Suggested Reading List For Readers
Aged 10 To 11 Year Olds 
(Year 6)

Happy Kids Huddle

If you intend to take an exam in English, here are the books you should be reading this year!

  • The Railway Children by E Nesbit

  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

  • Kellogg by David Almond

  • What Katy Did Next by Susan Collidge

  • The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  • Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Mogorian 

  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Why read these books?

These books are the cornerstones of the school library. Every book you read after, every book you read in preparation for an exam and every book you read for the exam will make the assumption that you have read these. Story tellers refer back to the books they have read, those references are easy to spot in their work and to understand. These books are the past statements on what it is to be British (with the exception of the Silver Sword), what British culture is and how the British express that culture. Each book builds upon the last read. When you are not in the know, when you miss the references and miss the allusions - basically you not in the conversation!

If, like me, you are dyslexic: the size of some of these books is going to put you off reading them, particularly the Hobbit.  I know, some of you have never finish a whole chapter book until you started reading with me. It is important you know these stories and can refer to them. But it is not so important that you read them yourself, slogging page after page, trying to decode the language and remembering the story. Listen to these in the unabridged versions on audio books. It is far better that you hear and fall in love with these stories than try to read these for pleasure.  Lets keep the reading for pleasure for material you enjoy!