Great Books Guide

Here are 60 books from the last year that we think are great – and so will children.

These are not the "best-ever" books or a list of must-reads. We don’t believe in those.

Instead, they are books to engage and excite children all the way up to age 11. They're funny, sad, informative, scary and silly (and everything inbetween). 

We believe that the right book is always what a child actually wants to read – and we hope our guide inspires families and schools to find that book. 

Check out the books by age below, or download the full Great Books Guide as a PDF.

Search the brilliant books in the 2017 guide

We've grouped together the books by interest age. Click on the list to see the books and read our reviews.

Great Books Guide 2017: for children aged 0-3

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love. These are perfect for parents and carers to share with younger children (3 and under) to get them hooked on books from an early age.

Great Books Guide 2017: for 4-5 year olds

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love. The're brilliant books for those in Reception or Year 1 (4-5 years). 

Great Books Guide 2017: for 6-7 year olds

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love. Check out the books below for children in Year 2 or 3 (aged 6-7). 

Great Books Guide 2017: for 8-9 year olds

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love. For children in Year 4 or 5 (aged 8-9), check out our recommended books in this list.

Great Books Guide 2017: for children aged 10-11

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love. The books in this list are great for children towards the end of primary school, aged 10-11. They won't want to put them down!

Take a fun quiz in class

Here are three Accelerated Reader-style quizzes, based on three of the books in the Great Books Guide, from our sponsor Renaissance.

Trying to find books for children 12+?

Here are the first in three brilliant series that will get any kid reading...

Geek Girl

Holly Smale

Everyone at school knows Harriet Manners is a geek.

Read more about Geek Girl

The Novice

Taran Matharu

If you enjoyed Eragon by Christopher Paolini or you are a fan of The Hobbit then this is the book for you.

Read more about The Novice

Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes

Lauren Child

Blessed with an extraordinary talent for spotting things which others seldom notice, 13-year-old Ruby lands an undercover job as a code-breaker for secret-spy organisation, Spectrum.

Read more about Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes

Children's Book Week

Every year, we celebrate reading for pleasure in schools all around the UK. Whether you're a family or a teacher, find out what we got up to in November 2017.

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