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At Stanbridge Primary, we understand the importance of children adopting a passion for reading both for enjoyment and to achieve their potential. We know  that Dr Seuss was right when he said: "The more that you read, the more things your will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

We demonstrate reading as such a high priority in many different ways: 

-All of our topics are driven by an enquiry question and text

-We dedicate 10 minutes every day after lunch to reading aloud to the children

-We teach the skills of reading every day during our reading lessons through varied, rich and challenging texts

-We have a vibrant and well stocked central library and class libraries for children to choose from

-We challenge children to read aloud at home at least 5 times per week. Children are then given a raffle ticket and entered into our exciting end of term draw!

100 Books all children should read before leaving primary school 
TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers' top 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school. Here are the results. 


1          Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

2          Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

3          Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4          Matilda by Roald Dahl

5          The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

6          The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

7          The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

8          We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

9          Dogger by Shirley Hughes

10        Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

11        Stig of the Dump by Clive King

12      Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

13      The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

14        Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

15        Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne

16        Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

17      Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

18      The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

19        Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

20        War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

21      Grimm’s Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm

21      The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

23        Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

24        Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

25        Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd

26        Not Now Bernard by David Mckee

27        Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

28        The Twits by Roald Dahl

29        I am David by Anne Holm

30        The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

31        The Paddington series by Michael Bond

32        Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

33        Esio Trot by Roald Dahl

34        Five Children and It by E Nesbit

35        Clockwork by Phillip Pullman

36        The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

37        The Magic Far Away Tree by Enid Blyton

38        Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury

39        Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

40        The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

41        The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy

42        The Alfie and Annie Rose series by Shirley Hughes

43        Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield

44        Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

45        Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

46        Sad Book by Michael Rosen

47        The Borrowers by Mary Norton

48      A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown

48      The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg

50        Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

51        Coraline by Neil Gaiman

52        Zoo by Anthony Browne

53        Treasure Island by R L Stevenson

54        Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne

55        Cinderella by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

56        Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

57        The Railway Children by E Nesbit

58        Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman

59      Kidnapped by R L Stevenson

60      The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith

61      Beegu by Alexis Deacon

62      The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

63      Eragon by Christopher Paolini

64      The Mr Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves

65      Gentle Giant by Michael Morpurgo

66      Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

67        The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

68        Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

69        Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

70        Theseus and the Minotaur by David Orme and Wendy Body

71      The Just William series by Richmal Crompton

72      On the Way Home by Jill Murphy

73      Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

74      Street Child by Berlie Doherty

75      The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

76      Angelo by Quentin Blake

77      The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Draywalt and Oliver Jeffers

78      The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

79        My Mum by Anthony Browne

80      The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

81      The Tunnel by Anthony Browne

82      Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

83      The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler by Gene Kemp

84        The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

85      Click Clack Moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

86      The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

87      The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

88      I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

89      The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

90      The Early Years at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

91      Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

92      Birds Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell

93      The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

94        The Mrs Pepperpot series by Alf Proysen

95      The Asterix Series by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

96      The Fib and Other Stories by George Layton

97        The Giant's Necklace by Michael Morpurgo

98        The Kipper series by Mick Inkpen

99      The Milly-Molly-Mandy series by Joyce Lankester Brisley

100      The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson