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The Wise Owl’s Recommended Reads


I would highly recommend that your child reads daily. The time they read for is up to you and depends largely on your child, but getting into a routine of daily reading is key. Try to ensure that your child is reading a wide range of texts and genres. In a comprehension exam, they could be given anything from a newspaper article to poem and anything in between!

Work with your child to find texts and stories they enjoy. (Not everything on the list below will be right for them!) If your child enjoys the book they are reading, they’ll be more enthusiastic and engaged with the text.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of recommended books to read when preparing for the Kent Test. This list is by no means exhaustive, as I could go on forever with book recommendations! However, these are some of my favourites and a good place to start. If you have any other recommendations, let me know!


Hans Christian Andersen — The Complete Fairy Tales J.M. Barrie — Peter Pan
Frances Hodgson Burnett — The Secret Garden Lewis Carroll — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Charles Dickens — A Christmas Carol

Rudyard Kipling — The Jungle Book
C.S Lewis — The Chronicles of Narnia
Robert Louis Stevenson — Treasure Island Jonathan Swift — Gulliver’s Travels
J. R. R. Tolkien — The Hobbit
Jules Verne — Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Adventure Stories


Malorie Blackman — Hacker
Frank Cottrell Boyce — Millions
Edith Nesbit — Five Children and It
Edith Nesbit — The Railway Children
Louis Sacher — Holes
Lemony Snicket — A Series of Unfortunate Events Michael Morpurgo — Kensuke’s Kingdom
Eva Ibbotson- Journey to the River Sea

Fantasy Stories

David Almond — Skellig
Holly Black — The Spiderwick Chronicles
Orson Scott Card — Ender’s Game
James Dashner — The Maze Runner
Suzanne Collins — The Hunger Games
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — The Lost World
Michael Ende — The Neverending Story
Anthony Horowitz — Stormbreaker
Eva Ibbotson — The Secret of Platform 13
Lois Lowry — The Giver
Derek Landy — Skulduggery Pleasant
Sophie McKenzie — The Medusa Project
Garth Nix — Mr Monday
Phillippa Pearce — Tom's Midnight Garden
Phillip Pullman — The Northern Lights
Rick Riordan — Percy Jackson and the Lightening Bolt Alex Scarrow — Time Riders


Agatha Christie — And Then There Were None

Siobhan Dowd — The London Eye Mystery

Arthur Conan Doyle — Sherlock Holmes

Cornelia Funke — The Thief Lord

Julia Golding — The Diamonds of Drury Lane

Anthony Horowitz — The Diamond Brothers

Erich Kaster — Emil and the Detectives

Carolyn Keene — Nancy Drew

M.G. Leonard — The Highland Falcon Thief

Nature Stories


Richard Adams — Watership Down
Kenneth Grahame — The Wind in the Willows

Hugh Lofting — Dr Dolittle
Anna Sewell — Black Beauty
Dodie Smith — The Hundred and One Dalmatians

E.B. White — Charlotte’s Web

Historical Stories


Nina Bawden — Carrie’s War
Anne Holm — I am David
Caroline Lawrence — The Roman Mysteries

Michelle Magorian — Goodnight Mister Tom

Michael Morpurgo — Warhorse
Ian Serallier — The Silver Sword
Robert Swindells — Blitzed
John Boyne — The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas


Sarah Albee — Accidental Archaeologists: True Stories of Unexpected Discoveries

Christopher Lloyd — Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopedia: What We Know and What We Don’t

David Long and Simon Tyler — The World's Most Magnificent Machines

Glenn Murphy — How Loud Can You Burp?
Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson — Two Truths and a Lie

Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas — The How and Wow of the Human Body: From Your Tongue to Your Toes and all the Guts in Between



William Black —The Tyger
Robert Browning — The Pied Piper of Hamlin
Lewis Carroll — Jabberwocky
Robert Frost — The Road Not Taken
Mary Howitt — The Spider And The Fly
Rudyard Kipling — If
Edward Lear — The Owl and the Pussycat
Alfred Noyes — The Highwayman
Alfred Tennyson — The Charge of the Light Brigade

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