School Reading List Summer Reading Challenge 2024 - Two Reads and a Dream

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer reading challenge – A good reading challenge will not only promote reading and encourage reading for pleasure, but it will encourage a reading culture to spread like a virus throughout your school.

School Reading List Book of the Month

School Reading List Children’s Book of the Month

The School Reading List compiles this list of recommended books monthly. This children’s and YA books of the month list highlights new releases and editions of fiction and non-fiction books suitable for children and young adults aged 2-16.

Seaside themed books for children

Seaside books for children

Seaside themed stories for EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3 with titles by Michael Rosen, Mairi Hedderwick, Shirley Hughes, Sam Usher, Atinuke, Richard Pickard, Michael Morpurgo, Lauren St John, Liz Kessler and more.

Refugees and migration books for children and teens

Refugees and migration books for children and teens

Refugees and migration books for children and teens, featuring books by Erika Meza, Na’ima B. Robert, Brian Bilston, Eoin Colfer, Onjali Q. Raúf, Sita Brahmachari, Armin Greder, Michael Rosen, Ele Fountain and Malcolm Duffy.

Books for reception

Reception recommended reading list for children aged 4-5

Books for Reception – a collection of great picture books for EYFS children aged 4-5 in UK primary schools. Picked by teachers and librarians, this reading list contains stories and poems by Michael Rosen, Steve Weatherill, Jeanne Willis, Oliver Jeffers, Julie Fulton, and more.

Books for Year 1

Year 1 recommended reading list for children aged 5-6

Books for Year 1 – here’s our selection to challenge and interest children aged 5-6 in UK primary schools. Handpicked recommendations from teachers and librarians, with titles by Michael Rosen, Julia Donaldson, Jon Klassen, Judith Kerr, Satoshi Kitamura, and more.

Books for Year 2

Year 2 recommended reading list for children aged 6-7

A selection of reading books for Year 2 to challenge and interest pupils aged 6-7 in KS1 classes in UK primary schools. Authors include Eoin Colfer, Clotilde Perrin, Michael Rosen and Enid Blyton.

100 pictures books for EYFS to read before you are five years old

100 picture books for EYFS to read before you are 5 years old

100 picture books for EYFS to read before you are 5 years old. A selection of picture books which are ideal for children who are learning to read in Nursery, Early Years, infants and Pre-Prep schools.

Children's books about kindness, empathy and love.

Empathy, kindness and love books for children

Kindness, empathy and love children’s books for students aged 3-12+ including titles by Laura Dockrill, Malcolm Duffy, Dan Smith, Alice Oseman, Jess McGeachin, Michael Rosen, Catherine Rayner, Satoshi Kitamura, Suma Subramaniam, Benjamin Dean, R J Palacio & more.

Books for bedtime reading to children

Books for bedtime

Books for bedtime to read to children – a selection of books by Jill Murphy, Allan Ahlberg, Maurice Sendak, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Fiona Watt, Claire Freedman, and more; which are ideal for reading to children at bedtime.

Poetry books for 7-11-year-olds

Poetry books for 7-11-year-olds

Children’s poetry for 7-11-year-olds with collections and anthologies by Michael Rosen, Joseph Coelho, Carol Ann Duffy, Brian Moses, Benjamin Zephaniah, Zaro Weil, Kate Wakeling, Neal Zetter, John Agard, T.S Eliot, Maya Angelou, Kaye Webb and more.

Diversity books for children in KS1 and KS2 primary schools

Teaching diversity through reading in primary schools

Books to help teach diversity to children in KS1 and KS2 in primary schools – with characters and settings to introduce age-appropriate discussions of the diversity of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, education, disability, identity, nationality, religion, sexuality, neurodiversity, social background, and beliefs.

Sixth Form reading list book recommendations

Sixth Form Reading List Book Recommendations

Sixth Form reading list book recommendations. Here’s our list of 50+ recommended books for year 12 and year 13 students with an inspiring and diverse range of titles by Wole Soyinka, Te-Ping Chen, Susan Fletcher, Michael Rosen, and more.

Winter themed books for children and teens

Winter topic books

Winter themed books for children and teens with titles by Chitra Soundar, Walter De la Mare, Dawn Casey, i-Spy, Abi Elphinstone, Sam Usher, Sue Hendra, Michael Morpurgo, Melissa Albert and Michael Rosen.

Books for 4 year olds

Books for 4 year olds

Books for 4-year-olds – favourites chosen by children including titles by Eric Hill, Axel Scheffler, Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg, Kes Grey, Jim Field, Roger Hargreaves, Reverand W Awdry, Mick Inkpen, Craig Smith, Eric Carle & Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Victorians topic books for children

Victorians topic books

Victorians topic books for children with titles by Mick Manning, E.L Norry, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen, Catherine Bruton, Philip Pullman, Berlie Doherty, Terry Deary, Lindsay Galvin and Kieran Larwood.

World War 2 books for children and teens. Image of Koeln in 1945

World War 2 books for children and teens

Children’s and teen books about World War 2 with fiction, nonfiction, true stories, picture books, graphic novels, poetry and diaries, with titles by Michael Rosen, Bali Rai, Tom Palmer, Sufiya Ahmed, Michael Morpurgo, Ruta Sepetys and Anne Frank.

November 2023 book club picks

November 2023 book club picks

November 2023’s set of book club recommendations feature inspiring nonfiction and gripping fantasy worlds by Michael Rosen, Polly Ho-Yen, Sarah Darwin, Rachel Lawston, Nona Willis Aronowitz, Andrea Warner, Sebastien de Castell and Nicholas Bowling.

Storybooks online

Storybooks online – free videos of children’s and YA books

Storybooks online – here’s our curated collection of video online stories read by authors including Cressida Cowell, Aisha Bushby, Alex Wheatle, Catherine Bruton, David Walliams, Malorie Blackman, Michael Rosen and more.

Remembrance and war topic books for children in KS1 and KS2

Children’s books about war and remembrance

Remembrance and war topic books for children in KS1 and KS2 suitable for literacy, research, and cross-curricular topics. Including titles by Michael Rosen, Lois Lowry, Tom Palmer, Kate Saunders, Martin Impey, Bali Rai, and Judith Loske.

Food and cookery topic books

Food and cookery topic books

Food and cookery topic books including picture books by Gianna Pollero, Jasbinder Bilan, Winsome Bingham, Ewa Jozefkowicz, Chris Callaghan, A.F. Harrold, Morag Hood, Laura Gladwin and more.

Why we should not ban books

Why we shouldn’t ban books | Series 1, Episode 6

Season 1, Episode 6 of the School Reading List podcast. With new book post, 30 great books for January 2023, a look at our year 1 book list and why we shouldn’t ban books.

Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen and Polly Dunbar

Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Ready for Spaghetti by Michael Rosen and Polly Dunbar visits every corner of the small child’s sensory-world – the bathroom, the swings in the park, boiled eggs for breakfast, clouds, sucking up spaghetti & hugging teddy.

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.

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.

 

Bestselling books by Michael Rosen



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