Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
This former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year spins a magical yarn of eccentric Victoriana and a quirky orphan who takes up with a gang of urchins who scavenge on the rooftops of venerable Parisian buildings. Full of literary and cultural allusions and drenched in evocative period atmosphere, Rooftoppers is a thrilling story of belonging, persistence and the power of art.
Group 1 - 1.45-2.15pm
Group 2 - 2.15-2.45pm
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Reading is an important part of everyday life. The more our children read, the better readers they will be and the better writers they will become.
Here are some quick tips to encourage your child’s love for reading.
- READ! READ! READ! Make reading important. Be a role-model for reading. Let your child see you reading throughout the day and use daily routines as reading opportunities. Cooking, reading TV listings, looking for information on-line, reading directions, or following a map all provide authentic reading experiences.
- Give your child the power of choice. Having reading materials available, such as: books, magazines, comics, etc… is key to helping children love to read, and the reading materials they choose themselves are best. Help your child find texts that appeal to his or her interests, yet are age appropriate and ‘just right’ in difficulty.
- Find opportunities to read aloud to your child. Read your favourite childhood book aloud, read signs while driving in the car, read at stores, and read while you’re on holiday!
- Take frequent trips to the library.
- Read a great story over and over again to help your child with fluency and reading with expression.
- Talk it up. Talking about books during and after reading helps improve comprehension. Encourage your child to share their ideas and opinions by asking open-ended questions. Talk about what you read to let them know that reading is an important part of your life. Tell them why you liked a book, what you learned from it, or how it helped you— soon they might start doing the same.
I have attached a reading list of books for your convenience. I don’t expect your child to read all of the books on the list but you may find some useful suggestions here to help when you are choosing books together.
Traditional Tales – Legends
Sir Galwain and the Loathly Lady - Selina Hastings
Don Quixote - Marcia Williams
Arthur: The Seeing Stone, Kevin Crossley-Holland
Beowulf – K. Crossley-Holland
The Story of Robin Hood – R. Leeson
Athur, High King of Britain – Michael Morpurgo
The Tale of Tales – Tony Mitton
Myths and Legends – Anthony Horrowitz
Arion and the Dolphin – Vikram Seth
Skellig – David Almond
The Various – Steve Augarde
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
The Bag of Bones – Vivian French
Inkheart trilogy – Cornelia Funke
Coraline – Neil Gaiman
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – Alan Garner
Pure Dead Magic – Debi Gliori
Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver
Truckers – Terry Pratchett
The Spiderwick Chronicles – Lynne Reid Banks
Goblins series – Philip Reeve
Wonderstruck – Brian Selznick
The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathon Stroud
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente
Tanglewreck – Jeanette Winterson
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror – Chris Priestley
Horowitz Horror – Anthony Horowitz
Breathe – Cliff McNish
At the Firefly Gate – Linda Newberry
Chill – Alex Nye
Tales from the Tunnel’s Mouth – Chris Priestley
Tales of Terror From the Black Ship – Chris Priestley
Marianne Dreams – Catherine Storr
Supernaturalist – Eoin Colfer
Grinny: Grinny and You Remember Me – Nicholas Fisk
Among the Hidden – Margaret Peterson Haddix
Double Identity – Margaret Peterson Haddix
Pig Heart Boy – Malorie Blackman (science/ethics)
Tangerine – Edward Bloor (blindness)
The Eighteenth Emergency – Betsy Byars (bullying)
The 10PM Question – Kate De Gold (worry/anxiety)
Running on Cracks – Julia Donaldson (running from home – mature themes)
Step By Wicked Step – Anne Fine (step parenting)
Dead End in Norvelt – Jack Gantos (boredom, friendship)
Suspense and Mystery
Snow horse and other stories – Joan Aiken
Snaggletooth’s mystery – Gene Kemp
Shock forest and other stories – Margaret Mahy
Room 13 – Robert Swindells
The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd
No Such Thing as Dragons - Written and illustrated by Philip Reeve
Cosmic - Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Flood Child - Written by Emily Diamand
Fiction from our Literary Heritage
Narnia Stories – CS Lewis
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
Billy the Kid – Michael Morpurgo
Why the Whales Came – Michael Morpurgo
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Stig of the Dump – Clive King
Snow Spider – Jenny Nimmo
Macbeth for Kids, Louis Burdett
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken
Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
A Christmas Carol (Eyewitness classics) – Charles Dickens
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (adapted by Chris Mould)