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Books for KS1 & EYFS

Our recommended reading lists for children in Key Stage 1 and EYFS with picture books and first chapter books have been carefully selected by teachers and librarians.

There are over 100 high-quality picture book texts to read before you are five in EYFS, and over 100 picture books, non-fiction reference, poetry books and short chapter books for 5-7-year-olds in KS1 – all featuring rich language and engaging illustrations.

There are lots of choices with reading ideas to suit all abilities – with a wide variety of suggested picture books, emerging reader books, and first chapter books for 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, and 7-year-olds in primary school.

These stories include texts to encourage shared reading, individual reading, reading aloud, and reading for pleasure. There are plenty of picture books to share with classes, inspire a love of independent reading, and for reading with parents at home.

Books for KS1


Key Stage One (KS1) is quite possible the period of a child’s education where they will make the most significant and visible leaps in progress. Children will begin year one still learning to segment words with phonics, recognise words by sight, and differentiate homonyms. Many will start this period reading picture books. Children will often be exposed to reading schemes and structured programs, such as the Oxford Reading Tree, or phonics schemes such as Read Write Inc or Jolly Phonics.

But by the end of KS1, many children will have gained sufficient ability and confidence to choose books for themselves, read short chapter books, and start to read for pleasure. For these reasons, there can be a massive variation in reading ability for children between the ages of 5 and 7, and schools, educators and home learners will need access to a variety of picture books, graded schemes, and early reading chapter books to cater for a child’s ability, interests and reading confidence.

For these reasons, the books selected in our lists included a range of easy readers, more challenging emerging reader chapter books, thought-provoking picture books for discussion, books to read aloud around the class, and high-interest stories to appeal to reluctant readers.


Books for reception

Reading list for Reception pupils in EYFS age 4-5

Books for Reception – a collection of great picture books for EYFS children aged 4-5 in UK primary schools. Picked by teachers and librarians, this reading list contains stories and poems by Michael Rosen, Steve Weatherill, Jeanne Willis, Oliver Jeffers, Julie Fulton, and more.

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School Reading List Book of the Month

School Reading List Book of the Month

The School Reading List compiles this list of recommended books monthly. This book of the month list highlights new releases and editions of fiction and non-fiction books suitable for children and young adults aged 5-16.

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Books for bedtime reading to children

Books for bedtime

Books for bedtime to read to children – a selection of books by Jill Murphy, Allan Ahlberg, Maurice Sendak, Michael Rosen, Martin Waddell, Fiona Watt, Claire Freedman, and more; which are ideal for reading to children at bedtime.

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