Recommended Books for Year 6

Year 6 can find it tricky to choose books because they perceive some as too “babyish” for them but sometimes the themes and content covered in books aimed at teenagers is too mature for them.

Have a look at this list for inspiration!

Book Title Author if known
The Watertower Gary Crew and Steven Woolman
The Viewer Gary Crew and Shaun Tan
The Kingdom Revealed Rob Ryan
The Highwayman Alfred Noyes
Stig of the Dump Clive King
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
White Giraffe Laurence St. John
How to Live Forever Colin Thompson
Skellig David Almond
Street Child Berlie Doherty
Daughter of the Sea Berlie Doherty
Wonder R.J. Palacio
Tribes Catherine MacPhail
Kensuke’s Kingdom Michael Morpurgo
War Horse Michael Morpurgo
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo
The Sleeping Sword Michael Morpurgo
I Believe in Unicorns Michael Morpurgo
Beowulf Michael Morpurgo
Shackleton’s Journey William Grill
The Person controller David Baddiel
Wolf Brother Michelle Paver
Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian
There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom Louis Sachar
Coraline Neil Gaiman
Journey to Jo’burg Beverley Naidoo
Varjak Paw S.F.Said
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne
Floodland Marcus Sedgewick
The Adventures of Odysseus Lupton, Morden and Balit
Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf David Almond and Dave McKean
The Savage David Almond
Cloud Busting Malorie Blackman
Pig Heart Boy Malorie Blackman
Cosmic Frank Cottrell Boyce
Percy Jackman and the Lightning Thief Rich Riordan
The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett
Step by Wicked Step Anne Fine
Tuesday David Weisner
Rose Blanche Roberto Innocenti
The Wedding Ghost Leon Garfield and Charles Keeping
The Emperor’s Egg Martin Jenkins
One Tiny Turtle Nichola Davies
Moonbird Joyce Dunbar
The London Eye Mystery Siobhan Dowd
One Dog and his Boy Eva Ibbotson
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz
The Lie  Tree Frances Hardinge
The Valley of Secrets Charmian Hussey/ Christopher Crump
Clockwork Philip Pullman
Rooftoppers Katherine Rundell
The Viewer Sean Tann and Gary Crew
The Mystery of the Whistling Caves Helen Moss
Where’s Wally Martin Handford
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
Seabean (Trilogy) S. Holding
Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce