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

  • Jan

    The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    Lets start the year off with some mystery and intrigue.

  • Feb

    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


    National Story Telling Day is celebrated in the first week of February - lets read one of Britain's best known stories

  • Mar

    Raspberries on the Yangtze by Karen Wallace

    A memorable story about friendship

  • Apr

    The Crowstarver by Dick King-Smith

    An easy read from one of our best children writers.

  • May

    From Hereabout by Michael Morpurgo 

    National Share a Story month 

  • Jun

    Lion Boy by Zizou Corder

    Winner of the Blue Peter Book Club choice.

  • Jul

    The Island at the end of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    World Population Day is on the 11th 

  • Aug

    The Viewer by Gary Crew

    A nice easy read for the summer holidays.

  • Sep

    Carrie's War by Nina Bawden 

    110,000 children were evacuated to Wales over the course of the Second World War.

  • Oct

    Eren by Simon P. Clark

    A deceptive dark story, just right for the time of year.

  • Nov

    The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

    This year Remembrance Sunday falls on November 11th 

  • Dec

    Awful End by Philip Ardagh

    Let's finish the year with one of the winners of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 

  • The Hobbit by JJR Tolkien  

     Bilbo Baggins lives a simple life with his fellow hobbits in the shire, until the wizard Gandalf arrives and convinces him to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim the kingdom of Erebor. The journey takes Bilbo on a path through treacherous lands swarming with orcs, goblins and other dangers, not the least of which is an encounter with Gollum and a simple gold ring that is tied to the fate of Middle Earth in ways Bilbo cannot even fathom. and links, or connect data from your collection.

  • The Railway Children by E Nesbit 

    After Charles Waterbury is imprisoned on false charges of selling state secrets, his wife must move to a small house near a railway station. The Waterbury children -- Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter - occupy themselves watching the trains, even befriending a gentleman who frequents the station. When the children discover what has happened to their father, their new friend provides key assistance.

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

    During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter and Edmund, and her sister, Susan. There they join the magical lion, Aslan, in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis.

  • Good Night Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

    Britain is on the brink of war when young William Beech is sent to live with Tom Oakley in the country. Tom Oakley is a sad, reclusive widower who slowly accepts the idea of having the boy live with him. Tom soon discovers William has been a victim of child abuse and greatly needs his love and care. Tom takes William under his wing and provides him with warm clothes and plenty of food. William begins to thrive and he soon begins school. There he meets caring teachers and develops a close-knit group of friends: George Fletcher, sisters Carrie and Ginnie, and Zach, a fellow evacuee. William is embarrassed because he can’t read but with the help of Tom, he is soon able to keep up with his peers. During this time, William begins to realize he has a talent for drawing and acting.

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!

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