A book for Christmas

There was a time when the best thing under the Christmas tree was a new book to read. Today, technology rules and children want the latest games or apps to nestle their heads in to once the turkey has been eaten and the crackers pulled.

But books are still the back bone of learning and expanding our children’s minds. Below are listed the literary marvels that teachers would love to see in Christmas stockings this year:

Key stage 1 & 2

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne

Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkein

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo


Key stage 3 & 4

1984 by George Orwell

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkein

Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl


Emma Williams