We want children to develop their own reading identity and recommending books to children is one way to do this. Below is a selection of book lists from a range of sources.
The list below is from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), which is organised by genre. Each list within each genre in this link is organised by age, starting with books recommended to younger readers. It’s an excellent selection put together by experts within the field of children’s literature.
The Reader Teacher is a fabulous website. Created by a fellow primary school teacher, it recommends and reviews both current and classic children’s literature. Across the top of the website, you will find a number of tabs to investigate, but we recommend the following:
- The ‘Home’ tab, where you will find 100 recommended reads for year groups from Nursery up to Year 6
- The ‘Book Match’ tab, where you will find suggested reads for fans of particular authors. For example, children love the stories of David Walliams, but it’s helpful for children to know there are other authors who write similarly entertaining books.
- The ‘Year Group and Key Stage Lists’ tab. In particular, the Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 pages on this tab’s drop down menu. The reason why these two options are so helpful is that it sub-divides the recommendations into suggestions for read louds, reluctant readers, picture books, non-fiction books and poetry. Below is an image of the non-fiction and picture book recommendations for LKS2, but there are lots more on the website: