Books every child should read!

Reading is a crucial skill which everyone needs to further themselves and succeed in their lives.  To support our reading curriculum we have booklists allocated for each class.  These are quality texts that we believe every child should have heard, read or had access to.  

We strongly advocate reading for pleasure as an approach to engaging children with literature.  They will therefore have some of these books available in class, some will be birthday books given to each child and some will support work across the curriculum.  

Teachers will also select a class novel to read to their class at least three times a week.

All books on this list have been chosen from the Pie Corbett (PC) reading spines or the Reading Reconsidered (RR) reading spine.

In addition, we have included texts selected by each Teacher for their own class. (TS) There is also a developing list of books which will support an understanding of Diversity and Inclusion.

Nursery

PCHug – Jez Alborough
PCWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt? Michael Rosen
PCCome on Daisy! – Jane Simmons
PCEach Pear, Each Plum – Allan and Janet Ahlberg
PCHungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
PCJasper’s Beanstalk – Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
PCBrown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you See? Eric Carle
PCThe Foggy, Foggy Forest – Nick Sharratt
PCHairy Maclary – Lynley Dodd
PCThe Train Ride – June Crebbin
PCPoetry Spine – The Oxford Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
TS

Hooray for Fish – Lucy Cousins

The Odd Egg – Emily Gravett

Snail Trail – Ruth Brown

Starting School – Janet Ahlberg

Reception

PCOwl Babies – Martin Wadell
PCThe Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson
PCRosie’s Walk – Pat Hutchins
PCWhatever Next – Jill Murphy
PCSix Dinner Sid – Inga Moore
PCMrs Armitage on Wheels – Quentin Blake
PCFarmer Duck – Martin Wadell
PCHanda’s Surprise – Eileen Browne
PCOn the Way Home – Jill Murphy
PCMr Gumpy’s Outing – John Burningham
PCPoetry Spine – A Treasury of Songs
TS

Peepo – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Postman – Janet Ahlberg

Kipper’s Birthday – Mick Inkpen

Super Duck – Jez Alborough

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes – Jan Fearnley

 

Diverse and Inclusive texts:

Handa’s Noisy Night

So Much

Year 1

PCLost and Found – Oliver Jeffers
PCBeegu – Alexis Deacon
RRVoices in the Park – Anthony Browne
RRGrandpa – John Burningham
PCDogger – Shirley Hughes
PCElmer – David McKee
PC

RR

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
RRNot now Bernard – David McKee
PCPeace at Last – Jill Murphy
RRThe Day the Crayons Quit – Oliver Jeffers
PCPoetry Spine                The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems

Here’s a Little Poem

TSBurglar Bill – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Cops and Robbers – Ahlberg

Avocado Baby – John Burningham

Gorilla – Anthony Browne

The Elephant and the Bad Baby – Vipont

The Rescue of Bunny Wunny – Clark

Diverse and Inclusive

I am Bear

The Mega Magic Hair Swap

Year 2

PC Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
RR 
PCTuesday – David Weisner
PCThe Flower – John Light
PCPumpkin Soup – Helen Cooper
PCAmazing Grace – Mary Hoffman
RRThe Red Tree – Shaun Tan
RRThe Enchanted Wood – Enid Blyton
RRThe Heart and the Bottle – Oliver Jeffers
RRThe Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig – Eugene Trivizas
PCGorilla – Anthony Browne
PC

Poetry Spine – Heard it in the Playground

The Works Key Stage 1

TS

Masai and I – Virginia Kroll

Stubby – Michael Foreman

Bean Thirteen – McElligott

The Mousehole Cat – Barber

 

Diverse and Inclusive

Betsey Biggalow the Detective

Julian is a Mermaid

Hip and Hop You Can Do Anything

Billy and the Beast

Look Up!

Year 3

PC

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

RR

 

PC

Hansel and Gretel – Anthony Browne

PC

The Queen’s Nose – Dick King-Smith

RR

Butterfly Lion – Michael Morpurgo  

PC

Ice Palace – Robert Swindells

PC

The Tale of Desperaux – Kate DiCamillo

PC

Poetry Spine – The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

                         Paint me a Poem

RR

The Witches – Roald Dahl

PC

The Abominables – Eva Ibbotson

RR

The Fishermen and his Wife – Brothers Grimm

PC

RR

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

 

Diverse and Inclusive

Planet Omar Accidental Trouble

Planet Omar Unexpected Super Spy

Weirdo and Weirdo 2

Sam Wu is not afraid of spiders

Anna Hibiscus

The Proudest Blue

Year 4

PC

The Firework Makers Daughter – Phillip Pullman

RR

 

PC

The Snow Walkers Son – Catherine Fisher

PC

Perry Angel’s Suitcase – Glenda Millard

PC

Why the Whales Came – Michael Morpurgo

RR

Five Children and It – Edith Nesbit (on order)

PC

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo

PC

Poetry Spine – Deep in the Green Wood

                         Revolting Rhymes

PC

Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

RR

The Legend of Podkin One Ear – Keiran Larwood

RR

Cloud Busting – Malorie Blackman

RR

Fortunately, the Milk – Neil Gaiman

 

Diverse and Inclusive

Anisha Accidental Detective

Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World

The Undefeated

Counting on Katherine

Year 5

PC

FArTHER – Grahame Baker-Smith

PC

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce

PC

RR

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken

RR

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

RR

The Lost Thing – Shaun Tan

PC

Varjak Paw – S F Said

PC

Poetry Spine – Lost Magic

                         The Works 4

PC

 Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver

PC

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom – Louis Sachar

RR

 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

RR

Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

 

Diverse and Inclusive

Night Bus Hero

The Undefeatables

The Boy in the Tower

Thief

Lalani of the Distant Sea

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Coming to England           

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

The Young Magicians and the Thieves Almanac

The Parker Inheritance

Diver’s Daughter

Now or Never

Year 6

PC

The Arrival – Shaun Tan

RR

 
RRThe Raven – Edgar Allan Poe
RRJust So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
RRHoles – Louis Sachar
RRThe 1000-Year-Old Boy – Ross Wellford

PC

RR

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
RR

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

 

PC

Poetry Spine – 101 Poems for Children

The Works Key Stage 2 (on order)

PCLetters from the Lighthouse – Emma Carroll

RR

PC

The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
PC Phoenix – S F Said
 

Diverse and Inclusive

Blackberry Blue

Asha and the Spirit Bird

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Noor-Un-Nissa Inayat Khan

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E

Star Switch

The Boy at the Back of the Class

Aru Shah and the Song of Death

1783 Freedom

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