Welcome to our curated year 5 reading list

Designed to inspire and engage young readers with a diverse range of stories and themes. Whether you’re a teacher looking for classroom resources or a parent seeking books to enjoy at home, this list offers something for every Year 5 pupil.

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Reading List for Year 5:

Classic Tales and Modern Adventures


Alice In Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Why it’s great for Year 5:

This classic tale encourages imagination and curiosity, key elements for cognitive and creative development at this age.

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Peter Pan

by J.M. Barrie

Why it’s great for Year 5:

 It teaches the importance of friendship, bravery, and the value of adventure, all crucial themes for children’s social and emotional growth.

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Embassy of the Dead

by Will Mabbitt

Why it’s great for Year 5:

This book blends humor with mystery, perfect for engaging reluctant readers and encouraging a love for storytelling.



by William Joyce

Why it’s great for Year 5:

Explores themes of friendship and the impact of technology, fostering empathy and critical thinking.

the bicycle spy

The Bicycle Spy

by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Why it’s great for Year 5:

It introduces historical contexts and the concept of courage in adversity, enhancing understanding of history and moral courage.

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Fox Snare: 3

by Yoon Ha Lee

Why it’s great for Year 5:

Offers a glimpse into science fiction and complex storytelling, stimulating imagination and problem-solving skills.

Suggested Reading List for Year 5:

Exploring Emotions and Challenges

Understanding emotions and overcoming challenges are pivotal for Year 5 pupils as they navigate complex social situations and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others. This selection aims to support their emotional and mental growth.

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Spirit Animals: Broken Ground

by Victoria Schwab

Why it’s great for Year 5:

Encourages teamwork and perseverance, showing the importance of unity in overcoming obstacles.

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Dream, Annie, Dream

by Waka T Brown

Why it’s great for Year 5:

Inspires readers to pursue their dreams and demonstrates the value of hard work and resilience.

The Benefits of Digital Libraries and eBooks

Reading Hub is proud to offer a vast selection of eBooks through our digital library, making reading more accessible and inclusive for Year 5 pupils. Digital libraries:

  • Increase Accessibility: eBooks can be read anywhere, anytime, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to read, regardless of their physical access to books.
  • Promote Equality: With a wide range of titles available digitally, children from all backgrounds have equal access to diverse stories and learning resources.

With over 650 books specifically tailored for Year 5 pupils available on the Reading Hub app, we are committed to providing resources that support teachers, engage parents, and inspire pupils.