Levelled Reading List

Levelled Reading List


This booklist has been put together specifically to prepare children for success in the 11 plus exams, independent school exams and year 6 SATs

Students taking these exams need to spend time at home reading a large number of books gradually progressing onto harder material.

We have taken the time to divide the books into levels and categories so that children are exposed to enough variety and can move up gradually without the process feeling too forced. 

It is a good idea to read at least ten books, before moving up to the next level. Do not underestimate the lower-level books. These are excellent to help with sentence structure, building imagination and sheer pleasure!

NOTE: this list is our suggestion only and is in no way is an exhaustive list.

We have included links for every book to make it easy for you to purchase products.


Books at level 1, are particularly approachable as they have pictures and the text is divided into manageable chunks. The vocabulary is also not challenging and the books are short, so students gain confidence quickly from reading them. The books here are also mainly fiction rather than non-fiction. 


Roald Dahl
Judith Kerr
Dirty Beasts The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Enormous Crocodile Mog the Forgetful Cat
The Giraffe and the Pelly and me Mog and the Baby
The Magic Finger
Mog’s Birthday

The Twits Mog and Me and Other Stories
Maurice Sendak
The Crocodile Under the Bed
Where the Wild Things are
Anne Fine
Konnie Huq
The Diary of a Killer Cat: 6 Book Set
Fearless Fairytales Flour Babies 
David McKee
Beatrix Potter
Not Now, Bernard The Complete Collection
A.A. Milne
Elmer Again Winnie the Pooh: The Complete Collection
Elmer on Stilts
Elmer and Wilbur Illustrated Stories from Aesop
Clement C. Moore
Hans Christian Andersen
Twas the Night Before Christmas Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Dav Pilkey
10 Book Set Captain Underpants
Jeff Kinney
Margery Williams
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection set The Velveteen Rabbit
Francesca Simon
 Julia Donaldson
Horrid Henry: 10 Book Collection  The Detective Dog
































Books at level 2 push students to read chapter books and start to include more detailed descriptions. Occasionally, they may include illustrations to make it easier to follow the plot. The vocabulary becomes slightly more varied and there are more complex themes discussed. The books are slightly longer but students should be able to read them quite quickly.





George’s Marvellous Medicine

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator

Danny the Champion of the World

Antonia Barber

The Mousehole Cat

Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe

Awful Auntie

Code Name Bananas

There’s a snake in my school!

E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web

Stuart Little

The Trumpet of the Swan


J.K. Rowling

The Ickabog


Onjali Rauf

The Boy at the Back of the Class

The Night Bus Hero


Colin Dann

The Animals of Farthing Wood 1

The Animals of Farthing Wood 2

Roald Dahl 
David Walliams
Fantastic Mr Fox The World’s Worst Parents
The Twits Gangsta Granny
Matilda The Ice Monster