To support the reading and literacy we do in school we hope that parents, carers and children will find the attached suggested reading lists inspiring and helpful when choosing books to read at school and at home. The lists were put together following feedback from a "Meet the Head" meeting where parents said they would like some guidance about books for their children to read. Thank you to all those who have worked so hard to compile the lists.
The lists include books that have won awards, are children’s classics, school favourites, and recommendations from blogs, parents and journalists. The lists are set out with a synopsis of the book and it’s cover to help guide in book selection, as well as being split into age recommendations. The lists cover lots of genres and themes to suit all tastes, including comic & graphic novels, poetry, factual books, as well as chapter and picture books. Hopefully they will inspire readers to choose something new and exciting.
The lists are arranged by year group, but this is only a guide. Children may enjoy reading the books from the other lists also, or having books read to them from other lists, whatever their age. So far we have suggested books for Years 3 and 4 and for Years 5 and 6. We are developing lists for younger children.
‘Reading’ Websites and Blogs
We have included below some ‘reading’ websites and blogs that you might find helpful and interesting.
- www.lovereading4kids.co.uk (suggests books for kids and includes the latest book award winners/shortlists)
- www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews (reviews and rates books and other media)
- www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/dec/29/top-10-best-books-bloggers (a good article that lists some book bloggers)
- www.page45.com/world/about/libraries/httpwww-page45-comworld201405page-45-graphic-novels-for-schools-2014-update-2/ (a great website for graphic novels)
- www.schoolreadinglist.co.uk/ (a good website providing some age appropriate reading lists)
- www.amightygirl.com (an American website that focuses on girls)
- www.theguardian.com/books/childrens-books/2011/mar/02/how-do-i-get-involved-guardian-childrens-books (an online group for booklovers ages 7-18)
- www.channel4.com/programmes/britains-favourite-childrens-books/articles/all/100-best-childrens-books (Sunday times list of ‘100 Best Children’s books)
- www.worldbookday.com (lots of resources and book finders)
Cambridge Library Services
Don’t forget that borrowing books form the Cambridge Library Services is FREE. All you need to do is register for a library card and you can borrow by visiting your local library. You can also reserve books in advance, making it easy to get hold of the books that you want.
- www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20010/libraries (general library website - find your closest library, reserve books online and find out about events)
- www.facebook.com/Central-Library-Cambridge-106156113195/?fref=ts (use the library’s Facebook page to get information on upcoming events)
Literary Events in Cambridge
The library runs FREE reading groups for children. These include:
- Rhymetimes (birth to 18 months),
- Storytimes (18 months to 5 years), Children’s Reading Group (age 6-8)
- and a Pre-teens Reading Group. Details can be found on their website and Facebook page (see above) and at each of the Cambridge
Book shops in Cambridge often host authors at their stores. These are FREE events and can be an exciting way for children to meet some of their favourite authors.
The annual Cambridge Literary Festival offers an opportunity to meet authors and take part in literary events. Details can be found on their website www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com