Year 3 Reading List

This list (which includes nearly 200 popular and well-published authors) is intended to be a guide to books suitable for children in Year 3. The List, covering a range of genres, is drawn from a number of sources including teachers own recommendations; the National Literacy Strategy’s recommended texts; reading lists which have been suggested by other schools and the National Literacy Trust’s website. Some of the texts are more difficult to read than others and care should be taken when choosing those which your child might enjoy. Please discuss the books your child reads with him/her and remember that, even in Year 3, although a book might be difficult for your child to read, he/she will probably still enjoy having it read to them by an adult. Good luck reading and please enjoy these wonderful titles!


Allan Ahlberg

-Please Mrs Butler


Clothes Horse and Other Stories (and Janet Ahlberg)

The Giant Baby-

Janet Ahlberg-It was a Dark and Stormy Night

Joan Aiken-A Necklace of Raindrops

Fog Hounds, Wind cat, Sea Mice-

Jonathan Allen-Play-

Hans Christian Andersen-The Wild Swans-

Laurence Anholt-Daft Jack and the Bean Stack


The Emperor’s Underwear-

Phyllis Arkle-The Railway Cat

Chris Ashley-Wasim in the Deep End-

Joe Atkinson-Super Pumpkin-

Richard & Florence Atwater-Mr Popper’s Penguins-

Bonnie Bader-Who was Christopher Colombus?-

Lynne Reid Banks -The Indian in the Cuboard-

Jeannie Baker -Where the Forest Meets the Sea-

Mac Barnett-The Terrible Two Get Worse-

Nina Bawden-Keeping Henry-

Phoebe Beckett-McInroy-Once a Boy Won a Race-

Shalbey Bellaman-Jack in the Wallows-

G M Berrow-Lyra and Bon Bon and the Mares from S.M.I.L.E.-

Betty G. Birney-Friendship According to Henry

Terence Blacker-Ms Wiz Series-

Malorie Blackman-Whizziwig-

Quentin Blake-Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave-

Judy Blume-Freckle Juice

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing-

Enid Blyton-The Naughtiest Girl in the School

Secret Seven series

Famous Five series

The Magic Faraway Tree

Island of Adventure

St Clare’s Series

Malory Towers-

Michael Bond-A Bear called Paddington-

Tony Bradman-Dilly the Dinosaur

Sam the Girl Detective-

Henrietta Brandford-Dimarche Diller Series


Dieter Braun-Wild Animals of the North-

Raymond Briggs -Fungus the Bogeyman

Father Christmas

Father Christmas Goes on holiday

Ethel and Ernest

Jim and the Beanstalk

The Snowman

The Snowman and the Snowdog

When the Wind Blows


Anthony Browne-Changes



Jeff Brown-Flat Stanley

Marc Brown-Arthur Baby-Sits-

Ruth Brown & Francis Thomas-Mr Bear and the Bear-

Melvin Burgess-The Earth Giant -

Molly P. Burnham-Teddy Mars: Amost a World Record Breaker-

Ann Cameron-The Julian Stories-

Humphrey Carpenter-Mr Majeika-

Ann & Reg Cartwright-The Winter Hedgehog-

Karin Celestine-Honey for Tea

Paper Boat for Panda-

Lauren Child-Utterly Me, Clarice Bean

Clarice Bean That’s Me-

Mr. Monsur A Choudhury-The Non-sense Collection Work: Work-

Beverley Cleary-Ramona Series

A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir-

A.E. Conran-The Lost Celt-

Cressida Cowell-How to Train your Dragon-

Sharon Creech-Love that Dog-

Helen Cresswell-The Secret World of Polly Flint

Mystery Winklesea

The Sea Piper-

Kevin Crossley-Holland-Storm-

Jennifer Curry-Hands Of Our Hens-

Roald Dahl-Fantastic Mr Fox

The Magic Finger

The Twits

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Danny the Champion of the World

James and the Giant Peach

George’s Marvellous Medicine-

Niki Daly-Jamela’s Dress-

Lucy Daniels-Dog in the Dungeon

Animal Ark series -

Colin Dann-Animals of Farthing Wood series-

Paula Danziger-The Cat Ate My Gymsuit-

Meindert De Jong-Hurry Home Candy-

Antoine de Saint-Exupery-The Little Prince-

Berlie Doherty-Willa and Old Miss Annie

Julia Donaldson-The Quick Brown Fox Cub-

Sally Donovan-Billy Bramble and the Great Big Cook Off-

John E Dorey-The Three Stuffed Bears-

Helen Dunnmore-Amina’s Blanket-

Dorothy Edwards-My Naughty Little Sister Stories

Jan Fearnley-Mr Wolf’s Pancakes-

Anne Fine-The Diary of a Killer Cat

Bill’s New Frock

How to Write Really Badly-

Louise Fitzhugh-Harriet the Spy-

Michael Foreman-Grandfather’s Pencil and the Room of Stories

Jacks Fantastic Voyage-

Cavanagh Foyle-Storms Cup-

Vickie Francis-The Secret Diary of Plop: Do NOT read... EVER-

Ruth Stiles Gannett-My Father’s Dragon

Elmer and the Dragon

The Dragons of Blueland-

Sarah Garland-Text the Cowboy-

Paul Geraghty-Solo-

Adele Geras-My Grandmother’s Stories

Picasso Perkins

Charles Ghigna-Raindrops Fall All Around-

Mike Gibbie-Small Brown Dog’s Bad Remembering Day-

Rumer Godden-The Story of Holly and Ivy-

Rene Goscinny -The Asterix and Obelix Stories e.g. Asterix in Switzerland-

Kenneth Grahame-The Reluctant Dragon

Nigel Gray-Running Away From Home-

Mairi Hedderwick-Katie Morag and the Wedding-

Marguerite Henry-Misty’s Twilight-

Francesca Henry’s-Horrid Henry series-

Stuart Henson-Who Can Tell (with Wayne Anderson)-

Herge-The Adventures of Tintin (many titles)-

John Hickman-Freaks United-

Nigel Hinton-Beaver Towers-

Matt Holland-Snotty McGrotty-

Joan Holub-Who was Marco Polo?-

Mary Hooper-Spook Summer

The Great Twin Trick-

Anthony Horowitz-The Falcon’s Malteser-

Harry Horse-The Last Cowboys-

Shirley Hughes-The Charlie Moon Collection

Ted Hughes-How the Whale Became

The Iron Man-

Norman Hunter-Incrediblania stories

Professor Branestawm-

Mick Inkpen-Lullabyhullaba

Karl Jackson-Maddy Monday-

Tove Jansson-The Moomins-

Steve Jenkins-Prehistoric Actual Size-

Paul Jennings-The Cabbage Patch Fib-

Terry Jones-Fantastic Stories-

Ann Jungman-Vlad the Drac-

Gene Kemp-Dog’s Journey-

Kazu Kibuishi-Firelight-

Dick King Smith-The Golden Goose

The Hodgeheg

All Because of Jackson

The Sheep Pig-

Jenny Koralek-The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams-

Frank Lampard-Sea Dive-

Roger Lancelyn Green-King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

Myths of the Norsemen-

Joyce Lankster-Milly Molly Mandy Series-

Maggie M. Larche-Stepping Up-

Michael Lawrence-Jiggy McCue series-

Robert Leeson-The Dog Who Changed the World-

Rob Lewis-Lazy Daisy-

Astrid Lindgren-Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition

Jonathan Long-The Cat that Scratched (with Korky Paul)

The Wonky Donkey-

Sam McBratney-Jimmy Zest-

Alexander McCall Smith-The Perfect Hamburger-

Roger McGough-The Great Smile Robbery-

Hilary McKay-The Treasure in the Garden!-

David McKee-Charlotte’s Piggy Bank-

Colin McNaughton-Have You Seen Who’s Moved In Next Door?-

Margaret Mahy-The Great Piratical Rumbustification and the Librarian

Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones-

Jan Mark-Long Lost-

Andre Maurois-Fattypuffs and Thinifers-

Kara May-Cat’s Witch-

William Mayne-Lady Muck-

Daisy Meadows-Julia the Sleeping Beauty Fairy

Faith the Cinderella Fairy-

A.A.Milne-Winnie-the-Pooh Collection

Ursula Moray Williams-The Adventure of the Little Wooden Horse-

Michael Morpurgo-Black Queen


Farm Boy

The Butterfly Lion

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Toro! Toro!

The Marble Crusher

The Dancing Bear

Muck and Magic Stories from the Countryside

Billy the Kid-

Paul Mullins-Leah and the Final Whistle-

Jill Murphy-The Worst Witch (Series)-

Magdalen Nabb-The Enchanted Horse-

Linda Newberry-Whistling Jack

Ice Cat-

Ben Newman-Professor Astro Cats Atomic Adventure-

Beverley Nichols-The Tree that Sat Down-

Jenny Nimmo-The Owl Tree-

Robert O’Brien-Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh-

Hiawyn Oram-Little Brother and the Cough-

James Patterson-Jacky Ha-Ha-

Florence Parry Heide-The Shrinking of Treehorn-

Korky Paul & John Foster-Dragon Poems-

Philippa Pearce-A Dog So Small

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

Mrs Cockle’s Cat

K M Peyon-The Pony that went to Sea-

Ann Pilling-Henry’s Leg-

Saviour Pirotta-The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths

Alf Proysen-Mrs Pepperpot Stories

Gwynedd Rae-Mary Plain series-

Mary Rayner-The Small Good Wolf-

Shoo Rayner-Dark Claw series-

Lynne Reid Banks-Harry the Poisonous Centipede

I Houdini-

Kim Robinson-Bertie the Balloon at the Zoo-

Thomas Rockwell-How to Eat Fried Worms-

Geoff Rodkey-The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York-

Mary Rogers-Freaky Friday-

Carole P Roman-Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?-

J K Rowling-Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone-

Cynthia Rylant-Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan-

Rebecca L. Schmidt-The Power of the Fortrex-

Jon Scieszka-The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Martina Selway-Wish You Were Here-

Dr. Seuss-The Cat in the Hat

Alex T Smith-Claude Going for Gold-

Catherine Storr-Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

Jeremy Strong-The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

Return of the Hundred Mile an Hour Dog

My Mum’s Going to Explode

Krazy Kow Saves the World – Well Almost-

Rosemart Sutcliffe-The High Deeds of Finn McCool-

Robert Swindells-Dracula’s Castle

Ice Palace-

Ruth Thomas-The Class That Went Wild-

Colin Thompson-Attila the Bluebottle-

Sandi Toksvig-Unusual Day

Jill Tomlinson-The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Jean Ure-Daisy May

Becky Bananas-

Alison Uttley-The Sam Pig Story Book-

Joey Wall-Ivy and Pepper-

Nina Warner Hooke-The Snow Kitten-

Robert Westall-Blitz

The Christmas Cat-

E B White-Charlotte’s Web-

Ian Whybrow-Little Wolf Series-

Colin Wicks-Frances Fidget-Knickers and the Chance to Get Even-

Marcia Williams-No Worries!-

Sophy Williams-Nana’s Garden-

Jeanne Willis-Who’s in the Loo?

Bob Wilson-Bing, Bang, Boogie, It’s a Boy Scent-

Jacqueline Wilson-Cliffhanger-