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Year 4 Recommended Book List

Fiction, short stories, poetry, non-fiction and picture books for year 4

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£72.00

A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken (group set, 7 books)

'This is how it all began'. From "A Necklace of Raindrops" to "The Patchwork Quilt", here are eight classic stories to treasure and enjoy. Beginning and ending with a birthday,... Read more

£39.00

Abominables, The (group set, 7 books)

A hundred years ago, in the Himalayan peaks of Nanvi Dar, the daughter of an English earl is kidnapped by a huge hairy monster. In a secret valley Agatha Farley... Read more

£44.00

Akimbo Adventures, The by Alexander Mcall Smith (group set, 7 books)

Akimbo and his parents live on the edge of an African game reserve, home to thousands of amazing animals, from leopards and rhinos to crocodiles and zebra. In these three... Read more

£44.00

Ancient Egypt Tales of Gods and Heroes by Marcia Williams (group set, 7 books)

These are nine stories of Ancient Egypt, wittily retold in comic-strip style. Full of mystery and adventure, the stories of the Egyptian Pharaohs and their ancient gods are steeped in thousands of... Read more

£33.00

Angel of Nitshill Road, The by Anne Fine (group set, 7 books)

When an angel appears in Nitshill Road, three previously unhappy children have their lives transformed. A comic fable. A short novel which raises issues Bullying Black and white line illustrations... Read more

£39.00

Belonging by Jeannie Baker (group set 7 books)

Observed through the window of a house in a typical urban neighbourhood, each picture shows the developments of the land being reclaimed from built up concrete to a gradual greening,... Read more

£39.00

Big Blue Whale by Nicola Davies, Nick Maland (group set, 7 books)

Find out about the largest mammal on the planet in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book. The blue whale is the biggest animal that has ever lived on Earth. Curious... Read more

£33.00

Butterfly Lion, The by Michael Morpurgo (group set, 7 books)

A young boy rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African bush. They remain inseparable until Bertie has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold... Read more

£44.00

Captain Cat by Inga Moore (group set, 7 books)

Captain Cat is a trader. However, his eye is not for gold but for ...CATS! So much so, that his ship - the Carlotta - is populated by all kinds... Read more

£39.00

Cat, the Dog, Little Red, the Exploding Eggs, the Wolf and Grandma's Wardrobe, The (group set, 7 books)

Cat is trying to read a much-loved classic children's fairy tale to Dog. Parents will sympathise with Cat as he suffers question after question from inquisitive Dog. Minimal words and... Read more

£39.00

Charging About by Jacqui Bailey (group set, 7 books)

This series uses cartoon style illustrations and humorous narrative text to make key topics both accessible and engaging. This book presents  the story of how electrical energy is generated in... Read more

£39.00

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (group set, 7 books)

The famous story of Charlie Bucket and his Golden Ticket, and Willy Wonka and his amazing chocolate factory. Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, opens his... Read more

£33.00

Chicken Gave it to Me, The by Anne Fine (group set, 7 books)

A classic children's story from former Children's Laureate Anne Fine. Gemma doesn't believe a chicken could have written a book - chickens can't even read! But here in front of... Read more

£27.00

Christmas Carol, A adapted by Marcia Williams (group set 7 books)

Marcia Williams first introduced a generation of children to the works of Charles Dickens through her masterful comic-strip retellings in Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories, with lifetime sales... Read more

£50.00

Cloud Tea Monkeys by Mal Peet, Elspeth Graham (group set, 7 books)

 When Tashi’s mother falls ill she is no longer able to earn a living by picking tea. Tashi is faced with the impossible situation of needing to earn money for... Read more

£33.00

Cunning Plan, The by Caryl Hart, Alex T. Smith (group set, 7 books)

Foxy DuBois is on a mission to get rich quick. Only Alphonso the Alligator stands in her way. Can Foxy make enough money to keep him fed or will she... Read more

£39.00

Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett (group set, 7 books)

Wizards, witches, mayors, a monster in a lake all appear in this collection of magical short stories by Terry Pratchett. Short story collection Fantasy 352 pages Read more

£44.00

Drop in My Drink, The by Meredith Hooper, Chris Coady (group set, 7 books)

This is the story of a drop of water, told by a gifted science writer and illustrated with remarkable paintings. Meredith Hooper takes us back thousands of years to see... Read more

£44.00

Fastest Boy in the World, The by Elizabeth Laird (group set, 7 books)

Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them,... Read more

£44.00

Firebird by Saviour Pirotta, Catherine Hyde (group set, 7 books)

The firebird is stealing the tsar's famous golden apples. His two oldest sons fail to capture the bird, so their younger brother, Ivan, must set out on a quest to... Read more

£27.00

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume, Emily Gravett (group set, 7 books)

Andrew decides that if he were covered in freckles like his classmate, Nicky, no one would notice whether he had washed his face or behind his ears. So it seems... Read more

£39.00

Girls, Goddesses and Giants by Lari Don (group set, 7 books)

A selection of brilliant folk tales about heroines from all around the world. In these stories it’s the girls who save the day through their courage, cunning or kindness –... Read more

£27.00

Give Peas a Chance by Morris Gleitzman (group set, 7 books)

A humorous collection of stories. The world is saved with a plate of vegetables, a family is rescued with a tomato and an auntie is upset by ten kilos of... Read more

£44.00

Green Ship, The by Quentin Blake (group set, 7 books)

Two children find the Green Ship when they climb over the wall into what is more like a forest than a garden. The ship has bushes for bows and stern... Read more

£44.00

Greenling by Levi Pinfold (group set, 7 books)

Mr Barleycorn picks a green baby growing on his land, letting loose the incredible power of nature. When melons grow in the kitchen and apples sprout out of their television,... Read more

£39.00

Harriet's Hare by Dick King-Smith (group set, 7 books)

This is the story about a girl called Harriet, who meets an alien in the form of a talking hare. Harriet names her new friend Wiz, and finds he can... Read more

£39.00

How Dinosaurs Really Work by Alan Snow (group set, 7 books)

Have you ever wondered what colour dinosaurs really were, what they had for breakfast or even whether you could beat one in a running race? You have! Then this is... Read more

£39.00

How Pirates Really Work by Alan Snow (group set, 7 books)

Have you ever wondered what skills piratesreally needed? Or the treasure they were after? You have! Then this is the book for you. Crammed full of interesting  pirate-facts and bursting... Read more

£33.00

I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo (group set, 7 books)

A moving story about unity and inspiration in the face of destruction, by the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate and author of the internationally acclaimed War Horse. Tomas hates school, hates books... Read more

£39.00

I Was a Rat by Philip Pullman (group set, 7 books)

When a small boy turns up on Bob and Joan's doorstep unable to say much except 'I was a rat', the kindly couple adopt him. It seems strange but Bob... Read more

£39.00

Ice Bear by Nicola Davies (group set, 7 books)

Ice Bear is an outstanding narrative non-fiction book combining Nicola Davies’ lyrical text with Christian Birmingham’s evocative, impressionistic paintings, proving that non-fiction can be written to engage the emotions. This... Read more

£33.00

Ice Palace by Robert Swindells (group set, 7 books)

Ivan lives in a land where the winter is dark and fearful. Starjik, King of Winter, steals Ivan's little brother and Ivan braves the bitter cold to find him. Quest... Read more

£39.00

Iron Man, The by Ted Hughes (group set, 7 books)

Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction by the Iron Man and set a trap for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster... Read more

£39.00

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson (group set, 7 books)

Jack and his mum run a little burger van cafe. The cafe is close to broke because of the new flyover, so when Jack comes home with only an old... Read more

£44.00

Journey by Aaron Becker (group set, 7 books)

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination - and unexpected friendship. A lonely girl draws a magic door on... Read more

£27.00

Journey to the Centre of My Brain by James Carter (group set, 7 books)

Sneak a peek into James Carter's brain in this brilliant collection of poems. Join the party as he takes us on a trip to space, introduces us tigers, mammoths, clouds... Read more

£39.00

Kaspar Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo (group set, 7 books)

A heart-warming, colour-illustrated novel about Kaspar the Savoy cat, from the award-winning author of Born to Run and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.  Kaspar the cat first came to... Read more

£39.00

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Marcia Williams (group set, 7 books)

Aided by the magician Merlin, Arthur draws the sword from the stone to become King of Britain, and Lord of the Knights of the Round Table. Read of their valiant... Read more

£39.00

Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley (group set, 7 books)

Ruskin Splinter is small and thin, with knock-knees, thick glasses and a squeaky voice, and the idea of him taming a dragon makes the whole class laugh. Big, strong Elvis... Read more

£27.00

Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth, The by Eoin Colfer (group set, 7 books)

Will's brother Marty is always playing practical jokes. But when he tells the bloodcurdling story of the cutthroat pirate Captain Crow, Will is terrified. Is it another one of Marty's... Read more

£44.00

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett (group set, 7 books)

Many  children will identify with the little mouse who uses the pages of this book to document his fears -- from loud noises and the dark, to being sucked down... Read more

£33.00

Lob by Linda Newbery (group set, 7 books)

Lucy longs to see the mysterious Lob, a legendary green man who lives in Grandpa Will’s garden. Her belief eventually pays off and she is rewarded by a glimpse of... Read more

£55.00

Major Glad and Major Dizzy by Jan Oke (group set, 7 books)

Major Glad, Major Dizzy is a story about two toy soldiers hidden beneath the floor of a London house in 1870, during the reign of Queen Victoria. As years go... Read more

£39.00

Matchbox Diary, The by Paul Fleichsman (group set, 7 books)

This is a breathtaking immigration tale with appeal across generations. When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual object to learn about: an... Read more

£39.00

Matilda by Roald Dahl (group set, 7 books)

Matilda's parents have called her some terrible things. The truth is, she's a genius and they're the stupid ones. Matilda is determined to get her own back and soon discovers... Read more

£39.00

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The (group set, 7 books)

The magical story of the adventures of a lost toy rabbit from a New York Times bestselling author, twice winner of the Newbery Medal. Abilene loves her blue china rabbit,... Read more

£72.00

Mirror by Jeannie Baker (group set, 7 books)

This innovative picture book comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously – one from the left, the other from the right. Page by page, we experience the lives of... Read more

£39.00

Mousehole Cat, The by Antonia Barber, Nicola Bayley (group set, 7 books)

This is the stunningly illustrated story of the seaside village of Mousehole Cornwall, where Mowzer the cat lives happily with old fisherman Tom - Tom who rocks the rocking chair... Read more

£44.00

Mr William Shakespeare's Plays by Marcia Williams (group set, 7 books)

Take your place in the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare's day to see seven of his best-loved plays in performance. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar,... Read more

£39.00

Mr Wuffles by David Wiesner (group set, 7 books)

Wordless (almost) Book Mr Wuffles ignores all the toys people buy for him. He's not lazy, he's just very picky. Now Mr Wuffles has the perfect toy and he's ready... Read more

£39.00

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe (group set, 7 books)

This is the tale of Mufaro's two daughters, two beautiful girls who react in different ways to the king's search for a wife - one is aggressive and selfish, the... Read more

£33.00

My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond, Polly Dunbar (group set, 7 books)

Lizzie and Dad live in a rainy town in the north of England. It's just the two of them, and Auntie Doreen, who pops round to check Lizzie's spellings and... Read more

£44.00

Mysterious Traveller by Mal Peet, Elspeth Grahame (group set, 7 books)

This is the second tale in a trilogy from acclaimed storytellers Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. This one begins with a disgruntled camel, desperately trying to protect a little baby... Read more

£39.00

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson, Sharon Rentta (group set, 7 copies)

But a dog would damage the expensive carpets in Hal's glamorous home, and his wealthy parents refuse to consider one. Then they discover Easy Pets, a convenient dog-rental agency. Terrier... Read more

£39.00

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway (group set, 7 books)

This new title from the creators of If the World Were a Village uses the story of a young boy in an African village to introduce children to sustainable development.... Read more

£33.00

Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner (group set, 7 books)

Emily Vole makes headline news in the first weeks of her life, when she is found in an abandoned hatbox in Stansted Airport. Then, only a few years later, her... Read more

£39.00

Oranges in No Man's Land by Elizabeth Laird (group set, 7 books)

Since her father left Lebanon to find work and her mother tragically died in a shell attack, ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her... Read more

£39.00

Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell (group set, 7 books)

Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a beautifully illustrated adventure from former Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day,... Read more

£33.00

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell (group set, 7 books)

Introducing Miss Ottoline Brown, an exceptionally inquisitive Mistress of Disguise, and her partner in crime, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve...... Read more

£33.00

Owl Tree, The by Jenny Nimmo (group set, 7 books)

The owl tree is not like any tree Joe has ever seen. It's huge and leafy and shivers at times like a person; it even seems to speak. Granny Diamond... Read more

£44.00

Pebble in My Pocket, The by Meredith Hooper, Chris Coady (group set, 7 books)

Where do pebbles come from? How were they made? This book tells the story of a pebble, from its origins in a fiery volcano 480 million years ago to a... Read more

£33.00

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, Tony Ross (group set, 7 books)

Pippi is nine years old, lives alone with a horse and a monkey, and does exactly as she pleases. She has no mother and her father is king of a... Read more

£44.00

Promise, The by Nicola Davies, Laura Carlin (group set, 7 books)

 On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman's bag. But she finds she can't have it without promising something in return -... Read more

£39.00

Red Prince, The by Charlie Roscoe (group set, 7 books)

When the young Prince of Avala is imprisoned by rebels, he needs all the help he can get to escape. As he flees his prison dressed in his red pyjamas,... Read more

£33.00

Reluctant Dragon, The by Kenneth Grahame (group set, 7 books)

Classic retelling of the George and the Dragon story by the author of The Wind in the Willows. 'Now, dragon,' said the Boy imploringly. 'You've got to fight him some... Read more

£44.00

Return (group set, 7 books)

The eagerly-anticipated finale of Aaron Becker's wordless trilogy - a spectacular, suspenseful and moving story that brings its adventurer home.Aaron Becker, creator of the award-winning Journey and its stunning, celebrated... Read more

£44.00

Selfish Giant, The by Oscar Wilde, Alexis Deacon (group set, 7 books)

The classic Oscar Wilde story of the selfish giant who won't let anyone into his garden - until his heart is softened by one very special little boy. Picture book... Read more

£44.00

Silver Swan, The by Michael Morpurgo, Christian Birmingham (group set, 7 books)

A boy living by a Scottish loch sees a beautiful silver swan land on the water. She remains at the loch, mates and there are soon five cygnets too. The... Read more

£39.00

Tales from Africa by K P Kojo (group set, 7 books)

A collection of hugely entertaining stories, drawn from the rich folklore of many countries throughout Africa, and brought sparklingly to life with humour and rhyme by Ghanaian author, Nii Ayikwei... Read more

£39.00

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond (group set, 7 books)

Stanley Potts is just an ordinary boy, but when all the jobs in Fish Quay disappear his Uncle Ernie develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish. Suddenly their home is... Read more

£39.00

The Cake the Wolf and the Witch by Maudie Smith (group set, 7 books)

Max doesn't believe in happy endings. He doesn't even like stories. So when he finds himself whisked away in a giant cake to The Land of Ever After, Max is... Read more

£72.00

The Iron Man (illus Laura Carlin) (group set, 7 books)

The award-winning illustrated edition of Ted Hughes' classic tale in paperback.Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious... Read more

£292.00

The Iron Man (illus. Laura Carlin) (class set, 30 books)

The award-winning illustrated edition of Ted Hughes' classic tale in paperback.Part modern fairy tale, part science fiction myth, The Iron Man describes the unexpected arrival in England of a mysterious... Read more

£39.00

The Steadfast Tin Soldier (group set, 7 books)

Hans Christian Andersen's powerful and haunting tale describes how a one-legged tin soldier falls in love with a proud dancer from the same toy collection. The soldier valiantly endures the... Read more

£44.00

Tom Crean's Rabbit by Meredith Hooper, Bert Kitchen (group set, 7 books)

It's very cold in Antarctica, and the Terra Nova is crowded with both men and animals. Tom the sailor is looking for a quiet and cozy place for his pet... Read more

£41.00

Town is by the Sea

While a young boy enjoys a summer's day, his thoughts constantly return to his father, who is digging for coal deep under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the... Read more

£39.00

Tree of Life by Rochelle Strauss (group set, 7 books)

If every known species on Earth were a leaf on a tree, the tree would have almost 2 million leaves. Humans are just one leaf on this tree of life.... Read more

£44.00

True Story of the 3 Little Pigs,The by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (group set, 7 books)

You may think you know the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf - but only one person knows the real story. And that person is... Read more

£39.00

Tuesday by David Wiesner (group set, 7 books)

Wordless (almost) Book In this ingenious and imaginative - nearly wordless - picture book, frogs in a pond lift off on their lily pads and fly to a nearby town... Read more

£39.00

Until I Met Dudley by Roger McGough, illus. by Chris Riddell (group set, 7 books)

Have you ever wondered how a toaster works? Or a fridge-freezer, or a washing-up machine? In this fun-filled book of how things work, Dudley, the techno-wizard dog, provides the answers.... Read more

£33.00

Wanted the Perfect Pet by Fiona Roberton (group set, 7 books)

Once upon a time, there lived a boy called Henry. What Henry wanted more than anything in the whole wide world. . . MORE than chips. . . MORE than... Read more

£39.00

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, P J Lynch (group set, 7 books)

Thirteen-year-old Jessie lives with her grandmother in an Eastern European shtetl, or village. The two are poor, like everyone else they know, but happy. Then one day the rabbi announces... Read more

£44.00

Where the River Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker (group set, 7 books)

When a young boy visits a tropical rain forest, he pretends it is a long time ago and that extinct and rare animals live in the forest, and aboriginal children... Read more

£27.00

Whistling Monster, The by Jamila Gavin, Suzanne Barrett (group set, 7 books)

All children love stories. Here, master storyteller Jamila Gavin draws them from the four corners of the globe: The Whistling Monster , a cautionary tale from Brazil; The Coming of... Read more

£39.00

Wolf's Story, The by Toby Forward, Izhar Cohen (group set, 7 books)

Recounted in the confidential, conversational voice of a New York wheeler-dealer, this funny version of the Grimm Brothers' Little Red Riding Hood is retold from a fresh perspective - the... Read more

£39.00

Wolfie by Emma Barnes, Emma Chichester-Clark (group set, 7 books)

A story about as girl who desperately wants a dog. Her uncle Joe gives her one as a present but this dog is different; it has pointed ears, sharp teeth... Read more

£39.00

You Wait Till I'm Older Than You by Michael Rosen (group set, 7 books)

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Get OFF, GET OFF, GET OFF! Well what would you say if your brother kept whacking you with a spoon, or the spider made it all the way up... Read more