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
I wanted to share this blog with you… if it was written by an adult then I would have been impressed but it is actually by a child… yes! a young girl who attended one of our summer workshops….She was very enthusiastic about the site and I can see why … it’s inspiring and wonderful.
On the site there a book reviews, ideas for making crafts and baking inspired by the books the blogger has read and competitions. Have a look and get creative! You can even share some of your stories on the blog and be in with a chance of winning a prize.
An extract from her ABOUT ME PAGE
As an avid reader, I started this blog to share my love of reading and show others how much fun it can be.
In this blog, I read children’s books and review them. The most interesting part is making a craft or baking a delicious treat based on the theme within the book. After reading the ‘Secret Cooking Club’ by Lauren Remington I created some delicious cornflake crispies and after reading ‘Quidditch through the ages’ by J.K. Rowling, I created a Quidditch themed treasure box.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DISCOVERING THE WONDERS OF THE SITE …
https://telling-tales.blog – you can sign up to the newsletter to receive regular news and information from the site.
We recently read Varjak Paw in our Book Club for school years 4 to 6 and they all really enjoyed it. It was a very popular choice and was received and read with much enthusiasm.
I promised to send you some of our Book Clubber’s questions and comments… so here goes….
I thought Varjak Paw was a good book. Do you have children? If so, do you ever read your stories to them?
I really like Varjak Paw. It was really exciting and fun. I especially loved ‘the way’. It was so cool how Varjak could do lots of amazing things. I will read your other books. Maybe Sally Bones gets territorial and they have battled but Varjak find out that there is another skill in the ‘they way of Jalal’ that has been buried in history.
I thought the book was brilliant I thought that the action was amazing and the mystery bits added tension. I would rate it 9/10
I would rate Varjak Paw by SF Said (3 stars out of 5) Because you didn’t know much about the mysterious lady. How did she die? Or the man? Why did he want to turn the cats into robots?
I think Varjak Paw is very interesting when he went from a boring life as a pet into a wild cat. He was very clever at finding out that the gentlemen were dangerous. I think Holly is a very important because she told Varjak Paw that the vanishings were happening.
I couldn’t put Varjak Paw down. I loved it!
Thank you for reading our comments and writing such a wonderful book.
I chose your Time Travelling with a Hamster for a group of year 7 children recently. I had previously read it with a group of years 4,5 and 6s and they enjoyed it so I wanted to pass it on to the older group. The loved it… the boys in particular. And anything that gets boys reading gets a huge thumbs up from me!
We had a long discussion about the characters and how well-drawn the characters were. One boy did not like the step-dad at all! But they all love Grandpa Byron. They also would have loved to have driven a scooter like Al! They were all uncomfortable with the kitten scene but understood why it was in the book. Here are some of the letters they wrote – they are not very long… year 7s don’t want to do much writing after a long day at school.
Thank you for reading their letters! Helena
Dear Mr Welford,
Thank you for writing the book. I think it is really good and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep up the good work! I especially liked the part when Al’s mum jokes and tells him that his Dad is dead and got killed by a gang at the end.
I found the book Time Travelling with a Hamster thoroughly enjoyable. My favourite character was Grandpa Byron as he was very wise. My favourite scene was when Al stole the moped. I didn’t like it when Al was bullied though.
I have read your book and I loved it! It was perfect in every way. How did you get the amazing idea of time-travel and dying fathers? It was awfully interesting.
Thank you for taking the time to write it.
J.H. (a book club somewhere in Southgate)
Thank you for writing Time Travelling with a Hamster. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a fun and interesting read. Keep writing!
P.S. I am really jealous of Al – I wish I had the adventures he had.
I was really impressed with how you crafted your characters in Time Travelling with a Hamster. My favourite character was Grandpa Byron and his little head shake. I enjoyed learning about some of the foods and history of Bangladesh. You don’t find many books where the main character is Asian and that is what is unique about this book.
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