Looking for a good book to read during lockdown?
Find out what the NAPS staff like - you might be inspired to try a new author.
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- Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Quotes by Charlotte:-
“Salutations are greetings; it’s my fancy way of saying hello”
“You have been my friend, that in itself is a tremendous thing”
- The Explorer by Katherine Rundell - I love the sense of adventure and it reminds me of Survivors that we studied earlier this year. I love her description of the jungle and use of language.
- Room 13 by Robert Swindells - this book has such a great sense of anticipation and builds tension and atmosphere so well.
- James & the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - a floating peach on the sea full of marvellous characters and adventures.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - one of the best fantasy series ever written.
- Possum Magic by Mem Fox - a magical journey through Australia.
- The Runaway Train by Benedict Blathwayt - a great series of picture story books for young 'uns. Oh no, Duffy Driver has left the brake off ! How will they stop the runaway train ?
- Kit's Wilderness by David Almond - Kit moves house and is drawn to the troubled boy John Askew and playing his dangerous games.
- Keeper by Mal Peet - Best football fiction ever written: El Gato is expertly trained but who is the mysterious coach who appears and then disappears from the clearing in the rainforest?
- The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford - A Siamese cat, a Labrador and an old bull terrier undertake a trek across the Canadian wilderness to find their way home. Full of adventure!
- On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder - set in the pioneer days, this is part of the ‘Little House on the Prairie’ series of books about a girl called Laura growing up in the American Midwest.
- George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl - I love all Roald Dahl’s books but this is my particular favourite and my own children’s too. When they were younger, we played the CD of the book in the car continuously whilst travelling on journeys. We relished the way George plotted revenge on his miserable grandma and marvelled how his potions became ever more mischievous and dangerous. A child’s dream!
- Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo - he is a brilliant story teller and of all his books, this has to be the best. In guided reading, children couldn’t wait for the next instalment. It has everything - adventure, excitement, sadness and mystery. The plot weaves its way through your imagination and ends up just where it needs to be!
- Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver - an adventure story set thousands of years ago, great for readers interested in the natural world or ancient history (including adults).
- Pete The Cat Rocking In My School Shoes by Eric Litwin - This is a great, fun book with a catchy song to go with it that adults and children will be singing all day long. I love it because it inspires children to make up their own story for what they have done in their school or 'home learning' day.
- Holes by Louis Sachar - the whole story is very clever with lots of different plot twists all connected. The writing style is simple, but not boring. Every character is amazingly developed and believable. I like how the story of the present and the story of the past connect to each other perfectly in the end. And the movie version is really good, too! I highly suggest this book to everyone.
- The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon - a 15 year-old with Aspergers Syndrome tries to resolve the "murder" of a neighbour's dog. He knows a lot about maths but very little about human beings.
- Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges
- The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
- Sophie's Snail by Dick King-Smith