Recommended Reading Lists
Young Adults (16-20)
– Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson
Great comic strips turned into books. Funny, intelligent, and imaginative, they are also enjoyed by adults due to some of the philosophical themes explored.-
– Watchmen by Alan Moore
A ‘graphic novel’ in which superheroes must deal with each other, and the problems of existing in the real world.
– Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
A very British series covering Mole’s life, but the humourous teenage years are the most read.
– Watership Down by Richard Adams
A group of rabbits have to flee as their home is destroyed. The book works as both an adventure and an allegory of human life, with death and spirituality examined as the rabbits journey through the English countryside.
– His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
3 books in a series that is aimed at young adults, but also read by adults.
– The Deptford Mice by Robin Jarvis
3 books in which mice play out serious themes of love, death, illness, betrayal and strength.
– The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Tme by Mark Haddon
A teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome examines adult life whilst wondering what happened to the dog.
– To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Important book examining race relations, single parents and adolescence in the American South.
– Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
A teenage girl begins to feel the divide between the religious upbringing forced on her by her parents, and the lesbian feelings rising in her heart.
– The Complete Aesop’s Fables by Aesop
Timeless fables from ancient Greece, famous around the world-
– The Complete Brother’s Grimm by The Brother’s Grimm
The real stories without the Disney cuteness.–
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The celebrated different adventures of four animals, exploring friendship and emotions-
The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann
With their natural home about to be bulldozed, a group of animals set out on a trip to find a new home.
– Roald Dahl
From ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, to ‘The Twits’, an array of famous characters.
– Tove Jansson
Author and illustrator of the very successful Moomin series.
Primary School Children (6-12)
– Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Still so widely read after many years that a movie was made.
– Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd
After illustrating books such as ‘My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes’, Dodd wrote a series about the dog Hairy Maclary.