The English team have put together a list of ‘must read’ books for children to read during their time in our schools.  The booklist gives you ideas of the books, plus ways to access the books cheaply online during this time.  Additionally, the teachers in each community have looked at the list, made their recommendations and suggested their favourites for your children to read.

Which ones have you read already?

Reading at home

This is a great time to read some of the best children’s books so we have made up a list of suggestions of classic children’s books that your children might enjoy. The chart shows recommendations by year group as a guide – these are books that should be accessible to children of that age. If your children might find these too challenging, feel free to look at other year groups too.

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams *4

Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

Flour Babies – Anne Fine *11

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L Frank Baum *17

The Borrowers – Mary Norton *22

Swallows and Amazons- Arthur Ransome *28

Paddington – Michael Bond *1

Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister

The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy *8

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes *12

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll *18

The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks *23

Clockwork – Philip Pullman *29

Winnie the Witch – Valerie Thomas

Funnybones – Allan Ahlberg

Peter Pan – JM Barrie *9

Mary Poppins – PL Travers *13

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis *19

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Phillipa Pearce *24

What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge *30

Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter *2

The Owl and the Pussycat – Edward Lear *5

George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl *10

Charlotte’s Web  – EB White *14

Bedknob and Broomstick – Mary Norton

Stig of the Dump – Clive King *25

The Railway Children – Edith Nesbit *31

The Tiger that Came to Tea – Judith Kerr *3

Whatever Next! – Jill Murphy *6

Mr Majeika – Humphrey Carpenter

Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren *15

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett *20

Skellig – David Almond *26

The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien *32

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen

Dogger – Shirley Hughes *7

Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown

101 Dalmatians – Dodie Smith *16

Heidi – Johanna Spyri *21

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian *27

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo *33

*see links below

 

Additionally, Amazon are currently offering other children’s classics for free on Kindle:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=free+children+classic&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

as well as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone free on Audible (read by Stephen Fry)

and Oliver Jeffers is reading his books aloud on https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/

(NB. Amazon ‘used’ books can be a great way to get cheaper books or it may be worth looking on a site like Ebay)

 

Ideas to get your children reading:

  • Read as a family
  • Parents/carers read to children
  • Facetime a relative and read to them (older relatives might really appreciate this)
  • Put on character voices
  • Set up a book club with a friend and discuss your book
  • Choose a book from the chart that you enjoyed when you were a child
  • Choose a book from the chart that you haven’t read
  • If you read a book from the chart and enjoy it, read another one by the same author
  • Listen to an audio book

Ideas to develop comprehension (understanding) of what they’’ve read:

  • Write a book review
  • Act out scenes from the book
  • Discuss each chapter –

What have we learnt about each character?

What do think will happen next?

How would you describe the main character?

What would you have done in that situation?

Summarise the chapter.

  • Look up words you don’t know together
  • Keep a journal of what you’ve read – give books star ratings, explain what you enjoyed about it, who would you recommend it to?

 

Links for the books in the chart above

*1 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paddington-Original-Story-Bear-Peru/dp/B004H28YOG/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=paddington&qid=1585905458&s=books&sr=1-1

*2 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tale-Peter-Rabbit-Other-Stories/dp/B07B8VX61N/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=peter+rabbit&qid=1585905664&s=books&sr=1-4

*3 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tiger-Who-Came-Tea/dp/B00D80U9DC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2IH95STX1N209&dchild=1&keywords=the+tiger+who+came+to+tea&qid=1585905773&s=books&sprefix=The+tiger%2Caudible%2C173&sr=1-1

*4 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Velveteen-Rabbit-Margery-Williams-ebook/dp/B07BSMPF3X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1B1LYP776SYHD&dchild=1&keywords=the+velveteen+rabbit&qid=1585905922&s=books&sprefix=the+velveteen%2Cstripbooks%2C161&sr=1-2

Or 49p on Kindle

*5 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Owl-Pussy-Cat-Other-Nonsense-Rhymes/dp/B008MZRU44/ref=sr_1_9?crid=2IZ9850TNDF4N&dchild=1&keywords=the+owl+and+the+pussycat&qid=1585906106&s=books&sprefix=the+owl+and%2Cstripbooks%2C157&sr=1-9

*6 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whatever-Next/dp/B002SQ7HA0/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=whatever+next&qid=1585906222&s=books&sr=1-1

*7 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dogger-Shirley-Hughes/dp/1862308055/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=dogger&qid=1585906349&sr=8-1

*8 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Worst-Witch-Book-ebook/dp/B004Q9T4DK/ref=sr_1_2?crid=33BWWRW1WP17I&dchild=1&keywords=the+worst+witch&qid=1585906486&s=books&sprefix=the+worst%2Cstripbooks%2C154&sr=1-2

Or 99p on Kindle

*9 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Peter-Pan-J-M-Barrie-ebook/dp/B07DRKFDNT/ref=sr_1_1?crid=4USSY1SNVMSG&dchild=1&keywords=peter+pan+book&qid=1585906627&s=books&sprefix=peter+pan%2Cstripbooks%2C152&sr=1-1

Or 99p on Kindle

*10 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Georges-Marvellous-Medicine/dp/B00MOPK6YE/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3D6I4L01HFJDV&dchild=1&keywords=georges+marvellous+medicine&qid=1585906681&s=books&sprefix=george%2Cstripbooks%2C154&sr=1-2

*11 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flour-Babies-Anne-Fine-ebook/dp/B002RI930G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=flour+babies&qid=1585908505&s=books&sr=1-1

*12 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iron-Man-Ted-Hughes-ebook/dp/B0076795A6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2B5X2H90B7YNZ&dchild=1&keywords=iron+man&qid=1585908672&s=books&sprefix=iro%2Cstripbooks%2C175&sr=1-1

*13 Free with Audible trial on Amazon:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Poppins/dp/B07F43NLS8/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=mary+poppins&qid=1585908761&s=books&sr=1-2

Also free with Kindle Unlimited

*14 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlottes-Web-B-White-ebook/dp/B00T64T764/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=charlottes+web&qid=1585908896&s=books&sr=1-1

*15 98p on Kindle

*16 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hundred-and-One-Dalmatians/dp/B003XK6QQG/ref=sr_1_8?crid=1TT5P4X2OQGU4&dchild=1&keywords=101+dalmations+book&qid=1585909063&s=books&sprefix=101+dalmat%2Cstripbooks%2C153&sr=1-8

*17 Free with Audible trial on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wonderful-Wizard-Oz-AmazonClassics-ebook/dp/B071GTPBB1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wizard+of+oz&qid=1585909324&s=books&sr=1-

FREE on Kindle https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wonderful-Wizard-Oz-AmazonClassics-ebook/dp/B071GTPBB1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wizard+of+oz&qid=1585909324&s=books&sr=1-1

*18 Free on Kindle https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alices-Adventures-Wonderland-illustrated-Carroll-ebook/dp/B005LDC7IY/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=free+children+classic&qid=1585911355&s=books&sr=1-3

 

*19 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lion-Witch-Wardrobe-Chronicles-Narnia-ebook/dp/B002UZ5J72/ref=sr_1_1?crid=NIW85ZL9G3R3&dchild=1&keywords=lion+witch+wardrobe+book&qid=1585909626&s=books&sprefix=lion%2Cstripbooks%2C159&sr=1-1

*20 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Garden-Frances-Hodgson-Burnett-ebook/dp/B0083Z614S/ref=sr_1_2?crid=32I884O0HPP5L&dchild=1&keywords=secret+garden&qid=1585909787&s=books&sprefix=secret+%2Cstripbooks%2C171&sr=1-2

Also free with Kindle Unlimited or 99p on Kindle https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Garden-Frances-Hodgson-Burnett-ebook/dp/B00IVWYLUY/ref=sr_1_3?crid=32I884O0HPP5L&dchild=1&keywords=secret+garden&qid=1585909877&s=books&sprefix=secret+%2Cstripbooks%2C171&sr=1-3

*21 Free on Kindle https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heidi-AmazonClassics-Johanna-Spyri-ebook/dp/B074W96M8D/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2O7S6PNAY75ZH&keywords=heidi+book&qid=1585909941&s=books&sprefix=heidi%2Cstripbooks%2C317&sr=1-1

*22 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Borrowers/dp/B073V6DW8Z/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1OZ3MZ5DJ310X&dchild=1&keywords=the+borrowers&qid=1585910060&s=books&sprefix=the+borro%2Cstripbooks%2C156&sr=1-2

*23 Free with Audible trial on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Indian-in-the-Cupboard/dp/B00GKB9SCO/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2WY9IB014HZ09&dchild=1&keywords=the+indian+in+the+cupboard&qid=1585910168&s=books&sprefix=the+indian+in+the+cupboard%2Cstripbooks%2C154&sr=1-2

*24 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Toms-Midnight-Garden-Philippa-Pearce-ebook/dp/B00V52VY7K/ref=sr_1_6?crid=3DMZIV9BIJHTC&dchild=1&keywords=stig+of+the+dump+book&qid=1585910344&s=books&sprefix=stig+of+the+dump%2Cstripbooks%2C146&sr=1-6

*25 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stig-Dump-Puffin-Book-42-ebook/dp/B003TSDNCC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3DMZIV9BIJHTC&dchild=1&keywords=stig+of+the+dump+book&qid=1585910450&s=books&sprefix=stig+of+the+dump%2Cstripbooks%2C146&sr=1-1

*26 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skellig-David-Almond-ebook/dp/B00G9HBXMW/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=flour+babies&qid=1585908578&s=books&sr=1-3

*27 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goodnight-Mister-Tom/dp/B00SMB3AHO/ref=sr_1_4?crid=3TOF21PVIV2N4&dchild=1&keywords=goodnight+mr+tom+book&qid=1585910715&s=books&sprefix=good%2Cstripbooks%2C175&sr=1-4

*28 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Swallows-Amazons-Book/dp/B00D8TEQ46/ref=sr_1_5?crid=3DMZIV9BIJHTC&dchild=1&keywords=stig+of+the+dump+book&qid=1585910604&s=books&sprefix=stig+of+the+dump%2Cstripbooks%2C146&sr=1-5

*29 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clockwork/dp/B00E5LB8KQ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3C042IEX96LYZ&dchild=1&keywords=clockwork+philip+pullman&qid=1585910826&s=books&sprefix=clock%2Cstripbooks%2C151&sr=1-1

*30 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Katy-Did-Susan-Coolidge-ebook/dp/B00847HCAC/ref=sr_1_3?crid=39R0W71H42QBW&dchild=1&keywords=what+katy+did&qid=1585910917&s=books&sprefix=what+%2Cstripbooks%2C171&sr=1-3

Also free on Kindle unlimited

*31 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Railway-Children-Edith-Nesbit-ebook/dp/B0082UKP8C/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3DUNSURIKXE2A&dchild=1&keywords=the+railway+children&qid=1585911046&s=books&sprefix=the+railway%2Cstripbooks%2C160&sr=1-3

Also free on Kindle

*32 https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hobbit/dp/B0030ED3CA/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+hobbit&qid=1585911194&s=books&sr=1-1

*33 Free with Audible trial on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kensukes-Kingdom-Michael-Morpurgo-ebook/dp/B008OVBUFG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1VWIAFBU99ERP&dchild=1&keywords=kensukes+kingdom+michael+morpurgo&qid=1585911287&s=books&sprefix=kens%2Cstripbooks%2C183&sr=1-1