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At Manland we strongly believe in children developing a love of reading, whether it is through books they read at school, books which are read to them at by someone else or books they discover for themselves in a library.

As a school we offer a range of text types and hope this is encouraged at home as well.  To help support you and your child in selecting a book that will capture their imagination, support their love for a particular theme or engage them in a lifetime of loving a chosen author, we have worked together as a school to create an interactive and current booklist. We hope you and your child find it enjoyable reading a range of our suggestions.

Choosing Books Online

This website will help your child find the correct book for themselves and their interests.

Manland Favourites

Who better to ask which book to read than ask other children your age? At Manland we came up with class favourites and then had a vote to choose our top 5 selections.  Some books overlapped because as we know some books are great books, however old you are! So please don’t limit yourself to the class your child is in.  We hope you enjoy some of our favourites too.


Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Jake and the Netherland Pirates by Disney The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson   Hairy McClary by Lynley Dodd   I went to the Zoopermarket by Nick Sharrat  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Rainbow Fairy Magic by Daisy Meadows Julia Donaldson books e.g. What the ladybird heard Where’s Wally by Martin Handford   The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg Dinosaurs in the Supermarket by Timothy Knapman Dick- King Smith books. E.g. Sophie’s Adventures Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy Holly Webb books e.g. Puppy Tales   Space Penguins by Lucy Courtenay Astrosaurs by Steve Cole Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Matilda by Roald Dahl Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown The Demon Dentist by David Walliams
Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Other Popular Choices
Enid Blyton’s ‘Adventure Books’ Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton Tom Gates books by Liz Pinchon Born To Run by Michael Morpurgo Pippi Longstocking books by Astrid Lindgren My Story (history series) e.g. The Trenches by Jim Eldridge Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney Diamond Brothers Detective Agency series by Anthony Horowitz Enid Blyton books e.g. The Faraway Tree and Malory Towers Michael Morpurgo books e.g. Toro Toro, Kaspar and War Horse Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling David Walliams books e.g. Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink Jacqueline Wilson books. E.g. Lily Alone Percy Jackson series by Rick Riorden Awesome Animals series (various authors) e.g. Panda Panic and Koala Calamity Beast Quest by Adam Blade Quentin Blake books Children’s Classics e.g. The Secret Garden and The Railway Children



If you would like some further inspiration for choosing a book please refer to this recommended booklist produced by James Clements (“Shakespeare and More” Director):

Great Picture Books
Would you Rather… by John Burningham Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen
Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd
Courtney by John Burningham The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton
A Friend for Little Bear by Harry Horse Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Shh, We Have a Plan! by Chris Haughton
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Peepo! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Ladybird Picture Books- Fairy Tales
Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon
Dogger by Shirley Hughes Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
I Really Want to Eat a Child by Sylvianne Donnio Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sandak
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Drywalt Kicking a Ball by Allan Ahlberg
The Green Ship by Quentin Blake Edgar Get Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams
Mother Goose’s Playtime Rhymes by Axel Scheffler


Picture Books for Older Children
Tuesday by David Weisner How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson
Flotsam by David Weisner The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman
The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan The Island by Armin Greder
Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs I am the Mummy Heb-Nerfert by Eve Bunting
Night of the Gargoyles by Eve Bunting Mythological Monsters of Ancient Greece by Sara Fanelli
The Paperbag Prince by Colin Thompson Black Dog by Levi Pinfold


Retellings of Classics
Robin of Sherwood by Michael Morpurgo The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories by Andrew Matthews
Beowulf by Kevin Crossley-Holland Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green
Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield The Orchard Book of Swords, Sorcerers and Superheroes by Tony Bradman
Myths and Legends retold by Anthony Horowitz The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales by Geraldine McCaughrean
Collected Folk Tales by Alan Garner The Odyssey Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds
Stories from Shakespeare by Geraldine McCaughrean Greek Myths by Ann Turnbull
Atticus the Storyteller’s 100 Greek Myths by Lucy Coats The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden


Classic Children’s Literature
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Charlotte’s Web by E B White
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Treasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonLord of the Flies by William Golding
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
The War of the Worlds by H G Wells Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson


Where my Wellies Take Me by Clare and Michael Morpurgo The Rattle Bag edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
The Nation’s Favourite Children’s Poems – BBC New and Collected Poems for Children by Carol Anne Duffy
Classic Poetry selected by Michael Rosen Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
The Ring of Words by Roger McGough The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
Cautionary Verses by Hilaire Belloc IF- A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility edited by Allie Esiri and Rachel Kelly
Collected Poems for Children by Ted Hughes


Beautiful Non-Fiction
The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins The Usborne History of Britain
A Dictionary of Monsters and Mysterious Beasts by Carey Miller Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities by Iain Stewart
The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzenberger What Makes Me? By Robert Winston
How to Keep Dinosaurs by Robert Mash Wholly Irresponsible Experiments by Sean Connolly


Traditional Stories
Tales from the West Indies by Faustin Charles Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean Book House Ancient Greek Myths
The Thousand Nights and One Night retold by David Walser The Odyssey retold by Robin Lister
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor retold by John Yeoman The Trick of the Tale by John and Caitlin Matthews
Aesop’s Fables retold by Alice Shirley


Great Contemporary Fiction
Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
His Dark Materials books by Philip Pullman Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan
Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman The Various by Steve Augarde
Montmorency by Eleanor Updale Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestly Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Clockwork by Philip Pullman
Coraline by Neil Gaiman Once by Morris Gleitzman
The Last Polar Bears by Harry Horse Diamond Brothers books by Anthony Horowitz
Clockwork by Philip Pullman Young Bond books by Charlie Higson
Holes by Louis Sachar The Magician of Samarkand by Alan Temperley
Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge