Prep School Reading Lists

Introducing children to books is one of the most rewarding things we, as parents and teachers, can do. Reading is the basis on which literacy skills are developed and at Hydesville Tower School reading is at the centre of our curriculum. Here you will find suggested reading lists for your child as they progress through Prep School.

The following table details suggested reading books for children in Year 3 for the Spring Term 2017.

Joyce TyldesleyStories from Ancient Egypt
Tony BradmanAdventure on Skull Island
AtinukeAnna Hibiscus
Jennifer GrayAtticus Claw breaks the Law
Jeff BrownFlat Stanley Chapter book
Anne FineIvan the Terrible
Michael MorpurgoThe Butterfly Lion
Jill MurphyThe Worst Witch
Francesca SimonHorrid Henry Stories
Rosemary SutcliffeThe High Deeds of Fin McCool
Maurice SendakWhere the Wild Things are
Brian MosesSchool Trips
Max FatchenPeculiar rhymes and lunatic lines
Rachel RooneyMy Life as a Goldfish and other poems
Claire Taylor-SmithHattie B, Magical Vet: The Dragon’s Song (Book 1)
David AlmondMy Dad’s a Birdman
Tove JanssonFinn Family Moomintroll
Barry HutchinsonMr. Mumbles (Invisible Friends Book 1)
Enid BlytonThe Famous Five
Hans Christian AndersenAn illustrated Treasure of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea etc
Enid BlytonThe Magic Faraway Tree
Roald DahlJames and the Giant Peach

The following table details suggested reading books for children in Year 4 for the Autumn Term 2016.

Lewis Carol Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Ted Hughes Tales of the Early World, The Dream Fighter and Other Creation Tales
Kate ThompsonHighway Robbery
Leon GarfieldThe Apprentices
Kenneth GrahamThe Reluctant Dragon
Shirley ClimoThe Egyptian Cinderella
Dave Shelton A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
Ursula Moray Williams Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat
Jeremy StrongLost! The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog
Chris HillLucky
Pete JohnsonHow to Train your Parents
Jane Gardam The Kit Stories
Morris GleitzmanBlabber Mouth
Dorothy HorganCharlie's Eye
Pippa GoodheartFlow
Jeremy StrongFatbag: The Demon Vacuum Cleaner
Cressida CowellHiccup: How to Train your Dragon
Diana HendryHarvey Angell
Nigel HintonThe Finders
Adele GerasThe Fabulous Fantova Files
Willis HallThe Last Vampire
Anthony HorowitzGroosham Grange
John FosterSpaceways (Anthology)
Anne HarveyShades of Green
Antoine de Saint- ExupelryThe Little Prince
P.L TraversMary Poppins
Dodie Smith101 Dalmations

The following table details suggested reading books for children in Year 5 for the Autumn Term 2016.

Joan AitkinGo Saddle the Sea
Nina BawdenThe Peppermint Pig
Martin BoothWar Dog
Marita Conlon-McKenna Under the Hawthorn Tree
Patricia Elliottthe Ice Boy
Aidan ChambersSeal Secret
Andrew Clements Frindle
Eoin ColferBenny and Omar
Gillian Cross New World
Madame DoubtfireMadame Doubtfire
Roald Dahl The BFG, Danny Champion of the World
Michael MorpurgoShadow
Russell HobdanDinner at Albertas
Cornelia FunkeDragon Rider
Linda Buckley-ArcherGideon the Cutpurse
Penelope FarmerCharlotte Sometimes
Anthony HorowitzStormbreaker- The Graphic Novel
Nick ButterworthThe Whisperer
Shirley HughesThe Lion and the Unicorn
Mary NortonThe Borrowers
Hans Christian AndersenThe Snow Queen
Ted HughesThe Iron Woman
Eva IbottsonJourney to the River Sea
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHiawatha
Charles CausleyFiggie Hobbin
Kit WrightPoems for 10 Year Olds and Over
James BerryThe Future Telling Lady, A Thief in the Village
Curdella ForbesFlying with Icarus (and other stories)

The following table details suggested reading books for children in Year 6 for the Autumn Term 2016.

Joan AitkinThe Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Cuckoo Tree
Allan Ahlberg The Boyhood of Burglar Bill
Bernard AshleyJonnie’s Blitz
Nina Bawden Carrie’s War
Betsy ByarsThe Midnight Fox
Helen Cresswell Ordinary Jack – (The Bagthorpe Sage Book 1)
Michael MorpurgoPrivate Peaceful
Malorie BlackmanThief! Pig Heart Boy
Anne Holm I am David
Betsy ByarsThe Eighteenth Emergency
Siobhan DowdThe London Eye Mystery
Josephine FeeneyTruth, Lies and Homework
Anne FineFlour Babies
Anita DesaiThe Village by the Sea
Grace HallworthMouth Open – Story Jump Out
Gerard BensonThis Poem Doesn’t Rhyme
Michael RosenA World of Poetry
James BerryClassic Poems to Read Aloud
Eoin ColferArtemis Fowl
Susan CooperOver Sea, Under Stone
Alan GarnerThe Owl Service
Ursula LeGuinA Wizard of Earthsea
Madeleine L’engleA Wrinkle in Time
Margaret MahyThe Haunting
Geraldine Mc CaughreanForever X, The Kite Rider
Philip PullmanClockwork
E.B. WhiteCharlotte's Webb
Charles DickensA Christmas Carol
Rudyard KiplingJust So Stories
Mary NortonThe Borrowers
Anna SewellBlack Beauty
Clive KingStig of the Dump
Sir Arthur Conan DoyleA Sign of Four

Children should also be encouraged to read newspapers, comics and magazines on a regular basis as well as appropriate Non Fiction books.