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What books are recommended for 5th and 6th class?

Choosing a book for 5th and 6th class is an important but challenging task as the focus is to promote a positive reading experience for children with a diverse range of interests. The following list of books represents recommended reads that have been tried and tested by Irish primary teachers.

  1. Bill and Fred, by John Quinn

  2. Cherokee, by Creina Mansfield

  3. Deep Water, by Anne Turnbull

  4. Faraway Home, by Marilyn Taylor

  5. Goodnight Mr. Tom, by Michelle Magorian

  6. Holes, by Louis Sachar

  7. I am David, Anne Holm

  8. Point Blanc, Anthony Horrowitz

  9. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor

  10. Spy Dog, by Andrew Cope

  11. The Boy in the Striped Pjs, by John Boyne

  12. The Guns of Easter, by Gerard Whelan

  13. The Strongbow Saga, by Judson Roberts

  14. The Wreck of Zanzibar, by Michael Morpurgo

  15. Under the Hawthorn Tree, by Marita Conlon-McKenna

  16. Riding Out the Hurricane, by Maeve Mc Mahon, (includes teachers' notes)


Sites to help you choose.

Reading matters Book Chooser

Whether it's adventure or romance this bookchooser helps readers find what they are looking for.



Database of International children's book.

Recommended Reading Lists Websites


The Guardian - Best Books Ever


Teachers First - Reading List


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