A Trip to the Future by Moira Butterfield

A Trip to the Future by Moira Butterfield

‘A Trip to the Future’ will challenge pupils to think, imagine, be creative, and look for solutions – all of which can be expressed in creative writing, oracy – in the form of debates or short films for home-learning, and deeper philosophical argument in persuasive writing.

The Boy Who Dreamed of Dragons by Andy Shepherd

The Boy Who Dreamed of Dragons by Andy Shepherd

The Boy Who Dreamed of Dragons – the latest in the series of dragon books by Andy Shepherd – is a real winner. A believable story, set in a familiar and homely world where young readers will feel assured.

Earth Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs

Earth Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs and Sophie Williams

Earth Shattering Events is concise with clear explanations. It’s a solid reference book, ideal for home learning, extended projects, and independent study. We’d also recommend it for school and classroom libraries in primary schools.

Born Bad by C K Smouha

Sock Story and Born Bad by C K Smouha

It’s not easy being a child – even the happiest and most secure people have had to cope with days, weeks and months of uncertainty, unease and confusion. C K Smouha has produced two challenging and entertaining books for youngsters who may be facing these things.

I Ate Sunshine For Breakfast by Michael Holland

I Ate Sunshine For Breakfast by Michael Holland

I Ate Sunshine For Breakfast is perfect for children aged 9-14 interested in ecology, green issues and DIY style activities and experiments. The wealth of detail and glorious illustrations make this book ideal for home learning outside or inside.

Scruff by Alice Bowsher

Scruff by Alice Bowsher

The bold, direct drawings, the jokes and observations (all dogs look like their owners, and vice versa) promise a nourishing and hilarious twenty minutes shared with your four-year-old.

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant.

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant

I enjoyed this book tremendously. There is adventure, action and tension on every page. The outcome of their quest is supremely satisfying, reflecting both the sadness of a world shattered by tragedy and the firm hope for a better future.

Build a Castle by Paul Farrell

Build a Castle by Paul Farrell

Build a Castle has great potential as a classroom resource in KS1, KS2, and KS3. With imagination and lateral thinking, this kit can be used to help form ideas for stories, build description and in KS3 there’s a great opportunity to link the graphic art and pop art style to medieval realms units in history.

Ronaldo Rules by Simon Mugford and Dan Green

Ronaldo Rules by Simon Mugford & Dan Green

Everything a football-mad youngster might want is here: bold, dramatic art-work, factual information in clear and direct prose and page after page of biography and statistics charting Cristiano Ronaldo’s stellar career.

Time School by Nikki Young

Time School by Nikki Young

There is plenty of ‘nourishment’ here to satisfy a Year 7 group: action, mystery, humour, everyday detail and even a hint of romance. Two chapters provide more than enough to chew over in a half-hour lesson.

The Pear Affair by Judith Eagle

The Pear Affair by Judith Eagle

The phrase ‘a rollicking good yarn’ appears to have dropped out of fashion in recent years, but if any book warrants its re-introduction, it’s this one. The Pear Affair is an ideal class reader for years 5&6 in KS2.

The Big Green Activity Book by Damara Strong

The Big Green Activity Book by Damara Strong

The Big Green Activity book is bursting with ideas. It’s an ideal resource for wet playtimes, or extension classwork or homework; and it offers teachers ideas for short, fun informal AFL style tests on green and eco-related cross-curricular topics. It’s perfect for classrooms and school libraries.

Poems the wind blew in. Poetry for children.

Poems the wind blew in by Karmelo C. Iribarren

Traces of Wallace Stevens, T S Eliot, Ted Hughes and William Blake in this fresh, clear, startling & spot-on new poetry collection by Karmelo C. Iribarren. Ideal for independent readers in KS2.

The Missing by Michael Rosen

The Missing by Michael Rosen

The Missing is an accessible, engaging and poignant account that will appeal to children aged 9-12. It provides an invaluable human link to events that must never be forgotten. It’s a book about the Holocaust, it’s a book about the present and it’s a warning for all our futures.

The Pearl in the Ice by Cathryn Constable

The Pearl in the Ice by Cathryn Constable

This middle-grade novel is an interesting entwinement of realism and fantasy with a pacey mystery plot and a quest to find the truth – a story which will appeal to children who are just starting to consider and question their position in the world.

A Million Dots by Sven Völker

A Million Dots by Sven Völker

Classroom activities and maths topics in KS2 will benefit from this eye-catching children’s non-fiction book. Sven Völker’s clever presentation and sharp graphics will pose questions for enquiring minds to solve and consider in greater depth.

Dr Maggie's Grand Tour of the Solar System by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock cover

Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

A cleverly presented and engaging personal tour of the solar system, Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour runs Saturn-sized rings around other children’s space books. As well as a history of space and current scientific knowledge, this book is always trying to make children think and look to the future.

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince by Liz Kessler

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince by Liz Kessler

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince is ideal for children in years 5&6 who like to rip through book after book of adventure based thrills and spills. The unique combination of fantasy-tinged seafaring thrills combined with contemporary characters will appeal to a wide demographic of children.

When It Rains by Rassi Narika

When It Rains by Rassi Narika

When It Rains is perfect for reading aloud and in small groups with EYFS and KS1 children and great for discussing different points of view and ways of looking at problems in circle time.

The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World

The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World by Ieva Flamingo

The Girl Who Learned All the Languages of the World is highly recommended for children aged 8-11 who are interested in languages and discovering new words. It would be a great left-field choice for a class reader or book club text and is well-suited for reading aloud.

Notes on my Family

Notes on my Family by Emily Critchley

This startling debut novel is bound to appeal to older teen readers who want something slightly different to read in one or two sittings. It would be perfect for Year 9, 10 and 11 book groups and reluctant readers in KS4 who want a book with bite.

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School Reading List Book of the Month Archive

Each month, the School Reading List compiles a list of recommended books and on this page, we feature an archive of recommendations for picture books, fiction, and nonfiction from previous years.

Peter in Peril

Peter in Peril by Helen Bate

Set in Budapest in 1944, this graphic novel follows the life of Peter, a child, who goes into hiding with his family when the Nazis occupy Hungary during the second world war.


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