74 Recommended Books For Primary School Kids Of Every Age

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74 Recommended Books For Primary School Kids Of Every Age

With easy access to mobile devices, reading is a skill that more and more children are found lacking in. Which is concerning as it is a necessary developmental skill that can set the foundation for academic success and personal growth.

That’s why it is more important than ever to introduce children to the world of books and foster a love for reading at an early age. And, believe it or not, it’s far easier to do in children in the 3-11 age group.

By introducing primary school children to books that are right for their age group and developmental goals, we can instil a culture of reading for pleasure that will benefit them throughout their lives. 

With that said, let’s look at how to select the right books for primary school kids.

Compiling Primary School Reading Lists

Compiling Primary School Reading Lists

When selecting books for primary school children, it is important to consider the varied interests, backgrounds, and experiences of the students. To do this, the books should span a range of genres, themes, voices, and perspectives, so every child can find something that resonates with them.

The books in a reading list should spark curiosity, encourage empathy, and promote critical thinking skills. Only with a diverse and engaging array of literature will we be able to captivate young minds and foster a love for reading.

So let’s dive into the list of books for primary school kids that we’ve curated specially for your young learners.

Recommended Books for Ages 3-4

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This is a beloved children's classic that follows the journey of a voracious caterpillar as it eats its way through various foods before transforming into a beautiful butterfly. With vibrant illustrations and a simple, engaging narrative, this book explores the themes of  growth and transformation.

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 

Where the Wild Things Are is a captivating tale of a young boy, Max, who journeys to a land of wild creatures and learns the importance of love, acceptance, and the comfort of home. This beautifully illustrated story celebrates the power of imagination and the magic of childhood.

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

This is a lively alphabet book that follows the adventures of lowercase letters as they race up a coconut tree. With rhythmic text and vibrant illustrations, this playful story teaches children about the alphabet in a fun and engaging way.

4. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox 

This book by an Australian author celebrates the universal bond of love shared by babies all around the world. Through rhythmic text and charming illustrations, this heartwarming picture book highlights the diversity of children and the simple joy of connection. It's a touching tale that promotes acceptance, unity, and the beauty of uniqueness.

5. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

This delightful board book introduces young children to a variety of animal sounds in a fun and interactive way. With whimsical illustrations and simple text, this story encourages little ones to join in and make the sounds of cows, pigs, and more.

6. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This classic bedtime story has enchanted generations of children with its soothing rhythm and cozy illustrations. The story follows a little bunny as he bids goodnight to everything in his room. It's a comforting and calming tale that helps little ones drift off to sleep.

7. Possum Magic by Mem Fox

Another book by the inimitable Australian author, Mem Fox. It is a heartwarming story of two possums on a magical journey to restore one's visibility. With captivating storytelling and vibrant illustrations, this children's book celebrates the magic of Australian wildlife and cuisine.

Recommended Books for Ages 4-5

1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

This beloved children's classic introduces little ones to a colorful world of animals and colors. With rhythmic text and vibrant illustrations, this classic picture book delights young readers as they discover a variety of animals and learn about colors in a fun and engaging way.

2. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

This is an empowering tale of a princess who challenges traditional fairy tale narratives. Princess Elizabeth sets out to rescue Prince Ronald from a dragon, only to discover her own strength and independence along the way. With its empowering message and clever storytelling, this timeless tale serves as an inspiration for its readers.

3. Corduroy by Don Freeman 

This is a heartwarming story of a little teddy bear named Corduroy who goes on an adventure in a department store, in search of a missing button for his overalls. With its charming illustrations and themes of friendship and acceptance, this picture book captivates young readers with its themes of love and belonging.

4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

The story follows the misadventures of young Alexander as he navigates a day filled with mishaps and frustrations. This beloved children's book humorously captures the universal experience of having a bad day and teaches valuable lessons about resilience in a relatable and entertaining way.

5. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

is a delightful tale that follows the antics of a demanding mouse who always wants more after receiving a simple cookie. This charming picture book entertains young readers with its whimsical storytelling and playful illustrations, and teaches valuable lessons about responsibility and the consequences of actions in a fun and engaging way.

6. The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

Written by an Australian author and illustrator, this is a hilarious tale of a unique and lovable donkey with a penchant for causing laughter and mayhem. Children will delight in the playful rhymes and charming illustrations that make this book a whimsical and unforgettable read-aloud experience.

7. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

This is a classic children's book that takes readers on an exciting adventure through various obstacles in search of a bear. This rhythmic and repetitive story captivates young audiences with its engaging narrative and encourages active participation. With beautiful illustrations and a memorable storyline, this book is a favorite of children and adults alike.

8. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

This is a magical tale about a generous witch invites a diverse group of animals to join her on her broomstick. It speaks to young readers about friendship, kindness, and teamwork. With rhythmic storytelling and delightful illustrations, this heartwarming story celebrates the power of inclusivity and cooperation.

9. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

This is a heartwarming tale about a beautiful fish who learns the joy of sharing with others. Through vibrant illustrations and a powerful message about friendship and generosity, this beloved children's book teaches valuable lessons about sharing, kindness, acceptance,and the true meaning of friendship.

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Recommended Books for Ages 5-6

1. Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox (author) and Judy Horacek (illustrator) 

This delightful Australian picture book engages young readers in a playful search for the elusive green sheep. With charming illustrations and rhythmic text, this whimsical story celebrates individuality and diversity in a fun and interactive way.

2. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

This beloved children's book follows a clever mouse as it outwits various forest creatures by conjuring up a fearsome monster called the Gruffalo. This engaging tale of wit and bravery combines engaging storytelling with vibrant illustrations to create a timeless classic.

3. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Penned by an Australian author, this book offers a humorous and endearing glimpse into the daily life of a cheeky wombat named Mothball. Through simple yet charming diary entries, young readers are treated to a heartwarming and amusing story that celebrates the lovable quirks of this adorable marsupial.

4. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli (author) and Francesca Cavallo (illustrator)

This inspiring collection of biographical tales celebrates the achievements of extraordinary women throughout history. Through captivating storytelling and beautiful illustrations, this empowering book introduces young readers to diverse female role models who have broken barriers and defied expectations, encouraging readers to dream big and reach for the stars.

5. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems 

This hilarious children's book engages young readers in a comical dialogue with a persistent pigeon who desperately wants to drive a bus. With interactive storytelling and expressive illustrations, this whimsical tale encourages readers to use their imagination and assertiveness to navigate the pigeon's pleas.

6. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

In this timeless classic, we follow the mischievous Cat in the iconic striped hat as he brings chaos and fun into the lives of two bored children on a rainy day. With whimsical rhymes and colorful illustrations, this lively story sparks creativity and imagination in young readers while imparting valuable lessons about responsibility and consequences.

7. Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan (author) and Pamela Lofts (illustrator)

In this delightful picture book, we follow a dingo's attempts to make a delicious wombat stew. Through engaging storytelling and vibrant illustrations, this playful tale celebrates friendship, resourcefulness, and the power of teamwork, making it a beloved Australian classic.

8. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

This captivating fantasy novel transports readers to the enchanting world of the Faraway Tree, where magical adventures await at the very top. With imaginative storytelling and whimsical characters, this timeless tale ignites the imagination and sense of wonder in young readers, inviting them on a thrilling journey full of mystery and excitement.

9. Matilda by Roald Dahl 

Surely you’ve read Matilda! The heartwarming and empowering story of a brilliant young girl with extraordinary talents who overcomes adversity with her intelligence and courage. This beloved novel celebrates the power of kindness, resilience, and the importance of standing up for what is right, inspiring readers of all ages to embrace their uniqueness and believe in themselves.

Recommended Books for Ages 6-7

1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

This classic novel is a timeless tale of friendship and loyalty between a pig named Wilbur and a clever spider named Charlotte. It celebrates the power of kindness and the beauty of true friendship, capturing the hearts of readers with its poignant message of love and sacrifice.

2. Aussie Nibbles by Matt Cosgrove

This delightful collection of short stories by  an Australian author and illustrator celebrates the magic and wonder of childhood adventures. With engaging storytelling and charming illustrations, this book captures the spirit of growing up Down Under.

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Who doesn’t know this whimsical tale of young Charlie Bucket's extraordinary adventure inside the mysterious chocolate factory of the eccentric Willy Wonka? This beloved classic delights readers with its magical world of sweets and surprises, teaching valuable lessons about kindness, honesty, and the importance of family.

4. The BFG by Roald Dahl

This enchanting story of an unlikely friendship between a young girl named Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant celebrates the power of friendship, courage, and standing up for what is right. Through engaging storytelling and imaginative world-building, this tale inspires its readers to embrace their uniqueness and believe in the magic of dreams.

5. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall 

In this charming book, we follow the adventures of the Penderwick sisters as they navigate life's challenges with humor, heart, and sisterly love. Through endearing storytelling and relatable characters, this novel captures the joys and trials of family life, celebrating the bonds of sisterhood and the power of friendship to overcome obstacles and create lasting memories.

6. The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

 In the first book of a whimsical and imaginative series by an Australian author, we follow the hilarious escapades of friends Andy and Terry. Their ever-expanding treehouse, filled with wacky inventions and quirky characters, sparks the imagination and sense of adventure in young readers. With playful storytelling and zany illustrations, it encourages readers to explore the limitless possibilities of their own imaginations.

7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is the story of a young girl named Mary Lennox who discovers a hidden, neglected garden that changes her life. Through endearing storytelling, this classic novel celebrates the healing power of nature and the transformative magic of friendship, inspiring readers to find beauty and hope in unexpected places.

8. Are We There Yet? by Alison Lester

This delightful picture book uses engaging storytelling and vibrant illustrations to follow a family's adventurous road trip across Australia. It captures the excitement and wonder of travel, inviting young readers to explore the diverse landscapes and wildlife of the Australian Outback while celebrating the joy of family bonding on the road.

9. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin 

Celebrate the endless possibilities of a child's future through whimsical illustrations and lyrical prose. This heartwarming book explores the unconditional love and support that parents have for their little ones. An uplifting story that encourages children to embrace their uniqueness and dream big.

10. The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole

These science-themed books follow the adventurous Ms. Frizzle and her students on exciting field trips through the wonders of the natural world. This educational and entertaining series makes learning fun and sparks curiosity in young readers, inspiring a love for science and exploration.

Recommended Books for Ages 7-8

1. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary 

Join the spirited Ramona as she navigates the ups and downs of third grade with humor and resilience. Through relatable storytelling, this classic story captures the joys and challenges of growing up, celebrating the power of imagination and the strength of family bonds.

2. The Twits by Roald Dahl

This darkly humorous story follows the Mr. and Mrs. Twit in their mischievous schemes. With eccentric characters and unexpected twists, this entertaining tale explores the consequences of cruelty and greed, delivering a quirky and engaging read.

3. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

In this touching story of friendship and healing, we follow young Opal and her lovable dog, Winn-Dixie. This poignant tale celebrates the power of empathy, forgiveness, and connection, inviting readers to discover the beauty of life's unexpected moments and the transformative nature of love.

4. Storm Boy by Colin Thiele

This story by an Australian author follows a boy named Mike who forms a special bond with a pelican named Mr. Percival. Through themes of friendship and conservation, this classic celebrates the beauty of nature and the transformative power of empathy and connection.

5. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo 

In this magical tale, we follow a vain china rabbit named Edward on an extraordinary journey of love and self-discovery, while exploring themes of loss, redemption, and the transformative power of compassion. With lyrical prose and enchanting illustrations, this book seeks to inspire readers to open their hearts to the beauty of human connection.

6. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

This is a heartwarming fable of the musical adventures of a mute swan named Louis as he learns to communicate through a trumpet. In this tale, the author uses timeless prose and endearing characters to celebrate the power of perseverance, friendship, and the beauty of embracing one's unique talents.

7. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

In this graphic novel memoir, we follow the author's real-life experiences with dental drama and middle school challenges. Through engaging illustrations and candid storytelling, the book captures the essence of adolescence with humor and honesty. This relatable and inspiring journey of self-discovery, friendship, and finding the courage to smile through life's ups and downs is a must-read for every child.

8. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

In this famous book, we follow a mysterious and enchanting nanny, Mary Poppins, who brings joy and whimsy into the lives of the Banks children. Through her extraordinary adventures and eccentric ways, Mary Poppins teaches important life lessons about imagination, kindness, and the importance of family bonds.

9. Angus Lost by Graeme Base

In this whimsical picture book, by an Australian author and illustrator, we follow a curious dog named Angus as he embarks on a colorful adventure through a bustling marketplace. With vibrant illustrations and playful rhymes, this charming book invites young readers to join Angus on his journey of discovery and friendship in a fun, lively world.

10. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

This heartwarming sequel to "The Penderwicks" follows the lovable Penderwick sisters as they navigate new challenges and adventures in their neighborhood. It brings back endearing characters and uses witty storytelling to capture the joys of family, friendship, and the power of love.

11. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

This powerful historical novel is set in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. We follow 10-year-old Annemarie Johansen as she helps her Jewish friend Ellen escape to safety. This gripping tale of courage, compassion, and sacrifice highlights the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Recommended Books for Ages 8-9

1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Set in a fairy-tale world, this is the tale of a courageous mouse named Despereaux who dares to follow his dreams. As we follow Despereaux's journey to save a princess and find his place in the world, we experience bravery, love, and forgiveness along with him. 

2. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 

This touching novel follows the story of a one-of-a-kind high school student named Stargirl. Her unconventional ways and kind heart challenge the norms of her school, sparking both admiration and controversy. Through Stargirl's journey of self-discovery, the book explores themes of individuality, acceptance, and the power of being true to oneself.

3. The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

In this second book in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s delightful series we join best friends Andy and Terry as they explore their incredible treehouse, complete with a bowling alley, a marshmallow machine, and even a tank of man-eating sharks! Filled with hilarious antics and imaginative adventures, this is an entertaining read that is sure to incite peals of laughter.

4. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 

In this thrilling mystery novel, a group of sixteen heirs try to solve the puzzle of a wealthy businessman's death. As they unravel clues and secrets, the characters are drawn into a web of intrigue, deception, and unexpected twists. This award-winning book keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 

In this timeless science fiction and fantasy novel, we follow the brave young Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin as they journey to rescue Meg's father from an evil force. This extraordinary adventure across time and space explores the themes of love, courage, and the power of family, while entertaining its readers.

6. The Giver by Lois Lowry

This thought-provoking dystopian novel follows Jonas, a young boy who discovers the dark secrets hidden beneath his seemingly perfect society. As he learns about pain, joy, and freedom, Jonas must make a choice that will change his world forever. This gripping story challenges readers to question conformity, individuality, and the true meaning of humanity.

7. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 

In this riveting survival story, 13-year-old Brian Robeson struggles to stay alive in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. Armed with only his hatchet and determination, Brian must overcome nature's challenges and his own fears to survive. This gripping tale of courage, resilience, and self-discovery will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

8. Holes by Louis Sachar 

This is the story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy unjustly sent to a juvenile detention camp, and a mysterious curse that spans generations. As Stanley digs holes in the desert, he uncovers secrets that connect the past to the present, leading to a thrilling and heartwarming tale of friendship, redemption, and fate. This award-winning book will leave young readers spellbound with its clever plot twists and memorable characters.

9. Alice-Miranda at School by Jacqueline Harvey

This is the tale of Alice-Miranda, a spirited young girl attending a posh boarding school. We follow her adventures as she spreads kindness, solves mysteries, and brings joy to everyone around her. This delightful book is a perfect blend of adventure and friendship that’s sure to keep young readers glued to its pages.

Recommended Books for Ages 9-10

1. Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

In this thrilling adventure, we follow Percy, a modern-day demigod, as he embarks on an epic quest to clear his name and prevent a war among the gods. This epic quest is packed with humor, action, and twists worthy of this book’s status as a best-seller.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Do I really have to tell you how young Harry discovers his wizarding heritage, attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and faces the dark forces that threaten the wizarding world?

3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Step through the wardrobe into the enchanting land of Narnia along with the Pevensie siblings. In this timeless tale of bravery, loyalty, and redemption, we follow the protagonists as they discover a magical world frozen in eternal winter by the White Witch.

4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This is the heart wrenching tale of young Auggie Pullman as he navigates the challenges of starting middle school with a facial deformity. Through Auggie's inspiring journey of acceptance and friendship, readers will be moved by the power of kindness and the beauty of embracing differences.

5. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Follow the thrilling adventures of the cunning young magician Nathaniel, who summons the powerful djinni Bartimaeus to seek revenge and unravel a sinister conspiracy. This spellbinding tale will transport readers to a world filled with magic, intrigue, and danger, keeping them turning pages.

6. Kira’s Journey by Jackie French

In this book by an acclaimed Australian author, we follow Kira as she embarks on a perilous quest across the Australian wilderness to save her family. Set against the backdrop of colonial Australia, this gripping story weaves themes of resilience, family bonds, and the power of determination in the face of adversity.

7. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden

Experience the gripping tale of survival and courage of a group of Australian teenagers who must band together, strategize, and fight back when their country is invaded. This riveting story explores themes of friendship, resilience, and the harsh realities of war in a small town.

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

In this hauntingly beautiful book, we see the world of Nazi Germany through the eyes of young Liesel Meminger. We follow her remarkable journey of love, loss, and the power of words as she discovers solace and courage amidst the chaos of war. This soulful tale is sure to bring a tear or two to its readers eyes.

9. Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Stead

Join Skandar, a brave young hero, as he sets out to save the mystical unicorns from a cunning thief. In this enchanting adventure filled with magic, friendship, and daring escapades, readers are sure to be enthralled by this world of wonder and excitement.

10. The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby

Australian author Allison Rushby weaves a world of mystery in this gripping tale. We follow a young girl named Immy, who unravels the secrets hidden within an ancient mulberry tree. With themes of friendship, family, and self-discovery, this novel promises a captivating and heartwarming journey of resilience and hope.

Recommended Books for Ages 10-11

1. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Dive into the exhilarating world of roller derby with twelve-year-old Astrid. We follow her as she discovers her passion for roller derby and navigates the challenges of friendship and self-discovery along the way. Filled with humor, heart, and empowering themes, this graphic novel is a celebration of courage and girl power.

2. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Join Aru Shah on this magical adventure as she unwittingly unleashes an ancient demon and sets off on a quest to prevent the end of time itself. This captivating tale, filled with humor, mythology, and bravery, explores the themes of friendship and heroism.

3. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

In this tale of mystery and adventure, follow four gifted children as they embark on a mission to save the world from a secret and sinister plot. Filled with puzzles, teamwork, and courage, this captivating tale celebrates the power of intelligence and friendship.

4. Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

This is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a cynical young girl named Flora and a super-powered squirrel named Ulysses. Together, they embark on whimsical adventures filled with humor, hope, and the magic of unexpected connections. This book celebrates the power of imagination and the joy of friendship.

5. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan 

Australian author, John, introduces readers to the thrilling world of "The Ranger's Apprentice" series. Follow young Will as he trains to become a skilled ranger, mastering archery, stealth, and survival skills. With courage and wit, he faces challenges to protect his kingdom from dark forces. This action-packed adventure celebrates loyalty, friendship, and the hero within.

6. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

From Nazi Germany to California during the Great Depression, we follow the stories of three children connected by a mysterious harmonica. In this enchanting tale, their lives intertwine through music, courage, and hope to transcend time and unite hearts in times of darkness.

7. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm 

The author takes the readers on a nostalgic journey to 1935 Key West, Florida, where eleven-year-old Turtle finds unexpected adventures with her eccentric relatives. Filled with humor, heart, and a touch of mischief, this middle-grade novel celebrates family, resilience, and the joys of unexpected friendships in a charming historical setting.

8. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

In this fantasy novel, we follow a young girl named Luna, who was raised by a witch in a magical forest. Over the course of the book, she discovers her true powers, unravels the secrets of her past and the dark forces at play. This enchanting tale explores love, bravery, and the transformative power of stories.

9. The First Shadowdragon by Lee Newbury and Laura Catalán

In this captivating fantasy novel filled with magic and adventure, we join young Charlie, Lippy, Roo and new magical friend Blodyn as they embark on a quest to save their kingdom from an ancient evil. With intricate world-building and engaging characters, this thrilling tale will transport readers to a realm of mystery and danger from which they won’t want to come back.

Conclusion

We hope this curated list of books for primary school kids of all ages will provide you with the first steps to introduce your children to the wonderful world of stories.

If the story or theme or character interests them, don’t hesitate in letting them explore books that are a level or two above/below what’s recommended for them. It is by indulging their imagination and interests that you can start fostering a lifelong love for reading.

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