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Recommended Books

To celebrate World Book Day, we’ve put together a list of our favourite books. We hope that you find it useful when you’re choosing your next book. 

Miss Codman’s favourite children’s book: The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

I love this rhyming story and its super illustrations. It has a really nice message – even though we might be small we can still be brave and achieve great things.

Phoebe’s favourite book: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

I really like this book because I can join in with the story and can act it out when playing outside.   

Mrs Allison’s favourite book: Pass the jam, Jim by Kaye Umansky and Margaret Chamberlin

This is my favourite book, I love it. I first read it at school a long time ago and now I read it with my grandchildren whenever I can. This book is lovely to read as it has very catchy rhyming words and lots of exciting illustrations.

Lots of children are preparing yummy food for a celebration together. The story doesn’t reveal what the celebration is for but in the middle of everything there’s Jim.  He is sent to find a jar of jam and really makes a mess playing with it. By the end there is no jam left for the sandwiches and Jim is covered in jam and has tummy ache!

My favourite book: The First Hippo on the Moon by David Walliams

This is my favourite book. I really like it because it is really funny and has lots of colourful pictures. 

Toby’s favourite book: The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

This book is really funny. It is about a donkey with missing parts and the different things that she does. I have loved it since I was 3 and I still have it in my room. I always read it to my baby cousin and we always laugh together. 

One of Mrs Walker’s favourite books: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

This is about a boy who, one day, finds a lost penguin on his doorstep and their developing friendship as he tries to take the penguin home. The simple illustrations help bring this lovely story to life.

One of Cody’s favourite books: Big Red Bath by Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds

This is a great book for the younger ones. It is full of laughter on every page you you turn. It shows that just a bath can turn into a party.    

My favourite book: Winnie the Pooh Tales of Friendship Treasury

I really like this book because it is all about friendship and it makes me really happy.

Ryan’s favourite book: Horrid Henry’s Swimming Lesson by Francesca Simon

I really like this book because he thinks he can’t swim but in the end he does it.

One of Lenny and Sid’s favourite books: The Smeds and The Smoos by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

It’s about two little aliens, who meet. A Smed called Janet who is red and Smoo called Bill who is blue. It’s a funny book and will appeal to all ages. Great illustrations and lots of funny words! 

One of Mrs Bastow’s favourite books: Rude Rabbit by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins

How rude! This young rabbit is definitely in need of some manners management. I first found this book in our school library many years ago when we were looking at characters, and I have loved it ever since.

It’s a great book to share out loud, putting on all the different voices and it makes me laugh every time (and the children). He is just so unaware of how rude he actually is, until…something amazing happens which prompts him to change his ways.

Humour, horror and a strong message which we all need to follow. Definitely one of my all time favourite books.

One of Lenny and Sid’s favourite books: Not on a School Night! by Rebecca Patterson

‘It’s bedtime. Brush your teeth, snuggle down, turn out the lights. SLEEP? Not a chance!’ 

This is a light hearted and funny book for under 8s. 

Mrs Tranter’s favourite children’s book: Bollygum by Garry Fleming

I discovered this book when I was in Australia in 2006. It was the illustration on the front cover that caught my attention and I just had to pick the book up and have a sneaky read. The story is about a possum that has moved from the city to the bush. This book is all about the friendships she makes with the other animals and creatures she meets in ‘Bollygum’. The illustrations throughout this book are beautiful, they show the personalities of the creatures and what the area of ‘Bollygum’ is like. 

Fern’s favourite book: White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies

This book is my favourite because I like the pictures. I recommend this book because it is a mix of fact and fiction.  

My favourite book: A Sheepdog Called Sky by Helen Peters

This is my favourite book because it’s funny and it’s got animals in it. 

Hazel’s favourite book: The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

This is my favourite book because it is full of adventures. I recommend this book because you can follow all the different obstacles and problems that might happen in a witch’s life. The setting is on top of a hill in an academy for witches. The main characters are Mildred Hubble and Ethel Hallow and they are always pulling tricks on each other. 

Daniel’s favourite book: The Taylor Turbochaser by David Baddiel

This is my favourite book – I recommend it to everyone. It is full of adventure. The children get up to mischief and get into a lot of trouble. You can see what they do in your head and the pictures are very funny. 

William’s favourite book: Dennis and the Chamber of Mischief by Nigel Auchterlounie

I will always love this book. I like it because it is funny. I think that other kids would like it too because it has a little bit of everything. My favourite character is Gnasher.

My favourite book: Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really…) by Liz Pichon

I like this book because the layout has pictures and writing. It is funny, easy to read and it’s a longer book to enjoy. 

My favourite book: Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo

This book is great if you want to be laughing your head off!

It is a comedy about a scientist who creates a wonderful concoction that makes you fart like crazy and it works in 24hours. 

This is my favourite book from Years 3 and 4.

My favourite book: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

I like this book because it is full of laughs and action and it is funny for its comic pictures and words. He fights hot dogs, evil robot chiefs and an evil hoover.

Mrs Guy’s favourite children’s book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

This book had me gripped from cover to cover.  A book which is full of adventure, suspense, friendship and loss. Follow Harry as he battles dragons, mermaids and mazes in his attempt to win the Triwizard cup. But be warned, all is not as it seems… have some tissues handy!

Mr Stainsby’s favourite book: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome 

I read this book when I was about 10 years old and have loved it ever since. Four children spend the summer holiday exploring forests and mountains, sailing, and camping out on an island. It’s a fantastic story of discovery, independence and friendship. First published in 1930, the story is set some time ago now, but as soon as you start reading, the adventure begins and is a great escape for anyone that enjoys the outdoors.

Mrs Tranter’s favourite book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This was and still is one of my favourite books. I loved the story when I was younger and would read the book over and over again. The imagination that has gone in to creating the people and animals Alice meets, the world of ‘wonderland’ and the adventures Alice and her companions have is just wonderful. I always loved reading about the Mad-Hatters tea party and imagining I was there with them.

My favourite book: Holes by Louis Sachar

My book recommendation would have to be Holes as it has got mystery and wonder in it. It has also got friendship in the book which I really like. 

My favourite book: Rua the Red Grouse by Patrick Devaney

This book tells the story of Rua the Red Grouse, living in a raised bog in Ireland. It tells the story of the changes in the bog’s wildlife over four seasons of the year: spring, summer, autumn and winter. 

I have chosen this book because it gives me a clear understanding of how the red grouse lives and a dramatic explanation of how a grouse is in danger from predators. It tells you interesting facts and has realistic pictures of grouse, predators, insects and landscape. 

My favourite book: Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

I really like the talking animals and find them very funny. I recommend the audio version of the book.

One of Mrs Bastow’s favourite books: Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

This book is the first in a set of 6, based on the character of a young boy called Torak set many, many years ago.

Following the death of his father, who was killed by a possessed wild bear, he discovers he is not who he thought he was. He must set out on a journey to discover why he is known as an ‘outcast’. Along his journey, in which he befriends a young wolf cub, he unearths many secrets about his family and his clan which leads him through adventures, danger and magic.

A great story of survival – full of wonder and self-discovery.

This was definitely a book I could not put down and couldn’t wait to get onto the next book in the series.

One of Cody’s favourite books: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This book is a flawless masterpiece. It is full of adventure and friendship. The characters include wizards, goblins, dragons and elves. 

My favourite book: The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I really like this book because it is very adventurous and keeps you guessing. You never know what’s going to happen. I recommend the audio version of the book. 

One of Mrs Walker’s favourite books: The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater

I do enjoy cooking, and this is a great combination of a cookbook but also a diary. It is based around seasonal eating and I often revisit it at different times of year for ideas and inspiration.