Key Stage 2

If your child needs a bit of encouragement to read, try to use their interests to engage them to engage in books.  Sporting biographies or autobiographies can be useful if your child is keen on sports or has a particular hobby.  Audio books can also be a useful way to promote literature if you need to try something new.  If there is nothing on this list that appeals, please feel free to email for additional suggestions – we’re always happy to talk about new books and reading.

We’ve included some ideas for reading below, but this is in no way an exhaustive list.  Have a look at some of the children’s book awards to get extra ideas for reading:

The Blue Peter Book Award

The Waterstones Children’s Book Awards

Other useful sites to recommend reading books are below:

The Book Trust

Love Reading 4 Kids

World Book Day

Books For Keeps

The Bound (bookshop in Whitley Bay)

Suggested Reading List




Michelle Harrison A Pinch of Magic Series

Roald Dahl


RJ Palacio


C S Lewis

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

E B White

Charlotte’s Web

E Nesbit

Five Children and It

David Almond


Lemony Snickett

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Kiran Millwood

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

Fowl Twins

David Walliams

Demon Dentist

Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Neil Gaiman


JK Rowling

The Harry Potter Series

Peter Bunzl


Once Morris


Anthony Horowitz

Groosham Grange

Andy Seed

The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff

Joan Aiken

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Simon P Clark


William Nicholson

The Wind Singer

Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon

Emma Carroll

Strange Star

Michael Rosen

Sad Book

Onjali Q Rauf

The Boy At the Back of the Class

Andy Shepherd

The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Sophie Anderson

The House With Chicken Legs

Tom Fletcher

The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch

Ben Brooks

Stories For Boys Who Dare to be Different

Emma Carroll

The Somerset Tsunami

Sally Gardner

Invisible in a Bright Light

Katharine Orton


Robert Westall

The Wind Eye

More Challenging Classics



JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit

Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

Anna Sewell

Black Beauty

Mary Norton

The Borrowers

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island

Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

J Meade Faulkner


Arthus Ransome

Swallows and Amazons

Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mr Tom

Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls




Greta Thunberg

No-one’s Too Small To Make A Difference

National Geographic

5,000 Awesome Facts About Everything

Matthew Syed

You Are Awesome: Find Your Confidence…

Conrad Mason

How Things Work

Louie Stowell

Write Your Own Storybook

Glenn Murphy

Why is Snot Green?

Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Science

Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Sport

Lily Dyu

Earth Heroes: Twenty Inspiring Stories of People Saving Our World

Helene Rajcak

Unseen Worlds

Ben Rothery

Hidden Planet

Marcus Rashford You Are A Champion

You Can Do It

New from September 2022

Space Boy – David Walliams

The Day I fell into a Fairy Tale – Ben Miller

Space Band – Tom Fletcher