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Reading List: books for children in Year 2

As your child gains confidence in their reading abilities, they will appreciate more and more variety. Here is...

3 years ago

As your child gains confidence in their reading abilities, they will appreciate more and more variety. Here is a selection of books suitable for 6 to 7 year olds.

Skellig, David Almond

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister’s illness, Michael’s world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature – part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael’s help if he is to survive.
(176 pages)

Oliver and the Seawigs, Philip Reeve

Along with his new friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver goes off in search of his missing parents. But before he can put his rescue plan into action there’s the evil Stacey de Lacey and an army of greasy, green sea monkeys to contend with…
(208 pages)

Picasso Perkins, Adele Geras

Life becomes very difficult for Perkins when Lexie decides she’s going to do a picture of him for a ‘Paint Your Pet’ competition. He is very fond of his young owner, but really! All he asks for in life is a bit of peace and quiet. However, to his surprise, Perkins finds that he too can be creative.
(98 pages)

All Because of Jackson, Dick King-Smith

Jackson is a very unusual rabbit – a rabbit with a dream. He spends his days watching the tall sailing-ships coming and going. He longs to go to sea too. So one day – with his girlfriend, Bunny – Jackson stows away on the Atalanta and sails off in search of a new life.
(64 pages)

The Secret World of Polly Flint, Helen Cresswell

As soon as she arrives in Wellow, Polly Flint knows there is magic in the place. And she should know, because she is an unusual girl who can see things others can’t. She seems to be able to call up a village that had disappeared from the face of the earth and the people who lived in it, as they slip in and out of time.
(148 pages)

The Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth, Eoin Colfer

Will’s brother Marty is always playing practical jokes. But when he tells the bloodcurdling story of the cutthroat pirate Captain Crow, Will is terrified. Is it another one of Marty’s tricks, or could Captain Crow’s ghost really be out to get him?
(112 pages)

Hunt Jack Stalwart (Series), Elizabeth Singer

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart’s 14 book collection set includes The Deadly Race To Space Russia, The Quest For Aztec Gold Mexico, The Pursuit Of The Ivory Poachers Kenya, The Puzzle Of The Missing Panda China,The Caper Of The Crown Jewels Great Britain, The Search For The Sunken Treasure Australia, The Secret Of The Sacred Temple Cambodia, The Mystery Of The Mona Lisa France, Peril At The Grand Prix Italy, and The Escape Of The Deadly Dinosaur USA.
(140 pages)

The Hundred Mile an Hour dog and other titles, Jeremy Strong

Streaker is no ordinary dog. She’s a rocket on four legs with a woof attached, and Trevor has got until the end of the holidays to train her. If he fails, he’ll lose his bet with horrible Charlie Smugg, and something very, very unfortunate involving frogspawn will happen…
(128 pages)

The Worst Witch, Jill Murphy

Hold on to your broomstick for magical mayhem with Jill Murphy’s much-loved classic The Worst Witch, the original story of life at a magical boarding school. Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, but she’s making an awful mess of it. She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. And when she turns Ethel, the teacher’s pet into her worst enemy, chaos ensues…
(128 pages)

Smith Precious and the Case of the Missing Lion: A New Case for Precious Ramotswe, Alexander McCall

Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, she was already solving mysteries as an eight-year-old girl. Here, in this delightful, new, enchanting tale for children, we see how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know.
(114 pages)

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. “Please,” asks the stranger, “draw me a sheep.” And the pilot realizes that when life’s events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper . . .
(96 pages)

A Little Princess, Frances H Burnett

Motherless Sara Crewe was sent home from India to school at Miss Minchin’s. Her father was immensely rich and she became ‘show pupil’ – a little princess. Then her father dies and his wealth disappears, and Sara has to learn to cope with her changed circumstances. Her strong character enables her to fight successfully against her new-found poverty and the scorn of her fellows.
(192 pages)

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