Reading

Research has shown that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading test than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

 

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. Below is a suggested reading list for your child over the summer holidays.

 

 

Year 6 Summer Reading List

 

Try and read five of these books over the holidays.

 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Boy X by Dan Smith

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Demolition Dad by Phil Earle

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Holes by Louis Sachar

How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainini

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt