The Last Bear - Hannah Gold & illustrated by Levi Pinfold
This very moving & beautifully illustrated book, is already a double award winner. Read it and you'll understand why. It's the story of an amazing bond between a lonely, stranded polar bear and a lonely girl who has come to the island with her very pre-occupied Dad to study the weather. Climate change means the polar ice cap is melting with huge consequences for polar bears and humans around the world. It sounds very serious but Kei (Y3) also found funnier moments, like when the bear enjoys eating crackers and peanut butter.
The Accidental Diary of B.U.G - Jen Carney
Poor B.U.G - who definitely doesn't want to be called that - is an expert biscuit taster but maybe less good at friendships. When a new girl arrives at her school and seems to be taking away her best friend, it looks like life is about to go wrong. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will like the style but this time the girls are main characters and the UK setting will also be more relatable. Lily Y4, gave it 5 ******, and "loved everything about it".
Grimwood - Nadia Shireen
Two young foxes, one the feisty streetwise elder sister, one the sweet but slightly clueless younger brother, have to leave town in a hurry, after an unfortunate accident with a particularly nasty tempered cat. They come to the forest of Grimwood, where life is both different and most of the time, completely bonkers. Lily Y4 said it made her laugh so much it almost made her cry!
A Dinosaur Ate My Sister - Pooja Puri
This funny book, is also recommended by Marcus Rashford's Book club. Alfie in Y4 gave it 5***** and said he would also definitely recommend it.