English Reading Diploma grades 3-4

This HelMet English Reading Diploma is for 3-4 grade students.

When you have read ten (10) books, you get a diploma. You can select books from this list or select books that are interesting to you that are not found on this list. Ask your teacher if books not on the list can be used for the Reading Diploma. You can also ask a librarian for ideas.

You can also read audiobooks and e-books.

When you have completed the Reading Diploma you can then complete a bonus diploma by reading ten (10) different books. Ask for help from your teacher and or a librarian.

Table of contents

Easy Readers • Fiction • Fantasy • Graphic Novels and Comics • Nonfiction

Easy Readers

The Zoo Rescue Series Amelia Cobb

The Zoo Rescue Series

A fantastic series for animal lovers everywhere.

The Naughtiest Unicorn series Bird Pip

The Naughtiest Unicorn series

Join the naughtiest unicorn for friendship, magic and mayhem in this hilarious series!

Wigglesbottom Primary series Butchart Pamela

Wigglesbottom Primary series

Laugh-out-loud school-based fun in two-colour stories, perfect for encouraging independent reading!

Billy and the Mini Monsters series Davidson Zanna

Billy and the Mini Monsters series

Billy is an ordinary boy until one night he finds five mini monsters living in his sock drawer.

Princess Mirror-Belle series Donaldson Julia

Princess Mirror-Belle series

Ellen's life is turned upside down by the hilarious Mirror-Belle, a naught princess who claims to be from somewhere mysterious and far away.

Princess in Black Series Hale Shannon and Dean

Princess in Black Series

The perfect series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and proper, but also dressed in black.

The beast of bramble woods Hart Caryl

The beast of bramble woods

Nell and Freddie go camping and have the best time ever! But the Beast of Bramble Woods wants to join in the fun...

Flat Stanley series Houran Haskins Lori

Flat Stanley series

Stanley Lambchop is squashed flat by a bulletin board while sleeping. He survives and decides to make the best of being flat.

Dirty Bertie series MacDonald Alan

Dirty Bertie series

Calling all Dirty Bertie fans! Dirty Bertie – the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits – is back for another helping of comic chaos!

Isadora Moon series Muncaster Harriet

Isadora Moon series

Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Her mum is a fairy and her dad is a vampire and she is a bit of both.

Magnificent Mabel series Quayle Ruth

Magnificent Mabel series

Sometimes life isn't even fair for Mabel Chase. Like for instance she doesn't have one single pet in her whole life. And people in her class are always losing their teeth. And she doesn't have a sprinkler in her own garden.

Horrid Henry series Simon Francesca

Horrid Henry series

Number One for Fiendish Fun, Horrid Henry is the master of mischief (and the funniest kid in the universe)!

Dinosaur Club Stone Rex

Dinosaur Club

Travel through time to the world of the dinosaurs in this exciting prehistoric fiction series for children.Jamie has just moved to Ammonite Bay, a stretch of coastline famous for its fossils. Jamie is a member of the Dinosaur Club - a network of kids around the world who share dinosaur knowledge, help identify fossils, post dino discoveries, and chat about all things prehistoric. Jamie takes his tablet everywhere, just in case he needs to contact the Club.

Books by Jeremy Strong Strong Jeremy

Books by Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong once worked in a bakery, putting jam into doughnuts. Now he writes books with short chapters, easy-to-read text and funny illustrations.

Holly Webb Animal Stories Webb Holly

Holly Webb Animal Stories

These animal stories are perfect if you love kittens and puppies.


The Bolds series Clary Julian

The Bolds series

Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house, they have jobs, and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference: they're hyenas.

Stick Boy Coomey Paul

Stick Boy

It's tough fitting in when you're born to stick out! Stick Boy has just moved to Little Town, where there's a mysterious plot underway involving the suspicious HomeBots.

Matilda Dahl Roald


Matilda is an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind - and now she's had enough.

Animal Ark series Daniels Lucy

Animal Ark series

Help animals and have fun!

Marv Falase-Koya Alex


Marvin is an ordinary boy who loves spending time with Grandpa, reading comics, and making science experiments with his best friend Joe. But everything changes when he discovers a mysterious superhero suit hidden in the attic.

A place at the table Faruqi Saadia

A place at the table

Sixth graders Sara and Elizabeth could not be more different. The girls meet in an after-school South Asian cooking class, which Elizabeth takes because her mom has stopped cooking, and which Sara, who hates to cook, is forced to attend because her mother is the teacher.

Melt Fountain Ele


United by greed and self-interest. But not their own. An exciting story of survival for more confident readers.

The Last Bear Gold Hannah

The Last Bear

There are no polar bears left on Bear Island. At least, that’s what April’s father tells her when his scientific research takes them to this remote Arctic outpost for six months. But one endless summer night, April meets one.

The Treehouse Series Griffiths Andy

The Treehouse Series

Andy and Terry live in an incredible ever-expanding treehouse and create very silly books together.

Princess of pets series Harrison Paula

Princess of pets series

Ruby Palace is no place for pets! But Princess Bea won't let royal rules stop her from helping animals in need...

Boot Hegarty Shane


When toy robot, Boot, wakes up at a scrapyard, it has no idea how it got there and why it isn't with its owner, Beth.

Pizazz Henn Sophy


The first in a super (like, actually, with powers and stuff) NEW series for 7+ readers from the amazingly talented illustrator and author Sophy Henn! Brimming with Sophy's hilarious signature illustrations, this is the perfect read for fans of Dork Diaries, Tom Gates, Amelia Fang, Wimpy Kid and Dog Man.

Journey to the River Sea Ibbotson Eva

Journey to the River Sea

A joyous Amazon adventure set in the lush nature of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and extraordinary characters.

Little House on the Prairie Series Ingalls-Wilder Laura

Little House on the Prairie Series

Classic tales by Laura Ingalls Wilder about life on the frontier and America's best-loved pioneer family.

Me and the Robbersons Kolu Siri

Me and the Robbersons

Maisie is convinced her summer holiday is going to be as boring as ever – until she’s snatched by the Robbersons, a bunch of bandits with an insatiable appetite for sweets!

Pippi Longstocking Lindgren Astrid

Pippi Longstocking

This beautiful edition of the children's classic Pippi Longstocking is illustrated throughout with wonderful collage pictures from the award-winning Lauren Child.

Black boy joy Mbalia Kwame

Black boy joy

From seventeen acclaimed Black male and non-binary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of Black boyhood.

Big Sky Mountain Milway Alex

Big Sky Mountain

Welcome to Big Sky Mountain: a home for everyone! Rosa has come from the city to live with Grandma Nan in the wilds of Big Sky Mountain. And what surprises are in store for her!

The Royal Rabbits of London Series Montefiore Santa

The Royal Rabbits of London Series

Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible – by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage!

Where snow angels go O'Farrell Maggie

Where snow angels go

Sylvie wakes one night, suddenly, without knowing why. Then she sees the most spectacular sight - a pair of wings, enormous in size, made of the softest snow-white feathers imaginable. An angel in her bedroom - a SNOW angel!

Tom Gates series Pichon Liz

Tom Gates series

Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff.

Barry Loser series Smith Jim

Barry Loser series

I've never minded that my name's Barry Loser because my coolness has always cancelled it out!

The Incredible Talking Machine Spangler Jenni

The Incredible Talking Machine

Pull back the curtain and enter a world where mystery and magic take centre stage in a gloriously gothic adventure from Jenni Spangler, illustrated by Chris Mould.

Sam Wu series Tsang Kevin

Sam Wu series

Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except that he is). When a school field trip goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam needs to prove that he's fearless.

The Day the screens went blank Wallace Danny

The Day the screens went blank

Can you imagine a world with no screens? When ten-year-old Stella wakes up to discover a world full of BLANK screens, her family, town, and in fact the whole world seems to have been thrown into chaos. And what about poor Grandma who is stranded at the other end of the country?

Books by David Walliams Walliams David

Books by David Walliams

Brilliantly funny and gloriously illustrated, these books are loved by millions of children.

Earth Friends series Webb Holly

Earth Friends series

A brilliant series about the small changes that make a big difference, with themes of environmentalism and friendship.

Books by Jacqueline Wilson Wilson Jacqueline

Books by Jacqueline Wilson

Phil, Maddie and Tina are triplets, but Tina has always been the little one. Luckily, Phil and Maddie always protect Tina - they make the best team.But, when they join super-strict Miss Lovejoy's class, they're split up.

New from here Yang Kelly

New from here

.When the coronavirus hits Hong Kong, ten-year-old Knox’s mom makes the last-minute decision to move him and his siblings to California, where they think they will be safe from the virus.But life in America isn’t easy.


Upside Down Magic series

Upside Down Magic series

A hilarious series about a group of magical misfits. When Nory flunks out of her father’s magic academy, she has to enter the remedial classes. She and her new friends decide that they are going to prove that upside-down magic is definitely better than right-side up!

Beast Quest series Blade Adam

Beast Quest series

An evil wizard has enchanted all the magical beasts of the kingdom of Avantia, and it's Tom's job to release them from the curse.

Tiger Warrior series Chan M

Tiger Warrior series

Jack's grandpa gives him a magical jade coin, Jack finds himself caught in an ancient battle between good and evil. For he is the new Tiger Warrior, and it's up to him to save the world! Luckily, Jack has the spirits of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac to help him.

Moonlight Riders Chapman Linda

Moonlight Riders

Harness the power of the elements with the Moonlight Riders! A stand-out series for young readers from bestselling author Linda Chapman, author of MY SECRET UNICORN and UNICORN ACADEMY. Could you be a True Rider?

Star Friends series Chapman Linda

Star Friends series

Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! When they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of adventure unfolds.

Minecraft: Wood Sword Chronicles Eliopulos Nick

Minecraft: Wood Sword Chronicles

Step into the world of Minecraft!

The Clockwork Crow Series FisheR Catherine

The Clockwork Crow Series

The Clockwork Crow Series is beautifully wintry steam-punk fantasy perfect for readers under 12.

Fortunately, the milk Gaiman Neil

Fortunately, the milk

The most important thing: don't forget to get the milk!

The Truth Pixie Haig Matt

The Truth Pixie

Wherever she is, whatever the day, she only has one kind of thing to say. Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo, the Truth Pixie can only say things that are true.

Warriors series Hunter Erin

Warriors series

Rusty the house cat leaves his home to go and live in the wild.

Magic at midnight Kelk Lindsey

Magic at midnight

Cinders lives a boring life with her stepsisters and mother. Then her wishes start magically come true...

The Narnia Series Lewis C.S.

The Narnia Series

In this classic series four kids travel through a wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia.

Frogkisser Nix Garth


A brilliantly funny take on fairytales and quests for younger readers.

The boy who grew dragons Shepherd Andy

The boy who grew dragons

Tom discovers a strange old tree in his grandad's garden. He takes a fruit and a dragon hatches from it!

The house at the Edge of Magic series Sparkes Amy

The house at the Edge of Magic series

"Sometimes you are a whisper away from magic without even realizing it."Nine is an orphan pickpocket determined to escape her life in the Nest of a Thousand Treasures.

Harklights Tilley Tim


Wick has always lived in the dark and dreadful Harklights Match Factory and Orphanage, working tirelessly for greedy Old Ma Bogey. He only dreams of escaping, until one day a bird drops something impossible and magical at his feet - a tiny baby in an acorn cradle...

Graphic Novels and Comics

Pokemon Adventures Series

Pokemon Adventures Series

All your favorite Pokemon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!

Stories from Duckburg

Stories from Duckburg

The popular pocket book editions featuring Donald Duck, now available in English!

Akissi : Cat invasion Abouet Marguerite

Akissi : Cat invasion

The neighborhood cats are pursuing her to steal her fish, her little monkey Boubou almost ends up in a frying pan, and she's nothing but a pest to her older brother Fofana, but Akissi is a true adventurer, full of silliness and fun, and nothing will scare her for long!

The birders Albanese Rob

The birders

As an elderly man wonders if his days of adventure are behind him, across the street a young boy is struggling with boredom. But then everything changes when they run into each other outside.

NIghtlights Alvarez Lorena


Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room.

Narwhal series Clanton Ben

Narwhal series

Join Narwhal and Jelly the jellyfish as they discover the ocean together!

Glitch Graley Sarah


Izzy has a secret: she can enter the world of a videogame!

Pokémon adventures : X-Y Kusaka Hidenori

Pokémon adventures : X-Y

Awesome Pokémon adventures inspired by the best-selling Pokémon X and Y video games!

Pilu of the woods Nguyen Mai K.

Pilu of the woods

Willow loves the woods near her house. They are calm and quiet, so different from her own turbulent emotions, which she keeps locked away. When her emotions get the better of her one day, she decides to run away into the woods. There, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who can't find her way back home...

Saving Sorya Nguyen Trang

Saving Sorya

When endlessly curious Chang discovers a bear farm near her home in Vietnam, she decides to do everything she can to save wild animals – by becoming a conservationist!

Hildafolk Pearson Luke


Hilda lives in a wonderful world filled with creatures from the old folk tales of the North.

Max and The Midknights Peirce Lincoln

Max and The Midknights

Byjovia is under attack, and it's up to Max and her best friends - the Midknights - to save the day!

Big Nate Series Peirce Lincoln

Big Nate Series

This 11-year-old holds the school record in detentions, but that doesn’t stop him from dreaming big!

Dog Man series Pilkey Dav

Dog Man series

When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on a mission, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born.

Geronimo Stilton Series Stilton Geronimo

Geronimo Stilton Series

Excitement and adventure? No thank you! Geronimo Stilton is the quiet mousy kind. But when you're a famouse journalist with a crazy family, danger follows you everywhere!

Allergic Warner Lloyd Megan


At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they're expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes.


Extraordinary lives series

Extraordinary lives series

Learn to know the extraordinary lives of inspiring people.

Space Travel

Space Travel

Learn all about the sun, our solar system, the international space station, etc.

100 things to know series

100 things to know series

Each book in the series provides 100 fascinating facts, along with bright, infographic-style illustrations.

DK Eyewitness Series

DK Eyewitness Series

Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures.

Countries : cultures, people & places Mills Andrea

Countries : cultures, people & places

This world encyclopedia includes at-a-glance panels that provide a quick reference to all the stats, making this engaging encyclopedia for kids an ideal combination of colourful diagrams and infographic text boxes with easy-to-read accessible text for readers aged 9-12.

A child's introduction to natural history Alexander Heather

A child's introduction to natural history

Highlighting every kingdom of life - plants, bacteria, mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, rocks and minerals - the book is also full of charming and witty illustrations by Meredith Hamilton plus 30 photographs throughout.

Machines in the sea Barnham Kay

Machines in the sea

From hovercraft to hydrofoils, jet skis and seaplanes, explore the world of machines in the sea!

Machines on Land Barnham Kay

Machines on Land

From bicycles to tunnel-boring machines, snow machines and lorries, explore the world of machines on land!

Books by Stephen Biesty Biesty Stephen

Books by Stephen Biesty

Step inside the extraordinary world of Stephen Biesty and find out how a variety of curious things are made.

Fantastic beasts : the wonder of nature Buckley Louis

Fantastic beasts : the wonder of nature

Prepare to pore over ancient maps of sea monsters; naturalists’ field notes crammed with intricately painted chameleons and caterpillars; and dinosaurs such as the mighty Dracorex Hogwartsia, the ‘Dragon King of Hogwarts’. Each chapter begins with an original essay by a well-known writer, environmental expert or natural history scientist, offering their own unique insight.

Animal BFFs Corrigan Sophie

Animal BFFs

Learn that even animals have best friends in this follow-up to The Not Bad Animals. Someone that’s always there for them through thick and thin, to help them out with all of the usual things that friends do.

Why Does Climate Change? Ertimo Laura

Why Does Climate Change?

Climate changes, so should we! This book answers children’s tough questions about climate change and shares ideas about how we can all fight against it.

In the sky : designs inspired by nature Evans Harriet

In the sky : designs inspired by nature

Scientists often take a leaf from nature when devising inventions. Discover how nature has inspired some great creations, from the Wright Brothers' first aeroplane to Eiji Nakatsu's bullet train.

Good Night Stories Series Favilli Elena

Good Night Stories Series

Inspiring rebel girls of the world to dream bigger, aim higher, and fight harder.

The Book of Brilliant Bugs French Jess

The Book of Brilliant Bugs

Enter the kingdom of bugs and their close relatives for a magical journey through the forest floor, down into the deepest caves, and even across the open ocean...

Calm: mindfulness for kids Kinder Wynne

Calm: mindfulness for kids

Learn how to focus your thoughts and notice the world around you.

Hello Ruby : adventures in coding Liukas Linda

Hello Ruby : adventures in coding

An adventure in coding!

My Book of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life Lomax Dean R.

My Book of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

Travel back in time to find out about the fantastical wildlife that lived on Earth before we did.

Kids get coding : a beginner's guide to our digital world Lyons Heather

Kids get coding : a beginner's guide to our digital world

This book will help budding young developers explore the fundamental elements of computer code: programming languages, algorithms, loops, variables, co-ordinates ...and what to do when things go wrong!

Wild Child MaAnulty Dara

Wild Child

Join brilliant young naturalist Dara McAnulty – winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for his book Diary of a Young Naturalist – on a nature walk and experience the joy of connecting with the natural world on your multi sensory journey.

A wild child's guide to endangered animals Marotta Millie

A wild child's guide to endangered animals

This book is all about the amazing creatures that are now endangered around the globe, from oceans and forests to mountains and snow. Filled with beautiful beasts, glorious illustrations, facts and tales, it will make you fall in love with the animal kingdom - and maybe even try to save it.

1,001 Creatures Merz Laura

1,001 Creatures

From the dung-beetle to the blue whale, no creature is too humble or huge.

The rainforest book Milner Charlotte

The rainforest book

Sweep aside the liana vines, hop over the giant roots of the kapok tree, and follow the sound of the howler monkey as you venture into the tropical rainforest.

Music and how it works Morland Charlie

Music and how it works

Budding music fans will love discovering musical geniuses of every era, from Mozart and classical music to Bowie and pop, as well as finding out how music is created and what links it all together.

Charles Darwin's On the origin of species Radeva Sabina

Charles Darwin's On the origin of species

The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species.

Transported Ralphs Matt


A fascinating book about the vehicles that have shaped our world, written by narrowboat captain and children's author Matt Ralphs, with stunning colour illustrations on every page by Rui Ricardo

Pirates: true stories of seafaring rogues Rooney Anne

Pirates: true stories of seafaring rogues

Discover who were the real pirates of the Caribbean (and elsewhere).