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What are the kids into nowadays? - 1/10/2008 11:20:44 PM   
=JD=


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Hullo peoples,

So I'm doing primary school teacher training at the moment and need to familiarise myself with childrens literature so that when a child comes up to me and says "whats a good book?", I'll have a good amount of background knowledge to keep them inspired.

This has been great fun so far...basically an excuse to sit in Waterstones and read picture books

I was just wanting to pick you lovely forumites brains about childrens (5-11 year old) classics.

So far I've got:







Early days so several more trips to Waterstones are in order!
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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 1/10/2008 11:30:38 PM   
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You can't go wrong with Harry Potter. I'd also recommend The Edge Chronicles, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Artemis Fowl, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and The Very Hungry Catterpillar.

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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 1/10/2008 11:37:52 PM   
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Ahh The Very Hungry Catepiller...used to love that!


They should turn it into a film 

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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 4/10/2008 8:01:01 PM   
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Tintin&Asterix were favs of mine. I should know really as i work on a book stall... uh the fairies of starshine sumin or other r pretty popular. Potter is too.
Hairy Maclary dont do badly... eurgh i shud really pay more attention to what i sell :P

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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 5/10/2008 2:33:37 PM   
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I've just bought and read a book called 'Tim the Tiny Horse' by Harry Hill and can safely say it is the sweetest little book I have ever read. I grinned and laughed throughout and genuinely had a lump in my throat during the last few pages about Tims Christmas.

I would highly recommend this lovely little book for children and adults alike.




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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 7/10/2008 4:29:26 PM   
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The Harry & The Dinosuars books are great.
Dr Seuss is great especially 1 fish 2 fish red fish blue fish and green eggs and ham.



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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 8/10/2008 2:14:43 PM   
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JD, where are you doing your teacher training? I've just started a Primary PGCE too.

I guess the book suggestions depends on the age range you'll be teaching. Are you specialising in Foundation Phase/KS1, or KS2?

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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 8/10/2008 6:18:52 PM   
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JD, where are you doing your teacher training? I've just started a Primary PGCE too.

I guess the book suggestions depends on the age range you'll be teaching. Are you specialising in Foundation Phase/KS1, or KS2?


It's General Primary so KS1/KS2. We have placements with both age ranges so it's kind of an overwhelming amount of literature to familiarise yourself with.

Oh and it's with Chichester University. How about yourself?

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RE: What are the kids into nowadays? - 8/10/2008 8:07:00 PM   
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In one way that makes sense - giving you the full Primary curriculum will maximise your employability next year. But blow me if that's not a hell of a lot of stuff to take in in one year! I'm studying in Cardiff and we focus on one Key Stage (or, in Wales, KS1 is being incrementally replaced by the Foundation Phase, a learning through play curriculum that is awesome). Oddly, I'll still be qualified to teach KS2 as well...! Ah well.

For KS1 you can't go wrong with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Colours, days of the week, food, counting, life cycle of a caterpillar, brilliant book. The Gruffalo is a popular one, as is anything by Julia Donaldson. The Gruffalo in particular is great for story sequencing. Peepo, by Janet and Allen Ahlberg is perfect for history - it's set in war-time Britain, and there's lots of detail to pull out and ask the children. For KS2, there's a version of Little Red Riding Hood that's told from the wolf's perspective which is great - I can't remember the exact name of it though. The Time It Took Tom is another great book for passage of time with KS1 - it's about how long it took Tom to paint the entire living room red, and the ramifications of that.

If you're looking for something more along the lines of a book to read a chapter to the class as, say, a before-lunch treat, you can't go far wrong with Roald Dahl. Ted Hughes' The Iron Man (from which the film The Iron Giant was taken) is short and packed full of poetic, evocative and accessible yet challenging language to draw children in.

If I think of any more I'll let you know. With 5 and a half years as a parent I've gone through a fair few books!


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