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The Teacher's Favourite Books

Ms Rasool - Pigeon finds a hot dog by Mo Williams


Mr Collier - Billy the Kid by Michael Morpurgo

Billy the Kid is told through the voice of an 80 year old man, who looks back on his life as Chelsea’s champion striker until the outbreak of war in 1939 and on through his subsequent life. Billy joins Chelsea as a football apprentice, rises through the reserves to become a real champion. His passion for football sees him through the war years – even as a prisoner of war he organises a friendly against the Italians – but, having been injured by a mine he cannot play for Chelsea on his return to England. Billy turns to vagrancy and alcohol and for years he wanders up and down the country. He re-settles in London in a derelict house and is befriended by a family who move him to a shed in their garden. He, in turn, helps their son with his football who in his turn becomes a Chelsea player. Billy becomes a Chelsea Pensioner and his 80th birthday is celebrated when Chelsea play at home. A novel for both children and adults which deals with some difficult issues. Michael Morpurgo’s storytelling is superb and this will be a welcome follow up to the previous Morpurgo/Foreman collaboration – Farm Boy.


Ms Vaughan - Possum Magic by Mem Fox


Ms Loch - The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson


Ms Kopera - Lokomotiwa (Poem)

A big locomotive has pulled into town,
Heavy, humungus, with sweat rolling down,
A plump jumbo olive.
Huffing and puffing and panting and smelly,
Fire belches forth from her fat cast iron belly.



Mrs Barnard - The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton


Ms McKinlay - Charlotte’s Web by E B White


Mr Clancy - The Twits by Roald Dahl


Mrs Shaw - James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl


Ms Gray - George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl


Ms Canning - Tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr


Ms Woodbridge - Pearl Power and the Toy Problem by Mel Elliot