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Year 4



Year 4 Recommended Book List

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

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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


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


Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (group set, 7 books)

One summer's day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries - and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog.It's because... Read more


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


Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, The 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Lion and the Unicorn, The by Shirley Hughes (group set, 7 books)

As Lenny's father goes off to fight in the second world war he gives his son a brass badge with a lion and a unicorn on it. Lenny keeps it... Read more


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


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


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


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


Moon Juice (group set, 7 books)

KAte Wakeling won the CLiPPA poetry prize witht his wonderful debut collection of poems. Showing diversity of form and mood, there are poems here to make you laugh, think and... Read more


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Village that Vanished

Young Abikanile and all of the villagers of Yao feel safe hidden deep within the African jungle. But word has come that the slavers are on their way! Abikanile looks... Read more


The White Fox (group set, 7 books)

The day the fox came things began to change for Sol. Lost, alone and far away from home, Sol feels a deep connection with the little Arctic fox he discovers... Read more


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


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


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


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


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


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


Winter's Tales (group set, 7 books)

A selection of folk tales about winter from all around the world. Find out how spiders invented tinsel, what happened when the spring girl beat the hag of winter, why... Read more


Year 4 reading assessment: book pack (14 books)

This pack comprises 2 sets of books, 1 for each term in year 4*.  *NB: Charles Causley's poem collection I Had A Little Cat which includes the poem Maggie Rooney is currently Out of... Read more


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