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Reading With Your Child

Reading for pleasure

We are passionate about books and reading at Manor Oak Primary School. Every child is encouraged to read for pleasure. In Key Stage 1 classrooms, cosy reading corners provide a relaxing environment for children to explore books. Every year group is also read to daily, enabling children to listen to and access rich and exciting books.


After Christmas, a new library will be opening at Manor Oak, containing the latest books by some of the best children’s authors. The School Council have come up with lots of super ideas for this new area. Once again, the idea of reading for pleasure has inspired it and so it will be filled with beanbags and cushions and will be a relaxing area for the children to use. Every year group will have the opportunity to use it during lunchtimes and it will also be used at times during Literacy lessons.


Reading at home with your child

We recommend that you read with your child at home every evening for a minimum of 20 minutes, discussing the story, the words and pictures as you go. This helps to build your child’s confidence as a reader and provides valuable reading practise. Your child’s Read and Respond book is perfect for this as it is chosen especially for them taking into account their reading ability.


Further reading

Below, are further lists of books that your child might like to read or you might like to read to your child. Each reading list has a mixture of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. There are books belonging to many different genres: humour, adventure, fantasy, sports, myths and legends and books from favourite authors.



Some dogs do

Jez Alborough

The Smartest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson


Polly Dunbar

You Choose!

Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

Shark in the Park!

Nick Sharratt

Alfie and the Big Boys

Shirley Hughes





Years 1 and 2

Funny bones

The Jolly Postman

Allan Ahlberg

A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond

Mister Magnolia

Quentin Blake

We're Going On a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

Amazing Grace

Mary Hoffman

The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss

Leon and the Place Between

Angela McAllister, Grahame Baker-Smith

Avocado Baby

John Burningham

The Little Red Hen

Paul Galdone

Katie Morag Series

Mairi Hedderwick

Charlie and Lola

Lauren Child

The Princess and the Pea

Minnie Grey

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

Ronda and David Armitage

Three by the Sea

Mini Grey


Vivian French and Alison Bartlett


Kim Lewis

The Dunderheads

Paul Fleischman

Cat and Mouse Story

Michael Rosen

The Magic Finger

Roald Dahl

The Diary Of a Killer Cat

Anne Fine

How the World Works

Christiane Dorion

One Night in the Zoo

Judith Kerr

Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind

Jeremy Strong

The First Encyclopaedia of Science

The First Encyclopaedia of the Human Body

Usborne Books


The Guard Dog

Emily’s Legs

Dick King-Smith

The Frog Prince

Sally Gardener

Little Wolf’s Book of Badness

Ian Whybrow

The Lonely Beast

Chris Judge




Years 3 and 4

Flat Stanley

Jeff Brown

Alien tea on planet Zum-Zee

Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees

Bill’s New Frock

Anne Fine

Captain Underpants series

Dav Pilkey

Please Mrs Butler,

Seriously Silly Series

Allan Ahlberg

Billy The Bird

Dick King Smith

The Dinosaurs Diary

Julia Donaldson

Tongue Twisters and Tonsil Twizzlers

Paul Cookson

Rescuing Dad,

How to Train Your Parents,

My Friend’s a Werewolf

Pete Johnson

The Big Match / Time Rangers series

Rob Childs

Charlottes Web

EB White

Horrid Henry series

Francesca Simon

Ms Wiz series

Terence Blackman


Jeremy Strong

Robin Hood

Marcia Williams

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Jill Tomlinson

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

Revolting Rhymes

Roald Dahl

The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog

Jeremy Strong

Just William

Richmal Crompton

The Demon Headmaster

Gillian Cross

The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy, Julia Eccleshare

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Philip Pullman

George’s Marvellous Medicine, The Twits

Roald Dahl

Orchard Book of Aesop’s Fables


Mouse Noses on Toast

Daren King

The Sheep-pig

Dick King-Smith

Why is Snot Green?

The Science Museum Question and Answer Book Glenn Murphy

The Butterfly Lion

Michael Morpurgo



Years 5 and 6

Tudor Terror

Terry Deary

Malory Towers

Enid Blyton

The Invisible Detective series

Justin Richards

Dragon books

Cressida Cowell


R. L. Stine

A Time of Fire

Robert Westall

Angel for May

Melvin Burgess

Flour Babies

Anne Fine

Horrible History

Horrible Geography series



Danny the Champion of the World,



Roald Dahl

Goodnight Mr Tom

Michelle Magorian

Dragon Rider

Cornelia Funke


Malorie Blackman

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (The last straw)

Jeff Kinney

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

Tracy Beaker,

Best Friends,



Jacqueline Wilson

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

The Borrowers

Mary Norton

Peter Pan

JM Barry


David Almond

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

The Runaways

Ruth Thomas


Anthony Horowitz

Harry Potter

J. K. Rowling


Judy Blume

The Indian in the Cupboard

Lynne Read Banks

Super Soccer Boy

Judy Brown

Friend or Foe,

Mr Nobody’s Eyes

Michael Morpurgo

Ballet Shoes

Noel Streatfield


C. S. Lewis