Must-read books

The TES and the National Association for the Teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers’ top fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school. Here are the results – just click on an age range to view the recommended list:

Age 5+

  • The Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss
  • Curious George – H A Ray
  • The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
  • Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
  • Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
  • Funnybones – Allan and Janet Ahlberg
  • Owl Babies – Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
  • Green Eggs and Ham – Dr Seuss
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
  • Peace at Last – Jill Murphy
  • Hairy Maclary series – Lynley Dodd
  • Not Now Bernard – David Mckee
  • The Paddington Bear series – Michael Bond
  • Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
  • Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
  • The Jolly Postman – Allan Ahlberg
  • Zoo – Anthony Browne
  • The Sheep Pig – Dick King-Smith
  • The Mr Men and Little Miss series – Roger Hargreaves
  • The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
  • Voices in the Park – Anthony Browne
  • Pumpkin Soup – Helen Cooper
  • The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Draywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  • The Tunnel – Anthony Browne
  • Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type – Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
  • I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato – Lauren Child
  • The Kipper series – Mick Inkpen
  • Dogger – Shirley Hughes

Age 9+

  • James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
  • The BFG – Roald Dahl
  • Famous Five series – Enid Blyton
  • The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
  • Charlotte’s Web – E B White
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L Frank Baum
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillipa Pearce
  • Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden
  • The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  • Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Matilda – Roald Dahl
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – C S Lewis
  • Stig of the Dump – Clive King
  • Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  • The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
  • Winnie the Pooh – A A Milne
  • War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
  • Artemis Fowl series – Eoin Colfer
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
  • The Twits – Roald Dahl
  • I am David – Anne Holm
  • The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes
  • Esio Trot – Roald Dahl
  • Five Children and It – E Nesbit
  • Clockwork – Phillip Pullman
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Magic Far Away Tree – Enid Blyton
  • Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
  • The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier
  • The Worst Witch series – Jill Murphy
  • Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
  • Sad Book – Michael Rosen
  • The Borrowers – Mary Norton
  • Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan
  • Pig Heart Boy – Malorie Blackman
  • Cloud Busting – Malorie Blackman
  • Kidnapped – R L Stevenson
  • The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graham
  • Eragon – Christopher Paolini
  • Street Child – Berlie Doherty
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler – Gene Kemp
  • The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  • The Skulduggery Pleasant series – Derek Landy
  • Malory Towers series – Enid Blyton
  • Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver
  • The Mrs Pepperpot series – Alf Proysen
  • The Fib and Other Stories – George Layton
  • The Milly-Molly-Mandy series – Joyce Lankester Brisley
  • The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson
  • Harry Potter series – J K Rowling

Age 11+

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • Watership Down – Richard Adams
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ – Sue Townsend
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  • Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery
  • The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien
  • Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  • Treasure Island – R L Stevenson
  • The Railway Children – E Nesbit
  • Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  • Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff
  • The Happy Prince and Other Stories – Oscar Wilde
  • Face – Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – Alan Garner

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