Reading Log 1996

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1996 – Age 11

RIB-IT! programme

(Read In Bed – It’s Terrific!)

I found my old RIB-IT record in a box of old school stuff – every book I read in the school year of 1996! In New Zealand this is year 7 (it was called Form 1 when I was that age, and I believe Standard 5 in my parents’ time). It’s the first year of intermediate school (the two years between Primary and Secondary (or High) School). I was 11 for most of the year, and turned 12 in September (NZ school year runs Feb-Dec with summer holidays at Christmas time).

This page also works as a list of books recommended for 11 year-olds. I’ll start with the ones recommended by the programme – (I was that kid who read them all, then filled pages with extra books I read. My teacher had to make up new awards for me, because the programme only had certificates up to 50 books) – then list the extra ones I picked up over the year.

If it has a ♥ next to it, 11 year-old-me thought it was great!


  • The Secret of Bone Island by S McBratney
  • Young Shoulders by John Wain
  • Missing by James Duffy ♥
  • Rebel on a Rock by Nina Bawden ♥
  • The Endless Steppe by Esther Haatzig


  • The Paw Thing by Paul Jennings
  • Sounder by William Armstrong
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame ♥
  • Greyfriar’s Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell


  • Pink Fluffy Slippers by Maureen Sherlock
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume ♥
  • Letters to Leslie by Janice Marriott
  • Anastasia (series) by Lois Lowry ♥
  • Bow Down Shadrach by Joy Cowley ♥


  • Space Hostages  by Nicholas Fist
  • Under the Mountain by Maurice Gee ♥
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis ♥
  • Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper


  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli ♥
  • The Pinballs by Betsy Byars
  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier ♥
  • Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe


  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl ♥
  • Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne ♥
  • Undone! by Paul Jennings
  • Uninvited Ghosts by Penelope Lively ♥

New Zealand

  • Heroes Last Summer by Pauline Cartwright
  • The Pirates’ Mixed-Up Voyage by Margaret Mahy ♥
  • The Worst Soccer Team Ever by William Taylor ♥
  • The Dolphin Boy by Beverly Dunlop
  • Alex by Tessa Duder

Other Places

  • Aristide by Rosemary Friedman
  • The Twelfth Day of July by Jean Lingard
  • The Middle of Somewhere  by Sheila Gordon ♥
  • I am David by Anne Holm
  • Sun on the Stubble by Colin Thiele

Other Times

  • Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls-Wilder
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ♥
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  • Tom Sawyer by Mark  Twain

Extra Books I read in 1996

  • The Magical Fellowshipby Tom McGowen ♥
  • The Magician’s Challenge by Tom McGowen ♥
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry ♥
  • The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline by Lois Lowry ♥
  • Switcharound by Lois Lowry ♥
  • Beak of the Moon by Philip Temple ♥
  • Dark of the Moon by Philip Temple ♥
  • Hello My Name is Scrambled Eggs by Jamie Gilson
  • Wildlife Animals in the Jungle (sadly I never recorded the author of this book) ♥
  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs
  • I’m NOT a Compost Heap! by Janice Marriott ♥
  • Brain Drain by Janice Marriott ♥
  • Forest by Janet Taylor Lisle ♥
  • Hell on Earth by Anthony Masters ♥
  • Crab by Anthony Masters ♥
  • The Seventh Stream by Anthony Masters ♥
  • Horror Stories to Tell in the Dark by Anthony Masters
  • Vampire Stories to Tell in the Dark by Anthony Masters
  • Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
  • The Porter Brothers by William Taylor ♥
  • The Fatz Katz by William Taylor
  • Break a Leg by William Taylor ♥
  • Never Say Quit by Bill Wallace ♥
  • The Secret Life of Bethany Barrett (author not recorded)
  • Asterix and the Magic Carpet by Goscinny & Uderzo ♥
  • Mr Majeika and the School Play (author not recorded)
  • Dolphins! by Margaret Davidson ♥
  • Katy at Home by Ian Serraillier ♥
  • Garfield by Jim Davis ♥
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell ♥
  • Feet Upon a Rock by Rosamond Rowe ♥
  • Scrambled Legs  by Jahna N Malcolm ♥
  • A Dog Named Toe Shoe by Jahna N Malcolm
  • Deadly Music by Dennis Hamley ♥
  • 4 Miles to Pinecone by Jon Hassler
  • Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan ♥
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne ♥
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne ♥
  • Does This School Have Capital Punishment? by Nat Hentoff ♥
  • Memoirs of a Dangerous Alien by Maggie Prince ♥
  • Thirteen Never Changes by Budge Wilson ♥
  • Storm at the Edge of Time by Pamela F. Service ♥
  • The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks ♥
  • Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks ♥
  • The Secret of the Indian by Lynne Reid Banks ♥
  • The Turning Point by Naomi J. Karp ♥
  • Timmy by Colin Thiele ♥
  • A Pack of Liars by Anne Fine
  • Chester House Wins Through by Irene Smith
  • Take it Easy by David Hill ♥
  • Second to the Right and Straight on Til Morning by Lance Salway ♥
  • Killer Planet by Bob Shaw ♥
  • The Miraculous Makeover of Lizard Flanagan by Carol Gorman ♥
  • Letters From the Inside by John Marsden ♥
  • No Guns for Asmir by Christobel Mattingley ♥
  • Katie in Kuwait by Diana Adams-Smith ♥
  • The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen ♥
  • Shuz by Murray Heasley ♥
  • Dancer in the Wings by Jean Richardson ♥
  • Coming Down to Earth by Susan Price ♥
  • Taking the Cat’s Way Home by Jan Mark
  • Pongwiffy and the Holiday of Doom by Kaye Umansky ♥
  • Instant Sisters by Rose Impey ♥
  • The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith ♥
  • Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings by Ursula K. Le Guin ♥
  • Catwings Returns by Ursula K. Le Guin ♥
  • Tiger Adventure by Willard Price ♥ (Thus began my love affair with Willard Price adventures)
    • Amazon Adventure ♥
    • Underwater Adventure ♥
    • South Seas Adventure ♥
    • Volcano Adventure ♥
    • Whale Adventure ♥
    • Safari Adventure ♥
    • Elephant Adventure ♥
    • Diving Adventure ♥
    • African Adventure ♥
    • My Own Life of Adventure ♥ (my first autobiography)

Total: 123 books

So the programme was designed to get reluctant readers interested by showing them that there are different books to suit everyone, and to encourage reading as a daily activity. Parents were asked to help by encouraging children to read in bed for half an hour before sleeping every night. This obviously wasn’t something I needed, but I relished the challenge. I do recall both of my parents telling me it was late, and I should ‘turn the light off now’ numerous times. I’d switch my lamp off and read with a torch under the bed covers!


2 thoughts on “Reading Log 1996

  1. glad you liked my book when you were eleven

    • Wow, thanks for commenting. I’m always a bit awestruck when I meet authors. Books are so special! Thanks for visiting my blog – it’s not very active, obviously, but it’s my little corner of the interwebs.

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