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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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


Blog Club is held on a Monday evening and is a group of about 20 pupils from Riverview Junior School who choose their own content and with the help of the teachers, create blog posts for you to read.

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