All About Me topic books for EYFS

All about me topic books for EYFS teaching and continuous provision. This list includes fiction stories, nonfiction illustrated books, picture books, and real-life stories about children, growing up, dealing with emotions, senses, going to school, and what it is to live and be a human being. Writers include Mem Fox, The School of Life, Esther Pia Cordova, Lupita Nyong’o, Hervé Tullet, Sophy Henn, and David McKee.

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All About Me topic books for EYFS – our recommended titles

An Emotional Menagerie – Feelings from A to Z by The School of Life

An A to Z compendium of feelings, beginning with A for Anger and concluding with Z for Zeal. Each emotion is presented in rhyming verse, with thought-provoking imagery, contemplative allegory, and an almost confessional delivery the children will find both reassuring and eye-opening. This would make a great resource for teachers’ planning, bubble circle times, PSHE lessons, and whole school assemblies – where there’s plenty in each poem to fill a session with useful discussion.

A Emotional Menagerie - Feelings from A to Z by The School of Life

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

This classic picture book celebrates the differences between babies from all around the world while reminding the reader that we all share ten little fingers and ten little toes. Uplifting and gentle, the rhyming text and glorious illustrations make this a great book to read, share and discuss with classes in EYFS.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

This highly interactive picture book shows children how to pose, wriggle, bend, clap, scratch and make other body movements – as portrayed by a variety of animals including gorillas and camels. Great fun, addictive and a clever way to teach children the name for parts of the body!

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

The Five Senses by Hervé Tullet

With vibrant illustrations, this eyecatching and funny picture book challenges the reader to think differently by presenting everyday objects and situations in unusual ways. Including a page of noses, an amusing mirror and a fork designed for easier pea eating, this is a great book to help younger children explore their senses.

The Five Senses by Hervé Tullet

Not Now, Bernard by David McKee

This classic picture book story features a boy who just can’t get the attention he wants from his permanently busy parents. When a monster appears in the garden, Bernard can’t find a way to alert his family. And there’s an interesting twist! A really useful book to discuss how to get on with other people, and strategies to follow when feeling frustrated.

Not Now, Bernard by David McKee

I Can’t Do That, YET by Esther Pia Cordova

When Emma decides she can’t do something, she announces it to the world. But one night, she has a dream and imagines herself achieving whatever she sets her mind to. With this new found vision, she sets about changing how she thinks and approaches problems. A great book to read and discuss.

I Can't Do That, YET by Esther Pia Cordova

At Our House by Isabel Minhos Martins

A lively and colourful picture book that asks the reader to count all the things to do with the people in the author’s house. This includes the toes, intestines, fingers, freckles and more startling and gross number-crunching which will appeal to seven-year-old readers – particularly those reluctant to start chapter books.

At Our House by Isabel Minhos Martins. A good book to encourage independent learning

While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin

This tender-hearted story about a hedgehog and a tortoise who, due to circumstances, are unable to hug, is a great way to show children the many different ways of showing appreciation, affection and love. Inspired by social distancing, this is a great book to help children understand the changes in peoples’ lives caused by the pandemic – both now and in the future.

While We Can't Hug by Eoin McLaughlin

Super Duper You by Sophy Henn

This inspirational picture book is great to read aloud in EYFS classes. With catchy rhyming text and bright illustrations, this clever text looks at all the characteristics – warts and all – that make us unique and special. A good book to inspire topic work and art displays.

Super Duper You by Sophy Henn

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Moving to a new school from a foreign country is challenging, and Unhei decides to let her classmates pick her a new name. But when they find out more about her life, they decide her existing name is unique and special, and she helps them to pronounce it. A powerful book about respect and accepting people for who they are.

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

This charming board book introduces young readers to cultures, identities and places around the world that may be new or unfamiliar. A great story to unite families, generations and explore what links us all together. A wonderful book to share with younger children.

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Two Homes by Claire Masurel

Alex has two homes, two bedrooms, and two toothbrushes – one each with Daddy, and one each with Mummy. This subtle, uplifting and memorable story helps children to understand what happens when parents live separately. A useful book for PSHE.

Two Homes by Claire Masurel

Nora: the Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate by Andrew Weale

Nora loves food and she loves to eat. When she starts to build the most incredible sandwich with lots of interesting ingredients, she finds she may have gone too far. The fun illustrations make this a great cautionary tale to read aloud and share with EYFS classes.

Nora: the Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate by Andrew Weale

All Kinds of People by Emma Damon

A book that celebrates differences and uniqueness, presenting the reader with a range of interesting people in a lift-the-flap format. With fun illustrations, EYFS children can plot their own record of unique features using the supplied mirror. A great interactive resource.

All Kinds of People by Emma Damon

Only One You by Linda Kranz

With beautiful illustrations of painted rocks, this story is told by Adri’s parents, who recall what they have learned through raising their son. The clever observations and detail make this a joy to read aloud and share. The artwork provides an excellent impetus for children’s own artwork in EYFS, and creative writing wall displays. Highly recommended.

Only One You by Linda Kranz

Grandad’s Teeth by Rod Clement

When Grandad loses his teeth, the whole family searches everywhere, but noone can find them. Who is responsible?! This infectious whodunnit poem is a fantastic picture book to read aloud, perform in pairs, or act out. The vibrant illustrations help bring the story alive.

Grandad's Teeth by Rod Clement

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival

When Norman develops a set of spectacular wings, part of him is delighted he can fly high into the sky, but part of him wants to hide them away – worried about what others will say. This thought-provoking story helps children to consider who they are and how to be themselves.

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

This captivating and award-winning picture book challenges the young reader to think about people from different backgrounds and cultures, and what it means to tap into inner confidence and develop self-esteem. A useful book for teachers to use in EYFS classes when discussing colourism and respect.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o

Marvelous Me: Inside and Out by Lisa Bullard

This book celebrates how Alex is different from other children his age. Looking at every aspect of him that is unique, young readers can explore just what it is that makes them who they are. A great book to return to, the illustrations and ideas are ideal to inspire classroom literacy projects.

Marvelous Me: Inside and Out by Lisa Bullard

Eleanor’s Eyebrows by Timothy Knapman

This fun and quirky book asks a simple question. What if your eyebrows vanished and decided to be something else? Eleanor’s eyebrows turn up as a magician’s moustache, decorated punctuation and hairy insect legs, amongst other things. Highly imaginative, this is a great book to discuss with EYFS children.

Eleanor's Eyebrows by Timothy Knapman

Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell

This unique book explores the world from the point of view of a small child in a world where older people are giants. Year after year, as the child grows, she joins the world of giants! This clever story helps children consider a different viewpoint. A useful book to provoke creative writing ideas and talk.

Once There Were Giants by Martin Waddell

The Last Noo-Noo by Jill Murphy

When Marlon’s mum and granny decide he’s too old for a dummy, Marlon disagrees. Vociferously. Nothing and noone will take away his ‘noo-noo’. A good book to spark classroom discussions about growing up and positive ways to be more independent.

The Last Noo-Noo by Jill Murphy

 

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