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Book Recommendations by Mrs King

Reading is my favourite go to activity, I love nothing more than curling up with a book, or usually with my Kindle. I never leave home without it! When you read you can go anywhere, this is summed up in a quote from one of my favourite authors Julia Donaldson.

“I opened a book and in I strode. Now nobody can find me.
I've left my chair, my house, my road, My town and my world behind me.
I'm wearing the cloak, I've slipped on the ring, I've swallowed the magic potion.
I've fought with a dragon, dined with a king and dived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and made some friends. I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends to the happily ever after.
I finished my book and out I came. The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.”

I have spent hours reading to my two boys Will and Sam, taking us all on incredible journeys, Story tie in reception is one of the best parts of our day, we get very excited to see who we might meet and where we might go. These are some of our favourite books.


Dogger – Shirley Hughes (3-5 Years)

Dogger is a book I loved being read to me as a child and it was my son Sam’s favourite book, he had a monkey just like Dave’s Dogger that went everywhere with him. He would not have liked to have lost him. When Dave loses his favourite toy, his family do everything they can to find him, but when he still doesn’t turn up Dave is distraught. Bella, his big sister offers one of her cuddly toys but Dave just wants Dogger. The next day at the school fair, Bella wins an enormous teddy bear but Dave just wants his dog that he has spotted on a stall. Before he can buy him, another little girl chooses him. Once again Dave is beside himself, but big sister Bella comes to the rescue. Find out how she saves the day!


           Carbonel – Barbara Sleigh (9-11 years)

I still have my very first copy of this book. This is my go to comfort book and it reminds me of bedtime stories with my mum. Again it’s another book I shared with my boys, it’s been read so many times it’s in need of love and care. It’s about a little girl called Rosemary, her new friend and her adventures during the long summer holiday. She chooses a cat to live with her, or did the cat choose her, Its’s full of magic and mystery and twists and turns. It is written in a time when things were very different from today.


How green you are? – Berlie Docherty (9-11 years)

It was really hard to choose my favourite book from this author as she has written so many good ones, it was a choice between this one and one called Children in Winter (see how I got it in there, read it if you can) How green you are? Is a book that makes me cry and laugh out loud, sometimes at the same time. It’s about friendships, rivalries, betrayals, school, ghosts and street play all through the eyes of a girl called Bee. It has lots of the things I used to do as a child, the character who gives out cat hair toffees reminds me of someone who I knew when I was little.

Will also said Thomas the Tank Engine and Sam The Giant Jam Sandwich, we then decided that there were far too many amazing books to choose from!


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