Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Recommended reads for children and young people – booklists, book review journals and websites

Get your hands on a book displayLast week TES published a list of books all children should read before leaving primary school.  While the books are mostly excellent,  the very low representation of contemporary fiction, the lack of diversity and the very notion of a cannon of ‘should reads’ have all caused controversy.

In response, school librarian and adviser Dawn Finch has drawn up a very useful list of books that primary pupils might like to read. What a difference Dawn’s phrase ‘might like to read’ makes.

Here is the Telegraph‘s suggestions for summer holiday reading for children. The Telegraph also has a valuable list of best YA books for 2015, which is updated regularly.

The Guardian children’s book site is a fabulous resource, full of recommendations and interesting articles. There are some great titles in the latest picture book reviews.  You can find reviews for recent books for 8-12s here. This is the new round-up of good fiction for teenagers.

Books for Keeps is consistently interesting and valuable.

Carousel is another extremely useful resource.

It is well worth keeping an eye on the BookTrust children’s books site as well.

I recommend Armadillo Magazine for reviews and news on books for children and young people (though as one of its reviewers, I must declare an interest).

I’m proud to review for The School Librarian too, which has a phenomenal range of reviews for members of the School Library Association.

Letterbox Library is unrivalled for inclusive books.

Do use all of these. And of course there is nothing to beat going with children to libraries and good bookshops so they can look at lots of wonderful books and choose for themselves.

Many thanks to Etz Chaim Primary School for the great photo.