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Over the last few months, loads of you have shared your favourite stories with us in our Best Books Poll  – the ones that set your imaginations alight. Take a look below at the full list, and perhaps you’ll find a new favourite story or series! 

Name: Ivy                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s really funny and always makes me laugh; the author has a fantastic imagination and style that gets you giggling. Alex is instantly likeable and would be my dream best friend!

Name: Esme                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: When the Sky Falls

Why is it your favourite book?
I loved this WW2 book. It was full of beautiful emotion and I could not stop turning the pages.

Name: Amira                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: The World’s Worst Teachers

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite book because what the teachers do is very funny.

Name: Amalia                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: The Roman Mysteries

Why is it your favourite book?
They are a series of 17 books, and they are so exciting that I never want to put them down!

Name: Stanley                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Murder Most Unladylike

Why is it your favourite book?
This is the perfect book to read if you love mystery books as it is a great series to read. There are 11 books so far and they are awesome reads.

Name: Sia                    Age: 8                   Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Why is it your favourite book?
I like Harry Potter because I love magical fantasy. It is about Harry Potter, who with his friends, Ron and Hermione, go on magical quests while juggling school (Hogwarts). Throughout the series, they attempt to defeat Lord Voldemort.

Name: Jake                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: Marcus Rashford: You are a Champion

Why is it your favourite book?
Because it makes me feel confident in myself, and it is a really fascinating book. Rashford is a footballer, but it also talks about how he made the child food poverty campaign, and how he is helping children get food not only from food banks.

Name: N/A                    Age: 10.5                   Favourite book: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s funny, thrilling, mysterious and so well done! I completely recommend it to everyone, eight to 18! It’s about kids saving humanity. It has a bit of violence, but a little is okay.

Name: Elizabeth                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: The Apothecary

Why is it your favourite book?
It is just so exciting and it almost seems like it could actually happen!

Name: Maisie                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Why is it your favourite book?
I really like the magic and the fantasy part. I also like how some of the characters are so relatable.

Name: Ivy                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s really funny and always makes me laugh; the author has a fantastic imagination and style that gets you giggling. Alex is instantly likeable and would be my dream best friend!

Name: Luke                    Age: 17                   Favourite book: The Fifth Science

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s a very well written collection of short stories that focus on thought provoking themes.

Name: Luke                    Age: 17                   Favourite book: The Fifth Science

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s a very well written collection of short stories that focus on thought provoking themes.

Name:
Rebecca                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: A Little Princess

Why is it your favourite book?
I really like this book because it’s a heartwarming story about being positive through everything and staying bright even when everyone is mean and tries to make you dull. I would definitely recommend it to my friends!

Name: Cyrus                    Age: 13                   Favourite book: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

Why is it your favourite book?
Because it is adventurous and full of comedy.

Name: Elliot                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: The Explorer

Why is it your favourite book?
Because it’s a thrilling story that keeps you guessing at every page turn.

Name: Emma                    Age: 12                   Favourite book: Once

Why is it your favourite book?
The protagonist is so likeable and the story tales us through some poignant and traumatic moments in educational but accessible ways.

Name: Emma                    Age: 12                   Favourite book: The Hobbit

Why is it your favourite book?
The protagonist is so likeable and the story tales us through some poignant and traumatic moments in educational but accessible ways.

Name: Pippa                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Isadora Moon

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite book because they are magical and just brilliant!

Name: Diya                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: How to Train Your Parents

Why is it your favourite book?
Because it is so funny running away from your parents for your dream when you can count on them to make your dream come true.

Name: Abhiraaj                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: Holes

Why is it your favourite book?
One of my favorite books is Holes by Louise Sachar. It is all about when a boy who is innocent of theft has to go to a cruel camp. Published in 2003, not a lot of schools still use it but it is still a great tale.

Name: Hippo123                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: The Boy at the Back of the Class

Why is it your favourite book?
The way it is told, and the story behind the story.

Name: Aditya                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: The Kane chronicles

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite because it is a fictional book about Egypt and the gods.

Name: Amelie                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Amari

Why is it your favourite book?
It is quite magical and it is full of cliffhangers and surprises. I personally love this book and am super excited for the second book.

Name: Zoe                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: Death in the Spotlight

Why is it your favourite book?
I love this book because it has many twists and turns throughout the plot and it is part of my favourite series.

Name: Syan                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Wildspark

Why is it your favourite book?
I loved the story and empathy included in it and it almost made me cry.

Name: Elver                    Age: 13                   Favourite book: Magnus Chase

Why is it your favourite book?
Because I love mythology and the author teach it in a funny way with lots of jokes, but in an adventure that I enjoy a lot.

Name: Diego                    Age: 8                   Favourite book: Avengers Ultimate Character Guide

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite book because Avengers is what I freaking love because they are cool and save the day! Action is one of my favourite things.

Name: Freya                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: Toto the Ninja Cat (Series)

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s suitable many ages, funny, and interesting! Perfect for all cat lovers!

Name: Daisy                    Age: 6                   Favourite book: The Island Of Surprises

Why is it your favourite book?
Because the Wishing Chair series are so adventurous and it makes it so more interesting! I LOVE IT! I especially like the bit where the giant teddy bear guards the toy-makers shed!

Name: Sophie                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Fing

Why is it your favourite book?
It is very interesting – it is fiction though it is also funny. I normally don’t like reading, but I read this book so fast, because is was so good! Definitely recommended.

Name: Sophie                    Age: 12                   Favourite book: After Love

Why is it your favourite book?
It spreads awareness of LGBTQIAP+ and it has beautiful descriptions.

Name: Daisy                    Age: 12                   Favourite book: The Hunger Games

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s exciting, plot twisting and dark – all you could ever wish a book to be. The story is delicately put together yet covers a devious topic. It’s endlessly entertaining, thought-provoking and intense, an almost perfect exhilarating thriller.

Name: Abhi                    Age: 12                   Favourite book: The Warrior Cats

Why is it your favourite book?
The warriors series is my favourite book series because it has intricate world-building, and the characters all have their own personal names – and basically the whole books are about cat politics!

Name: Aidan                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: Lab Partners

Why is it your favourite book?
It has a lot of meaning and emotion to it.

Name: Keya                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: Songbirds

Why is it your favourite book?
It is about a servant called Nisha and when she disappears there are only two people who care about her and that is Petra and Yiannis. At day Nisha raises Aliki, Petra’s daughter, but at night she has a girl of her own…

Name: Olivia                    Age: 14                   Favourite book: Pride and Prejudice

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite book because of the way Jane Austen portrays the female characters in the novel. In the 18th century, women were portrayed poorly however in Pride and Prejudice although women are in want of a husband they have more freedom. The character Lizzie represents this by the way she rejected Mr Darcy most women in her position wouldn’t have had a choice but she rose above it and became a powerful sight to be seen. Also, a love story always has something so romantic and beautiful in it. The way Mr Darcy’s attitude changed from when he met Elizabeth is truly fascinating.

Name: Amelia                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: Goodnight Mr Tom

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite book because it is just so addictive to read, and once you start reading it you just do not want to put it down. That is why I love reading it.

Name: Khadhija                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: The Faraway Tree

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite book because it has secret creatures in the tree and it’s funny. It’s a very interesting book you can’t stop reading it.

Name: Maddy                    Age: 12                   Favourite book: Ruby Redfort – Blink and You Die

Why is it your favourite book?
It contains everything I look for in a book – e.g. spy work, secret headquarters, mysteries etc.

Name: Harriet                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: The Tom Gates Series

Why is it your favourite book?
They are my favourite books because they are very easy reading but effective. Great chilling out books!

Name: Felicity                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: The Wings of Fire Series

Why is it your favourite book?
Because all the characters are quirky in their own ways, and that makes it funny but it is also really exciting as well.

Name: Harry                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Christmassaurus

Why is it your favourite book?
This is my favourite book because it is an amazing story about a boy who loves dinosaurs. His dad loves Christmas. So it is a mix of the passions at Christmas time!

Name: Dacian                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: The Lord of the Rings Series

Why is it your favourite book?
The richness of Tolkien’s language, The brilliant plot, the amazing characters and the amazing setting. High fantasy at its best!

Name: Shahana                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Wonder

Why is it your favourite book?
Because it shows you that everyone is different in their own way. It does not matter how you look it matters if you believe in yourself.

Name: Bhavinii                    Age: 12                   Favourite book: The Nevermoor chronicles

Why is it your favourite book?
It is a thrilling adventure series about a young girl who discovers she has a wonderful, powerful gift and her journey to harness it. I enjoyed it because it’s all about finding what makes you special, and fighting.

Name:
Alice                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: The Christmassaurus and the Winter Witch

Why is it your favourite book?
I love the characters and I like dinosaurs. And I think the story is intense and I’m like what’s going to happen next. Please read this book it is awesome.

Name: Kitty                    Age: 8                   Favourite book: The Famous Five

Why is it your favourite book?
Because it is full of adventure and fun!

Name: Leopold                    Age: 8                   Favourite book: His Dark Materials Series

Why is it your favourite book?
Its never-ending story of twists and turners can keep you captivated for hours. Its characters are so lifelike one might assume it is an autobiography, rather than a story. Philip Pullman really is a genus.

Name: Dhruv                    Age: 10                   Favourite book: Shackleton’s Journey

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite because even though they tried, Ernest Shackleton and his 27 men did not cross Antarctica on the ship Endurance, he made it back without losing a single man.

Name: Aman                    Age: 6                   Favourite book: Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World

Why is it your favourite book?
I like the book because it is funny and imaginative.

Name: Emma                    Age: 11                   Favourite book:Asha And The Spirit Bird

Why is it your favourite book?
It is full of mystery and adventure, I honestly can’t get enough of it!

Name: Ella                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: Wave Me Goodbye

Why is it your favourite book?
It is my favourite book because it is so engaging and interesting, I couldn’t take my eyes off it. It is a way of understanding how the life of children was during the second world war in a fun, unique way.

Name: Laila                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: Awful Auntie

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s my favourite book because when you read it you want to carry on! And it’s got such a lovely ending! If you’re interested, this is what it’s about: a 12-year-old girl HATES her auntie. Her auntie is obsessed with owls and she has one called Wagner. When she finds out her auntie wants to sell the mansion she had to do something about it!

Name: N/A                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: Maze Runner

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s amazing and I didn’t put it down at all. One page turned into the next. I really enjoyed it!

Name: Alexander                    Age: 8                   Favourite book:The 13 Storey Treehouse Series

Why is it your favourite book?
I like them because they are really funny and have lots of really detailed illustrations which keep you interested. I like all the ideas they have for new storeys in the Treehouse.

Name: Nadia                    Age: 9                   Favourite book: Magic Animal Friends

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s my favourite book because I like the adventures the children go on with animals which can talk.

Name: Rida                    Age: 11                   Favourite book: Secret Garden

Why is it your favourite book?
Spectacularly, this book was written by my most-liked author Frances Hodgson Burnett. I really adored this book since I love reading about adventure; this marvelous book showed me the power of being outside and appreciating nature, irrespective of how gloomy or how solitary life is – there is so much to explore. Nature cures you mentally and physically. Certainly, I would recommend this book to some minds who would like to explore. I rate this book five stars!

Name: Rosa                    Age: 13                  Favourite book: The Boy on the Top of the Mountain

Why is it your favourite book?
It’s a tear-jerking book about a boy whose parents passed away and was sent to his aunt who lives in Austria. Pierrot finds himself wound up in a house with Adolf Hitler and slowly gets brainwashed into hating his aunt.
However miserable this book may be, I love it. The fabulous vocabulary, the storyline and the emotional ending makes this book the absolute best. I really recommend it.

Name: Danny                    Age: 11                  Favourite book: Heroes of Olympus: The Blood of Olympus

Why is it your favourite book?
This book is really engaging – I can’t put it down! It’s also absolutely HILARIOUS. I 100% recommend it.

We had lots of others (LOADS of them for the Harry Potter series) that we don’t have space to include – thank you to everyone who entered our Best Books Poll! 

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foxesrock1 · 2 months ago

@Amelia: It's my favourite book too!!!
I think my favourite character is probably Mister Tom, but I also really like George........

mistywater · 2 months ago

Goodnight Mister Tom is a good book isn't it?! I put an entry, mine was for Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, though it didn't get put on the list. So many favourites in their and new books to try too. 🥰🥰

mistywater · 2 months ago

*there lol