At Hand Made Places we love to read, and we also enjoy encouraging children to read too!
That is why we love to recomend age appropriate books for children throughout the whole of primary school.
This recommendation list is full of novels, making it a great list for children in and approaching KS2!
So take a look at this great list and have a go at giving one of these firm favourites a read…
And once you have read all of these novels, why not have a go at writing your own. You can take inspiration from the characters, settings and events which you have read about in each.
You could even have a go at writing your very own sequel!
Charlottes Web – E.B. White.
Charlotte’s Web has been a firm favourite amongst many generations of children.
The story stars a pig named Wilbur, and centres upon his friendship with Charlotte, the friendly spider!
This great tale tells the story of how great friendship can conquer all.
So why not take your inspiration from this great novel and write your own story about two unlikely friends?
This novel has a recommended reading age of seven plus.
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carol.
Alice in Wonderland is another classic novel about a girl who finds herself in a wonderful and magical place.
With a fun imaginary land and plenty of talking animals this is a great read for children of all ages!
As well as the colourful settings and interesting characters proving great inspiration for your very own novel!
The recommended reading age for this novel is nine and over.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was written by one of the best children’s authors of all time!
This tale shows that having a big heart and a kind personality will get you far.
Charlie is the perfect main character and a great inspiration when it comes to creating your own characters!
You could take inspiration from this book and write a story all about a different group of characters who visit Charlie’s Chocolate Factory.
What kind of mischief will they get up to now Charlie is in charge?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has a recommended reading age of six plus.
The Secret Garden- Frances Hodgson Burnett.
The Secret Garden is a tale which is much loved by everyone.
This is one of the oldest children’s novels on the list but also one of our favourites.
The tale is about a young girl and her friends who find an abandoned garden behind a locked gate.
This tale of friendship is warming to the heart.
This mysterious book leaves readers wanting more. Making it the perfect novel to inspire your own!
This novel has a recommended reading age of nine and over.
Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie.
Peter Pan is a novel about a boy who never grows up. He lives in a world full of magical creatures.
There are plenty of fairies and mermaids and even the odd not so pleasant pirate!
This novel is one of the best fairy stories ever written, and also has been made in to many different film adaptations.
Making it a firm favourite, and the perfect inspiration for your own tale of pirates and pixies.
Peter Pan has a recommended reading age of eight plus
The Worst Witch –Jill Murphy.
The Worst Witch is a great novel which stars:
Mildred Hubble, Maud Spellbody, Enid Nightshade and many other interesting young witches.
Though everything seems to go wrong at this school for witches, they all appear to get through their school years.
This book is great for inspiring creativity!
The fun character names can give you some great ideas for your very own main characters.
This novel has a recommended reading age of seven plus.
The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton.
The Magic Faraway Tree was written by Enid Blyton, one of the best children’s novelists of all time.
Enid Blyton wrote classic children’s stories such as ‘Noddy‘ – making her a firm favourite of ours.
This story takes place in a series of magical lands, and has a bank of fun and interesting characters.
It is the perfect inspiration when it comes to setting your novel!
This story has a recommended reading age of four and over.
A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond.
Paddington Bear has to be one of the most famous teddy bears in the UK; if not the world.
This novel, “A Bear Called Paddington” follows his journey around London.
The mischievous bear loves to eat marmalade sandwiches!
This key characteristic is what makes him especially memorable.
A great tip for your own character attributes for your own novel!
This novel is suitable for readers aged six and above.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket.
This great story follows the lives of three orphan children!
The book centres around the investigations which have taken place after mysterious fires have been killing members of a secret organisation.
The children encounter many hardships along the way but none more taxing than the evil Count Olaf!
This spooky villain is great inspiration for one of your own villainous characters.
A Series of Unfortunate Events has a recommended reading age of nine plus.
Holes – Lewis Sachar.
Holes is a great story which follows a young boy who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The story has a great moral about taking responsibility for your own fate!
This novel has everything, from blossoming friendship, to evil camp wardens.
A great read and great inspiration for your own novel!
This story is suitable for children ages ten and over.
At Hand Made Places we love novels, and creativity! Therefore we think that you should try your hand at writing your very own.
Our vast range of playground equipment can be used to encourage children to write and then share their very own novels.
Sitting and writing novels outdoors amongst nature can be a great way to allow children to engage with their story.
Having a designated storytelling area created with our Darell Gazebo and Storytellers Chair, will encourage children to share their stories with the entire class. And more importantly encourage other pupils to listen and wait for their turn upon the storyteller’s chair.
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