Reading List & Our Book Reviews

Welcome to the Year 5 children’s books review pages which are written by us and for children. You’ll find our thoughts and reviews of some of our favourite books in our age range as well as a few extra items.  For each book we’ve also given our the book a rating using Amherst Shields.  With up to 5 shields for our favourite books.  Please click below on the reviews logo to visit our Book Review pages.


We are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. Here are some suggestions but we would welcome your views and any others that you think should be added to the list.


Authors A to D

Janet & Allen Ahlberg The Bear Nobody Wanted
Joan Aiken * Go Saddle the Sea
*The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Neil Arksey MacB
Bernard Ashley * Break in the Sun
* Johnnie’s Blitz
Steve Barlow Goodknyght! (with Steve Skidmore)
Nina Bawden Granny the Pag
James Berry * A Thief in the Village
* The Future-Telling Lady
Terence Blacker The Transfer
Marjorie Blackman * Thief!
* A.N.T.LD.O.T.E.
Martin Booth War Dog
Anthony Browne King Kong
Melvin Burgess * The Ghost behind the Wall
* The Earth Giant
Juliet Sharman Burke Stories From the Stars
Sheila Burnford The Incredible Journey
Betsy Byars * The Eighteenth Emergency
* Eighteenth Emergency
* Midnight Fox
* The Cartoonist
* The Midnight Fox
Aidan Chambers Seal Secret
PJ Lynch & Hans Christian Andersen The Snow Queen
Andrew Clements Frindle
Eoin Colfer * Artemis Fowl
* Benny and Omar
* The Wish List
Marita Conlon-McKenna * Under the Hawthorn Tree
* Wildflower Girl
Susan Cooper * King of Shadows
* The Boggart
* Over Sea, Under Stone
* The Dark is Rising Sequence
W J Corbett The song of Pentecost
Helen Cresswell * The Bagthorpe Saga
* Moondial
Gillian Cross * New World
*The Demon Headmaster
* The Great Elephant Chase
Roald Dahl * Danny, Champion of the World
* The BFG
Lavinia Derwent Sula
Anita Desai The Village by the Sea
Kate Di Camillo Because of Winn-Dixie
Diane Duane Young Wizards Series

Authors E to K

Monica Edwards Punchbowl Farm Stories
Patricia Elliott The Ice Boy
Michael Ende Momo
Penelope Farmer Charlotte Sometimes
Josephine Feeney My Family and Other Natural Disasters
Anne Fine * Flour Babies
* Goggle-Eyes
* Step By Wicked Step
* The Chicken Gave It to Me
* The Haunting of Pip Parker
Curdella Forbes Flying with Icarus
Anne Frank Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl
Cornelia Funke The Thief Lord
Leon Garfield * Smith
* The God beneath the Sea (with Edward Blishen)
* The Stolen Watch
Alan Garner The Stone Book Quartet
Eve Garnett The Family from One End Street
Morris Gleitzman * Boy Overboard
* The Other Facts of Life
Rumer Goden The Diddakoi
Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows
Grace Hallworth Mouth Open, Story Jump Out
Salina Hastings Sir Gwain and the Green Knight
Russell Hoban Dinner at Alberta’s
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden
Michael Hoeye Time Stops for No Mouse
Anthony Horowitz Stormbreaker
Lesley Howarth Maphead
Ted Hughes * How the Whale Became
* The Iron Man
* The Iron Woman
Pat Hutchins * Follow That Bus
* The Curse of the Egyptian Mummy
Eva Ibbotson The secret of Platform 13
Roberto Innocenti Rose Blanche
Madhur Jaffrey Seasons of Splendour
Tove Jansson Finn Family Moomintroll
Susan Jeffers Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
Mark Jefferson Hurricane Hamish, the Calypso Cricketer
Terry Jones * The Knight and the Squire
* Erik the Viking
* Fairy Tales
Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth
M M Kaye The Ordinary Princess
Carolyn Keene Nancy Drew Files
Judith Kerr When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Dick King-Smith * Godhanger
* Lady Daisy
Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories

Authors L to R

Madeleine L’Engle A Wrinkle In Time
Andrew Lang Tales of Troy and Greece
Ursula Le Guin The Earthsea Quartet
Sian Lewis Project Kite
Penelope Lively * A Stitch in Time
* The Revenge of Samuel Stokes
* A House Inside Out
Lois Lowry Anastasia Krupnik
Margaret Mahy * The Greatest Show Off Earth
* The Pirates’ Mixed-Up Voyage
Jan Mark * Nothing to be Afraid of
* The Lady with Iron Bones
* Thunder and Lightnings
* The Eclipse of the Century
James Vance Marshall Walkabout
William Mayne * A Grass Rope
* A Swarm in May
Geraldine McCaughrean * Gold Dust
* Plundering Paradise
* A Little Lower Than the Angels
Hilary McKay * Saffy’s Angel
* The Exiles
Robin McKinley Beauty
Michael Molloy The Witch Trade
Michael Morpurgo * The War of Jenkins’ Ear
* War Horse
* Arthur High King of Britain
* The Wreck of the Zanzibar
* Why the Whales Came
Terry Nation Rebecca’s World
Jenny Nimmo Midnight for Charlie Bone
Mary Norton * Bedknob and Broomstick
* The Borrowers
Robert C O’Brien Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
Katherine Paterson * Bridge To Terabithia
* The Great Gilly Hopkins
Jill Paton Walsh Gaffer Samson’s Luck
Tamora Pierce The Song of the Lioness Series
Ann Piling Mother’s Daily Scream
Terry Pratchett * The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
* The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy
* Truckers
Philip Pullman * Clockwork or All Wound up
* The Firework Makers Daughter
* The Ruby in the Smoke
* The Wonderful Story ofAladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Lynne Reid Banks * The Farthest-Away Mountain
* The Indian in the Cupboard
Philip Ridley Dakota of the White Flats
Michael Rosen South and North, East and West
J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Jacqueline Roy A Daughter Like Me
Salman Rushdie Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Authors S to Z

Louis Sachar * The Boy who Lost his Face
* There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
George Selden A Cricket in Times Square
Ian Serraillier The Silver Sword
Anna Sewell Black Beauty
Jerry Spinelli Loser
Russell Stannard The Time and Space of Uncle Albert
Catherine Storr Marianne Dreams
Noel Streatfield Ballet Shoes
Rosemary Sutcliff * Beowulf: Dragonslayer
* Black Ships before Troy
Robert Swindells Voyage to Valhalla
Alan Temperley Harry and the Wrinklies
Geoffrey Trease Cue For Treason
Ann Turnbull Pigeon Summer
Alison Uttley A Traveller in Time
A Rutgers van der Loeff Children On the Oregon Trail
Sylvia Waugh The Mennyms
Robert Westall * Blitz Cat
* Kingdom by the Sea
Oscar Wilde Stories for Children
Jacqueline Wilson * Double Act
* The Bed and Breakfast Star
* The Illustrated Mum
* The Story of Tracy Beaker
Bob Wilson Stanley Bagshaw and the Twenty-two Ton Whale
Diana Wynne Jones * A Tale of Time City
* Dogsbody
* The Worlds of Chrestomanci