Recommended reading list for Year 3

We are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. Here are some suggestions but we would welcome your views and any others that you think should be added to the list.




Allan Ahlberg

* The Giant Baby
* Woof!

Allan & Janet Ahlberg

The Clothes Horse and Other Stories

Joan Aiken

* A Necklace of Raindrops
* Fog Hounds, Wind Cat, Sea Mice

Nicholas Allan

Stories from Hilltop Hospital

Jonathan Allen

Fowl Play

Laurence Anholt

* Daft Jack and the Bean Stack
* Shampoozel
* The Emperor’s Underwear

Phyllis Arkle

The Railway Cat

Chris Ashley

Wasim in the Deep End

Richard & Florence Atwater

Mr Popper’s Penguins

Jeannie Baker

Where the Forest Meets the Sea

Nina Bawden

Keeping Henry

Terence Blacker

Ms Wiz Series

Malorie Blackman


Quentin Blake

Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave

Judy Blume

* Freckle Juice
* Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Enid Blyton

* Island of Adventure
* Malory Towers
* St Clare’s Series
* The Famous Five
* The Magic Faraway Tree

Michael Bond

A Bear called Paddington

Tony Bradman

Sam the Girl Detective

Henrietta Branford

* Dimarche Diller Series
* Spacebaby

Jeff Brown

Flat Stanley

Marc Brown

Arthur Baby-Sits

Anthony Browne

* Changes
* Zoo
* Gorilla

Melvin Burgess

The Earth Giant

Betsy Byars

The Midnight Fox

Ann Cameron

The Julian Stories

Humphrey Carpenter

Mr Majeika

Ann & Reg Cartwright

The Winter Hedgehog

Lauren Child

* Clarice Bean That’s Me
* Utterly Me, Clarice Bean

Beverley Cleary

Ramona Series

Sharon Creech

Love that Dog

Helen Cresswell

The Sea Piper

Kevin Crossley-Holland


Jennifer Curry

Hands Off Our Hens

Roald Dahl

* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
* Fantastic Mr Fox
* George’s Marvellous Medicine
* The BFG
* The Magic Finger

Niki Daly

Jamela’s Dress

Colin Dann

Animals of Farthing Wood series

Paula Danziger

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit

Meindert De Jong

Hurry Home Candy

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

Berlie Doherty

Willa and Old Miss Annie

Helen Dunmore

Amina’s Blanket

Dorothy Edwards

My Naughty Little Sister Stories

Jan Fearnley

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes

Anne Fine

How to Write Really Badly

Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet the Spy

Michael Foreman

* Grandfather’s Pencil and the Room of Stories
* Jack’s Fantastic Voyage

Sarah Garland

Tex the Cowboy

Paul Geraghty


Adele Geras

My Grandmother’s Stories

Mike Gibbie

Small Brown Dog’s Bad Remembering Day

Rumer Godden

The Story of Holly and Ivy

Nigel Gray

Running Away From Home

Mairi Hedderwick

Katie Morag and the Wedding

Stuart Henson

Who Can Tell? (with Wayne Anderson)

Nigel Hinton

Beaver Towers

Mary Hooper

* Spook Summer
* The Great Twin Trick

Anthony Horowitz

The Falcon’s Malteser

Harry Horse

The Last Cowboys

Ted Hughes

* How the Whale Became
* The Iron Man

Norman Hunter

* Incrediblania stories
* Professor Branestawm

Tove Jansson

The Moomins

Paul Jennings

The Cabbage Patch Fib

Terry Jones

Fantastic Stories

Ann Jungman

Vlad the Drac

Gene Kemp

Dog’s Journey

Dick King-Smith

* Dragon Boy
* The Golden Goose
* The Hodgeheg
* The Sheep-Pig

Jenny Koralek

The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams

Roger Lancelyn Green

* Myths of the Norsemen
* King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

Joyce Lankster

Milly Molly Mandy series

Michael Lawrence

Jiggy McCue series

Robert Leeson

The Dog who changed the World

Rob Lewis

Lazy Daisy

Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking

Jonathan Long

* The Cat that Scratched (with Korky Paul)
* The Wonky Donkey

Margaret Mahy

* The Great Piratical Rumbustification and the Librarian and the Robbers
* Tingleberries, Tuckertubs and Telephones

Jan Mark

Long Lost

André Maurois

Fattypuffs and Thinifers

Kara May

Cat’s Witch

William Mayne

Lady Muck

Sam McBratney

Jimmy Zest

Alexander McCall Smith

The Perfect Hamburger

Roger McGough

The Great Smile Robbery

Hilary McKay

The Treasure in the Garden!

David McKee

Charlotte’s Piggy Bank

Colin McNaughton

Have You Seen Who’s Just Moved in Next Door to Us?

Ursula Moray Williams

The Adventure of the Little Wooden Horse

Michael Morpurgo

* Black Queen
* Farm Boy
* Muck and Magic Stories from the Countryside
* The Butterfly Lion
* The Dancing Bear
* The Marble Crusher
* Toro! Toro!

Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch

Magdalen Nabb

The Enchanted Horse

Linda Newberry

* Whistling Jack
* Ice Cat

Jenny Nimmo

The Owl Tree

Robert O’Brien

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Hiawyn Oram

Little Brother and the Cough

Florence Parry Heide

The Shrinking of Treehorn

Phillippa Pearce

* A Dog So Small
* The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

K M Peyon

The Pony that Went to Sea

Ann Pilling

Henry’s Leg

Alf Proysen

Mrs Pepperpot

Gwynedd Rae

Mary Plain series

Mary Rayner

The Small Good Wolf

Shoo Rayner

Dark Claw Series

Lynne Reid Banks

* Harry the Poisonous Centipede
* I Houdini

Thomas Rockwell

How to Eat Fried Worms

Mary Rodgers

Freaky Friday

J K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Jon Scieszka

The Stinky Cheeseman and other Fairly Stupid Tales

Martina Selway

Wish You Were Here

Catherine Storr

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf

Jeremy Strong

* Krazy Kow Saves the World – Well Almost
* My Mum’s Going to Explode!
* The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog

Rosemart Sutcliffe

The High Deeds of Finn McCool

Robert Swindells

* Dracula’s Castle
* Ice Palace

Ruth Thomas

The Class That Went Wild

Colin Thompson

Attila the Bluebottle

Jill Tomlinson

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Jean Ure

* Becky Bananas
* Daisy May

Alison Uttley

Sam Pig

Nina Warner Hooke

The Snow Kitten

Robert Westall

* Blitz
* The Christmas Cat

E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web

Ian Whybrow

Little Wolf series

Marcia Williams

No Worries!

Sophy Williams

Nana’s Garden

Bob Wilson

Bing, Bang, Boogie, It’s a Boy Scent

Jacqueline Wilson