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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. If you look at the back of a £10 note, you will see the great author Jane Austen who stated that ‘I declare after all that there is no enjoyment like reading!’ and we at Consett Academy could not agree more.

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, Jeff Kinney's 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' books are still very popular, as is the Tom Gates series.  ‘Wonder', by RJ Palacio, now a Hollywood blockbuster, is a must read while Zoe Sugg's (Zoella) 'Girl Online' is always on the LRC loan list.

In the 14-16 age range, fantasy and dystopian genres are increasingly popular: ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth, 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins and ‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Close being some of the most popular series.  Also featuring in our 14-16 'top ten' are contemporary Young Adult fiction titles like 'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas and 'Love Simon: Simon vs the Home-Sapiens Agenda' by Becky Albertalli.

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 – Enid Blyton has made a comeback over the last few years; the recent Poirot movie has made Agatha Christie popular and J.K Rowling remains as prevalent as ever.

Another popular 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 popular 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 Dog’

Megan Rix

‘Nought and Crosses

Malorie Blackman

‘Girl, Missing

Sophie McKenzie

‘Wolf Brother

Michelle Paver


Alex Gino

‘Username: Evie

Joe Sugg

‘We are all Completely Beside Ourselves’

Karen Joy Fowler


Katherine Rundell

‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

‘The Explorer'

Katherine Rundell


The Learning Resource Centre (LRC):

At Consett Academy we have a well-stocked Learning Resource Centre that is open to students from 8am until 4pm. The LRC has a plethora of books from a range of authors and genres; all books are free for students to loan for a specified period. The LRC is a calm and quiet environment in which students can read for pleasure before school, at break time, lunchtime or after school. In addition, students can use the LRC to complete homework, there is always a member of staff available to help students and there are ICT facilities available for students to use if this is needed to complete homework. 

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



Page reviewed and updated April 2019