Recommended Reads – by subject

A list of books to read as recommended by teachers in each subject area:

Art
 The Definitive Visual Guide – Andrew Graham Dickson (KS4/5)
 The Yellow House – Martin Gayford (KS5)
 Frida – Heyden Herrera (KS5)
 The Art Book for Children – Phaidan Editors (KS3)
 13 Art Techniques Children Should Know – Angela Wenzel (KS3/4)
 13 British Artists Children Should Know – Alison Baverstock (KS3/4)
 Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art – Michael Bird (KS3/4)
 Pablo Picasso: Breaking all the Rules –True Kelley (KS3)
 Masters of Deception: Escher, Dali and the Artists of Optical Illusion (KS4/5)
 Banksy: Art Breaks the Rules – Hettie Bingham (KS3/4/5)

CBM

 Alan Turing: The Enigma – Andrew Hodges (Computing) (KS4/5)
 Like a Virgin – Richard Branson (Business) (KS4/5)
 Newspapers (Media/Business) (KS3/4/5)
 Single Minded: My Life in Business – Claude Litner (Business) (KS4/5)
 Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different – Karen Blumenthal (Computing/Business) (KS4/5)
 1984 – George Orwell (Computing) (KS4/5)
 Job websites (Business/Media) (KS4/5)
 Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson (Computing) (KS4/5)
 I, Robot – Isaac Asimov (Computing) (KS4/5)
 Blogs (Media)

Dance

 No Way Home – Carlos Acosta (KS4/5)
 Life in Motion – Misty Copeland (KS4/5)
 African-American Dance – Barbara Glass (KS5)
 The Painted Girls – Cathy Marie Buchanan (KS3/4)
 Marie, Dancing – Carolyn Meyer (KS3/4)
 Dancing Times
 Dance Matters
 Dance Magazine
 Ballet Review
 Dance Spirit
 Online: londondance.com

Drama

 Too Much Punch for Judy – Mark Wheeller (KS3)
 Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman (KS3)
 Hard to Swallow – Mark Wheeller (KS3)
 Like a Virgin – Gordon Steel (KS4)
 Blood Brothers – Willy Russell (KS4)
 Two – Jim Cartwright (KS4)
 Junk – Melvyn Burgess (KS4)
 Jerusalem – Jez Butterworth (KS5)
 The Cracks in My Skin – Phil Porter (KS5)
 Monster – Duncan MacMillan (KS5)

DT

 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba (KS3)
 Machines That Think – Isaac Asimov (KS3/4)
 Rosie Revere Engineer – Andrea Beaty (KS3)
 Girls Think of Everything – Catherine Thimmesh (KS3/4)
 Phlippe Starck Books (KS4/5)
 Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products – Leander Kahney (KS4/5)
 Charles Remnie Mackintosh – World of Art (KS4/5)

English

 Lord of the Flies – William Golding (KS4)
 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou (KS4)
 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (KS4)
 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens (KS4)
 Frankenstein – Mary Shelley (KS4)
 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson (KS4)
 Misery – Stephen King (KS4)
 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (KS4)
 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (KS4)
 Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro (KS4)
 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (KS4)
 The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (KS4)
 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (KS4)
 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon (KS3/4)
 Heroes – Robert Cormier (KS4)
 The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton (KS4)
 Animal Farm – George Orwell (KS3/4)
 The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (KS3/4)
 Life of Pi – Yann Martel (KS3/4)
 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (KS4)

Geography

 Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
 Krakatoa: The Day The World Exploded by Simon Winchester
 Off the Map: Lost Space, Feral Places and Invisible Cities and What They Tell Us About the World by Alastair Bonnett
 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 Tribe by Bruce Parry
 Amazon by Bruce Parry
 Arctic by Bruce Parry
 The Travel Book by Lonely Planet (KS3)
 If the World were a Village by David J Smith (KS3)
 Fast Food Nation: What The All American Meal is Doing To the World by Eric Schlosser
 Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
 In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
 A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
 Horrible Geography Series by Anita Ganeri (KS3)
 Spin the Globe: The Incredible Adventures of Frederick von Wigglebottom by Edward Moldenhauer (KS3)
 Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami (KS3)
 Wabi Sabi Hardcover by Mark Reibstein (KS3)
 Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan (KS3)
 Tintin in Tibet (The Adventures of Tintin) by Hergé (KS3)
Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo (KS3)
 Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (KS3)
 The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq by Jeanette Winter (KS3)
 Little Leap Forward – A boy in Beijing by Guo Yue (KS3)

History

 Horrible Histories – Terry Deary (KS3)
 Road to Nab End – William Woodruff (KS3)
 Two Brothers – Ben Elton (KS4)
 The Machine Gunners – Robert Westall (KS3/4)
 Band of Brothers – Stephen E Ambrose (KS4)
 A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin (KS4)
 The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (KS3)
 Fatherland – Robert Harris (KS4)
 Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian (KS3)
 War of the Roses – Christine Carpenter (KS5)
 The Sunne in Splendour – Sharon Kay Penman (KS5)
 Warhorse – Michael Morpurgo (KS3/4)
 Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo (KS3)
 War of the Roses: Stormbird – Conn Iggulden (KS5)
 Dodger – Terry Pratchett (KS4)

LSF

 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon (KS3)
 Quick Reads (KS3)
 Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s – John Elder Robison (KS4)
 Subject Specific Non-Fiction Magazines
 Guinness Book of Records
 The Boys’ Book of Survival – Guy Campbell
 Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
 Beano
 Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney

Maths

 Fermat’s Last Theorem – Simon Singh (KS4/5)
 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon (KS3)
 Figuring, the Joy of Numbers – Shakuntala Devi (KS3)
 How Many Socks Make a Pair? – Rob Eastaway
 Alan Turing: The Enigma – Andrew Hodges (KS4)
 The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets – Simon Singh (KS3/4)
 The Code Book – Simon Singh (KS4/5)

Media

 A RANGE of newspapers – ensure you read and access broadsheets and tabloids (KS4/5)
 A RANGE of magazines – niche and mass market appeal (KS4/5)
 The Times Website (KS4/5)
 The Film Book – A Complete Guide to the World of Cinema – DK (KS4/5)
 Behind the Scenes at the BBC – Edward Lamberti (KS4/5)
 Any novel that has been adapted to film

MFL

 Mary Glasgow Magazines (Library) (French and German) (KS3/4)
 Tintin (French)
 Asterix (French)
 Le Petit Prince – St. Exupery – translation (French)
 Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne (abridged) (French)
 The Three Musketeers – Dumas (abridged) (French)
 Teen Magazines (French and German) (KS5)
 Grimms’ Fairy Tales – Brothers Grimm (German)
 A Bag of Marbles – Joseph Joffo (French)
 All Quiet on the Western Front (German)
 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (German)

Music

 History of Western Music – D.J. Grout
 The Story of Music – Howard Goodall
 Big Bangs – Howard Goodall
 BBC Music Magazine
 Sound on Sound
 Guitarist
 Logic Pro X
 Concert Reviews
 Rock Music Timeline (website)

PE

 Bounce – Matthew Syed
 Put Me Back on My Bike – Tom Simpson
 Sport Gene – David Epstein
 Money ball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game – Michael L. Lewis
 Inventing the Pyramid – Jonathan Wilson (KS5)
 The Climb – Chris Froome
 Eat, Sweat, Play – Anna Kessel
 Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
 Inside Team Sky – David Walsh
 Roy of the Rovers
 Sports Biographies/Autobiographies
 Magazine – Shoot/Match/Four Four Two
 Newspapers – Sports Sections
 APPS – BBC Sports News

Religious Studies
 Fiction
 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Shiguro
 Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
 Exodus by Julie Bertagna
 Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah
 The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
 Sophie’s World: The Greek Philosophers by Jostein Gaardner
 What is Humanism? How do you live without a God? And other big questions for kids by Anne Marie Young and Michael Rosen

Science

 The Martian – Andy Weir
 The Theory of Everything – Stephen Hawking
 I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
 Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
 Dune – Frank Herbet (KS5)
 The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov (KS4)
 Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freedman
 Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
 Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? – New Scientist Series
 Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
 Brilliance Series – Marcus Sakey
 Thing Explainer – Randall Munroe
 What If? – Randall Munroe

Social Science

 How to be a Woman – Caitlin Moran (KS5)
 Amusing Ourselves – Neil Postman (KS5)
 The Runaway Jury – John Grisham (Law) (KS5)
 A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (KS5)
 Das Kapital (Capital: Critique of Political Economy) – Marx (KS5)
 A Vindication of the Rights of Women – Mary Wollstonecraft (KS5)
 The Casual Vacancy – Robert Galbraith (KS5)
 The Lucifer Effect – Phillip Zimbardo (Psych)
 The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson (Psych)
 The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat – Oliver Sacks (Pysch)
 The Interpretation of Dreams – Sigmund Freud (Pysch)