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Our Favourite books for a Summer Reading Challenge

Reading books is important for so many reasons, creativity, vocabulary, imagination - and quiet time. For every child who says they don't like to read - there is a book out there that will change that - and sometimes you'll find it in the most unlikely place

 

This summer why not set your child a summer reading challenge - think about how much they read now, and how many books they can reasonably get through over the holidays. Don't set the goal too high as it can put them off, but challenge them so that they want to succeed. 

Here are a few classic books to read by age - remember to read them alongside your child so that they have someone to discuss them with. As they get older and the content of their reading material may well bring up concepts they haven't considered, or topics that raise questions - these are good opportunities to have conversations about morals and values and decision-making without the conversation being directly about their actions. Sometimes the content of books will challenge your own perceptions, and introduce conversations you aren't prepared for - this is part of the wonderment of the literary world so challenge yourself this summer, and see where it leads you. 

Suggested books for under 5s

The Very Hungry Caterpillar: ages 1-5

The Tiger who came to Tea: ages 1-5

Green Eggs and Ham: ages 1-5

The Cat in the Hat: ages 1-5

The Gruffalo: ages 1-5

Suggested books for under 10s 

Matilda: ages 3-9

Madeline: ages 4-8

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: ages 6-10

The Sneeches and other stories: ages 2-6

Wonder: ages 8+

I am Jazz: ages 5-10

The Minpins: ages 5-8

The Faraway Tree: ages 7-11 

Suggested books for Over 9s

The curious incident of the dog in the night time: ages 10+

A Series of Unfortunate Events: 9+

The Famous Five: ages 7-12

Swallows and Amazons: ages 8-12

The Diary of a Young Girl: ages 10+

Noughts and Crosses: ages 9+

Midnight's Children: 10+

Suggested books for Tweens

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: ages 12+

The Hunger Games trilogy: ages 11+

To Kill a Mockingbird: ages 11+

Lord of the Flies: ages 12+

Nineteen Eighty-Four: 12+

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit: ages 12+

Ketchup Clouds: ages 12+

 
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