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 […]

It’s a Wonderful World

DK brings you a beautifully illustrated and engaging book to teach young readers how to protect our planet and change the world! Introducing It’s a Wonderful World – a captivating storybook set out to encourage children to look after the world around them, one step at a time. Celebrate your child’s curiosity as they navigate […]

A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch

Hilarious, illustrated school-based antics where everything that happens leads to DRAMA and RUNNING AROUND and even some FAINTING! Izzy and her friends are on a school trip to a big lake. Gary Petrie is excited because the lodges where they’re staying have ROBES AND SLIPPERS! The lake is dark and deep and a bit scary. […]

Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems

This gorgeous collection of animal poems from Roger Stevens, Liz Brownlee and Sue Hardy-Dawson will entrance and delight in equal measure. Featuring a full alphabet of animals, birds, and insects, with the odd extinct or imaginary creature thrown in, these beautiful shape poems are a perfect way to introduce children to poetry. Some funny, some […]

Brand New Boy

“Mam, did you think George was,” I say, “a bit … weird?” “Weird? Yes, I suppose so. But you kids are all a bit weird if you ask me. And to tell the truth, it’d be weird if you weren’t.” When a new boy joins the class, everyone thinks he’s a bit strange, but he’s […]

The Highland Falcon Thief

Harrison Beck and his Uncle Nat are enjoying the final journey of the Highland Falcon, Britain’s most famous steam train. But when a precious jewel goes missing, Harrison and his new friend Lenny find themselves at the centre of the investigation. Can they solve the mystery and catch the culprit before they reach the end […]

Grandpa Frank’s Great Big Bucket List

From the bestselling queen of heart and humour, JENNY PEARSON, comes a great big soaring adventure about family and finding happiness. When Frank John Davenport inherits piles of money from a grandma he didn’t know he had, things take an unexpected turn… Because the money comes with STRICT instructions…and a NEW grandpa. Frank quickly compiles […]

Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City

Superstar, author and illustrator Rob Biddulph dazzles in Peanut Jones and the Illustrated City , the first title in an adventure series for boys and girls of 8+. This exciting, funny, middle-grade debut is from the bestselling creative genius behind #DrawWithRob and is illustrated in black and white throughout. Some legends are born, some are […]

A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

This brilliantly illustrated, laugh-out-loud, wacky adventure through time by Pooja Puri is the perfect blend of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Jurassic Park. Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know: 1. I, Esha Verma, am a genius inventor extraordinaire. 2. There is nothing I cannot invent. This includes […]

Earth Heroes

A stunning new and fully illustrated colour hardback edition of the timely and inspiring Earth Heroes – the ultimate gift for any aspiring climate activist. When faced with climate change, the biggest threat that our planet has ever confronted, it’s easy to feel as if nothing you do can really make a difference… but this […]

Sky

Staying with her grandparents in the Scottish Highlands, Lara is fascinated by the rare white snowy owl her grandad has spotted flying nearby. And when she follows the beautiful bird into the woods, it leads her on a magical adventure… Transported a century back in time, Lara befriends Amelia, who confides in Lara about her […]

The Land of Roar

The first in a new children’s fantasy adventure series, full of imagination, humour and heart, and with echoes of Peter Pan , The Chronicles of Narnia , The Neverending Story and Jumanji . The Land of Roar is perfect for children aged 8 to 12, and can sit on their bookshelf next to Nevermoor , […]

Starfell

The first book in a spellbinding children’s fantasy series, with beautiful black-and-white inside illustrations by Sarah Warburton. Willow Moss, the youngest and least powerful sister in a family of witches, has a magical ability for finding lost things – like keys, or socks, or spectacles. Useful, but not exactly exciting … Then the most powerful […]

The Queen’s Nose

Harmony’s uncle sends her on a treasure trail – which disappointingly ends in her finding a 50p piece. But the coin is a magic one, and when you rub the queen’s nose, your wishes will come true! From the number one author for animal magic comes this wonderful new edition of a much-loved classic.

Real Pigeons Fight Crime

The bestselling and highly illustrated children’s books series, soon to be hitting screens everywhere as an animated film and TV show with Nickelodeon and produced by James Corden. Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts! Did you know your city is […]

Viking Voyagers

Around 1,200 years ago the legendary voyaging Norsemen set sail to raid and trade – the Viking Age had begun. Step back in time to find out what Viking life was like, how they travelled, where they traded and their rich mythology. Come face to face with a fearsome berserker, explore inside a Viking longhouse […]

Welcome to My Crazy Life

Packed full of silly, funny, or downright hilarious poems (with some serious ones mixed in), this new collection by Joshua Seigal (winner of the Laugh Out Loud Awards) is perfect for fans of Michael Rosen. With poems on every topic from demon cats to why you should NEVER forget your trousers, this is a must-have […]

How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is a smallish Viking with a longish name. Hiccup’s father is chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe which means Hiccup is the Hope and the Heir to the Hairy Hooligan throne – but most of the time Hiccup feels like a very ordinary boy, finding it hard to be a […]

Amazing Animals

Discover over 100 of the world’s most remarkable creatures in this beautifully illustrated tour of Earth’s wildlife. Animals come in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes and sizes. From the record breaking tongue of a chameleon to the dashing dance of the peacock spider, you’ll learn about the most amazing examples from air, land […]

The Great Chocoplot

It’s the end of chocolate – forever! At least, until Jelly can solve the mystery of the great chocoplot… Jelly and her family live in Chompton-on-de-Lyte, where everyone loves a Chocablocka bar or two – so when the end of chocolate is announced, she can’t believe it. Determined to investigate, Jelly and her gran follow […]

Solve Your Own Mystery: The Monster Maker

One puzzling mystery. Several slippery suspects. Endless possibilities! Welcome to Haventry, a town where the ordinary and extraordinary collide! With ghosts, werewolves and zombies living side by side, trouble is always brewing. And when a fiendish crime is committed, YOU are the detective in charge of the case. Dr Franklefink’s precious Monster Maker has gone […]

Grimwood

Laugh your head off with this fully-illustrated new series from award-winning Nadia Shireen. Perfect for readers age 7 to 107, fans of Dog Man, Roald Dahl, Mr Gum and David Walliams, and anyone who loves to laugh. Fox cub siblings Ted and Nancy are on the run from Princess Buttons , the scariest street cat […]

Olympic Poems

A brilliant, funny and inspiring collection of poems about sport by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens! These are poems about winning and about taking part; poems about having all the right kit, but no talent; poems that show that coming first in the egg and spoon race really is as important to your mum and […]

Magicat

It’s Halloween night and the streets are full of witches, ghouls and tricks – but the biggest surprise of all falls from the sky into Ali’s treat bucket. It’s a cat … It’s Magicat! Knocked off his witch’s broom by a rogue firework, Magicat is stuck far from his home in Magic Land – and […]

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

The first title in the bestselling series from the brilliantly talented Liz Pichon. Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks, spilt water and lightning… Tom’s exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for […]

Children Who Changed the World

Children Who Changed The World

From the heroes familiar to everyone, such as Malala Yousafzai, to the amazing activists you might not have heard of, like Baruani Ndume, the teenager who gave a voice to fellow refugee children in Tanzania, discover the incredible true stories of child activists. An inspirational and moving book from beloved author-illustrator Marcia Williams, providing the […]

Planet Stan

Stan loves everything to do with space, along with a calming, ordered environment, pie charts, and Venn diagrams. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan’s bed and ladybirds in his lunchbox. Surely they must have something in common? As Stanley struggles to cope with his high-maintenance […]

Aliens Invaded My Talent Show!

Aliens Invaded My Talent Show

Eric Doomsday loves doing magic tricks. Even though his best friend, Vinnie Mumbles, thinks they’re great, they do always seem to go a bit… wrong. When some very important School Inspectors threaten to close down Eric’s school, his headmistress decides to put on a talent show. A talent show with Eric in it. And Eric’s […]

How to Live Forever

Colin Thompson’s books are mystical and complex, they will appeal to children and adults alike and demand to be returned to as there is always a new image to see . . . something more to catch the eye. Peter and his family live among the Quinces in the cookery section of a mystical library, […]

Dog Man

Dog Man

Howl with laughter with the FIRST book in the hilarious full-colour illustrated series, Dog Man, from the creator of Captain Underpants! George and Harold (the co-stars of the enormously popular Captain Underpants series) are in big trouble again! George and Harold have created a new breed of justice — one that is part dog, part […]

I Talk Like A River

What if words got stuck in the back of your mouth whenever you tried to speak? After a day of being unable to speak when asked, and of being stared at, a boy and his father go to the river for some quiet time. “It’s just a bad speech day,” says Dad. But the boy […]

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 […]