Southborough C of E Primary School

Top Books

If your child is reluctant to read, sometimes it is just a matter of finding the right book to capture their interest – be it football or magic, or books crammed with facts that they can dip in and out of, rather than fiction. If your child already enjoys reading, sometimes it’s hard to know in which direction to point them for their next book as there are so many books available. This page of Top Books should help everyone. Have a look at the list of some of the top titles and authors, and look at the book reviews produced by children at Southborough where books are recommended by children for children.


If your child has really enjoyed a book, we would love you to encourage them to write a short review of it (guidelines and templates below). They can give a copy to their class teacher or send it by email to By writing a review of the book they have just read, your child can help someone else decide whether they would like to read it too – and they may be chosen as Southborough School’s  ‘Reviewer of the Month’.


1. What is the name of the book and who wrote it? Start with the name of the book and the person who wrote it (the author).

2. What is the book about? Is it fiction or non-fiction? Describe what the book is about, or outline the story (the plot); in other words, describe the main things that happen in the story. Think about the beginning and the end of the story and what happens in the middle to link the first and the final scenes.

3. Where and when does the story take place? This is the setting of the story, for example ‘where’ – does most of the story take place in England, or in another country (real or imaginary), or in a school or a museum or on a farm? ‘When’ - is the story set in the present or the future, or a long time ago?

4. Who are the main characters? Describe one or two of the characters in the story - perhaps the funniest, the kindest, or the most evil? How did the character make you feel? What is their role in the story?

5. Describe your favourite part of the book.  What are the best bits of the book? Was there a particular piece of action you really enjoyed, or a really funny part, or perhaps a scary part?

6. Do you recommend this book? Did you choose to read this book whenever you had a spare moment? Did you read it rather than playing computer games or watching TV? Or maybe you found some of the plot a bit slow and boring? Perhaps you read the first chapter then gave up? Give your rating out of 5 stars.

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