Recommended Books for Upper Key Stage 2 (Y5/6) Children1 minute read

In our parent reading questionnaires, we asked you how we could help you to help your child in reading. Many of you said that you would like to know what books would be covered during particular year groups. You also asked what books we would recommend for children of particular ages. Below is a list of recommended reads for upper KS2 children. Though your child will study some of these books during their time in KS2, they love hearing and reading familiar books so any of these would make an ideal Christmas or birthday present!

  • The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes
  • The Lady of Shallot – Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz
  • Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
  • Journey to Jo’burg – Beverley Naidoo
  • There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom – Louis Sachar
  • Holes – Louis Sachar
  • Goodnight Mr. Tom – Michelle Magorian
  • From Hereabout Hill – Michael Morpurgo
  • Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier & Jane Serraillier
  • Midnight Fox – Betsy Byars
  • The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank
  • Macbeth – William Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare
  • The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler – Gene Kemp
  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo
  • The Tower to the Sun – Colin Thompson
  • Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Wreck of the Zanzibar – Michael Morpurgo
  • Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden –  Phillipa Pearce
  • Boy – Roald Dahl


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