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Top 10 Best Literacy Books for 9-year-olds

Kids will enjoy perfecting their punctuation, becoming gurus of grammar and achieving spelling success with these fun and engaging books. See below for the best literacy books for 9-year-olds.

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1. Oxford Children's Colour Dictionary

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This brilliantly clear and colourful book is the ideal dictionary for reference, homework help and exploring the English language. The full alphabet is featured on each page which makes finding words effortless, and with helpful information on how to use words and compounds, and useful tips on spelling and grammar, children are sure to feel supported as they learn. Featuring a wealth of Top Writing Tips from bestselling children's authors including Charlie Higson, Andy Stanton, Jeremy Strong and Jacqueline Wilson, kids will become proficient writers in no time.

2. 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!

3. Usborne Write Your Own Mystery and Ghost Stories

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Aspiring young horror 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!

4. 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.

5. Letts KS2 Grammar SATs Revision Help

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This indispensable series of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of English and achieve success 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 and grammar. The series includes a practice workbook, a revision guide and useful practice test papers.

6. Spelling for Literacy: Ages 9-10

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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.

7. 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.

8. Shakespeare Stories

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William Shakespeare, Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross | 7+

The brilliant Bard's works remain just as relevant and compelling today as they did over 400 years ago. Featuring 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, these rewritten and wonderfully-illustrated versions will have kids engrossed. From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Twelfth Night, these superb paperbacks make an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for young readers.

9. The Usborne Guide to English 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.

10. The Odyssey

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Gillian Cross

This magnificent edition of Homer's epic story is illustrated with lavish full-colour pictures and exquisite black and white silhouettes. Gillian Cross retells Homer's great saga with simplicity and style, and the tale is vividly brought to life with stunning illustrations. The book charts the 10-year epic voyage of Odysseus as he returns from the Trojan War to the island of Ithaca. On his journey, he encounters all manner of perils, from the man-eating Cyclops to the evil sorceress Circe; the deadly lure of the Sirens to the wrath of the sea-god, Poseidon...