Reading and reading lists

Reading Lists for Year 2 and Year 3

a.k.a. Life After Biff, Chip and Kipper

Reading lists for Year 2 & Year 3


Lists for boys 

- Dundonald Primary 

- Colet Court 7+ list

- Colet Court 8+ list

- King's College Junior school 

- Westminster Catherdral Choir       School 


Lists for Girls

Dundonald Primary 

Glendower Prep 

- Wimbledon High School 

From the start reading at home involved that delightful family with the three children: Biff, Chip and Kipper. Biff’s family had become a part of our daily routine and, naively, I assumed they would be with until Year 6. It turns out that is not the case…

At some point, children move to ‘chapter books’, and when that day came for me, I realised how wonderfully varied children’s books could be and, now, I dread the moment when I will be forced to go through phonics again with Biff and the gang.


Once your child moves on to more challenging books, chances are he will start to want to read on his own, and perhaps, miracle of all miracles, reading will become a hobby!! The question then becomes, what should my child be reading, what is appropriate for his age and level? And more importantly, which books will make him want to read?


While there are numerous websites which will recommend age-appropriate books for children, it felt like taking a recommendation from a stranger and decided to see what schools themselves recommend.


Dundonald Primary in Wimbledon, one of the top 10 London state schools, has great reading lists by age group. Several boys schools publish recommended reading lists ahead of the dreaded 7+: Colet Court’s publishes its reading list for Year 2 and the much larger Year 3 reading list, King's College Junior School and Westminster Cathedral Choir School have reading lists for each year from Year 3 onwards.


For girls, Wimbledon High School publishes this very helpful list complete where each books comes with a summary and next suggested reads, and Glendower Prep also has an excellent list which can be found at the bottom of this page.


At home, independent reading came with the adventures of the aptly-named Horrid Henry. Now that reading has turned into a hobby, Horrid Henry has been banned from the house: he is a terrible role model…