Where do you like to read?

Thank you to those families that sent me pictures of either their favourite spot to read or the most unusual.

All the favourite spots looked so cosy and comfy that they made me want to read there too.



I am not sure I will try the unusual spot, it looks a little precarious! Plus, I think you would need to ask the car owners permission first!


Please keep sending me photos of you reading in your favourite or most unusual place and any book recommendations that you have so I can share them with others.


One of the questions I am asked more than others is what can I read? So, here is a useful link to a website that has recommendations of books to read for each year group.


Are you looking for book recommendations for children who have been hooked in by a particular series or author and now wish to branch out? The link to ‘booksfortopics’ above  has suggestions for authors with similar themes.

Here are a few ideas for you:







The branching out suggested booklists cover alternative ideas for lovers of Beast Quest, David Walliams, Harry Potter, Horrible Histories, Horrid Henry, Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson, Michael Morpurgo, Rainbow Magic, Roald Dahl, Supertato, The Famous Five, The Worst Witch, Tom Gates and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

I hope that you are all finding interesting books to read. Please let me know on [email protected]  where you love to read or if you have ‘branched out’ from your favourite author and read a similar book but by another writer.

Keep reading!



Reading, reading and more reading!

During these times of remote, home learning, our children still need to read as much as they possibly can. They still need to experience a love of reading. They still need to have the huge array of possibilities that reading brings. They still need to feel the excitement, the imagination and the discussion that a good book brings.

The question is, how do we do this remotely?

We all know that reading regularly with our children can make a big difference to their progress, but it is not always easy to fit it in every day. So here are 7 Top Tips to support reading at home.

Where do you like to read?

Where is the most unusual place you have read a book?

Do you, perhaps, have a reading den?  

Please send me pictures of your favourite or most unusual place that you like to read in. Any book recommendations would be great to receive too.

Please send all your photos or book reviews to [email protected] and in the subject bar write BOOKS.


Stories can be shared by reading to each other or listening to others reading. Of course, we have the amazing books being read by our wonderful St John’s teachers and to add to those, here is a selection that can be found on line.

Finally, if you have a child who is asking lots of questions about the coronavirus, have a look at this picture book called ‘Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus.’ It gives truthful information on the virus in a child-friendly manner. A good book to share and discuss.


Keep reading everyone!