What do our Teachers love to read?

5th February 20

It’s Storytelling Week! 

We asked all our teachers and staff about the books that they loved reading when they were in school.

They also told us about the latest books they love to read to children. 

What is your favourite book for children?


Mrs Leonard

My favourite book at primary school was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  I have fond memories of our school grounds having orchards and beautiful walled gardens to play in which always reminded me of the garden in the story.

I have so many favourite books which I love to read to my class but one of my all time favourites is the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.  The illustrations are beautiful too.

Mrs Jones

My favourite books as a child were Beatrix Potter books with Mrs Tiggy Winkle being my favourite character.  I used to save up my pocket money and buy a book each month, I loved how tiny they were and beautifully illustrated.

I love sharing Michael Rosen’s poems and narratives especially his ‘Quick let’s get out of here’ my favourite is ‘Chocolate cake’.

Mrs Wilkinson

When I was at primary school my favourite book was The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – I couldn’t tell you how many times I read that book.  Nowadays, my favourite book/author keeps changing, as there are so many wonderful books for children to read.  I think the most favourite one I’ve recently read (and I read a lot of children’s books) has to be Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

Mrs Noviss

My favourite book as a child was read to me in infant school by my teacher, who read to inspire awe and wonder, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis.

The book I have loved to read to my own children and those I have taught over the years is Elmer by David McKee.  A half term topic has often been taught through this story.

Mrs Stevenson

My favourite books as a young girl were Enid Blytons St Clare’s series.

Book to read to children now from Michael Murpurgo especially Out of the Ashes.

Mrs Boyden

  1. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
  2. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Macksey (popular favourite!)

Mrs O’Siochain

  1. I adored Shirley Hughes, Alfie and Annie Rose
  2. The best book for children now is Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found

Mrs Osborne

  1. 100%, it was Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh!.
  2. If you wish to know why dogs sniff each others bottoms, you must read ‘The Great Dog Bottom Swap’!  Just genius! 

Mrs Wright

For me it was The Mountain of Adventure by Enid Blyton and for children these days it is Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman.

Mrs Levine

I loved reading (and rereading) Harriet the Spy. For sharing with my children I’ve really enjoyed the Mr Gum series.

Mr White

  1. Secret Seven, very enjoyable!
  2. The Katie Morag series – love the setting and all the characters!

Mrs Lyon

 I loved the Famous Five books, plus a thousand other books…I read and read and read as a child.   I also absolutely love The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Macksey, not just for its message but for the unbelievable illustrations.   I find them mesmerising.

Mrs Small

I loved reading the famous five stories when I was at primary school and my children own really enjoy them now too. ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ is absolutely beautiful – there is something in it for everyone big and small. I also really enjoyed reading ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo – its for slightly older children but it was really thought provoking.

Mrs Organ

My favourite book was Milly Molly Mandy

I love reading the Alex Ryder series with my son. Great books for 11/12 year olds and their parents!

Mrs Charleton

Favourite books as a child were anything by Jane Austen, I loved them all.

I was given The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Macksey for Christmas and totally agree it is truly lovely and have shared with my grandchildren.

Mrs Costello

I absolutely loved The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as a child (still got my childhood copy on my desk now!).

Now I love reading Roald Dahl’s The Witches to children.

Mrs Barraclough

My favourite book as a child was ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl – and I now love reading it aloud to the children I teach.

My new favourite book is ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse ’ by Charlie Mackesy – it’s a book that every family should own.

Mrs Gritti

I first read Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings in my last year at primary school and it became my favourite book, and still is.

My favourite children’s book has to be Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne – I remember reading it my children and one day when they have children, I hope to read it to them too.





Mrs Thomas

Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, a Cornish boarding school seemed very exotic and exciting when growing up in South Africa.

Paper dolls by Julia Donaldson. The message and illustrations are so gorgeous and a favourite bedtime story for my girls.

Mr Thacker

Favourite book as a child: Willard Price – Amazon Adventure.

Favourite children’s book at the moment has to be Roald Dahl, ‘James and the Giant Peach’.

Mrs Little

Mine was Hollow tree house by Enid Blyton and reading to children now is Goodnight Mr Tom.

Mr Thomas

I loved reading The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin W Dixon.

At the moment, my favourite book for children would have to be Wolf Brother from the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series by Michelle Paver.

Mrs Jordan (Miss Maddy)

My favourite book was The Teddy Robinson storybook.

My favourite book now to read to the children is Peace at last. But my favourite book for the children to read to themselves is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Mrs Hodson

My favourite book as a child was Borka by John Burningham. I read it to my class and my nephews and nieces now. 

My favourite read out loud book has to be Roald Dahl’s Georges Marvellous medicine. Otters are reading it now! 

Mrs Bennett

I adored a little Jackanory book called ‘The Moon on the Water’ by Nina Warner Hooke. These days, I love reading any books from the Moomins series by Tove Jansson.