Hand Made Places Recommends: Brilliant Reads for Primary Aged Children.

Hand Made Places Recommends: Brilliant Reads for Primary Aged Children.

With so many great children’s books it’s hard to choose which ones you want to read.

That is why we have put together our list of recommended books for primary school aged children.

Whether you want to read to your pupils, or if they’re going to tackle the list themselves there is plenty of choice – covering a range of reading ages.

So whether you read together in an outdoor storytelling area, or whether you are looking for a book that children can sit and read alone. Our list of the ten best children’s books will give you inspiration for any classroom, or homework reading!

So if you’re sitting comfortably… then we’ll begin.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a classic story which is recommended for children aged five to seven.

It is the first in a collection of stories including the tales of:  Jemima Puddleduck, Tom Kitten, The Flopsy Bunnies and many more.

So once you’ve finished reading about Peter Rabbit’s great adventures, don’t worry as there are plenty more to choose from!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit: ISBN 9780723247708

The Tale of Tom Kitten: ISBN 9780723247777

The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck: ISBN 9780723247784

Matilda – Roald Dahl.

Matilda is a story about a girl who loves to read! Making this book very appropriate for little literature enthusiasts.

This book is suitable for children aged six to 13, meaning that pupils can enjoy it all the way through primary school!

Roald Dahl is one of the most famous children’s authors and has written other classic stories such as, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Matilda: ISBN 9780141361604

The BFG: ISBN 9780141361567

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: ISBN 9780141361536

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle.

This book was written in 1969, but is still a firm favourite amongst children today.

This book is suitable for pupils aged five to 11, and is enjoyed best as a read aloud book!

Eric Carle has a very distinctive writing style and his other books including, The Bad-Tempered Ladybird and The Very Busy Spider, are also very popular amongst younger children.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar: ISBN 9780141385778

The Very Busy Spider: ISBN 9780141338323

The Bad-Tempered Ladybird: ISBN 9780141332031

Winnie the Pooh – A. A. Milne.

Winnie the Pooh is a classic tale which includes a variety of well-known lovable characters.

This book can be enjoyed at any age but is recommended for children aged four to 11.

There are a series of four books and many different film adaptations, meaning that even when the book is closed, the story never ends.

Winnie the Pooh: ISBN 9781405281317

The House on Pooh Corner: ISBN 9781405280846

When we Were Very Young: ISBN 9781405281300

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is possibly one of the most popular children’s books at the moment, and has recently been turned into a theatre production!

This short story is recommended for children aged three to seven, but can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Tiger who Came to Tea: ISBN 9780008144029

The Tiger who Came to Tea (Pop Up): ISBN 9780008280604

Mog the Forgetful Cat: ISBN 9780007171347 

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J. K. Rowling.

On a list featuring our favourite children books we couldn’t resist including Harry Potter.

It is possibly the bestselling children’s book of all time, and is great for children over the age of six.

However, the remainder of the books do become more mature, and later books are only recommended for children aged 12 and over!

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone: ISBN 9780747532699

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: ISBN 9781408855904

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: ISBN 9781408855911

The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Suess.

Dr. Suess is possibly one of the best children’s authors of all time, which made it incredibly difficult to choose just the one book.

Out of all his great books, however, The Cat in the Hat is by far the most popular.

This story is aimed at children aged four to seven, but can be enjoyed by all.

The Cat in the Hat: ISBN 9780007348695

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket: ISBN 9780008239985

The Lorax: ISBN 9780007455935

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – Lewis Carol.

This book is aimed at slightly older pupils with a recommended reading age of eight plus!

However, this classic tale is a must when it comes to a list of the best children’s books.

This book was the first published in the Chronicles of Narnia, so once you’ve finished this one why not carry on and finish all seven books.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe: ISBN 9780060234812

The Magicians Nephew: ISBN 9780060234973

The Horse and His Boy: ISBN 9780060234881

Men and Little Miss Collection – Roger Hargreaves.

There are a grand total of 91 Mr Men and Little Miss books.

Each book is only an average of 17 pages long making them a nice easy read for younger children.

The books are recommended for children aged one to nine! So choose your favourite characters and get reading!

Little Miss Giggles: ISBN 9781405274302

Mr Bump: ISBN 9781405274715

Mr Strong: ISBN 9781405274616

Elmer – David McKee.

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is one of the best children’s book characters!

He appears in a total of 34 books including Elmer and Wilbur, Elmer Again, and Elmer & Friends.

The first book in the collection, Elmer, has just celebrated its 30th Birthday, and is still loved by children today! Recommended for children from age three to nine this book is great for EYFS and KS1 children.

Elmer: ISBN 9781842707319

Elmer and the Race: ISBN 9781783444557

Elmer in the Snow: ISBN 9781842707838


At Hand Made Places we want to make sure that you get the most out of reading!

And there is no better way than to take your storytelling outdoors! We have a range of great storytelling products that can help you turn your outdoor space into a designated reading area. A Storytellers Chair is a great way to encourage children to listen to one designated storyteller! Or even just allow them to sit in comfort whilst they engage in some private reading.

Products like our play sculptures can help to enhance a story. Why don’t you put in a Tiger Glockenspiel? This could be used to mimic the tiger ringing the doorbell in The Tiger Who Came to Tea! You could even place a Minibeast Motel, so that pupils can see their very own Very Hungry Caterpillar? At Hand Made Places we design, manufacture and install a selection of outdoor play equipment which encourages children to have fun whilst they learn.

For more information, contact one of our trained advisers today.