“Reading is an intellectual workout like no other.
It helps students grow as readers but also as writers, mathematicians, learners and thinkers.”
(Sullivan & Brown, 2013)

Finding books that capture a classroom or have students begging to borrow it from library is not always easy. We asked our Reading Leaders to make some recommendations that they know are sure-fire winners with students.

Check out these titles for drop in Read-Aloud, recommendation in a school newsletter, or a school-wide share at assembly. Sharing books with students is a magic way to advocate reading!

This book is appealing to years 2-5 because it deals with the common problem of bullying. Kathryn Apel has written in prose and her words do a wonderful job of highlighting the fear and anguish of bullying.

A great book for discussing harassment and how to deal with it. This is a fairly quick read and yet tells so much.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.

Bully on the Bus

by Kathryn Apel 2014

Summary:

Leroy must learn to deal with the bully on the bus. How will he find the strength to overcome the situation once and for all?

I would never be able to make a list of books and omit the Dragonkeeper series. These are so well written and the books just beg to be read aloud. I love the way that Carole Wilkinson finishes each chapter with suspense. If the students love this book they will read the rest of the series.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.

Dragonkeeper series

by Caroline Wilkinson

Summary:

Ping, a slave girl in Ancient China, has been chosen by Danzi, possibly the last living dragon, as his keeper. She needs to go on a dangerous journey across China and keep Danzi safe from all the evil forces that want to kill him

This was the novel we used with the year 3/4 test class for the SSR with intervention reading program.

Using Sheena Cameron’s comprehension ideas we read and discussed the text and illustrations for a deeper meaning and understanding. There was not a lot of writing and question answering, more an unpacking of the story.

So many children enjoyed this book they went on to read the others in the series.

Another great book in this genre would be Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Jol and Kate Temple.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.

Eric Vale Epic Fail

by Michael Gerard Bauer, 2012

Summary:

Eric Vale has a lot of problems including his nick name, his best friend and a lot of bad luck. A humorous book with lots of cartoon style illustrations scattered throughout the pages.

I highly recommend all of the books in the Our Australian Girl series. This is a wonderful novel to read to year 4/5’s especially as an adjunct to their history curriculum. This has been a hit at our school for years now and the students love to read the whole series.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.

Meet Grace series

by Sofie Laguna 2011

Summary:

Grace lives in London in 1808 and has to survive on the streets. A small act of stealing an apple finds her sent to jail and eventually transported to Australia.

I highly recommend all of the books in the Our Australian Girl series. This is a wonderful novel to read to year 4/5’s especially as an adjunct to their history curriculum. This has been a hit at our school for years now and the students love to read the whole series.

Provided by Jane Moore, Ardtornish Primary School Library.

Yoko’s Diary

by Paul Ham 2013

Summary:

This book contains the words of a real Japanese school girl who lived in Hiroshima during WW2. This poignant novel gives an insight into the experiences of the Japanese at the time of the Hiroshima bombing.