St James Catholic

Primary School

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Reading for Pleasure

Reading for Pleasure


In addition to whole class reading books, we have a suggested book list for each year group. Children will find these books in the class or school libraries.



Year 6

Year 5

Year 4

Year 3

Year 2

Year 1

Inside Out and Back Again

Thannha Lai


Demon Dentist

David Walliams

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl


Stuart Little

E B White


A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond


Each Peach Pear Plum

Janet and Allan Ahlberg


Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian


The Suitcase Kid

Jacqueline Wilson


The Butterfly Lion

Michael Morpurgo


The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

Phillips Pearce


Flat Stanley

Jeff Brown


The Snowman

Raymond Briggs


Mortal Engines

Philip Reeve


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan


The Iron Man

Ted Hughes


War Game

Michael Foreman


Room On The Broom

Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler


Sox and Pals

B B Taylor


The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

Christopher Edge


Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson


Varjak Paw

S F Said


The Last Castaways

Harry Horse


Lost and Found

Oliver Jeffers


The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Judith Kerr


The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman


Sky Song

Abi Elphinstone

Diary Of A Wimp Kid

Jeff Kinney


Surf’s Up

Kwame Alexander


I Want My Hat Back

Jon Klassen


Not Now Bernard

David McKee


Time Travelling With a Hamster

Ross Welford


Roald Dahl


The Railway Children

E Nesbit


A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett


Owl Babies

Martin Waddell


I Will Never Not Eat A Tomato

Lauren Child


Room 13

Robert Swindells


Kensuke’s Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo


The Yearling

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat

Pamela Butchart



Sue Henda

Where The Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak



Mitch Johnson


A monster Calls

Patrick Ness

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

Phillip Pullman


Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon


Stanley’s Stick

John Hegley


I Can Only Draw Worms

Will Mabbit


House with Chicken Legs

Sophie Anderton

Diary Of A Wimp Kid

Jeff Kinney


Malkin Moonlight

Emma Cox


A Child Of Books

Oliver Jeffers


The Day The Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt


We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen


Street Child

Berlie Doherty


Charlotte’s Web

E B White


The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth

Eoin Colfer


Alison Hubble

Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingham


If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

Laura Joffe Numeroff


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle



Peter Bunzl


Stig Of The Dump

Clive King


Billionaire Boy

David Walliams


The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy



Shirley Hughes


There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Pam Adams



Eloise Williams


Cloud Busting

Malorie Blackman

The House That Sailed Away

Pat Hutchins



Fairy Tales

Terry Jones


The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson


The Tunnel

Anthony Browne



S F Said


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

JK Rowling



Jacqueline Wilson


Oliver and the Seawigs

Phillip Reeve


Avocado Baby

John Burningham


Mr Bump

Roger Hargreaves


The Crossover

Kwame Alexander


The Borrowers

Mary Norton


Lizzie Dripping

Helen Cresswel



Philip Ridley


The Book With No Pictures

BJ Novak


Aliens Love Underpants

Claire Freedman and Ben Cort


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C S Lewis


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

William Joyce


The Children of Green Knowe



The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

Neiil Gaiman


The Mousehole Cat

Antonia Barber



Alexis Deacon


1000 Year Old Boy

Ross Welford

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snickett


The Secret of Platform 13

Eva Ibbotson


The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair

Enid Blyton


The Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl


Meerkat Mail

Emily Gravett


Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer


Groosham Grange

Anthony Horowitz


A Nest Full of Stars

James Berry


The 13-Storey Treehouse

Andry Griffiths


The Jolly Postman

Janet and Allan Ahlberg


Meg and Mog

Helen Nicoll and Jan Piekowski


Beetle Boy

M G Leonard


The Indian In The Cupboard

Lynne Reed Banks


Perijee and Me

Ross Montgomery


Goodly and Grave

Justine Windsor


Pumpkin Soup

Helen Cooper


The Loudest Roar

Thomas Taylor



Phillip Pullman


Oranges in No Man’s Land

Elizabeth Laird



Jeannie Baker


African Tales: A Barefoot Collection



Traction Man

Mini Grey


Burglar Bill

Janet and Allan Ahlberg


The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett



Katherine Rundell


Operation Gadgetman!

Malorie Blackman


The Boy Who Went Magic

AP Winters


Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giles Andrea and Guy Parker Rees


The Bog Baby

Jenne Willis and Glen Millward


RJ Palacio


A Girl Called Owl

Amy Wilson



Saviour Pirotta


The Imaginary

A F Harold


Six Dinner Sid

Inga Moore


The Bear and The Piano

David Litchfield



David Almond


Shadow Forest

Matt Haig


Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink

Jennifer Killick


The Falcon’s Malteser

Anthony Horowitz


The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs

Jon Scieska


The Bear Who Stared

Duncan Beedie


The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargraves


The Legend of Podkin One Ear

Kieran Larwood


Fly, Eagle Fly!

Christopher Gregorowski



Anthony Browne


Would You Rather…

John Burningham


Dave’s Cave

Frann Preston-Gannon



Louis Sachar


The London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd


Running On The Roof Of The World

Jess Butterworth


Gregory Cool

Caroline Birch


Leon and the Place Between

Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith


Peace At Last

Jill Murphy



Morris Gleitzmann


The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

Andy Seed


Five Children and It

E Nesbit


Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

Jon Sciezka


The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark

Jill Tomlinson


Farmer Duck

Martin Waddell and Helen Oxbury


The Nowhere Emporium

Ross Mackenzie


The Worst Children’s Jobs In History

Tony Robinson


The Great Chocoplot

Chris Callaghan


Leon and Bob

Simon James



Aaron Becker


The Rainbow Fish

Marcus Pfister


The Dreamsnatcher

Abi Elphinstone


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken


The What On Earth Wallbook

Christopher Lloyd


Eric Appleby: Zero to Hero
Dan Worsley


We’re All Wonders

RJ Palacio


A First Book Of Animals

Nicola Davies


Mold and the Poison Plot

Lorraine Gregory


The Queen’s Nose

Dick King-Smith


The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn

Norman Hunter


Bill’s New Frock

Anne Fine



Janet and Allan Ahlberg


Jack and the Flumflum Tree

Julia Donaldson


Flour Babies

Anne Fine


Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


The Kick Off

Dan Freedman


The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Dodie Smith


The Tale Of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter



Dacid McKee


The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Terry Pratchett


The Demon Headmaster

Gillian Cross


The Green Ship

Quentin Blake


The Hodgeheg

Dick King-Smith


The Great Dog Bottom Swap

Peter Bently and Mel Matsuoka


Handa’s Surprise

Eileen Browne


Who Let The Gods Out?
Maz Evans



Zizou Corder


Ice Palace

Robert Swindells


The Pebble in my Pocket

Meredith Hooper


The Grumpalump

Sarah Hayes



Quentin Blake



Jessica Townsend


The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame


The Stone Mouse

Jenny Nimmo


The Great Elephant Chase

Gillian Cross


The Snail and the Whale

Julia Donaldson


Dear Mother Goose

Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt


The Wind Singer

William Nicholson


How to Train Your Dragon

Cressida Cowell


The Wolf’s Footprint

Susan Price


The Tinderbox

Hans Christian Andersen


The Tin Forest

Helen Ward and  Wayne Anderson


The Storm Whale

Benji Davies


When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr



Sara Pennypacker


The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster


The Reluctant Dragon

Kenneth Grahame


Funny Fairy Tales

Laurence Anholt and Arthut Robins


The Giant Jam Sandwich

John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway


A Library of Lemons

Jo Cotterill


The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Liz Pichon


Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Lewis Carroll


Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Raymond Briggs


The Enormous Crocodile

Roald Dahl


Please Mr Panda

Steve Antony


The Bubble Boy

Stewart Foster


Black Powder

Ally Sherrick


The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Dav Pilkey


Erica’s Elephant

Sylvia Bishop



Sandra Horn and Ken Brown


Mama Panya’s Pancakes

Mary and Rich

The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

Lara Williamson


Sweet Pizza

G R Gremin


A World of Information

Richard Platt


The Magic Faraway Tree

Enid Blyton

That Rabbit Belongs To Emily Bown

Cressida Coweel and Neal Layton


Badger’s Parting Gifts

Susan Varley



Frank Coteralll

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome


Secrets According to Humphrey

Betty G. Birney


The Sticky Witch

Hillary Mckay


The Promise

Nicola Davies


Otto The Book Bear

Katie Cleminson


My Brother is a Superhero

David Solomons


Strange Star

Emma Carrooll


The Moonshine Dragon

Cornelia Funke


Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

Kate Pankhurst


Rosie’s Walk

Pat Hutchinson


A Place To Call Home

Alexis Deacon


A Long Walk To Water

Linda Sue Park


Sad Book

Michael Rosen


I Am Not A Loser


The Sandwich Thief

Andre Marois


I’ll Take You To Mrs Cole

Nigel Gray



Paul Geraghty


The Arrival

Shaun Tan


Ballet Shoes

Noel Streatfeild


The Boy Who Biked The World

Alastair Humphreys

The Cat In The Hat

Dr Seuss


Are We There Yet?

Dan Santat


The Great Paper Caper

Oliver Jeffers


Carrie’s War

Nina Bawden


Watership Down

Richard Adams


Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing

Judy Blume


The Wild Robot

Peter Brown


Footpath Flowers

Jon Arno Lawson


The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats


Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli and  Francesca Cavallo


Peter Pan

JM Barrie


The Accidental Prime Minister

Tom McLaughlin


Dragons at Crumbling Castle

Terry Pratchett


The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein


The Story of Babar

Jean De Brunhoff


What to Do When You Worry Too Much

Dawn Huebner


Winter Magic

Stories by Various Authours


Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Chris Riddell



Geraldine McCaughrean


The Polar Express

Chris Van Allsburg


No, David!

David Shannon


The Invention of Huge Cabret

Brian Selznick


The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Lucy Strange


There May Be A Castle

Piers Torday


That Pesky Rat

Lauren Child


Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown


Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus

Mo Willems


Howl’s Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones


There May Be A Castle

Piers Toarday


The Shrimp

Emily Smith


Mouse Noses on Toast

Darren Fletcher


Make Way For Ducklings

Robert McCloskey


Knuffle Bunny

Mo Willems


101 Poems for Children

Carol Ann Duffy


Skullduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy


Shackleton’s Journey

William Grill


Fergus Crane

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No

Edward The Emu

Sheena Knowles


The Goldfish Boy

Lisa Thompson


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L Frank Baum



Andrew Clements


The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo


Where The Forest Meets The Sea

Jeannie Baker


Who Sank The Boat?

Pamela Allen


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Kate DiCamillo


The Imaginary

A F Harold


The Year of Billy Miller

Kevin Henkes


The Whisperer

Nick Butterworth


The Creakers

Good, Very Bad Day

Judith Viorst