UKEC Academy’s Top 5 Reading Books to Improve your English

There’s nothing better than getting stuck into a good book during your summer holiday. But honestly, this is true at any time of year too!

We have chosen our top 5 books that are not just fantastic reads for all ages, but they will help you improve your English too.

Number 5 – The Iron Giant

To put it simply, an iron giant saves the world in this contemporary classic.

Whether you think of it as a science fiction fantasy or a modern fairy tale or a tall-tale parable for today, you will never forget it.


A mysterious creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. The farmers are mystified—and terrified. Then they caught a glimpse of him in the night: The Iron Giant, taller than a house, with glowing headlight eyes and an insatiable taste for metal. The hungry giant must be stopped at any cost.

Only a young boy named Hogarth is brave enough to lead the Iron Giant to a safe home. And only Hogarth knows where to turn when a space-bat as big as Australia, hungry for every living thing on Earth, darkens the sky.

Author: Ted Hughes

Number 4 – Charlotte’s Web

This is a heart-warming novel that all age groups can understand. Aimed at native English-speaking children, there are many adults who still say this famous book is their favourite.

Wilbur the pig’s life has already been saved by Fern, but when he is sold to her uncle, he realises his life is in even more danger.

Enter Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider. Charlotte is determined to keep Wilbur from the chopping block, and comes up with an ingenious way to do just that.

Charlotte’s Web is a classic tale of friendship, bravery and some animal magic.

Author: E. B. White

Number 3 – Alice in Wonderland

A weird and wonderful book that will have you guessing what is going to happen next!

  It tells of a young girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.

Author: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Number 2 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

An absolute classic! A vividly told wild ride with amusing, cartoon-like sketches that will keep you excited and laughing!

When Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, he decides to release five golden tickets in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem. The tickets start to be found, with the fifth going to a very special boy, called Charlie Bucket. With his Grandpa, Charlie joins the rest of the children to experience the most amazing factory ever. But not everything goes to plan within the factory.

Author: Roald Dahl

Number 1 – Harry Potter

Quite possibly one of the most famous book and film series that has ever been produced! Is all the hype about the Harry Potter books justified? In a word, yes, the books are a joy to read and possibly the most rewarding!

Author: J. K. Rowling

It starts as his eleventh birthday arrives, the time comes for Harry Potter to discover the truth about his magical beginnings – and embark on the enthralling, unmissable adventure that will lead him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, his true friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, powerful secrets and a destiny he cannot avoid …

References: www.penguinrandomhouse.com , www.imdb.com, www.en.wikipedia.org

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