Why is it Important to Read?

One of the basic reasons why reading is important is that it helps you to grow mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Every book gives you an opportunity to learn new things and explore new ideas.


Reading books increases your knowledge and makes you smarter. But the importance of reading is not limited to just these benefits. 

The main thing is choosing the right book to read. Whether it is reading a bedtime story to your child at night, encouraging them to read out loud to you for the first time, fostering their love of picking up a good book or  just dragging them away from the X-Box or Netflix you need a book to grab 

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their attention. Let us help you by suggesting some amazing books for you to buy or borrow from your local library,


Suitable for Ages 9-11



Louis Sachar

Holes is a 1998 young adult novel written by Louis Sachar. The book is about an unlucky teenage boy called Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile corrections facility in a desert in Texas, after being falsely accused of theft.  But once there he realises all is not as it seems.



Christine Platt


Suitable for Ages 9-11

'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carroll

This is a book set in WWII. During a WWII Blitz attack, Olive's sister Sukie goes missing. Oliver and her brother have to be evacuated and meet some people on the way.  Olive has a mystery to solve when she finds a cryptic note and becomes determined to solve it and find her sister.



Dan Marsh


Suitable for Age 10+

'Artemis Fowl'


Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius, criminal mastermind and descendant of a long line of European crime families. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground heavily armed, high-tech and dangerous fairies who may be behind his father's disappearance. 



Jethro Bennett


Suitable for Ages 9-11

'The Witches'


Roald Dahl

Real witches dress in ordinary clothes and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses and they work in ordinary jobs. So you could be living right next door to a witch and never even know it!


Luckily, this story points out the vital clues. 



Hazel Chee


Suitable for Ages 9-11

'Gangsta Granny''


David Walliams

Our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma's house. All she wants to do is to play Scrabble and eat cabbage. But She was once an international jewel thief and all her life, she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels, and now she needs Ben's help...

Woman Wearing a Scarf


Fran Chappell


Suitable for Age 11+

'The Graveyard Book'


Neil Gaiman

When a baby escapes a murderer who kills his  entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the ghosts, ghouls and spectres Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead but there is the danger of the murderer still looking for him.

Fashion Portrait of a Bearded Man


Matt Darby


Suitable for Ages 10-11

'Tom's Midnight Garden'


Philippa Pearce 

When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle's house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom.


As he lies awake in his bed he hears the grandfather clock downstairs strike . . .eleven . . . twelve . . . thirteen . . .

Reading a Book


Nath Bartley


Suitable for Ages 10-13

'A Long Walk to Water'


Linda Sue Park

Eleven-year-old Salva is forced to flee on foot when his village comes under attack. Braving every imaginable hardship – including killer lions and hungry crocodiles – he is one of the 'lost boys' travelling the African continent on foot in search of his family and a safe place to stay.

Grandma with a Sun Hat


Jackie Duckworth


Suitable for Age 11+

'The Alchemyst'


Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. 

Old Asian Man


Andrew Gibbons