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100 books children should read before leaving primary school

The National Association for the teaching of English worked alongside a panel of teachers to find their top 100 fiction books they feel all children should read before they leave primary school. 

Some of these are woven into our English curriculum here at Grange, but we wonder how many of these children will have read before the leave Grange to go on to their secondary schools?

EYFS and KS1

The Gruffalo

The very hungry caterpillar

We're going on a bear hunt


Where the wild things are


Owl babies

Green eggs and ham

The tiger who came to tea

Peace at last

Hairy Maclary

Not now, Bernard


Amazing Grace

Farmer duck

Alfie and Annie Rose

Six-Dinner Sid

Michael Rosen's sad book

The jolly postman


Voices in the park


Little Miss and Mr Men

Gentle giant

The velveteen rabbit

On the way home

Pumpkin soup


The day the crayons quit

The snowman

My mum

The tunnel

The giving tree

Click, clack, moo

Peter rabbit

I will not never ever eat a tomato

The Kipper series

Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4)

Charlie and the chocolate factory

Black Beauty

Diary of a wimpy kid

The magic faraway tree

The sheep pig

The happy prince and other tales

Alice in Wonderland

The iron man

The Twits

The worst witch

The wind in the willows

The little prince


Flat Stanley

Esio Trot

Journey to the river sea

The just so stories

Mrs Pepperpot

The Chronicles of Narnia


Five children and It

The borrowers


The adventures of Milly-Molly-Mandy

Stig of the dump

Grimms' fairy tales

The secret garden

A dark, dark tale

Theseus and the Minotaur

The suitcase kid

Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6)

Goodnight Mr Tom

The highwayman

Percy Jackson and the lightning thief

The railway children

The just William series

The Skulduggery Pleasant series

The Hobbit



Cloud busting

Street child

The early years at Malory Towers

Asterix series

War horse

Swallows and Amazons

Treasure Island



Wolf brother

The fib

Artemis Fowl series

The silver sword



The turbulent term of Tyke Tiler

Birds, beasts and relatives

I am David

Shakespeare stories

Pig-heart boy

The eagle of the ninth

The phantom tollbooth

The weirdstone of Brisingamen

The giant's necklace

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