School Reading List curates children's and YA booklists. We recommend new and classic children's books, young adult books and teen books to teachers, parents, librarians, home educators and schools in the UK and worldwide. Our highly qualified and experienced team of children's literature experts has been creating reading lists and online resources since 2011.

Our children’s books and recommended reading lists

Our core children’s and teen book lists

Welcome to the School Reading List, your go-to resource for curated and comprehensive children’s book lists. Whether you’re a dedicated teacher, a passionate home educator, an involved parent, an inspirational librarian, or a forward-thinking school seeking quality reading recommendations, our website is designed to help you promote reading for pleasure culture and encourage young people to read.

Book lists for children in primary schools.

Books for 0-11-year-olds

Recommended reading books for children aged 3-11 in UK primary schools. Our lists are curated and updated by qualified teachers and librarians.

Book lists for young adults and teens in secondary school.

Books for 11-18-year-olds

Books for young adults and teens aged 11-18 with reading lists for years 7-9, years 10-11 & years 12-13 in secondary school. Titles are selected by experienced teachers.

New children's and YA book reviews

New book reviews

Children’s, teen and YA book reviews, all written by our panel of experienced teachers, home educators and librarians.

Magazines for children

Magazines for children

Our recommended newspapers and magazines for children aged 3-6, 7-12 & 13+, and subject teachers.

Topic books and themed reading list books for kids

Genres & nonfiction

Genre lists, themed lists, cross-curricular teaching topic book lists and nonfiction lists for children and teens.

School Reading List children's and YA books of the month

Books of the month

Each month we select a picture book, a chapter book and nonfiction children’s and YA books of the month.

Literacy and reading competitions for children and teens.

Competitions

Browse our regularly updated month-by-month calendared lists of competitions covering reading, writing, and oracy.

Children's booklists with favourites chosen by children

Chosen by children

Browse favourite children’s books chosen by children. Find out which titles proved to be popular in each age group.

Reading and literacy resources for teachers and librarians.

Teaching resources

Reading for pleasure, literacy, library and teaching resources, including our free-to-download summer reading challenge.

Home learning resources, activities and courses for children and teens.

Home learning ideas

Online learning courses, activities, lessons, interactive games, and video teaching for primary and secondary-aged students.

Inset and training courses for teachers, with a focus on literacy and reading for pleasure

Training for teachers

Literacy, reading and English courses, training and inset ideas for teachers, librarians and teaching assistants.


Our latest children’s and YA book lists

At the School Reading List, we understand the importance of fostering a lifelong appreciation for literature in young minds. Our carefully curated children’s book lists cater to a diverse audience, encompassing a wide range of genres, themes, and reading levels. We aim to provide an extensive collection of kids’ books that not only entertain but augment cross-curricular teaching and inspire your students’ learning and imagination.

Books to keep teens reading during the summer holidays

Books to keep teens reading during the summer holidays

Keep your teen reading over the summer holidays with books by Abiola Bello, Simon James Green, Cynthia Murphy, Oskar Kroon, Meredith Adamo, E Lockhart, Angeline Boulley, Tess Sharpe, John Schu and more.
Edgy books for 11-14 year olds

Edgy stories for 11-14 year olds

Edgy stories for 11-14 year olds with titles by Kwame Alexander, Malorie Blackman, Hilary McKay, Jason Rohan, Ele Fountain, Christopher Edge, Catherine Bruton, Derek Landy, Simon James Green, Robert Muchamore, Anne Cassidy & more. 
Politics books for children and teens

Politics books for children and teens

Politics books for children and teens including titles by Michael Rosen, Alastair Campbell, Kamala Harris, Amanda Li, Tim Marshall, Malala Yousafzai, George Orwell, Axie Oh and many more.

Our latest children’s and YA book reviews

Read our reviews of fiction and non-fiction children’s, teen, and young adult books. Expertly analysed by experienced teachers, librarians, and children’s authors, our reviews provide valuable insights to help you buy new titles for your children, classroom or school library. Every new book opens a new chapter of discovery!

One Up by Ben Sanders

One Up by Ben Sanders

One Up is a fun story to read aloud, it is bright and colourful with inventive illustrations which have plenty of detail and are just right for talking about. It is a book which will be read many times without everything being spotted straight away.
Sherlock Bones and the Mischief in Manhattan

Sherlock Bones and the Mischief in Manhattan by Tim Collins

Sherlock Bones and the Mischief in Manhattan would be really fun to use in schools, encouraging students to solve the clues and building up a culture of collaboration as a class, working as a team to resolve the riddles.
We Have Everything We Need To Start Again by Koleka Putuma

We Have Everything We Need To Start Again by Koleka Putuma

We Have Everything We Need To Start Again is a fresh, modern collection for both new and established poetry fans. It will have particular appeal to female readers and fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Nikita Gill.
Galápagos Islands by Karen Romano Young

Galápagos Islands by Karen Romano Young

Galápagos Islands is a beautifully designed and immersive book that will appeal to future scientists and explorers. It’s a beautifully presented non-fiction guide to one of the world’s most biodiverse and ecologically vital environments.
The Midnight Panther by Poonam Mistry

The Midnight Panther by Poonam Mistry

The Midnight Panther is a truly joyous read that will appeal to readers of all ages. Its deceptively simple story of finding your place in the world is wonderfully enhanced by the incredible illustrations. This is truly a book to treasure.
Don’t Disturb the Pirate by Rhiannon Findlay and Siân Roberts

Don’t Disturb the Pirate by Rhiannon Findlay and Siân Roberts

Don’t Disturb the Pirate is a great bedtime story with an exciting, explorer/adventure style beginning following through to a calmer, sleep-inducing ending. The illustrations are engaging with glistening fish, tiny turtles and a cute and quirky seagull.
Nora and the Map of Mayhem by Joseph Elliott

Nora and the Map of Mayhem by Joseph Elliott

Nora and the Map of Mayhem is a laugh-out-loud child’s, fiction book with character growth and development throughout. Joseph has you gripped from the start with hilarious anecdotes and beastly monsters that you can picture vividly in your mind.
100 Things to Know About Sport by Usborne

100 Things to Know About Sport by Usborne

100 Things to Know About Sport is part of an award-winning series that is educational, fun and good value for money. The clear explanations and bright illustrations make this a book that is easily accessible and one that you can dip in and out of.
Watts and Whiskerton: Buried Bones and Troublesome Treasure by Meg McLaren

Watts and Whiskerton: Buried Bones and Troublesome Treasure by Meg McLaren

Watts and Whiskerton: Buried Bones and Troublesome Treasure is a lovely, fun book with very tactile and smaller thicker pages. Each page is welcoming and easy to understand, which is brilliant for less confident readers.

Trending children’s book lists

Whether it’s the latest page-turners inspired by current events, seasonally-themed picks, or recommendations tied to festivals and news items, our curated lists keep you in the know. Browse the hottest reading trends in children’s and YA literature.

Yoto Carnegie shortlist 2024

Yoto Carnegie Medal 2024 Shortlisted Books

Shortlists for the Yoto Carnegie Medal 2024 and Kate Greenaway award 2024 – recommended for children and young adults in primary and secondary schools.
School Reading List Summer Reading Challenge 2024 - Two Reads and a Dream

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer reading challenge – A good reading challenge will not only promote reading and encourage reading for pleasure, but it will encourage a reading culture to spread like a virus throughout your school.
Learning to drive - books for teens, parents, teachers and schools

Learning to drive

Learning to drive books and resources for UK teens covering the Highway Code, vehicle safety, theory test questions and how to drive. Ideal for post GCSE students, sixth form libraries, home learning and teens who want to learn how to drive after they turn 17.

Brand new this school term

Our curated picks for autumn, spring, and summer terms showcase the best in children’s and young adult literature. Tune into our monthly podcast episodes for insights into new releases, classics to revisit, and current educational trends. Plus, explore our handpicked book club lists, perfect for sparking discussions in primary and secondary school book clubs. Every month is an adventure in reading!

Summer 2024 new children's books

Latest season preview

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Our picks of the best children’s books coming out in Summer 2024

Here’s our selection of top new titles coming out in Summer 2024. These reading recommendations include picture books, early and middle-grade fiction; young adult novels and non-fiction.
UK Election 2024

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2024 election and literacy: what are the main parties promising? | Series 1, Episode 21

Season 1, Episode 21 of the School Reading List podcast. New book post, 30 great books for July 2024 and 2024 election and literacy.
July 2024 book club picks

Latest book club list

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July 2024 book club picks

July 2024’s set of book club recommendations features a selection of thrilling new titles by Anna Fargher, Antonia Maxwell, Jan Dunning, Jennie Cashman Wilson, Jerome Martin, Meg McLaren, Nadia Shireen, Steve Smallman and Tim Collins.

Our latest resources

Find your child’s next favourite book in regularly updated age group reading lists! Carefully selected by experienced teachers and librarians, we hope you will discover the perfect books for every stage of your child’s development. Our free resources are designed to enhance learning and literacy and offer time-saving tips. Our latest revision resource book lists cover exams from 11+ through to GCSE. We believe in the transformative magic that happens when children connect with the right books.

Books for Year 1

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Year 1 recommended reading list for children aged 5-6

Books for Year 1 – here’s our selection to challenge and interest children aged 5-6 in UK primary schools. Handpicked recommendations from teachers and librarians, with titles by Michael Rosen, Julia Donaldson, Jon Klassen, Judith Kerr, Satoshi Kitamura, and more.
Book Collector software

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Book Collector Software

At under £40 per year, Book Collector is much more affordable than dedicated school library software. You won’t need a trained librarian to operate it and books can be added by scanning the barcode that’s already on the back cover of each book.
Key Stage 2 SATs revision books

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KS2 SATs revision books

KS2 SATs revision books for children of all abilities in Year 6. Our recommendations cover Maths, English, SPaG & confidence building and include resources by Andrew Jennings, Matthew Syed, CGP, Igloo Books, Collins Education, Pearson and STP Books.


How to use our recommended book lists

Our lists of books for kids and teens are carefully curated to make it easier for teachers, parents, and schools to find high-quality, engaging and interesting books to instil a reading-for-pleasure culture in the classroom and encourage primary and secondary-aged pupils to read at home. Share the joy as your children experience Michael Rosen, Julia Donaldson, Eric Carle, Malorie Blackman, Liz Pichon, Cressida Cowell, and many more, for the first time.

Empower your students with a thought-provoking, diverse and inclusive selection of children’s books that foster imagination, empathy and inclusion. Our expertly curated booklists cover a range of topics, from history and geography to STEM and personal development, aligning with primary and secondary curriculum subjects. Handpicked for the classroom by experienced educators and librarians, our lists support pupils’ learning and cater to various age groups, helping teachers and parents to recommend great books to all young readers.

Dive into our new book reviews, where our team of reviewers spotlight exciting children’s books each month, spanning picture books, poetry, chapter books, YA novels, and non-fiction. Stay on top of the literary scene with our trending children’s book lists, featuring curated selections influenced by current events, festivals, and themed weeks.

Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or librarian, we hope you will find the School Reading List a useful resource to help instil reading for pleasure in your school. Explore our latest resources, age-specific reading lists, genre and topic-based booklists and season previews to build a cracking collection of books to spark imagination and curiosity.


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School Reading List –Our Mission

Our mission is to recommend great children’s and teen books, covering both new titles and classics in age group, genre and nonfiction lists. In addition to our lists of books for kids and teens, we also provide free resources for schools, teachers, authors and librarians and round-ups of online courses for home learning.

What we do

We recommend fiction and nonfiction children’s books and YA books to teachers, UK curriculum primary and secondary schools, parents, librarians, home educators and tutors of children aged 3-18.

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Editor: Tom Tolkien

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Tom Tolkien is a highly qualified (BA Hons, PGCE, QTS) children's literature expert and teacher with over 25 years of experience. He has led inset courses, developed curriculum materials, spoken at conferences, advised on longlisting for several international children's literature literature awards and written for educational publishers including contributing to a BETT award-nominated app. Social profiles: Twitter | Linkedin