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Recommended Children’s Books For Children Age 4

Looking for book recommendations for 4-year-olds? Welcome to our handpicked collection of the best books for children aged 4.

We’ve carefully chosen these great books for four-year-olds, to guide parents, teachers, and those searching for quality reading lists for young children. Our reviewed and curated book list covers a variety of genres and themes and is selected with the help of a Review Panel of teachers, educators and children’s reading experts.

Whether you’re seeking laugh-out-loud stories, favourite characters, gentle picturebooks or bedtime stories, our booklist for four year olds aims to simplify the process of finding the perfect story books for your 4-year-old. Featuring all-time classics like Elmer and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, action-packed adventure stories like Supermouse and the Volcano of Doom and popular funny books like Aliens Love Underpants, we’ve covered all tastes in our top 20 picks of recommended story books for 4-year-olds.

For more comprehensive booklists, browse our lists of 50 Best Books for Preschool or 50 Best Books for Reception

Browse our recommendations for age 4 children and make storytime an enjoyable and enriching part of your child’s journey into the world of books.

Recommended Children’s Books For Children Age 5

Looking for good books for 5-year-olds? Welcome to our handpicked collection of the best books for children aged 5.

We’ve carefully chosen these recommended books for five-year-olds to make it easier for parents, teachers, and anyone searching for quality reading books for young readers. Our reviewed and curated list covers a variety of styles, including picture books, funny books, short illustrated first chapter books and non-fiction suitable for children at the age of five.

Whether you’re on the hunt for gentle stories about kindness and inclusion like Luna Loves Art and The Kindest Red, or rip-roaringly funny books for giggle-worthy story times like Poo in the Zoo, we’ve covered a whole breadth of themes and genres with this recommended reading list. We’ve also selected classic books like Paddington and Dogger, as well as interactive favourites like You Choose and options for children ready to start their first short chapter books, like the colour-illustrated Princess Minna.

For more comprehensive booklists, browse our lists of 50 Best Books for Year 1 or 50 Best Books for Reception.

Explore our recommendations for age 5 children and make this step of your child’s reading journey a truly enjoyable and enriching time.

Best Books for Reception (Children Aged 4-5)

NEWLY updated – April 2024!

We’ve hand-picked a list of 50 recommended books to read with 4- and 5-year-olds. Update your class library or home book collections with our list of the best Reception books, covering everything from rhyming frogs and super-greedy monsters to dreams of space travel and expeditions to faraway places. Not to mention the odd heroic potato or post-delivering penguin, too…

The Reception year of primary school is an important phase in children’s literacy development. Our booklist includes popular Reception stories such as Supertato, Oi Frog and Elmer, as well as some lesser-known storytime delights that we highly recommend, like Snail in Space and Blue Monster Wants it All.

This collection of books has been carefully curated by our team of teachers and children’s reading experts, with the help of our Review Panel members, who have tried and tested hundreds of titles in their primary school settings to bring you only the best of the best.

If you’re a parent or teacher looking for what you should read with Reception children, look no further than our Reception reading list. From classic tales and funny read-alouds to new releases and educational reads, we have something to suit every young reader’s interests. Our Reception booklist includes both fiction and non-fiction recommendations to read with children in this age group to encourage a love of books and to develop vocabulary, comprehension skills and creativity.

As well as the Reception booklist below to browse, we’ve also got a printable poster and downloadable checklist for you, and schools can purchase full sets of the books via Peters.

 

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Browse the Reception booklist below or scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

Best Books for KS1 Children

Newly Updated – April 2024

We’ve hand-picked a list of 20 recommended books for Infant School children. Update your Key Stage 1 class library or home book collections with our list of the best books for KS1 children, featuring everything from fashion-conscious flamingoes to pesky pirates to sizzling sausages.

Featuring popular KS1 storytime reads like Magic Faces,  laugh-out-loud choices like Pop!, well-loved picturebooks like Coming to England and top-notch non-fiction like Little Brown Nut, this list has something for everyone.

This infant book list has been put together based on a mix of titles taken from our popular individual year group reading lists and with the help of the librarians and booksellers at Peters. The emphasis is on introducing newer books that school libraries may not already have, to help pupils discover brand-new favourites to read for pleasure.

There is also a downloadable checklist and a printable poster, and schools can purchase full packs of these books from Peters or select packs of the Primary books or KS2 books instead.

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If you are looking for more specific recommendations, you may like our Year Group Lists (see below) or Curriculum Topic Booklists.

Browse the infant school reading list below or scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

50 Books for Primary School Children

Newly Updated – April 2024

Browse our reading list of 50 recommended books for Primary Schools. Update your class library or home book collections with our list of the best Primary School books, featuring everything from intergalactic snail adventures and unexpected unicorns to secret agent chameleons and mountain explorers.

This primary reading list includes books to read with children alongside books for them to read themselves. Featuring popular storytime reads like Gigantic and Pop!, early chapter books like Magic Faces, action-packed adventure books like The Glorious Race of Magical Beasts and top-notch non-fiction like How Do Meerkats Order Pizza?, this list really does have something for everyone.

This list has been put together based on a mix of titles taken from our popular individual year group reading lists and with the help of the team of librarians and booksellers at Peters.

If you’re a parent or teacher looking for the best books for Primary School children, look no further than our list. Whether you are looking for funny read-alouds, new releases or educational reads, we have something to suit every young reader’s interests. Our Primary School booklist includes both fiction and non-fiction recommendations to offer primary school children a deliciously tempting offering of reading-for-pleasure choices.

There is also a downloadable checklist and a printable poster, and schools can purchase full packs of these books from Peters or select packs of the KS2 books or KS1 books from the list.

 

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If you are looking for more specific recommendations, you may like our Year Group Lists (see below) or Curriculum Topic Booklists.

Browse the primary school reading list below or scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

The best pirate stories and pirate children’s books

Discover a treasure trove of swashbuckling tales with our list of the best children’s books about pirates!

Featuring laugh-out-loud stories like Pirates Love Underpants alongside classics like Skeleton Crew, this list of children’s pirate stories has something for everyone. Sunk! and The Pirate Tree offer captivating stories of friendship, while children can learn their first anatomy facts in Give Me Back My Bones! or count along with Ten Little Pirates.

If you are looking for recommended pirate story books for children, this specially selected reading list for EYFS has got you covered…

Chapter book

Beautifully illustrated in two colours, this NEW series from the world of Isadora Moon introduces Isadora’s mermaid friend, Emerald!

Emerald is learning how to be a mermaid princess, but she doesn’t feel like one at all. She’s not very good at waving to crowds and royal headdresses just aren’t her thing – her hair is too spiky and wild. Emerald’s wriggly pet octopus, Inkibelle, doesn’t much like living at the royal palace either. The annual Ocean Parade is coming up. Will Emerald be brave enough to be a mermaid princess but do it her own, special way?

Isadora Moon is such a popular series with early readers and is known for flying off the shelves in KS1 classrooms and libraries. We can’t help feeling that Emerald and her underwater world will also make waves with children looking for first chapter books.

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