In need of a gripping tale to beat boredom and keep your young reader engaged for hours on end?

From beloved childhood classics to fantastic fantasies and spooky stories, we’ve pulled together our secondary and primary school reading list to help inspire your child’s love of reading. Our ultimate recommended primary school children’s reading lists have something for everyone. From those bookworms to even the most reluctant readers. Discover our 50+ must-read children’s books for each age between 7 and 11 here!

Why is reading important for children?

The importance of reading for children can’t be understated for its educational benefits, especially when we approach exciting events like the World Book Day. Regular reading can help children improve their English language and literacy, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.

Reading has a number of other benefits too that go beyond education. Getting lost in a good book can provide children with a sense of comfort and security. Inspiring characters can give children a boost in confidence, particularly in stories that resonate with their own lives. And ultimately once a child is engaged with a book they enjoy, they’ll have fun and find happiness in the pages. So why is reading important for children? Here’s a list of benefits:

  • Improves literacy early on for young children

  • Continues to improve literacy skills as they get older and read more challenging books

  • Gives children a greater vocabulary

  • Helps children with spelling and grammar

  • Allows children to unwind and de-stress

  • Can help boost children’s confidence

  • Gives children the space to learn while engaging their imaginations.

Primary School Reading List

Starting on the journey of literacy is an important part of every child’s education and the right selection of books can make this journey both exciting and enlightening. Our carefully curated primary school reading list is designed to captivate, educate and inspire young minds from reception years through to year 6.

Books for Reception and Year 1

Ignite a love of reading early with magical tales from Julia Donaldson and help them understand the world around them with inclusive choices such as My Daddies! by Gareth Peter. Download Reception / Year 1 Reading list

Books for Year 2

From Roald Dahl’s animal adventures, Catherine Storr’s enchanted escapades and everything in between, the books in this primary school reading list are brilliant in capturing the imaginations of younger readers aged 7. 

Download Year 2 reading list

Books for Year 3

In our school reading list for year 3, you’ll find some well-loved authors on this list of books for young children aged 7-8. Dig up the history books with Julia Jarman’s ‘The Time Travelling Cat’ or discover Susie Gibb’s ‘Revolting Poetry to Make You Squirm’ – not for those who are slightly squeamish!   Download Year 3 reading list

Books for Year 4

Whether your child is a fan of a fairy tale, mystery story or prefers a good laugh, there’ll be a book they learn to love in this list for children aged 8-9 in year 4. Books in this children’s reading list will let them escape real life and get lost in a new world when climbing through the wardrobe C.S. Lewis’ fantasy chronicles or cosy up and binge Jacqueline Wilson’s series of tales.   Download Year 4 reading list

Books for Year 5

Adventure awaits with Dick King-Smith’s fantastical fiction. Yet if that doesn’t take your child’s fancy, there are plenty more children’s books to choose from in this hugely enjoyable selection of titles for children aged 9-10. Something for everyone – even mum and dad!   Download Year 5 reading list

Books for Year 6

This selection of books for children aged 10-11 lists thought-provoking children’s literature alongside historical and fantasy genres for your child to soak up. As well as some all-time classics like Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ and E. Nesbit’s ‘The Railway Children’. Remember to share your favourite memory of these tales with your child!  Download Year 6 reading list

Secondary School Reading List

Transitioning from primary to secondary school brings new challenges and opportunities, especially in the realm of reading and literature. Our school reading list is thoughtfully compiled to meet the evolving needs and interests of students from Year 7 to Year 9.

Books for Years 7, 8 and 9

No matter your child’s favourite genre, they are bound to discover a compelling story within this diverse school reading list. Tailored for children aged 11-14, this list encompasses a variety of genres, ensuring that every young reader finds something that resonates with their interests and challenges their young minds. From adventurous tales that spark their imagination to though-provoking books that offer new perspectives, each book is a great choice for children within this age group. Download Years 7, 8 and 9 reading list

11 Plus and Entrance exams reading list

For children looking to expand their vocabulary from discovering more archaic words, to those wanting to explore synonyms to help them during their 11 Plus exams and transition to secondary school. Here are a few books we recommend picking up: 

Download Year 4 11 Plus reading list

Download Year 5 11 Plus reading list 

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