Key Stage 1 Reading List

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Good reads:

This is not an exhaustive list of reads, but rather a list of popular books we think children will enjoy. We have put in short comments on each one, along with links to Amazon to make it easier for you to locate the books. The list is split by age group into poetry, stories and book series.

Disclaimer: The books, the comments about them and the subject matter level are our opinions only. The list is a small sample of books available for younger readers.

POETRY – KS1 AND LOWER KS2

For 5 to 9-year-old children:

Carol Ann Duffy

A Laureate’s Choice: 101 Poems for Children 

It contains classic poems as The Owl and the Pussycat by Lear and Carroll’s Jabberwocky and Balloons by Plath. Poems are chosen by Carol Ann Duffy.

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Michael Rosen 

(illustrated by Blake)

Quick, Let’s get out of here

All about family life from the ever-popular Michael Rosen.

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Allan Ahlberg

Please Mrs. Butler

Poetry all about school that every child will relate to. Still one of my favourites.

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Roger Stevens

Off By Heart: Poems to Learn & Remember

Brilliant to recite out loud and memorise.

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Michael Harrison

The Oxford Book of Story Poems

A real mixture of poems, some famous and some new

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Ted Hughes

Meet my folks

One for adults too. Hughes is brilliant and imaginative.

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Roald Dahl

Revolting Rhymes

As always, beautifully written with unexpected twists and an element of mischief.

Just as good for the older children who enjoy irony. As always brilliantly illustrated by Blake.

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Hilaire Belloc

Cautionary Tales

Brilliant to recite out loud and memorise.

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MULTICULTURAL POETRY FOR ALL AGES.

Sujata Bhatt

Point No Point- selected poems

Bhatt’s first book of award-winning poems. Used in IGCSE 2014 exam.

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Grace Nichols

Poetry Jump up- An Anthology of Black Poetry

Includes poems by Angelou, Mandela, and Zephaniah, this is an exciting anthology, compiled by one of today’s top black British writers

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Benjamin Zephaniah

Funky Chickens

The poems are chosen especially as they are good to perform with notes and ideas about performing them.

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Maya Angelou

Poems of Maya Angelou

A series of poems with Angelou’s humour and thought-provoking comments on society. 

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TRADITIONAL STORIES

TRADITIONAL FAVOURITES FOR YOUNGER READERS

Ted Hughes

The Iron Man

Often called a modern fairy tale, this is a story about a metal man creating havoc in the countryside and the subsequent friendship with a little boy.

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Oscar Wilde

The Selfish Giant

One story in the collection called The Happy Prince and other Tales, the story is about a giant who is possessive about his garden.

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Horrid Henry

One story in the collection called The Happy Prince and other Tales, the story is about a giant who is possessive about his garden.

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Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch

One story in the collection called The Happy Prince and Other Tales, the story is about a giant who is possessive about his garden.

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Anne Fine

The Killer Cat

Children’s Laureate 2001-2003, her books are brightly coloured and fun to read. There is a whole host of books suitable for almost every type of reader. 

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Anne Fine Flour babies Children’s Laureate 2001-2003, her books are brightly coloured and fun to read. There is a whole host of books suitable for almost every type of reader.  Buy from Amazon

Anonymous

Aesop’s Fable 

There are several versions to choose from. My favourite is this one as it is so beautifully illustrated and is ideal for the younger reader. 

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Books for Year 1

Nick Butterworth

The Whisperer

The whisperer, a rat, lives in the middle of two gangs of cats in a scrapyard. The cats fight, eat and sleep and that’s just how he likes it. 

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Eric Carle

The Bad-Tempered Ladybird

From the author who is better known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this book is about a ladybird who does not like to share and learns the importance of friends.

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Michael Coleman

Ridiculous

Very funny story about a tortoise discovering winter.

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Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child

A sequel to The Gruffalo ( a firm favourite from Nursery upwards) is a story about a mouse who takes a walk in the woods.

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Claire Freedman

Aliens Love Underpants

A very funny and colourful book about strange underpants and even stranger aliens. Great  read out loud book

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Claire Freedman

Aliens Love 

Dinopants

A continuation of the underpants series, with even more underpants, this time in the jungle

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Neil Gaiman

Cinnamon

The story of a blind princess who cannot talk and the tiger who comes to help.

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Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley

 

How to Wash a Wooly Mammoth

 

A fun way to learn about instructions through the bathtime adventures of a wooly mammoth

 

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Amazing Grace

Mary Hoffman

Grace loves stories- told in any way and from any source. She longs to play Peter Pan in her school play and is told Peter was a boy and not black, but her mum and nan say she can be anything she wants to be

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Shirley Hughes

The Trouble with Jack

The story of a sibling who ruins his older sister’s 5th birthday party. A follow on from the Alfie stories.

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Pat Hutchins

Don’t Forget the Bacon

A good book for predictable patterns. A great read out loud and join in book

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Dick King-Smith

The Hedgehog

Max, the hedgehog lives on the wrong side of the road from the juicy snails, slugs and worms. A great book for introducing new vocabulary for younger children.

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Dr Seuss

A Classic Treasury

A set of 5 ever-popular books. A great set of books for the not so confident or reluctant reader.

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David Walliams

The Slightly Annoying Elephant

What’s big, blue and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant!

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