Year 5 Reading List

Please look at the lists below to see suggestions of books suitable for Year 5 children, either to read independently or to share with an adult. We have aimed to link the books to the learning in each term in Year 5. 
Remember to complete your reading journal in order to receive certificates and prizes!
 

Year 5

Reading List

Autumn Term

 

 

Fiction

 

Title

Author

Genre

The Witches

Roald Dahl

Classic, Fantasy

Shadow Jumper

J M Forster

Adventure

The Wolves in the Walls

Neil Gaiman

Fantasy

When Hilter Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr

Historical

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

Classic

The Wreck of Zanzibar

Michael Morpurgo

Historical

Why the Whales Came

Michael Morpurgo

Mystery

The Vanishing Rainforest

Richard Platt

Geographical

The Firework Maker’s Daughter

Phillip Pullman

Fantasy

Heidi

Johanna Spyri

Classic

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

Graphic Novel

The World’s Worst Children (2)

David Walliams

Humour

What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible

Ross Welford

Fantasy

 

Non-Fiction

 

Title

Author

Genre

Deadly Diaries

Steve Backshall

Science & Nature

City Atlas

Georgia Cherry

Geography

North

Nick Dowson

Science & Nature

What to Do When You Worry Too Much

Dawn Huebner & Bonnie Mathews

PSHCE

Women in Science

Rachel Ignotofsky

General Knowledge

 
 

Year 5

Reading List

Spring Term

 

 

Fiction

 

Title

Author

Genre

Watership Down

Richard Adams

Classic

Heard it in the Playground

Allan Ahlberg

Poetry

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

Fantasy

Hacker

Malorie Blackman

Adventure

Letters from the Lighthouse

Emma Carroll

Historical

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

Fantasy

Street Child

Berlie Doherty

Historical

The Falcon’s Malteser (Diamond Brothers Series)

Anthony Horowitz

Mystery

A Twist of Fortune

Barbara Mitchelhill

Adventure

Harry Potter (Series)

J. K. Rowling

Fantasy

Frozen in Time

Ali Sparkes

Fantasy

The Boy in the Dress

David Walliams

Humour

 

Non-Fiction

 

Title

Author

Genre

Animalium

Jenny Broom

Science & Nature

The Wonder Garden

Jenny Broom & Kristjana Williams

Science & Nature

Boy

Roald Dahl

Biography

Victorians (Eyewitness)

DK

History

Have you filled a bucket today?

Carol McCloud

Picture book, PSHCE

Maps

Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski

Geography

Brain Games for Clever Kids: Puzzles to Exercise your Mind

Gareth Moore

Puzzles

DK Science Experiments

Robert Winston

Science

 
 

Year 5

Reading List

Summer Term

 

 

Fiction

 

Title

Author

Genre

Goldilocks on CCTV

John Agard

Poetry

My Dad’s a Birdman

David Almond

Humour

The Smoking Hourglass

Jennifer Bell

Fantasy

Danny the Champion of the World

Roald Dahl

Humour

Who Let the Gods out

Maz Evans

Fantasy

George’s Secret Key to the Universe

Lucy & Steven Hawking

Fantasy

Boy in the Tower

Polly Ho-Yen

Fantasy

The Water Horse

Dick King-Smith

Fantasy

Cool

Michael Morpurgo

Realistic Fiction

Friend or Foe

Michael Morpurgo

Historical

Wonder

R J Palacio

Realistic Fiction

The Wolf Wilder

Katherine Run

Adventure

 

Non-Fiction

 

Title

Author

Genre

Hair in Funny Places

Babette Cole

PSHE

Timeline

Peter Goes

History

Historium

Jo Nelson

History

The Interactive Art Book

Frank Whitford & Ron van der Meer

Art

Science - A Children’s Encyclopaedia

Chris Woodford

Science & Nature