Learning Centre Recommendations

More for 7 to 9 year olds .

Remember every one learns to read at different rates. These might be too tricky for you or they might be too hard or they could be just right!

Mr Gum series – Andy Stanton

Shapeshifters: Tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Madame Pamplemousse and the Time-Travelling Café

The Squirrel’s Birthday and Other Parties – Toon Tellegen

Letters to Anone and Everyone – Toon Tellegen (translated from Dutch about


The Willoughbys – Lois Lowry (an old fashioned style story)

Mr Stink – David Walliams

Charlie Bone and the Red Knight – Jenny Nimmo – myth, fantasy, humour final in


How Things Work – Conrad Mason (Non-Fiction, thoroughly modern and informative)

The Comic Strip History of Space – Sally Kindberg & Tracey Turner (Non-Fiction


Bodies / Creepy Crawlies / Dinosaurs / Egyptians – Philip Ardagh (Good fun, full of


Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Retold by Eddie Robson (large novelty picture book)

The Man Who Lost His Head–Claire Huchet Bishop (nightmare, laughter & word play)

The Kites are Flying! – Michael Morpurgo (vision of friendship transcending hatred)

The Wainscott Weasel – Tor Seidler (animal fantasy)

The Wickedest Witch – Martin Howard (magical world, simple fun story)

Umpteen Pockets: New and Collected Poems for Children – Adrian Mitchell (to


No Way Out – Gene Kemp (family holidays)

Calamity Jack – Shannon and Dean Hale (comic book format)

Loob – Linda Newbery (relationships, time and nature)

The Raven Mysteries: Book 3: Lunatics and Luck – Marcus Sedgwick (third in series)

Rose and the Lost Princess – Holly Webb (orphan Rose, second in series)

Beswitched – Kate Saunders (Boarding school yarn)

Enchanted Glass – Dainna Wynne Jones (echoes of Midsummer Night’s Dream)

The Ogre of Oglefort – Eva Ibbotson (entertaining and frothy novel)

Underwater Adventure – Willard Price (to get children interested in nature)

The Greatest Intergalactic Guide to Space Ever – Carole Stott (non-fiction mostly)

Cars: A pop-up book of automobiles – Robert Crowther (for all young car enthusiasts!)

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