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Golden 100

#Listen, Share, Read 


In October 2021, all four schools across The Golden Thread Alliance launched a new reading project: The Golden 100. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure amongst our children and families. 

The Golden 100 is a list of books that we would like all children to have read, listened to or shared with others before they leave Year 6. There are 25 books for each phase that have been carefully nominated and selected by members of staff across the Trust and include a diverse range of characters, themes and genres – we are confident there is something for everyone!  

We will have some copies of each of the books in school for children to borrow, as well as building up a bank of other formats of the titles, such as audio books and books in large print to ensure that the list is accessible to everyone.  

As children finish a book from the list, they should upload a picture of them reading the book to their Class Dojo portfolio and record the title in their reading record book. The class teacher will then tick off the title on a record sheet, which will get passed up to your child’s next teacher at the end of each academic year.  

Children can earn certificates for completing all titles in their phase as well as completing the entire list of 100 books. For those children who are currently in KS2, we will focus on the Golden 50, which will be the list of books for LKS2 and UKS2. There will also be other activities, events and competitions throughout the year. Each school have also selected reading ambassadors to help promote reading for pleasure across the Trust. 

Some of the Golden 100 books will be on Accelerated Reader and for those titles, children will be able to complete an AR quiz. We are aware that some of these books will be outside of your child’s ZPD but this should not stop them from experiencing them. They will still be able to complete the quizzes. 

Title Author
All are welcome Alex Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman
Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg
Coming to England Floella Benjamin
Dogger  Shirley Hughes
I Want My Hat Back Jon Klassen
Julian is a Mermaid Jessica Love
Little Rabbit Foo Foo Michael Rosen
Mr Gumpy's Outing John Burningham
My Hair Hanna Lee
Oi Frog! Kes Gray
Pete the Cat Eric Litwin
Poo Bum Stephanie Blake
Room on a Broom Julia Donaldson
Ruby's Worry Tom Percival
Skin like mine Latasha M Perry
Supertato Paul Linnet & Sue Hendra
Tell me a dragon Jackie Morris
The Bad Tempered Ladybird Eric Carle
The Invisible Tom Percival
The Naughty Bus Jan and Jerry Oke
The Paper Dolls Julia Donaldson
The Story of the Little Mole who Knew it was None of his Business Werner Holzwarth
The Tiger Who came to Tea Judith Kerr
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen
Zog Julia Donaldson
Title Author
A Superhero like you Dr Ranj Singh
Adam's Farm Adam Henson
Aesop's Fables Don Daily
Can't You Sleep Little Bear? Martin Waddell
Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo Amy Sparkes
Fantastic Mr Fox  Roald Dahl
Greta and the Giants Zoe Tucker
Here We Are Oliver Jeffers
How to Live Forever Colin Thompson
It's a book Lane Smith
Lin Lin Pangolin Catherine Jenkins
Look Up! Nathan Bryon
Monkey Puzzle Julia Donaldson
Oh the Places You'll Go Dr Seuss
Rain Before Rainbows Smriti Halls & Davis Litchfield
Russia Fairy Tales Riley M. Green & Charis B. Chusna
The book with no pictures BJ novak
The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
The Jolly Postman Janet & Allan Ahlberg
The Prince and the Frog Olly Pike
The Snail and the Whale Julia Donaldson
The Worrysaurus Rachel Bright
This Moose Belongs to Me Oliver Jeffers
We're all wonders RJ Palacio
Title Author
Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes Sophie Deen
Born Bad CK Smouha
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Cool Michael Morpurgo
George's Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. K. Rowling
Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon Jules Bass & Debbie Harter
I Don't Like Poetry Joshua Seigal
If all the World Were... Joseph Coelho  & Allison Colpoys
Krindlekrax Philip Ridley
Matilda Roald Dahl
The Beast of Buckingham Palace David Walliams
The Boy at the Back of the Class Onjali Q Rauf
The Dark Lemony Snickett
The Girls Lauren Ace
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell Chris Colfer
The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark Jill Tomlinson
The Proudest Blue Ibtihaj Muhammad
The secret of platform 13 Eva Ibbotson
The Secret Seven Enid Blyton
The Train to Impossible Places P.G. Bell
The Wizards of Once Cressida Cowell
The Worst Witch Jill Murphy
Varjak Paw S. F. Said
Title Author
 H.I.V.E. Derek Walden 
All American boys Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely 
An Emotional Menagerie The School Press
Blended Sharon M. Draper
Boy in the Tower Polly Ho-Yen
Can you see me? Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott
High Rise Mystery Sharna Jackson
Kensuke's Kingdom Michael Morpurgo
No Ballet Shoes in Syria Catherine Bruton
Northern Lights Philip Pullman
Number the Stars Lois Lowry
Pure Dead Magic Debi Gliori
Stig of the Dump Clive King
Strong is the  New Pretty Kate T. Parker
The Astounding Broccoli Boy Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Girl of Ink and Stars Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The Goldfish Boy Lisa Thompson
The invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis
The Other Side of Truth Beverly Naidoo
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson-Burnett
The Spook's Apprentice Joseph Delaney
Tom's Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr
Wonder R. J. Palacio

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