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Reading Recommendations/Guidance for Parents on Choosing Books

Daily reading of quality books is the most beneficial activity children can do at home. Reading helps build vocabulary, improves concentration, teaches children about the world, develops imagination and empathy, is fun, exercises the brain and is proven to improve educational outcomes across the board; children who read often tend to achieve more highly than their peers who do not. Alongside parental support, we have found this to be one of the most significant contributing factors to the success of individual children.  


We strongly recommend all children read daily at home and having a designated time for reading can help make reading a normal part of everyday life. Research shows children who grow up in an environment where books are readily available and where their role models regularly read are more likely to read for pleasure. This is vital at all stages of education. 


As we now approach the transition period for your children, it is important the books your children are reading are suitably challenging to set them up for the expectation of secondary school. 


The best way of finding these books and to promote a love of reading is to spend time in a large bookshop - Waterstones in West Quay has a huge children's/young adult section - where you and your child can explore the books in the Young Adult and Children's sections. 


However this is currently not a possibility, so the lists and websites below are provided to support your child to choose suitably challenging books. 

CILIP Carnegie Award


The CILIP Carnegie award is a yearly award that recognises outstanding children's and young adult fiction. If you are looking for recommendations outside of our reading list, it is an excellent resource. 


As the award celebrates fiction aimed at children and teenagers, some books may not be appropriate for children in Year 6 and so I recommend you read the blurbs or Amazon descriptions and reviews before allowing your child to read them. 


The 2020 Carnegie shortlist for best children's/young adult book:



School Reading List


School Reading List is a website ran by librarians, English teachers and parents that recommends books for children at all ages of education.