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50 Books Every Child Should Read (According to "The Independent" (UK))

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
A nice list which includes a few I'm not familiar with. smile.gif

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/the-50-books-every-child-should-read-2250138.html


It says they are for year 7 students... which I'm assuming is 7th Grade...so 11 or so?
post #2 of 16

11 yos would be 5th or 6th grade in the US.  My ds is 4th which is 9 yos turning 10.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ah thanks. I didn't bother to do the math, but it makes sense. We read "The Phantom Tollbooth" as summer reading before 6th grade.
post #4 of 16

Year 7 should be the equivalent of our 8th grade. Interesting list. Some I hadn't seen, either. Thanks for sharing.

post #5 of 16

Nice link, thanks! 

post #6 of 16

Year 7 would be equivalent to our 6th grade since their K is called year 1.

post #7 of 16

OK, I copied the list, numbered it and deleted all the commentary.

 

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

2.  Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. 

3. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner.

4. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. 

5. Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken. 

6. The Owl Service by Alan Garner. 

7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. 

8. Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson. 

9. A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna. 

10.  The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé. 

11. The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson.

12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

13. Just William books by Richmal Crompton. 

14. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. 

15. The Elephant's Child From The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. 

16. Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson 

17. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. 

18. The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. 

19. The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy 

20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett. 

21. Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah. 

22. Finn Family Moomintroll (and the other Moomin books) by Tove Jansson.

23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. 

24. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. 

25. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein. 

26. The Tygrine Cat (and The Tygrine Cat on the Run) by Inbali Iserles. 

27. Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. 

28. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr. 

29. Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. 

30. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. 

31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

32. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. 

32. Mistress Masham's Repose by TH White. 

34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

35. How to be Topp by Geoffrey Willams and Ronald Searle. Si

36. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. 

37. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. 

38. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. 

39. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. 

40. Animal Farm by George Orwell. 

41. Skellig by David Almond. 

42. Red Cherry Red by Jackie Kay. 

43. Talkin Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah. 

44. Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean. 

45. People Might Hear You by Robin Klein. 

46. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. 

47. Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan. 

48. After the First Death by Robert Cormier.

49. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. 

50. Beano Annual. 

post #8 of 16

My daughter is 11, almost 12, and in the 6th grade.  I think she's probably only read one or maybe two books on this list.  I've read very few of them myself, and I haven't even heard of most of them.  My 7 year old received the Phantom Tollbooth for her birthday, but I don't think she's read it.

 

I've read:

12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

16. Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson

24. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

25. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein.

32. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

36. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.

40. Animal Farm by George Orwell. 

 

I've read parts of the Alice in Wonderland story, and some of the stories from the Adventure of Sherlock Holmes.  The goal in the 5th and 6th grade is 40 books in  school year, and my daughter has read over 70 so far, but none of these and most of them aren't even in our school's library, so this is interesting.  I'll pass the list around to our librarian.

 

 

post #9 of 16

While the list of books is cool, I'm not sure how you can really read 40 books in a year, not those books anyway. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, for example, are thick books. You'd have to read for a few hours a day to finish them fast enough. Some of the books on the list could be read quickly -- but many should be savored. Speed isn't everything.

post #10 of 16


you rock a list makes like me -- thanks!!

 


 

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Originally Posted by Viola View Post

OK, I copied the list, numbered it and deleted all the commentary.

 

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

2.  Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. 

3. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner.

4. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. 

5. Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken. 

6. The Owl Service by Alan Garner. 

7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. 

8. Moominsummer Madness by Tove Jansson. 

9. A Hundred Million Francs by Paul Berna. 

10.  The Castafiore Emerald by Hergé. 

11. The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson.

12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

13. Just William books by Richmal Crompton. 

14. The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. 

15. The Elephant's Child From The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. 

16. Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson 

17. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. 

18. The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. 

19. The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy 

20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett. 

21. Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah. 

22. Finn Family Moomintroll (and the other Moomin books) by Tove Jansson.

23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. 

24. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. 

25. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein. 

26. The Tygrine Cat (and The Tygrine Cat on the Run) by Inbali Iserles. 

27. Carry On, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. 

28. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr. 

29. Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett. 

30. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. 

31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

32. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. 

32. Mistress Masham's Repose by TH White. 

34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

35. How to be Topp by Geoffrey Willams and Ronald Searle. Si

36. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. 

37. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. 

38. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. 

39. The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. 

40. Animal Farm by George Orwell. 

41. Skellig by David Almond. 

42. Red Cherry Red by Jackie Kay. 

43. Talkin Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah. 

44. Greek myths by Geraldine McCaughrean. 

45. People Might Hear You by Robin Klein. 

46. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. 

47. Einstein's Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan. 

48. After the First Death by Robert Cormier.

49. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. 

50. Beano Annual. 


I've read:

 

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

2.  Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. 

12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

15. The Elephant's Child From The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. 

16. Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson 

17. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. 

20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett. 

25. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein. 

31. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 

34. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

40. Animal Farm by George Orwell. 

 

but some of them i have never even head of (hang head) -- I'll be looking them up.  I love love looove book lists.

post #11 of 16

I've read aloud to the kids #1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 15, 16, 20, 22, 25, 32, 38, 41, 44 and 46. They've read a couple of the others to themselves. But I too had not heard of some of these, so I'll be looking them up. Thanks for posting!

 

Miranda

post #12 of 16

I've read parts of Alice, and parts of the Secret Garden and probably parts of the Old Man and the Sea--or maybe I just saw the movie so many times that I thought I read the book, but honestly, I can't remember now if I've read something or not as a child.  I remember trying to read The Secret Garden, but I don't think I ever finished it.  Same with Black Beauty.  

 

I started Artemis Fowl, but it just didn't appeal to me, so I stopped reading it, although I loved that author's novel, Airman.  

 

I think maybe kids can read 40 books in a year, if they aren't doing a lot of extracurricular activities.  My daughter has plenty of time at school to read, and she's gotten in the habit of taking a book with her wherever she goes.  She does choir and handbells, but she doesn't do any sports, so she has time in the evenings to read, and she reads a lot.

post #13 of 16

i don't really think 40 books in a year is too much -- depends on the kid -- or the reader i guess.  I can read a couple of books a week, as much as 150 to 200 pages a day of fiction -- and I have read like this since grade school..i may be a freak -- but one book a week is 52 books in a full year (not school year); and most fiction (Good Night Mr Tom, Fever 1695, and so on) could be read by most readers in less than a week.

 

shrug

 

guess it is all the reader -- DH could never do it, I could with ease :0)

post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by Viola View Post

I think maybe kids can read 40 books in a year, if they aren't doing a lot of extracurricular activities.  

 

We do tons of extracurricular activities (music, sports, travel, visual arts, more music, and more music) and my kids easily read more than 40 books a year. I read a couple of dozen to them, and they read much more quickly by themselves. My 8-year-old can easily finish something like Artemis Fowl in three or four days. But this is the homeschooling forum and we are unschoolers. 

 

I went to school as a child and did lots of music during my non-school hours. I remember summers being full of reading: several novels a week. As my eldest dd put it at age four, "School takes up too much of my learning time."
 

Miranda


Edited by moominmamma - 4/16/11 at 6:38pm
post #15 of 16

I can read a book a week, but my husband never could. And my kids just do not read that fast. When it comes to reading goals for my kids, my main wish is that they spend at least a particular amount of time reading each day... how much they read isn't as important to me.


 

 

 

post #16 of 16


This.

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Originally Posted by moominmamma View Post



 

We do tons of extracurricular activities (music, sports, travel, visual arts, more music, and more music) and my kids easily read more than 40 books a year. I read a couple of dozen to them, and they read much more quickly by themselves. My 8-year-old can easily finish something like Artemis Fowl in three or four days. But this is the homeschooling forum and we are unschoolers. 

 

I went to school as a child and did lots of music during my non-school hours. I remember summers being full of reading: several novels a week. As my eldest dd put it at age four, "School takes up too much of my learning time."
 

Miranda


 

 

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