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Reading is the key to all success!  If you can read, you can gain knowledge, understanding and enjoyment.  


In Year 6, we expect you to read for at least 20 minutes everyday, so that you gain stamina and fluency, as well as the love of reading.  Record your home reading in your reading diary daily to gain rewards in class.  


Most children in Year 6 will be free readers.  This means that you will be able to choose the book you read.  Use the list below to help you to read a range of genres at the right level.  You can also borrow non-fiction books from our school library and novels from your class library.  


If you need to consolidate your word reading skills, vocabulary reading or fluency, your teacher will allocate a second reading book from our home reading scheme to support you.  You can still have your own choice book to read for pleasure, but it is important to read the book allocated by your teacher regularly (it is recommended to read this a couple of times to improve your fluency and to change this weekly). 

Our Class Author is Michael Morpurgo

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Year 6 Recommended Reading List



Dear Parents/ Carers,


As I am 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 each classroom, 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, to visit their local library and to share some of the recommended books below between their friendship groups. 


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.


The children were visited last week by Tracey from Blythe Bridge Library, who told the children all about the latest Summer Reading Challenge.  Children can sign up at their local library and receive rewards for the number of books read.  We are aiming this year for a record number of St Patrick’s children to complete the challenge.  Why not use the reading challenge as an opportunity to get a head start on the reading list below!  Highlight which books have been read and bring it into school in September ready to impress their new class teacher.  We will aim throughout the year for children to read as many of the books from the list below as possible, with certificates and rewards for the most avid readers.


Happy reading!


Mrs Evans



  • Joan Aiken- Midnight is a Place
  • David Almond- Skellig, Heaven Eyes
  • Eion Colfer- Artemis Fowl series, The Supernaturalist, Half Moon Investigations
  • Chris D’Lacey- Icefire, Shrinking Ralph Perfect, The Salt Pirates of Skegness
  • Helen Dunmore- Ingo
  • Cornelia Funke- Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord
  • Alan Garner- The Owl Service, Elidor
  • Alan Gibbons- Warriors of the Raven
  • Elizabeth Goudge- Little White Horse
  • Anthony Horowitz- The Power of Five series
  • Erin Hunter- Warrior Cats series
  • Brian Jaques- Redwall
  • Diane Wynne Jones- Eight Days of Luke, The Chrestomanci Series
  • Elizabeth Kay- The Divide, Back to the Divide etc
  • Stephen Moore- Tooth and Claw
  • William Nicholson- The Wind on Fire Trilogy, The Noble Warriors Trilogy
  • Jenny Nimmo- Charlie Bone series
  • Ian Ogilvy- Measle and the Mallockee
  • Christopher Paolini- Eragon, Eldest
  • Michele Paver- Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater
  • Terry Pratchet- Johnny and the Bomb, Diggers, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
  • Philip Pullman- His Dark Materials Series
  • Philip Reeve- Mortal Engines
  • Philip Ridley- Mighty Fizz Chilla



  • Jon Blake- The Last Free Cat
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce- Millions, Framed, Cosmic
  • Melvin Burgess- An Angel for May
  • Joe Craig- Jimmy Coates series
  • Jamila Gavin- The Blood Stone, Surya Trilogy
  • Carl Hiaasen- Hoot
  • Charlie Higson- The Young Bond books
  • Sophie Mckenzie- Girl Missing
  • Willard Price- Volcano Adventure etc
  • Chris Ryan- Alpha Force series
  • Ruth Thomas- The Runaways
  • Mark Walden- H.I.V.E series
  • Jeanette Winterson- Tanglewreck



  • Nina Bawden- Carrie’s War
  • John Boyne- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Anne Holm- I am David
  • Robert Leeson- Tom’s War
  • Michele Magorian- Goodnight Mr Tom
  • Linda Newberry- Blitz Boys
  • Christne Nostlinger- Fly Away Home
  • Jill Paton Walsh- Dolphin Crossing
  • Robert Westall- Blitzcat



  • Frances Hodgson Burnett- The Secret Garden, The Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Arthur Conan Doyle- The Lost World
  • Alexandre Dumas- The Three Musketeers
  • W. E. Johns- Biggles
  • C. S. Lewis- Narnia
  • L. M. Montgomery- Anne of Green Gables
  • E. Nesbit- The Railway Children
  • Mary Norton- The Borrowers
  • Arthur Ransome- Swallows and Amazons
  • Anna Sewell- Black Beauty
  • R. L, Stevenson- Treasure Island
  • Mark Twain- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Jules Verne- Around the World in 80 Days


Modern Classics

  • Richard Adams- Watership Down
  • Joan Aiken- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Lynne Read Banks- The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Gillian Cross- The Demon Headmaster series, The Great Elephant Chase
  • Penelope Farmer- Charlotte Sometime
  • Norman Juster- The Phantom Tollbooth



  • Jack London- White Fang, Call of the Wild
  • Jenny Nimmo- The Snow Spider Trilogy
  • Phillipa Pearce- Tom’s Midnight Garden
  • Sylivia Voight- The Homecoming
  • Laura Ingalls- Wilder Little House on the Prairie
  • Henry Williamson- Tarka The Otter


Well-loved authors

  • Geraldine McCaughrean- Stop the Train, The Stones are Hatching, A Little Lower than Angels, Peter Pan in Scarlet
  • Michael Morpurgo books for older readers- Out of the Ashes, Private Peaceful, Alone on the Wide Sea, Adolphus Tips, Why the Whales Came
  • Jacqueline Wilson- The Illustrated Mum, Vicky Angel, My Sister Jodie


Thought provoking books

  • Malorie Blackman- Pig Heart Boy, Tell Me No Lies
  • Zizou Corder- Lionboy
  • Peter Dickinsnon- The Kin
  • Anita Desai- Village by the Sea
  • Deborah Ellis- The Breadwinner series
  • Adeline Yen Mah- The Chinese Cinderella



  • Dinah Capparucci- Aliens Don’t Eat Dog Food
  • Susan Gates- Killer Mushrooms Ate My Gran
  • Pete Johnson- Trust Me I’m a Trouble maker
  • Diana Wynne Jones- Charmed Life
  • Phillip Reeve- Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Veg
  • Alan Temperley- Harry and the Wrinklies