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Book Recommendations by Mr Williams

Books have the ability to open many doors. I was fortunate to grow up on the doorstep of where J.R.R Tolkien was inspired to create his beautiful world of Middle Earth. My Year 4 primary school teacher read my class The Hobbit, in the boggy area just behind Tolkien’s old house! (See Mrs Biddell’s recommendation!) I was hooked! I love to read different books too and will often find myself reading about events in World War Two. I love biographies as well, particularly about political leaders through history.

I have recommended some books on here for you to have a look at; -


The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson (3-5 years)

This book is beautiful, lovely rhyme and rhythm to it. My son had this book when he was 4 (now 15!) We still comment on the selflessness of the Giant even now. George buys himself some brand new clothes and looks very smart. However on the way home, he meets some fascinating characters who need his help and his clothes!


The Twits by Roald Dahl (6-8 years)

It must be a beard thing! These two loathsome characters are always playing tricks on each other, watch out for the glass eye! This books is full of giggles! It was a book I really loved as a child and I still love it now!


Friend or Foe by Michael Morpugo (9-11 years)

This book covers a lot of bases for me. It is set in a period of history I love the most (World War 2) and a good dilemma. I have had the pleasure of teaching this book to the children and it really grabbed me, I couldn’t put it down.


The Magicians Nephew by C.S.Lewis (10 - 11 years+)

I know you might know The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (another great book by the way!) This book tells the story of how humans first got into the magical world of Narnia. Digory has just moved to London from the country to live with his Aunt Betty and his very eccentric Uncle Andrew. Digory meets the girl next door; Polly. Together they begin one brilliant adventure… watch out for the description of the creation of Narnia, in my opinion, one of my favourite pieces of writing ever!

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