Pops by Gavin Bishop

Pops by Gavin Bishop

Pops by Gavin Bishop is a very stimulating, very special book which will appeal to children aged between two and four, with illustrations that are bold, direct and strangely primitive, simple and at the same time holding within them a lot to point at and talk about.

Unraveller by Frances Hardinge

Unraveller by Frances Hardinge

Unraveller will appeal to readers of Patrick Ness and Amanda Hocking. Weaving in strands from the darker side of fairy tales – including human to animal transformation and unhealthy family relationships – it is a powerful and immersive tale.

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.

The Cartoons That Saved the World by Tom Ellen

The Cartoons that Saved the World by Tom Ellen

The Cartoons that Saved the World is a light, fast paced story that is perfect for comic book fans who are looking for a more substantial read. The inventive characters and made up words add humor to the madcap story and encourage reading aloud.

Once Upon a Fever by Angharad Walker

Once Upon a Fever by Angharad Walker

Once Upon a Fever is an absorbing read with well-developed strong female characters, an immersive fantasy setting and a fast-paced plot. It is highly recommended for fans of intelligent dystopian fiction who like to be challenged in their expectations and assumptions.

Alte Zachen: Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor

Alte Zachen: Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor

Alte Zachen: Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor is a witty, moving and illuminating story which has much to say about the big events of the last hundred years, and about how different generations can absorb lessons from each other’s viewpoints.

I'm More Than A Sheep by Bethany Christou

I’m More Than A Sheep by Bethany Christou

I’m More Than A Sheep by Bethany Christou is a busy, dramatic tale, illustrated with boldly colourful pictures. It carries an important sub-text about individuality, friendship and the need sometimes to rely on others.

The More Monster by Hayley Wells

The More Monster, written and illustrated by Hayley Wells

More urgently than ever now, we need the coming generation to hear the warnings hammering on the door. Hayley Wells has produced a brilliant book that is bound to spark serious questions in the minds of any youngster who reads it.

When Creature Met Creature by John Agard and illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

When Creature Met Creature by John Agard, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

And are you looking for the perfect book to read with children and encourage them in their new enthusiasm? When Creature Met Creature by John Agard is a portal into a deeper understanding of the child’s everyday world, and the crucial role played in it by language.

Adventures in Time: Alexander the Great by Dominic Sandbrook

Adventures in Time: Alexander the Great By Dominic Sandbrook

Alexander the Great By Dominic Sandbrook is a beautifully produced book. With its marvellous illustrations by Edward Bettison, it’s full of fascinating facts and valuable life lessons and, perhaps most important, it is hugely enjoyable to read.

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo – this edition will enchant a watching class as the teacher reads and shares; and at home, the story itself will be a gift to treasure.

Minecraft Maths Official Workbook - Year 6

Minecraft Official Workbooks

Minecraft Official Workbooks – 12 exciting new Minecraft themes workbooks for English and Maths, ideal for children in years 1-6 and covering all aspects of National Curriculum strands in KS1 and KS2.

By Rowan and Yew by Melissa Harrison

By Rowan and Yew by Melissa Harrison

By Rowan and Yew by Melissa Harrison – the parallels with our disappearing environment are powerfully obvious and the reader is never in doubt that we have to work together to save the world that we share with nature.

The Bear Who Sailed The Ocean On An Iceberg by Emily Critchley

The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg by Emily Critchley

The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg by Emily Critchley – the witty and playful use of language delivered mainly through Monty, and the humour that runs throughout the book will appeal to both young and adult readers.

The Little Thing by Nick Cave

The Little Thing by Nick Cave

The Little Thing by Nick Cave features vibrant and ultra-high colour contrast illustrations that will intrigue children aged 3+. The hardback format with large print and each character’s dialogue on facing pages lends itself to shared reading or possibly as a thought-provoking bedtime story.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – the lively, dramatic versions of Eliot’s cat-worlds will capture and sustain the interest of new readers and, for those already familiar with its charms, help confirm its status as a classic.

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones

Rita Wong and the Jade Mask by Mark Jones has a dreamlike, almost hypnotic quality that works brilliantly and the cover and illustrations by Seamus Jennings capture the shadowy mystery and warm humour beautifully. I read the book in two sittings.

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

The Week at World’s End by Emma Carroll

The Week at World’s End is rich in period detail and all the characters are vivid and entirely believable. We care about what happens to them, and to the world they live in. I would recommend it for pupils in Years 6, 7 or 8.

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers by Jen Campbell is a deliciously dark selection of peculiarly modern and relevant traditional tales. This collection will appeal to years children in years five and six who like short stories with danger, excitement and mystery.

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National Geographic Kids Everything KS2 history books

National Geographic Kids Everything KS2 history books – four superb new non-fiction texts suitable for children in KS2, covering the Stone Age to the Iron Age period, Romans in Britain, the Anglo Saxons, and World War II.

When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari

When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari

When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari does much more than just describe people and locations; it examines deep human impulses. The failures of a systems-driven society that so often neglects and then ignores young people are laid bare.

Book of Numbers by Oliver Jeffers

Book of Numbers by Oliver Jeffers

Book of Numbers – this enchanting book teems with pictures and ideas which cannot fail to engage a curious child aged between three and seven. This is an ideal book to read and share and discuss with nursery aged children.

Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler

Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler

Our Beautiful Game by Lou Kuenzler is about learning from and being inspired by others. It’s a gripping read full of fascinating facts and valuable life lessons. A hugely enjoyable book.

The Ash House by Angharad Walker

The Ash House by Angharad Walker

The Ash House by Angharad Walker is a great work of imagination that grips the reader from the first page. It is not an ‘easy read’ but it is refreshingly original and vividly powerful.

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt

Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt explores themes of good and evil and love and hate and examines issues of gender and class expectations and family relationships and reconciliation. But most important of all the book is a great adventure story.

The Time Traveller and the Tiger by Tania Unsworth

The Time Traveller and the Tiger by Tania Unsworth

The true hero is the tiger, the huge mysterious presence in the story and the mainspring of its action. The author treats it with reverence and describes it in impressively stately language:

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling

Song of the Far Isles by Nicholas Bowling is a marvellous book with a beautifully calm and satisfying conclusion to the story. Highly recommended for late Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 independent readers.

Rita’s Rabbit by Laura Mucha and Hannah Peck

Rita’s Rabbit by Laura Mucha and Hannah Peck

Rita’s Rabbit – Rita is desperate to be given a rabbit for her birthday. Instead, her grandpa gets her Spike, a bearded dragon. This is a cheering, enjoyable story, made more so by Hannah Peck’s detailed and funny illustrations.

Sports Legends by Rick Broadbent

Sports Legends: 50 Inspiring People by Rick Broadbent

Sports Legends by Rick Broadbent. This great book is all about hearts, stomachs and feelings, drama, passion and joy. It is about learning from, and being inspired by others and invites you to confront your own doubts and prejudices.

Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye

Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye

Musical Truth – this accessible, lively and informative book is ideal for KS3 and KS4 aged pupils who want to explore British history through music. It’s also an ideal starting point for personal writing projects in KS4.

The Young Cyclist's Companion by Peter Drinkell

The Young Cyclist’s Companion by Peter Drinkell

The Young Cyclist’s Companion is an excellent addition to KS2 libraries. This comprehensive hardback guide to owning and riding a bicycle will appeal to a wide range of children in KS2.

Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway

Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway

Big Sky Mountain by Alex Milway. The importance of peaceful co-existence with nature is delivered with humour and fun. The maps and illustrations add greatly to the overall reading experience in this great read-aloud for year 2.

The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold – An American Journey by Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold – An American Journey by Kamala Harris. This inspiring and lively autobiography is an honest account of how she dealt with her struggles and battles, never descending to rancour or resentment.

Ten Little Dogs by Ruth Brown

Ten Little Dogs by Ruth Brown

Ten Little Dogs by Ruth Brown is a perfect book for sitting down with a two- or three-year-old; each stage involves learning numbers and sequence and there’s a solid narrative to follow that encourages plenty of talking.

Zoom Adventure Series by Susan Hayes

Zoom Adventure Series

Zoom Adventure by Susan Hayes. The ZOOM books are written with energy and humour. They provide plenty of scope for imaginative talk, jokes, enlargement of the stories and incidents and discussion about the creatures and plants which inhabit them.

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne

Panda at the Door by Sarah Horne is a winning combination of traditional furry bear cosiness and smart technology and Cal’s childhood anxiety will strike a chord with many young readers.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town – direct and spare, it examines deep human impulses: love, acceptance and security; and isolation, anger and instability. Accessible and easy to read, this is an ideal short story collection for Year 10 and 11.

The Magician's Map by Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai

The Magician’s Map by Mikki Lish and Kelly Ngai

The Magician’s Map – a recipe for magical mayhem that is genuinely thought-provoking and wonderfully imaginative. Highly ecommended for independent readers in upper KS2 and lower KS3.

White Fox in the Forest by Chen Jiatong

White Fox in the Forest by Chen Jiatong

A tribute to Chen Jiatong’s great skill, White Fox in the Forest is a powerful story in which the animals achieve wisdom through their seeking and celebration of faith, kindness, love and courage.

Alone! by Barry Falls

Alone! by Barry Falls

Alone! will prompt young readers to examine their own needs and to resist the normalisation of conventions that simply might not suit them. And the illustrations are absolutely stunning!

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.

Brilliant Brainz Magazine

Brilliant Brainz is a vibrant and interesting magazine for children aged 7-11, and one which is ideal for classroom and school libraries. With a wide variety of topics each month, including art, philosophy, music, food, science, sport and tech – there’s something to grab every primary aged child.

No! Said Rabbit by Marjoke Henrichs

NO! said Rabbit by Marjoke Henrichs

NO! said Rabbit – the register of the writing, the journey through the familiar events of the day and the chunky crayoned illustrations are perfectly attuned to the sensibilities of a two-to-three-year-old.

Ganster School 3 - Gruffles and the Killer Sheep by Kate Wiseman

Gangster School: Gruffles and the Killer Sheep by Kate Wiseman

Think Harry Potter meets Artemis Fowl meets Indiana Jones with thrills and spills told at a spin-dryer top speed with more fizz than an energy drink. This Gangster School story is a middle-grade roller coaster, rammed with jokes, razor-sharp language, unusual observations and … killer sheep.

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.

Thunderbolt by Wilbur Smith with Chris Wakling

Thunderbolt by Wilbur Smith with Chris Wakling

Thunderbolt is a cleverly woven piece of page-turning adventure that will excite its KS2 and KS3 readers but also, hopefully, make them think critically about the world in which they are growing up.

My Sneezes Are Perfect by Rakhshan Rizwan and Yusuf Samee

My Sneezes Are Perfect by Rakhshan Rizwan and Yusuf Samee

My Sneezes Are Perfect. When the tide of Covid finally recedes, how much silt will it leave in its wake? Rakhshan Rizwan, calmly and with humour and wisdom, offers her son hope and assurance.

By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa Harrison

By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa Harrison

By Ash, Oak and Thorn. Approach this book with your disbelief suspended and your imagination receptive and you will be welcomed, as I was, into the Wild World. Ideal for 9-12 year olds.

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves is subtly and fluently revealed, in a world which is recognisable and entirely believable. The carefully-woven interplay of narrative, response and stagecraft, had me on the verge of tears and almost gasping with admiration.

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Happy Healthy Minds by The School of Life

Happy Healthy Minds is an engrossing and affecting read for children aged 10-16 and a must-have resource for home educators and KS2 and KS3 teachers of PSHE. Highly recommended.

Adventure in Athens - The Time Travel Diaries by Caroline Lawrence

Adventure in Athens by Caroline Lawrence

In Adventure in Athens, everyday sights, sounds and smells, the casual brutality, the strange conventions and the convincing sense that people in history always regard themselves as advanced, are all skilfully presented and interwoven with a gripping suspense story.

The Extraordinary Elements by Colin Stuart cover

The Extraordinary Elements by Colin Stuart

The Extraordinary Elements is perfect for children who like to accumulate a lot of facts and information. Written in a catchy and accessible style, the nature of each element is explained concisely and clearly to appeal to children and encourage them to find out more.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Hello, Universe has pace, energy and interest on every page. The characters are accurately drawn and capture all the hope, creativity and dread which are usually in store every day when you’re eleven.

Daydreams and Jellybeans by Alex Wharton

Daydreams and Jellybeans by Alex Wharton and Katy Riddell

Daydreams and Jellybeans is a fun and imaginative collection of thirty-five poems that are ideal to read aloud to children aged seven to eleven and useful for teachers in KS2 to help develop performance poetry and model writing ideas.

Time School: We Will Honour Them by Nikki Young

Time School: We Will Honour Them by Nikki Young

This is another exciting time-travel outing for Nadia, Jess, Tomma and Ash, this time finding themselves in their school back in the winter of 1947 and saving Nadia’s grandfather from an uncertain fate. A pacy and gripping story.

The Awesome Power of Sleep by Nicola Morgan

The Awesome Power of Sleep by Nicola Morgan

The Awesome Power of Sleep is full of fascinating facts, hugely enjoyable to read and the science is presented in an entertaining way. A great resource for teenagers, secondary PSHE teachers and parents overseeing KS3, KS4 and KS5 home learning.

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Metropolis by Benoit Tardif

Metropolis – a visually compelling picture book that transports the reader to 32 exciting and diverse cities around the world. Let your child build a bucket list of dream destinations to visit during their lifetime!

101 Awesome Women who transformed science

101 Awesome Women Who Transformed Science

101 Awesome Women Who Transformed Science. Reading this book has altered my angle of vision. If it had been available to me when I was twelve it would have transformed it entirely.

Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Darwin’s Dragons is a marvellous tale that plunges the reader into Charles Darwin’s HMS Beagle voyage and adds a young boy’s wonder, imagination and bravery into the historical mix. This is a fantasy firmly grounded in historical fact and geographical realism.

The Princess and the Pea by Campbell Books

The Princess and the Pea illustrated by Emma Martinez

The Princess and the Pea – with colourful and intriguing illustrations and push, slide and turn mechanisms which reveal new characters, this charming book can be read again and again without exhausting its possibilities.

Taylor Before and After by Jennie Englund

Taylor Before and After by Jennie Englund

Taylor Before and After explores the turmoil experienced by teens in a way that will captivate not just YA readers, but their teachers, parents, and younger siblings. It’s perfect to read in one sitting during the summer holiday and ideal for book club discussion when schools return.

The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Veronica Cossanteli

The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Veronica Cossanteli

The Marvellous Land of Snergs – This is a delightful fantasy, interwoven with values of courage, loyalty and the strength and love of true friendships. Highly recommended for children in years 3-6 who want to become lost in an imaginative and transformative fairy tale.

Another Twist in the Tale by Catherine Bruton

Another Twist in the Tale by Catherine Bruton

Another Twist in the Tale – here is a superbly constructed story which moves along at a cracking pace. Characters from the original interact with the vivid, glowing beings from Catherine Bruton’s imagination.

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Shark Super Powers by Jillian Morris & Duncan Brake

Shark Super Powers is ideal for reluctant readers and cross-curricular teaching. It’s well-suited to literacy lessons and topic work in years 3&4, home-learning projects, and as a fun-packed reference text for KS2 libraries. 

The World's Most Magnificent Machines by David Long

The World’s Most Magnificent Machines by David Long

The World’s Most Magnificent Machines is ideal for KS2 aged children and with accessible, well-written, and interesting content. Each machine is presented as a short and detailed story – perfect for capturing the imagination of a reluctant reader.

On the Move Poems About Migration by Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake

On the Move Poems About Migration by Michael Rosen

On the Move Poems about Migration – the soil here is rich with stories, suggestions, half-remembered distant relatives and half-understood absences. Dig deep enough and we find the horror.

Absolutely Everything by Christopher Lloyd

Absolutely Everything is an ambitious concept and a stunningly realised achievement. This book is highly recommended for children aged 10-13 in years 6, 7 and 8 classrooms, and school libraries in Key Stages 2 and 3.

I Like to be Kind by Campbell Books

Little Big Feelings Endorsed by Dr Janet Rose founder of Emotional Coaching UK

Our job, as parents or teachers, is to help children build a solid foundation of confidence and empathy with others. The Little Big Feelings series reminds us, and assures them, that the future does indeed depend on how seriously we take our responsibilities with regard to this awesome task.

Challenge Everything by Blue Sandford

Challenge Everything by Blue Sandford

Blue Sandford’s startling book shows us a different way. In Challenge Everything, she not only spells out how all this has happened but also provides the would-be activist with practical advice on how to engage the media and make the biggest impact.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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