Our Staff Picks for Books to Read at Key Stage Two

World Book Day is a brilliant time to celebrate the written word. Your children are probably bounding into school dressed as their favourite book or film characters and you’ll have no doubt planned a jam-packed day of book-themed adventures!
It is a day to step back and appreciate how reading for pleasure has a positive impact on young children, both inside and outside the classroom.
That’s why, using our Lexile Measurements, we have scanned our bookshelves and hand-picked some of our favourite reads for Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.

Year 4

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (680L)

An action-packed series of fantasy novels that brings Greek Mythology into the modern world. Twelve-year-old Percy believes he suffers from ADHD and dyslexia and also has trouble at school. But when a school trip goes horribly wrong, he finds out that he is a Demi-God – half human, half god. Learning this secret, he is thrust into a world where he must learn about his past in order to save the future.

A great novel that your children will enjoy and is packed with cultural contexts that they can take with them into other lessons at school (especially when they are learning about Greek Mythology). Also, if they really enjoy reading this book, it is actually the first in a series, so they can keep on reading about Percy’s adventures!


Holes by Louis Sacher (660L)

When Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility for a crime he did not commit, life becomes much more of a challenge. Forced to dig a hole as deep as a man every single day in the baking Texas heat, he comes to the attention of the cruel Mr Sir and the menacing warden. Is it possible to make friends in a place like this? Will Stanley survive in this hostile environment? What exactly is he digging for? What is the Yelnats family curse and how can it be lifted?

A gripping and inventive story that should be on your bookshelf!




Year 5

Wonder by R.J. Palacio (790L)

A heart-warming story about friendship, empathy and being different in a world that demands that you are perfect. Follow Augustus “Auggie” Pullman as he begins his first day as a fifth-grader at a his first ever school. Auggie has been home schooled all his life due to having the condition Treacher Collins Syndrome, which has caused his face to be disfigured. This novel follows Auggie as he navigates bullies, friendships and pushing himself beyond his comfort zone to finally feel accepted for just the way he is.

A stand-out novel for teaching empathy through reading and character development.




The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson (770L)

‘My house has chicken legs. Two or three times a year, without warning, it stands up in the middle of the night and walks away from where we’ve been living. It might walk a hundred miles or it might walk a thousand, but where it lands is always the same.’

Marinka dreams of a normal life, which is difficult when her house has chicken legs and a will of its own, and her grandmother is Baba Yaga, a Goddess who guides spirits between this world and the next.

A modern day inventive fairy-tale.




Year 6

The Boy and the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf (940L)

A warm-hearted and humorous story that tells the current refugee crisis from a child’s perspective – but not the refugee child. It has moments of innocence when young Alexa just wonders why the new boy (sitting at the back of the class) does not want to speak to her, or to anyone, and wants nothing more than to be his friend. But no matter how many lemon sherbets she gives him, he won’t speak to her!

There are times when your children will laugh at the energetic character, Alexa and her friends, and times when their hearts will sink when they learn of how the new boy at the back of the class came to be here. It helps them to understand when some stories are told through a perspective where they may know more than the narrator.



Matilda by Roald Dahl (840L)

A book about a bookworm. This classic novel follows five-and-a-half-year-old Matilda, a highly intellectual girl who pranks her family who treat her with disdain; reads every book she can get her hands on and has telekinetic abilities! This much-loved novel by a much-loved British author is packed full of characters you root for on every page, and other characters you despise – who wasn’t scared of Miss Trunchbull when they first read this book?

But most importantly, it shows how you can find a slice of peacefulness and comfort when you lose yourself in a book, just like Matilda did.




Fab.Lexile is a handy website to keep bookmarked if you are ever wanting to refresh your bookshelves with some new reads that match the readability levels of every child.
You can find out your children’s individual Lexile Range via your Reading Plus account or contact your UK Account Manager for extra support.