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Lockdown Reading List

There are so many options for things to engage with online that it can become entirely bewildering to chose which one to go for.

If you're feeling stuck, there has never been a better time than now to get your children into a good series that can keep them busy, screen-free for the next few weeks (and months?). 

Here are our favourite series:

The obvious choice which will most likely be a re-read for most is of course Harry Potter, all 7 books, from Harry's initial days at Hogwarts to his final battle with the dreaded Voldemort. If you haven't already listened, Stephen Fry's audio recording of the books are unabridged and an endless delight.


Philip Pullman - His Dark Materials Trilogy

Recently beautifully adapted for TV, The Northern Lights is an extraordinary feat of imagination and the subsequent two stories in the trilogy are quite simply exceptional. Good to read aloud to younger ones and to give over to 11+ strong readers to enjoy on their own.

Percy Jackson Adventures - Rick Riordan is still the leader of the pack in very accessible Greek tales to spark a love of the antics of the gods on Mount Olympus. Very readable and pacey.  

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

This series about the scheming anti-hero Artemis Fowl is unputdownable, as the genius Artemis outwits villains of all shapes and sizes. Eoin Colfer has mastered the brain of a young mastermind.

Alex Rider - Antony Horowitz

These pretty much speak for themselves; the escapades of teenage spy Alex Rider, who has been recruited to the MI6, are fantastically wrought, beautifully imagined and perennially popular.

The Last Wild Trilogy by Piers Torday

We are massive fans of Piers Torday and his Last Wild trilogy is a truly wonderful take on a world on the brink of collapse. Can a boy, with special powers, bring The Wild back? Timely.

Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens

We love this perfect page-turning series for any Agatha Christie fan. Set in a girls' boarding school in the 1950's, the group of self-made detective students are given lots of juicy crimes to solve.


How To Train Your Dragon - Cressida Cowell

These are essential reading in almost every house across the land for confident readers aged 7+ and always worth a re-read. The adventures of Hiccup and his Viking gang are full of bravery and excitement. Cressida is currently reading a chapter a day of her books through the Book Trust home hub to keep us all sane through this extraordinary time were are in.

Tom Gates - Liz Pichon

These books are a true delight and not only as fun stories, but great for doodling inspiration too. There are loads of resources online at Liz Pichon's website to help any budding illustrator learn a few tips from the master plus some super-cool band-making ideas.

13 Storey Tree House - Andy Griffiths

This is a super fun and easy handful of books to get reluctant readers set up and racing through this US based series. It is a story about two friends constantly building on their huge tree-house and having wonderful adventures along the way.

Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis

These books need very little introduction other than a wardrobe, a parallel universe and a battle between good and evil.  They are from an era gone-by but create a magical world which still resonates today. Also if a movie tie-in is helpful to spark a curiosity of CS Lewis' work then The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe movie is brilliant.

The World of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter's classics have been brought into the 21st Century with the super-successful film that has been watched and re-watched without failing to work it's albeit slightly hectic magic. (Peter Rabbit 2 has been postponed for release in August 2020) The books are a world apart and so beautifully written and illustrated that they should be read to little ones to remember where the ideas came from all those years ago. Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jemima Puddleduck and Benjamin Bunny still have a very important place in literature today.