An important aspect of the 11+ exam is being able to use the English language effectively as well as having an excellent knowledge of it. One of the best ways to help you grow in confidence as well as knowledge of the language is by reading good books regularly and often. This will help to improve your vocabulary (if you actively seek out the meaning of unfamiliar words); knowledge of sentence construction; comprehension and understanding of a variety of text types; increase your ability to begin to understand subtext (reading ‘between the lines’) and much more.
Reading not only prepares you for the 11+ but it equips you with valuable skills for life.
The point of this list is not to force you to read every book on it. Nor do you have to only read books found on it. They are in no particular order.
The idea is to give you a good selection of suggested texts that will help develop the skills mentioned above. If you have a book of a similar level, you are welcome to read it instead.
If you have already read some of the titles – excellent. You don’t have to read them again.
The key thing is that you are reading about 15-20 minutes every day.
I may give you additional tasks to do alongside what you are reading in order to further help to develop and strengthen your reading skills as well as your knowledge of the English language.
Marcus Zusak – The Book Thief
R.J. Palacio – Wonder
Michelle Magorian – Good Night Mr Tom
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (any of them)
Phillip Pullman – Northern Lights
Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (any of them)
Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (any in the series)
Malorie Blackman – Noughts & Crosses Trilogy
John Boyne – The Boy in the Strpied Pyjamas
Michael Murporgo – (any of his books)
Emma Carol – Secrets of a Sun King
J.H. Diehl – Tiny Infinities
Joan Aiken – Wolves of Wiloughby Chase series
Enid Blyton – The Secret Island
Jacob Grimm – Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Chris D’Lacey – (any from the Fire series)
Cornelia Funke – Inkheart Trilogy and Thief Lord
William Golding – Lord of the Flies
Eva Ibbotson – Journey to the River Sea, The Dragonfly Pool, The Star of Kazan
C.S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia series
Terry Pratchett – (any of his books)
Phillip Pullman – (any of his books)
Jacqueline Wilson – (any of her books)
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson series
Louis Sachar – Holes
Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events
Robert Louis Stevenson – Kidnapped , Treasure Island
Lewis Carol – Alice in Wonderland
H.G. Wells – The Time Machine
Lee Trenton Stewart – The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The Mysterious Benedict Society
Jeanne Birdsall – The Penderwicks
Juris Kronbergs – The Book of Clouds [poetry] Jennifer Killick – Alex Sparrow series
Miriam Halahmy – Hidden
Catherine Doyle – The Storm Keeper’s Island