Last Saturday night I had a lovely visit from Kaye. Not only did we have a damn good catch up, plenty of pizza and a background distraction of Muppet’s Treasure Island, but we had a root through my children’s book selection. Kaye has recently begun her Primary PGCE with an initial assignment being to list ten children’s books with high interest level. Between us, and the vast selection my office room supplies, we came up with a great list which hits the whole age spectrum of Primary reading.
Here is what we picked – feel free to offer up more suggestions to inspire our budding teachers! Even though I have attempted to bracket them, there is nothing to say the younger books should be dismissed as a literacy stimulus for older children.
Tuesday by David Weisner. One of my absolute favourites, as you already know! For lesson ideas on this book, click HERE.
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. A fantastically funny and oh-so-cute book that I once bought for Steve. Melanie Watt is a genius and everyone should experience the Scaredy Squirrel way of life. For a full review click HERE.
The Trouble With . . . series by Babette Cole. This is not a series I am familiar with, but these illustrations are starting to spark some memory, so I probably read them when I was young. These books tell the unusual tales of one family and their ‘unique’ qualities be it witchcraft or monster hunting!
Middle Range Books
The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman. Again, one of my favourite teaching ‘tools’. Thoroughly engaging with some bright characters. For lesson ideas click HERE.
Don’t watch the film. Please don’t. It is an atrocious Americanisation of one of the most beautifully written children’s books of all time. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes is truly wonderful – an accessible read for children and a master class in fiction writing (and teaching opportunities) for adults.
Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine etal the first step into horror fiction any self respecting child reader should take. Be ready to be disturbed! Not quite as frightening as the original Point Horror series.
Roald Dahl’s Matlida – such a pleasure of a read. For more detail click HERE.
For the top end / or more mature ten year old
Sally Gardner’s The Silver Blade the sequel to The Red Necklace. A brilliantly written magical mystery full of dark corners. Selected for the most mature simple due to a slight hint at two characters having sex. Obviously not appropriate for all, but most children of a more immature nature probably wouldn’t spot it anyway! For a full review, click HERE.