The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go! (Dr Seuss)
As long as your child is reading regularly, it does not matter what it is, as long as it's suitable, of course!
It's lovely to read a good fiction book and then compare it and celebrate by watching the film together. This is a great way to encourage your older children to read. Most of the books listed below are available in the home reading selection or in the school library for your child to borrow.
If your child prefers factual books, go with their interest or choose a magazine with content that appeals.
We read a lot of Michael Morpurgo books with whole classes in school as we find that the children respond to them very well. See some of our favourites below...
Billy the Kid (football and WWII)
Kensuke's Kingdom (family adventure)
The White Horse of Zennor (spooky stories)
The Wreck of the Zanzibar (family tragedy)
War Horse (WWI)
My Friend Walter (a Tudor Adventure)
Other great writers for this age group are;
Geraldine McCaughrean: mainly retelling of very old stories/ myths and legends stories
George Layton: mainly humorous and nostalgic stories about school days and childhood: 'The Balaclava Gang', 'The Fib', 'The Long Walk' and 'The Holiday' are probably his best-known. Mums and dads will enjoy these too
David Almond: Strange, fantasy based tales such as 'Skellig', 'The Savage' and 'Kit's Wilderness'
Local writers with excellent books: 'Millions' by Frank Cottrell Boyce, 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty
Louis Sachar: 'Holes'
Eva Ibbotson: Journey to the River Sea
Michael Foreman: 'War Game' and 'After the War was Over'
And Mrs Walker's personal favourite: 'The Snow Goose' by Paul Gallico (warning- tissues needed)