Welcome to our Year 3 Bookflix page: The images below illustrate our recommended reading list for your child in Year 3. By clicking on each of the images, you will be taken to a blog post for each book, many of which will allow you to get a feel for the first chapter or so and provide a link to Amazon (other retailers are available) where you can purchase the book if you so wish. When pupils have read a book off the list they are invited to write a short book review in the comments section of the post.
Quotes on reading…
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
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Year 3 Bookflix List
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Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Jill Murphy :-
A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch is the third of Jill Murphy's much-loved The Worst Witch series, the original story of a magical boarding school, perfect for readers aged 5 -9. Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is possibly the worst witch ever to go to Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. . .
A re-telling of Aesop's classic moral tales - some well-known and some almost unknown. Rap your way through these wacky new versions of Aesop's classic fables, supported by vibrant subversive illustrations.
Meet Captain Teggs Stegosaur and the crew of the amazing spaceship DSS Sauropod as the ASTROSAURS fight evil across the galaxy! Flesh-chomping raptors have kidnapped two top dino athletes. With the Great Dinosaur Games about to start, Teggs and his friends must race to the rescue. But there's more to the raptors' plot than meets the eye . . .
Various Poets: -
Lovingly selected by U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and paired with vibrant animal photography, this collection of poems is an exuberant celebration of the animal kingdom and a beautiful introduction to this genre of literature. Designed for family sharing but targeted to ages 4-8, this dynamic, fresh, yet still classic collection of animal poems is a must-have for the family bookshelf.
One day a strange man arrives in Camille's town. He has a straw hat and a yellow beard. The man turns out to be the artist Vincent van Gogh. This is an introduction to the great painter, seen through the eyes of a young boy entranced by his painting. There are reproductions of Van Gogh's work.
Linda Newberry :-
When Tom makes a cat out of ice and snow, it comes to life at night - roaming the streets, prowling his dreams. What can it be looking for? With illustrations on nearly every page, children will find Ice Cat an interesting and enjoyable read ... a perfect book for young readers.
From climbing and abseiling to canoeing and a Crazy Bucket Race, Tim's adventure holiday promises to be full of action. There's just one problem: he is hopeless at sports of any kind. Can Tim survive the horrors of a week absolutely packed with activity? Can his team - the Tigers - be the overall champions? There are some surprises in store for everyone!
Michael Morpurgo's inspiring new story of Robbie, a boy in a coma -- victim of a car accident. Locked inside his own head, able to hear but not move or speak, Robbie tries to keep himself from slipping ever deeper into unconsciousness.
Tony Bradman: -
Dilly is the world’s naughtiest dinosaur. First, he decides to hate water and vows never to wash again, lets loose his ear-splitting super-scream which makes his father have a disaster with his sister's birthday cake, gets very confused one day, waiting for it to rain cats and dogs, and finally makes his own very characteristic contribution to the family's house-painting day!
Jeanne Willis :-
When a Stegosaurus family, Mr and Mrs Stigson and their son Darwin, throw a party for Uncle Loop's 150th birthday, it is gate-crashed by Flint Beastwood, the gangster-like T-rex, his thuggish sidekicks Mr Cretaceous (a terrifying Dinoscuchus) and Terry O'Dactyl (a psychotic Pteranodon). War seems to be on the horizon for the carnivores and the herbivores as kidnaps and thefts follow. Mayor Boris (a Triceratops) proposes Olympic Games to bring peace and stop the fighting. But can the dinosaurs settle their differences through sport or will it only make things worse? Jeanne Willis's madcap characters and story, with Arthur Robins' inspired illustration, are certain to tickle anyone's funny-bone!
JP can't wait to play his new computer game. But the adventure on this game is for real! It'll take all his gaming skills to get to the end of the level - Fun adventure
Dick King-Smith: -
Here is the story of a baby who begins talking -- at the age of 4 weeks! And it's not just the occasional word: George has a large vocabulary and plenty to say. From master storyteller Dick King-Smith, this is the hilarious story of a family turned upside-down by an unusually gifted (and demanding) infant.
Anthony Browne :-
Hansel and Gretel is perhaps the darkest and greatest of the fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. This extraordinary book brings the classic childhood tale to a new generation courtesy of one of the world's greatest picture book artists, Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Anthony Browne.
J. K. Rowling:-
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon's house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who's parents have been killed in a 'car crash'. An owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day.
A tour through a very peculiar neighbourhood, where an assortment of wacky neighbours from Superman to a shipload of pirates, reacts to the arrival of newcomers, a normal human family
Francesca Simon: -
Horrid Henry and his neighbour Moody Margaret decide to make the most sloppy, slimy, sludgy, sticky, smelly, gooey, gluey, gummy, greasy, gloppy glop possible. Is it the best glop in the world or the worst thing that's ever happened to them? Plus three other stories so funny we can't even mention them here.
Fried worms, boiled worms, worm sandwiches, worms with ketchup and peanut butter... Billy must eat fifteen worms in fifteen days, or lose his bet with Alan and Joe. Can Billy put his taste buds to the test and win, or will he work his way out of the deal?
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet... It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.
Ivan lives in a land where the winter is dark and fearful. Starjik, King of Winter, steals Ivan's little brother and Ivan braves the bitter cold to find him.
Romance has been brewing on the island between Neilly Beag and Granma Mainland and everyone is thrilled when they announce that they are to be married. Everyone, that is, except Grannie Island. For some reason that Katie Morag can't fathom her island grandmother is NOT happy at all.
Marie P. Croall
From an East African village, into the Land of the Dead: Marwe lives in a village where food is scarce. She tries to be obedient, but it's hard to spend every day working in the fields. When her carelessness ruins the village's crops, she's too scared to face her angry family and runs away to the strange Land of the Dead. Marwe knows she doesn't belong there.
Let your imagination run riot and laughter fill your belly as you explore traditional poems, rhymes with a twist, and subversive playground favourites in this playful treasure chest of verse.
Humphrey Carpenter :-
'Oh, don't be cowards,' said Jody. 'I'm sure it's perfectly safe.' Mysteriously stranded in the fog at night. Mr Majeika and Class Three find themselves in a creepy hotel near Hadrian's Wall, where some very spooky things start to happen. Strange lights, ghostly sounds and vanishing people...
Humphrey Carpenter :-
'Music teacher? What music teacher?' The sudden arrival of a new music teacher throws St Barty's School into confusion. Mysterious smells start coming from the staffroom and creepy-crawlies appear out of nowhere. The new arrival is, of course, Wilhelmina Worlock, a wicked witch with some nasty tricks. It's up to Mr Majeika to try to outwit her...
Jeremy Strong: -
Nicholas's granny is in love with the elderly Hell's Angel from next door. Everyone thinks it's great - except for Nicholas's dad. He does everything he can to stop the romance, but Granny has a few tricks - and a few getaway vehicles - up her sleeve.
Nicholas’s mum is having a baby. It’s going to mean some big changes. His mum’s getting ENORMOUS and Granny wants to live in the garden! But that’s not all, because there’s an even bigger shock to come . . .
It's a dog's life for Anthony. Not only is he lacking the respect he deserves from the neighbourhood dogs and cats, but suddenly all he can do is scratch, scratch, scratch. And now bits of him are dropping off - yeuch! Just when Anthony thinks things can't get any worse, he finds himself on the vet's table. What she has in mind is about to destroy the tiny shred of street cred he has left...
Sue Mongredien :-
Oliver Moon is the hardest working wizard at Magic School and now he's been nominated for Young Wizard of the Year. But at home he has to cope with his seriously embarrassing unmagical parents. What will the judges say when they find out that the Moons use a microwave instead of a cauldron and a car instead of a broomstick?
Dave Brown thinks up a clever plan so that he can see the England squad train at his local football ground - instead of going to school.
Mr Piggott and his two sons behave like pigs to poor Mrs Piggott – until, finally, she walks out. Left to fend for themselves, the male Piggotts undergo some curious changes!
Allan Ahlberg :-
This witty collection of poems about school is full of typical classroom events that will be recognized and enjoyed by everyone: the candid revelations in a pupil's newsbook, the problem of copycats, bickering, making up, swaps, picking teams and forming gangs. Fritz Wegner's line drawings beautifully complement the hilarious and poignant verses.
Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross: -
Boasting 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, this brand new collection features more Shakespeare Stories than ever before. From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers. The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.
Titles in this series: The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Richard III, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Macbeth, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet.
Laurence Anholt :-
The Mean Queen is jealous of her step daughter little Snow White because she is pretty and talented and has a teeny weeny, perfect little nose. Snow White wants to be a pop star and spends most of her time fantasising about her favourite band, Boysnog, but Mean Queen forces the little girl to listen to her singing the dreadful songs that once made her famous as a member of the Wonderful Wicked Witches.
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George and Snowball the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's an adventurous and heroic little mouse.
The Abominables follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way across Europe to a possible new home. Siblings Con and Ellen shepherd the yetis along their eventful journey, with the help of Perry, a good-natured truck driver. Through a mountain rescue in the Alps and a bullfight in Spain, the yetis at last find their way to an ancestral estate in England—only to come upon a club of voracious hunters who have set their sights on the most exotic prey of all: the Abominable Snowmen.
Sid, Peggy and Amy adore the two gerbils, Bubble and Squeak, but their mother detests them. A major family battle results, and it is clear life is never going to be quite the same again. But after a near fatal encounter between Bubble and Ginger the cat, Mrs Sparrow begins to see that life with 2 gerbils might not be so bad after all.
Michael Morpurgo: -
High in the mountains, in a tiny village, an abandoned bear cub is adopted by a lonely orphan child. Soon they are inseparable, beloved by the whole village -- safe, until the arrival of a glamorous film crew who need a dancing bear!
Anne Fine :-
Poor Ellie is horrified when Tuffy drags a dead bird into the house. Then a mouse. But Tuffy can't understand what all the fuss is about. Who on earth will be the next victim to arrive through the cat-flap? Can soft-hearted Ellie manage to get her beloved pet to change his wild, wild ways before he ends up in even deeper trouble? The hilarious antics of Tuffy and his family are told by the killer cat himself.
Surviving and finding a safe place to lay her eggs is difficult for Hypsilophodon with dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex around. When she falls into a mysterious pool and finds herself on a modern farm there are still problems.
Jacqueline Wilson: -
On a school trip to the dinosaurs in the museum, everyone in the class has a packed lunch, everyone that is except Dinah. But then a friendly iguanodon decides to help, and soon Dinah has a very special packed lunch and a huge surprise.
Streaker is no ordinary dog. She’s a rocket on four legs with a woof attached, and Trevor has got until the end of the holidays to train her. If he fails, he’ll lose his bet with horrible Charlie Smugg, and something very, very yucky involving frogspawn will happen . . .
Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.
Will has four brothers and it's chaos in his house! If he's not being teased by his big brother Marty, he has to deal with the terrible, three-headed bundle of cuteness that is his three younger brothers. Even worse, his mother has the brilliant idea of packing Will and Marty off to the library during the holidays. She just doesn't understand! Not only is the library no fun, it's also the habitat of the legendary librarian Spud Murphy. If you put a foot wrong, it's rumoured she will use her dreaded gas-powered spud gun and you don't want that - just ask Ugly Frank how he got his nickname!
Four adventurous siblings―Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie― step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.
When Amber, the littlest Viking, set out from Scandinavia to seek her fortune she must have got lost on her way! Now she's in Pegwell Bay with no one but her pet squirrel for company. When Katie, Gary and Joshua find her stranded on the beach, they decide to look after her. Now there's a Viking living in their garden!
This beautiful anthology brings together a collection of must-read poems for children to treasure. There are light-hearted and informative introductions to some of the poems, which range from well-loved favourites to modern classics. This gorgeous book is sure to inspire and delight children and adults alike.
The story is about a young barn owl called Plop. Each chapter is a satisfying tale in which Plop learns something new about the dark each night: dark is exciting, dark is kind, dark is fun, dark is necessary, dark is fascinating, dark is wonderful ... and dark is beautiful. Plop isn't convinced immediately, but by the seventh night he's looking at the dark through new eyes!
Alexander McCall Smith:-
Joe loved hamburgers but the only place in town was Mr Borthick's place but the owner was getting old and the place did not have any special equipment or fancy stools; it still needed to be painted and refurbished. There was a new place in town and it was another `Hamburger House'. The `Hamburger House' company could make the best burgers in town and Joe knew Mr Borthick's café would go out of business. One day, Mr Borthick let Joe make his own burger so he made one for him and for the old man - they were the best burgers he had ever tasted. But the trouble was Joe forgot the recipe...
Dick King-Smith :-
When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he is amazed that Fly, his sheep-dog, welcomes him as one of her own pups. Fly names the piglet Babe and teaches him all he needs to know about the farm and its animals. As he watches his 'mum' round up the sheep, he decides he would love to try too. However, his legs are too short and he is far too plump to run around after a flock of sheep. He then tries a different tactic; politely asking the sheep to form an orderly line! The sheep are so surprised to be treated with respect that they happily oblige and Farmer Hogget soon notices that Babe has a certain knack with them…
Jon Scieszka introduces some really stupid off-the-wall fairy tales including: ‘Chicken Licken’, ‘The Princess and the Bowling Ball’; ‘The Really Ugly Duckling’, and ‘Jack's Bean Problem’.
Robert Lloyd Jones: -
The book takes a lively and engaging look at football through the ages, from the Roman army to the modern day premiership, including when the first matches kicked off, why the first rules developed and how rugby and American Football were born.
It is a lively and engaging look at the story of the Olympic Games, from its foundations in Ancient Greece to the global spectacles seen by modern audiences. It is humorously illustrated throughout by Paddy Mounter.
Mildred Hubble is the worst witch at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches - she's always getting her spells wrong. But she manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy.
Jill Murphy :-
Catch up on Mildred Hubble s magical adventures at Miss Cackle s Academy for Witches with these reissued editions featuring energetic new covers. Mildred is back in trouble thanks to the new girl, Enid Nightshade, who isn’t as well behaved as she appears. The more Mildred tries to stay out of trouble, the more she finds herself in horrible situations. What can the disaster-prone worst witch do?"
In this zany book there are over 60 verses and some of the weirdest characters you're ever likely to meet. There's the Jolly Giant, the Elibird, the Human Siren, Borer the Explorer, Nosey Porker, Mugsy O'Shea and many, many more!
Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. With the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are some obstacles even a boy genius can't overcome.
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