TES 5 books to watch for this “back to school” season

children's booksThe books have been taken off the shelf and dusted down as school goes back into session. For Primary English Teachers, TES have put forward their 5 recommended books to look out for.

If you’re heading back to school and looking for a bit of literary inspiration to give to your students, TES have created a list of five children’s books to look out for this month. Below you can find the title, author and a commentary from TES article.

The Boy At the Back of the Class

By Onjali Q. Rauf

“Onjali Q. Rauf tackles the heavy issue of the refugee crisis with a delicate touch, making the content both relatable and engaging for children. She uses her experience working with refugee families in Calais and Dunkirk to inform the character of Ahmet, a nine-year-old refugee boy trying to find his place in an unfamiliar classroom. Told from the perspective of another child in his class, Rauf lets the reader imagine themselves in the shoes of a pupil learning about what it means to be a “refugee kid”.”

The Restless Girls

By Jessie Burton

“The Twelve Dancing Princesses isn’t a Brothers Grimm’s tale that all will be familiar with, but for some, it’s a classic. As is often the case with old fairy tales, the ideas posed can feel a bit out of place in today’s classroom. However, Jessie Burton’s feminist revision of the story reanalyses the story under modern themes, bringing “sisterhood, survival and freedom” to the forefront, all while retaining that fairy-tale feeling.”

A Darkness of Dragons

By S A Patrick

“A talking rat, a friendly dracogriff, and a young protagonist face increasingly difficult odds on an adventure across a magical world. A Darkness of Dragons has all of the key fantasy hooks to keep children and adults absorbed in the story. S A Patrick weaves together a story that, while fantastical, always has friendship at its heart. This is one that will be just as hard for you to put down as it will for your students.”

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers

By Anna James

“A book for all those children who dream of getting lost in their favourite worlds. Tilly meets a whole host of some of everyone’s favourite literary characters. The tale is driven by adventure, mystery and nostalgia with a real love of books shared with the reader. Tilly and the Bookwanderers is so full of references that some will go over the heads of younger readers, but it’s a good opportunity to introduce other works of fiction to your students.”

How to Make Friends with a Ghost

By Rebecca Green

“One for the younger readers (and young at heart teachers). How to Make Friends With a Ghost is written as a guide with adorable illustrations and a charming sense of humour spread across the pages. It’s just spooky enough going into the Halloween season, without being scary for the younger readers. Readers will love the fluffy marshmallow-like ghosts in this book, and by the end will be a master ghost whisperer.”

If these five options don’t fit with what you had in mind to spark the imaginations of your students, you can find a longer list of books coming out this September on the TES website.