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Reading at Home


Community Library

When you visit school, please make use of our Community Library. There are books for all ages to swap, donate or borrow. Please take one home with you to enjoy reading at home. 


Rewarding Reading 

Pupils will regularly be entered into a prize draw for a chance to use our reading vending machine. 



Why is Reading for Pleasure so important?

Reading for pleasure:

  • Improves language and comprehension skills. This is vital at secondary school as young people work towards their GCSEs which have high demand for both skills no matter what the subject.
  • Helps to build empathy for others
  • Supports wellbeing

‘Reading has been linked with better grades in school as well as higher levels of concentration when studying. Also linked to reading is an improved ability to pay attention and work independently without distraction. These are both skills which are essential when learning new material or working on homework!

Reading for pleasure is a factor in predicting later academic achievement. Children who read for pleasure are more likely to enjoy learning, succeed at school and achieve good levels of education. They also have higher levels of self-esteem, confidence, and problem-solving skills than those who do not read frequently.’


  • Reading at home can include listening to your child read, reading with your child, or simply making sure they are given the opportunity to read independently. This can be as little as reading an article aloud to reading whole texts together.
  • Encourage your child to read a wide range of materials:
    • Newspaper articles
    • Blogs
    • TV and movie subtitles
    • Short stories
    • Whole novels
    • Graphic novels and autobiographies can often engage even the most reluctant of readers
  • Test your child when they have spellings to learn and encourage them to look up definitions of unfamiliar vocabulary
  • Encourage your child to check their written work for errors and proofread
  • Be as helpful as you can in helping your child write. Talk through their ideas with them; help them discover what they want to say

In school, we have multiple libraries situated around the building, as well as the community library which accepts donations, book exchanges and borrowing.

In the local community the library is situated in the shopping centre:

All pupils will get an opportunity to visit during their time at the Prescot School to help promote life-long reading.


Suggested Reading:

It is worth noting that children’s comprehension skills improve on second or third reads of a book. They stop having to concentrate unfamiliar vocabulary and notice author’s craft more readily. Please feel free to pre-read texts or read alongside with our curriculum and form time reading. We will regularly post on our Twitter page what is being read.

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Curriculum Reading














Opportunity to read a range of academic essays to support learning and to re-read core texts in preparation for GCSE


Form Time Reading

Pupils will read a range of extracts to inspire and empower reading. Including:

A Series of Unfortunate Incident – Lemony Snicket

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Hadden

Watership Down – Richard Adams

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

Black Beauty – Anna Sewell

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Short stories

Two Verse Novels

Love Love -Victoria Change

The Lost Boy in the Maze – Joseph Coelho

Pupils will read a range of extracts to inspire and empower reading. Including:

Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill

Two Verse Novels:

Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan

Booked – Kwame Alexander

Pupils will read a range of extracts to inspire and empower reading. Including:

Half Blood – Sally Green

Nutshell – Ian McEwan

Cosmicomics – Italo Calvino

I am Legend – Richard Matheson

1984 – George Orwell

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Two Verse Novels:

Crossing the Line – Tia Fisher

We Come Apart – Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan

Pupils will read a range of extracts to inspire and empower reading. Including:

My Name is Red – Orham Pamuk

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

Two Verse Novels:

One – Sarah Crossan

Black Flamingo – Dean Atta

Pupils will read a range of extracts to empower reading and support academic development.


Reading at home

Boy Everywhere - A.M.Dassu

The Goldfish Boy - Lisa Thompson

You are a Champion - Marcus Rashford 

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness

When Life Gives You Mangoes - Kereen Getten

October, October - Katya Balen

101 Dalmatians - Dodie Smith

Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan

The Star Outside My Window - Onjali Q. Rauf

Skulduggery Pleasant Series - Derek Palmer

The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd 

Treasure Island - Robert Lois Stevenson

Armistice Runner - Tom Palmer

Boy - Roald Dahl

Wonder – R J Palacio 

Goodnight Mr. Tom – Michelle Magorian 

The Falcon’s Malteser - Anthony Horowitz

Find Layla - Meg Ellison

Ghost Boys - Jewell Parker Rhodes

Kiss of Death - Malcolm Rose

The Wordsmith - Patricia Forde

Northern Lights Trilogy - Philip Pulman

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyd 

Gangsta Rap – Benjamin Zephaniah 

The Sign of 4 - Arthur Conran Doyle 

The Woman in Black – Susan Hill 

Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson

Mortal Engines, Phillip Pullman

The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

The Hunger Games (series), Suzanne Collins

The Boy Who Steals Houses - C.G.Drews

It's Trevor Noah Born a Crime - Trevor Noah

I Know You Did It - Sue Wallman

Kiss the Dust - Elizabeth Laird

Oranges in No-Man’s Land - Elizabeth Laird

Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman and sequels

Rule of One, Rule of All, Rule of Many (trilogy) - Ashleigh and Leslie Saunders

Cane Warriors - Alex Wheatle

My Name is Leon - Kit De Waal

Mister Pip - Lloyd Jones 

As Long Lemon the Trees Grow - Zoulfa Katouh

These Infinite Threads, Taherah Mafi

Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line – Deepa Anappara 

House of Hollow - Krystal Sutherland

The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton

I Must Betray You - Ruta Sepetys

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Come on up – Angie Thomas 

Lanny – Max Porter 

Phone Box at the End of the World - Laura Imai Messina

The Fault in Our Stars – John Greene

Different for Boys, Patrick Ness (graphic novel)

Looking for Alaska – John Greene

Wuthering Heights – Charlotte Bronte

The Kite Runner -Khaled Hosseini

How it All Blew Up -Arvin Ahmadi 

The Five: Untold lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold

I'll give you the Sun – Jandy Nelson 

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

The Long Way Down – Jennifer Bell 

Turtles All the Way Down – John Greene 

The Handmaids Tail – Margaret Atwood 

One of Us is Lying – Karen McManus 

The Bridge, Bill Konigsberg

Win, Lose, Kill, Die, Cynthia Murphy

Britty, Britty, Bang, Bang Hugh Dennis