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Our Love of Reading

Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure with your child is a rewarding and delightful experience. Apart from the enjoyment that comes with the smell and feel of opening a new book, the excitement of the latest novel by a favourite author or genre, reading is beneficial to children’s learning and progress. 

How can reading a book help my child?

Every book has a specific format; chapters, pages and paragraphs – this helps your child with literacy because they learn how to structure their own writing.  Your child will also develop their understanding of sentence constructions, including the use of punctuation, while improving their word power.  If your child is encouraged to read aloud, he/she will improve the tone and pace of their voice; this is essential for future employment interviews.  Reading also supports numeracy due to the logical ordering of the story (beginning…middle…end) and the cohesion or sense of the storyline.  And you thought it was just reading a book!

What’s hot?

In the 11-14 age range, unsurprisingly, Philip Pullman novels are very popular as is Tom Gates.  ‘The Maze-Runner’, by James Dashner, now a Hollywood blockbuster, is a must read while ‘Artermis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer is always on the LRC loan list.

In the 14-16 age range, fantasy genres are increasingly popular: ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth and ‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Close.  Also, in the top ten is ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by children’s favourite author John Green and ‘The Book-Thief’ by Markus Zusak.

In the 16-18 age range, horror fiction dominates alongside cultural texts by Khaled Hosseini, ‘The Kite Runner’, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and ‘And the Mountains Echoed’. 

Favourite authors

Like the trends for different genres, children have their favourite authors.  Making a massive comeback, while celebrating 70 years of successful story writing, Enid Blyton is one of the most popular authors of 2014.  Enid Blyton wrote 21 ‘Famous Five’ books; in chronological order they are:

Children will absolutely love joining George, Timmy, Julian, Anne and Dick as they face danger and excitement in all their adventures.  A ripping yarn!

Another popular, and unlikely author, is the one and only David Walliams, the modern day Roald Dahl.  At Consett Academy, students in Years 7 and 8 read a selection of Walliams’ books including ‘Gangsta Granny,’ Billionaire Boy’ and ‘Mr Stink.  Other titles include; ‘The Boy in the Dress’, ‘Awful Auntie’ and ‘Demon Dentist’; shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Awards.

Michael Morpurgo and Roald Dahl retain their position in the ‘Top Ten’ and remain as prevalent as ever! 

Recommended Reads

If you are looking for books for your children, the list below may be helpful.  Several of the books have been shortlisted or nominated for the Cilip Kate Greenaway Awards, Smarties Book Awards or Man Booker Prize. 

‘The Bomber Day’

Megan Rix

‘Noble Conflict’

Malorie Blackman

‘Split Second’

Sophie McKensie

‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’

Holly Black

‘The Company of Ghosts’

Berlie Doherty

‘The Color Thief’

Gabriel Alborozo

‘We are all Completely Beside Ourselves’

Karen Joy Fowler

‘The Rooftoppers’

Katherine Rundell

‘Stay Where You Are and then Leave’

John Boyne

‘The Dog’

Joseph O’Neill


And finally…

How on earth could we fail to mention some of the classic novels that deserve a place on Consett Academy’s ‘Bucket List’…

‘Wuthering Heights’ – Emily Bronte

‘A Christmas Carol’ – Charles Dickens

‘The Woman in White’ – Wilkie Collins

‘Dracula’ – Bram Stoker

‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ – Thomas Hardy

‘Frankenstein’ – Mary Shelley