Year 6 Recommended Reading List

As we are sure you are aware, as well as being an enjoyable pastime, reading impacts hugely on children’s writing ability and general learning. We encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and in school.

To assist with the difficult task of choosing a new book, we have put together a recommended reading list for each year group across the school.

Whilst the children have access to a variety of books within our school library, we are aware of the fact that not all of the below titles are available to the children in school. We are currently working on increasing the range of fiction books available to the children both in class and in the library. In the meantime, we also encourage them to bring in their own books from home.

You will notice that this is not an exhaustive list, but it represents a cross-section of books suitable for your child’s year group.

Happy reading!

Miss Wilcox and Miss Dunn

Recommended Reading List for Year 6



Alan Garner- The Owl Service, Elidor

Carl Hiaasen- Hoot

Alan Gibbons- Warriors of the Raven

Charlie Higson- The Young Bond books

Anthony Horowitz- The Power of Five series

Chris Ryan- Alpha Force series

Brian Jaques- Redwall

Frank Cottrell Boyce- Millions, Framed, Cosmic

Chris D’Lacey- Icefire, Shrinking Ralph Perfect, The Salt Pirates of Skegness

Jamila Gavin- The Blood Stone, Surya Trilogy

Christopher Paolini- Eragon, Eldest

Jeanette Winterson- Tanglewreck

Cornelia Funke- Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord

Joe Craig- Jimmy Coates series

David Almond- Skellig, Heaven Eyes

Jon Blake- The Last Free Cat

Diane Wynne Jones- Eight Days of Luke, The Chrestomanci Series

Mark Walden- H.I.V.E series

Eion Colfer- Artemis Fowl series, The Supernaturalist, Half Moon Investigations

Melvin Burgess- An Angel for May

Elizabeth Goudge- Little White Horse

Ruth Thomas- The Runaways

Elizabeth Kay- The Divide, Back to the Divide etc

Sophie Mckenzie- Girl Missing

Erin Hunter- Warrior Cats series

Willard Price- Volcano Adventure etc

Helen Dunmore- Ingo


Ian Ogilvy- Measle and the Mallockee


Jenny Nimmo- Charlie Bone series


Joan Aiken- Midnight is a Place


Michele Paver- Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater


Philip Pullman- His Dark Materials Series


Philip Reeve- Mortal Engines






Anne Holm- I am David

Alexandre Dumas- The Three Musketeers

Christne Nostlinger- Fly Away Home

Anna Sewell- Black Beauty

Jill Paton Walsh- Dolphin Crossing

Arthur Conan Doyle- The Lost World

John Boyne- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Arthur Ransome- Swallows and Amazons

Linda Newberry- Blitz Boys

C. S. Lewis- Narnia

Michele Magorian- Goodnight Mr Tom

E. Nesbit- The Railway Children

Nina Bawden- Carrie’s War

Frances Hodgson Burnett- The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy

Robert Leeson- Tom’s War

Jules Verne- Around the World in 80 Days

Robert Westall- Blitzcat

L. M. Montgomery- Anne of Green Gables

The Diary of Anne Frank

Mark Twain- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Mary Norton- The Borrowers


R. L, Stevenson- Treasure Island


W. E. Johns- Biggles


Modern Classics

Well-loved authors

Gillian Cross- The Demon Headmaster series, The Great Elephant Chase

Geraldine McCaughrean- Stop the Train, The Stones are Hatching, A Little Lower than Angels, Peter Pan in Scarlet

Henry Williamson- Tarka The Otter

Jacqueline Wilson- The Illustrated Mum, Vicky Angel, My Sister Jodie

Jack London- White Fang, Call of the Wild

Michael Morpurgo books for older readers- Out of the Ashes, Private Peaceful, Alone on the Wide Sea, Adolphus Tips, Why the Whales Came

Jenny Nimmo- The Snow Spider Trilogy


Joan Aiken- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase


Laura Ingalls- Wilder Little House on the Prairie

Roald Dahl- BOY

Lynne Read Banks- The Indian in the Cupboard

Glenn Murphy- Super Geek (Dinosaurs, brains and super trains)

Norman Juster- The Phantom Tollbooth

Paul Rockett- Seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand on planet earth

Penelope Farmer- Charlotte Sometime


Phillipa Pearce- Tom’s Midnight Garden


Richard Adams- Watership Down

Alan Temperley- Harry and the Wrinklies

Sylivia Voight- The Homecoming

Diana Wynne Jones- Charmed Life


Dinah Capparucci- Aliens Don’t Eat Dog Food

Thought provoking books

Pete Johnson- Trust Me I’m a Trouble maker

Adeline Yen Mah- The Chinese Cinderella

Phillip Reeve- Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Veg

Anita Desai- Village by the Sea

Susan Gates- Killer Mushrooms Ate My Gran

Deborah Ellis- The Breadwinner series


Malorie Blackman- Pig Heart Boy, Tell Me No Lies


Peter Dickinsnon- The Kin


Zizou Corder- Lionboy



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