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Books We've Read this Year

World Book Day Book Recommendations

On World Book Day, the children brought in books they wanted to recommend to others of a similar age. Here are their books and their reasons why:

Stories About Magic

An illustrated 'modern fairy tale'.
A madcap series about Mortimer Keene, an inventor.
Charlie turn into animals at annoying times.
Tomas learns that rearing dragons is tough.
A spooky tale for confident readers.
A picture book about the magic of the moon.
A rebellious princess wants her own adventures.
A rather silly story about a boy becoming a knight
A little vampire with a big heart.
The Worst Witch - an ever popular series.
Described as 'perfect to read before HP'.
Sam London cares for hidden magical creatures.
About a school for good and evil creatures.
Morrigan Crow has to escape a curse.
Normal objects are capable of crazy magic!
A magical tale of a warrior and a wizard.

Recommended by the Children

Barry Loser
The Rainbow Fish
Toto the Ninja Cat
The Bolds
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Captain Coconut
Beauty and the Beast
Spot 50 Cats
Secret Life of Pets
Shiny Pippin and the Impossible Door
Top 10 of Everything 2019
Predators - Steve Backshall
Deadly Days in History
Liverpool Annual 2018
Guiness World Records
Magic Spirit - The Dream Horse
The Beano and Rebel Cats!
Frankie's Magic Football
The Usborne History of Britain
The Book with No Pictures
Tom Gates
Flember - The Secret Book
GWR - Gamer's Edition 2020
91-Storey Treehouse
The Firework Maker's Daughter

Also by Philip Pullman

Note: There are plenty more by Philip Pullman that may be suitable for some readers but might be a little heavy going or mature for others.

Also by Satoshi Kitamura

More King Coo

Books that were important to me at primary school:

  • The start of the Harry Potter series (the rest came out while I was in secondary).
  • The Twits and the Witches (though both terrified me).
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Any and all Horrible Histories.
  • Holes by Louis Sachar.
  • The Ha Ha Bonk Book (I used to love joke books).
  • The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
  • DK Encyclopedias about anything.
  • Dinosaur Poems by Korky Paul.


Children's Books that I have enjoyed as a teacher (these would be a tough independent read! Perhaps better for shared stories):

  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • The Tin Princess by Philip Pullman
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney