Reading 7-11 years

Most children are now finished with formal reading schemes. They are reading for pleasure and to obtain information. It is important that children are still read to at night, especially if they do not enjoy reading or do not find it easy. It is a lovely way to relax and a loving way to end the day!

In school there will be a variety of different authors for the children to choose from and this is to be encouraged. Often one author will have a phase of being very popular and every child will want these books. It used to be Enid Blyton, now it is might be be Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams or Roald Dahl. It is important to ensure that your child reads a variety of authors. One excellent way to encourage this is by introducing collections of short stories by different authors. This is more likely to extend their vocabulary, excite their imagination and to encourage them to read. Often, children will grow out of authors naturally, and move on to others especially if they see their friends reading books by other authors

Children at this age can be introduced to myths and legends. Be slightly careful, as some of these are not too frightening especially at night. Many children will also enjoy poetry, both to read themselves and having poems read to them. Non-fiction books also appeal to many children and reading these should also be encouraged.

Everyday reading is important -  the headlines in the newspaper, the results of their football team and the road signs on the way to school. Having their own shopping list in the supermarket,  recipes, instructions on building an aeroplane, words on the computer screen all have to be read and all these ideas help your child to be aware of words and how and when to use them.

On the right hand side of this page there are links to reading list suggestions for various age groups. This will enable you to have a choice for your child depending on their reading ability, their choice of book or the topic which interests them at that time. These give you ideas of what types of books, authors and subject matter is available for your child’s age group. These reviews are updated weekly, regularly so please remember to keep looking

.I hope that this gives you some helpful ideas on reading. It is so important that your child can read quickly, retain facts accurately and have pleasure for the written word.

Enjoy reading together and remember to ask your child if they enjoyed their story!


Articles about famous athletes such as those below will appear in the newspapers and they can be enjoyed by this age group of children. They can be encouraged to research theirr own accounts of inspirational young people too, such as Malala Yousafzai.

murray Andy Murray is a Scottish professional tennis player ranked world No. 1 in men's singles at the end of 2016. Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion and the winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.
christiansen Sophie Margaret Christiansen is an English equestrian who has competed in three successive Paralympic Games, winning numerous medals. In 2012 and 2016 she gained three gold medals at the paralympics.
redgrave Steve Redgrave (Sir) is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds. He is regarded as one of Britain's greatest-ever Olympians
ennis hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015), and the 2010 European champion.
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Articles about the future of the country should be used to introduce children in this reading age group to keep up to date, to increase their knowledge and to take an active interest in the world around them.


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