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Secondary book lists and recommended reads

Book lists covering key issues and popular topics for secondary students, curated and regularly updated by our team of librarians and curriculum specialists.

Includes lists exploring topical issues, recent events and key themes such as diversity and inclusivity, sustainability, empathy, refugees and LGBTQ+. Can't see the topic or theme you're looking for? Let us know – we'd be happy to help with a tailored collection of books for you.

Children's Mental Health Week 2021

Books to support young people's mental health during Children's Mental Health Week which takes place from 1st - 7th February 2021. This year's theme is Express Yourself.

Read for Empathy 2021

The 2021 Read for Empathy Secondary Collection contains 20 books for 11-16 year-olds, selected by EmpathyLab's expert panel to help young people gain insight into other people's feelings, perspectives and ways of life.

KS5 fiction and non-fiction highlights

Latest KS5 fiction and non-fiction highlights for secondary school libraries.

Diverse books for secondary

Books written by authors from a wide range of cultures and diverse backgrounds, to ensure your books are reflecting the experiences of all of your students.

LGBTQ+ reads

Books with an LGBTQ+ theme to support discussion in secondary schools.

Black History

Recommended reads on the theme of Black History for secondary students.

100 books to read before leaving secondary school

How many have your students read?

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