As it’s World Book Day tomorrow, we decided to record our family’s favourite books for 7-12 year olds,
and also some of our all-time favourites from when the boys were younger.
Hugo is 10 years old, and is in Year 5 at school. His current top 10 favourite books are:
- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – Hugo read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Year 4 as a class, and has worked his way through the rest. He is currently reading The Half Blood Prince.
- The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively – he read this with his class in Year 5
- The Titan – I think he means The Titan’s Curse, a Percy Jackson book by Rick Riordan. He hasn’t read this, but his class teacher has mentioned it, and he really wants to read it.
- Room 13 by Robert Swindells – this is his current class book for Year 5, and is about a place near to us, Whitby
- How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell – we have read most of the books in this series, and Hugo got the last few he was missing recently at Barter Books.
- Paw Tracks In The Moonlight by Denis O’Connor – this isn’t actually a children’s book, it’s one of mine, but Hugo is really enjoying it.
- Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley – Hugo read this with his class in Year 4 and really enjoyed it. Toby has also read it at school this year, but didn’t like it as much.
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – he really enjoyed this classic
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling – having initially struggled with the style of this book, being a play rather than a story, he enjoyed it more by reading it himself rather than us sharing it as a story.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by JK Rowling – a screenplay version which again he preferred to read alone. He did say that he enjoyed the film more.
Toby is 8 years old, and is currently in Year 4 at school. His top 10 favourite books are:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Toby read this with his class in Year 3.
- Danny The Champion Of The World by RoaldDahl – This is Toby’s current ‘tray book’ at school.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – out little Dahl fan likes this one best of all I think.
- The Beast Quest series – Toby has drained the school library of all of the Beast Quest books, and I’ve had to buy him more! He absolutely devours them!
- The Demon Dentist and Billionaire Boy by David Walliams – these are Toby’s favourite Walliams books, although I think he has read them all!
- George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – This was another Year 3 Class book which Toby enjoyed.
- The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney – he has loved all of these.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – this is the book his current Year 4 class are reading, and he has also enjoyed the illustrated version at home in our story time, as well as The Chamber of Secrets.
- How To Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell – this is Toby’s favourite in the How To Train Your Dragon series.
We couldn’t choose 10 each, as when the boys were younger they always had (and enjoyed) the same stories. So, we’ve gone for 15 in total:
- You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart- not much reading in this book, but lots of interaction which they always loved.
- Ginger by Charlotte Voake – this was the first book Hugo ever read by himself
- Fantastic Mr. Fox – On Toby’s current list, but one of Hugo’s ‘when I was younger’ inclusions.
- The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown – we knew this one off by heart from an early age!
- The Richest Crocodile In The World by Daniel Postgate
- Duck In The Truck by Jez Albrough
- Farmer Ham by Alec Sillifant
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
- Hugo (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) by Brian Selznick – for obvious reasons.
- The Magic Sky by Lucy Richards – an all time favourite!
- The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson
- The Bear Under The Stairs by Helen Cooper
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
- Tinga Tinga Tales – Why Elephant Has A Trunk
- Who’s In The Loo (toilet humour never fails to amuse!) by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds
- Animals In School by Julia Donaldson
What do you think of their list? Any they’ve missed out? I’m surprised ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ don’t appear here, and they also missed out the great ‘Hairy McClairy’ books too, plus Mum’s favourites ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’, and ‘Tiddler’, and Dad’s favourites ‘The Night Pirates’ and ‘The Little Old Lady Who Cried Wolf’!
It’s interesting to see their personal preferences and styles appearing though as they get older, even if they have forgotten some of their old favourites already!
Would you like to pin this to help you remember our recommendations?