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By Rebecca WallisAssistant Editor, Literacy Time PLUS

Whether it’s that book you’ve ‘always meant to get round to’, or the newest title by your favourite author, the long, light evenings of summer are a perfect time to spend reading. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve picked our summer reading stars – two for each Literacy Time PLUS age group, and two for you. Let us know what you think of them – and let us know your star summer reads on our ‘Teacher Talk Forum’.

For Ages 5 to 7

Whizz-Bang Winnie Laura Owen, illustrated by Korky Paul (Oxford Children’s Books, 978 01927 27527)

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The ever-popular Winnie the Witch, and her black cat Wilbur, are flying from the pages of their picture books to embark on longer adventures for young readers. Each book has four complete Winnie stories with great comical illustrations, that bring Winnie to life, by the wonderful Korky Paul. In the four stories in Whizz-Bang Winnie, our heroine enters a hot-wheels race, brings stories to life for a class of children, searches for a missing Wilbur and creates a ‘chocodile’ which lays chocolate eggs. Older children will enjoy reading these independently, while younger readers may need some help.

Jamie and Angus Together Anne Fine (Walker Books, 978 14063 13321)

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These six lovely stories about Jamie and his toy Highland Bull, Angus, are written by Anne Fine, Children’s Laureate from 2001 to 2003. Perfect to help illustrate different aspects of friendship, the stories can also be used to analyse difficult feelings – from Jamie’s dismay when the boisterous Bella comes to play, to having an imaginary friend who does everything better than you. Slightly older children will appreciate the ironic humour of A Nice Long Walk in the Country (Without Any Fussing) – especially when Jamie’s Uncle Edward is shocked by the behaviour of the cows!

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