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Year 4 Reading List for the 11 Plus Preparation

Reading is a crucial part of preparing any child for the 11 Plus exams. You may think that Year 4 is too early to prep, but children who excel in English from an earlier age can find it a lot easier later on. Additionally, an ability to read and understand questions across not only English but maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning goes a long way!

Also, with reading comes increased comprehension, an expansion of vocabulary and the space to be able to digest complicated texts that show up on papers in the 11 Plus exams. It’s therefore never too early to start preparing.
If you’re looking for a guide on the type of books to encourage your child to read in Year 4, here is a shortlist. If you can squeeze in one book per month, that’s a good start. If you can squeeze more in, all the better.


Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis


The Indian in the Cupboard by L. Reid Banks


Fortunately, by N. Gaiman


There’s a Viking in my Bed by J. Strong


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo


The Railway Children by E. Newsbit


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley


Horrible Histories collection by Terry Deary


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Looking for more advanced books for your child? Look at the Year 5 Reading List for the 11 Plus Preparation