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From Neverland To Hogwarts Via Middle-earth: 90 Titles Announced For Read For My School

Posted at 1:01AM Friday 30 Nov 2012

42 online titles and 48 Recommended Reads across eight categories selected for the inaugural national schools reading competition

Read for My School, the brand new national schools reading competition from The Pearson Foundation and Booktrust, with support from the Department for Education, today announced the 90 titles that children will be encouraged to read from 21 January to 22 March 2013.

The 42 online titles donated by Pearson, Penguin and DK will be available to read for free on the Read for My School website and include Michael Rosen's recent biography of Roald Dahl, as well as titles by Eoin Colfer, Jeremy Strong and Dahl himself. The 48 Recommended Reads, selected by a panel of teachers, librarians, booksellers and children's book reviewers, include favourites from Michael Morpurgo, Shirley Hughes and J K Rowling, along with a host of new talent.

During the competition, children will also be encouraged to redeem their World Book Day tokens and read one of the four books published for the 2013 promotion that are suitable for nine to 11 year-olds, including titles by Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Liz Pichon and Tony Robinson. Read for My School whole-heartedly supports World Book Day as a wonderful celebration of books and reading.

Aimed at children in years 5 and 6 in its first year, Read for My School is being offered for free to all primary schools in England. The competitive element of the programme is designed to be fun and motivate children of all abilities with a variety of interests to read for pleasure. It will also give children the opportunity to read their way to rewards for themselves and their schools.

All schools that sign up to the scheme at will be entered into a prize draw to receive a substantial donation of books drawn from a pot of 100,000 titles provided by Pearson, Penguin and DK. An 'early bird' offer is available to all teachers, literacy coordinators and librarians who register their school by midday on Wednesday 19 December. One lucky winner will be selected via a prize draw to receive an Amazon Kindle e-reader. Terms and conditions apply. (

Children's author and Read for My School Spokesperson Jeremy Strong said:

'Read for My School is a terrific opportunity for schools and children throughout the UK to discover the excitement and pleasure of top quality writing from dozens of Britain's best children's authors. A library of Pearson titles will be available to children online over a period of two months in early 2013 and 100,000 real books will be distributed to winning schools and individual children. I am delighted that some of my books are included in the list. In addition, the Recommended Reads contain superb titles from a range of publishers across eight genres.

He added: 'It is a well-established fact that regular reading enriches and increases a child's chance of success later on in life. I hope that every single school in the UK will sign up and take part in the initiative to help their children to reap the benefits of becoming enthusiastic, life-long readers—a passion that will excite, delight, educate and help develop their understanding of the world we live in.'

How the competition works

•Participating children will be challenged to read as many books as they can from eight different categories between 21 January and 22 March 2013.

•Read for My School will provide a library of books for each category donated by Pearson, Penguin and DK all of which will be freely available to read on screen via the competition website Alternatively, children may choose to read titles offline from their school or local library or bookshop. They can pick a title from the downloadable list of Recommended Reads, or any book of their choosing, as long as it fits the relevant category.

•Children will log what they have read on the website, receiving virtual rewards and being entered for prize draws based on the number of books they have read.

•Each school will be invited to nominate children for regional and national awards.

•All registered schools will be entered into a prize draw to receive a donation of books from a pot of 100,000 titles provided by Pearson, Penguin and DK.

The eight categories are designed to introduce children to a wide a variety of genres through the competition. They are: Historical Hits (tales to take you back in time); It's a Mystery (thrillers, whodunits and spooky stories); Keep it Real (books to fill your brain with facts); Laugh out Loud (rip-roaringly funny reads); Out of this World (titles with a touch of sci-fi, fantasy or magic); Stars of the Screen (books featuring characters from film and TV); Thrill Seekers (amazing adventure stories); and Wild Thing (tales of animal antics).

The selected titles

1. Historical Hits

Online titles

•Blood Red Horse, K M Grant (Penguin)

•Dead Sick: Incredible Medicine from History, Haydn Middleton (Pearson Education)

•The Great Escape, Megan Rix (Penguin)

•Kura's Story, Paul Mason (Pearson Education)

•Once, Maurice Gleitzman (Penguin)

Recommended Reads

•The Adventures of the New Cut Gang, Philip Pullman (David Fickling)

•Hero on a Bicycle, Shirley Hughes (Walker)

•A Medal for Leroy, Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins)

•Polly's March, Linda Newbery (Usborne)

•Soldier Dog, Sam Angus (Macmillan)

•The Thieves of Ostia, Caroline Lawrence (Orion)

2. It's a Mystery

Online titles

•Finlay and the Bogeyman, Steve Alton (Pearson Education)

•Foul Play, Tom Palmer (Penguin)

•Ghost Detectives: The Lost Bride, Emily Mason (Penguin)

•How to be a Detective, Paul Mason (Pearson Education)

•The Mystery of the Poisoned Pudding/Missing Finger, Josh Lacey (Pearson Education)

•Scarper Jack, Christopher Russell (Penguin)

Recommended Reads

•Laura Marlin Mysteries 1: Dead Man's Cove, Lauren St John (Orion)

•The London Eye Mystery, Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling)

•The Raven Mysteries 1: Flood and Fang, Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

•Small Change for Stuart, Lissa Evans (Doubleday)

•Spy Dog, Andrew Cope (Puffin)

•Tales from Schwartzgarten 1: Osbert the Avenger, Christopher William Hill (Orchard)

WORLD BOOK DAY TITLE: The Diamond Brothers in... Two of Diamonds, Anthony Horowitz (Walker)

3. Keep it Real

Online titles

•101 Things to Do Before Secondary School, Louise Spilsbury (Pearson Education)

•Big Dinosaur Dig, Esther Ripley (DK)

•Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters, Harriet Griffey (DK)

•Fantastic Mr Dahl, Michael Rosen (Penguin)

•Real Life Storytellers, Sean Callery (Pearson Education)

•The Story of Chocolate, Caryn Jenner (DK)

Recommended Reads

•100 Most Deadly Things on the Planet, Anna Claybourne (A&C Black)

•The Periodic Table, Adrian Dingle and Simon Basher (illus) (Basher/Kingfisher)

•Predators, Steve Backshall (Orion)

•Three Cheers for Inventors, Marcia Williams (Walker)

•Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: British, Tony Robinson (Macmillan)

•Who's in Charge? Foreword by Andrew Marr (DK)

WORLD BOOK DAY TITLE: Tony Robinson's Weird World of Wonders: Funny Inventions, Tony Robinson (Macmillan)

4. Laugh out Loud

Online titles

•Alternative Cinderella, Jan Burchett & Sara Vogler (Pearson Education)

•Cosmo B Henderson: What ARE you doing? Joanna Nadin (Pearson Education)

•Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl (Penguin)

•My Brother's Famous Bottom, Jeremy Strong (Penguin)

•Pizza Cake, Maurice Gleitzman (Penguin)

Recommended Reads

•Billionaire Boy, David Walliams and Tony Ross (illus) (HarperCollins)

•The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, Liz Pichon (Scholastic)

•The Diamond Brothers in... Four of Diamonds, Anthony Horowitz and Tony Ross (illus) (Walker)

•Dork Diaries, Rachel Renee Russell (Simon & Schuster)

•Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library), A F Harrold (Bloomsbury)

•Letters from an Alien Schoolboy, Ros Asquith (Piccadilly)

WORLD BOOK DAY TITLE: Tom Gates: Best Book Day Ever! (so far), Liz Pichon (Scholastic)

5. Out of this World

Online titles

•Heracles the Hero, Antonia Barber (Pearson Education)

•Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (Penguin)

•Peter Pan, J M Barrie (Penguin)

•Aquila, Andrew Norriss (Penguin)

•Prehistoric Predators, Haydn Middleton (Pearson Education)

Recommended Reads

•The Haunting of Charity Delafield, Ian Beck (Bodley Head)

•Skellig, David Almond (Hodder)

•The Doomspell, Cliff McNish (Orion)

•The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)

•Undead Pets 1: Return of the Hungry Hamster, Sam Hay and Simon Cooper (illus) (Stripes)

•Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop, Kate Saunders (Marion Lloyd)

6. Stars of the Screen

Online titles

•James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl (Penguin)

•The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling (Penguin)

•The Story of Anne Frank, Brenda Ralph Lewis (DK)

•Titanic Tragedy, Jane Penrose (Pearson Education)

•The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy (Penguin)

Recommended Reads

•Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan)

•Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, J K Rowling (Bloomsbury)

•The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien and David Wyatt (illus) (HarperCollins)

•How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell (Hodder)

•Lost Christmas, David Logan (Quercus)

•Matilda, Roald Dahl (Puffin)

7. Thrill Seekers

Online titles

•Ape Adventures, Catherine Chambers (DK)

•Everything You Need to Know About Sharks (DK)

•Rabbit, Bob Wilson (Pearson Education)

•Savitris' Tale and Other Heroic Stories, Anthony Horowitz - adapted by Trevor Baxendale (Pearson Education)

•Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior, Chris Bradford(Penguin)

Recommended Reads

•The Demon's Watch, Conrad Mason (David Fickling)

•The Grave Robber's Apprentice, Allan Stratton (Faber and Faber)

•H.I.V.E, Mark Walden (Bloomsbury)

•Itch, Simon Mayo (Doubleday)

•Sparks, Ally Kennen (Marion Lloyd)

•The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke (Chicken House)

WORLD BOOK DAY TITLE: Hang in There Bozo: The Ruby Redfort Emergency Survival Guide for Some Tricky Predicaments, Lauren Child (HarperCollins)

8. Wild Thing

Online titles

•Black Beauty, Anna Sewell (Penguin)

•Creatures in Danger (Globe Challenge Series), Alison Hawes (Pearson Education)

•The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog, Jeremy Strong (Penguin)

•Leopard Adventure, Anthony McGowan (Penguin)

•Rainforests at Risk (Globe Challenge Series), Alison Hawes (Pearson Education)

Recommended Reads

•A Dog Called Homeless, Sarah Lean and Gary Blythe (illus) (HarperCollins)

•The Great Hamster Massacre, Katie Davies and Hannah Shaw (illus) (Simon & Schuster)

•An Imaginary Menagerie, Roger McGough (Janetta Otter-Barry)

•One Dog and His Boy, Eva Ibbotson and Sharon Rentta (illus) (Marion Lloyd)

•To be a Cat, Matt Haig (Bodley Head)

•Varjak Paw, S F Said (David Fickling)

With thanks to the Recommended Reads selection panel:

•Alison Roache – Librarian, Bartley C of E Junior School, Hampshire

•Clare Ryder – Head of Key Stage 2 and Literacy Subject Leader, Trinity St Mary's Primary School, Wandsworth

•Emily Husbands – Literacy Subject Leader, Moreland Primary School, Islington

•Ed Pugh – Head of English, Latymer Prep School, Hammersmith

•Fiona Noble – Children's Book Reviewer, The Bookseller

•Gill Trueman – Library and Information Manager, Peasedown St John Primary School, Bath

•Helen Mulley – Editor, Teach Secondary magazine; and Literary Reviewer, Teach Primary and Nursery

•Jenny Morris – Owner/Managing Director, Lion and Unicorn Bookshop, Richmond

•Kate Agnew – Co-owner, Children's Bookshop, Muswell Hill

•Marilyn Brocklehurst – Owner, Norfolk Children's Book Centre

•Michelle Pauli – Deputy Editor, Books

•Rebecca Gediking – Library Specialist, Children and Young People, Greenwich Leisure Limited

•Sean Edwards – Children's & Youth Libraries Manager, Wood Green Library

Key dates

•From 1 October 2012: all primary schools in England are invited to register at

•Spring term 2013: all pupils in years 5 and 6 who attend a participating school will be invited to sign-up and set up an online profile

•21 January 2013: the competition commences

•22 March 2013: the competition closes

For more information and interview requests contact:

Will White: or 020 8875 4583

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