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 EYFS & KS1
Recommended reading lists for children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 with picture books and first chapter books carefully selected by teachers and librarians. 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.
100 picture books for EYFS to read before you are 5 years old. A selection of picture books which are ideal for children who are learning to read in Nursery, Early Years, infants and Pre-Prep schools.
Books for Year 1 – here’s our selection to challenge and interest KS1 children aged 5-6 in UK primary schools. Handpicked recommendations from teachers and librarians, with titles by Michael Rosen, Julia Donaldson, Jon Klassen, Judith Kerr, Margaret Mahy, and more.
A selection of reading books for Year 2 to challenge and interest pupils aged 6-7 in KS1 classes in UK primary schools. Authors include Eoin Colfer and Enid Blyton.
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.
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.
Each month, the School Reading List compiles a list of recommended books and on this page, we feature an archive of recommendations for picture books, fiction, and nonfiction from previous years.