Reading instruction and recommended books

Inspirational Speech 

Examples of Guided Reading sessions, for explicit teaching of reading strategies 

Impact of reading


Book List 

This list includes books I recommend, as well as some recommended by colleagues and past students.

Great Books

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Daisy and the Trouble with Vampires by Kes Gray
  • The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell
  • The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine
  • The White Giraffe by Lauren St John
  • The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden
  • Ingo by Helen Dunmore
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Mystic Lighthouse: Mystery Of The Dark Lighthouse, by Laura E. Williams
  • Starring Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • Kaspar: Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo
  • This Morning I Met a Whale by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Magic Faraway Tree (Book 1) Enid Blyton
  • A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
  • Beetle Boy by MG Leonard
  • The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood
  • Tilly and the Time Machine by Adrian Edmondson
  • The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd
  • The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
  • Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • Stormbreaker, Alex Rider Series, Book 1, by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Boy Who Biked the World: On the Road to Africa by Alastair Humphreys
  • Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid banks
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (Book 1) by Liz Pichon
  • Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure: Book 1 by Alex T. Smith
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl
  • Jiggy Mccue: The Meanest Genie by Michael Lawrence
  • Diary of aWimpy Kid (Book 1) Jeff Kinney
  • Oliver and the Seawigs Hardcover by Philip Reeve
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume


  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, By C.S. Lewis
  • Stuart Little By E.B. White
  • Anne of Green Gables By L.M. Montgomery
  • Charlotte’s Web, By E. B. White
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Picture Books

“The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig

“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”  by Carol McCloud

“The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others” by Maria Dismondy

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty

“Luke’s way of looking” by Nadia Wheatley

“Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten” by Bob Graham

“The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley ” by Colin Thompson

Resources for specific books: 


Other good literacy resources: 

Teaching Resource: One picture everyday. Great for literacy writing prompts.

Quotes about reading… 


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