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.
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.
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.
Suggested reading books for pupils in Year Six, aged 10-11. A selection of exciting titles aimed at boys and girls of all abilities in upper key stage two.
Revision for 13+ Common Entrance in Year 8, including practice papers, answers, revision guides & notes for English, Maths, Science, French, History & more.
The 2018 shortlist of books for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 – recommended for children aged 9-16 and young adults in primary and secondary schools.
Recommended magazines and newspapers for children aged 3-6, 7-12 and 13+ in the UK. Ideal reading material for pupils in UK primary and secondary schools and useful resources for teachers and school libraries.
Looking for a travel destination to engage your children? How about a location from a favourite children’s book, or an actual landmark or building which inspired a magical or legendary setting from a story? Here’s a list of top holiday spots with literary themes.
A selection of reading books to challenge and interest Year 11 pupils – aged 15-16 – in KS4 secondary schools. Authors include Ray Bradbury and John Steinbeck.
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.
A selection of reading books to challenge and interest Year 10 pupils – aged 14-15 – in KS4 secondary schools. Authors include Jeanette Winterson and JRR Tolkien.
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 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 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.
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. 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 […]
A calendared list of competitions, festivals and events ideal for schools to promote to primary and secondary aged pupils.
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 […]
Scholastic Book Club – Information and teachers and parents. 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
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 […]
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.
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.
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- Activity, mindfulness and colouring books for children
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