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Recommended Reads this Term

Discover great books for class reading, boosting well-being or to support topic work

Amazing by Steve Anthony

This heartwarming picture book about a little boy and his pet dragon is a celebration of friendship and being yourself. With a positive message about diversity, it’s a perfect platform to start conversations about understanding and acceptance.

Great for reading aloud with Reception or KS1 pupils. Find out more.

When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth

Our Big Topic on Hachette Schools this term is Conservation, if you’re using the free resources as part of your teaching then When the Mountains Roared is a great book to read alongside. Set in the mountains of India, this warm and atmospheric adventure story follows a girl determined to protect the wild leopards of the mountains from poachers.

A great class read for upper KS2.

We have free reading notes and activities available here. Download a free poster here.

Grandma Dangerous by Kita Mitchell

Ollie’s dad is missing – but Grandma Dangerous is on the case! But is this a rescue mission or is his Grandma actually on the run… ?!

This hilarious, action-packed new adventure series is perfect for reading aloud to lower KS2 pupils. The fun illustrations also make it great for engaging reluctant readers.

Download free teaching notes here and Grandma Dangerous bingo cards(!) here.

Malala: My story of standing up for girls’ rights

Malala’s bestselling memoir, adapted for younger readers. In her own words, Malala shares the value of speaking out against hate and offers and inspiring message of determination and hope. Includes a glossary, information boxes and illustrations.

Aimed at readers aged 7+ it’s a great springboard for discussions around human rights, education and equality.

Download free teaching notes, including PSHE and assembly ideas, here.

You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed

Boost pupils’ confidence with You Are Awesome. This bestselling book sets out to help kids develop a growth mindset, embrace their mistakes and understand that with practice and determination they can achieve (almost) anything.

A great way to empower and inspire pupils ahead of exams or the transition to secondary school.

Find out more here, listen to the audiobook here and download free teaching resources and display materials here.

The Survival Game by Nicky Singer

Imagine a world where there are too many people on a too-hot earth and your only chance of salvation is to journey north. Set in a near future that feels all-too real, this is a beautiful and timely story of the cost of survival and the power of small kindnesses.

Perfect for KS3+ book clubs and linking into climate change projects.

Download reading group notes and activities here.