fun and thought provoking reads.
Carnegie Medal for Literature

2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlisted Books

The 2016 shortlist of books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 – recommended for children aged 10-14+ and young adults in primary and secondary schools. A great list for secondary school class readers and summer reading material for teens.

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Reading list for Year 3 pupils KS2 Age 7-8

Suggested reading books for pupils in Year Three, aged 7-8. A diverse and interesting range of exciting titles aimed at boys and girls of all abilities in lower key stage two including books by Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson and Tony Bradman

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Children’s Writing Competitions

This list of children’s writing competitions was last updated on Radio Two 500 words short story competition for children aged 13 and under. Rotary Club International Young Writer competition. Voices – a writing competition, run by the charity Coram Voice, which is open to children and young people who are in or have experience of […]

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Children’s Book Festivals, Events and Competitions

Below is a calendared list of competitions, festivals and events ideal for schools to promote to primary and secondary aged pupils. Enlivening a curriculum throughout the year with gifted and talented opportunities and exit pathways is essential to promoting literacy across a school. If you would like your event or competition added to this list, […]

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Children’s Literature Awards

Following established annual Children’s Literature awards is a good way to decide which books to pick when purchasing new stock for your school library, or which new books to buy for your children. Leading UK and international Children’s Literature awards The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals The Newbery […]

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About Us

The School Reading List is curated and reviewed by a small group of librarians and English teachers who meet each Summer to discuss books which have worked well with groups of children, new releases within the last 12 months and the shortlists for children's literature awards.

We also decide on a book of the month which we feature on the website, normally after the 20th of each month. These titles tend to be selected from pre-release lists, or copies provided to us via national and local book sellers, authors, agents, or publishers.

Only books which have been read to children or 'road-tested' with classes are reviewed or suggested.