School reading list

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Grade 3 books to read on their own:

Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower – Rumer Goden
Tashi – Anna Fienberg
Lady Lollipop – Dick King-Smith
You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum – Andy Stanton
Mrs Pepperpot – Alf Proysen
Diary of a Killer Cat – Anne Fine
Bettina Valentina and the Picasso Club – Niki Daly
Milly-Molly-Mandy – Joyce Lankester Brisley
Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat – Chris Riddell

Grade 3 Classics for parents to read aloud:


Little Bookworm – Eleanor Farjeon
Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge
Sarah, Plain and the Tall – Patricia Maclachlan
Emil and the Detectives – Eric KaSTNER
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf – Catherine Storr

Grade 3 Poetry


Revolting Rhymes – Roald Dahl

Grade 4 books to read on their own:


Charlotte’s Web – E B White
The BFG – Roald Dahl
The Angel of Nitshell Road – Anne Fine
The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth – Eoin Colfer
The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynn Reid Bankds
Blabbermouth – Morris Gleitzmann
The Sheep-Pig – Dick King-Smith
Number of the Stars – Lois Lowry
Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate de Camillo
Journey to Jo’burg – Beverley Naidoo
The Whipping Boy – Sid Fleishman
The Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo

Grade 4 Classics for parents to read aloud:


The Voyages of Dr Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
The Hundred and One Dalmations – Dodie Smith
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Stuart Little – E B White
The Children of Green Knowe – Lucy Boston

Grade 4 Poetry

 
Please Mrs Butler – Allan Ahlberg

Grade 5 books to read on their own:


The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams
Two Weeks with the Queen – Morris Gleitzmann
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Horse and His Boy – C S Lewis
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
The Switch – Anthony Horowitz
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom – Louis Sacher
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
Hitler’s Daughter – Jackie French
Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver

Grade 5 Classics for parents to read aloud:

 
Just William – Richmal Crompton
Anne of the Green Gables – L  M Montgomery
The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfield
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Steveson

Grade 5 Poetry


Cloud Bustling – Malorie Blakcman

Grade 6 books to read on their own:


Fat Boy Swim – Catherine Forde
Skellig – David Almond
Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
The Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
The Strollers – Lesley Beake
Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce
Flush! – Carl Hiaasen
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech
Eggs – Jerry Spinelli
Toby Alone – Timothee de Fombelle

Grade 6 Poetry

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – T S Elliot

Grade 6 Classics
The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien
Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
Warrior Scarlet – Rosemary Sutcliffe
Down with Skool! – Geoffrey Willans
I am David – Ann Holm

Grade 7 books to read on their own:


Island of the Blue Dophins – Scott O’Dell
The Slave Dancer – Paula Fox
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff
Keeper – Mal Peet
Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
The Outsiders – S E Hinton
Dragonfly – Julia Golding
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
I capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 123 and three-quarters – Sue Townsend

Grade 7 Poetry

Love that Dog – Sharon Creech

Grade 7 Classics

Jock of the Bushveld – Percy Fitzpatrick
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle

Find reading lists for other grades here.


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