9 Children's and Teen Books You Need to Read, as Chosen by Craigentinny Pupils

In the third instalment of our Pupils Recommend series, Craigentinny Primary School pupils tell us the titles that have had them hooked over the previous months! 

At Craigentinny Primary we are working very hard to nurture a reading culture across the school. Here are some of the recommendations that our P5s and P6s wanted to share with you...

Cover of Steve and Frandan take on the world
Steve and FranDan Take on the World
 by Ron Butlin

Our P6s were lucky enough to have Ron Butlin come in and talk to them about his current novel, and many of them bought a copy to read at home. This story about three disillusioned young adults and their adventure escape from cyber bullies speaks to children about the hardships they may face. Caitlin, a P6, picked it because, “it kept me wanting to read on and find out what happens next”.

Recommended by: Caitlin (P6)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

There has been a lot of love for this series amongst our older readers, and it’s not difficult to understand why. I think it’s really important for children to read about independent women, and Katniss Everdeen is the perfect example of a strong female protagonist. Isla from P6 said, “It is so tense and full of suspense, I couldn’t stop reading it and just had to find out what was going to happen to Katniss and the other contestants”.

Recommended by: Isla (P6)

Cover of Suffragette, a book in the My Story series
My Story series

“My favourite books to read at the moment are the ‘My Story’ books – each one is about a different period or event in history but told from the point of view of a child. The one I’ve most enjoyed is the one about the Suffragettes but there are also books about the Titanic, the Blitz and even the Plague.”

Recommended by: Koni (P6)

Note for teachers: These books are brilliant for reading around Social Studies topics.


Never say Die by Anthony Horowitz

“This is the latest novel in the Alex Rider series and I would really recommend both it and the rest of the series to someone my age. I like reading about teenage spies, and the novels are always really exciting and full of adventure. This one fits in well with the rest of the books and explains more about some of the storylines which have appeared in the previous books."

Recommended by: Harry (P5)

Skin by Roald Dahl

We’ve had some dads and granddads come in to read to our pupils recently, with great success. I picked ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’  from ‘Skin’ for one dad to read to P6 and it went down really well. Roald Dahl’s a master story-teller but the kids particularly loved that these short stories were older and darker. Murrin from P6 said, “This was a bit twisted and unexpected, and I couldn’t believe this was written by the same person as the younger books we’ve read by him. It was really funny and the ending was a total surprise”. We’ve now has several children pick up a copy and read more of these stories as a result.

Recommended by: Murrin, P6

Cover of Illustrated Mum
Illustrated Mum
 by Jacqueline Wilson

This touching story about unconventional family set ups and mental health had a big impact on one of our P5s. Saja thought the characters were great because they were like real people, and this novel touches on many subjects which young people find it hard to talk about. Saja from P5 said, “It made me realise what other people’s lives are sometimes like.”

Recommended by: Saja (P5)

The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat by Enid Blyton

The second in the the ‘Five Find Outers’ series, Holly in P5 was so enthusiastic about this novel – she really enjoyed Enid Blyton’s style of writing and felt that “she liked to keep guessing as the story progressed – it was exciting and I kept imagining what I’d do if I was in the group. Each chapter was left on a cliffhanger which made me want to keep reading”.

Recommended by: Holly (P5)

The Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan

“I love these books – I read the entire series in the Easter holidays. The main character is half-boy, half Greek God and it has taught me a lot about Greek mythology and characters. I liked the main character and the adventures he goes on, it’s like being transported to another world.”

Recommended by: Harry (P5)

cover of first aid for fairies
First Aid for Fairies and Other Magical Beasts
 by Lari Don

“This is the first in a series by Lari Don, and all my class have really enjoyed them. The story is about a girl who interacts with magical creatures, and how she goes about helping them. It is different from every other fantasy book I’ve read, and just when I think that something feels familiar or that I’ve read something similar, it changes and surprises you. Lari Don came and spoke to us about how and why she writes, and it has been good to read the book thinking about what she said to us.”

Cedric (P6)

Check out the other blog posts in our Pupils Recommend series for some great new reading ideas for primary and secondary. You can also check out our book lists for all ages.