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Supporting Reading at Home

If you read just 1 book a day to your child, they will have read 1825 books by their 5th birthday!

Hearing books and stories is just as important as pupils reading themselves.  

Pie Corbett's Reading Spine

These essential reads are books that children will enjoy in each year group.  


F1 (Nursery)

Where's Spot - Eric Hill

Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell

You Choose - Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jnr

 & Eric Carle

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy - Lynley Dodd

Each Peach Pear Plum - Allan & Janet Ahlberg

Hug - Jez Alborough

The Train Ride - June Crebbin

Come on, Daisy - Jane Simmons


F2 (Reception)

Owl Babies - Martin Waddell

The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

Handa's Surprise - Eileen Browne

Mr Grumpy's Outing - John Burningham

Rosie's Walk - Pat Hutchins  

Six Dinner Sid - Inga Moore   

Mrs Armitage - Quentin Blake            

Whatever Next - Jill Murphy   

On the Way Home - Jill Murphy 

Farmer Duck - Martin Waddell

Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise-Brown

Shhh! - Sally Grindley

Year 1

Peace at Last - Jill Murphy

Can't You Sleep Little Bear? - Martin Waddell

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

The Elephant and the Bad Baby - Elfrida Vipont & Raymond


Avocado Baby - Jon Burningham

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr

Lost and Found - Oliver Jeffers

Knuffle Bunny - Mo Willems

Beegu - Alexis Deacon

Dogger - Shirley Hughes

Cops and Robbers - Allan & Janet Ahlberg

Elmer - David McKee

Year 2

Traction Man is Here - Mini Grey

Meerkat Mail - Emily Gravett

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman

Pumpkin Soup - Helen Cooper

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book - Lauren Child

Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets - Tony Ross

Not Now Bernard - David McKee

Tuesday - David Wiesner

The Flower - John Light

Gorilla - Anthony Browne

Emily Brown and the Thing - Cressida Cowell

Frog and Toad Together - Arnold Lobel

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark - Jill Tomlinson

Fantastic Mr Fox - Roald Dahl

The Hodgeheg - Dick King-Smith

Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown

Willa and Old Miss Annie - Berlie Doherty

Year 3

The Iron Man - Ted Hughes

Cat Tales: Ice Cat - Linda Newberry

The Sheep-pig - Dick King-Smith

The Abominables - Dick King-Smith

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak - Philippa Pearce

Year 4

Bill's New Frock - Anne Fine

Charlotte's Webb - EB White

Why the Whales Came - Michael Morpurgo

The Firework Maker's Daughter - Phillip Pullman

The Snow Walker's Son - Catherine Fisher

Perry Angel's Suitcase - Glenda Millard

Voices in the Park - Anthony Browne

Year 5

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase - Joan Aiken

Varjak Paw - SF Said

Wolf Brother - Michelle Paver

Street Child - Berlie Doherty

The Midnight Fox - Betsy Byars

Tom's Midnight Garden - Philippa Pearce

FArTHER - Grahame Baker-Smith

Year 6

Holes - Louis Sacher

Clockwork - Phillip Pullman

The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

Skellig - David Almond

Fireweed - Jill Patton Walsh

River Boy - Tim Bowler

The Arrival - Shaun Tan