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Books for children in Year 4, 5 and 6

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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

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Proud Moment

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Ok… so this requires a DRUM ROLL… as you all know we are proud of what all the children write at The Story Room and we all work hard on building their confidence and ability as writers. Jessica has been coming to The Story Room since she was little. She has always been an absolute pleasure to write with and it has been a privilege to watch her grow as a writer.  Two years ago she came second in The Readers Digest 100 words competition with The Puppy’s Music story which she wrote at The Story Room – as usual she did not see the absolute wonder of what she had written! This year we ran a poetry session where the children were encouraged to enter their poems into competitions. Jessica Warren (rather effortlessly, we have to say!!) wrote two poems… submitted them to The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 and DRUM ROLL…. out of thousands (lots of thousands!!) of entries she was selected as one of 85 commended Poets for this year’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.…/foyle-young-poets-of-the-yea…. We are so so proud of Jessica. She deserves the recognition for her work and we hope that this is the beginning of a writing career for her… if only she knew how good she was!!! We hope she does now. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer girl. She’s a regular teen (a cool, lovely one!)who loves writing…. So it is great that she has been commended for her work. WELL DONE JESSICA, it is a privilege to be with you on your writing journey!

Saturday 15th September

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This Saturday we are celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday at the Story Room with a Roald Dahl creative writing workshop   – so if you have a 7-10 year old that would like some writing fun, come to our Muswell Hill Writing Club on Saturday 15th September at 2pm. Booking in advance is advised.

Location:  South Friern Library, Colney Hatch Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10

Time: 2pm to 4pm

To book – CLICK on the link below. Thank you!

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The Story Room – Now in Victoria SW1

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We are very excited about our new Creative Writing Club in Victoria. The club will be run by Katherine Lockton and will take place the second Saturday of every month. Each Saturday we write stories and poems in line with the theme of the day!  We introduce the children to different styles of  literature during each session,  including classic texts, poetry and contemporary children’s books. We have fun exploring our imaginations and getting the children’s ideas down on paper.

For 8 to 11 year olds

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Our Dates:

Saturday 8th September

Saturday 13th October

Saturday 10th  November

Saturday 8th  December

Location:  Victoria Library: 160 Buckingham Palace Rd, Belgravia, London SW1W 9UD

Creative Writing Finchley N2

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Come to Miriam’s Mondays at East Finchley Library for some creative writing fun!

Monday 23rd July 2018

10am to 12pm 
The ‘Hairy Toe’ Spooky Poetry Workshop
We’ll learn all about how to create ATMOSPHERE in our writing – specifically, a spooky atmosphere. In this workshop we will write poems that will have you on the edge of your seats.

Monday 30th July 2018

10am to 12pm 

The Small and Beautiful Haiku (Japan)
As well as being quick and easy to write, haiku help us focus on the world around us at a micro level. The limited number of syllables per line will help us pay more attention to our choice of words. We’ll take inspiration from nature and from our own lives to create tiny poems with enormous power.

Monday 6th  August  2018

10am to 12pm 

Animals in Stories:
What If Your Dog Could Talk?

Animals have strong and varied personalities. In this workshop  we’ll choose animals that are full of personality and ‘translate’ each of their traits into human qualities to create funny new character. Then we’ll set our characters free into our stories and see where they take us.

Monday 13th August  2018

10am to 12pm 

 Mysterious Maps
Maps have a fascinating history and can be works of art in themselves. As well as appearing in finished books, they’re a great way of starting stories; by building a rich world with its own rules, sights and sounds, possibilities emerge. We’ll look at a variety of real and fictional maps, create our own maps and imaginary worlds.

Fee: £27.50 for each session.
Address: 226 High Rd, London N2 9BB



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