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North Borough Junior School

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 Reading at North Borough Junior School


World Book Day

Read Write Inc. Phonics

Kent Literacy Award

100 Books to Read Before

You Leave North Borough

Reading Newsletters


NBJS Book Hunt


Recommended Reads

Click on the book covers below to hear from our pupils about why you should read these books. All of the books recommended can be found in our school library. 


Reading Update

This year we have changed how we want parents to use our reading scheme books. Our focus is on reading fluently and gaining a good understanding of the text. Reading and rereading will support children with this. We are asking all children, including 'Free Readers' to aim to read 5 times a week.

More information about this can be found in the letter below. 

Parent Reading Update Sept 21.pdf




 Find out what each class is reading for DEAR time this term!


Nandi bushell Class

Little Badman and the Time-travelling Teacher of Doom : Arshad, Humza,  White, Henry: Books

Katherine johnson Class

Coraline: Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell : Gaiman, Neil, Riddell, Chris: Books

greta thunberg Class

The Great Dream Robbery: James, Greg, Smith, Chris:  9780241470510: Books


nelson mandela Class



joe wicks Class


marcus rashford Class

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles #1) – Holly Black


steve irwin Class

9781526624802 | Rooftoppers

florence nightingale Class

sherpa tenzing Class

Clockwork or All Wound Up : Pullman, Philip, Bailey, Peter, Bailey, Peter: Books


amanda gorman Class


The Valley of Lost Secrets eBook : Parr, Lesley: Kindle Store


capt. sir tom moore Class



martin luther king Class





The pupils at North Borough have designed their own reading incentive programme. They even came up with the name! We encourage pupils to read as much as possible at home and reward them for doing so. Pupils earn certificates and win stationery, books, in school treats and a star prize! The previous star prize was a free pass to Gravity Trampoline Park! 

Other places to search for a good read:


You can read or listen to The Girl Who Stole an Elephant completely FREE, watch an exclusive video about Nizrana's new book, The Boy Who Met a Whale, discover her top three children's books and read an interview all about reading. Click on the book cover to take you to the site. 


You can read Jacqueline Wilson's most popular book, The Story of Tracy Beaker, for FREE, find out more about Jacqueline's inspiration for writing in an exclusive video and download fun activities to try at home, including a mask, a wordsearch and a brilliant quiz. Click on the book cover to take you to the site. 


Oak National Academy and the National Literacy Trust have come together to launch our Virtual School Library to keep children reading during lockdown. Every week, a popular children's author will become our ‘Author of the Week’ and provide a free book or audiobook and exclusive videos and activities aimed at primary school children, all available at

For as long as schools are closed to most pupils, Audible is open. Right now, children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. 




This is a YouTube channel by Puffin Books. There are lots of great authors reading their books including Tom Flecher and Jacqueline Wilson.  



Piers Torday is reading his story The Dark Wild. He will read a chapter each day. You can listen along by clicking on the book cover above. All animal voices are included free of charge! 

This book is part of a trilogy. The story is a thrilling animal adventre for fans of Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Kathrine Rundell. This book was the winner of The Guardian Chrildren's Fiction Prize in 2014! 


Mike Forde has published this excellent book titled
How to NOT go to school, which navigates
issues that children might be experiencing
like missing friends and feeling cooped up
during the coronavirus pandemic.

You're never too old for a bedtime story! Click on the image above to go to BBC iPlayer to watch some wonderful stories being read to you be celebrities. These include David Walliams, Joe Wicks, Tom Hardy and Jessica Ennis-Hill.



You can use your existing library card or sign up for a new temporary account to use the Kent County Council E-Library for free! There are thousands of free books which can be borrowed online. You can download the Libby App to read books on your phone or tablet, or you can use the Libby website on your computer. We cannot recommend this highly enough!

The charity Save the Children has created Save with Stories. Celebrities have selected stories to read to help raise money for the charity. You don’t need to donate any money to watch the videos. Some of the stories have been read by Liam Payne, Rita Ora, Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Dynamo and Paul O’Grady!