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Reading for Pleasure - Year Five “Recommended Reads”

We have “picked the brains” of a local independent book shop – H & H Spalding Books (based in Barton Under Needwood) – regarding sourcing some fantastic books to broaden the reading choices of our children and hopefully to inspire a lifelong love of reading. The teachers really enjoyed diving into the book boxes which Spalding Books sent to us! Together they have carefully selected 6 books which will be available for your child to take home over the course of each year.

Please ask your child to share the texts they bring home with you. It might be that they require you (or another family member) to read the books to them to fully access and appreciate the reading experience. Finding some special one-to-one reading time in your day, week or when relaxing on holiday will certainly help to enhance your child’s love of reading.

Once completed, the books can be returned to class so that your child can take out the next one. You do not need to purchase the books yourselves. However, parents often ask for book recommendations so please find below the names of our “Recommended Reads” and those of the other texts suggested by the book shop for your child’s age range.

Many thanks in advance for your support with this exciting initiative. Happy reading…


Year 5 Recommended Reads

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook

The Soup Movement by Ben Davis

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy

Cookie and the Most Annoying Girl in the World by Konnie Huq

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson


Other Book Shop Suggestions

Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard

Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

Room 13 by Robert Swindells

Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll

Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure by Vashti Hardy

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

The Bacteria Book: Gross Germs, Vile Viruses and Funky Fungi by Steve Mould

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Asha and The Sky Bird by Eva Ibbotson

Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis

My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomans

The Closest Thing to Flying by Gill Lewis


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