Reading List for Year 3


A comprehensive Year 3 reading list including a variety of genres and levels all suitable for both girls and boys in Year 3.


You want to get your child reading and they are keen too, but you’re not sure what books to choose. Let us guide you!

Our Year 3 reading list will become your go-to tool to get your child engaged and making great progress in their reading. Follow our reading tips too (below) and you’ll soon have a bookworm on your hands!

We’ve split the list into three abilities, so no matter where your child is in the reading development, there will be books that they will learn to treasure and enjoy.

Our reading list is perfect for children in Year 3 and their parents. Our comprehensive list includes a variety of genres and levels all suitable for both girls and boys in Year 3. We have sectioned the list into three levels: books for children gaining confidence, books for children who are confident and books for children who are looking for a challenge. You’ll find all the familiar children’s book genres included on our list: realistic fiction, fantasy, adventure, science fiction, history fiction, biography and non-fiction.

We pulled together this teachers’ list of great reading for the variety of characterisation, plots, levels of engagement and for the range of quality vocabulary in the texts. We know that great children’s literature can be the key to developing great creative writing. Making reading fun is important too, so our list includes great stories that your child can really engage with, read and reread time and time again.

Some of our favourite books from this list include classic English children’s literature, such as:

  • The Hodgeheg, Dick King-Smith
  • It was a Dark and Stormy Night, Janet Ahlberg
  • The Whinnie the Pooh Collection, AA Milne

and modern day children’s favourites, including:

  • The Rabbit that Belongs to Emily Brown, Cressida Cowell
  • I Know What You Did Last Wednesday, Anthony Horowitz
  • Operation Gadgetman!, Malorie Blackman

Whatever your child’s stage and favourite genre, there will be plenty of choice on this list to expand their horizons.


Reading with your child

Even though your child is beginning to read fluently out loud or to themselves by this stage of their primary education, it is still a good idea to read with your child. This will help them develop a sense of enjoyment for reading, improve their comprehension skills and support learning new vocabulary. Reading really is the gateway to all other school subjects and a key life skill most of us use every day. Reading quality books will support your child’s writing development and imagination too.

In fact, current reading research by The Literacy Trust shows that parents’ and carers’ engagement in children’s reading and the creation of a positive reading space and culture at home is shown to have more impact on your child’s reading progress than parental occupation, social class, ethnic background or gender.

Use a combination of reading situations: sometimes your child can read to you, sometimes read to your child. You can even ask your child to read to your pets! Start conversations about their text. Can they compare their reading to their own life and experiences? What was the trickiest word they found today? How would they feel in a similar situation to the characters? Include your own views on situations and characters too, and tell your child about words or expressions that you enjoyed in the text. All this will help them to develop the reading and comprehension skills they will need for life.

Additionally to this list, it is a good idea to get your child reading for purpose. Maybe they would enjoy reading a children’s newspaper (we like First News). Perhaps they enjoy cooking and could research and follow a recipe. Even familiar video games have instructions, fan sites and updates they may like to read. Whatever their texts of choice, supporting your child with their reading is one of the best ways that you can help your child in life.

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