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


In Year 3, 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.  


As you progress throughout Year 3, you will be given a stage book at your own level to help you to practise the key reading skills needed throughout Key Stage Two. 


In addition to this, you will have a book to read for pleasure which you can chose from the library or your own selection of books.  This means that you will be able to choose one of the books you read each week.  It is important that you use the recommended reading 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.  


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). ON the other days, you should read you reading for pleasure book to develop a love of reading and authors.

Year 3's class author is Roald Dahl

As Dr Seuss once said, “The more you read, the more you know, the more you learn, the more places you'll go!” It is important that children are regularly reading both in and outside of school. Please aim to read with your child at minimum of 3 times a week and please sign in their reading diary. As children in Y3 are growing in independence, they can read to themselves and record this in their reading diary, please can this still be signed by an adult. Reading diaries will be checked every Monday so please ensure they are in school on this day.  Furthermore, if your child has finished their book, it is their responsibility to let myself or Mrs Woodhead know so it can be changed ready for the next day.
Our Class Author is Roald Dahl so we will initially be doing some work based on him, his life and his most famous and popular books. Most of our end of day whole class reading time will be based around a Roald Dahl book which the children will hopefully enjoy.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Year 3 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.


Happy reading!


Miss Hough




Recommended books


Stories with familiar settings (school, home, etc)


  • Bertagna, J- The Ice Cream Machine
  • Browne, A- Gorilla, Voices in the Park
  • Cameron, A- Julian Stories
  • Cross, G- Posh Watson
  • Dickinson, P- Chuck and Danielle
  • Dunmore, H- Allie’s Rabbit
  • Fine, A- Care of Henry, Design a Pram, Diary of a Killer Cat, Jennifer's Diary, Loud Mouth Louis, Only a Show, Press Play
  • French, V- Morris and the Catflap
  • Haddon, M- Sea of Tranquility
  • Hawkins, E- Hamster in Danger, Monster of a Hamster
  • King-Smith, D- The Guard Dog, Happy Mouseday, Invisible Dog, The Hodgeheg, The Magic Carpet Slippers, Mr Potter’s Pet
  • Laybourn, E- Monster Shoes
  • Lindgren, A- Lotta Says ‘No’!
  • Mark, J- The Snow Maze, Taking the Cat’s Way Home
  • Mooney, B- But You Promised, It's Not Fair, Promise Me You Won't Be Cross, Why Me?, Why Not?
  • Tomlinson, J- The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home, The Otter Who Wanted to Know, The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark


Poetry: shape poems and poems based on observation and the senses

  • Brownjohn, S- Both Sides of the Catflap
  • Cook, H- Dream Time
  • Corbett, P- Poems for Year 3
  • Douthwaite, G- Picture a Poem
  • Earl, A- Poems about Feelings
  • Foster, J- Word Whirls and Other Shape Poems


Adventure and Mystery Stories

  • Allen, Judy- Seven Weird Days at Number 31
  • Blackman, M- Wizziwig
  • Blyton, E- any Famous Five title
  • Bradman, T- Tommy Niner and the Mystery Spaceship
  • Brennan, H- Eddie & the Bad Egg; Eddie & the Dirty Dogs
  • Broad, M- Agent Amelia: Ghost Diamond
  • Burlington, M-        Lighthouse Joey
  • Carpenter, H- any Mr Majeika title
  • Defoe, D-Robinson Crusoe (retold by Angela Wilkes)
  • Deary, T- Time Detectives series
  • Morpurgo, M- Black Queen; Dancing Bear
  • Mould, C- Treasure Island
  • Odgers, D- Jack Russell: Dog Detective


Myths, legends, fables and traditional stories/stories with related themes

  • Agard, J- Brer Rabbit: Great Tug-o-war
  • Ahlberg, A- Ten in a Bed
  • Andersen, Hans Christian - any tales would be suitable.
  • Anholt, L- Little Red Riding Wolf, Eco-wolf & the Three Pigs
  • Barber, A- Mousehole Cat, Noah & the Ark
  • Cresswell, H- The Sea Piper
  • Croser, J- Baleen
  • French, F- Anancy and Mr Drybone
  • French, V- The Boy Who Walked on Water, Aesop’s Funky Fables
  • Brothers Grimm- any of their traditional stories would be suitable.
  • Hoffman, M- Sun Moon & Stars
  • Mitton, T- Excalibur the Magic Sword
  • Naidu, V- Stories from India
  • Patten, B- Beowulf & the Monster
  • Whitfield, S- The legend of the Chinese Zodiac
  • Wilkes, A- The Adventures of King Arthur
  • Williams, M- King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table
  • Zeff, C-The Amazing Adventures of Hercules, Jason and the Gold Fleece

Humorous poetry and poems that play with words

  • Agard, J- Another Day on Your Foot
  • Crebbin, J- Cows Moo, Cars Toot
  • Cookson, P- Let's Twist Again; Teachers' Pets; Tongue Twisters & Tonsil Twizzlers
  • Foster, J- Teasing Tongue Twisters; Loopy Limericks; Crack another Yolk; Word Spinning; Firewords
  • Patten, B- Juggling with Gerbils; Gargling with Jelly
  • Rosen, M- You Can’t Catch Me, Walking on the Bridge of Your Nose, Michael Rosen's Book of Nonsense

Adventure and Mystery stories continued

  • Offen, H- Rita and the Flying Saucer
  • Paiba, H- Adventure Stories for Seven Year Olds
  • Peyton, K- The Pony that Went to Sea
  • Powling, C- Hoppity-Gap
  • Rees, G-Mermaid Magic
  • Ryan, M- Hover Boy: Missing Moggy Mystery
  • Shire, P- Magic Pony Carousel: Flame


Classics/ Modern Classics

  • White, E.B- Charlotte's Web
  • Ahlberg, A- Cops and Robbers, Please Mrs Butler
  • Dahl, R- Esio Trot, The Twits
  • Cresswell, H- Mystery At Winklesea
  • Mccaughrean, G- One Thousand And One Arabian Nights
  • Murphy, J- The Worst Witch
  • Child, L- Clarice Bean
  • Mcdonald, M- Judy Moody series
  • Proyson, A- Mrs Pepperpot