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25 Classic Books Every Child Should Read

Published on March 7, 2019

booksSchools love their students to enjoy books, helping them develop their reading skills and teaching them to appreciate all types of books is a major part of the primary school curriculum.

We asked what books our team were reading at primary school age. We excluded the legendary Guinness Book of Records which would’ve been a main Christmas present for many kids in years gone by – and definitely not just a stocking filler! We came up with a list of 25 (in no particular order), how many of these classic books are on your list?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl
The BFG – Roald Dahl
A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
The Borrowers – Mary Norton
Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce
Five Children and It – E Nesbitt
Matilda– Roald Dahl
The Railway Children – E Nesbit
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Five on a Treasure Island – Enid Blyton
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling
Charlotte’s Web – EB White
The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
Watership Down– Richard Adams
Lizzie Dripping – Helen Creswell
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – JK Rowling
Pippi Longstockings – Astrid Lingdren
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks

Many primary schools have reading record books for their pupils to write about the latest book they’re reading.  This is a really clever way for children to get into reading a variety of books and record what they’ve learned from them – often without even realising it!

So, if you’d like your school to invest in some really nice customised primary school reading records just visit our website  or give us a call on 0845 200 2909.