What will Year 6 Children read next ? Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass



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What will Year 6 Children read next …..?

* Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children's literature.

* Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. What effortless invention looks like.

* Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner. A great political story: democracy in action.

* Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. As clear and pure as Mozart. Old fashioned adventures that still excite.

* Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken. If Ransome was Mozart, Aiken was Rossini. Unforced effervescence.

* The Weird Stone of Brisingamen, The Owl Service, Elidor , The Moon of Gomrath by Alan Garner. Shows how children's literature could be dark and troubling.

* The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Superb wit and vigorous invention.

* A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna. A gang of children living in the backstreets of Paris, risk life and limb hurtling precariously and at great speeds down the steep hill of the rue des Petits-Pauvres

* The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé. Tintin! Perfect timing, perfect narrative tact and command, blissfully funny.

* The Star of Kazan, The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson. Beautiful prose painting wonderful scenes of faraway places.

* Just William books by Richmal Crompton. These are a must for every child.

* The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. Will make you cry.

* The Elephant's Child From The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. I love the sheer fun of it, the music and the rhythm of the words. It was subversive too. Still one of my favourite stories.

* The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. A book for children from 8 to 80. I love the humanity of this story and how one man's efforts can change the future for so many.

* The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy The story of two children who go to find their father who has been listed missing in the trenches of the First World War.

* The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett. I love this story of a girl's life being changed by nature.



* Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah. Story of a young Ethiopian boy, whose parents abandon him in London to save his life.

* I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (who wrote 101 Dalmatians). Written for a teenage audience but fun at any age.

* The Tygrine Cat (and The Tygrine Cat on the Run) by Inbali Iserles. If your parents keep going on at you to read Tarka the Otter, The Sheep-Pig and other animal fantasies, do – they're great books – also try Iserles' stories about a cat seeking his destiny.

* When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr. Judith Kerr's semi-autobiographical story of a family fleeing the Nazis in 1933.

* Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. Elaborate mythological imagery and a background based in real science. If you like this, the Discworld series offers plenty more. Also The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

* Mistress Masham's Repose by TH White. Magical story of 10-year-old Maria, living in a derelict stately home, shy, lonely and under threat from both her governess and her rascally guardian.

* How to be Topp by Geoffrey Willams and Ronald Searle. Side-splitting satire on skool, oiks, teechers, fules, bulies, swots.

* Stormbreaker and the Alex rider Series by Anthony Horowitz. First of the action-packed adventures with 14-year-old Alex Rider. There are eight in the series now. Then try the Series of Five…..

* Private Peaceful, War Horse and Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo "Dulce et Decorum Est" for pre-teens.

* Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Lively, amoral, wildly imaginative debut (six more followed) about the money-grabbing master-criminal Artemis, 12. The author called it "Die Hard with fairies".

* The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. Inspiring wartime story of the Balicki family in Warsaw.

* Skellig by David Almond. Brings magical realism to working-class North-east England.

* Red Cherry Red by Jackie Kay. A book of poems that reaches deep into our hidden thoughts but also talks in a joyous voice exploring the everyday.

* Talkin Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah. A book of poems that demands to be read aloud, performed and thought about.

* Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean. Superheroes battle with demons, gods intervene in our pleasures and fears – a bit like the spectres in our minds going through daily life, really – beautifully retold here.

* People Might Hear You by Robin Klein. A profound, suspenseful story about sects, freedom and the rights of all young people – especially girls.

Redwall series by Brian Jacques
The Eagle of the Ninth, The Lantern Bearers, The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff


The Talking Parcel, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell


Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer


The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau


The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilde


Coraline by Neil Gaiman


The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall




Because of Winn-Dixieby Kate DiCamillo


Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner
Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Not too babyish when read in its original form.




The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce


The Book Thief, The Messenger The Underdog by Markus Zusak


Magic Series by Edward Eager




Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery Charming tale of Victorian child set in America. Anne develops new relationships once she has moved to the countryside.


The Borrowers by Mary Norton . Adventures of little people all around us! Filmed and televised – but nothing beats the original book.


Boy by Roald Dahl
Holes by Louis Sachar


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman




The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit


The Silver Sword/Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier


Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson




The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper


The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo


The Pendragon Adventure series by D. J. MacHale


Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan




Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel


The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis




His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman


The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye


Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

* Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan. A crazy adventure set amongst the kids you don't want to know but who this book makes you really, really care about.

* After the First Death by Robert Cormier. Cormier is never afraid of handling how the personal meets the political all within the framework of a thriller.

* The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. A book that allows difference to be part of the plot and not a point in itself.

H I V E (Series of 5 books) by Mark Walden

Spirit Walker, Wolf Brother and others by Michelle Paver

Companions Quartet series Julia Golding

Rangers Apprentice series by John Flanagan

Alpha Force series by Chris Ryan

Amazon, Arctic, Diving …. Adventures by Willard Price

Flash Flood by Andy Croft. Older content but easier to follow.

Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird

* Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson Better than the films and TV versions, but written in a formal style, so you may need to persevere to get into the story.

* The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein. Be warned, these tales of hobbits, elves and Middle Earth are dangerously addictive.

* Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. A grown-up book – but not that grown-up.

* The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Irresistible puzzle-solving tales of the chilly Victorian master-sleuth and his dim medical sidekick.

* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Age-transcending tale, both funny and sad.

* Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Inexplicably evergreen, trend and taste-defying 1868 classic.

* Animal Farm by George Orwell. Smart 11-year-olds won't need any pre-knowledge of Marx, Lenin, Trotsky and 1917 to appreciate this brilliantly-told fable.



* Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. A book that dared to go where no one thought you could with young audiences because it raises tough stuff to do with race.

* Lord of the Flies by William Golding

* Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. A good yarn we often think we know – but reading the original text is best.

* Call of the Wild by Jack London

*Heidi by Johanna Spyri



* Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

* A Christmas Carol, Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

* Silas Marner, Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

* The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. A classic tale of man versus nature.

* The Time Machine by H G Wells

* The Dead Men Stood Together by Chris Priestley

* The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

* Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

* The Uncle Albert Series by Russell Stannard. The Albert in question is Mr Einstein ….!


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