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

Oxford

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

Oxford

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

Usborne

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

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.

5. Letts KS2 Grammar SATs Revision Help

Letts

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

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

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

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

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

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...

  • The Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781408313053 - Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross
    NSHK 7 years +
    Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross
    7 years +
    (11)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £79.84
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    • Just 62.00p per book
    It's now over 400 years since the Bard died and his work still remains just as relevant and compelling today. Boasting 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, this collection contains rewritten versions of all his most well-known tales.

    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers.

    The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life, allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.

    Format: paperback
    Please note that although these books are suitable for children aged 9 and over to enjoy independently, the themes they cover mean they may be considered more suitable for shared reading with children aged 7 plus.
  • AFATU 7 years +
    7 years +
    (3)
    • £7.19
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    Aspiring young writers will love this fun activity book full of hints, tips and handy tasks for writing breath-taking stories. The first half of the book is full of writing tips, techniques and methods to make every story a masterpiece, with helpful activities on coming up with ideas, writing from different points of view and creating characters, settings and story lines. The second half of the book is full of story themes to write about, from murder mysteries to tales from outer space. With lots of lined space to fill, each activity comes with suggestions for characters, settings and objects to write into the story as well as questions to prompt the imagination.
  • WYOM 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £5.00
    Does your child dream of writing the next horror sensation? This spine-tingling activity book is bursting with scary ideas for children who fancy themselves as a mystery or ghost story writer.

    From haunted houses to eccentric detectives and cursed tombs, there are ideas to help children write about all kinds of curiosities.

    The book contains advice on planning stories, creating characters, building suspense and writing dialogue. The pages even have blank spaces and themed areas for children to write into, too.
  • Letts KS2 Grammar SATs Revision Help Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007962044
    LGPS 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £16.97
    • Save £11.98
    • Just £1.66 per book
    This unique collection of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of spelling, grammar and punctuation and achieve success at Key Stage 2 level.

    Whether your children learn best by seeing, hearing or doing (or even if a mixture of the three works well for them), these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them find the answers they need for the notoriously difficult topics of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
    Featured in the collection are a practice workbook, a revision guide and even some practice test papers.
  • OCCD 7 years +
    Oxford Dictionaries
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £2.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    A wonderfully clear and colourful new edition, the Oxford Children's Colour Dictionary is the ideal dictionary for reference, homework help and exploring the English language for children aged 7 and above.

    Bright and accessible, the full alphabet on every page makes finding words ever so easy. And with helpful information on how to use words, compounds, and useful tips on spelling and grammar, this is the perfect book to support your little one through the Key Stage 2 English curriculum.

    Containing a wealth of Top Writing Tips from bestselling children's authors including Charlie Higson, Andy Stanton, Jeremy Strong and Jacqueline Wilson, young children will become young writers in no time at all.
  • GPSD 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
    • Save £7.00
    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.
  • APMYZ 9 years +
    Nicole Irving
    9 years +
    • £4.79
    • RRP £5.99
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    If commas are confusing and adjectives perplexing, then this series will enable any reader to assess and improve their skills. With clear and simple explanations the rules and regulations of the English language become clear. This book focuses on punctuation.
  • AQFCV 9 years +
    Andrew Brodie
    9 years +
    • £19.99
    This revised edition of the best-selling Spelling for Literacy series consists of six books designed to reflect fully the demands of the latest National Curriculum. The books cover all the statutory requirements, which specify sounds and spelling patterns, as well as the non-statutory guidance including all curricular word lists...together with many others! Preserving the popular format of the original series, each book contains forty sets of words, with each set arranged across three pages: an overview display page, for pinning to the wall or showing on screen; a practice page, to include using the words in context, and a 'Learn, write, check' page to reinforce the learning process. By using these books, teachers will cover every word and every spelling pattern required for the 2014 curriculum.
  • AHWVD 8 years +
    Gillian Cross
    8 years +
    • £12.29
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    This is the paperback of Walker's magnificent edition of Homer's epic story. It is illustrated with lavish full colour pictures and exquisite black and white silhouettes. Homer's great story is retold with simplicity and style by award-winning children's writer Gillian Cross, and vividly brought to life in Neil Packer's stunning illustrations. It charts the ten 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 and the evil sorceress Circe, to the deadly lure of the Sirens and the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon. Neil Packer's striking imagination, and his extraordinary use of colour and dramatic silhouettes, capture the terrors of Odysseus' travels as well as the dangers faced by his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus at home. The illustrations are a perfect complement to Gillian Cross's beguiling narrative, which transports the reader effortlessly into Homer's world. It includes: one of the world's great stories retold by a Carnegie Medal-winning author; over 45 full-colour illustrations; wonderfully evocative black-and-white silhouettes; and hardback featured on publication on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" - one of America's furthest reaching radio programmes.
  • OBN2 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £2.99
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    With its five spellings a day for children aged between 9 and 11 to learn, Oxford Better Spelling is a book to help any child enhance their spelling skills.

    The book has carefully levelled spelling lists for each age group and covers core vocabulary as specified in the National Curriculum, meaning it's ideal for SATS preparation.

    With over 3,000 words included, the book focuses on everyday words as well as challenging words that we all struggle with...