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Recommended reading list for Year 3

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If there’s one way you can really improve your learning at school it is by reading lots of books both at home and at school.

Thanks to our replenished book supplies, there are many titles to choose from for your weekly reading book in each of the year group libraries and of course, the children participating in the new Accelerated Reading trial have another whole library to choose from. (Hopefully this will be rolled out over the entire school soon)

However, we know there are lots of parents, carers and family members who buy books for their children and often ask us which are the best titles. So, we decided to publish our school’s recommended reading lists for each year group so, if you are on the look out to buy some great books where children can immerse themselves in a brand new world and improve their learning at the same time. Take a look at our list below.

This is the list aimed at children aged 7-8 and currently in (or going into) Year 3. We understand that not all children are at the same level so look out for the Year 2 list and the Year 4 list (coming soon) so you can adapt as necessary.

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We have grouped the titles into interests to help you choose the best book for your child.

Favourite authors

  • Roald Dahl – Fantastic Mr Fox, The Magic Finger, James and the Giant Peach, The Twits, The BFG
  • Enid Blyton – The Magic Faraway Tree
  • Michael Morpurgo – Black Queen, Dancing Bear
  • David Walliams – Fing, The Ice Monster, The World’s Worst Children

Humour

  • Mr Gum – Andy Stanton
  • Horrid Henry – Francesca Simon
  • Dilly the Dinosaur Series – Tony Bradman
  • Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  • Who’s in the Loo? – Jeanie Willis
  • Fudge Series – Judy Bloom

Mystery

  • Dog in the Dungeon – Lucy Daniels
  • The Charlie Moon Series – Shirley Hughes

Animals

  • The Railway Cat – Phyllis Arkle
  • Dog Man – Dav Pilkey
  • Mr Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater
  • The Midnight Fox – Betsy Byars
  • The Peppermint Pig – Nina Bawden
  • Sheltie – Peter Clover
  • Puppy Patrol – Jenny Dale
  • Puppy Place series – Ellen Miles
  • Charlotte’s Web – E.B White
  • Magic Kitten series – Sue Bentley
  • The Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo
  • The Sheep Pig – Dick King-Smith
  • The 100 mph Dog – Jeremy Strong
  • The Climbers – Ali Standish
  • The Boy who Grew Dragons – Andy Shepherd

Adventure

  • Beast Quest series – Adam Blade
  • The Invisible Boy – Trudy Ludwig
  • It was a Dark and Stormy Night – Janet Ahlberg
  • Black Queen – Michael Morpurgo
  • Dancing Bear – Michael Morpurgo
  • Seven Weird Days at Number 31 – Judy Allen
  • Spy Dog Series – Andrew Cope
  • Unusual Day – Sandi Toksvig
  • Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
  • The Treehouse Fun Book – Andy Griffiths

Fantasy

  • Rainbow Magic Fairies – Daisy Meadow
  • Unicorn Academy – Julie Sykes
  • Isadora Moon – Harriet Muncaster
  • The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
  • Cosmo and the Secret Spell – Gwyneth Rees
  • Grizzly Tales – James Rix

Historical

  • The Time Travelling Cat – Julia Jarman
  • The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths – Geraldine McCaughrean
  • The Adventures of King Arthur – A Wilkes
  • The Amazing Adventures of Hercules – C Zeff

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I left a social media job for one of Britain's best travel companies to become a TA at Riverview Junior School without really knowing what I was letting myself in for... I quickly realised that I should have made this move a long time ago! Working with children is an incredibly rewarding career and there is never a dull moment. Helping them discover the world of education and watching them grow day by day is an honour and one I intend developing over the next couple of years.

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