Reading List & Our Book Reviews

Welcome to the Year 6 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

Richard Adams Watership Down
Joan Aiken The James III Sequence
David Almond * Skellig
* Kit’s Wilderness
Neil Arksey Playing on the Edge
Linda Aronson Kelp
Bernard Ashley * Little Soldier
* Rapid
Sherry Ashworth What’s Your Problem?
Joyce Annette Barnes Amistad Junior Novelization
Joan Bauer Squashed
Nina Bawden * Carrie’s War
* The Outside Child
* The Real Plato Jones
Leslie Beake Song of Be
Malorie Blackman Hacker
Thomas Bloor The Memory Prisoner
Judy Blume Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret
Martin Booth Music on the Bamboo Radio
Tim Bowler * River Boy
* Midget
Elinor M Brent-Dyer The Chalet School Series
Melvin Burgess * Billy Elliot
* Junk
* The Baby and Fly Pie
Betsy Byars * The Pinballs
* Cracker Jackson
* The Summer of the Swans
Peter Carey The Big Bazoohley
Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
G K Chesterton The Puffin Father Brown Stories
Agatha Christie And then there were none
John Christopher The Guardians
Ann Coburn Worm Songs
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Susan Cooper * The Dark is Rising Sequence
* The Boggart
Yvonne Coppard Bully
Sharon Creech * The Wanderer
* Walk Two Moons
* Chasing Redbird
Helen Cresswell Moondial
Gillian Cross Wolf
Kevin Crossley-Holland Beowulf
Annie Dalton Angels Unlimited
Nicola Davies Tangled Webs
Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe
Anita Desai The Village By The Sea
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
Berlie Doherty * Granny was a Buffer Girl
* A Parcel of Patterns
* Children of Winter
Gerald Durell My Favourite Animal Stories


Authors E to K

T S Eliot Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Deborah Ellis The Breadwinner
Anne Fine * Up on Cloud Nine
* The Tulip Touch
Catherine Fisher * The Empty Hand
* The Snow-Walker Sequence
Nicholas Fisk * A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair
* Grinny
* Trillions
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl
Jackie French Hitler’s Daughter
Paul Gallico * Jennie
* The Snow Goose
Leon Garfield * Black Jack
* The December Rose
Alan Garner The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Carlo Gebler August ‘44
Jean Craighead George * Julie and the Wolves
* My Side of the Mountain
Adèle Geras A Candle in the Dark
Rosa Guy The Friends
Cynthia Harnett The Wool-Pack
Libby Hathorn Way Home
Esther Hautzig The Endless Steppe
Nat Hentoff The Day They Came To Arrest the Book
Odo Hirsch Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman
Anne Holm I am David
Polly Horvath Everything on a Waffle
Janni Howker * Badge on the Barge
* Martin Farrell
Norman Hunter The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn
Brian Jacques The Redwall Series
Robin Jarvis * The Deptford Mice Trilogy
* The Whitby Witches
Catherine Jinks Eye to Eye
Reinhardt Jung Dreaming in Black & White, translated by Anthea Bell
Erich Kastner Emil and the Detectives
Elizabeth Kay The Divide
Gene Kemp The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler
Dick King-Smith The Crowstarver


Authors L to R

Madeline L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time
Elizabeth Laird * Secret Friends
* Kiss the Dust
Charles & Mary Lamb Tales FromSkakespeare
C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Joan Lingard The Guilty Party
Penelope Lively The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Michelle Magorian * Back Home
*Goodnight Mr Tom
Margaret Mahy * The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
* The Haunting
Jan Mark Stratford Boys
John Masefield The Box of Delights
William Mayne Cuddy
Geraldine McCaughrean Gold Dust
Karen McCombie Allys World: The Past, the Present and the Loud Loud Girl
Ian McEwan The Daydreamer
L M Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
Michael Morpurgo * Out of the Ashes
From Hereabout Hill
Beverley Naidoo The Other Side of Truth
Bill Naughton The Goalkeeper’s Revenge
Linda Newbery Blitz Boys
Jenny Nimmo * Griffin’s Castle
* The Snow Spider
Mary Norton The Borrowers
Alfred Noyles The Highwayman
Robert C O’Brien Z for Zachariah
Judith O’Neill So Far From Skye
Pat O’Shea The Hounds of the Morrigan
Kenneth Oppel The Silverwing Saga
Ruth Park Playing Beatie Bow
Katherine Paterson * Bridge to Terabithia
*Jacob Have I Loved
Jill Paton-Walsh * The Dolphin Crossing
* Fireweed
Gary Paulsen Hatchet
Gudrun Pausewang * Fall-Out
* The Final Journey
Philippa Pearce * Minnow on the Say
* The Way To Sattin Shore
* Tom’s Midnight Garden
Susan Price The Ghost Drum
Willard Price Cannibal Adventure
Philip Pullman Northern Lights
Christine Purkis Paddlefeet
Arthur Ransome Swallows and Amazons
Morton Rhue The Wave
Hans-Peter Richter * Friedrich
* I Was There
Philip Ridley * Zinderzunder
* Krindlekrax
* Scribbleboy
James Riordan The Prisoner
Katherine Roberts The Great Pyramid Robbery


Authors S to Z

Marcus Sedgwick * Floodland
* The Dark House
lain Serrailier Silver Sword
Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island
David Lee Stone The Ratastrophe Catastrophe
Rosemary Sutcliff * Sword Song
* The Mark of the Horse Lord
* Beowulf: Dragon Slayer
* The Eagle of the Ninth
* The Silver Branch
* The Witch’s Brat
Robert Swindells * Hurricane Summer
* Abomination
* Brother in the Land
* Daz 4 Zoe
* Room 13
* Smash
* Stone Cold
* Unbeliever
Mildred D Taylor * Let The Circle Be Unbroken
* Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
* The Road To Memphis
Alfred Lord Tennyson The Lady of Shallot
Ruth Thomas * Hideaway
* The Runaways
Colin Thompson The Paradise Garden
Flora Thompson Lark Rise To Candleford
Kate Thompson Switchers
J R R Tolkien The Hobbit
Theresa Tomlinson * Child of the May
* The Cellar Lad
* The Herring Girls
Geoffrey Trease Cue for Treason
Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Jules Verne Around the World in 80 Days
Sylvia Waugh The Menyms
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman * Dragonlance Chronicles
* Dragonlance Tales
Robert Westall * Blitz Cat
* The Machine Gunners
* The Scarecrows
Henry Williamson Tarka the Otter
Diana Wynne Jones * Black Maria
* The Time of the Ghost
Adeline Yen Mah Chinese Cinderella