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Here is a list of suggested reading books for Year 5.


It's also really worth a look at the site 'Love Reading 4 Kids'


Encourage your child to read a range of different genres, including a balance of classics, fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Try to choose books by a variety of authors too. Children should continue to record their reading in their reading diaries.


Most of the books will be available in the school library.


Of course, children do not have to only read books from the list – they should read anything that they enjoy! Magazines, comics and newspapers are good fun, as are books designed for younger children.


At the back of this booklet is a list of questions that you might like to ask your child now and again after they have completed a reading session. This will help your child to further develop their reading comprehension skills.


Modern Fiction

Ahlberg, Allan

The Giant Baby

Arena, Felice & Kettle,Phil

Boys Rule Series

Banks, Lynne Reid

The Indian in the Cupboard

Bawden, Nina

The Peppermint Pig

Blackman, Malorie


Boyne, John

Noah Runs Away

Brown, Jeff

Flat Stanley – Egyptian Grave Robbery

Colfer, Eoin

Artemis Fowl

Cowell, Cressida

How to train your dragon

Dahl, Roald

Danny, Champion of the World

The Witches

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Deary, Terry

Put the light out

Doherty, Berlie

Street Child

Horowitz, Anthony

Alex Rider Series

Kemp Gene

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler

Kinney, Jeff

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Layburn, Joe


Landy, Derek

Skulduggery Pleasant

Lawrence, Michael

The Snottle

Lawrence, Patrice

Granny Ting Ting

Magorian, Michelle

Goodnight Mr. Tom

Morpurgo, Michael


Private Peaceful

Why the Whales Came

The Nine lives of Montezuma

Paver, Michelle

Wolf Brother

Pilkey, Dav

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Pratchett, Terry



I was a Rat

Pullman, Philip

Northern Lights, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass

Rowling, J.K.

The Harry Potter Series

Riordan, Rick

Percy Jackson

Sacher, Louis


There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom

Snicket, L.

The Bad Beginnings (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

Steven, Kenneth

The Dragon Kite

Walliams, David

Billionaire Boy

Mr Stink





Barrie, J.M.

Peter Pan

Baum, L.F.

The Wizard of Oz

Byars, Betsy

The Midnight Fox

Falkner, J.M.


Kingsley, C

Water Babies

Kipling, R

Jungle Book


The Chronicles of Narnia

Nesbit, E

Phoenix & the Carpet

Railway Children

Pearce, P

Tom's Midnight Garden

Serraillier, I

Silver Sword

Sewell, A

Black Beauty




Causley, Charles

Poems for Children

Rosen, Michael

Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy

You wait till I’m older than you

Moses, Brian

There’s a Hamster in the Fast Lane

Mitton, Tony

My Hat and All That

Gittins, Chrissie

I don’t want an Avocado for an Uncle

Foster, John

The Universal Vacuum Cleaner and Other Riddle Poems

Gibbs, Susie

Puzzling Poems to Drive you Crazy


Revolting Poems to make you squirm

Phin, Gervase

It takes one to know one






My story series;

Work House

Factory Girl

Deary, Terry & Brown, Martin

Horrible Histories;

Angry Aztecs

Awesome Egyptians

Arnold, Nick &  De Saulles, Tony

Horrible Science

Ganeri, Anita &

Philips, Mike

Horrible Geography

Green, Roger L

Tales of Ancient Egypt

Winston, Robert

It’s elementary: Putting the Crackle into Chemistry

Ross, Stewart

Greed, Seeds and Slavery

Robinson, Tony

The Worst Children’s Jobs in History

Potts, Aidan


Platt, Richard

Knowledge: Forensics

Egyptian Diary: The Journal of Nakht

Mitchison, Amanda

Who Was…. Isambard Kingdom Brunel?: The Iron Man

Mark, Jan

The Museum Book

Manning, Mick

My Body Book

Macinnis, Peter

It’s true! You Eat Poison Every Day

King-Smith, Dick

All Pigs Are Beautiful