Top Ten Books That I Am Going To Read To My Class


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught. I am actually a recently qualified teacher so this topic excites me very much! In fact, a week today I start my first position!

I have decided to slightly amend the topic and talk about books I hope to introduce to the children! This year my class are 6-7 year olds, so I will start with books for them! I will then list 5 books that I would use with older children (7-11 years)

5 books for the 4-7 year olds!

Roald Dahl- Matilda


To be honest, I think I’ll read more than Matilda by Roald Dahl to my class!

The True Story of The Three Little Pigs- Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

The True Story of the Three Little PigsThis is a reimagining of the Three Little Pigs from the Wolf’s point of view! I’m sure my class will LOVE it!

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Book?- Lauren Child

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

Lauren Child is a popular children’s author. I think this book will appeal to a wide range of children. The main character visits many well known fairy tales! I love my fairy tale stories and so do children!

And Tango Makes Three- Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell


I read this book earlier this year as part of my Banned Books feature with my sister, Beth. It’s the fictionalised tale of a true story of two male penguins raising a penguin chick. It’s cute and well worth reading, especially to show different types of families.

Handa’s Surprise- Eileen Browne

140499I love this story, it’s simple and fun and children seem to adore it!

5 books for 7-11 years old

The Girl Who Walked On Air- Emma Carroll

The Girl Who Walked On Air

This book is a fantastic adventure story which is incredibly descriptive and atmospheric. I imagine this book would inspire some fantastic creative writing!

A Room Full of Chocolate- Jane Elson

A Room Full of ChocolateThis book does deal with an illness, so I would have to be cautious which the children I used it with. It does however, deal beautifully with friendship and family.

Blackberry Blue- Jamila Gavin

Blackberry Blue: And Other Fairy TalesThis book has wonderful fairy tales within!

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

Children seem to adore David Walliams! I have this book ready and raring to go.

Cloud Busting- Malorie Blackman

Cloud BustingI absolutely adore this book which is written in verse. I can’t wait to explore it with children!

What books would you teach if you were a teacher? Feel free to leave a link to your post this week and I’ll stop by!

Banned Books #7 And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

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Banner made by the lovely Luna’s Little Library

Welcome to our first Banned Books feature of 2015! Unfortunately, the lovely Luna won’t be joining us to explore Banned Books this year, but hopefully you’ll see something from us all at some point!

Here are the books that we’ll be exploring:

January: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

February: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

March: Crank– Ellen Hopkins

April: The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

May: What My Mother Doesn’t Know– Sonya Sones

June: Bridge To Terabithia – Katherine Paterson

July: Detour for Emmy– Marilyn Reynolds

August: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor

September: Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck

October: Forever – Judy Blume

November: The Bluest Eye– Toni Morrison

December: Olive’s Ocean – Kevin Henkes

We hope you’re excited about the banned books coming up this year! We certainly are.




In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango’s family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children’s book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.

First published: 2005

In the Top Ten most frequently challenged books in 2012 (source)
Chosen by: Chrissi
Reason: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

Do you understand or agree with any of the reasons for the book being challenged when it was originally published?

BETH: Absolutely not. This was such a sweet story about two penguins that fall in love and happen to be male. It’s a picture book with some beautiful illustrations that I think children will love, especially children who are fond of animals. It was published fairly recently (2005) and in this modern world that we live in, I can’t understand why it could be challenged. Nothing about it is unsuitable or inappropriate.

CHRISSI: No!!! I am really angry that this book has been challenged. I think it is an adorable look at the different family structures that we can have. It is such an important book. I can totally see myself using it in a classroom or with a child that does come from an ‘unconventional’ family.

How about now?

BETH: Definitely not. It could be such an important book for use in schools to teach children that there are more relationships in the world than Mummy/Daddy and that this is normal. Maybe some of the hatred towards homosexuality comes from the fact that these people were taught that it was wrong. If we ban/challenge these books aren’t we automatically sending a message to children that homosexuality is a bad thing?

CHRISSI: It’s educative and supportive. No. Just no.

What did you think of this book?

BETH: I absolutely loved it. I think the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it even cuter. I’m really glad that these penguins were given a chance to sit on an egg and look after their own baby (Tango). Also, I really want to go to New York and see their little family for myself now!

CHRISSI: I was so impressed. It’s so cute and simple and explores homosexuality in such a gentle way for younger children.

Would you recommend it?

BETH: But of course!

CHRISSI: Without a doubt!

To see the previous Banned Books we’ve discussed (with Luna) check out this link!

Next month, we read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou!