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Porchester Must Reads

Porchester Must Reads


Porchester Must Reads is a carefully selected collection of books that we recommend our children read during their time at Porchester.


Why did we introduce Porchester Must Reads?

The first aim of Porchester Must Reads is to expose all of our children to a range of high quality literature and help build a more varied vocabulary, regardless of their reading ability. The second aim is to promote the enjoyment associated with reading and therefore develop a life-long love of reading.


How did we select Porchester Must Reads?

The list of over 100 books has been carefully compiled, to ensure a range of bestsellers, classics, up-and-coming authors and diverse themes are included. A section of our school library has been dedicated to the must reads and all children are able to take these books home to read. This allows children the choice of reading independently or sharing a story with an adult at home.



New additions - Autumn 2021

Can You See Me - Libby Scott


The Boy at the Back of the Class - Onjali K Rauf


Wildspark - Vashti Hardy


Nevermoor - Jessica Townsend


Stitch Head - Guy Bass

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl


2. The Butterfly Lion

Michael Morpurgo


3. Varjak Paw

SF Said


4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney


5. The Firework Maker’s Daughter

Phillip Pullman


6. My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat

Pamela Butchart


7. Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon


8. A Child of Books

Oliver Jeffers


9. Malkin Moonlight

Emma Cox


10. Billionaire Boy

David Walliams


11. Oliver and the Seawigs

Philip Reeve


12. The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

Neil Gaiman


13. The Secret of Platform 13

Eva Ibbotson


14. A Nest Full of Stars

James Berry


15. Perijee and Me

Ross Montgomery


16. The 13 Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths


17. Goodly and Grave

Justine Windsor


18. Belonging

Jeannie Baker


19. Operation Gadgetman!

Malorie Blackman


20. The Boy Who Went Magic

AP Winters


21. Firebird

Saviour Pirotta


22. Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink

Jennifer Killick


23. The Falcon Malteser

Anthony Horowitz


24. Running on the Roof of the World

Jess Butterworth


25. The Great Chocoplot

Chris Callaghan


26. Kick Off

Dan Freedman


27. How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell


28. You’re A Bad Man Mr Gum!

Andy Stanton


29. The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Dan Pilkey


30. A World of Information

Richard Platt


31. The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Liz Pichon


32. Great Women Who Changed The World

Kate Pankhurst


33. The Sandwich Thief

Andre Marois


34. The Boy Who Biked The World

Alastair Humphreys


35. The Accidental Prime Minister

Tom McLaughlin


36. The Wild Robot

Peter Brown


37. There May Be A Castle

Piers Torday


38. Shackleton’s Journey

William Grill


39. Demon Dentist

David Walliams


40. Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian


41. The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson


42. Firegirl

Tony Abbott


43. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

Christopher Edge


44. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

Rick Riordan


45. The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman


46. Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson


47. Five On A Treasure Island

Enid Blyton


48. Time Travelling with a Hamster

Ross Welford


49. Kick

Mitch Johnson


50. Millions

Frank Cottrell-Boyce


51. Cogheart

Peter Bunzl


52. Cloud Busting

Malorie Blackman


53. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

JK Rowling


54. Matilda

Roald Dahl


55. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll


56. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

CS Lewis


57. Beetle Boy

MG Leonard


58. Wonder

RJ Palacio


59. The Borrowers

Mandy Norton


60. Skellig

David Almond


61. The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Milwood Hargraves


62. There’s A Boy In The Girls’ Bathroom

Louis Sachar


63. Once

Morris Gleitzmann


64. Groosham Grange

Anthony Horowitz


65. Roof Toppers

Katherine Rundell


66. A Girl Called Owl

Amy Wilson


67. The London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd


68. The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

Andy Seed


69. The Dreamsnatcher

Abi Elphinstone


70. The Hobbit

JRR Tolkien


71. A Library of Lemons

Jo Cotterill


72. The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster


73. The House With Chicken Legs

Sophie Anderson


74. The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean in an Armchair

Lara Williamson


75. Pax

Sara Pennypacker


76. Black Powder

Ally Sherrick


77. Letters from the Lighthouse

Emma Carroll


78. A Long Walk to Water

Linda Sue Park


79. Sad Book

Michael Rosen


80. Watership Down

Richard Adams


81. Swimming to the Moon

Jane Elson


82. Peter Pan

JM Barrie


83. Winter Magic

Stories by Various Authors


84. The Last Wild

Piers Torday


85. The Goldfish Boy

Lisa Thompson


86. My Brother is a Superhero

David Solomons


87. Mold and the Poison Plot

Lorraine Gregory


88. Shadow Forest

Matt Haig


89. Brightstorm

Vashti Hardy


90. What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

Ross Welford


91. Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman


92. Max and the Millions

Ross Montgomery


93. Boy in the Tower
Polly Ho-Yen


94. The Demon Headmaster

Gillian Cross


95. Oranges in No Man’s Land

Elizabeth Laird


96. Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce


97. The Day I Was Erased

Lisa Thompson


98. Charlotte’s Web

EB White


99. A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness


100. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aitken