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School Reading List Book of the Month

School Reading List Book of the Month

The School Reading List compiles this list of recommended books monthly. This book of the month list highlights new releases and editions of fiction and non-fiction books suitable for children and young adults aged 5-16.

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CILIP Carnegie book award shortlist 2017

2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlisted Books

The 2017 shortlist of books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 – 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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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. Go Ape children’s writing competition for children aged between 4 and 12, in two categories: 4-7 and 8-12. Prizes include your height in books and a […]

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Suggested reading books for children in Year 7 of secondary school

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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Suggested reading books for children in Year 7 of secondary school

Suggested reading list for Year 7 pupils | KS3 | Age 11-12

Peruse our selection of reading tips for 11 and 12 year olds at the start of secondary school in Year 7. There’s a selection of reading choices for girls and boys, including classics, well-known authors, new titles, cult fiction and short stories. This recommended reading list is aimed at all ability ranges including the more […]

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Key Stage Two Reading Books

Suggested reading list for Year 5 pupils | KS2 | Age 9-10

This suggested reading list offers lots of choice for nine and ten year olds. From fantasy to animal stories and mysteries to science fiction adventure, there’s something for every upper primary child. These titles are suitable for children aged 9-10 in Year 5 of primary school and include titles suitable for inspiring reluctant readers.

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About Us

The School Reading List is curated and reviewed by a small group of librarians, English teachers and parents 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 our 'Book of the Month' page, updated at the start of each month. These titles tend to be books which have been recently released.

The books we recommend are almost always bought from bookshops - both on the high street and online. Sometimes pre release copies are provided to us via national and local book sellers, authors, agents, or publishers, but the majority of titles are picked off the shelf. We want to replicate our readers' experiences.

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

Sometimes we are approached by authors, agents or publishers asking how we select books and requesting that a title be considered for a list. Our only requirement is that a book has been published and is widely available from bookshops and online outlets. We look at all suggestions and add books which have excellent feedback from young readers and teachers.

We are happy for any school or organisation to link to our website and book list pages, but please don't copy our book descriptions or other content - this is a copyright issue. We write all our own reviews - please respect our hard work! We are protected by Copyscape who alert us to any problems and emails are sent out automatically to websites and hosts.

If you would like custom written book lists for your website, organisation or reading group, please let us know and we will be happy to quote a price.