We believe that books are a great way to teach and explore difficult topics and to inspire the imagination. So, we have collected together a list of old favourites and contemporary classics for you to share with the children.
Add them to your class library; read them to the children; use them in lessons, or encourage the children to read them.
As the Book Club develops, we will add lesson plans and book review activities for you to use. The Book Club also features in the Parents’ section and the KS1 and KS2 sections.
We have only included links to Amazon to make a range of options available (including secondhand) in case your local library does not stock the book.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of a self-centred china rabbit who finds himself thrown from his comfortable life and journeys across an ocean, a garbage heap and the streets of Memphis; on the way finding out why a warm and open heart is important.
Where The Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired.
The School Story
by Andrew Clements
Two best friends show how opposites can complement each other and achieve almost anything, in this story about the strength of friendship.
Fruit of the Vine
by Ellen Weisberg and Ken Yoffe
Justin is a sensitive, introspective boy whose physical features and personality make him a target for many of his cruel peers. One night, he wakes to find himself on a mysterious island, which is inhabited by a horde of bizarre creatures.
The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg
This wonderful story conveys perfectly the atmosphere of Christmas Eve – a festive adventure that will keep children on the edge of their seats. Why not watch the movie once you’ve finished reading it?
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think
by Dr Seuss
From dreamy thoughts about colour to fantastic notions on left and right, this surreal book encourages young children to let their imaginations run riot and think up all kinds of weird and wonderful things.