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This page is for Jubilee children and staff to recommend engaging and exciting books. We'll be updating this page frequently, so keep an eye out for new book recommendations! Also, to ensure that you can keep up-to-date with this ever-changing world, you can read each week's First News right here too.

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The Wind Singer by William Nicholson

The Wind Singer by William Nicholson 1

Mr Moloney recommends reading The Wind Singer because it is a classic adventure story that is great fun to read as a family. The book is about a strange, fantasy city that rewards citizens based on their test results. Three young children go on an epic quest to seek out a relic that will bring harmony and happiness to the city. 

The Wild Folk by Sylvia Linsteadt

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Mr Kolseth recommends The Wild Folk by Sylvia Linsteadt. This is a fantasy story set in fantastical lands; two children befriended by twin leverets must overcome impossible tasks and the age-old mistrust of the 'Wild Folk' to save the town of Fallerone. The importance of working together and courage are key messages in this book. It also highlights the importance of looking after our environment - a fantastic link back to our previous topic, that we worked on in school. Enjoy!

Theodore Boone (Series) by John Grisham

Theodore Boone (Series) by John Grisham 1

Mr Llewelyn recommends the series 'Theodore Boone' by John Grisham. Whilst reading these engaging and thought-provoking books, you are taken through the beginning of Theodore Boone's career as a kid lawyer. After introducing his family and friends, John Grisham describes how thirteen year old Theo learns that life can be different for others living in the USA. This award-winning series allows the audience to appreciate how family, friends and honesty are the foundations for life. If you love solving problems or crime, then these stories will wet your appetite for more!

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Mrs Wallace recommends Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. This is my favourite all-time children's story and I have been enjoying reading it to my little 4 year old nephew over the phone at bed time during lockdown. We both love that the story rhymes and is easy to remember. We also think the ending is really funny but won't spoil it just in case you have never read it before. I have tried green eggs and ham and they taste pretty good! Enjoy!

 

Here is a link to story if you would like to listen to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KRkR8HaR9c

Stanley's Stick by John Hegley and illustrated by Neal Layton

Stanley's Stick by John Hegley and illustrated by Neal Layton 1

Mrs Wint -Wilson recommends Stanley's Stick by John Heyley. This book is a humorous, attention - grabbing and enjoyable read from the first page to the end. 

 

With a stick in his hand, Stanley's options are endless - he flies to the moon, writes in the sand and even rides a dinosaur. His fantastic imagination takes over and the  magic begins. 

I would recommend this book to any child in KS1 and parents, who are keen on further developing the imaginative thinking, in the minds of their children.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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Mrs Haggerty recommends reading The Rainbow Fish because it is great fun to read as a family. The book thinks about friendship and about sharing with others, which is a very important thing to do. It thinks about not just worrying about yourself but others and how this helps you to make friends and also make the world a better place.

 

If you click on the following link you can hear the story.

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+rainbow+fish&&view=detail&mid=9B478081E26E0B4307579B478081E26E0B430757&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dthe%2Brainbow%2Bfish%26FORM%3DHDRSC3

Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

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Mrs Davies loves the very naughty sense of humour of The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine.

Okay, Okay. So hang me. I killed the bird. For pity's sake, I'm a cat.

Poor Ellie is horrified when Tuffy drags a dead bird into the house. Then a mouse. But Tuffy can't understand what all the fuss is about.

Who on earth will be the next victim to arrive through the cat-flap? Can soft-hearted Ellie manage to get her beloved pet to change his wild, wild ways before he ends up in even deeper trouble.

 

If you like it, there are another 5 books in the series to enjoy: The Killer Cat Strikes Back, The Killer Cat's Birthday Bash, The Return of the Killer Cat, The Killer Cat Runs Away, The Killer Cat's Christmas.

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face

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Mrs Crickett recommends Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face because it is so much fun! The land of the Great Kerfuffle is a crazy place with lots of adventure to be found. Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face are two characters you will never forget, they make their way through the kingdom stumbling upon some very unusual characters. You can find this book through the 'Children's Fiction Books' link. It will cost you £0.83. This book is for year 3 and up.

 

Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley
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Mr Long recommends Philip Ridley. He's not afraid to be funny, he's not afraid to be sad. He's not afraid to show difficult situations and solutions. He's not afraid to show that people that make life difficult often have problems of their own to deal with.

This book is about a bully and his victim. Oh, and a giant crocodile that lives on toast. It's about friendship which is probably one of the most important things in our lives.

If you read this book, you will discover how Ruskin Splinter manages to overcome teasing at school and save his street from reptilian destruction. It's not all happy reading but life isn't always happy. Philip Ridley knows this and shares his stories in such a way that we come away from the book feeling better for the characters and for ourselves. 

Some other books by Philip Ridley: Dakota of the White Flats, Meteorite Spoon, Scribbleboy, Kaspar In The Glitter, Mighty Fizz Chilla.

Trash by Andy Mulligan
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Mrs Brown recommends this book 'Trash' by Andy Mulligan. I used this book as a teaching text in a previous year 5 class. The book is broken into 5 sections and each chapter in these sections is told from the point of view of different characters in the story, I thought this worked very well because it really helped you to get inside each of the characters. The story grabbed me from page one when one of the main characters, Raphael, introduces himself and his situation in very frank language, and you realise that this book is going to be about a world of which you (fortunately) have no previous knowledge. Raphael and his friends live on a huge dump site, in a fictional city which is probably supposed to be in Latin America. Their lives consist of sifting through the rubbish, day after day, trying to find anything valuable that they can sell. Early in the book the boys discover a small leather bag containing a wallet, a folded up map and a key. This discovery leads to a huge adventure that changes their lives.

Fly, Eagle, Fly! by Christopher Gregorowski

 

                                                           

 

As eagle is a metaphor on life, Mrs Umoren recommends this book for every child to explore the themes of life, limits and our own potential. It has often been said," A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Our youngsters, much like the eagle, must have their spirits lifted often so that they, too, can fly like an eagle.

I love the inspirational message: 'to be all you were meant to be and to take risks and soar high'. 

It's a  story that signifies pushing beyond your current circumstances and reaching for your greater self...Beautifully illustrated. 

It has good preposition of nouns in time and place with fabulous vocabulary for children to learn.

 

Click on the link below to listen to the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bgl4tVcRHs

Pupils' Recommendations

WarHorse by Michael Morpurgo

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Jack (yr 5) recommends reading WarHorse. He enjoyed it because the story was told by the horse. It made him think how the horses were used in the war and their feelings.
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