What can I read now?

dicmasLooking for some bookish inspiration? Here’s some help to avoid that cry of ‘What will I read next?“….

Although children can read any book over the summer, we have put together a collection of recommended reads to complement the theme of Record  Breakers, Summer Reading Challenge 2015. Just click on the following link to download and print a copy (NB: pages are set out to print as a booklet, therefore are out of sequence when viewing solely online):

Recommended books for under 7s

Recommended books for over 7s

Also try the Reading Agency, Record Breakers Book Sorter: All of the books in the Book Sorter have been added by children so you can find out what other children have recommended.
indexYou can use the Book Trust bookfinder to look for books to suit your tastes and interests, browse an archive of interviews with authors or just see what’s out this month. Booktrust recommend books for people of all ages, from babies to adults and offer you three categories – children’s, teenage and adults – so that you can quickly find what’s of most interest to you.
Heaps of themed booklists and helpful guides to new ‘best book’ publications check out:

This site needs registration to benefit from all the features, but it is free and has a range of services specifically created to help parents and anyone who likes to select books for children choose the best books for boys and girls of all ages. Look for age and also themes, e.g. dyslexia friendly books. You can:
• Download and print off the Opening Extract of every ‘featured book’, even the picture books.
• Discover new writers through children’s author ‘like-for-like’ recommendation service.

The Ultimate Book Guides list hundreds of great books covering a wide range of tastes.

Try wallace Kidsreads & Teenreads  for reviews, series and author info.

For ‘best books published’ guidance check out the Guardian best childrens books ever…of course this is highly subjective!…and What Should I read Next?….

The Guardian Top 10s lists are also fun, with everything from top 10 animal friendship stories, to top 10 toxic friendships (basically that’s everyone in Game of Thrones then!)

Also worth a mention is the Healthy Books website. From fears, going to school, bullying through to death and loss, the books listed on this web site may be of interest to anyone working with children, particularly children with physical or emotional problems. The age levels given to the books are the age at which the book would be useful for therapeutic purposes – not necessarily a reading age. The books have been restricted to the under 12s, although many of the books for ages 9, 10, and 11 will be useful for older children as well.

There are many, many more websites out there to choose from, but hopefully these will give some starting inspiration!