Top 10 Best Books for Key Stage 2

These books are perfect for clarifying and explaining those tricky topics at Key Stage 2 level - and for bringing plenty of fun into learning! Sure to give kids a head-start at school in literacy, numeracy, science, history and more, see below for the best books for Key Stage 2.

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1. Carol Vorderman: Top of the Class KS2

Carol Vorderman

Former Countdown clever-clogs Carol Vorderman has designed a series of brilliant workbooks that cover the most important subjects at school for KS2 pupils. Bursting with fun exercises and activities, the books cover computing, maths, science, French and English. Plus, they come in a convenient (and stylish!) red and white satchel, so they can be easily transported for kids on the go. There's even a sheet of 150 gold reward sticker stars that they can earn as they learn, perfect for keeping kids motivated!

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2. Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

Oxford

Children will love being guided by quirky bird characters through the full-colour pages of this exuberant dictionary, ideal for checking grammar, punctuation and spelling on a daily basis. It features easy-to-remember rules, a list of tricky words, the words most commonly misspelled and lots more useful advice. It's sure to provide a sturdy foundation in English for children at Key Stage 2 level.

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3. Maths is Awesome!

Thomas Canavan

In this unique book, witty text and distinctive artwork accompany 101 jaw-dropping facts that prove how awesome maths really is! From the theory that it's more likely than not that two people in a room of 23 will share a birthday, to the fact that everything from rock music to code-breaking is based on maths, these extraordinary facts will truly boggle young minds. Especially good for kids who claim to dislike maths, this book may just change their opinion on this exciting subject, as well as generate discussion and help children build on their mathematical knowledge.

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4. See Inside: The Universe

Alex Frith

This awe-inspiring lift-the-flap book will help answer every question children might have about outer space, stars, galaxies and beyond. What is the universe made of? Where did everything come from? What exists in the far reaches of outer space? These phenomenal facts will keep kids engaged for hours as they lift the flaps to find out the answers to some perplexing fundamental questions. From the Big Bang to black holes, supernovas to satellites, unlock the secrets and mysteries of the universe with this amazing book.

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5. Usborne Sticker Atlas of the World

Alice Pearcey

This brilliantly interactive book will help kids learn all about the countries of the world whilst having plenty of fun. Featuring more than 140 fantastic stickers and lots of illuminating facts, children will be engrossed by this helpful introduction to geography. It includes information on a range of famous capital cities and landmarks, such as the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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6. A Street Through Time

Steve Noon

Explore 12,000 years of history with this award-winning book. Featuring beautiful illustrations, it brings 14 key periods in history vividly to life. Children will be fascinated as they watch the streets change, as buildings go up and come down and the world transforms, and they'll have the opportunity to learn about how people lived long, long ago.

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7. Wallbook Timeline of Shakespeare

Christopher Lloyd

This huge historical wallbook set includes a massive (two metres!) fold-out timeline that displays pictures and captions, telling the story of the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare. With hundreds of illustrations that showcase the Bard's beloved comedies, histories and tragedies, this introduction to all of his work is wonderfully accessible and sure to come in handy in the English classroom. It even includes The Wallbook Chronicle, a newspaper that provides fun further facts on Shakespeare's plays and their influence on culture and history. All the wall's a stage with this terrific timeline on it!

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8. Coding for Beginners Using Scratch

Jonathan Melmoth

Computer coding can be confusing when kids have just started learning it at school. This friendly and accessible book will help teach children the basics of Scratch (a free online programme that's widely used in primary schools), allowing children to get inside the code of their computer and create simple games and animations. Featuring learning games and tasks and lots of fun, young learners will be coding pros in no time!

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9. Robert Winston: Home Lab

Robert Winston

In this book, popular professor Robert Winston encourages budding scientists to try out incredible experiments at home. With step-by-step instructions and everyday parts, these experiments are simple to prepare but their results are sure to astound children. They'll love stirring up sticky slime, constructing solar systems and even building a volcano!

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10. Fractions and Decimals Activity Book

Usborne

This seriously fun activity book will help kids get to grips with notoriously tricky maths topics. Packed with mazes, colour-by-numbers, logic puzzles, sticker puzzles, dot-to-dots and more, each page explains a different tip or technique for dealing with fractions, decimals and percentages. With appealing themes on each double-page spread that tie the activities together - including pirates, a fairground and a dog show - kids are sure to be mathematical maestros in no time!

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  • SITU 6 years +
    Alex Frith
    6 years +
    • £3.99
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    An awe-inspiring lift-the-flap book from the experts at Usborne, See Inside the Universe will help answer every question children aged 6 and over will have about outer space, stars, galaxies and beyond...

    What is the universe made of? Where did everything come from? What is in the far reaches of outer space? Children will have hours of fun lifting over 70 flaps and poring over the jaw-dropping facts in this thoroughly entertaining and mind-bogglingly amazing book. Packed with bright and bold illustrations, the book is the perfect first introduction to this complex science topic.

    From the Big Bang to supernovas, black holes, the history of astronomy, our own place in space and much, much more, with See Inside the Universe children will make amazing discoveries to unlock the secrets and mysteries of the universe for themselves.
  • Top of the Class (KS2) - 10 Books in a Satchel - Collection - 9780241199657 - Carol Vorderman
    CVTC 7 years +
    Carol Vorderman
    7 years +
    (4)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £39.90
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    Help your child become 'Top of the Class' with the help of Carol Vorderman and these 10 Key Stage 2 workbooks that cover the most important subjects at primary school level.

    Suitable for children aged between 7 and 11, the workbooks progress in line with the curriculum, meaning that they will remain relevant and useful whatever stage your child is working at. Packed with fun exercises and activities to support your child's learning, the books cover computer coding, all levels of maths, science, French and English.

    Coming in a stylish red-and-white satchel so they can easily be transported and sure to help your children have fun as they learn, the books also come with a sheet of 150 gold reward sticker stars.
  • AFWDX 7 years +
    Alice Pearcey
    7 years +
    • £5.89
    • RRP £6.99
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    From the experts at Usborne, this is a brilliantly interactive resource that will help children learn all about the countries of the world. With fantastic stickers and insightful facts, this proves a useful introduction to geography and features a range of famous capital cities. Famous world landmarks are also featured, including the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • FDAB 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £2.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    Children who are muddled by maths will be able to get to grips with this notoriously tricky subject by working their way through this activity book from the experts at Usborne.

    Full of mazes, colour-by-numbers, logic puzzles, sticker puzzles, connect-the-dots and more, each page explains a different tip or technique for fractions, decimals and percentages.

    There are also appealing themes on each double-page spread that tie the activities together including pirates, a fairground and a dog show. There are also 'test yourself' pages scattered throughout the book so children can check their progress and stickers to use in the activities and be used as rewards.
  • MIAW 7 years +
    Lisa Regan
    7 years +
    • £2.99
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    With witty text and a distinctive style of artwork, this fun book provides a list of 101 jaw-dropping facts that proves to children the subject of maths is anything but boring.

    From the theory that it's more likely than not that two people in a room of 23 people will share a birthday to the fact that everything from rock music to code-breaking is based on maths, there are 101 eye-opening and extraordinary maths-based facts for children to discover and share.

    Ideal for those children aged 8 and over who struggle with maths, its lively and appealing approach will help generate discussion and will children build on the things they have learned in the classroom.
  • GPSD 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Fluttering with friendly and quirky bird characters to guide children through the clear pages and full-colour layouts, this is the ultimate child-friendly dictionary for pupils aged 7-9.

    Perfect for daily use for checking grammar, punctuation and spelling, this is essential reference for Key Stage 2 children and their parents and teachers.

    With features such as easy-to-remember rules, a list of tricky words, those words most commonly misspelled and plenty more, this reliable book from Oxford University Press will provide a sturdy grounding in the English language and its techniques for children aged 7 and over.
  • ASTT 7 years +
    Steve Noon
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Take a 12,000-year walk through history with Steve Noon's award-winning A Street Through Time.

    Beautiful and absorbing illustrations bring fourteen key periods in history to life in this wonderfully informative book. Children aged 7 and over will be fascinated as they watch the street change as buildings go up and come down; and they will also have the chance to learn about how people lived in years gone by.

    They can even search and locate the objects that have survived throughout the ages! A Street Through Time shows people at work, war and play and is sure to be returned to again and again as children (and adults!) spot new details every time.
  • CFBS 7 years +
    Jonathan Melmoth
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £9.00
    An ideal introduction to coding for children who are just starting to learn about computer coding at school, Coding for Beginners is a friendly and accessible book will teach children the basics of Scratch (a free, online programme developed by MIT which is widely used in primary schools), allowing them to get inside the code of their computer and create simple games and animations on screen.

    Taking young coders step by step through a number of different Scratch learning games and tasks, the book will have them mastering coding in no time at all.
  • RWHL 7 years +
    Professor Robert Winston
    7 years +
    (2)
    • £4.99
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    Professor Robert Winston is a hugely popular and widely respected scientist and in this book he encourages children to try out their own experiments at home!

    With step-by-step instructions and everyday parts, these experiments are easy to prepare and your budding scientists will be astounded by the results.

    Kids will love stirring up sticky slime, building solar systems out of rubber bands and even constructing a volcano!
  • WTSH 7 years +
    Christopher Lloyd
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £8.00
    This history wallbook includes a huge (two metres!) fold-out timeline that contains pictures and captions telling the story of William Shakespeare.

    With hundreds of illustrations showcasing all of the Bard's comedies, histories and tragedies, this is a wonderfully accessible introduction to all his work and is sure to come in handy during English lessons.

    It even includes The Wallbook Chronicle, a newspaper that gives further information about Shakespeare's plays and their influence on culture and history.