december 2019 rr

December 2019 – Recommended Reads

KS1 Recommended Read

jinnie ghost

Jinnie Ghost by Berlie Doherty


KS2 Recommended Read

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The Railway Children by E.Nesbit

May 2017 Recommended Reads

May 2017 – Recommended Reads

May Recommended Reads 2017 2KS1 Recommended Read

A classic that’ll make you love animals for life and want to adopt a chubby piglet. No one is immune to this charming heartwarmer. Wilbur the piglet is simply adorable. He has a wrinkly little snout that snuffles the air all day long. But what usually happens to chubby little piglets? Yuck. It’s enough to turn you vegetarian. Wilbur doesn’t want to die – and his human friend Fern doesn’t want him to either. How can she save his bacon? Thank goodness for Charlotte – a clever spider with a talent for writing. When friends work together, miracles can happen and lives can be saved. Hurrah.





May Recommended Reads 2017 1KS2 Recommended Read

“Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you.” That’s Bradley Chalkers for you. He’s the biggest, nastiest kid in school: the liar, the one who picks fights, the one with “behaviour problems.” No one likes him – except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and that he could change – if he dared try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself… A heartwarming story of courage and second chances, from the bestselling author of Holes.

April 2017 Recommended Reads

April 2017 – Dr Seuss & Roald Dahl

April 2017 1KS1 Recommended Read

With World Book Day having happened last month, this is a fabulous compilation of four of Dr. Seuss’ most wacky tales, packed with colourful zany pictures, rollicking rhyme and off-the-wall humour is guaranteed to make reading fun!







April 2017 2KS2 Recommended Read

Roald Dahl writing about his own childhood is a treat for any Dahl fan – young or old. These stories are warm, touching, funny and show the development of one of our most treasured children’s writers.

may 2017

March 2017 – A Bear Called Paddington & The Borrowers

PaddingtonKS1 Recommended Read

‘A Bear Called Paddington’ by Michael Bond.

About the book:
Paddington, the brown bear from darkest Peru, is found by the Brown family on Paddington Station with his hat, duffel coat and marmalade sandwiches. Paddington is a decidedly loveable eccentric and his various sticky scrapes will strike chords of recognition with any child. Whilst his intentions are always honourable, his over-literal interpretation of situations means that ‘things’ inevitably happen, whether at birthday parties or on visits to the theatre or seaside.

With a blend of humour, theatricality and clear prose style, each chapter forms a stand-alone story, perfect for newly confident readers. First published in 1958, this is a truly British classic.



The BorrowersKS2 Recommended Read

‘The Borrowers’ by Mary Norton

About the book:
The Borrowers are tiny people who live in the secret places of old houses – behind the mantlepiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They borrow everything from humans, existing on the scraps they collect from the homes they live in.

feb 2017

February 2017 – Recommended Reads

Chicken Nugget

Chicken Nugget by Michelle Robinson

About the book:

When Nugget’s long-lost-cousin Franz turns up, all isn’t quite as it seems. There’s definitely something fishy – or foxy – about this chicken. This is Nugget’s chance to save the day, because sometimes the bravest hero of all is just a little chicken. Chicken Nugget is a hilarious new picture book by Michelle Robinson and Tom McLaughlin.

My name is Nugget. Chicken Nugget. This is my family. I’m the smallest. And when you’re the smallest, nobody ever listens.


Michael Morpurgo An Eagle in the Snow Paperback Release 960x710An Eagle in the Snow by Michael Morpurgo

About the book:

“A real pager turner set during World War One revolving around a boy and his Mum on a train being told a story by a stranger.”

A ‘what if’ story based on a true life events. Barney is leaving Coventry for Cornwall with his mum after their house has been destroyed in the Blitz. There’s no escape from Hitler however, and their train is attacked by a Messerschmitt forcing it to stop in a tunnel for safety. It’s pitch-black and Barney is scared of the dark. To distract him, the other passenger in the carriage tells him about his best friend, Billy Byron, famous in the First World War as the most decorated private soldier.


artemis fowlArtemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

About the book:

There’s a new master criminal on the scene, 12 year old Artemis Fowl. Kidnapping a fairy starts out easy for Artemis, but he soon discovers he’s taken captive Captain Holly Short. She’s part of an armed and extremely dangerous LEPrecon Unit. Artemis should be able to handle things as long as they play by the rules …

autumn 2016

Autumn 2016 – Recommended Reads

Jeremy StrongThe Genius Aged 8 1/4 by Jeremy Strong

About the book:
Sometimes adults need a helping hand. Luckily, Mr and Mrs Poppleton give birth to Alfie (real name: Squeaky Squawky Redface Slurp-bottom). The Poppletons are utterly hopeless, and so Alfie has little choice but to take responsibility for the family. When he arrives at school it transpires the teachers are little better. Alfie can’t help but think that there’s a simple solution to some problems …A celebration of precocious children and silly adults everywhere.





The Midnight GangThe Midnight Gang by David Walliams

About the book:
When the clock strikes midnight most children are fast asleep, but for The Midnight Gang the journey is just beginning. This extraordinary story of five children in a wonderfully inventive and eccentric hospital setting promises to take fans from around the globe on an unmissable midnight adventure. A story of friendship, theatre and magic – and of making dreams come true.

David Walliams said “It’s by far my most ambitious book, dealing with some serious themes in what I hope is an entertaining and amusing way. It tells the story of five children trapped in a hospital ward, who are all longing for adventure.”



Jigsaw puzzleGuess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

About the book:

Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares’ efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon.

January 2016 – Grandpa’s Great Escape

Untitled-2Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all from Bonnygate!

Our first recommended read for 2016 is the hotly-anticipated next novel, ‘Grandpa’s Great Escpae’ from the NUMBER ONE bestselling author, David Walliams.

Jack’s Grandpa…

  • wears his slippers to the supermarket
  • serves up Spam à la Custard for dinner
  • and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name

But he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day…

An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

June 2015 – A Tadpole’s Promise

tpThis month’s recommended read is ‘A Tadpole’s Promise, by Jeanne Willis. This book has been recommended by Timi Oladimeji in Year 2. Year 2 used this book to help them understand the life cycle of a frog. Timi wrote a summary about the text and what she has learned from it. Here is a sample:

This book is about a tadpole who meets a beautiful caterpillar and they fall in love with each other. The shiny black tadpole promised the rainbow caterpillar that he would never change but that was not a promise he could keep.
Soon the tadpole changed. He grew two legs and then he developed two arms. His tail vanished and he became a frog. The butterfly could not recognise him. She cried herself to sleep because she was so upset. Surprisingly, she changed too… into a magnificent butterfly! Then something you would never expect happened…

There are three lessons that we learned from this book:

  • About the life cycle of a frog
  • About the life cycle of a butterfly
  • Don’t make promises you can’t keep!

Read it to find out what happens!

April 2015 – My Friend Walter

My_Friend_WalterThis month’s recommended read is ‘My Friend Walter’, by Michael Morpurgo. This book has been recommended by Mrs Hodges in Year 6. It is currently the Year 6 core text, which they will use throughout their literacy and topic sessions.

About the book:
‘Living with a ghost can have its difficulties, I discovered, even if he is your friend. Remember Sir Walter Raleigh, who laid his cloak in a puddle so that Queen Elizabeth I could walk across? Well, Bess meets his ghost and finds out he’s an ancestor.’
How will Bess explain Sir Walter to her family? Especially when he breaks her brother’s fishing rod, steals a horse and smokes cigars in her room!

March 2015 – The Hobbit

the-hobbit-coverThis month’s recommended read is ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book has been recommended by one of our students, Carter Johnson, who is reading the book at the age of 7! Carter is an avid reader and says ‘the book isn’t what I expected it to be like… It’s even better!’. He chose the books because it is adventurous so if you like adventure stories, then this is the one for you!

Here is a blurb for our recommended read:

Bilbo, a Hobbit (who doesn’t like adventures), is visited by a wizard called Gandalf and thirteen dwarves who seek a fourteenth member (to avoid the unlucky number) for their journey to steal the treasure from the dragon Smaug. Though reluctant at first, Bilbo is convinced in part by the trickery of Gandalf to join the unexpected party. He is taken, literally from his comfort zone, off to discover things he knew of only from old tales.