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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.