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Top 10 Best Literacy Books for 11-year-olds

Literacy can be a challenging subject for young learners, particularly as SATs and other important exams start to loom. But with these brilliant books, kids are sure to become pros in grammar, spelling, punctuation and more in no time. See below for the best literacy books for 11-year-olds.

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1. Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

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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.

2. Letts 11+ Success: English Complete Revision

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Val Mitchell

This comprehensive guide to 11+ success will help kids assess their current English skills and target the areas they need to practise and develop, so they can sit their 11+ selection tests with confidence. It covers all the skills and question types that may come up and accurately reflects the level of difficulty of the real tests. It includes comprehension, grammar, spelling, inference, deduction and many other essential skills, as well as a section on writing skills to help prepare for any writing tests that individual schools may set.

3. Oxford Better Spelling: Ages 9-11

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With five spellings a day for kids aged 9-11 to learn, Oxford Better Spelling is a book that will help children enhance their spelling skills. The book features carefully-levelled spelling lists for each age group and covers core vocabulary as specified in the National Curriculum, making it ideal for SATs preparation. Over 3,000 words are included, focusing on everyday words as well as more challenging words that spellers of all ages struggle with!

4. The Usborne Write Your Own Story Book

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Louie Stowell

Aspiring authors will love this exciting activity book, which is packed with hints, tips and handy tasks to help them write simply brilliant stories. It features writing techniques and methods to make every story a masterpiece, with helpful activities on coming up with ideas and writing from different perspectives. Plus, the book includes story themes to write about, from murder mysteries to stories from outer space. With plenty of lined space to fill, each activity offers suggestions for characters, settings and objects to write into the story, as well as questions to stir the imagination.

5. Spelling for Literacy: Ages 10-11

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Andrew Brodie

This indispensable spelling book has been designed to fully reflect the demands of the latest National Curriculum, covering all the statutory requirements, including sounds and spelling patterns. It also provides non-statutory guidance, including all curricular word lists together with many others! Every essential word and spelling pattern is explored in this valuable classroom companion and homework helper.

6. The Usborne Guide to Better English

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R. Gee

This exuberant and amusing book contains advice, tips and techniques to help children (and adults!) remember the often-confusing rules of English grammar. Featuring cheerful illustrations throughout, it points out common mistakes and misspelt words and shows how they can be avoided. Packed with quizzes, games, tests and tips, as well as useful internet links, this book is helpful for the classroom, for homework and even for the office!

7. The Usborne Guide to Punctuation

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Nicole Irving

If commas prove confusing and semi-colons mystifying, this is the perfect book to help readers assess and improve their punctuation skills. It features clear and simple explanations that help to illuminate and clarify the rules and regulations of English punctuation in an accessible and engaging way.

8. Letts KS2 English SATs Revision Help Books

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This essential selection of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of English and excel at Key Stage 2 level. However your child learns best - whether by seeing, hearing, doing, or a mixture of the three - these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them unravel the often difficult topics of spelling, punctuation, grammar and more. The books include a practice workbook, a revision guide and useful practice test papers.

9. Write Your Own Mystery and Ghost Stories

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Aspiring authors will love this spine-tingling activity book. It's bursting with terrifying ideas for children who fancy themselves as the next big mystery or ghost story writer. From haunted houses to eccentric detectives and cursed tombs, there's plenty of inspiration to help children write about all kinds of curiosities. The book contains advice on planning stories, creating characters, building suspense and writing dialogue. There are also blank spaces and themed areas for kids to write in so they can unleash their creativity!

10. Oxford School Dictionary

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This fantastic new edition of the trusted, comprehensive Oxford School Dictionary features new curriculum support and will boost your children's vocabulary with lots of new words and meanings. It includes a helpful new spelling, grammar and punctuation section, great for enhancing language and literacy skills. All entries are written in clear, child-friendly language that kids will understand, based on the Oxford Children's Corpus, the largest bank of children's language in English. Extensively trialled in schools, it's the perfect classroom companion for young writers.