KS3 Book Talk - Peters

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KS3 Book Talk cards

Engage your students in book chat with our team’s downloadable book talk cards. Each printable PDF features discussion points and further reading suggestions, to help support your school's reading culture mission.

Our team choose exciting new releases across fiction and non-fiction for our book talk cards. Questions often respond to topical issues, or concerns relevant to your students' age group. Use our KS3 Book Talk cards during Tutor Time reading, or as part of your school library's initiatives.

These free resources are also an ideal way to broach transition between Year 6 and Year 7. Our team's discussion points create opportunities for mature conversations, discussing sensitive topics that students will encounter at this age.

We'll be adding new Book Talk cards every month, so don't forget to check this page regularly!

Fiction cards | Information books and poetry cards | Older picture books and graphic novels cards

NEW! July Book Talk cards

Nush and the Stolen Emerald

by Jasbinder Bilan

Engineers making a difference

by Shini Somara and
illustrated by Adam Allsuch Boardman and Manuel Sumberac

Rescuing Titanic

by Flora Delargy

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Read advice on building a Book Talk culture in KS3

KS3 Book Talk cards: fiction

Nush and the Stolen Emerald

by Jasbinder Bilan

A Drop of Golden Sun

by Kate Saunders

The Wrong Shoes

by Tom Percival

The Book That No One Wanted to Read

by Richard Ayoade

Seven Million Sunflowers

by Malcolm Duffy

Running with Horses

by Jason Cockcroft

What the World Doesn't See

by Mel Darbon

Casander Darkbloom

by P.A. Staff

The Den 

by Keith Gray

Nowhere Island

by Tania Unsworth

KS3 Book Talk cards: information books and poetry

Rescuing Titanic

by Flora Delargy

Engineers making a difference

by Shini Somara and
illustrated by Adam Allsuch Boardman and Manuel Sumberac

Peaceful Planet?

by Anna Claybourne

How the news works

by Jane Marlow and Independent Television News

How to say no to your phone

by Brad Marshall and Lindsay Hassock

Part of the story that started before me

chosen by George the Poet

Good News

by Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Musical Truth

by Jeffrey Boakye

Kay's Incredible Inventions

by Adam Kay

Stolen History

by Sathnam Sanghera

Incredible Jobs You Have (Probably) Never Heard Of 

by Natalie Labarre

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KS3 Book Talk cards: older picture books and graphic novels

The Sad Ghost Club

by Liza Meddings


by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Under Milk Wood

by Cerys Matthews and 
illustrated by Kate Evans

The Great Zapfino 

by Mac Barnett
and illustrated by Marla Frazee

My Heart

by Corrinna Luyken

Oxygen Mask

by Jason Reynolds and
illustrated by Jason Griffin


Advice: building a Book Talk culture in KS3

Book Talk in schools in whatever setting – form time, library lessons – should first and foremost be informal and fun. Its main purpose is to encourage a love of reading.

It should also open students' and teachers' eyes to all kinds of genres and forms, fiction and non-fiction. You can even explore all kinds of reading material, not just physical books – like comics, newspaper and online articles, recipes, and blogs.

As you build a Book Talk culture in your secondary school, consider these 5 tips:

  • Book talk should not be analytical. This time is entirely separate to English literature lessons.
  • Involve students in choosing the books. Liaise with your school library, if you have one, to have selections of books in the form room.
  • Encourage audiobooks if a student prefers this. The student can read and listen at the same time.
  • Allow students to not finish the book. If someone isn’t enjoying a book, it’s fine for them to stop reading it. It shouldn’t be a chore.
  • Use students' phones to your advantage. Phones are part of students’ lives and can be used effectively to support reading and book chat. If a student has seen a BookTok video they want to share, let them. Find out about and show children how to borrow ebooks on their mobiles. But then get them to put the phone away!


Looking for Tutor Time recommendations?

Explore our Schools Team's picks from verse novels to illustrated texts on our dedicated web page

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