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Year 5 Books

As your child enters Year 5, they reach the intermediate stage of Key Stage two learning. At Books2Door, we have specially curated a list of the best children’s books for 9-year-olds as they enter the new school year. Our back-to-school books range features a compiled collection of teachers’ top picks that are perfect for all adventurous readers aged 9-10. Our collection of Key Stage two reading books has been specially hand-picked and recommended by teachers to ensure the perfect books are chosen by our mighty little readers. Featuring some of the most invigorating and adventurous titles, our selection has all the best books that are guaranteed to make your child’s imagination go wild! We’ve got an extensive collection of Key Stage two reading books from a range of best-selling popular authors including C.S. Lewis, Jill Murphy and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There’s guaranteed to be something interesting for 9-year-old bookworms of all reading abilities.

During Year 5, your child will further develop their reading and comprehension skills further to help them become more independent and confident readers. At this stage, their vocabulary and language have become more complex and their focus is on developing these skills to identify language, structure and presentation in texts. In KS2 reading books, they will be able to spot recurring themes, ask questions about the various books they have read and also summarise the information or plot in a book as they have understood it. Reading widely and often increases your child’s vocabulary because they encounter words that they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. As a result, your child starts to build on and extend their own bank of vocabulary which will help them as they progress through school.

In year 5, children will start to be able to identify and analyse figurative language features and their intended effect on the reader. They will also discuss their understanding of the meaning of words in context and improve on their inference skills by justifying identifications made in the narrative with evidence from the text. During this year, it is crucial to maintain and improve your child’s reading ability as they continue to develop their love for reading by exploring different authors and genres. Implementing guided reading sessions with a teacher or an adult will help to feed your child’s imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

Fan Favourite books for 9-year-olds

Junior-level primary school books are perfect for helping children to continue to develop their literacy and comprehension skills and build the necessary skills to transform them into confident and passionate readers. Browse through our selection of top teachers’ picks, there’s sure to be something for everyone. During Year 5, children will be able to read from an increasingly wide range of books, with texts that are both modern and old. Don’t worry we have plenty of simplified and children-friendly classics for Year five children to explore. Check out our box set of The Sherlock Holmes Children’s Collection, the perfect books for year five children. With engaging illustrations, this simplification of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories easily introduces children to the world of mystery books and classics. 

Is your child not a fan of mystery books? Well, don’t worry we have a wide range of classics for your child to discover. Have a look at our “easy classics” including the Shakespeare’s Children Stories Book Collection by Macaw Books. This captivating collection of classic Shakespearean tales features 20 of the most beautifully narrated plays, simplified for an easy read, alongside enchanting illustrations that children are guaranteed to love. Our classics don’t stop there, be sure to check out Tracy Mayhew’s The Legends of King Arthur Books Box Set. In a modern retelling of the Arthurian legends, this collection of “easy classics” has been adapted and illustrated, perfect for Year 5 children wanting to delve into classic folklore. Explore epic battles, thrilling quests and forbidden love combined in the medieval story of the boy who would be king. 

For readers still exploring new and different genres, check out our fantastic range of children’s fantasy books ideal for transporting young minds into the most fantastical adventures. Adam Blade’s Beast Quest The Battle Collection contains all the books from series 4,5, and 6. For those who are fans of the first three series, young readers can expect to move on to the epic next steps in the series. As a popular choice for both parents and children, these best-selling children’s books provide plenty of mystery, fantasy and adventure as your child dives into the excitement with Tom and Elenna in Avantia, where the clever pair attempt to restore peace to the land by stopping magnificent beasts from causing mayhem and destruction.

Why not check out The Chronicles Of Narnia book collection? This beautiful edition features 7 titles of the popular children’s fantasy series complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. Let your 9-year-old discover the magic and wonder of Narnia as they adventure with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pensive in the English countryside from London. With the help of Aslan, a talking lion, the Pensive children must save Narnia from the evil White Witch who has reigned over the land for a century of perpetual winter with no Christmas. This collection is the perfect collection for those Key Stage 2 readers that love the hero and villain's trope alongside positive messages of courage and forgiveness in the face of danger. 

Finished these titles and want to try something brand new and challenging to improve your reading skills? Try our selected top teachers’ picks for Year 6 books, with a new selection of advanced, quality book sets and collections for those confident older readers eager to explore a new and exciting challenge.

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