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If you've finished reading all of the books by your favourite author and aren't sure what to read next, have a look at Bookmatch


Find the name of your favourite author and you will see suggestions for books by other similar authors. 


Unfortunately, this is not a library, but it may give you ideas about how to spend any Christmas, birthday or pocket money you might have.

Audio Books


Have a listen to the fabulous audio books on the World Book Day site!


Let us know your favourites!

Virtual School Library 


Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will give you free books, videos and their top three recommended reads in The Virtual School Library.


Here's the link:


The National Literacy Trust also has interviews with authors:


Phonics Games


EdShed has some good phonics games (and some musical games too.)  Click here.


Books Recommended on the World Book Day Website

10 Minute Challenges

Look at these 10-minute challenges from famous authors.

There are lots of them.  Have a go. 

Perhaps they will help you to discover a new favourite author!



Epic has lots of online books for you (including audio books). 


1) Go to  

2) Enter our class code. (Find it in the Google Classroom Stream.)

3) Click on your name.

4) You will see some books that you can read.  Choose one.


I can log in to see what you've been reading and for how long.  So, let's see who's got the reading bug!


When reading the book, you can click on words that you don't know. It will read the word to you and will tell you what it means.


If the book has ‘Read to me’, you can click on this book and listen to someone reading it to you. (Make sure you press the play button for each page.)


You can also find interesting books by searching for them. If you're interested in volcanoes, type volcanoes in the search box at the top and you will see all of the books on that topic.


Top tips

· Take some time to have a look through the variety of books on the website to make sure that you find a book you think you will enjoy.


· When reading a book you like, make sure that you read all of it before moving on to a new book.


· Don’t forget to click on a word if you’re not sure about it


You can use Epic for free from Monday to Friday 7am – 3pm.

(You can get an extra 2 hours free each week if you parents agree and sign up.)




Books Recommended By Previous Year 4s


A Place Called Perfect by Helen Duggan  (4 stars ****) 

  • fiction/adventure
  • 364 pages


Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl (5 stars *****)

  • fiction/adventure
  • 170 pages



 The Witches by Roald Dahl  (5 stars *****)

  • fiction/adventure
  • 204 pages


Horrid Henry and the Demon Dinner Lady by Tony Ross

  • (5 stars *****)
  • fiction
  • 80 pages


George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 190 pages


The Twits by Roald Dahl (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 85 pages


James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 200 pages


Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo (5 stars *****)

  • fiction/adventure
  • 264 pages


Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

  • (5 stars *****)
  • fiction/fantasy
  • 200 pages


Penguins by Cooper/Hegarty (5 stars *****)

  • non-fiction
  • 33 pages


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

  • (5 stars *****)
  • fiction/magical/fantasy
  • 390 pages


Danny, The Champion of the World by Roald Dahl (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 214 pages


The BFG by Roald Dahl (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 208 pages


Littlenose by John Grant (4 stars ****)

  • fiction
  • 64 pages


The Girl Who Thought She Was A Dog by Clare Balding (4 stars ****)

  • fiction
  • 67 pages


Frank's Magical Football by Frank Lampard (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 108 pages 


Harry Who Never, Ever Did His Homework by David Walliams  (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 360 pages


Tom Gates, Dog Zombies Rule by Liz Pichon (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 250 pages


The 13 Story Tree House by Andy Griffiths (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 154 pages


Tom Gates, Top Of The Class by Liz Pichon (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 239 pages


Gangsta Granny by David Walliams (4 stars ****)

  • fiction/fantasy
  • 297 pages


Animal Magic by Holly Webb (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 192 pages


Bella's Den by Berlie Doherty (4 stars ****)

  • fiction
  • 72 pages


The 39 Story Tree House by Andy Griffiths (5 stars *****)

  • fiction
  • 139 pages