Suggested Reading for 11+ Students

Suggested Reading List for 11+ students

Reading on a regular basis is an excellent way to help your child develop their English skills and vocabulary in preparation for entrance exams/11+ exams. It will certainly help them in English and verbal reasoning tests.

Reading helps children to identify and understand the use of similes, metaphors, adjectives, adverbs etc. within sentences; it also helps them to see how sentences can be constructed in different ways and apply the rules of English grammar and spelling.

Also, discussing the content of texts with children will encourage them to reflect on their reading and help them to develop analytical skills.  It is important to try and expose your child to many different types of literature, such as; poems, short stories, letters, non-fiction, magazines and newspaper articles.

If children are reluctant to try a new book perhaps read the first chapter to them and then see if they are curious to read the rest. Listening to audio books on long journeys is another way to expose children to more challenging books and language. Try and make reading part of normal life by including it in your child’s daily routine. Keeping electrical devices out of bedrooms and an early bedtime with only books for company provides time and space to enjoy books.

Finally, like it or not, we are role models and so the challenge to us as parents is to be seen to read too! Perhaps have family reading times, where everyone is reading, holidays or screen free mornings or evenings. Sharing a love of books is a positive way to encourage children to read. 

The following suggestions are a mix of classics and more contemporary books and are in no particular order.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Lost World, Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baske

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Arthur Ransome – Swallows and Amazons and other books in this series

C.S Lewis – All of the Narnia Series starting with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie, Little House in the Big Woods

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden, A Little Princess

William Golding – Lord of the Flies

J.R.R Tolkein – The Lord of the Ring (3 books: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King) The Hobbit

Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

George Orwell – Animal Farm

Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses Trilogy, Tell Me No Lies, Thief, Pig Heart Boy

Susan Coolidge – What Katy Did series

Anne Holm – I Am David

Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe

E. Nesbit – The Railway Children, The Phoenix and the Carpet, Five Children and It, The Wouldbegoods, The Treasure Seekers

Michael Morpurgo books – e.g. The Butterfly Lion, War Horse, From Hereabout Hill, Why the Whales Came (there are plenty more good books he has also written)

 Joan Aiken – The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Nina Bawden – Carrie’s War

Carolyn Keene – Nancy Drew mysteries

Charles Kingsley – The Water Babies

Clive King – Stig of the Dump

Lucy Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables and other books in this series

Gerald Durrell – My family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives, A Zoo in my Luggage, Encounters with Animals

 Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island, Kidnapped

 Paul Gallico – The Snow Goose, Scruffy

Kenneth Graham – The Wind in the Willows

Rudyard Kipling – Jungle Book, Just So Stories

Eleanor H. Porter – Pollyanna

R.M. Ballantyne – Coral Island

Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

Elizabeth Goudge – The Little White Horse

Johanna Spyri – Heidi

 Noel Steatfeild – Ballet Shoes, White Boots

Ian Serraillier – The Silver Sword

Mary Norton – The Borrowers and other books in this series

 Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

 Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

Hugh Lofting – Dr Dolittle

Eva Ibbotson – The Star of Kazan

 Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl series of books

 Richard Adams – Watership Down

Richmal Crompton – Just William books

 E.B. White – Charlotte’s Web

Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Around the World in 80 days

Ted Hughes – How the Whale Became, The Iron Man

T.H. White – The Sword in the Stone

Philipa Pearce – Tom’s Midnight Garden

Dick-King Smith books – e.g. The Crowstarver, The Sheep Pig

Anthony Horowitz – Granny,

Alex Rider series, Stormbreaker

Anne Fine books – e.g. The Flour Babies, Madame Doubtfire

James Herriot – All Creatures Great and Small

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

H.G. Wells – The Time Machine

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

D Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

John Boyne – Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Snicket, Lemony – A Series of Unfortunate Events series of books

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