2019 recommendations

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Top texts for September

September’s top texts have been chosen by Susannah Herbert, Executive Director of the Forward Arts Foundation.​

Photo: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Top Texts for August

​This month’s top texts have been chosen by Ben King, founder of the Teacher Book Awards. He has chosen three fiction books, each with a ghostly theme.

Photo: The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Top Texts for July

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Joy Court, Reviews Editor for The School Librarian journal. She has chosen three thought provoking and enjoyable books that will stimulate much conversation!

Photo: Everest by Sangma Francis and Lisk Feng

Top Texts for June

​This months texts have been chosen by Nikki Gamble, Director of Just Imagine. She has selected non-fiction that is both lyrical and informative, and above all really engaging.

Photo: Kind by Axel Scheffler and Alison Green

Top Texts for May

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Emily Drabble, head of children’s book promotion and prizes at the reading for pleasure charity BookTrust. Some thought provoking choices here, including Ghost!.

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Top Texts for April

​This month’s texts have been chosen by Morag Styles who retired in 2014 as Professor of Children’s Poetry at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge and is an Emeritus Fellow of Homerton College.

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Top Texts for March

This months Top Texts have been chosen by Jane Bednall, a former teacher and Deputy Head.

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Top Texts for February

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Scott Evans, a primary school teacher and Reading Lead from South Wales.

2018 recommendations

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Top Texts for January

This month’s Top Texts are focused on Graphic Novels and are chosen by Richard Ruddick, a Year 6 teacher at Moorlands Primary Academy in Norfolk.

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Top Texts for December

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Rowena Seabrook from Amnesty International.

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Top Texts for November

This month’s Top Texts are brought to us by Charlotte Raby, who has over 20 years in teaching, educational publishing and training.

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Top Texts for October

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Mary Roche, a former primary teacher and lecturer in teacher education.

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Top Texts for September

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Prue Goodwin, a freelance specialist in literacy learning and children’s books.

Photo: A Chase in Time

Top Texts for August

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Clare Zinkin, a reading consultant at www.MinervaReads.com.

Photo: A House that Once Was

Top Texts for July

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Martin Galway, an experienced Primary teacher and English lead who currently works for Herts for Learning.

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Top Texts for June

​This month’s Top Texts are a non-fiction selection chosen by Heather Wright, from the brilliant Reading Rocks!

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Top Texts for May

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Ann Lazim, Literature and Library Development Manager at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.

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Top Texts for April

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by James Clements, a former teacher who now works as an education writer.

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Top Texts for March

This month’s Top Texts are chosen by Jo Clarke, a primary school librarian, otherwise known as Book Lover Jo!

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Top Texts for February

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Marilyn Brocklehurst from the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre.

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Top Texts for January

​This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Alison Leach, an experienced primary teacher and English lead.

2017 recommendations

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Top Texts for December

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Jo Cummins, a primary school teacher and English manager who works in Hampshire.

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Top Texts for November

This month’s top texts have been chosen by Simon Smith, a primary head-teacher in the wonderfully bookish Whitby.

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Top Texts for October

​This month’s top texts have been chosen by Mat Tobin who teaches English and Children’s Literature on undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Oxford Brookes University. Mat joined Oxford Brookes in 2014 after 16 years of primary teaching in Oxfordshire. He has research interests in children’s literature and the Reading for Pleasure agenda.

Photo: The Island at the End of Everything

Top texts for September

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Claire Williams, Year 4 Class Teacher and Reading Lead at St. Andrew’s C of E (VA) Primary School in Essex. Claire has recently completed her Master of Education in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature at the University Cambridge and is the UKLA Early Career Teachers’ Representative.