Reading Recommendations for Primary

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Our training sessions are always full of excitement and enthusiasm around reading for pleasure, so we decided to ask the primary teachers who have come along this year for their book recommendations to help you inspire the children you work with! Whether you're looking for an interesting book for your book group, the perfect stimulus to help you build a cross-curricular project or a recommendation for a specific child, this list is a great place to start, with a variety of themes, genres and reading ages included.

Look out for more recommendations on the blog, and check out #FMRCYuleRead on Twitter for some great video recommendations from children and young people across Scotland.

Elephant in the Garden cover
An Elephant in the Garden
By Michael Morpurgo
Always and Forever cover
Always and Forever
By Debi Gliori and Alan Durant
Badger's Parting Gifts Cover
Badger's Parting Gifts
By Susan Varley
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas cover
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
By John Boyne
Divided City cover
Divided City
By Theresa Breslin
Giraffes Can't Dance cover
Giraffes Can't Dance
By Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone cover
Harry Potter
By J.K. Rowling


Holces cover
By Louis Sachar


The Nowhere Emporium cover
The Nowhere Emporium
By Ross Mackenzie
One Dog and His Boy cover
One Dog and his Boy
By Eva Ibbotson
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Indian in the Cupboard
By Lynne Reid Banks
The Stormkeeper's Island cover
The Storm Keeper's Island
By Catherine Doyle


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