Stranton Primary School

Stranton Primary School
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Stranton Reading Challenge

At Stranton School we just love reading!  Be it works of fiction or non-fiction; biographies or auto-biographies; comics or magazines... we just cant get enough! The only difficulty is knowing just what books we should read.

Earlier this term, the staff at School, along with groups of children and having looked at lots of suggested reading lists, have created a 'Reading Challenge' - a series of books we think children in each year group should read before they move on to their next class. Find the lists for each Year Group here:

Year 1

The Tiger who came to Tea - Judith Kerr

Hairy Maclary - Lynley Dodd

The large family collection - Peace at Last - Jill Murphy

The smartest Giant in Town - Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

The Gigantic Turnip - Aleksei Tolstoy

The Jolly Postman - Allan Ahlberg

The dinosaur that pooped a planet - Tom Fletcher

Dinsaurs love Underpants - Claire Freedman

The Owl who was afraid of the Dark - Jill Tomlinson


Year 2

How to Hide a Lion – Helen Stephens

A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson

The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Willy the Wizard – Anthony Browne

Rosie’s Babies – Martin Waddell

Princess Smartypants – Babette Cole

Come on Daisy – Jane Simmons

The Troll – Julia Donaldson

The Scarecrow’s Wedding – Julia Donaldson

Tyrannosaurus Drip – Julia Donaldson


Year 3

The tunnel - Anthony Browne

Funny Bones – Allan Ahlberg

Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown

Esio Trott – Roald Dahl

Horrid Henry gets rich quick – Francesca Simons

The Hodgeheg - Dick King Smith

The Swivel eyed ogre thing – Barry Hutchinson

Genius 8 ¼ - Jeremy Strong

Flying Fergus The best birthday bike - Chris Hoy

Tuesday – David Weisner


Year 4

Charlotte's Web - EB White

Switch Turtle Terror – Ali Sparkes

The Cave of Time – Edward Packard

The magic Faraway tree - Enid Blyton

Danger is Everywhere – David O’Doherty

Utterly Me Clarice Bean – Lauren Child

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Beetle Boy – M.G Leonard

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

Journey – Aaron Becker


Year 5

Demon Dentist - David Walliams

Danny the Champion of the World- Roald Dahl

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – JK Rowling

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1 - Jeff Kinney

I Hero Alien Raid – Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

Beast Quest Ferno the Fire Dragon - Adam Blade

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson-Burnett

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis

The Owl that was afraid of the dark - Jill Tomlinson

Iron Man – Ted Hughes


Year 6


Stig of the Dump - Clive King

Matilda - Roald Dahl

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Holes - Louis Sachar

The Boy in the Dress - David Walliams

Skellig - David Almond

Clockwork – Phillip Pullman

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Wolf Brother - Michael Morpurgo

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – JK Rowling


Children will have the opportunity to read these books in School, as well as borrowing them to take home and read. Upon completion of the whole challenge, children will have the opportunity to keep one to take home and share with their family.  We would really appreciate parents support with this challenge - we think it will really bring the enjoyment into children's reading as well as improving their ability no end.