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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


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


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


Flying Free by Nicola Davies (group set, 7 books)

Colin lives with his mum and big brother and is in a hurry to grow up. But when his brother gives him an air rifle for his birthday and he... 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


House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser (group set, 7 books)

The children in the house trailed the scent of wild trees to neighbouring lots, where thick bushes offered secret places to play. When the children grew up and moved away,... 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


Iron Man, The by Ted Hughes (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


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


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


Monster Slayer by Brian Patten, Chris Riddell (group set, 7 books)

The monster Grendel has awoken and the townspeople are terrified. Even the King has abandoned his great Hall. Hero after hero comes to slay the monster, but no one can... Read more


Moon Juice by Kate Wakeling (group set, 7 books)

Kate Wakeling won the CLiPPA poetry prize with this 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


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


Steadfast Tin Soldier, Te by Hans Christian Andersen (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


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


Tear Thief, The by Carol Ann Duffy (group set, 7 books)

Each night, in the hours between supper and bedtime the Tear Thief carries her waterproof, silvery sack over her shoulder as she soundlessly steals the tears of every child who... Read more


Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket, The by John Boyne (group set, 7 books)

There's nothing unusual or different about the Brocket family - and they're keen to keep it that way. But when Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything... 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


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


Walter Tull's Scrapbook by Michaela Morgan (group set, 7 books)

The story of black footballer and soldier Walter Tull, presented as though it were an autobiography written by Walter himself. It has an appealing and accessible layout that makes use... 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


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