Selection of books

Starting Out

  • Early books, purely using CVC i.e. using only ‘a’ first, then ‘e’ and so on in each book.
  • Jelly and Beans series
  • Jolly Readers (quite expensive)
  • Fuzzbuzz from Oxford University Press (publishers given as quite rare now)
  • Superphonics Ruth Miskins
  • Rigby Stars
  • Rapid Series Heinemann – there are many books
  • Dandelion Readers
  • Usborne Young Readers e.g. Dogs
  • Monster Books (Amazon as only available 2nd hand)
  • Frog and Toad (early non-scheme books)
  • Dr Suess (early non-scheme books)
  • Eek Stories to make you Shriek (early non-scheme books. Amazon as only available 2nd hand)
  • Dandelion (2nd tranche e.g. oi and so on are the most useful) Phonic Books Ltd
  • The Jags (football team) Rising Stars
  • Wolf Hill Rising Stars Publishers
  • Trackers Series
  • Totem Talisman series Phonic Books Ltd
  • Fat Puss Harriet Caster (early non-scheme books)

 

For Older Pupils

  • Wellington Square Nelson Thornes Publishers
  • Evans Publishers: Hi Lo* – great range – classics topical/current affairs e.g. President Kennedy
  • Badgers Publishers: very Hi – Lo *Hi – Lo High interest level with lower reading age
  • The Extraordinary Files (spies) Rising Stars
  • Penguin Readers – e.g. Walkabout, The Elephant Man (rather small print but good books)

 

Middle Range ‘Semi-Schemes’, Early and Middle Range Chapter Books

  • R. Dahl especially The Magic finger, The Twits
  • Boys Rule by Filice Arena and Phil Kettle
  • Magic Mates (girls) Rising Stars Publishers
  • Girls Rock Rising Stars Publishers
  • Corgi Pups; Sprinters Series
  • Real Reads Classics
  • Books for children by Alexander McCall Smith – there are lots
  • The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mr Gum by Andy Stanton
  • Beast Quest by Adam Blade
  • Morpurgo especially the short book ‘Cool’
  • Brownies Series
  • Jacqueline Wilson: Cliffhanger about a boy frightened to swim
  • Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  • Mr Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter
  • Creepe Hall by Alan Durant
  • Wild Rescue Series Burchett and Vogler
  • Hank Zipzer Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
  • Middle School: James Patterson – ‘books for boys about school’ Check out his brilliant website www.jamespatterson.com especially see About James
  • Spiderwick series
  • Jack Stalwart Books
  • Jiggy McCue series by Michael Lawrence
  • The author Jeremy Strong has written many humorous books
  • R. Dahl – Fantastic Mr Fox
  • The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
  • Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett
  • Recently popular – Tom Gates by L. Pichon – humorous with nice print and lots of cartoons.

 

Phonic Teaching

  • Phonic Code Cracker (Strathclyde University, Glasgow)
  • EasyLearn Phonics
  • Smart Phonics for alphabet friezes
  • Megawords (Book 2 is the most useful) Educators Publishers Service, Cambridge House, Tonbridge Wells
  • TRUGS Games

 

Books and authors which continue to appeal to older reluctant readers

  • Barrington Stoke Publishers – some brilliant books but make sure level is right as they also cater for young adults
  • Anthony Horrowitz: Burnt; the Phone went Dead – easier reads. Granny Switch, Alex Rider Series
  • Morpurgo especially Kensuke’s Kingdom
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Jacqueline Wilson: her two autobiographies are good
  • Robert Muchamore Cherub series
  • Darren Shan books – disgustingly violent
  • Goose Bumps by Paul Jennings
  • Dyslexic Heroes: Flow by Pippa Goodhart. How to Write Really Badly by Anne Fine (quite an involved ghost story)
  • Benjamin Zephaniah by Verna Wilkins. All kids love the story of his struggle with dyslexia
  • Dead Time by Anne Cassidy ‘Who Dunnit?’ for teenagers. At 342 pages quite long but very readable.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyle
  • Terry Pratchett Books
  • Young Bond by Higson
  • Dr Who books
  • Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickitt
  • Holes by Louis Sacher
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Rover Adventure: Roddy Doyle
  • Malarky: Keith Gray (swearing – one f— word)
  • Curious Incident of Dog in the Night Time by Mark Hadden
  • True Ghost Stories by Terry Deary good to dip into
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Marley (dog) by John Grogan
  • Liz Laird – empathetic stories e.g. about the Palestinians and ‘Lost Riders’ about camel jockeys
  • The Angel Experiment (98% human & 2% birds) by James Patterson.
  • No Passengers Beyond this Point by G. Choldenko (moderate science fiction)
  • Millions and Framed by Frank Cottrel Boyce
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Starlight Conspiracy by Steve Voake
  • Shadowmancer by G P Taylor
  • Boy Soldier by Andy McNab
  • Everything Changes – inspiring short autobiography by McNab
  • A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen [Heart-warming book which tells the story of a young man (a guitarist and ex-drug user), a very unusual cat and the life-saving bond they form. A little drawn out but not hard to read and plenty for anyone to identify with.]
  • The Body by Stephen King (Accessible version, a Penguin Reader- small print)
  • Graphic style books – these sound very good but actually only seem to appeal to a minority. Darren Shan’s books are available in this style.
  • Also see: www.lovereading4kids.co.uk
  • www.guysread.com – a lovely site
  • www.Everyone’s Reading School Library Association www. Books Love Me (not bad reviews USA)
  • Listening Books Charity and Club 0207 407 9417

 

Comprehension

  • Reading and Thinking (Learning Material Wolverhampton) Some of the later books are worth looking at
  • Kick Start Comprehension (Claire Publishers)