Akiva School

Akiva School

Akiva Birthday Books scheme

It has been a longstanding Akiva tradition for families to donate a new book to the school library around the time of their child's birthday. Entirely optional, it is a lovely way for children to introduce their friends to a book that they have enjoyed and for the library to remain well-stocked at a time when funding may not otherwise allow.

We are have created a book list which is regularly updated and can be seen below.

Of course children are also welcome to choose any book which may be suitable for their friends; it does not have to be one from the list.

Each book will be inscribed with the name of the child who has donated it. The book titles and names of the donors will be read out in Key Stage Assemblies and mentioned  in the Headteacher's newsletter weekly (unless parents request otherwise).

If you are donating a book please bring it into the school office and hand in to the reception so that we can write in the inscription and make a record of the book and by whom it was donated.

The book list


I Love You Daddy Grizzle – Mark Sperring – Puffin
Little Mouse – Alison Murray - Orchard
Mermaid (and other) – Cerrie Burnell – Scholastic
The Perfect Pet – Fiona Roberts – Hodder
The Troll & Oliver – Adam Stower – Templar
Snow – Sam Usher – Templar
The Truth According To Arthur – Tim Hopgood – Bloomsbury
Boris Gets Spots – Carrie Weston – Oxford
Daddy Lion’s Tea Party – Mark Sperring – Harper Collins
Chu Series – Neil Gaiman


Swashbuckle Lil (Series) – Elli Woollard – Macmillan
Jack Stalwart (Series) – Elizabeth Singer Hunt – Red Fox
Jeremy James (Series) – David Henry Wilson - Macmillan
Mickey’s Magic Pencil – Vivian French – Orion
Freddy Mole Lion Tamer – Alexander McCall Smith – Bloomsbury
Guess What I Found In Dragon Wood – Timothy Knapman – Puffin
That Pesky Rat – Lauren Child – Orchard
Hubert Horatio The Millionaire Child Genius – Lauren Child – Puffin
The Covers of my Book Are Too Far Apart – Vivian French - Picture Squirrels
House Held Up By Trees – Ted Kooser – Walker
Tale of A Tail – Margaret Mahy – Orion
Loudmouth Louis (and others) – Anne Fine – Puffin
Tidy (and others) – Emily Gravett– Two Hoots
Cat On The Hill – Michael Foreman – Andersen Press
Squishy McFluff (Series) – Pip Jones – Faber & Faber
Ladybird, Ladybird – Vivian French – Orion (and other Orion young readers)
Belinda and the Bears and the Porridge Project – Kaye Umansky –Orion (and other Orion young readers)


Muncle Trogg (and others) – Janet Foxley– Chicken House
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate di Camillo – Walker
Hamish & World Stoppers (series) – Danny Wallace – Simon & Schuster
The Peppers & The International Magic Guys – Harper Collins
Dave Pigeon (and others) – Swapna Haddow – Faber & Faber
Creature Teacher (and others) – Sam Watkins– Oxford
Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair (and others) – Phillip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre – Oxford
Explosive Adventures (and others) – Alexander McCall Smith - Bloomsbury
Mango & Bambang the not-a-pig (series) – Polly Faber & Clara Vulliamy – Walker
Diva and Flea – Mo Willems & Tony Diterizzi - Walker
Hubble Bubble, The Glorious Granny Bake Off! (series) – Tracey Corderoy – Nosy Crow
Dilly the Dinosaur – Tony Bradman – Egmont
Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot (series) – Anna Branford - Walker
Elsie Piddock Skips In Her Sleep – Eleanor Farjeon – Walker
The Children of the Noisy Village (and others) – Astrid Lindgren – Oxford
Cowboy Pug (and others) – Laura James – Bloomsbury
Toto the Ninja Cat – Dermot O’Leary – Hodder
Freddie The Lion Tamer – Alexander McCall Smith – Bloomsbury
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book – Lauren Child
Brambley Hedge Series – Jill Barklem


The Battle of Bubble and Squeak – Philippa Pearce – Puffin
Meet at the Ark at Eight! – Ulrich Hub – Pushkin Children’s Books
The Fox Busters – Dick King-Smith – Puffin
It Wasn’t Me – Michael Bond – Corgi
Violet and the Pearl of the Orient – Harriet Whitehorn – Simon & Schuster
The Pumpkin Project – Katie Smith – Hodder
Marvellous Mix-Ups (and others) – Alexander McCall Smith – Bloomsbury
Demolition Dad (and others) – Phil Earle – Orion
I Was A Rat (and others) – Philip Pullman– Corgi
George Speaks – Dick King Smith - Puffin
Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate (and others) – Jan Burchett – Orion
There’s a werewolf in my tent (and others) – Pamela Butchart – Nosy Crow
Mister Cleghorn’s Seal – Judith Kerr – Harper Collins
Oliver and the Seawigs – Philip Reeve – Oxford
Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody – Roland Chambers - Oxford
Operation Bunny (and others) – Sally Gardner - Orion
Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure – Alex T Smith – Hodder
Creature Teach (and others) – Sam Watkins – Oxford
Monago & Bambang – Polly Faber
Mr Penguin and the Lots Treasure – Alex Smith
Max Champion and the Great Race Car Robbery - Alexander McCall Smith


Boys United (and others) – Tom Palmer – Puffin
The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall – Corgi
Varjac Paw – S F Said - Corgi
The Many Worlds of Albie Bright – Christopher Edge – Nosy Crow
The Jamie Drake Equation – Christopher Edge – Nosy Crow
I Was A Rat! – Philip Pullman – Corgi
Aquila – Andrew Norris – Puffin
I Houdini – Lynne Reid Banks – Harper Collins
Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kastner – Vintage (Random House)
A Dog So Small – Philippa Pearce – Puffin
A Candle in the Dark – Adele Geras – Bloomsbury
The Fox and the Ghost King – Michael Morpurgo – Harper Collins
The Imagination Box – Martyn Ford – Faber
Tilly’s Moonlight Fox – Julia Green – Oxford
The Factory Made Boy – Christine Nostlinger – Andersen Press
To Be A Cat – Matt Haig – Corgi
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret – D D Everet – Faber
Scaredy Cat, Scaredy Cat (and others) – Phil Earle – Orion
Me and Mister P – Maria Farrer – Oxford
Hamish and the Worldstoppers (and others) – Danny Wallace – Simon & Schuster
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler – Gene Kemp – Faber
The Bolds (and others) – Julian Clary – Andersen Press
The World According to Humphrey (and others) –Betty G Birney – Faber
The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar (and others) Tamsin Cooke – Oxford
Baddies Beasties and a Sprinkling of Crumbs! – Tracey Corderoy – Stripes
Moone Boy (and others) – Chris O’Dowd & Nick V Murphy – Macmillan
Frostheart – Jamie Littler
Land of Roar – Jenny McLauchlan
White Giraffe Series – Lauren St John
Pages and Co Series – Anna James
Starfell – Dominique Valente
The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
The Fifth Element – Terry Pratchett
Pongwilfy Series – Kate Umansky


The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence (and others) – Jennifer Bell – Corgi
Cogheart – Peter Bunzl – Usborne
There May Be A Castle – Piers Torday – Quercus
Pax – Sara Pennypacker – Harper Collins
Dragon Rider (and others) – Cornelia Funke – Chicken House
The Mute Button – Ellie Irving – Corgi
Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret – Lynn Gardner – Nosy Crow
Inkheart (and others) – Cornelia Funke – Chicken House
The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall – Corgi
Hacker – Malorie Blackman – Corgi
Pig Heart Boy – Malorie Blackman – Corgi
The War Next Door (and others) – Phil Earle – Orion
Scarlet & Ivy (series) – Sophie Cleverly – Harper Collins
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret (series) – D D Everest – Faber
Who Let the Gods Out – Maz Evans – Chicken House
Kid Normal – Greg James – Bloomsbury
A Year Without Autumn (and others) – Liz Kessler- Orion
A Room Full of Chocolate (and others) Jane Elson – Hodder
The Elephant Thief – Jane Kerr – Chicken House
The Mysterious Misadventures of Clemency Wrigglesworth – Julia Lee – Oxford
Master Detective – Astrid Lindgren – Oxford
Dead Man’s Cove (series) – Lauren St John – Orion
The Secret of Nightingale Wood – Lucy Strange – Chicken House
Time Travelling with a Hamster (and others) – Ross Welford – Harper Collins
Bigfoot, Tobin & Me – Melissa Savage – Chicken House
The Clockwork Sparrow – Katherine Woodfine – Egmont
Books by Anthony Horowitz – Walker
The Day I Was Erased – Lisa Thompson – Scholastic
The Boy Who Flew – Hitchcock – Nosy Crow
The Train to Impossible Places and others – PG Bell – Usborne
Queue for Treason – Jeffrey Trease
White Boots – Noel Streatfeild
Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
Thursday’s Child – Noel Streatfeils
Skellig – David Almond
Mrs Fritsmee Rats of Nihm – Robert O’Brien
Queen of Dreams Series – Peter Hamilton
A little Princess – Frances Burnett
A Darkness of Dragons – S.A. Patrick
Malamander – Thomas Taylor


The White Giraffe – Lauren St John – Orion
The Goldfish Boy – Lisa Thompson – Scholastic
Letters From the Lighthouse – Emma Carroll – Faber
Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah – Puffin
Once (series) – Morris Gleitzman – Puffin
The Spook’s Apprentice (series) – Joseph Delaney – Red Fox
The Breadwinner (and others) – Deborah Ellis – Oxford
Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave – Chicken House
Itch – Simon Mayo – Corgi
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson – Macmillan
The Garbage King – Joan Lingard – Macmillan
Back Home (and others) – Michelle Magorian – Puffin
Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver – Orion
Holes – Louis Sacher – Bloomsbury
Blubber – Judy Bloom – Macmillan
Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce – Macmillan
Tulip Touch (and others) – Anne Fine – Puffin
Smart – Kim Slater – Macmillan
Seven Letter Word – Kim Slater – Macmillan
Beetle Boy – M G Leonard – Chicken House
The Emergency Zoo – Miriam Halahmy – Alma Books
Hour of the Bees – Lindsay Eager – Walker
Trash – Andy Mulligan – Random House
Wolf Wilder (and others) – Katherine Rundell – Bloomsbury
All the Things That Could Go Wrong (and others) – Stewart Foster – Simon & Schuster
The Apple Tart of Hope (and others) – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald - Orion
The Child’s Elephant – Rachel Campbell- Johnston – Corgi
The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Q Rauf – Orion
The Adventure Series – Willard Price
I Am David – Anne Holm
Child I – Steve Tasane
Noughts & Crosses Series – Malorie Blackman
Chreslomania Series – Diana Wynne Jones
Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aiken
Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff
The Giver – Lois Lowry