Year 5 Reading List

This list (which includes nearly 400 texts by a wide variety of well-published authors) is intended to be a guide to books suitable for children in Year 5. 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 5, 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 fascinating texts together!


Janet & Joan Allen Ahlberg-The Bear Nobody Wanted

The Giant Baby


Son of a Gun

The Better Brown Stories-

Joan Aiken-Go Saddle The Sea-

  1. Anstey-Vice Versa-

Philip Ardagh-Unlikely Exploit Series-

Neil Arksey-MacB-

Bernard Ashley-Break in the Sun-

Esther Averill-Captains of the City Streets-

Richard Bach-Jonathan Livingstone Seagull-

David Baddiel-The Parent Agency-

Lynne Reid Banks-The Indian in the Cupboard

Return of the Indian

I, Houdini

The Fairy Rebel

The Farthest-Away Mountain-

Antonia Barber-The Amazing Mr. Blunden-

Mary Bard-Best Friends-

Steve Barlow-Goodknyght! (with Steve Skidmore)-

F Baum-Wizard of Oz-

Nina Bawden-Granny the Pag

The Peppermint Pig-

Elizabeth Beresford-The Treasure Hunters

The Secret Railway

The Happy Ghost

The Mysterious Island

The Wombles-

James Berry-A Thief in the Village

The Future -  Telling Lady-

Terence Blacker-The Transfer-

Malorie Blackman-Thief


Pig Heart Boy


Enid Blyton-Five have Plenty of Fun

Five Go To Mystery Moor

Five Have Plenty of Fun

Adventure Treasury

The Famous Five: Short Story Collection

The Sea of Adventure

The Secret of Spiggy Holes-

Martin Booth-War Dog-

L M Boston-The Sea Egg

An Enemy at Green Knowe

The Chimneys of Green Knowe

The Stones of Green Knowe

The River at Green Knowe

A Stranger at Green Knowe

An Enemy at Green Knowe

The Children of Green Knowe

Treasure of Green Knowe-

Henrietta Branford-Fire, Bed & Bone-

Walter R Brooks-Freddy and the Dragon-

Anthony Browne-King Kong-

Ann Bryant-Silver Spires series-

Anthony Buckeridge-The Jennings Books-

Linda Buckley – Archer-Gideon the Cutpurse-

Melvin Burgess-The Ghost behind the wall

The Earth Giant-

Thornton W Burgess-Old Granny Fox-

Juliet Sharman Burke-Stories From the Stars-

Sheila Burnford-The Incredible Journey-

Betsy Byars-The Eighteenth Emergency

Midnight Fox

The Cartoonist-

Camila Cariry-The Dog that Caught Chicken Pox-

Charles Causley-Figgy Hobbin-

Aidan Chambers-Seal Secret-

Lauren Child-Utterly Me, Clarice Bean-

Rob Childs-Sandford in to Bat-

E.O. Chirovici-The Book of Mirrors

The Wrinkle in Time Quintet -

PJ Lynch & Hans Christian Anderson-The Snow Queen-

John Christopher-The Prince in Waiting Trilogy-

Beverly Cleary-Ramona the Brave-

Andrew Clements-Frindle-

Eoin Colfer-Artemis Fowl

Benny & Omar

The Wish List-

Marita Conlon – McKenna-Under the Hawthorne Tree

Wildflower Girl-

Susan Cooper-King of Shadows

The Boggart

Over Sea, Under stone

The Dark is Rising Sequence-

W J Corbett-The Song of Pentecost

The Dragon’s Egg

Pentecost and the Chosen One

Little Elephant

The Ark of the People-

Stephen Cosgrove & Robin James-Sniffles-

Sharon Creech-Love that Dog

Ruby Holler-

Helen Cresswell-The Bagthorpe Saga



The night Watchmen-

Richmal Crompton-William Again

William in Trouble-

Gillan Cross-New World

The Demon Headmaster


Kevin Crossley Holland-The Green Children-

P.C. Crussell-Tales from the Enchanted Forest-

Catherine Cyran-Island of the Last Great Auk-

Roald Dahl-The BFG

The Witches


Going Solo-

Andrew Davies-Conrad’s War-

Daniel Defoe-Robinson Crusoe-

Lavinia Derwent-Sula-

Anita Desai-The Village by the Sea-

Kate Di Camillo-Because of Winn Dixie-

Anne Digby-Naughtiest Girl Helps a Friend

The Naughtiest Girl-

Franklin W. Dixon-The Hardy Boys series of books-

Chris d’Lacey-The Fire Within


Fly Cherokee


Amber Lee Dodd-We are Giants-

Joshua Doder-A Dog Called grk-

Berlie Doherty-Children in Winter-

Matthew Drzymala-The Bumpkinton Tales-

Diane Duane-Young Wizard Series-

Helen Dunmore-The Ingo series

The Zillah Books-

Gerald Durrell-My Family and Other Animals

The Talking Parcel

The New Noah-

Monica Edwards-Punchbowl Farm Series-

Stephen Elboz-A Handful of Magic-

Patricia Elliot-The Ice Boy-

Michael Ende-Momo-

Penelope Farmer-Charlotte Sometimes-

Josephine Feeney-My Family & Other Natural Disasters-

Anne Fine-Flour Babies

Google – Eyes

Step By Wicked Step

The Chicken Gave It To Me

The Haunting Of Pip Parker

The Tulip Touch-

Curdella Forbes-Flying With Icarus-

Michael Foreman--

Anne Frank-Ann Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl-

Cornelia Funke-Dragon Rider


The Thief Lord-

Wanda Gag-Tales from Grimm-

Neil Gaiman-Wolves in the Walls-

Leon Garfield-Smith

The God Beneath the Sea

The Stolen Watch-

Alan Garner-The Stone Book Quartet


The Owl Service-

Eve Garnett-The Family from One End Street-

Morris Gleitzman-Boy Overboard

The Other Facts of Life

Two Weeks With the Queen

Water Wings


Belly Flop-

Rumer Goden-The Diddakoi-

Lisa M. Gordon-The Tooth Fairy Story-

Kenneth Grahame-The Wind in the Willows

The Reluctant Dragon-

Joan Grant-The Monster that Grew Small-

Andy Griffiths-The 52 Storey Treehouse-

Jakob Grimm-Grimm’s Fairy Tales-

Grace Hallworth-Mouth Open, Story Jump Out-

Salina Hastings-Sir Gawain & the Green Knight-

Carolyn Haywood-Betsy and Billy-

Russel Hoban-Dinner at Alberta’s

The Mouse and his Child-

Frances Hodgson Burnett-The Secret Garden-

Michael Hoeye-Time Stops for No Mouse-

Anthony Horowitz-Stormbreaker-

Lesley Howarth-Maphead-

Pat Hutchins-Follow That Bus

The Curse of the Egyptian Mummy-

Eva Ibbotsen-Journey to the River Sea

The Secret of Platform 13

The Secret Platform-

Roberto Innocenti-Rosie Blanche-

Brian Jaques-Redwell-

Madhur Jaffrey-Seasons of Splendour-

Tove Jansson-Finn Family Moomintroll

Moominpappa at Sea-

Susan Jeffers-Brother Eagle, Sister Sky-

Mark Jefferson-Hurricane Hamish, the Calypso Cricketer-

Terry Jones-The Knight & the Squire

Erik the Viking

Fairy Tales-

Norton Juster-The Phantom Tollbooth-

M.M.Kayne-The Ordinary Princess-

Carolyn Keene-Nancy Drew Files-

Gene Kemp-The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler-

Judith Kerr-When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit-

Clive King-Stig of the Dump-

Dick King – Smith-Godhanger

Lady Daisy-

Jeff Kinney-The Long Haul

Old School-

Rudyard Kipling-The Jungle Book

Just So Stories-

Brian Kirk-The Rising Son-

Madeleine L’Engle-A Wrinkle in Time

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz-

Andrew Lang-Tales of Try and Greece-

Eleanor Frances Lattimore-Little Pear and His Friends-

Ursula Le Guin-The Earthsea Quartet

The Wizard of Earthsea-

Sian Lewis-Project Kite-

Astrid Lindgren-Pippi Goes on Board-

Penelope Lively-A Stitch in Time

The Revange of Samuel Stokes

A House Inside Out-

Lois Lowry-Anastasia Krupnik-

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

& Susan Jeffers-Hiawatha-

George Macdonald-The Portent and Other Stories-

William McCleery-The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland-

Margaret Mahy-The Greatest Show Off Earth

The Pirates Mixed – up Voyage-

Jan Mark-Nothing to be Afraid of

The Lady With Iron Bones

Thunder and Lightnings

The Eclipse of the Century-

James Vance Marshall-Walkabout-

William Mayne-A Grass Rope

A Swarm in May-

Alexander McCall Smith-Bursting Balloons Mystery-

Geraldine McCaughrean-Gold Dust

Plundering Paradise

A Little Lower Than the Angels-

Ian McEwan-The Daydreamer-

Hilary McKay-Saffy’ s Angel

The Exiles-

Robin Mckinley-Beauty-

Michael Molloy-The Witch Trade-

Christopher Moore & Christina Balit-Ishtar & Tammuz-

Michael Morpurgo-The War of Jenkins’ Ear

War Horse

Arthur High King of Britain

The Wreck of the Zanzibar

Why the Whales Came

Walter and Me-

Benjamin J. Myers-The Grindle Witch-

Mary Nash-While Mrs. Coverlet was Away-

Terry Nation-Rebecca’s World-

Judith Nicholls -Earthways Earthwise-

Jenny Nimmo-Midnight For Charlie Bone

Snow Spider-

Garth Nix-Mister Monday


Andrew Norris-Aquila

Matt’s Millions-

Mary Norton-Bedknob and Broomsticks

The Borrowers-

Alfred Noyes-The Higwayman-

Robert C O’Brian-Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh-

Katherine Paterson-Bridge To Terabithia

The Great Gilly Hopkins-

Jill Paton Walsh-Gaffer Samson’s Luck-

Michael Paver-Wolf Brother-

Tamora Pierce-The Song of the Lioness Series-

Ann Piling-Mothers Daily Scream-

Blair Polly-Secrets of Glass Mountain-

Terry Prachett-The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy


Philip Pullman-Northern Lights

Clockwork or all would up

The Firework Makers Daughter

The Ruby In the Smoke-

Arthur Ransome-Pigeon Post

Winter Holiday

Swallows and Amazons-

Wilson Rawls-Where the Red Fern Grows-

Philip Ridley-Dakota of the White Flats


Rick Riordan-The Hidden Oracle

The Blood of Olympus

Heroes of Olympus: the Lost Hero-

Michael Rosen-South and North, East and West-

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

The Chamber of Secrets

Other books from The Harry Potter Series-

Jacqueline Roy-A Daughter Like Me-

Salman Rushdie-Haroun and the Sea of Stories-

Louis Sachar-The Boy Who Lost his Face

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom-

Nouneh Sarkissian -The Magic Buttons-

George Seldon-A Cricket in Times Square-

Ian Serraillier-The Silver Sword-

Anna Sewell-Black Beauty-

Martin Smith-The Magic Football Book-

Alan Snow-How Dogs Really Work-

Jerry Spinelli-Loser-

Russell Stannard-The Time and Space of Uncle Albert-

William O. Steele-Winter Danger-

Robin Stevens-Jolly Foul Play: a Murder Most Unladylike Mystery-

Catherine Storr-Marianne Dreams-

Noel Streatfield-Ballet Shoes-

Rosemary Sutchcliff-Beowulf: Dragonslayer

Black Ships Before Troy

The Eagle of the Ninth

The Capricorn Bracelet-

Robert Swindells-Voyage to Valhalla-

Alan Temperley-Harry and the Wrinklies-

Peter Terrence-The Bizarre and Wondeful World of Eczema Boy-

Shari Tharp-Gertrude and Toby’s Friday Adventure-

Colin Thompson-How to Live Forever-

Eve Titus-Anatole-

Geoffrey Trease-Cue for Treason-

Ann Turnbull-Pigeon Summer

Gunners Boy-

Alison Uttley-A Traveller In Time-

A Rutgers van der Loeff-Children Of The Oregon Trail-

Hilda van Stockum-Five for Victory-

David Walliams-Gangsta Granny

Billionaire Boy

Awful Auntie

Demon Dentist

Grampa’s Great Escape

Mr Stink (also by Quentin Blake)

Rat Burger

The Doy in the Dress-

  1. D. Welch-The Einstein Code-

Sylvia Waugh-The Space Race-

Robert Westall-Blitz Cat

Kingdom by the Sea-

E White-Charlotte’s Web-

Oscar Wilde-Stories for Children-

Bob Wilson-Stanley Bagshaw and the Twenty-two Ton Whale-

Henry Winterfield-Trouble at Timpetill-

Diana Wynne Jones-A Tale of Time City


The Worlds of Chrestomanci-