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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. 

Golden 100 Book links on Amazon 


Title & Author 

Amazon Link 

All are welcome by Alex Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman 


Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg 


Coming to England by Floella Benjamin 


Dogger by Shirley Hughes 


I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen 


Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love 


Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen 


Mr Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham 


My Hair by Hanna Lee 


Oi Frog! by Kes Gray 


Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin 


Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake 


Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson 


Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival 


Skin like mine by Latasha M Perry 


Supertato by Paul Linnet & Sue Hendra 


Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris 


The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle 


The Invisible by Tom Percival 


The Naughty Bus by Jan & Jerry Oke 


The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson 


The Story of the Little Mole who Knew it was None of his Business by Werner Holzwarth 


The Tiger Who came to Tea by Judith Kerr 


We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen 


Zog by Julia Donaldson 





Title & Author 

Amazon Link 

A Superhero like you by Dr Ranj Singh 

A Year on Adam's Farm by Adam Henson 

Aesop's Fables by Don Daily 

Can't You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell 


Do Not Enter the Monster Zoo by Amy Sparkes 


Fantastic Mr Fox  by Roald Dahl 

Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker 

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers 

How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson 

It's a book by Lane Smith 

Lin Lin Pangolin by Catherine Jenkins 

Look Up! by Nathan Bryon 

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson 

Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr Seuss 

Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls & Davis Litchfield 

Russian Fairy Tales by Riley M. Green & Charis B. Chusna 

The book with no pictures by BJ Novak 

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt 

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg 

The Prince and the Frog by Olly Pike 

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson 

The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright 

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers 

We're all wonders by RJ Palacio 



Title & Author 

Amazon Link 

Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Deen 


Born Bad by CK Smouha 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

Cool by Michael Morpurgo 

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling 

Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass & Debbie Harter 

I Don't Like Poetry by Joshua Seigal 

If all the World Were... by Joseph Coelho  & Allison Colpoys 

Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley 

Matilda by Roald Dahl 

The Beast of Buckingham Palace by David Walliams 

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf 


The Dark by Lemony Snickett 

The Girls by Lauren Ace 

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer 

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton 

The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson 


The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad 

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson 

The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton 

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell 

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell 

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy 

Varjak Paw by S. F. Said 



Title & Author 

Amazon Link 

All American boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely 

An Emotional Menagerie by The School of Life 

Blended by Sharon M. Draper 

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen 

Can you see me? by Libby Scott & Rebecca Westcott 


H.I.V.E. by Derek Walden 

High Rise Mystery by Sharna Jackson 

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo 

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton 

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman 

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 

Pure Dead Magic by Debi Gliori 

Stig of the Dump by Clive King 

Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker 

The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Boyce 

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave 

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson 

The invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis 

The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett 

The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney 

Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce 

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr 

Wonder by R. J. Palacio 



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