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Are you looking for great books to support your primary KS1 or KS2 topic teaching?

Below are our recommended books for topics, genres, and cross-curricular projects. These book list suggestions aim to cover all curriculum subjects, themes and topics and include poetry, reading for pleasure fiction and narrative nonfiction. We’re adding new topics every week and we hope these lists of quality texts will help teachers and librarians to find useful books for classrooms and school libraries.

The lists are updated and revised regularly to make sure books are up-to-date and relevant to the National Curriculum. Each recommended book includes a description and suggestions for classroom use. For each topic, there’s also a hand-picked selection of useful resources, links and free downloadables.

 

For more nonfiction ideas, see our list of magazines for children and teens.

Autumn topic books for children

Autumn books for children

Autumn books for children in EYFS, KS1, and KS2 suitable for cross-curricular topics. Including titles by Sam Usher, Lois Ehlert, Ruth Symons, Hazel Maskell, Dianna Aston, Jessica Courtney-Tickle, and Emily Gravett.

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The human body topic books for children

Human body books for children

Human body books for children in EYFS, KS1, and KS2 suitable for cross-curricular topics. Including titles by Charlotte Markey, Robert Winston, Adam Kay, Yumi Stynes, Emma Quay, Nick Fisher, and Elizabeth Verdick.

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Diversity books for children in KS1 and KS2 primary schools

Teaching diversity through reading in primary schools

Books to help teach diversity to children in KS1 and KS2 in primary schools – with characters and settings to introduce age-appropriate discussions of the diversity of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, education, disability, identity, nationality, religion, sexuality, neurodiversity, social background, and beliefs.

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Pirate books for children

20 pirate books for children

20 pirate books for children interested in life on the high seas and primary schools looking for pirate books for cross curricular topics. Authors include James Davies, Celia Rees, Neil Gaiman, Lindsay Eagar, Derek Keilty, Cornelia Funke, and Philip Ardagh.

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Resilience

Resilience topic books

Children’s books about resilience, perseverance, and grit, including titles suitable for KS1 and KS2 by David Long, Cece Bell, Matthew Syed, Julie Murphy, Esther Pia Cordova, and Barney Salzberg.

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Vikings topic books for KS2

Vikings topic books

Vikings topic books for children aged 7-11 in KS2. This list includes nonfiction books and stories by Tony Bradman, Jane Chisholm, Michael Morpurgo, Cressida Cowell, Terry Deary, and Neil Gaiman.

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Adoption and families topic books

Adoption and families topic books

Children’s books about adoption and families for children aged 2-11 in EYFS, KS1 & KS2 – including stories by Samuel Langley-Swain, Jamie Lee-Curtis, Todd Parr, Phoebe Koehler, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Justin Richardson.

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Transport topic books

Transport topic books

Transport topic books for children aged 5-11 in KS1 and KS2. This list includes nonfiction books and stories by Uijung Kim, Emily Hawkins, Giles Chapman, Vivian French, Vashti Hardy, and Ian Fleming.

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Romans topic books for KS2

Romans topic books

Romans topic books for children aged 7-11 in KS2. This list includes nonfiction books and stories by Tony Bradman, Christina Balit, Andy Stanton, Theresa Breslin, Gary Northfield, and Marcia Williams.

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Books for bored children

Books for bored children

Books for bored children! This list of unusually interesting books for children and teens aged 5-14 includes titles by Andy Seed, Robert Muchamore, Colin Furze, Liz Pinchon, Jo Simmons and Enid Blyton.

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Anglo-Saxons topic books for KS2

Anglo-Saxons topic books

Anglo-Saxon topic books for children aged 7-11 in KS2. This list includes nonfiction books and stories by Tony Bradman, Rosemary Sutcliff, Terry Deary, Karen Wallace, Robert Fowke and Anita Ganeri.

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