Recommended books for lower KS2  (years 3-4)

 

With a touch of magic …  
Charlie Bone series Jenny Nimmo
The Stone Mouse Jenny Nimmo
Mr Majeika series Humphrey Carpenter
Midnight is a Place Joan Aiken
The Worst Witch series Jill Murphy
Ms Wiz series Terence Blacker
Magic Tree House Adventures series Mary Pope Osbourne
Ghost Goblins and series David Melling
   
Detective / spy stories  
Spy Dog; Spy Pups series Andrew Cope
Emil and the Detectives Erich Kastner
Jack Stalwart Secret Agent series Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Saxby Smart private detective series Simon Cheshire
Damien Drooth Supersleuth series Barbara Mitchelhill
   
With a touch of comedy…  
The Last Polar Bears Harry Horse
The Great Cat Conspiracy Katie Davies
Cliffhanger Jacqueline Wilson
The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Jeremy Strong
Viking at School Jeremy Strong
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series Jeff Kinney
Tom Gates series L Pinchon
Double Daisy Kes Gray
Compton Valance series Matt Brown
Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face series John Dougherty
Fizzlebert Stump, the boy who ran away from the circus to join the library + series A F Harrold
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm Norman Hunter
Mr Gum series Andy Stanton
Awful End (Eddie Dickens trilogy) Philip Ardagh
A Series of Unfortunate Events (13 books) Lemony Snickett
Fortunately the Milk Neil Gaiman
The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World Eoin Colfer
The Legend of Spud Murphy Eoin Colfer
   
School Stories  
Mallory Towers series Enid Blyton
The Naughtiest Girl in the School Enid Blyton
Middle School series James Patterson
   
With a touch of adventure…  
Secret Seven series Enid Blyton
Famous Five series Enid Blyton
The Considine Curse Gareth P. Jones
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Allan Ahlberg
Blart, the Boy who didn’t want to save the world Dominic Barker
Danny the Champion of the World Roald Dahl
Gorilla City Charlie Small
Kensuke’s Kingdom Michael Morpurgo
   
With a touch of history …  
Awful Egyptians etc Terry Deary
Stig of the Dump Clive King
Greek Myths for Young Children Marcia Williams
Hetty Feather Jacqueline Wilson
   
With a touch of fantasy…  
Dinosaur Cove series Rex Stone
S.W.I.T.C.H. series Ali Sparkes
The Snow Maze Jan Mark
The Dragon’s Child Jenny Nimmo
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl
The BFG Roald Dahl
Matilda Roald Dahl
The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks
The Demon Headmaster Gillian Cross
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series C.S. Lewis
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Robert C O’Brien
Beast Quest series Adam Blade
Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan
Harry Potter series J K Rowling
A Boy Called Christmas Matt Haig
Mary Poppins P L Travers
The Moomin series Tove Jansson
Jack Brenin series Catherine Cooper
How to Train Your Dragon series Cressida Cowell
   
Animal stories  
Harry the Poisonous Centipede series Lynne Reid Banks
Meerkat Madness Ian Whybrow
The Sheep Pig Dick King-Smith
The Hodgeheg Dick King-Smith
Animal Ark series Lucy Daniels
Charlotte’s Web E B White
Sam Pig Alison Uttley
Railway Cat Phyllis Arkle
Varjak Paw S F Said
The Rover Adventures Roddy Doyle
Animal Investigators series – Red Eye Susan Gates
   
Sport stories  
Frankie’s Magic Football Series Frank Lampard
The Big Match;  The Big Kick;  The Big Game Rob Childs
   
Classics  
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Beowolf Michael Foreman
Winnie the Pooh A A Milne
The Iron Man Ted Hughes
   
Other  
Cool Michael Morpurgo
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo
Billy the Kid Michael Morpurgo
The Dancing Bear Michael Morpurgo
Bill’s New Frock Anne Fine
Mystery Winklesea Helen Cresswell
A Caribbean Dozen (poetry) John Agard and Grace Nicholls
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter Philip Pullman
The Dragon’s Child Jenny Nimmo
The Ghost Blades Anthony Masters
Sara, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan
Smart Girls Robert Leeson
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky Susan Jeffers and Chief Seattle
Robi Dobi Madhur Jaffrey
The Reluctant Dragon Kenneth Grahame
Flow Pippa Goodhart
The Crazy Shoe Shuffle Gillian Cross
The Sea Piper Helen Cresswell
The Chocolate Touch Patrick Skene Catling
Spacebaby Henrietta Branford
A Pot of Gold Jill Bennett
The Clothes Horse Allan Ahlberg
A Dog So Small Phillipa Pearce
The Orchard Book of Creation Stories Margaret Mayo and Louise Brierley
Billionaire Boy David Walliams
The Boy in the Dress David Walliams
Demon Dentist David Walliams
Awful Auntie David Walliams
Gangsta Granny David Walliams
Mr Stink David Walliams