No doubt you are all busy preparing for your Summer holidays. One of the things that I most enjoy doing before I go on holiday is going to the book shop and choosing my holiday reads.

So what might attract your attention? I decided to see what the experts think eleven olds should have read and was delighted to discover some of my favourite books on their lists. Below are some reading suggestions and who has nominated them as worthy of your attention. Please do head down to the library or the book shop and see what you might want to take in your suitcase.

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  • Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome


Author Michael Morpurgo suggests:

  • The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  • Just William books by Richmal Crompton
  • Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson
  • The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett 

Author Michael Rosen suggests:

  • Red Cherry Red by Jackie Kay
  • Talkin Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • People Might Hear You by Robin Klein
  • Einstein’s Underpants and How They Saved the World by Anthony McGowan
  • The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd


But if you still find it hard to get into a book or sometime find reading a bit tricky. You might fancy giving some of these a go:

  • The Dead are Rising by Jeff Norton
  • Pale by Chris Wooding
  • My Name is O by Sam Enthoven
  • Crow Girl Rises by Kate Cann
  • Case of the Good Looking Corpse by Caroline Lawrence
  • Blood Red Rose by Anne Perry
  • The Story of Matthew Buzzington by Andy Stanton
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Rose of No Man’s Land by Anne Perry
  • Pirate Attack by Paul Dowswell 

Have a wonderful summer – and happy reading!