Book Recommendations

Getting your child to read for pleasure can be real challenge. 

Our book recommendations have been tried and tested by our students. The effects of reading on child development are vast and multiple studies have highlighted its benefits.

Non- Fiction

Suitable for all

Oxford School Dictionary

This fantastic new edition will boost your children's vocabulary with new words and meanings from across the curriculum.

Suitable for all

First News
(Newspaper)

A weekly newspaper for children that keeps them up to date with news events in the UK and around the world. First News is also full of fun, happy stories and entertainment.

Years 3 & 4

The Ultimate Book of Space

This book provides a richly illustrated, hands-on exploration of space travel, the Earth's place in our galaxy and the solar system.

Years 3 & 4

The Stone Age 
DK findout

Find out how early humans hunted a woolly mammoth, made fire, and created cave paintings in this fascinating book for children about the Stone Age.

Years 4 & 5

The New Children's Encyclopedia

The ultimate book of knowledge that every child needs! Ideal for students with lots of big questions about the world we live in.

Fiction

Years 3 & 4

The Ickabog 
by JK Rowling

Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food.

Years 3 & 4

Idle Jack
by Roald Dahl

Idle he may be, but Jack's no fool! Somehow he always manages to come out on top, whether its becoming star pupil or going to work.

Years 3 & 4

Matilda
by Roald Dahl

At the age of five and a half, Matilda enters school and befriends her teacher Jennifer Honey, who is astonished by her intellectual abilities.

Years 3 & 4

The Twits
by Roald Dahl

A hideous, vindictive, spiteful couple known as the Twits live together in a brick house without windows.

Years 3 & 4

Gangsta Granny
by David Walliams

Every Friday night Ben is sent to his utterly ‘boring’ granny. Until one day he realises there may be a lot more to his granny than he ever thought possible...

Years 4 & 5

Warrior Cats
by Erin Hunter

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors. But the warrior code has been threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger.

Years 4 & 5

Harry Potter
by JK Rowling

When mysterious letters start arriving on his doorstep, Harry Potter has never heard of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a strange man bursts in with some important news.

Year 5

The Secret Garden
by F.H Burnett

The novel centres on Mary Lennox, who is living in India with her wealthy British family. She is a selfish and disagreeable 10-year-old girl who has been spoiled by her servants and neglected by her unloving parents

Year 5

Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master.

Years 5

Why the Whales Came
by M. Morpurgo

Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought.

Our Audio Books

Many children also enjoy listening to stories. In addition to our educational activities, we have a wide selection of audio books on Maple Online that are guaranteed to educate and stimulate your child. 

Cheerful little ginger boy in headphones smiling  while sitting crossed legged on couch and using tablet at home