The English Department share their favourite books for World Book Day 2021.

The English Department have marked World Book Day 2021 by releasing the Marlborough Must-Reads; 18 personally recommended books to delight and inspire a new generation of readers. Predominantly aimed at children in the Prep School (Years 3-8), there is a selection of fiction and non-fiction, and a collection of poems.




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  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Astrosaurs by Steve Cole
  • The Parent Agency by David Baddiel
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • The Subtle Knife from His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
  • The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Hamlyn Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe by Bertel Bruun
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl
  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
  • How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman
  • Some Dogs Do by Jez Alborough
  • The Chimpanzees of Happy Town by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Whilst Years 6-8 were able to participate in their Young Shakespeare Company workshop virtually, children will take part in their full World Book Week experience in the Summer Term, when the carousel of visiting authors, books fairs and fancy dress will descend for an inspiring week dedicated to books and reading.

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