Book Recommendations

At Read for Good we are passionate about encouraging children to read what they love. We believe that children who are given the chance to choose what to read, are more likely to enjoy reading in their own time and go on to develop life-long reading habits. This page aims to inspire and guide that core belief in the importance of book choice.

The books reviewed here have been selected to complement our work in schools and hospitals – including titles promoted on our Readathon resources, books which we buy for our hospital programmes and books donated to us by publishers to help us encourage children to read for fun. There should be something for everyone!

Key Stage One / Infants / Lower Primary

Key Stage Two / Junior / Upper primary

Middle Grade / Upper primary / Secondary

Young Adult Fiction

Burn – Patrick Ness

Twice Carnegie-award winning Patrick Ness’s new book Burn is a spectacular novel encompassing dragons, the FBI, parallel worlds ,fanaticism and … Read More

Dark Lady – Akala

Henry – orphan, pickpocket and possessing a magical talent for translating languages – is the central protagonist in award-winning Akala’s … Read More

Toffee – Sarah Crossan

This Young Adult novel written by Irish Children’s Laureate Sarah Crossan is outstanding. It’s a poignant story of the relationship … Read More