These are books that every child should have the chance to read. 

We would encourage your child to read as many books from this list throughout the year. See how many you can read!


Year 1

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Suess

The Perfect Shelter by Clare Helen Welsh 

Lost and Found  by Oliver Jeffers

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Funnybones by Allan and Janet Ahlberg

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty 

Julian at the Wedding by Jessica Love 

I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Look Up! by Nathan Bryon

Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen

Shu Lin’s Grandpa by Matt Goodfellow and Yu Rong 

Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake

Peace At Last by Jill Murphy

The Rabbit that belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton 

Splash by Claire Cashmore

The Mystery of the Golden Pyramid by Adela Norean 


Year 2

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Here we are by Oliver Jeffers

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Pirate Mums by Jodie Lancet-Grant and Lydia Corry

Wanda’s Words Got Stuck by Lucy Rowland 

Hot Dog by Sophie Corrigan

Pablo’s Feelings by Pablo 

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

What Happened to You? by James Catchpole

The Invisible by Tom Percival

What the Elephant Heard by Charlotte Guillain 

Count by Melvin Burgess

Leonora Bolt: Deep Sea Calamity by Lucy Brandt

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Mr Skip by Michael Morpurgo 

Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday by Harriet Muncaster

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl  

Year 3

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

The Jolly Roger and Pirate Piper by Jonny Duddle

The Journey by Francesca Sanna 

The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward 

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne

The Creakers by Tom Fletcher

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Butterfly Club by Jacqueline Wilson

The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

Eddie Albert and the Amazing Animal Gang: The Amsterdam Adventure by Paul O'Grady

The Hatmakers By Tamzin Merchant

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of Ghosts by Kevin & Katie Tsang

Anisha Accidental Detective by Serena Patel 

Mayhem Mission by Burhana Islam

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Year 4

The Paddington Series by Michael Bond

Michael Rosen’s A to Z: the best children’s poetry from Agard to Zephaniah  edited by Michael Rosen

Sad Book by Michael Rosen

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Alien In The Jam Factory by Chrissie Sains  

Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City by Rob Biddulph 

Good News: Why the World is Not as Bad as You Think by Rashmi Sirdeshpande

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Theseus and the Minotaur by David Orme and Wendy Body

The Diamond Brothers series by Anthony Horowitz

I Am Not A Label by Cerrie Burnell 

A Dark, Dark, Tale by Ruth Brown

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf

The Arrival by Shaun Tan


Year 5

Clockwork by Phillip Pullman

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

Five Children and It by E Nesbit

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

Can You See Me by Libby Scott 

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Dragon Mountain by Katie Tsang & Kevin Tsang 

There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sacher

Runaway Robot by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Holes by Louis Sachar

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai