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Year 4 Recommended Reading Book List

If you’re not sure what to read out of school, here are some suggestions.


Book Title


The Tale of Despereaux,

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tillane

Kate DiCamillo

How to Train your Dragon series

Cressida Cowell

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

The Roman Mysteries

Caroline Lawrence

The Indian in the Cupboard

Lynne Reid Banks

The Family from One End Street

Eve Garnett


Kevin Crossley-Holland

Connor’s Eco Den

Pippa Goodhart

Emil and the Detectives

Erich Kastner

Highway Robbery

Kate Thompson

The Firework Maker’s Daughter,

I was a Rat!

Philip Pullman

Sophie and the Albino Camel

Stephen Davies

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

The Butterfly Lion,

The Dancing Bear

Michael Morpurgo

The Midnight Fox

Betsy Byars

The Boy with the Lightning Feet,

The Smallest Girl Ever

Sally Gardner

The Orca’s Song,

The Tiger’s Secret

(internet linked adventure series)

Volke Gordon


Neil Gaiman

The Hardy Boys series

H Franklin W Dixon


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