Recommended Reading Lists

Here you can find lists of recommended readings for Primary students. Click on a title to see if it’s in the Library!

​​Some other lists include:

BookTrust.org.uk
The Ultimate List: Our 100 best children’s books
100 Best Books: 6-8 years

TheGuardian.com
​Children’s books: 7 and under
Children’s books: 8-12 years

TheConversation.com
Worth a thousand words: the top 10 best Australian children’s picture books

American Library Association
Notable Children’s Books (updated annually)

The Children’s Book Council of Australia
Book of the Year (updated annually)

 

YEAR 1

“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss
“The Tiger Who Came to Tea” by Judith Kerr
“Hairy Maclary” by Lynley Dodd
“The Large Family” Collection by Jill Murphy
“Charlie and Lola” by Lauren Child
“The Smartest Giant in Town” by Julia Donaldson
“The Gruffalo’s Child” by Julia Donaldson
“The Gigantic Turnip” by Aleksei Tolstoy
“The Whisperer” by Nick Butterworth
“Mrs. Armitage on Wheels” by Quentin Blake
“The Trouble with Jack” by Shirley Hughes
“My Friend Bear” by Jez Alborough
“Avocado Baby” by John Burningham
“A Bear Called Paddington” by Michael Bond
“Funnybones” by Allan Ahlberg
“The Hodgeheg” by Dick King-Smith
“The Jolly Postman” by Allan Ahlberg
“Mister Magnolia” by Quentin Blake
The “Katie Morag” series by Mairi Hedderwick
“Frog and Toad are Friends” by Arnold Lobel
“The Princess and the Pea” by Minnie Grey
“Amazing Grace” by Mary Hoffman
“Don’t Forget the Bacon” by Pat Hutchins
“Emperor of Absurdia” by Chris Riddell
“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka
Collins Primary Dictionary
Children’s First Encyclopedia
Children’s Atlas
Traditional Nursery Rhymes
Traditional Fairy Stories

 

YEAR 2

“The Cat Who Lost His Purr” by Michelle Coxon
“Frightened Fred” by Peta Coplans
“Friends” by Kim Lewis
“Mog Stories” by Judith Kerr
“Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes” by Jan Fearnley
“Frog is Frog” by Max Velthuijis
“Cat and Mouse Story” by Michael Rosen
“The Snow lady” by Shirley Hughes
“Grace and Family” by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
“The Adventures of Captain Underpants” by Dav Pilkey
“The Diary of a Killer Cat” by Anne Fine
“Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow
“The Magic Finger” by Roald Dahl
“Mrs. Wobble the Waitress” by Allan Ahlberg
“Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind” by Jeremy Strong
“George’s Marvellous Medicine” by Roald Dahl
“The Giraffe, and the Pelly and Me” by Roald Dahl
Children’s Illustrated Dictionary
The First Encyclopedia of Science
The First Encyclopedia of the Human Body
The First Encyclopedia of Animals
The First Encyclopedia of Seas and Oceans
The Children’s World Atlas
Pocket Science Books
Watt’s “Great Events” books & “Famous People” series 

YEAR 3

 

YEAR 4

 

YEAR 5

“Carrie’s War” by Nina Bawden
“When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” by Judith Kerr
“Forgotten Voices of the Second World War” by Max Arthur
“The Diamond of Drury Lane” by Julia Golding
“Framed” by Frank Cottrell Boyce
“Homecoming” by Cynthia Voigt
“Noughts and Crosses” & “Knife Edge” by Malorie Blackman
“Private Peaceful” by Michael Morpurgo
“The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾” by Sue Townsend
“Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson
“Mortal Engines” by Philip Reeve
“Clockwork” by Philip Pullman
“Dragon Keeper” by Carole Wilkinson
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Hadden
“Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie
“Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens
“The Borrowers” by M. Norton
The “Alex Rider” series by Anthony Horrowitz
“Boy Overboard” by Morris Gleitzman
The “Cherub” series by Robert Muchamore
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket
The “Warriors” series by Erin Hunter
The “Ranger’s Apprentice” series by John Flanagan
The “Skullduggery Pleasant” series by Derek Landy
The “Percy Jackson” series by Rick Riordan