Reading Suggestions

Here are some suggestions of core of books that create a living library inside a child’s mind. The books are essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story…

Where’s Spot? - Eric Hill (Puffin)
Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell (Puffin)
You Choose - Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt (Random House)
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jnr and Eric Carle (Windmill Books)
Jasper’s Beanstalk - Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen (Hodder)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle (Puffin)
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy - Lynley Dodd (Puffin)
Each Peach Pear Plum - Allan and Janet Ahlberg (Puffin)
Hug - Jez Alborough (Walker Books)
The Train Ride - June Crebbin (Walker Books)
Come on, Daisy! - Jane Simmons (Orchard Books)
Owl Babies- Martin Waddell (Walker Books)
The Gruffalo -Julia Donaldson (Macmillan)
Handa’s Surprise -Eileen Browne (Walker Books)
Mr Gumpy’s Outing - John Burningham (Bloomsbury)
Rosie’s Walk - Pat Hutchins (Random House)
Six Dinner Sid - Inga Moore (Hodder)
Mrs Armitage - Quentin Blake (Random House)
Whatever Next - Jill Murphy (Macmillan)
On the Way Home - Jill Murphy (Macmillan)
Farmer Duck- Martin Waddell (Walker Books)
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown (HarperCollins)
Shhh! -Sally Grindley (Bloomsbury)
Year 1
Peace at Last - Jill Murphy (Macmillan)
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? - Martin Waddell (Walker Books)
Where the Wild Things Are -Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins)
The Elephant and the Bad Baby - Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs (Puffin)
Avocado Baby - John Burningham (Bloomsbury)
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr - (HarperCollins)
Lost and Found -Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins)
Beegu - Alexis Deacon (Random House)
Dogger - Shirley Hughes (Random House)
Cops and Robbers- Alan and Janet Ahlberg (Puffin)
Elmer - David McKee (Andersen Press)
Year 2
Traction Man is Here - Mini Grey (Random House)
Meerkat Mail -Emily Gravett (Macmillan)
Amazing Grace -Mary Hoffman (Frances Lincoln)
Pumpkin Soup - Helen Cooper (Corgi)
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? -Lauren Child (Orchard Books)
Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets -Tony Ross (Andersen Press)
Not Now Bernard -David McKee (Andersen Press)
Tuesday - David Wiesner (Andersen Press)
The Flower- John Light (Child’s Play)
Gorilla -Anthony Browne (Walker Books)
Emily Brown and The Thing -Cressida Cowell (Orchard Books)
Frog and Toad Together - Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins)
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark- Jill Tomlinson (Puffin)
The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me -Roald Dahl (Puffin)
Fantastic Mr Fox- Roald Dahl (Penguin)
The Hodgeheg - Dick King-Smith (Puffin)
Flat Stanley- Jeff Brown (HarperCollins)
Willa and old Miss Annie - Berlie Doherty (Catnip)
Year 3
The Iron Man - Ted Hughes (Faber)
Cat Tales: Ice Cat -Linda Newberry (Usborne)
The Sheep-pig - Dick King-Smith (Puffin)
The Abominables - Eva Ibbotson (Scholastic)
Journey to the River Sea- Eva Ibbotson (Macmillan)
One Dog and his Boy - Eva Ibbotson (Marion Lloyd Books).
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis (HarperCollins)
The Battle of Bubble and Squeak Philippa Pearce (Penguin)
Hansel and Gretel Anthony Browne (Walker Books)
Year 4
Bill’s New Frock- Anne Fine (Egmont)
Charlotte’s Web - EB White (Puffin)
Why the Whales Came - Michael Morpurgo (Egmont)
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter - Phillip Pullman (Random House)
The Scarecrow and his Servant – Phillip Pullman (Random House)
The Snow Walker - Catherine Fisher (Red Fox)
The Snow Walker’s Son - Catherine Fisher (Red Fox)
The Empty Hand – Catherine Fisher (Red Fox)
Perry Angel’s Suitcase -Glenda Millard (Phoenix Yard Books)
Voices in the Park - Anthony Browne (Random House)
Year 5
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken (Red Fox)
The ‘Wolves Chronicles’ (12 books in total)– Chase Joan Aiken (Red Fox)
Varjak Paw -SF Said (Random House)
The Outlaw Varjak Paw- SF Said (Random House).
Wolf Brother Michelle Paver (Orion)
Street Child- Berlie Doherty (HarperCollins)
The Midnight Fox - Betsy Byars (Faber) Tom?
Tom’s Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce (Oxford University Press)
FArTHER - Grahame Baker-Smith (Templar)
Year 6
Holes -Louis Sachar (Bloomsbury)
Clockwork - Philip Pullman (Random House)
The Hobbit JRR Tolkien (HarperCollins)
Skellig - David Almond (Hodder)
Fireweed - Jill Paton Walsh (Hot Key Books)
River Boy - Tim Bowler (Oxford University Press)
The Arrival - Shaun Tan (Hodder)