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Summer Reading Book Ideas

Hello everyone,

It is that time of the year again, summer holidays are around the corner and the new Summer Reading Challenge is set by the Reading Agency and Libraries England.

This year’s reading challenge theme across the country will be Space Chase, celebrating 50th anniversary of landing on the Moon. Joining the challenge is very easy. Pop in to your local Medway library, join and read 6 books until 12th of September to earn a medal and a certificate.

You can get more information about Medway libraries by clicking here.

We suggest to join Summer Reading Challenge website too for extra fun and simply keeping the record of books you read.

We decided to share with you some ideas on what to read during the summer holidays.

Below you can find the list of books for students of different age groups.


1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

2. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

3. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

4. Welcome to Our World by Moira Butterfield

5. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

6. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

7. Would you Rather… by John Burningham

8. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

9. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

10. Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

Ages 6-8:

1. The BFG by Roald Dahl

2. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

3. A bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

4. Asterix the Gaul by Renne Goscinny

5. Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne

6. Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon

7. Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake

8. The True Story of Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieska

9. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

10. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

Ages 9-11:

1. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

2. Matilda by Roald Dahl

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling

4. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein

5. The Witches by Roald Dahl

6. Holes by Louis Sachar

7. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

8. The Adventures of Tintin by Herge

9. Truckers by Terry Pratchett

10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness From

Ages 12-14:

1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

2. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colins

4. The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean

5. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

7. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

8. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

9. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

10. Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Ages 15-17:

1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

3. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Duma

4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

5. The Trial by Franz Kafka

6. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

7. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

8. Carrie by Stephen King

9. A Short Story of Nearly of Everything by Bill Bryson

10. Cosmos by Carl Sagan

Enjoy your summer and reading.

Because everything changes when we read!

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