Recommended Books for Year 5

Below is a range of books that Year 5 children will enjoy reading. Some are harder than others but don’t let that put you off; read them with an adult or an older sibling.

Book Title Author if known
Zoo Anthony Browne
Varmints Helen Ward
The Highwayman Alfred Noyes
Stig of the Dump Clive King
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
Orchard book of Greek Myths Geraldine McCaughrean
The Devil and his Boy Anthony Horowitz
The Princess’ Blankets Carol Ann Duffy
Street Child Berlie Doherty
The Tempest Lois Childs
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
Kaspar Prince of Cats Michael Morpurgo
Kensuke’s Kingdom Michael Morpurgo
War Horse Michael Morpurgo
Beowulf Morpurgo
The Star of Kazan Eva Ibbotson
Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson
Wolf Brother Michelle Paver
Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
Window Jeannie Baker
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Journey to Jo’burg Beverley Naidoo
Varjak Paw S.F.Said
Ghostly Shocks and the  Three Scares Anholt and Robbins
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K.Rowling
Born to Run Michael Morpurgo
Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf David Almond and Dave McKean
Cloud Busting Malorie Blackman
Cosmic Frank Cottrell Boyce
Flotsam David Weisner
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
The 100 mile an hour dog Jeremy Strong
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe
Way Home Libby Hathorn
The Firework Maker’s Daughter Philip Pullman
Ice Bear Nichola Davies
Tigers Nichola Davies
I love guinea pigs Dick King Smith
Moonbird Joyce Dunbar
The London Eye Mystery Siobhan Dowd
Shadow Morpurgo
The 3 pigs (e-book) Davis Weisner
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Chris Van Allsburg
Tuesday David Weisner
Shackleton’s Journey William Grill
Rooftoppers Katherine Rundell
The Viewer Shaun Tann and Gary Crew
The Silver Swan Michael Morpurgo
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
Gravity Jason Chin
UFO Diary Satoshi Kitamura
The Arrival Shaun Tan
The Rabbits Shaun Tan
Holes Louis Sacher
The Hobbit (for most able readers) Tolkein
The Hero Twins Dan Jolley and David Witt
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks
Tales told in Tents

Stories from Central Asia

Sally Pomme Clayton and Sophie Herxheimer