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Recommended Reads and Parent/Carer Guidance

Parent and Carer information to support your child's reading (DfE July 2020):

1. Encourage your child to read

Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.

2. Read aloud regularly

Try to read to your child every day. It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and poring over the pictures. Try adding funny voices to bring characters to life.

3. Encourage reading choice

Give children lots of opportunities to read different things in their own time - it doesn’t just have to be books. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes and much more. Try leaving interesting reading material in different places around the home and see who picks it up.

4. Read together

Choose a favourite time to read together as a family and enjoy it. This might be everyone reading the same book together, reading different things at the same time, or getting your children to read to each other. This time spent reading together can be relaxing for all.

5. Create a comfortable environment

Make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently - or together.

6. Make use of your local library

Libraries in England are able to open from 4 July, so visit them when you’re able to and explore all sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See Libraries Connected for more digital library services and resources.

7. Talk about books

This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about. Then talk about what you’ve been reading and share ideas. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, or something new that you found out. You could talk about how the book makes you feel and whether it reminds you of anything.

8. Bring reading to life

You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together. Would you recommend it to a friend? Alternatively, play a game where you pretend to be the characters in a book, or discuss an interesting article you’ve read.

9. Make reading active

Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home. You could organise treasure hunts related to what you’re reading. Try creating your child’s very own book by using photos from your day and adding captions.

10. Engage your child in reading in a way that suits them

You know your child best and you’ll know the best times for your child to read. If they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) then short, creative activities may be the way to get them most interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in a child’s first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it.

Below you will find some useful websites in supporting parents with phonics and early reading:

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  • Oxford Reading Owl - This parent page is extremely helpful in advising parents how to support particular aspects of reading.

  • PhonicsPlay - Parents are by far the most important people in helping children learn to read. Here you will find lots of information for parents about phonics including: what exactly phonics is, how it is taught in UK schools and suggestions for helping pre-schoolers prepare for learning phonics. You will also find lots of games and ideas to explore with children at home

  • Alphablocks - Watch as the letters of the alphabet tell stories and make words using phonics. Play the learning game, watch clips and print activity pages. 

Recommended Reads:


At Roselands we use Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine to introduce children to quality texts at an appropriate age. The Reading Spine helps schools to build a core selection of the very best books to read aloud with children. It is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s minds: a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story, fostering a love of reading from Nursery through to Year 9. We encourage our families to share these books too.


Recommended Reading Books

Recommended Reading Books


Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

Handa’s Surprise – Eileen Browne

Mr Gumpy’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 One

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 and

Raymond Briggs

Avocado Baby – John 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 – Alan and Janet Ahlberg

Elmer – David McKee


Year Two

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 Three

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


Year Four

Bill’s New Frock – Anne Fine

Charlotte’s Web – 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 Five

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 – Phillipa Pearce

FArTHER – Grahame Baker-Smith

Year Six

Holes – Louis Sachar

Clockwork – Phillip Pullman

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

Skellig – David Almond

Fireweed – Jill Paton Walsh