Book recommendations for each class level

Junior & Senior Infants

  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell 
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell  
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson 
  • We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen 
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson  
  • Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Brown 
  • Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas 
  • The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge 
  • Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae 
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 
  • This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers  
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson 
  • Peace at Last by Jill Murphy 
  • Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? by Bill Martin 
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 
  • Gorilla by Anthony Browne 
  • This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap 
  • The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson 
  • The Tiger who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 
  • Alfies Feet by Shirley Hughes 
  •  I don’t want curly hair by Laura Ellen Anderson 
  • Unplugged by Steve Anthony 
  • Sunk by Rob Biddulp 
  • A busy day for birds by Lucy Cousins 
  • The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson 
  • The President’s Glasses by Peter Donnelly 
  • The President’s Cat by Peter Donnelly 
  • There’s a Walrus in my bed by Ciara Flood 
  • Oi Cat! by Res Grey 
  • Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day by Yasmeen Ismail  
  • Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival 
  • In the Darkness of the Night by Emily Rand 
  • Swapsies by Fiona Roberton 
  • Where’s my Jumper by Nicola Slater 
  • Say Zoop by Hervé Tullet 
  • Mixed by Arree Chung 
  • The Smallest Fish in School by Matthew Scott 
  • The Supertato series by Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet 
  • Dear Girl by Holly Hatam 
  • Detective Dog Julia Donaldson 
  • Zog Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 
  • Giraffes can’t dance Giles Andreae 

Some Books as Gaeilge: 

  • Léann Bran an t-am (Eric Hill) 
  • An Chéad 100 Uimhir (Roger Priddy) 
  • Cinnín Óir agus na Trí Bhéar le Áine Ní Ghlinn. 
  • Ulchabháin Óga le  Martin Waddell 
  • Scúnc agus Smúirín le  Muireann Ní Chíobháin 
  • Zog (Julia Donaldson) 
  • An Fathach is Breátha sa Tír (Julia Donaldson) 
  • Ruairí sa Zú (Colmán Ó Raghallaigh) 
  • Ruairí san Ospidéal (Colmán Ó Raghallaigh) 
  • Tomhais Méid Mo Ghrá Duit (Sam McBratney) 

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1st & 2nd class

  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown 
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl 
  • The Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton 
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl 
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt 
  • Beware of the Bears by Alan MacDonald 
  • Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon 
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Di Camillo 
  • The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle  
  • The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine 
  • Meg and Mog 
  • Click Clack Moo, The Cows are Typing  
  • The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl 
  • Mr. Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter 
  • The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton  
  • Gangsta Granny by David Walliams 
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl 
  • The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World by Eoin Colfer  
  • After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat 
  • Stick Man by Julia Donaldson 
  • The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson 
  • The Owl who was afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomilson 
  • The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer 
  • Beware of the Killer Coat by Susan Gates 
  • Granny’s Teeth by Brianóg Brady Dawson 
  • Judy Moody Girl Detective by Megan McDonald 
  • The Owl Who Couldn’t Give a Hoot by Dan Conroy 

Books as Gaeilge: 

  • Eilifint Óg agus an Folcadán  le Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler            
  • Ulcabhán Óg agus an Scairf Oráiste le Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler 
  • Coinín Beag agus an Phluid Ghorm  le Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler 
  • Mo Theachín gan chuma gan chaoi le Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler 
  • Frog Beag agus an Torbáin sin! le Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler 
  • Cosc ar Chrogaill! Le Heather Pindar. Illustrated by Susan Batori. 
  • Bead Bídeach le Sadhbh Devlin 
  • Ní Banphrionsa Mé le Patricia Forde 

Siopaleabhar.com has lots of Irish Language book ideas for children 

3rd & 4th Class

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl 
  • Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo 
  • Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna 
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl 
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo 
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney 
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 
  • Cool by Michael Morpurgo 
  • Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine 
  • The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith 
  • Toro Toro by Michael Morpurgo 
  • Adam’s Starling by Gillian Perdue 
  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl 
  • The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams 
  • The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon 
  • Animal Ark by Lucy Daniels 
  • You’re a bad man Mr. Gum by Andy Stanton 
  • Wayside School by Louis Sachar 
  • Beast Quest by Adam Blade 
  • Wreck of Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo 
  • Gladiator Boy by David Grimstone 
  • The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton 
  • The Famous Five by Enid Blyton 
  • The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage by Enid Blyton 
  • Fantastic Mr.Fox by Roald Dahl 
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren 
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 
  • The Magic Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton 
  • Kid Normal by Magdalena Newman, Nathaniel Newman 
  • Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell 
  • George’s Great Medicines by Roald Dahl 
  • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and her Monster by Jonathan Auxier 
  • Roller Girl by Victoriea Jamieson 
  • Belly Up by Stuart Gibson 
  • All Four Stars by Tara Dairman 
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier 
  • Treasure Hunters by James Patterson 
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate 
  • Tom Gates Series by L/Pichon 
  • Horrible Histories Series 

Some Books as Gaeilge: 

  • Scuabtha chun Siúil le Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler 
  • An Seilide agus an Míol Mór le Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler 
  • An Saor Cloiche Míshona le Charlotte Guillann 
  • An Pota Folamh le Charlotte Guillann 
  • Percy Péacóg le Gemma Breathnach agus Tarsila Kruse 
  • Scúnc Agus Smúrín le Muireann Ní Chíobháin 
  • Cillian ag comhaireamh – Siobhain Grogan 
  • An Garbhán Óg (The Gruffalo’s child) 
  • Fadó bilingual series (English & Irish) – Cuchulainn/Naomh Bríd Chill Dara (St. Brigid of Kildare) etc. 
  • The O’Brien Panda collection: 
    Moncaí Dána  
  • Sallaí Spotaí 
  • Fiacla Mhamó 
  • Deirdre agus an Fear Bréige 
  • Drochlá Gruaige 
  • Éasca Péasca 

5th & 6th Class

  • The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier 
  • Tiger Rising by Kate di Camillo 
  • Private Peaceful by  Michael Morpurgo 
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz 
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne 
  • Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer 
  • Goodnight Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian 
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo 
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D Schmidt 
  • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis 
  • The Guns of Easter by Gerard Whelan 
  • Tiger Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks 
  • Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty 
  • Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden 
  • Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna 
  • Wildflower Girl by Marita Conlon McKenna 
  • Fields of Home by Marita Conlon McKenna 
  • The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John 
  • Skellig by David Almond 
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell 
  • In Deep Dark Wood by Marita Conlon McKenna 
  • The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai 
  • Shadow by Michael Morpurgo 
  • Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper 
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr 
  • There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sachar 
  • Dracula (Abridged) by Bram Stoker 
  • I am David by Anne Holm 
  • Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne 
  • Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis 
  • Artemis Fowl Books by Eoin Colfer 
  • Chalkline by Jane Mitchell 
  • Flight of the Doves by Walter Macken 
  • Spirit of the Titanic by Nicola Pierce 
  • Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith 
  • Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop 
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt 
  • Al Capone Does my Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko 
  • Over the Wall by Peter Wartman 
  • Diary of Anne Frank  
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan 
  • Colm and the Lazarus Key by Kieran Mark Crowley 
  • Wilderness by Roddy Doyle 
  • Taking Sides by Brian Gallagher 
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling 
  • Boy – Roald Dahl 
  • Once Series by Morris Gleitzman 
  • Tom Crean: Ice Man 
  • Faraway Home by Marilyn Taylor 

 Books as Gaeilge: 

  • Is mise Manchán Maximus le Tim Collins 
  • Pádraigín Phléascach – Raic agus Ribíní le  Emily Gale 
  • An Capall agus a Ghiolla le  C.S. Lewis 
  • An Cúigear Cróga (The Famous Five) le Enid Blyton, Máirín Ní Ghadhra (series of books) 
  • An Garbhán Óg (The Gruffalo’s child) 
  • Dónall Dána (Horrid Henry series) 
  • Siotaí Sí – Bailiúchán de nuascéalta sí 
  • Berite Brocach (Dirty Bertie) 
  • Mistéir Lios an Chatha – Seán Ua Cearnaigh 
  • Cá bhfuil tú a Phádraig? – Lára Nic Oireachtaigh 
  • Thar an Transnán – Áine Ní Ghlinn 

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