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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; 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.
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 2017 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.