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Recommended children’s books about habitats and ecosystems

In this collection of the best children’s books about habitats and ecosystems, young readers can explore diverse landscapes and discover the intricate web of life that sustains each unique environment.

The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth and The Atlas of Ocean Adventures offer exciting, beautifully illustrated journeys through diverse habitats around the world, meeting the creatures who live there and learning more about the challenges they face. Alongside a fabulous collection of non-fiction titles, this list also features chapter books to ignite the imaginations of aspiring conservationists, such as The Last Bear and The Akimbo Adventures.

Recommended children’s books about everyday materials

This collection of children’s books about everyday materials will help young readers to learn all about the materials we use in our day-to-day lives, their properties and how we use them.

From small-scale materials in Nano to a whole house in The Mellons Build an Eco House, and from everyday clothes in Why Do We Wear Clothes? to extraordinary workwear in The Spacesuit, these stories help children discover the huge range of materials that make up the things around them – while A Planet Full of Plastic and Rubbish? challenge young readers to consider the sustainability and environmental impact of the materials that we use every single day.

Recommended Children’s Books For Children Age 7

Looking for good books for 7-year-olds? Browse our carefully selected assortment of top recommended books for children aged 7.

Our experts have chosen these recommended books for seven-year-olds to simplify the process for parents, teachers, or anyone in search of reading lists for children. Our reviewed and curated list span various genres and themes, ensuring a well-rounded balance of entertainment and education.

Whether you’re on the hunt for exciting adventures for avid readers, relatable coming-of-age narratives, or engaging illustrated stories for those who may be more hesitant, our list is designed to streamline the process of finding the perfect book for your 7-year-old. From beloved animal classics like Martin’s Mice to action-packed adventure stories such as The Creakers and popular graphic novels like Dog Man, our top 20 picks encompass a diverse range of preferences

For more comprehensive booklists, browse our lists of 50 Best Books for Year 2 or 50 Best Books for Year 3.

Explore our recommendations for age 7 children and make reading an enjoyable and enriching part of your child’s journey into the world of books.

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.

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List of Classic Children’s Books

Packed with delightful books that have more than stood the test of time, this hand-picked collection of classic tales welcomes readers into whimsical worlds filled with humour and adventure, imagination and intrigue.

Our youngest readers will love joining the intrepid explorers in We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, and laugh out loud at the timeless humour of Funnybones. Readers in Key Stage 1 will delight at the story of Dave and his favourite toy Dogger, and take comfort from the tale of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.

Those entering Key Stage 2 can soar through the sky on Mildred’s broomstick in The Worst Witch, or step into the magical land of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Thrilling and enchanting in equal measure, Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase are among our picks for those at the upper end of primary school.

These classics, with their familiar characters and timeless themes, will build a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.

Reflecting Realities Booklist

In November 2023, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) released the 6th annual Reflecting Realities Survey of Ethnic Representation within UK Children’s Literature. The findings show that 30% of children’s books published in 2022 feature a racially minoritised character, which marks a significant increase from the 4% first reported in 2017. The published report can be viewed here or you can read a summary of the Reflecting Realities 2023 Report on our blog

This year’s report pays particular attention to the range and breadth of genres that have seen minoritised characters become a meaningful part of the literary mainstream. From Fantasy and Historical to Comedy, the report highlights and celebrates stories that include racially minoritised characters in multi-dimensional and nuanced ways. The report names quite a number of texts that exemplify the “quality of presence they hope to encounter in all representative books.”

Titles highlighted in this year’s report include a number that the BooksForTopics community will recognise from our Diverse Children’s Book Lists, as well as our Year Group Recommended Reads and Curriculum Booklists, such as The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger, India Incredible India, Serena Patel’s Picture Perfect, Planet Omar and Joseph Coelho’s Our Tower.

This booklist features many of the highlighted books included in this year’s Reflecting Realities report.

 

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