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Suggested Reading

Please find below a selection of books you may like to encourage your child to read. The list is by no means exhaustive but provides examples of a good selection of fiction books and authors for your child to enjoy.

The list has been complied in sections to include both classic and modern stories and authors. It is an amalgamation of Michael Morpurgo’s 100 books all children should read and suggestions that you can find on www.booktrust.org.uk and www.lovereading4kids.co.uk

From Michael Morpurgo’s 100 books all children should read (Classic children’s books):

Zero to five years

TItle Author
The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
The Elephant and the Bad Baby Elfrida Vipont
Meg and Mog Helen Nicholl
Dogger Shirley Hughes
Each Peach Pear Plum Allan Ahlberg
Would You Rather? John Burningham
The Snowman Raymond Briggs
Not Now, Bernard David McKee
Where’s Spot? Eric Hill
Dear Zoo Rod Campbell
Gorilla Anthony Browne
Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy Lynley Dodd
The Jolly Postman Allan Ahlberg
Princess Smartypants Babette Cole
I Want My Potty Tony Ross
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato Lauren Child
Room on a Broom Julia Donaldson
Lost and Found Oliver Jeffers
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears Emily Gravett
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Mem Fox
I Want My Hat Back Jon Klassen

Five to eight years

Title Author
Pippi Longstocking                                                                                        Astrid Lindgren
Winnie-the-Pooh AA Milne
The Story of Babar Jean de Brunhoff
Little House in the Big Woods Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Enchanted Wood Enid Blyton
Five on a Treasure Island Enid Blyton
Finn Family Moomintroll Tove Jansson
My Naughty Little Sister Dorothy Edwards
Charlotte’s Web EB White
A Bear Called Paddington Michael Bond
Asterix the Gaul Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown
The Worst Witch Jill Murphy
Mister Magnolia Quentin Blake
The Queen’s Nose Dick King-Smith
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka
Amazing Grace Mary Hoffman
The Adventures of Milly Molly Mandy Joyce Lankester Brisley
Horrid Henry Francesca Simon
The Sheep-Pig Dick King Smith
Clarice Bean, That’s Me Lauren Child
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown Cressida Cowell
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
The BFG Roald Dahl
The Arrival Shaun Tan


Nine to 12 years

Title Author
The Adventures of Tin Tin                                                Herge
Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
Ballet Shoes Noel Streatfield
The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
The Borrowers Mary Norton
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aitken
Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
The Witches Roald Dahl
Matilda Roald Dahl
Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes Terry Pratchett
The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone JK Rowling
Skellig David Almond
Holes Louis Sachar
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
Journey to River Sea Eva Ibbotson
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo
Millions Frank Cottrell Boyce
Once Morris Gleitzman
A Monster Calls Patrick Ness


Further Reading for 5 years +

Title Author
The Jelly That Wouldn't Wobble                                                                                Angela Mitchell
The Children Who Smelled a Rat Allan Ahlberg
The Cat Who Got Carried Away Allan Ahlberg
Quack Quack Moo, We See You! Mij Kelly
Dog's Dinner (Jack Splat) Lou Kuenzler
Charlie and Lola: We Completely Must Go to London Lauren Child
Aliens Love Underpants Claire Freedman
Superfly Pest (Jack Splat) Lou Kuenzler
Ninja Meerkats 1 : The Clan of the Scorpion Gareth P. Jones
Ninja Meerkats 2 : The Eye of the Monkey Gareth P. Jones
Dirty Bertie : Ouch! Alan McDonald
Dirty Bertie : Kiss! Alan McDonald
A Roman Rescue (Charlie and Bandit Adventures) Kelly Gerrard
Traction Man Is Here (Book & CD) Mini Grey
Mini Winnie Laura Owen
Horrid Henry's Big Bad Book Francesca Simon
Fergus Crane Paul Stewart
Eat Your Peas Kes Gray, Nick Sharratt
Blow Me Down! Allan Ahlberg
Sam Silver, Undercover Pirate 2 : The Ghost Ship Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler, Leo Hartas
Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye Geronimo Stilton

Further Reading for 7 years +

Title Author
Fox Friend Michael Morpurgo
Boy Zero Wannabe Hero The Petrifying Plot of the Plummeting Pants Peter Millett
Bad Spell for the Worst Witch Jill Murphy
Weird Street: The Curse Of Captain Cross-eyed Margaret Ryan
The Mapmaker's Monsters - Beware The Buffalogre! Rob Stevens
The Legend of Spud Murphy Eoin Colfer
The Jumble Book Roger Stevens
Terry Deary's Knights' Tales: The Knight of Spurs and Spirits Terry Deary
Mudpuddle Farm: Six Animal Adventures Michael Morpurgo
Mr Majeika Humphrey Carpenter
Michael Tony Bradman
Karate Princess In Monsta Trouble Jeremy Strong
I Was A Rat! Philip Pullman
Demon Defenders: Zombies in the House Jake Lancing
Clover Twig And The Incredible Flying Cottage Kaye Umansky
Aquila Andrew Norriss
Eagle Strike Graphic Novel Anthony Horowitz, Antony Johnston
Monster and Chips David O'Connell
Undead Ed and the Howling Moon David Grimstone
The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! Gary Northfield
The Smallest Horse in the World Jeremy Strong
The Red Dragons of Gressingham Philip Ardagh
The Da Finchi Code (Krow Twins) J. D. Smith
Pitt Street Pirates Terry Deary
Noah's Rocket Tony Frais
Mad Iris Goes Missing Jeremy Strong
Hooey Higgins and the Awards of Awesomeness Steve Voake
Hank Zipzer: The World's Greatest Underachiever and the Best Worst Summer Ever Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver                      
Eeek! The Runaway Alien Karen Inglis
Codename: The Tickler Tommy Donbavand

Further Reading for 9 years +

Title Author
Snow Spider Jenny Nimmo
Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson
How to Break a Dragon's Heart Cressida Cowell
Fletcher Smith: Playing With Fire Jonathan Harlen Deadly!                    Morris Gleitzman, Paul Jennings
Count Karlstein Philip Pullman
Conspiracy 365: January Gabrielle Lord
Blart 3: The Boy Who Set Sail on a Questionable Quest Dominic Barker
The Dead are Rising Jeff Norton
Codename Quicksilver 1: In the Zone Allan Frewin Jones
Case of the Good-Looking Corpse Caroline Lawrence
Young Merlin Tony Bradman
Young Bond : Silverfin Charlie Higson
Virus Tommy Donbavand Two Weeks with the Queen Morris Gleitzman
Time Runners: Freeze Framed Justin Richards
The Story of Matthew Buzzington Andy Stanton
The Number 7 Shirt Alan Gibbons
The Killer Underpants (A Jiggy McCue story) Michael Lawrence
The Ghost in the Bath Jeremy Strong
The Demon Headmaster - 1 Gillian Cross
The Dark Is Rising Susan Cooper
Take Two Jo Cotterill
Sterling and the Canary Andy Stanton
Skulduggery Pleasant Derek Landy
Shut It! Pete Johnson
Shadow of the Minotaur Alan Gibbons
Scrum! Tom Palmer
Sam and Ruby's Olympic Adventure Tony Bradman
Refugee Boy Benjamin Zephaniah
Ninja: First Mission Chris Bradford
Mad Iris Jeremy Strong
Green Men of Gressingham Philip Ardagh
Don't Go In The Cellar Jeremy Strong
Candy Girl Karen Mccombie
Amazing! Hilary Mckay
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (1) Anthony Horowitz