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


In Year 5, 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 5 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 Philip Pullman

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School

Year 5 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!


Mrs Tomlinson




Recommended books:



  • Molly Moon- Georgia Byng
  • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key/What would Joey Do- Jack Gantos
  • The Spud from Outer Space- Susan Gates
  • The Last Polar Bears- Harry Horse
  • Jiggy McCue series- Michael Lawrence



School Stories

  • St Clares- Enid Blyton
  • Malory Towers- Enid Blyton



Adventure Stories

  • The Last Free Cat- John Blake
  • Famous Five- Enid Blyton
  • Jimmy Coates Sabotage- Joe Craig
  • Iron Heads- Susan Gates
  • Diamond Brothers series- Anthony Horowitz
  • Wicked- Anthony Masters
  • Storm Runners- Barbara Mitchelhill
  • The Invisible Detective series- Justin Richards
  • Stormsearch, In the Nick of Time- Robert Westall



Adventure Set in the Past

  • The Abbey Mysteries- Cherith Baldry
  • The Roman Mystery series- Caroline Lawrence
  • The Way of the Warrior- Andrew Matthews
  • The Baker Street Boys- Anthony Read
  • Great Pyramid Robbery- Katherine Roberts
  • The Cats of Seroster- Robert Westall




  • The Children of Green Knowe- Lucy M. Boston
  • Tudor Terror- Terry Deary
  • The Saga of Erik the Viking, The Knight and the Squire- Terry Jones
  • Death and the Arrow- Chris Priestly
  • Clockwork- Philip Pullman
  • Percy Jackson series- Rick Riordan
  • My Diary and My Story series various authors
  • Horrible History, Horrible Geography series






War stories

  • War Boy, War Game- Michael Foreman
  • Warhorse, War of Jenkins Ear- Michael Morpurgo
  • A Time of Fire- Robert Westall



  • Frog Princess, Dragon’s Breath- E. D. Baker
  • Tales of the Dark Forest- Steve Barlow/Steve Skidmore
  • The Boggart- Susan Cooper
  • Dragon books- Cressida Cowell
  • Harvey Angell- Diana Hendry
  • Dogsbody, A Tale of Time City- Diana Wynne Jones
  • Skulduggery Pleasant, Playing with Fire- Derek Landy
  • The Witch Trade- Michael Molly
  • The Dog so Small- Phillipa Pearce
  • Dakota of the White Flats, Scribbleboy- Philip Ridley
  • A Series of Unfortunate events- Lemony Snicket
  • Muddle Earth- Paul Stewart




  • The Magician’s House Quartet- William Corlett
  • Secret of Platform 13, Dial a Ghost- Eva Ibbotson
  • The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, A Stitch in Time- Penelope Lively
  • Goosebumps- R. L. Stine
  • Room 13- Robert Swindells



  • Wild Lives series- Nick Arnold
  • Sandy Lane Stables- Michelle Bates
  • Peppermint Pig- Nina Bawden
  • The Rover Adventures- Roddy Doyle 3
  • Tooth and Claw- Stephen Moore
  • Dreamseeker Trilogy- Jenny Oldfield
  • Varjak Paw series- S. F. Said


  • Angels Unlimited- Annie Dalton
  • Pongwiffy, Wilma series- Kaye Umansky



  • Jessica Haggerthwaite: Media Star- Emma Barnes
  • Bagthorpe Saga- Helena Cresswell
  • 2 Weeks with the Queen- Morris Gleitzman
  • The Exiles- Hilary Mackay
  • Simone’s Letters- Helena Pielichaty
  • The Mum Surprise- Gwyneth Rees
  • Becky Bananas- Jean Ure


Science Fiction

  • Angel for May- Melvin Burgess
  • A Rag A Bone and a Hank of Hair- Nicholas Fisk
  • Aquilla- Andrew Morris
  • Dr Who Stories various authors




  • Kick Off, Shoot to Win- Dan Friedman



Popular Authors

  • Matilda, BFG, Danny the Champion of the World, Boy, Going Solo- Roald Dahl
  • Crowstarver, The Sheep Pig, The Water Horse- Dick King-Smith
  • Escape from Shangri-La, Long Way home, The White Horse of Zennor- Michael Morpurgo
  • Tracy Beaker, Best Friends, Secrets, Midnight- Jacqueline Wilson



Modern Classics

  • The Midnight Fox- Betsy Byars
  • Stig of the Dump- Clive King
  • Thunder and Lightning- Jan Mark
  • The Rescuers- Margery Sharp
  • Mennyms- Sylvia Waugh




  • Peter Pan- J. M. Barrie
  • Wizard of Oz- Frank L. Baum
  • Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
  • Katy books- Susan Coolidge
  • Just William- Richmal Crompton
  • Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Graham
  • Just So Stories, The Jungle Book- Rudyard Kipling
  • Pollyanna- E. Porter
  • 101 Dalmations- Dodie Smith
  • Heidi- Johanna Spyri
  • Ballet Shoes- Noel Streatfield
  • Mary Poppins- P. L. Travers




  • Let Me Touch the Sky- Val Bloom
  • Funky chickens- Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Oxford Book of Story Poems
  • Dark as a Midnight Dream
  • The Works A Poet a Week