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Book Recommendations

All the staff love reading here at Monks Orchard. If you are looking for the next, exciting book to get your teeth into, take a look at some of the books the staff recommend!

Mr Fairbairn (Head Teacher) 


For Years 5 and 6 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and 'You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum' by Andy Stanton. 


For Years 3 and 4, 'Sulwe' by Lupita Nyong’o.


For Years 1 and 2 and my favourite, 'So Much' by Trish Cooke.


For Early Years 'Brenda is a Sheep' by Morag Hood.


Mrs Gallacher (TA) has been reading 'Duck in the Truck’ by Jez Alborough to her little one. Great for the younger children!


Mrs Deveci (Year 3)


‘The Giant and The Jones' by Julia Donaldson is a great read for all years. Julia Donaldson makes lots of links to many familiar fairy tales and has created a made up ‘giant’ language too! 


'Funny Bones', by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, is a very funny book for early readers. 


'Real-Life Mysteries', by Susan Martineau is a very informative non-fiction book, which is one of my favourites! Great for all ages!’


Mrs Barnes


Any of the 'Jeremy Strong' books for KS2 and 'Varjak Paw' by SF Said.


Mrs Bennett (Year 5)


'Spy Master' series and of course, all of JK Rowling’s books!


My daughter Millie’s favourite at the moment is 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson!


Mrs Turner (TA)


‘The London Eye Mystery' by Siobhan Dowd is fab,  'Agent 21' by Chris Ryan and 'The Secret of Nightingale Wood' by Lucy Strange.


Mrs Martin (Year 6) 


I love 'Rooftoppers' by Katherine Rundell and 'The Star Outside My Window' by Onjali Rauf is one of the best books I have ever read but it is so sad.


Miss Green (Year 6)


'The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day' by Christopher Edge for older children and ‘Topsy Turvy' by Hans-Georg Barber for the younger year groups.


Miss Crowfoot (Year 1 and Assistant Head)


I’ve enjoyed the Rauf books although 'The Star Outside My Window' is very emotional!


I also like the Boy in the Dress' by David Walliams.


Mrs Walker (TA) 


’We’re Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen is an absolute favourite!


Miss Ffrench (Year 6)


‘Mr Stink' by David Walliams, 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl and 'The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog' by Jeremy Strong.


Mrs Breda (TA) 


‘Adam Saves the Seasons' by Benji Bennett. A beautiful collection more for Reception and KS1. He is an Irish author keeping his son’s memory alive in his stories!


Mrs Bushell (TA) 


‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea' by Judith Kerr, 'The Gruffallo' and 'The Gruffallo’s Child' by Julia Donaldson and 'Handa’s Surprise' by Eileen Browne.


Mrs Burcombe (Music specialist)


‘Not Now Bernard' by David McKee and a classic 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.


Mrs Burgin (Year 4)


I loved 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis and my KS1 favourite is 'Burglar Bill' by Allan Ahlberg.

    Monks Orchard Primary School

    The Glade, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 7UF
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