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What books should my child be reading in preparation for the 11+?

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

Getting your child into the habit of reading on a regular basis is one of the most important things that you can do to help them prepare for the 11+. By reading often, children begin to become; quicker readers, more accurate readers, and build up a wider vocabulary. These are all skills which are needed for success in the 11+.

It is important, alongside reading regularly, that your child is exposed to a variety of literature; fiction, non-fiction, poems, short stories, newspapers and magazines. This will allow them to gain an understanding of a wide range of writing styles and will ensure that they are prepared for any text which may come up on the 11+.

Below is a short list of both modern and classic books which we recommend. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us at

Modern Books

Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz

Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy

The Valley of Secrets by Charmain Hussey

Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke

Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas by john Boyne

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Terry Pratchet series by Terry Pratchet

Classic Books

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Redwall series by Brian Jacques

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis

Dragon’s Fire series by Charles Ashton

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

Famous Five and Magnificent Seven series by Enid Blyton

Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series by J.R.R Tolkein

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Lord of the Flies by William Goldberg

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