Can You Guess the 10 Books Your Class Should Have Read by The Age of 12?

They not only help with their development but having good reading skills is super important for success in a child’s future, as it develops their range of vocabulary and also helps confidence.

For these reasons, we’re going to be taking a good look at what we see as 10 books children should be reading by the age of 12. So, let’s begin shall we? Once upon a time…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

Follow the story of a caterpillar that spends a week eating too much! At the end of the week, the Hungry Caterpillar gets bellyache and eats a leaf to help. After making a cocoon, he sleeps in it for a fortnight and emerges as a beautiful butterfly!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

This favourite is about the chocolate factory owner, Willy Wonka, when he releases five golden tickets into separate chocolate bars for five children to visit his factory. On their visit though, not everything goes quite according to plan…

Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian

Set during World War II, readers follow a young boy, William Beech, who is evacuated due to air-raids and put under the care of an elderly recluse, Tom Oakley. A heart-warming classic.

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

When Alice chases a rabbit down his rabbit hole, she slips and falls through it to Wonderland! There, she meets many characters and has magical, mysterious adventures as she tries to escape the Queen of Hearts.


Roald Dahl

Matilda Wormwood is a clever little girl who loves books. When her parents send her away to a school ran by the tyrannical Miss Trunchbull, Matilda befriends her teacher, Miss Honey, and encounters many trials along the way.

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

In this story, readers follow the tale of a mouse who takes a walk in a forest and unfortunately, meets many animals who want to eat him!

Tales of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit is a mischievous little animal who ignores his mother’s warnings and trespasses onto Mr McGregor’s garden. As a result, he faces dangerous consequences.

The Chronicles of Narnia

C.S. Lewis

Four siblings are evacuated to an elderly relative during World War I. There they find a magical wardrobe leading to a land called Narnia. During their adventure they’re tasked with helping the creatures of Narnia fight to save their land from the evil White Witch.

The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss

Brother and sister Conrad and Sally Walden and their pet fish are at home alone. It’s raining and they’re really bored. Well, that’s until The Cat in the Hat turns up…

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

Naughty Max is sent to his bedroom with no supper after wearing a wolf costume and causing mayhem. Mysteriously, Max’s bedroom turns into a jungle environment where the ‘Wild Things’ live and the adventure begins there…

We hope you enjoy reading these fantastic stories and live happily ever after! The end.