Category Archives: book clubs for children North London

Book Recommendations for Years 7-9 (secondary school).

By | Book club N21, book clubs for children North London, Book group, Events for teenagers, The Story Room | No Comments

We have a group of avid readers in Teen Book Club. They read a wide variety of books – some for younger children and some for older teens – so I asked them what they had read over the summer that they would recommend to other readers and here is that list:

Girl Missing – Sophie MacKenzie

The Boy at the Back of the Class Onjali Rauf

The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan O’Dowd

The Opposite of Always – Justin Reynolds

The Tattooist of Auschwitz  Heather Morris

The Hitchhikers’ Guide to The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Holes  Louis Sachar

Stepping Stones  Louis Sachar

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

The End of Time – Gavin Extence

Spies – Michael Friarn

Wonder – R.J Palacio

The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

The Blood Guard – Carter Roy

Boy 87 – Ele Fountain

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

Please use caution when choosing books for young teens. I’m not a fan of censuring reading but some teen books can deal with very adult themes, so please choose according to your child’s maturity and sensitivity.

Happy Reading!

Book Recommendations from Book Club – years 5 and 6

By | Book club N21, book clubs for children North London, Book group | No Comments

We currently have a lovely well-read group of Book Clubbers so we asked them what they had read and enjoyed over the summer holidays so that we could share the list with you… and here it is.

Florence

The Guggenheim Mystery – Robin Stevens 5/5

Candyfloss – Jaqueline Wilson 5/5

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe  – C.S. Lewis 4.5/5

The Lost Magician – Piers Torday 4/5

Amy

Recommends anything by David Baddiel

and the following by David Walliams

The World’s Worst Parents 5/5

Grandpa’s Great Escape 5/5

The Beast of Buckingham Palace 5/5

Charlie

The Infamous Adventures of Benjamin Piff  3/5

AniMalcolm  – David Baddiel 4.5/5

The Person Controller – David Baddiel  5/5

Reya

The Magician’s Nephew – C.S Lewis 4/5

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe  – C.S Lewis  5/5

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens  (the adapted version) 5/5

Hayley

Candyfloss –  Jaqueline Wilson 4/5

A Journey to the River Sea  – Eva Ibbotson 5/5

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 4/5

A Diary of a Wimpy Kid  – Jeff Kinney 4.3/5

Number The Stars –  Lois Lowry 100/100

And we all read The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce, which was enjoyed by all.
Happy Reading!

Maps… maps… maps

By | Book club N21, book clubs for children North London, Book group, Book Reviews, Creative writing workshops North London, story writing with children, The Story Room, Uncategorised, Winchmore Hill | No Comments

Dear Thomas,

I hope you are well. We’ve written to you before – I think it was when The Last Wild first came out. I know that since then you have drawn many more maps! How fantastic!  We now have a new generation of book clubbers so I introduced The Last Wild to them, which they read and enjoyed.

We love maps at The Story Room and find it surprising that nowadays many children have never seen a physical map so in our meeting we looked closely at your wonderful map. The children were asked to draw a section of it in closer detail. Here are their pictures – I hope you like them.

How lucky we are to have books and maps at this awful time!

Keep well,

Helena and all the children at BOOK CLUB

Book Recommendations for Years 4 to 6

By | Book club N21, book clubs for children North London, Book group, Book Reviews, The Story Room | No Comments

The below recommendations are from the children in Book Club – We asked them what were the favourite books they had read this year and these were the answers:

Male year 4: Centrally Heated Knickers by Michael Rosen

Male year 4: Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Male year 5: Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce and A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Female year 4: Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aitken and The House with Chicken Legs – Sophie Anderson

Female year 4: The Switch – Anthony Horowitz

Male year 5: Centrally Heated Knickers by Michael Rosen and The House with Chicken Legs – Sophie Anderson

Female year 5: Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner  and The Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Happy Reading! 

We currently have spaces in our Book Club – for further information please visit https://www.storyroom.co.uk/book-club/

 

Books for children in Year 4, 5 and 6

By | Book club N21, book clubs for children North London, Book group, Book Reviews, The Story Room, Uncategorised, Winchmore Hill | No Comments

Books for children in Years 4, 5 and 6

We have been running a Book Club for years 4, 5 and 6 for at least 4 years now and have read some fantastic and some not-so-fantastic books… 

We often get asked for book recommendations for children in this age group – so here is a list of books that have been popular with the children at The Story Room Book Club. The books highlighted in gold were the children’s absolute favourites leading them to read other books by the same author.  We also discuss poems, stories and books, and make reading suggestions for the children, in all of our creative writing workshops too.

Sky Song – Abi Elphinstone   

Shadow – Micheal Morpurgo  

Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver  

The Explorer – Katherine Rundell  

The Magician’s Nephew – C.S.Lewis

Mary Poppins – P.L Travers 

Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce 

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling 

Emil and the Detectives –  Erich Kastner

Warrior Cats – Erin Hunter 

Beetle Boy – M.G. Leonard 

A Dog called Grk – Joshua Lacey  

Private Peaceful – Micheal Morpurgo

Street Child – Berlie Doherty

The Boy Called Christmas –  Matt Haig

Groosham Grange – Anthony Horowitz

Cogheart – Peter Bunzl

Coraline  – Neil Gaiman

Time Train to the Blitz – Sophie Mackenzie

Harriet The Spy  – Louis Fitzhugh

Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson

Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat – Ursula Moray Williams

Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce

Falcon’s Malteser – Diamond Brothers – Anthony Horowitz

The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier 

The Last Wild – Piers Torday 

Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

Once – Morris Gleitzman

The Switch – Anthony Horowitz

The Accidental Prime Minister –  Tom McLaughlin

Skellig – David Almond

Scary Tales, Home Sweet Horror – James Preller

The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd

For more information about our Book Clubs click here 

https://www.storyroom.co.uk/book-clubs-for-children-north-london/