A selection of reading books to challenge and interest Year 1 pupils – aged 5-6 – in KS1 primary schools. Authors include Michael Rosen and Margaret Mahy.
A selection of reading books to challenge and interest Year 9 pupils – aged 13-14 – in KS3 secondary schools. Authors include Gary Paulsen and Judy Blume.
Suggested toys & games to develop an understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in primary and secondary school children aged 5-12.
A selection of reading books to challenge and interest Year 8 pupils – aged 12-13 – in KS3 secondary schools. Authors include Michael Morpurgo and Anne Fine.
Suggested reading books for pupils in Year Four, aged 8-9. A selection of exciting titles aimed at boys and girls of all abilities in lower key stage two.
Recommended reading books for childrenThis 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.
A selection of reading books to challenge and interest Year 2 pupils – aged 6-7 – in KS1 primary schools. Authors include Eoin Colfer and Enid Blyton.
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.
A list of resources for English teachers including links to curriculum, assessment, creative writing, extra-curricular, enrichment and motivational ideas.
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
A list of links to website promoting public speaking and reading aloud competitions, initiatives and schemes for children in primary and secondary schools.
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. IGGY & Litro Young Writers’ Prize 2014/2015. For children aged 13-18. FLY (Festival of Literature for Young People) competition. Open to pupils aged 11-18. This competition […]
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, […]
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 […]
Puffin Book Club (now closed) Scholastic Book Fair Travelling Book fair Usborne Book fairs BookedUp – sadly now closed. BookBuzz – books for your school library Book Trust School Library Book Pack for secondary school libraries
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.