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Recommended Reading for Children and Young People

Children aged 0-4 years

Bergman, Mara Oliver who would not sleep
Bright, Paul I’m not going out there
Carle, Eric “Slowly, slowly, slowly” said the Sloth
Donaldson, Julia The Gruffalo
Dunbar, Polly Hello Tilly: A Tilly and friends book
Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise The Sleeping Giant
Floyd, Madeleine Cold Paws, Warm Heart
Freedman, Claire A Kiss Goodnight
Gliori, Debi Goodnight, Baby Bat
Horner, Polly Polly and the North Star
Inkpen, Mick Baggy Brown
James, Simon Micí Meabhrach
Jeffers, Oliver The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Kuskin, Karla So, what’s it like to be a cat?
Lewis, Kim Mac an Aoire
O Laighleis, Ré Amy agus Claire agus an Phleist Mhór
Prater, John The Big Dark
Rosenstock, Gabriel Na Daoine Dalla
Waddell, Martin The Hidden House
Willis, Jeanne Killer Gorilla
Woodward, Kay Countdown

Recommended series to read with your child. Age 5- 9 years.

Black Cat
Boffin Boy
Boys Rule
Chameleons Colour Crackers
Dorling Kinderseley – Eye Witness Readers
Funny Bones
Girls Rock
Graphic Readers
Happy Families
Young Hippo
I am reading
I can read
Ladybird – Read it yourself
Ladybird – Favourite Tales
Leap Frog
Letter Land
Magic Key
Magic Tree House
O’Brien Pandas
O’Brien Solos
Puffin – Read Aloud
Reading Corner
Read at Home
Reading Roundabout
Super Phonics

Children Aged 8 - 11

Eoin Colfer Airman
Julia Golding Cat o’ nine tails
Anthony Horowitz Snakehead
Derek Landy Playing with fire
Paul Stewart & Chris Ridell The lost barkscrolls
Angie Sage Queste
Robert Muchamore The Escape
Diana Wynne Jones House of many ways
Megan McDonald Judy Moody goes to college
Dick King-Smith Sophie’s Snail
Michael Morpurgo This Morning I met a Whale
Jeremy Strong Lost! The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour-Dog
Lucy Daniels Pony in the Porch
Don Conroy The Owl who couldn’t give a Hoot
Oisín McGann The Evil Hairdo


Sherman Alexie The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Holly Black Ironside
Kevin Brooks Black Rabbit Summer
Melvin Burgess Junk
Sarah Dessen This lullaby
Anita Desai The village by the sea
Roddy Doyle Wilderness
E. R. Frank America is me
Beth Goobie Before wings
Keith Gray Ostrich boys
Ally Kennen Beast
Perry Moore Hero
Patrick Ness The knife of never letting go
Philip Reeve Here lies Arthur
Ann Rinaldi Hang a thousand trees with ribbons
Meg Rossoff How I live now
What I was
Marcus Sedegwick The Foreshadowing
Mildred D. Taylor The Land
Jenny Valentine Broken Soup
Finding Violet Park
Scott Westerfield Pretties
Chris Wooding Poison
Benjamin Zephaniah Gangsta rap
Refugee boy