Reading at school and home

 
 
 
 
 

Your commitment to regularly reading at home with your child will have a big impact on their learning in all sorts of ways. If you aren't confident doing this, for whatever reason, have a look at our Reading at Home guides in the downloads box. Don't be afraid to speak to your child's teacher either - they'll be keen to help and should have good advice specific for your child too.

Reading for pleasure

"Don't judge a book by its cover!" we're always told...so where do you start if you want to buy good books? Over 3000 are published every week! Whilst there is no guarantee you or your child will love a book, below are lots of links to lists of acclaimed books and those shortlisted for different awards in recent years.

If you like the sound of a book for every day reading, why not try to find a cheaper second hand copy online on sites like Amazon and eBay?

Please note: we are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages. Not all books listed below will be appropriate for children of all ages so please consider the age categories if they are listed or make a judgement based on the themes of each book.

Carnegie Medal

outstanding books for children

Kate Greenaway Medal

outstanding books for children in terms of illustration

Red House Children’s Book award

the only national book award voted for by children!

The Guardian Children’s fiction prize

fiction written for children aged 8+

Waterstones children’s book prize

archive of shortlists

Nestle (was Smarties) book prize (stopped in 2007)

Records of all past winners for the categories of ages 0-5, 6-8 and 9-11 can be found at:

Roald Dahl Funny Prize (stopped in 2013)

Royal Society Young People’s book prize

for books that communicate SCIENCE to young people

CLPE Poetry award

The book trust recommendations:

Other great websites to explore!