This is a reading list aimed mainly at our Year 5 children compiled by our lovely assistant, Amber.

These are our favourite children's fiction books for this age group - if you know of other amazing and much-loved books which you feel deserve a place here, please get in touch to let us know!





David Almond


Harry Potter Series

J K Rowling


The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings series

J R R Tolkien


Anne of Green Gables*

L M Montgomery


The Happiest Man on Earth

Eddie Jaku


Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian


War Horse / Farm Boy

Michael Morpurgo


Dragon Rider 

Cornelia Funke


The Book Thief

Markus Zusak


A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness



Louis Sachar


His Dark Materials Trilogy

Philip Pullman


Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo



R J Palacio


The Hunger Games Trilogy

Suzanne Collins


Artemis Fowl Series

Eoin Colfer


Little Women*

Louisa May Alcott


Northern Lights

Phillip Pullman


Inkheart Trilogy

Cornelia Funke



Helen Dunmore


Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson


Lord of the Flies

William Golding


Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens


The Chronicles of Narnia

C S Lewis


Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


Five Children and It

E Nesbit


The Thief Lord

Cornelia Funke



Philip Pullman


The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett


Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome


Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson


The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

J R R Tolkien


The Borrowers

Mary Norton


Percy Jackson Series

Rick Riordan


Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson



Neil Gaiman



Christopher Paolini


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens


The Railway Children

E Nesbit


A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett


Wolf Brother*

Michelle Paver


Animal Farm

George Orwell


Chinese Cinderella

Adeline Yen Mah


The Star of Kazan

Eva Ibbotson



K M Peyton


The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle


A Kestrel for a Knave

Barry Hines


The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge


Watership Down

Richard Adams


A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken


Peter Pan

J M Barrie


The Seeing Stone

Kevin Crossley-Holland



Roald Dahl


Going Solo

Roald Dahl


Zlata’s Diary

Zlata Filipović


The Weirdstone of Brisangamen

Alan Garner


A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle


The Indian in the Cupboard*

Lynne Reid Banks



Johanna Spyri


Fire series

Chris D’Lacey


Tale of Redwall series

Brian Jacques


Little House on the Prairie*

Laura Ingalls Wilder


Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbitt


The Eagle of the Ninth

Rosemary Sutcliffe


The Box of Delights

John Masefield


The Call of the Wild

Jack London


The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum


The Wind Singer*

William Nicholson


Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain


What Katy Did

Susan Coolidge


A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin



Chris Van Allsberg


Carrie’s War

Nina Bawden


Kensuke’s Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo


Kasper, Prince of Cats

Michael Morpurgo



Michael Morpurgo


The Other Side of Truth

Beverley Naidoo


The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Frank Cottrell-Boyce


Varjak Paw

S F Said


Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

John Boyne



Morris Gleitzman


Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman


The Storm Keeper’s Island

Catherine Doyle



Frank Cottrell Boyce


The London Eye Mystery

Siobhan Dowd


Wave Me Goodbye

Jacqueline Wilson


Young Sherlock Holmes series

Andrew Lane


Five Find-Outers Mystery Series

Enid Blyton