Top 10 Best Literacy Books for Children

If your child finds apostrophes puzzling, commas confounding and Shakespeare simply senseless, then these are the perfect books for them. Many of these titles have been specially designed in line with the National Curriculum to help children excel at school in grammar, punctuation, spelling, studying literature and more. See below for the best literacy books for children, ordered by target age.

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1. Spell Check

DK | 5+

With this colourful spelling book, kids will learn all the vital spelling rules as well as how to spell over 2,000 words. Featuring an appealing visual style, discover useful spelling tips and tricks, key word lists and tricky words that trip up spellers of all ages! With plenty of practice and support provided, kids are sure to become spelling experts with this indispensable book.

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2. Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper: My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit

Annemarie Young | 5+

With a new emphasis on grammar in primary schools - and a new grammar, punctuation and spelling test for year 6 pupils - this is an invaluable kit for younger learners to give them a head-start in this tricky area. It has been specially designed in line with the new National Curriculum and contains three workbooks, featuring enjoyable activities which provide plenty of spelling, punctuation and grammar practice; a set of flashcards, great for consolidating learning through games; a reward chart with stickers to keep kids motivated; and a leaflet with helpful hints and tips.

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3. The Usborne Write Your Own Story Book

Louie Stowell | 7+

Aspiring authors will love this exciting activity book, which is packed with hints, tips and handy tasks to help them write simply amazing 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.

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4. 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.

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5. How to Get a Grip on Grammar

Simon Cheshire | 7+

Grammar can be a tricky topic, but this activity book will help kids get their grammar skills up to scratch! They'll learn about lots of grammar topics, including tenses, adverbs and sentence structure, and have fun in the process. Jam-packed with useful tips, ideas and activities, kids will be grammar gurus in no time!

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6. Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

Oxford | 7+

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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7. Letts KS2 Grammar SATs Revision Help

Letts | 7+

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.

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8. The Odyssey

Gillian Cross | 8+

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...

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9. Write Your Own Mystery and Ghost Stories

Usborne | 9+

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!

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10. Letts 11+ Success: English Complete Revision

Val Mitchell | 10+

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.

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  • 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
    • Save £69.85
    • 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
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £1.80
    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.
  • AHWVD 8 years +
    Gillian Cross
    8 years +
    • £12.29
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £0.70
    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.
  • 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.
  • HGGG 7 years +
    Simon Cheshire
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    How to Get a Grip on Grammar is packed full of amazing activities to help children get their grammar skills up to speed and have fun with terrific tenses, awesome adverbs and super sentence structure.

    For useful tips and inspiring ideas, How to Get a Grip on Grammar is jam-packed full of outrageous activities that will have you mastering the world of grammar in no time.
  • ABQZW 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £9.89
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £0.10
    This guide to 11+ success will help you to assess your current English skills, and target those that you need to practise and build, so that you can sit your 11+ selection tests with confidence. * Covers all the skills and key question types that could appear on the commonly used 11+ English selection test papers. * Accurately reflects the level of difficulty of the actual tests. * Includes comprehension, grammar, spelling, inference, deduction and many other essential skills. * Plus a section on writing skills to help prepare for any writing tests individual schools might set.
  • AMKLK 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £9.78
    • RRP £13.64
    • Save £3.86
    There is a new emphasis on the teaching of grammar in primary school, and a new test called the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test has been introduced for children in Year 6. But this does not mean that you need to wait until your child is in Year 6 before beginning to support them in learning the knowledge and skills they will need to become clear and effective communicators of language. My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit has been specially designed to provide fun practice and support of spelling, punctuation and grammar in line with the new National Curriculum for children aged 6 and above. The kit contains three workbooks with enjoyable activities which provide lots of spelling, punctuation and grammar practice; a set of flashcards which can be used to consolidate learning through games; a reward chart with stickers to help build your child's confidence; a leaflet with helpful hints and tips. This kit is part of Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper - the UK's best-selling home reading series, and is supported by free eBooks and advice at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. Biff, Chip & Kipper are much loved characters from the Oxford Reading Tree series, which is used in 80% of primary schools.
  • SPCH 5 years +
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    This book not only teaches children all the spelling rules but also will help them learn how to spell over 2,000 words.

    With an appealing visual style, it explains the useful spelling rules and patterns; focuses on the key word lists your children need to know; and will explain about some of the tricky words that trip all ages up.

    Providing plenty of practice and support, Spell Check is sure to make your children spelling superstars.
  • 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.
  • 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.