All About Animals (KS1)

books about all about animals ks1

Recommended children’s books about animals and their habitats Books about animals are wildly popular with young children. In KS1 Science, children learn to identify and name common animals including those living in the local area as well as animals from habitats around the world. Children will learn to group animals according to what they eat […]

Best Books of 2022

teachers favourites 2022

Children’s Books of the Year 2022: Shortlist We love to hear which books are popular among our community of primary teachers, TAs, librarians, authors and children’s book lovers. Our Review Panel has been searching for the top children’s books published in 2022. We’ve been looking for the best classroom read-alouds, the most popular books with […]

Year Group Recommended Reads

year group recommended reads booklist

Best Books for Each Year Group Each of our Year Group Recommended Reads lists contains 50 books specially picked out for reading for pleasure in each primary year group, from Preschool to Year 6. The lists are designed to provide recommendations of age-appropriate and accessible books across a range of genres and styles. These lists […]

Christmas KS2

Best Christmas Books for Children Aged 7-11 Our list of the best children’s books about Christmas features books that celebrate the joy of the festive season, as well as stories about being kind to others, celebrating with loved ones and enjoying the magic of Christmas eve. Get into the festive spirit with our hand-picked recommendations […]

Winter

As the air turns chilly and mornings become frosty, why not cosy up inside with a book all about the season of Winter? Our selection of best children’s books about Winter covers everything from magical snowmen and beautiful snowflakes to winter bird migration and hibernating animals…

World of Football

World of Football

Discover a world of fascinating facts and stats about the beautiful game!   From record-breaking goals to famous football mascots – learn about the funny and extraordinary moments that make football fantastic. This fully illustrated book of trivia takes footie fans on a breathtaking round-the-world tour, visiting every continent to discover incredible football stories, from […]

Best Books of 2021

Teachers' Favourite children's books in 2021

We love to hear about which books are popular among our community of primary teachers, TAs, librarians, authors and children’s book lovers. We searched for your top children’s books published in 2021. Browse the SHORTLISTED books in each category below or head to the Books of the Year page to see the category winners. If you are […]

Year 6: 50 Recommended Reads

Recommended books for Year 6 (Ages 10-11)

​Best Books for Y6 (Ages 10-11) We have selected a list of 50 recommended books for children aged 10-11. Find the best books for children in Year 6, including storytime read-alouds, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, issue-based stories, laugh-out-loud books, picturebooks, graphic novels, poetry and non-fiction. We’ve tried to include something for all tastes – but look out for […]

Year 5: 50 Recommended Reads

50 recommended books for children aged 9-10

Best Books for Y5 (Ages 9-10) Our primary school reading experts have selected a list of 50 recommended books for children aged 9-10. Find the best books for children in Year 5 with our hand-picked selection of storytime read-alouds, gripping page-turners, thought-provoking stories from around the world, laugh-out-loud books, picturebooks, graphic novels, poetry collections and non-fiction […]

Year 3: 50 Recommended Reads

recommended books for children aged 7-8

Best Books for Y3 (Ages 7-8) We’ve selected a range of recommended books for children aged 7-8. Find the best books to top up your Y3 reading collections with our carefully selected list of storytime chapter books, independent reads, funny stories, picturebooks, poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. There’s something for all tastes, but keep an […]

Year 2: 50 Recommended Reads

50 recommended books for 6 and 7 year olds

Best Books for Y2 (Ages 6-7) Our team has hand-picked 50 recommended books for 6 and 7 year olds. Find the best books to top up your Y2 reading collections with our selection of storytime picturebooks, chapter books, funny stories, illustrated poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. Keep an eye out for the odd mad-cap babysitter […]

Year 1: 50 Recommended Reads

50 recommended books for 5 and 6 year olds

Best Books for Y1 (Ages 5-6) Our team has selected 50 recommended books for 5 and 6 year olds. Top up your Year 1 reading collections with our hand-picked list of storytime favourites, laugh-out-loud picture books, animal stories, early chapter books, illustrated poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. Scroll down to find more purchasing options […]

Reception: 50 Recommended Reads

50 recommended books for 4- and 5-year-olds

Best Books for Reception (Ages 4-5) We’ve hand-picked 50 recommended books for 4- and 5-year-olds. Update your Reception class library or home book collections with our list of top reads, covering everything from fashion-conscious flamingoes and super-greedy monsters to dreams of space travel and expeditions into faraway places. Not to mention the odd heroic potato or […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Julia Donaldson

Boof if you like Julia Donaldson

If you like Julia Donaldson, try these… Julia Donaldson’s books are firm favourites in many households and classrooms, with a number of her stories (like The Gruffalo and Stick Man) being considered modern classics. Working with different illustrators, Julia has written over 150 books and is best known for her easy-to-learn rhyming stories and memorable […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Supertato

Books for fans of Supertato

If you like Supertato, try these… In every preschool or infant class, you’ll find fans of Supertato and his hilarious crew of vegetable friends (not forgetting his nemesis, Evil Pea). Written by husband and wife team Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, the books are enjoyed by readers who like a high dose of action and […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of The Famous Five

Books for fans of The Famous Five

If you like The Famous Five, try these… The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton has been charming readers for generations and is one of the best selling children’s series of all time. Fans enjoy the stories of unravelling mysteries, innocent adventures and the power of teamwork – not to mention lashings of ginger beer! […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Roald Dahl

Books if you like Roald Dahl

If you like Roald Dahl, try these… Roald Dahl’s books have sold over 200 million copies and are well-known favourites in many households and classrooms. From oversized peaches to adventures in chocolate factories, Dahl’s stories are enjoyed for their imaginative plots, humorous commentary and devious villains who get their comeuppance at the hands of clever […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Horrible Histories

Books for fans of Horrible Histories

If you like Horrible Histories, try these… The Horrible Histories books have seen epic success – with over 60 books, a BAFTA award-winning TV series and several spin-off series to date. The books are well known for highlighting the gruesome side of history and are packed with jokes, comics and gruesome facts. We’ve put together […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Jacqueline Wilson

Books if you like Jacqueline Wilson

If you like Jacqueline Wilson, try these… Jacqueline Wilson’s books remain hugely popular with readers who enjoy stories that explore real-life issues and share themes of family, friendship and growing up. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Jacqueline Wilson. Readers who enjoyed Jacqueline Wilson’s stories about living in foster care […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Tom Gates

Books for fans of Tom Gates

If you like Tom Gates, try these… The Tom Gates books have been phenomenally popular with readers who enjoy laugh-out-loud illustrated stories exploring themes of school, family life and everything zany. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Tom Gates. Readers who want more books like Tom Gates in the notebook-style […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of The Worst Witch

Books for fans of the worst witch

If you like The Worst Witch, try these… The Worst Witch books have captured the imaginations of millions of young readers who enjoy stories about growing up and discovering magic. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of The Worst Witch. Readers who loved Mildred Hubble’s escapades as a trainee witch might […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Horrid Henry

Books for fans of Horrid Henry

If you like Horrid Henry, try these…. The Horrid Henry books have seen incredible popularity among young readers who enjoy laugh-out-loud stories about family life and characters who get themselves into sticky situations. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Horrid Henry. Children who love reading about the escapades of mischievous […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Wimpy Kid

Books for fans of Wimpy Kid

If you like Wimpy Kid books, try these… The Wimpy Kid books are well known for turning reluctant readers into book fans, enjoyed for their easy-to-read style, laugh-out-loud humour and integrated cartoon-style illustrations. ​ We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Fans of comic-style […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Beast Quest

Books for Fans of Beast Quest

If you like Beast Quest, try these… The Beast Quest series has gripped thousands of younger readers who enjoy action, adventure and fantasy. Fearsome battles, fantastical beasts and epic rescue quests all characterise this best-selling children’s series containing over one hundred titles. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of the […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Rainbow Magic

Books if you like Rainbow Magic

If you like Rainbow Magic, try these… The Rainbow Magic books are a huge hit with many younger readers, often making the ideal first steps into chapter books. Readers enjoy their themes of friendship, problem-solving and – of course – magic. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of the Rainbow […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of David Walliams

Books if you like David Walliams

If you like David Walliams, try these… David Walliams’ books are hugely popular with young readers and he is known as one of Britain’s best-selling children’s authors. From recounts of criminal grandmas to tales of terrible tooth fairy impersonators, Walliams’ stories have hooked in millions of readers who enjoy memorable characters, an easy-to-read humorous style […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Michael Morpurgo

More books like Michael Morpurgo

If you like Michael Morpurgo, try these…. Michael Morpurgo has a loyal fanbase among readers who enjoy his stories of wartime, animals and adventure. With hundreds of books to date, Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning stories have become modern classics in primary school classrooms. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Michael […]

Branching Out: Books for Fans of Harry Potter

Books for fans of Harry Potter

If you like Harry Potter, try these… The Harry Potter stories have undeniably charmed millions of readers who enjoy stories sparkling with magic, fantasy and adventure. The award-winning series has sold over 500 million copies worldwide and has been turned into eight hugely successful Hollywood films. We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of Harry Potter. Fans […]

Storytime Favourites: Year 5 and Year 6 (Ages 9-11)

Storytime favourite class read-alouds Year 5 and 6

Best Storytime Chapter Books for Upper KS2 We have selected a list of storytime favourites for Year 5 and Year 6 (ages 9-11), which includes books that are particularly well suited for being read out loud. From the best class readers to favourite bedtime stories, browse our list of books that are brilliant for capturing the magic […]

Storytime Favourites: Year 3 and Year 4 (Ages 7-9)

Storytime favourite class read-alouds Year 3 and 4

Best Storytime Books for Lower KS2 We have selected a list of storytime favourites for Year 3 and Year 4 (ages 7-9), which includes books that are particularly well suited for being read out loud. From the best class readers to favourite bedtime stories, browse our list of books that are brilliant for capturing the magic storytelling […]

Recommended Storytime Chapter Books: KS1 (Ages 5-7)

Storytime favourite class read-alouds ages 5-7

Best Storytime Chapter Books for Key Stage 1  We have selected a list of storytime chapter books for Year 1 and Year 2 (ages 5-7), which includes books that are particularly well suited for being read out loud to younger children. From the best class readers to favourite bedtime stories, browse our list of books that are […]

Storytime Favourites EYFS (Ages 3-5)

Storytime favourite class read-alouds EYFS

Best Storytime Books for the Early Years We have selected a list of favourite storytime books for EYFS (ages 3-5), which includes books that are particularly well suited for being read out loud to younger children. From the best classroom read-alouds to favourite bedtime stories, browse our list of books that are brilliant for capturing the magic […]

Year 4: 50 Recommended Reads

recommended books for children aged 8-9

Best Books for Y4 (Ages 8-9) Our experts have selected a range of recommended books for children aged 8-9. Find the best books to top up your Y4 book collection with our hand-picked list of storytime favourites, thought-provoking tales, funny books, picturebooks, comic-style reads, poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. We hope that there will be […]

Toys

From dolls and teddies to sticks and balls, toys can hold a special place in the hearts of children. It’s no surprise that the topic of toys and games is always a hit with children, who love learning about toys from the past and toys around the world. We’ve put together a selection of the […]

Dinosaurs

Best Children’s Books about Dinosaurs Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are often a topic of great interest to children. From the terrific T-Rex to the brilliant Brachiosaurus, we’ve selected a list of recommended children’s books about dinosaurs to help you to dig deep into the topic…

Books With Minority Ethnic Characters

Children’s Books with Minority Ethnic Characters A recent study by CLPE has shown that just 9% of children’s books published last year featured a main character from a minority ethnic background. Although the number is increasing over time, there still exists a major under-representation, considering that 33.9% of children of primary school age in England […]

Diverse & Inclusive Books for Upper KS2

diverse and inclusive books for Upper KS2

Best Diverse Books for Years 5 and 6 We have selected a list of recommended diverse and inclusive books for children in Year 5 and Year 6 (ages 9-11), which feature characters that are traditionally under-represented in children’s books. This list of the best diverse books for children in Upper Key Stage 2 includes books […]

Diverse & Inclusive Books for Lower KS2

diverse and inclusive books for Lower KS2

Best Diverse Books for Years 3 and 4 We have selected a list of recommended diverse and inclusive books for children in Year 3 and Year 4 (ages 7-9), which feature characters that are traditionally under-represented in children’s books. This list of the best diverse books for children in Lower Key Stage 2 includes books […]

Diverse & Inclusive Books for KS1

diverse and inclusive books for KS1

Best Diverse Books for Years 1 and 2 We have selected a list of recommended diverse and inclusive books for children in Year 1 and Year 2 (ages 5-7), which feature characters that are traditionally under-represented in children’s books. This list of the best diverse books for children in Key Stage 1 includes books with […]

Diverse & Inclusive Books for EYFS

diverse and inclusive books for EYFS

Best Diverse Books for Preschool and Reception We have selected a list of recommended diverse and inclusive books for children in nursery, preschool and reception (ages 2-5), which feature characters that are traditionally under-represented in children’s books. This list of the best diverse books for children in the Early Years includes books with minority ethnic […]

Reluctant Readers Lower KS2

Books for reluctant readers Lower KS2

Best Books for Reluctant Readers in Years 3 and 4 There’s great joy in finding the right book for the right child, but the journey to getting to that point can sometimes be a tricky one. Some children naturally choose books and find it easy to navigate the world of reading for pleasure for themselves. […]

Reluctant Readers Upper KS2

Books for reluctant readers Upper KS2

Best Books for Reluctant Readers in Years 5 and 6 For parents and teachers, there is such an enormous amount of pressure (and often a strong desire) to guide every child successfully through the process of learning to read – while making sure it’s fun, enjoyable and a learning journey that will lead to a […]

Autumn

Best children’s books about Autumn We love seeing the seasons change at this time of year! From kicking up Autumn leaves and collecting conkers to picking pumpkins and spotting nocturnal animals, there are plenty of delights for children to enjoy during Autumn time. Our list of recommended children’s books about Autumn is here to take […]

Chinese New Year

Best Chinese New Year Books for Children Whether you are joining the celebrations or exploring the customs and traditions of the Lunar New Year festival, we’ve got the best books to help. From firecrackers and fortune cookies to stories of the great animal race, browse our list of recommended children’s books about Chinese New Year […]

Easter

Best Easter Books for Children Our Easter booklist features books that celebrate the traditional Easter Story as well as stories about springtime, new life, Easter bunnies and chocolate egg hunts. Enjoy our egg-cellent selection of the best children’s books for Easter time, featuring cracking stories to be given as Easter gifts or to snuggle down with after […]

Christmas (EYFS/KS1)

Best Christmas Books for Children Aged 4-7 Our list of the best children’s books about Christmas features books that celebrate the traditional Christmas Story as well as stories about the joy of gift-giving, magical snowmen and winter celebrations. Get into the festive spirit with our hand-picked recommendations of children’s books all about Christmas. We ho-ho-hope […]

Superheroes

Best Children’s Books about Superheroes Get ready to bring out your inner hero and zap into adventure mode with our list of recommended children’s books about superheroes. From caped crusaders and vile villains to amazing everyday heroes and heroines, our list of best superhero stories for children shows that superheroes come in all shapes and […]

Football

Children’s Books About Football Football books are hugely popular with young readers from the earliest years all through primary school. From soccer superstars to famous fouls, there’s no end of football facts and figures to absorb in our collection of non-fiction and fiction books about the beautiful game. We’ve put together a list of the best […]

Olympics & Paralympics

Booklist: Olympic and Paralympic Games Now’s the time to inspire young readers with books all about the Olympic and Paralympic Games! From pentathlons and Paralympians to javelins and judo, there are plenty of facts and figures to be inspired by in our medal-worthy selection of top children’s books about the Olympic games…

Graphic Novels for Upper KS2

Best graphic novels for ages 9-11

Booklist: Best Graphic Novels for Ages 9-11 Graphic novels are longer stories written and illustrated in the style of a comic, combining a sequence of engaging visual elements that drive the plot, coupled with short pockets of text in the form of captions and dialogue. The format has seen a burst in popularity in recent […]

Picturebooks for Lower KS2

Recommended Picturebooks for Lower KS2

Booklist: Picturebooks for Years 3 and 4 Picturebooks are wonderful for all ages in primary schools and are not to be limited to the younger classrooms alone. As children’s author Kate Cunningham says, “Telling a child that they are too old for a picture book is like telling them that they are too old for […]

Picturebooks for Upper KS2

Recommended Picturebooks for Upper KS2

Booklist: Picturebooks for Years 5 and 6  Picturebooks are brilliant for all ages in primary schools and are not to be left behind in EYFS and KS1 libraries alone. Shared with older children, the best picturebooks can allow children and adults to share a reading common experience made up of the interplay between the visual […]

Dyslexic Readers

books for dyslexic readers

Booklist: Dyslexia Friendly Books On this booklist, we feature a selection of recommended books that have been specially designed for dyslexic readers by the experts at Barrington Stoke. All of the books on this list have a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface and paperstock, so that even more readers can enjoy them. Scroll down to find the […]

Top-Notch Non-Fiction

top-notch non-fiction

Best Non-Fiction Books for Children It’s time to celebrate all things factual with our selection of recommended children’s non-fiction books for readers that have a passion for information and knowledge. We’ve picked out non-fiction books filled with interesting facts and strong visual elements to keep young readers engaged, informed and entertained. We’ve put together a list of […]

First Chapter Books

first chapter books

Booklist: First Chapter Books  Finding the right books is essential in helping young readers successfully make the leap into their first chapter books. On this booklist, we have picked a selection of short, illustrated chapter books that are perfect for children launching into independent reading. This collection of early reader books – with colour illustrations, […]

Primary Poetry

Best primary poetry books

Primary Poetry Booklist On this booklist, we have picked a selection of poetry suitable for primary school classrooms. Scroll down to find the best children’s poetry collections recommended for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

Back to School Picturebooks

As children return to the classroom in September, books about mental health, class transitions and coping with change are more important than ever. We’ve handpicked a list of picture book recommendations to share with children returning to school – grouped into themes of community, resilience, rules, being yourself, starting a new class, feelings, friendship etc….

Class Transitions

Class Transitions Booklist Moving up a class can be a big deal for many children and transition days are a wonderful opportunity for teachers to break the ice and get to know a new class. With transition day just around the corner, we’ve handpicked a list of picture book recommendations to share with children to […]

Starting School

Starting School Booklist On this booklist we have picked a selection of recommended books to read to children starting school for the first time. It’s normal for young children to feel all sorts of emotions about starting in Reception, from excitement and anxiety to apparent indifference – and picturebooks can be a great way to […]

Y6 Transition

Year 6 Transition Booklist All year round, Year 6 pupils across the country are thinking about the big move to their next school. On this booklist, we have picked a selection of recommended books for children in Year 6 preparing for the transition to secondary school, high school or college. The books cover topics of transition, […]

Bereavement & Loss

Bereavement & Loss Booklist This list includes children’s books that explore the topic of bereavement, with the emphasis on stories that support children and families to talk and think about the loss of a loved one. Books can help children to empathise with others, explore big emotions and gently open conversations about difficult experiences including […]

Empathy

Read for Empathy Booklist “Science shows that empathy is learnable and that reading is an important empathy-building tool. This collection will help parents and educators to surround children with empathy experiences, inspiring them to understand others better, and tackle societal problems like racism.” EmpathyLab Founder Miranda McKearney OBE. The aim of the Read for Empathy […]

Politics & Democracy

Politics and Democracy Booklist Discussions about politics and general elections can be confusing for children (and adults!) at the best of times. To help, we’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about politics, including both fiction and non-fiction books that explore themes of parliament, elections, democracy and political systems.

Refugees & Immigration KS1

Refugees and Immigration Booklist (younger ages) We’ve put together a list of recommended texts for primary school aged children. The children’s books on this list can help to explore the refugee experience and the topic of immigration in an age-appropriate way. NB: This booklist is aimed at children ages 4-7. If you are looking for […]

Refugees & Immigration KS2

Refugees and Immigration Booklist (KS2) We’ve put together a list of recommended texts for primary school aged children on the topic of refugees and immigration. For this community booklist, we asked our community of primary teachers, TAs, children’s authors, librarians and book lovers to nominate their top recommended texts that explore the topic of immigration […]

Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset Booklist The term ‘growth mindset’ has seen a recent trend in education, but the principles behind it are ones that many parents and teachers have tried to cultivate in children for years. Teaching children to embrace new challenges, learn positively from mistakes, persevere with difficult tasks and develop resilience in learning are all […]

Anti-Bullying

Anti-Bullying Booklist On this booklist we have picked a selection of recommended books for primary schools to explore the topic of bullying, including picturebooks, longer texts and non-fiction. Our list of best children’s books about bullying can be used for Anti-Bullying week or for PSHE work all year round. Many thanks to primary school librarian Kate […]

Emotional Literacy & ELSA

Emotional Literacy Support Booklist From mental health first aid to specialist work with Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) there’s no doubt that stories can be a key tool in helping children to develop emotional literacy. Chosen especially for their value in dealing with mental health issues, feelings and emotions, the books on this list can […]

Maths

Maths Picturebooks List Picturebooks can provide an excellent way of engaging pupils with maths. On this booklist, we have picked a selection of the best maths-themed stories that open opportunities to explore a range of mathematical concepts. Many thanks to Year 1 teacher Dean Boddington for working together with us to create this selection of […]

Computing, Gaming & Coding

Children’s books about gaming, computing and coding We’ve put together a list of books for young readers interested in computers and video games. There is an increasing thirst for books on this topic, which holds such a high interest to many young readers. Level up your reading collection with our selection of the best books […]

Weather and Seasons Topic

Weather & Seasons Topic Booklist Come rain or shine there’s always a good book to match the weather! From sunshine and showers to hailstones and hurricanes, we’ve put together a list of the best children’s books for topics about weather and seasonal changes.

Minibeasts Topic

Recommended children’s books about minibeasts  Creepy crawlies, minibeasts, bugs or insects – dig deep into the miniature worlds of these fascinating creatures, with over 25,000 of the species found in Britain and many thousands more all around the globe. From bluebottles and butterflies to wasps and wiggly worms, there’s plenty to discover in the minibeasts […]

Space Topic (KS2)

Recommended space books for children The topic of space is always a big hit with primary school children, who love to learn facts about the solar system and imagine the infinite possibilities of what lies beyond our galaxy. In KS2 Science, children learn about the Earth, Sun and Moon and how their movement affects our days, […]

Space Topic (KS1)

Recommended space books for children Blast off on an intergalactic adventure with our stellar selection of the best children’s books about space. From planets and constellations to spacecraft and moon landings, budding stargazers and future astronauts will find plenty of top space facts to explore in our list of recommended children’s books for space topics. […]

Growing Plants Topic

Growing Plants Topic Booklist (EYFS & KS1) There is nothing quite so magical as the process of watching a plant grow – from seeds and shoots to leaves and flowers. Learning about growing plants is part of the Science curriculum in primary schools, with children learning to name local wildflowers and trees, exploring the functions […]

Plants & Trees Topic (KS2)

Plants and Trees Topic Booklist What makes ‘plants and trees’ such a fascinating science topic at KS2? Perhaps because trees are among the longest-living organisms on Earth and come in so many different shapes and sizes. Or maybe it’s because trees have been found to communicate to each other, or perhaps it’s the way that […]

Animals Topic (KS2)

Recommended children’s books about the animal kingdom Animal books have always been wildly popular with children, ever since the very first children’s books were printed. In Science at KS2, children learn about animal life cycles, habitats, classification, survival and adaption, looking at different types of animals from around the globe. From marvellous mammals and brilliant […]

Healthy Humans Topic (KS2)

Best Children’s Books about Healthy Human Bodies Learning to look after our bodies is an important part of growing up and, as we can’t easily see inside our own bodies, high-quality children’s books about human bodies can play a key part in developing biological understanding in children. In KS2 science, children learn about the human […]

All About Me Topic

All About Me Topic Booklist Celebrate individuality with our list of the best children’s books to support an ‘All About Me’ topic – a popular topic in classrooms as children get to know more about themselves and others. From the tips of their toes to the end of their nose, each child is truly unique […]

Celebrating Science

Celebrating Science Booklist We’ve put together a list of our top recommended children’s books that celebrate science! We have hand-picked the best children’s science books that examine key concepts from biology, chemistry and physics – as well as stories that explore scientific thinking and shine a spotlight on famous (and not-so-famous) scientists.

Oceans & Seas Topic (KS2)

Oceans and Seas Topic Booklist Welcome to the Blue Abyss topic! Spanning aspects of Geography and Science, the topic of oceans and seas is a popular one in primary schools. At KS2, children learn about the physical features of the sea, layers of the ocean, sea explorers, ocean habitats, marine wildlife and the theme of […]

Under the Sea Topic

Under the Sea Topic Booklist (EYFS & KS1) Dive into the Under the Sea topic and make a splash – there’s so much to explore! From crabs and coral reefs to shorelines and sharks, we’ve got it all covered in our hand-picked selection of the best children’s books about oceans and seas for children in […]

Houses and Homes Topic

Houses and Homes Topic Booklist There’s no place like home! Houses and homes come in all shapes and sizes, from caravans and houseboats to apartments and cabins. Whether you are looking at cities, towns or villages, our selection of recommended children’s books about houses and homes will help primary school children to build the best […]

Transport and Travel Topic

Transport and Journeys Topic Booklist Toot toot! Beep beep! All Aboard! From buses and bicycles to ferries and flying machines, zoom into the topic with our hand-picked selection of the best children’s books about transport and journeys…

Seaside Topic

Best Children’s Books about the Seaside Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea! The UK has one of the longest coastlines in the whole of Europe and every home in the UK lies 80 miles or less from the coast. That might be why […]

United Kingdom Topic

United Kingdom Topic Booklist England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland too…these are the UK countries! Take a trip around the United Kingdom, from forests and highlands to rivers and cities. Whether you’re looking for famous landmarks, capital cities, regional specialities or UK maps, we’ve got the topic covered with our list of the best children’s […]

USA Topic

USA Topic Booklist Get ready for a road trip across the USA! Take in the sights and sounds of America, from skyscrapers and statues to canyons and coastlines. Learn about the varied geography of the 50 states of America, influential people from history and native American folklore. We’ve got the topic covered with our handpicked […]

Africa Topic

Africa Topic Booklist Africa is a large and diverse continent with over a billion people including thousands of different cultural groups and indigenous languages. From stretches of desert and mighty mountains to impressive waterfalls and wonderful wildlife, the geography of Africa offers much to explore, as does the history of its people from ancient times […]

Rainforests Topic

Rainforest Topic Booklist Rainforests are warm, wet and dense forest habitats and are filled with millions of types of plants and animals (including some yet to be discovered!). Rainforest expeditions can easily capture the imaginations of young readers. From canopies and capybaras to epiphytes and explorers, we’ve got it covered in our selection of the […]

Natural Disasters Topic

Best children’s books about natural disasters Natural disasters are usually naturally caused phenomena relating to severe weather changes or geological events. These disasters can happen across the globe and many schools help children to understand the events by planning a related geography topic for pupils to explore in Key Stage 2. From tsunamis and tornadoes […]

Awesome Planet Earth Topic

Awesome Planet Earth Topic Booklist Our incredible Planet Earth is home to a myriad of plants, animals and people. Filled with a remarkable diversity of ecosystems, habitats and natural wonders, there’s plenty to inspire curious readers. From mountains and deserts to oceans and waterfalls, take a trip around the globe to explore the Earth’s wonders […]

Mountains and Volcanoes Topic

Best Books For a Mountains and Volcanoes Topic  Mountains are areas of land that are elevated higher than the land around them, usually formed over millions of years. Volcanoes are openings in the Earth’s crust that can let out gasses, ash and lava. From the mightiest of mountains to the most vicious volcanoes, we’ve put […]

Rocks, Soils and Fossils Topic

Best children’s books about rocks, soils and fossils The study of rocks is known as geology and is a component of the science curriculum in primary schools. From rock cycles and different soil types to exciting discoveries of important fossils, learning about how the ground beneath our feet can tell us more about the world […]

Black History, Black Lives & Anti-Racism

Black History and Black Lives Booklist We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books that celebrate black lives and that explore black history both in the UK and around the globe. We’ve also included some key titles that support conversations about systematic racism in a child-friendly way. These books can be used for […]

Castles and Knights Topic

Best children’s books about castles and knights Take a time trip into the past to explore the exciting world of castles. From early Norman defences to splendid Tudor castles, this is a fun history topic to explore with primary school children. Whether you are looking into turrets and trebuchets or drawbridges and dungeons, there’s plenty […]

Crime and Punishment Topic

Crime and Punishment Topic Booklist Explore the history of crime and punishment in Britain – from gallows and gangsters to jails and juries. We’ve put together a list of recommended children’s books to support the KS2 topic of how crime and punishment have changed through the ages.

Fire of London Topic

Best children’s books about the Fire of London  In 1666, a famous fire started in a London bakery and spread quickly to burn down large areas of the city. The fire was so impactful that it was called the Great Fire of London. We’ve picked a selection of recommended children’s books about the Fire of […]

The Good Thieves

Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack’s spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies […]

Mental Health

Mental Health Booklist Browse our booklist of recommended children’s books that open up conversations about mental health in age-appropriate ways. We asked our community of primary teachers, TAs, children’s authors, librarians and book lovers to nominate the best books about mental health for children. This is what they told us…

Victorians Topic

Victorians Topic Booklist Known as an age of invention and industrial development as well as an era of poverty, child labour and crime, the Victorian period really was a time of great contrasts. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about the Victorians – watch out for a colourful cast of characters […]

World War II Topic (WW2)

Best children’s books about World War Two  World War Two was a global conflict that involved numerous countries fighting against each other – including the UK. Lasting between 1939-1945, life during the Second World War was often very difficult, both in the battlefields and on the home front. We’ve picked out a handful of recommended […]

World Civilisations Topic

Children’s books about Benin Kingdom and Early Islamic Civilisation The National Curriculum states that pupils should learn about a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history, including one study chosen from: early Islamic civilisation, Maya civilisation and the Kingdom of Benin. While many schools are familiar with the topic of the Maya (see our […]

Maya Civilisation Topic

Maya Topic Booklist The Maya civilisation topic offers a wealth of interesting history to explore – from impressive pyramids and cities to complex calendars and a rich cultural heritage still prevalent in Central America today. We’ve picked out some of the best books about the Maya suitable for primary school children looking to explore the topic.

Tudors Topic

Best Books for the Tudors Topic Plots and playwrights, executions and explorers, monarchs and musicians….there’s no denying that the Tudor topic is one of the most exciting periods in British history to study. We’ve picked out some of our favourite texts suitable for primary school children to help explore the Tudor topic. Look out for […]

Ancient Greece Topic

Ancient Greece Topic Booklist Welcome to the world where monsters and mortals collide! The Ancient Greece topic is full of intriguing stories of gods and heroes as well as the fascinating history of ancient daily life and epic battles. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books all about the world of the […]

Ancient Egypt Topic

best children's books about egypt

Best Books for the Ancient Egyptians Topic  The topic of Ancient Egypt is a fascinating one, filled with exciting stories about tombs and treasures or codes and curses. Whether it’s the mysteries of the pyramids, the stories of pharaohs or daily life by the Nile, there’s plenty to unearth in our selection of the best children’s books […]

Anglo-Saxons Topic

Best Books for Anglo-Saxon Topics Travel back in time to the invaders and settlers of the Dark Ages and find out more about the intriguing Anglo-Saxon period. From fighting and feasts to riddles and runes, we’ve picked out some of the best children’s books about the Anglo-Saxon topic…

Stone Age to Iron Age Topic

best books for Stone Age to Iron Age topic

Best Books for the Stone Age to Iron Age Topic From stone circles and woolly mammoths to hill forts and roundhouses, the Stone Age to Iron Age history topic is such an interesting one to dig into. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages to […]

Romans Topic

Best Books for the Romans History Topic  What did the Romans do for us? The answer is a lot! The Romans history topic is a popular one with children, and we’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about the Romans for exploring all sorts of interesting themes, from gladiators and gods to eruptions and […]

World War I Topic (WW1)

Best children’s books about the First World War  Explore the history of World War 1, from tanks and trenches to memorials and medals. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books to learn about life during World War 1 – both on the home front and on the battlefields.

Vikings Topic

Best Books for the Vikings Topic From raiders and traders to myths and monsters, the Vikings history topic offers a hoard of fascinating themes to dig into. We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books to help readers take a voyage back in time to the age of the Vikings…

Year 6: 50 Recommended Reads (2021)

Recommended books for Year 6 (Ages 10-11)

​Best Books for Y6 (Ages 10-11) for 2021 We have selected a list of 50 recommended books for children aged 10-11. Find the best books for children in Year 6, including storytime read-alouds, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, issue-based stories, laugh-out-loud books, picturebooks, graphic novels, poetry and non-fiction. We’ve tried to include something for all tastes – but look […]

Year 5: 50 Recommended Reads (2021)

50 recommended books for children aged 9-10

Best Books for Y5 (Ages 9-10) for 2021 Our primary school reading experts have selected a list of 50 recommended books for children aged 9-10. Find the best books for children in Year 5 with our hand-picked selection of storytime read-alouds, gripping page-turners, thought-provoking stories from around the world, laugh-out-loud books, picturebooks, graphic novels, poetry collections […]

Year 4: 50 Recommended Reads 2021

recommended books for children aged 8-9

Best Books for Y4 (Ages 8-9) in 2021 Our experts have selected a range of recommended books for children aged 8-9. Find the best books to top up your Y4 book collection with our hand-picked list of storytime favourites, thought-provoking tales, funny books, picturebooks, comic-style reads, poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. We hope that there […]

Year 3: 50 Recommended Reads (2021)

recommended books for children aged 7-8

Best Books for Y3 (Ages 7-8) in 2021 We’ve selected a range of recommended books for children aged 7-8. Find the best books to top up your Y3 reading collections with our carefully selected list of storytime chapter books, independent reads, funny stories, picturebooks, poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. There’s something for all tastes, but […]

Year 2: 50 Recommended Reads (2021)

50 recommended books for 6 and 7 year olds

Best Books for Y2 (Ages 6-7) – 2021 Our team has hand-picked 50 recommended books for 6 and 7 year olds. Find the best books to top up your Y2 reading collections with our selection of storytime picturebooks, chapter books, funny stories, illustrated poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. Keep an eye out for the odd […]

Year 1: 50 Recommended Reads (2021)

50 recommended books for 5 and 6 year olds

Best Books for Y1 (Ages 5-6) Our team has selected 50 recommended books for 5 and 6 year olds. Top up your Year 1 reading collections with our hand-picked list of storytime favourites, laugh-out-loud picture books, animal stories, early chapter books, illustrated poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. Scroll down to find more purchasing options […]

Reception: 50 Recommended Reads (2021)

50 recommended books for 4- and 5-year-olds

Best Books for Reception (Ages 4-5) in 2021 We’ve hand-picked 50 recommended books for 4- and 5-year-olds. Update your Reception class library or home book collections with our list of top reads, covering everything from fashion-conscious flamingoes and super-greedy monsters to dreams of space travel and expeditions into faraway places. Not to mention the odd heroic […]