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Helping your child to read, infer and decode with confidence


As promised at Parents’ Coffee Morning, herewith some ideas for helping children of all ages with reading.


Teach your Monster to Read: First Steps is a new, free game to practise the first steps of reading.


Combining top quality games design with essential learning, the game is built on the principles of synthetic phonics and follows the teaching sequence of the Letters and Sounds programme.

It has been assessed by reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

This website allows you to choose a booklist according to the type of reader your child is. There is also lots of advice for parents supporting readers with developing this skill.

Pupils can log into the site using the following details:


Early Years and Key Stage 1


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Foundation Stage Suggested Books 
Book Title Author
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin Jnr
Where’s Spot? Eric Hill
Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney and Garth Williams
The Little Red Hen Byron Barton
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell
Owl Babies Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
Winnie the Pooh
A A Milne
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter
Stone Soup Marcia Brown
Not Now Bernard David McKee
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly Pam Adams
Q Pootle 5 Nick Butterworth
The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Room on the Broom Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Winnie the Witch Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul
The Elephant and the Bad Baby Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Helen Oxenbury
Handa’s Surprise Eileen Browne
I Will Never Eat a Tomato Lauren Child
Rosie’s Walk Pat and Laurence Hutchins
One Snowy Night Nick Butterworth
Dear Zoo Rod Campbell
The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister
Dogger Shirley Hughes
Farmer Duck Martin Waddell
Once There Were Giants
Martin Waddell and Penny Dale
Here Comes the Aliens Colin McNaughton
Variety of Traditional Tales eg 3 Little Pigs; Red Riding Hood; Sleeping Beauty; Goldilocks and the 3 Bears; The Gingerbread Man; Rapunzel;


Many of these are books for you to read to and with your child to develop their understanding of story and of vocabulary.


Year 1 Suggested Books
Book Title Author
The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr
Hairy Maclary Lynley Dodd
The Large Family Collection Jill Murphy
Charlie and Lola Lauren Child
The Smartest Giant in Town Julia Donaldson
A Squash and a Squeeze Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo’s Child Julia Donaldson
The Gigantic Turnip Aleksei Tolstoy
The Whisperer Nick Butterworth
Mrs Armitage on Wheels Quentin Blake
The Trouble with Jack Shirley Hughes
My Friend Bear Jez Alborough
Avocado Baby John Burningham
A Bear Called Paddington Michael Bond
Funnybones Allan Ahlberg
The Jolly Postman Allan Ahlberg
Mister Magnolia Quentin Blake
Katie Morag Series Mairi Hedderwick
Frog and Toad are Friends Arnold Lobel
The Princess and the Pea Minnie Grey
Don’t Forget the Bacon Pat Hutchins
Emperor of Absurdia Chris Riddell
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka


Many of these are books for you to read to and with your child to develop their understanding of story and of vocabulary


Year 2 Suggested Books   
Book Title Author
The Cat Who Lost His Purr Michelle Coxon
Frightened Fred Peta Coplans
Friends Kim Lewis
Mog Stories Judith Kerr
Mr Wolf’s Pancakes Jan Fearnley
Frog is Frog Max Velthuijis
Cat and Mouse Story Michael Rosen
The Snow Lady Shirley Hughes
Grace and Family Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
The Adventures of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey
The Diary of a Killer Cat Anne Fine
Little Wolf’s Book of Badness Ian Whybrow
Mr Men Series Roger Hargreaves
Mrs Wobble the Waitress Allan Alhberg
Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind Jeremy Strong
George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl
The Giraffe, Pelly and Me Roald Dahl
The Guard Dog Dick King-Smith
Emily’s Legs Dick King-Smith
No Tights for George Julia Crebbin
Princess Smarty-pants Babette Cole
Prince Cinders Babette Cole
Jolly Roger Colin Mc Naughton
The Worst Witch Jill Murphy
Horrid Henry Series Francesca Simon


Many of these are books for you to read to and with your child to develop their understanding of story and of vocabulary


Year 3  
Book Title Author
Cool Michael Morpurgo
The Butterfly Lion Michael Morpurgo
Kensuke’s Kingdom Michael Morpurgo
Billy the Kid Michael Morpurgo
The Twits Roald Dahl
Charlie and Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger Roald Dahl
Danny The Champion of the World Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl
The BFG Roald Dahl
The Sheep Pig Dick King-Smith
Bill’s New Frock Anne Fine
The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Jeremy Strong
Return of the Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Jeremy Strong
The Naughtiest Girl in the School Enid Blyton
Secret Seven series Enid Blyton
Famous Five series Enid Blyton
Animal Ark series Lucy Daniels
Horrid Henry series Francesca Henry’s
Charlotte’s Web E B White
Flat Stanley Jeff Brown
Fungus the Bogeyman Raymond Briggs
Mystery Winklesea Helen Cresswell
The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks
Mr Majeika Humphrey Carpenter
Please Mrs Butler Allan Ahlberg
The Sam Pig Story Book Alison Uttley
Railway Cat Phyllis Arkle
The Hodgeheg Dick King-Smith
Gregory Cool Caroline Binch
Viking at School Jeremy Strong
Awful Egyptians Terry Deary
Stormin’ Normans Terry Deary
Smashing Saxons Terry Deary
Vicious Vikings Terry Deary


Year 4  
Book Title Author
A Caribbean Dozen John Agard & Grace Nicholls
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters John Steptoe
Beowolf Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter Philip Pullman
The Dragon’s Child Jenny Nimmo
The Ghost Blades Anthony Masters
Sara, Plain and Tall Patricia MacLachlan
Smart Girls Robert Leeson
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky Susan Jeffers & Chief Seattle
Robi Dobi Madhur Jaffrey
The Reluctant Dragon Kenneth Grahame
Flow Pippa Goodhart
Dragon Poems John Foster & Korky Paul
The Crazy Shoe Shuffle Gillian Cross
The Sea Piper Helen Cresswell
The Chocolate Touch Patrick Skene Catling
Spacebaby Henrietta Branford
James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl
A Pot of Gold Jill Bennett
Fog Hounds Wind Cat Sea Mice Joan Aiken
The Clothes Horse Allan Ahlberg
It Was A Dark and Stormy Night Allan Ahlberg
The Dancing Bear Michael Morpurgo
The Demon Headmaster Gillian Cross
Dog So Small Phillipa Pearce
Emil and the Detectives Erich Kastner
The Iron Man Ted Hughes
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe C S Lewis
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Robert C O’Brien
Stig of the Dump Clive King
Diary of a Whimpy Kid Series Jeff Kinney
Groovy Greeks Terry Deary
Angry Aztecs Terry Deary
Greek Myths for Young Children Marcia Williams
The Orchard Book of Creation Stories Margaret Mayo & Louise Brierley


Year 5  
Title Author
Water Wings Morris Gleitzman
Blabbermouth Morris Gleitzman
Belly Flop Morris Gleitzman
The Diddakoi Rumer Godden
Stormbreaker Anthony Horowitz
Walter and Me Michael Morpurgo
Friend or Foe Michael Morpurgo
Mister Monday Garth Nix
Aquila Andrew Norris
Harry and the Wrinklies Alan Temperley
The Story of Tracy Beaker Jacqueline Wilson
Double Act Jacqueline Wilson
Northern Lights Philip Pullman
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
Dragon Rider Cornelia Funke
Journey To Jo’burg Beverly Naidoo
Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson
The Owl Service Alan Garner
Pig Heart Boy Malorie Blackman
How to Train your Dragon Series Cressida Cowell
Watership Down Richard Adams
The Wizard of Earthsea Ursula K Le Guin
Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
All Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea Michael Morpurgo
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
Anne of Green Gables L M Montgomery
Black Beauty Anna Sewell
Holes Louis Sachar
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom Louis Sachar
Vicky Angel Jacqueline Wilson
The Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo
Harry Potter series J K Rowling
Terrible Tudors Terry Deary


Year 6  
Book Title Author
Carrie’s War Nina Bawden
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr
Forgotten Voices of the Second World War Max Arthur
The Diamond of Drury Lane Julia Golding
Framed Frank Cottrell Boyce
Homecoming Cynthia Voigt
Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman
Knife Edge Malorie Blackman
Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Sue Townsend
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
Mortal Engines Philip Reeve
Clockwork Philip Pullman
Dragon Keeper Carole Wilkinson
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
Peter Pan J M Barrie
Wizard of Oz F Baum
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
The Railway Children E Nesbit
The Borrowers M Norton
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Alex Rider series Anthony Horowitz
My Story series Various authors
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Ed. Otto H Frank
Boy Overboard Morris Gleitzman
Sabriel Garth Nix
A Bag of Marbles Joseph Joffo
A Boy in Stripped Pyjamas John Boyne
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
War horse Michael Morpurgo
Lord Less and Denominator Series Darren Shan
Alex Rider Series (Stormbreaker) Anthony Horowitz
Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer
Skellig David Almond
Holes Louis Sacher
The Woeful Second World War Terry Deary
Vile Victorians Terry Deary