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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.