Message from MR A-J

Message from MR A-J

Listed below are a selection of 50 books that will entice and captivate your children into the wonderful world of reading.

As a dad of 3 children and a Primary School Librarian for the last ten years, this list reflects the books CHILDREN, not adults, have enjoyed. Nearly 6000 children have passed through my library in that time and I have spoken to every single one of them. I helped them choose and discussed it with them. They read the words off the pages of most of this list. I read to many of them, wide eyed children listening to Harry Potter, bad voiceovers included. I read in homework clubs and reading groups in classes. They told me what they liked. Books to take you on an adventure, to escape into the future, to make you laugh and cry, to ponder and discuss.

“It’s all in your head” I kept telling them. Think about it. Suck up the written word and let your mind digest it.

Mr Anderson-Jones

Read cereal packets.

Read comics.

Read games instructions.

Read out loud in a silly voice.

Read Instagram, Twitter and Face of Book.

Reading is dead? Never. How can you do any of the former if you can’t read.

There are some books missing that some parents might think of as “classic” children’s fiction. Most tech savvy 9 year olds who use Social Media, Geocaching and Wi-Fi find it hard to relate to solving a crime with a bottle of lemonade and a dog. Sorry Enid x If I was to do a top 100, then some of them would make it.

There is simply no better recommendations than the ones that come from children themselves.

This list is theirs not yours or mine.



1 Timid Tim and the Cuggy Thief by John Prater

2 The Monster Bed by Jeanne Willis

3 The Sand Horse by Ann Turnbull

4 Out and About by Shirley Hughes

5 Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd

6 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

7 Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

8 Window by Jeannie Baker

9 This is the Bear by Sarah Hayes

10 The Bee’s Sneeze by Ellis Nadler

11 The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear illustrated by Louise Voce

12 The Monster Storm by Jeanne Willis

13 Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales

14 The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

15 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson



16 Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton

17 Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

18 Ingo series by Helen Dunmore

19 The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

20 Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon

21 Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

22 Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

23 Wolf Brother series by Michelle Paver

24 The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

25 The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

26 The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe series by C S Lewis

27 The Tracy Beaker series by Jacqueline Wilson

28 Mr Stink by David Walliams

29 Holes by Louis Sachar

30 Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

31 Once series by Morris Gleitzman

32 Shine/ Glitter series by Kate Maryon

33 Magyk series by Angie Sage

34 The Emerald Atlas series by John Stephens

35 Truckers – The Nomes Trilogy by Terry Pratchett

36 Skellig by David Almond

37 Lee Raven, Boy Thief by Zizou Corder

38 Midnight for Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo

39 Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

40 The Roald Dahl Collection

41 Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

42 Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

43 Mondays Are Murder by Tanya Landman



44 Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

45 Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

46 Spook’s series by Joseph Delaney

47 The Northern Lights Trilogy by Philip Pullman

48 Geek Girl series by Holly Smale

49 Trash by Andy Mulligan

50 The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien