November book blog


This month, we look at Remembrance, and so our chosen books for November give you the chance to learn more about how important this time of year is. We also have some fantastic books coming into school this month after the teacher's trip, and even more excitingly, we have the Scholastic Book Fair at school from December 1st!




Year 1 and 2

A young soldier is fighting in the trenches of wartime France when he finds a hen,

skinny, scruffy, and starving. He tucks her

into his jacket and takes her with him.


The other soldiers laugh when they see him looking after her and sharing his meagre rations of food, but when the hen thrives and begins to lay eggs for them, they realise that perhaps survival and hope are possible after all. A beautiful story of unexpected friendship in the midst of fighting and devastation.



Year 3

Puts the Terrible Trenches in a whole new light! With fact file fold-outs, trench letters and much, much more. This commemorative guide to life on the Front Line marks 100 years since the end of the war with full-colour illustrations and paper novelty elements. From foul food to coping with legions of lice – discover all the dire details of life in the blood and mud of the First World War trenches. Want to know . . .

  • how your own wee could save your life?

  • which animals wore gas masks?

  • why Big Bertha terrified the Brits?

  • How would YOU survive?

Year 4


Michael can’t remember his father, an RAF pilot who was killed in a Spitfire battle over the Channel. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesn’t like to ta


lk about him. But when Michael’s Auntie Snowdrop gives him a medal and a faded photo, a story begins to be told. A hidden story of love and loss, courage and family secrets. A story that will change everything – and show Michael who he really is…









Year 5


A powerful, unforgettable graphic novel from the world of Wonder, by globally bestselling and award-winning author R J Palacio.

To the millions of readers who fell in love with R J Palacio’s Wonder, Julian is best-known as Auggie Pullman’s classroom bully.

White Bird reveals a new side to Julian’s story, as Julian discovers the moving and powerful tale of his grandmother, who was hidden from the Nazis as a young Jewish girl in occupied France during the Second World War.

An unforgettable, unputdownable story about strength, courage and the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives, from the globally bestselling author of Wonder.



Year 6

This remarkable eyewitness account describes the horror of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of a teenage girl who was there: Anne Frank. It tells how Anne and her Jewish family dodged the Nazis for two years by hiding in a tiny secret room in Amsterdam. Anne was destined not to survive the war. Her family were betrayed to Nazi soldiers, and she later died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. But until her capture, she wrote regularly in this diary, which remains one of the most important books of the 20th century. Written in that hidden attic, Anne’s diary is a remarkable story of hope and courage, and of the life one girl lived at the epicentre of world history.



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