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best books for fans of the final yearIf you like The Final Year, try these…

 

The Final Year is an extraordinary verse novel about the final year of primary school, told through poetry. The verse captures the character of Year 6 pupil Nate as he navigates issues of school, family illness, emotions, change and friendships. Year 6 is a difficult year for many children and whilst they are unlikely to have it quite as difficult as Nate, the book still captures some of that flavour, including the run-up to SATs, friendship issues and anxiety during a time when a sense of big changes is in the air.

Through powerful verses, ex-primary school teacher Matt Goodfellow pays testament to the impact of a great teacher in supporting pupils through this time as well as the power of words and writing to help manage big emotions.

The book has seen phenomenal popularity among teachers in Upper Key Stage 2, and has brought verse novels for primary into the spotlight as well as winning our Books of the Year ‘Best Classroom Read-Aloud’ category for Upper KS2.

We’ve put together a list of ten similar books for fans of The Final Year. Readers who love the verse novel format will feel at home with The Way of Dog or In the Key of Code. For those looking for more school-based stories in a similar style, try Little Light or Malorie Blackman’s Cloud Busting. Some readers will be keen to find more verse novels that capture emotional situations through narrative poetry and we recommend The Stories Grandma Forgot or Sharon Creech’s much-loved verse novel Love That Dog. If you want to try something a little more whimsical with darker humour, try Revolting Rhymes or Zombierella.

For readers who were intrigued by the references to David Almond’s classic Year 6 novel, why not pick up a copy of Skellig too?

Browse the full list below of books for children looking for more books like The Final Year…

Recommended Children’s Books About Suffragettes and Women’s Suffrage  

Explore the history of women’s right to vote with this list of children’s books about suffragettes and women’s suffrage. Featuring everything from time-travelling historical fiction to real-life accounts of the key figures in women’s fight for the vote, this women’s suffrage children’s booklist offers young readers an exciting introduction to the KS2 topic.

Best Children’s Books About India

Transport your primary school classroom to India with this curated selection of children’s books. Packed with colourful picture books, engaging chapter adventures, diverse short stories, and informative non-fiction, this list offers a hand-picked selection of children’s books to explore Indian culture, history, wildlife and landscapes.

This list of recommended children’s books about India invites primary readers to explore the vibrant culture, history, and traditions of this fascinating country. From traditional tales like Under the Great Plum Tree to historical chapter book fiction like Torn Apart, this booklist is here to help children find out more about the history and geography of India.

Best Children’s Books about Maps and Mapping

All aboard for a voyage of discovery! This booklist offers young readers a richly illustrated introduction to the fascinating world of maps and mapping. Alongside beautiful atlases and map books, we also feature recommended stories about maps and the adventures that they may hold.

On our expertly-selected booklist, you’ll find everything from picture book stories about mapmaking adventures to engaging chapter books that weave tales of navigation and exploration. We’ve also curated a selection of the best children’s atlases, perfect for primary school children to learn about different countries, continents and landforms.

From The Atlas of Great Journeys to Martha Maps it Out, grab a compass and explore this list of the best children’s books about maps and mapping.

Healthy Lifestyles Booklist

Browse our booklist of recommended children’s books about healthy eating, exercise, hygiene and mental wellbeing. This expertly curated list features a mix of fascinating fiction and non-fiction texts to support the Healthy Lifestyles topic.

Best Books for Y4 (Children Aged 8-9)

NEWLY updated – April 2024!

Looking for book recommendations for Year 4 children? Look no further than BooksForTopics.com.

Our experts have assembled a carefully curated list of the top books for 8-9-year-olds, selected by experienced primary teachers, librarians and children’s book experts. 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, graphic novels, poetry collections, non-fiction texts and more. We hope that there will be something for everyone, but do keep your eyes open for magical foxes, Viking cats, wish-granting fifty-pence pieces and a mysterious giant rainforest that grows over the city of London…

Our Year 4 booklist covers a range of genres and themes to cater to a range of children’s reading levels and interests. This booklist includes some of the most popular Year 4 stories such as The Land of Roar, The Boy at the Back of the Class and How to Train Your Dragon as well as some lesser-known storytime delights that we recommend for Y4, like David Almond’s AI-inspired Brand New Boy, Elizabeth Laird’s Song of the Dolphin Boy and the super fun choose-your-own-adventure style mystery The Monster Maker.

The experts at BooksForTopics have hand-picked each book based on merit for its age-appropriateness, quality storytelling, engaging illustrations and ability to challenge children to think imaginatively and creatively.  If you are looking for a recommended reading list for Year 4 children, our specially selected booklist has been carefully designed to match the age, developmental stage and interest level of children in Year 4.

As well as the Y4 reading list 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 Y4 booklist below or scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

Best Books for Each Year Primary Group

New Additions for 2024

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 differ from our topic booklists, as the books are purely selected to read for pleasure at each age group. The Year Group lists also come with printable posters and checklists.

We update our lists annually in April and schools can purchase sets of the packs from Peters. As well as the full book packs, schools can also purchase a top-up pack containing just the newly added titles for 2024.

Some of the titles are newly published, whereas others are older favourites that have just been added to the Year Group lists for the first time. Browse the lists below to see the new additions for each year group, launched 16 April 2024.

 

 

50 Best Books for Y3 (Children Aged 7-8)

NEWLY updated – April 2024!

We’ve selected 50 top recommended books for Year 3 (children aged seven and eight). Find the best books to level up your Y3 reading collections with our carefully selected list of storytime chapter books, independent reads, funny stories, picturebooks, poetry collections, graphic novels, non-fiction texts and more. There’s something for all tastes, but keep an eye out for ninja princesses, adventuring robots, animal rescues and the odd exploding dragon poo here and there, too…

As well as taking into account which reading trends are currently the most popular with Year 3 children, our team of experts at BooksForTopics loves to put each book through its paces. Each title on our booklist has been chosen based on its age-appropriateness, quality of writing, engaging illustrations and ability to inspire children’s imagination and creativity. Our booklists have been carefully compiled by experts in children’s literature, and we have taken care to ensure that we feature a variety of characters, themes and styles that hook in different types of readers.

This booklist includes popular Year 3 stories such as The Boy Who Grew Dragons, Charlotte’s Web and Varjak Paw, as well as the most popular read-it-yourself choices like Dog Man and The 13-Storey Tree House. We also included some lesser-known storytime delights that we recommend for Y3, like The Wild Robot, the wildlife rescue story A Rabbit Called Clover and the magical story of fairies and forests in Lola and Larch.

If you are looking for recommended reads to capture the attention of your Year 3 children, our specially selected reading list has got you covered with books that have been matched to the age, developmental stage and interest level of children in Year 3.

As well as the Y3 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 Y3 booklist below or scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

Best Books for Year 5 (Children Aged 9-10)

NEWLY updated – April 2024!

Looking for the best Year 5 books? Look no further than BooksForTopics.com. Our primary school reading experts have selected a list of the top 50 recommended books for children aged 9-10. There are so many books to love on this list, but do keep an eye out for houses that walk, moon miners, boarding schools for criminals and a good old polar bear rescue…

Our Year 5 recommended reading list features a diverse range of books from both classic and contemporary authors, carefully chosen to help develop reading fluency, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills. Our list includes popular Y5 books such as Percy Jackson, The Last Bear and Diary of a Wimpy Kid as well as lesser-known gems that are equally delightful, like Always Clementine and Guy Bass’s robot-themed SCRAP.

Our team of experts at BooksForTopics considers several factors to ensure that our booklist features the most suitable book recommendations for Year 5 children. In addition to evaluating the current popularity of books, we carefully assess each title’s appropriateness for the age group, quality of writing, engaging illustrations, and ability to stimulate imagination and creativity. Our curated booklists are compiled by specialists in children’s literature, and we take pride in presenting a diverse range of voices and catering to different types of readers, ensuring that there is something for everyone.

Our curated reading list is designed to capture the attention of Year 5 children, matching their developmental stages and interests. We have also provided accompanying resources to support parents and teachers, including a printable poster, a downloadable checklist, and the option for schools to purchase full sets of the 50 books through Peters.

 

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Browse the Y5 booklist below or scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

Best Books for Y2 (Children Aged 6-7)

NEWLY updated – April 2024!

Our team has hand-picked 50 recommended books for Year 2 (children aged six and seven). 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 with rainbow hair, aliens in jam factories and texting-obsessed goats along the way…

We understand that finding the perfect book for children can be challenging, so we have carefully curated a list of recommended reads especially suited for Year 2 children. Our selection of books includes themes such as adventure, friendship, animals, mystery, and lots of laugh-out-loud favourites too.

The experts at BooksForTopics have hand-picked each book based on its age-appropriateness, quality content, engaging illustrations and ability to spark children’s imagination and creativity. This booklist includes popular Year 2 stories such as The Proudest BlueFlat Stanley and Traction Man, as well as some lesser-known storytime delights that we recommend for Y2, like The Eyebrows of DoomEinstein the Penguin and Jory John’s hilarious gadget-obsessed spud, The Couch Potato.

So, if you are looking for top recommended books for your Year 2 children, our specially selected reading list has got you covered with books that have all been carefully matched to the age, developmental stage and interest level of children in Year 2.

As well as the Y2 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.

 

year 2 recommended reads printable poster 2024

year 2 recommended reads checklist 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Browse the Y2 booklist below or scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

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