Book Club

literacyOn this page I hope to collate a selection of children’s books, which have been read and recommended, over the year, for anybody to refer to and add to.  Please feel free to add your own favourite books and any you read to this recommendation list, simply by adding a comment!

My first book will be:

Title: Kensuke’s Kingdom

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Egmont

ISBN: 978-1-4052-2174-0

Genre: Adventure

This book is fast becoming a classic from the exciting author Michael Morpurgo.  A boy’s adventure with his family turns into a sailing disaster, leaving him stranded on an island where he meets new friends from the animal kingdom and a gentleman who has himself been surviving alone.    5 STAR!!!


10 responses to this post.

  1. Haven’t read this one – but I will now. Can you lend me a copy? Have you read War Horse by MP, now showing at the New Theatre, London. I hear from people that have seen it that it’s fanatastic.



    Title: Colonel Grunt
    Author: Jenny Partridge
    Publisher: World’s Work
    ISBN: 437 66171 7
    Genre: Animal Story

    The book is part of a small series about animal characters and their lives, (Anthropomorphic). Very much based on the story ‘Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame, the characters within the series by Jenny Partridge are called Mr Squint (a mole), Colonel Grunt (a vowl), Mr Hopfellow (a frog) and Peterkin Pollensnuff (a mouse). The books are suitable for children in KS1 or early KS2.



    Title: Harold Hedgehog to the Rescue
    Author: Barry Smith
    Publisher: World’s Work
    ISBN: 7235 0918 2
    Genre: Anthropomorhpic

    This series of books, under the title ‘Countrylane’, are introduced and illustrated by the TV presenter David Bellamy. The books have a running theme throughout them whereby each page has a blue box contaning general knowledge about the animals within the books or the season of the year it is based. These facts are perfect for children to increase their awareness of nature and also for a teacher it is ideal for sparking cross-curriculum subject work. Harold Hedgehog to the Rescue is about Harold and his motorcar! Suitable for children in KS1.


  4. Posted by Jurek on September 23, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Was it ‘Countylane’ or ‘Countrylane?’


  5. A Great Cross-Curriculum book

    Title: Tusk, Tusk
    Author: David Mckae
    Publisher: TBC
    Genre: Animal conflict/history

    A book that is deceiving as it could be, at first glance, suitable for year 1or 2 but it can be used with every year in Primary. This would depend on how deep you wanted to look into the meaning and message behind the story. The book is a short story about two groups of elephants and the conflict between white and black elephants. I will update this comment with the ISBN etc very soon. A good book for whole class project!


  6. Posted by Kit on January 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Title: Once
    Author: Morris Gleitzman
    Publisher: Puffin
    ISBN: 9780141320632
    Genre: History (Fiction)

    I was given this as a present for Christmas. Written for older children, this is a wonderful read. Could quite easily be used with Year 5 and 6. Links well with human rights, WW2, conflict resolution, social justice, etc. On similar lines with ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ but much quicker to read. This story is told through the innocent eyes of a young boy called Felix. As the story progressess he slowly realises what is happening to his country (Poland) and its people. It will make you very sad but you will be glad that you have read it.


  7. Posted by Kit on January 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Title: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
    Author: John Boyne
    Publisher: Definitions
    ISBN: 9781862305274
    Genre: Fiction
    ‘A story of innocence in a world of ignorance.’ I think every adult should read this book, although it was written for young readers. You know it cannot possibly end well but you read on and when you come to the end of the very last chapter you ask yourself the question “Why do some parts of our history that cause pain and suffering keep repeating themselves?” This is a remarkable story told through the eyes of two small boys and their friendship during WW2 in Poland.


  8. Posted by Kit on January 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Title: Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl
    Edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler
    Publisher: Puffin
    ISBN: 0140385622
    Genre: Diary
    Anne Frank died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp three months before her 16th birthday. Her sister died there at age 19, and their mother died at Auschwitz. “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” was first published in the Netherlands in 1947 in an abridged version. It has since been translated into dozens of languages in several editions and adapted for the stage and screen. Miep Gies who helped to hide the Frank family in Amsterdam from the Nazis, died on 11 January 2010. She was 100 years old. After WW2 Miep Gies gave the diary pages she saved to Otto Frank, the lone survivor. This book could be used in Year 6 in many areas of the KS2 curriculum in many ways. 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day


  9. Posted by Kit on January 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Title: Unheard Voices
    Collected by Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Corgi Books
    ISBN: 9780552556002
    A collection of stories and poems to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. Found some of these stories a bit hard going and others really easy to read. Gives a good insight into the slave trade and its origins. “Honour the past and look towards a future in which all peoples of the world may live together in freedom.”


  10. Posted by Kit on February 4, 2010 at 12:02 am

    Title: War Horse
    Author: Michael Morpurgo
    Publisher: Egmont Press
    ISBN: 97814052266660
    One of those stories you don’t want to finish. An excellent recount of the Great War through the eyes of a horse. Very sad in parts and very uplifting in others. This book could be read to a year 6 class. I wish I had one to read it to! A really good resource if you want to plan some cross-curricular work around Remembrance Day. (Went to see the production of this in London last week – absolutely fantastic!)


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