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Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell

Each Peach Pear Plum

Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg


Julia Donaldson

Peace At Last

Jill Murphy

The Rainbow Fish

Marcus Pfister

Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Pam Adams

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen

Handa’s Surprise

Eileen Browne


Shirley Hughes


David McKee

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney

Year 1



The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss

The Smartest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child

Julia Donaldson

The Jolly Postman

Allan Ahlberg

Charlie and Lola

Lauren Child

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Amazing Grace

Mary Hoffman


Allan Ahlberg

Hairy Maclary

Lynley Dodd

The Trouble With Jack

Shirley Hughes

Non-fiction: Topic Books (e.g. Old Toys, Homes in the Past); Children’s First Atlas.

Poetry: Nursery Rhymes (Usborne or Puffin), Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar (John Foster)

Year 2



The Diary of a Killer Cat

Anne Fine

The Magic Finger

Roald Dahl

The Famous Five

Enid Blyton

Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon

The Worst Witch

Jill Murphy

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White

Mr Magnolia

Quentin Blake

The Sheep Pig

Dick King Smith

A Bear Called Paddington

Michael Bond

Non-fiction: The First Encyclopaedia of Science (Usborne)

Poetry: Please Mrs Butler (Alan Ahlberg), Revolting Rhymes (Roald Dahl)

Year 3



Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

The Firework Maker’s Daughter

Phillip Pullman

How to Train your Dragon

Cressida Cowell


Dick King-Smith

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Stig of the Dump

Clive King

Flat Stanley

Jeff Brown

Voices in the Park

Anthony Browne

Oliver and the Seawigs

Phillip Reeve

The Great Kapok Tree

Lynne Cherr

The Enchanted Wood

Enid Blyton

Non-fiction: Skara Brae (Dawn Finch); The History Detective Investigates: Stone Age to Iron Age (Clare Hibbert); Meet the Ancient Romans (James Davies); Eye Witness: Ancient Rome.

Poetry: The Lost Words (Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris); I Like This Poem: A classic anthology (Edited by Kaye Webb).

Year 4



The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C S Lewis

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

John Steptoe


Roald Dahl

The Dragon's Child

Jenny Nimmo

The Reluctant Dragon

Kenneth Grahame

Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Sea Piper

Helen Cresswell


Henrietta Branford

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

The Demon Headmaster

Gillian Cross

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Robert C O’Brien

Non-fiction: Lesser Spotted Animals (Martin Brown); 100 events in History (Jo Cottrill and Cathy Brett).

Poetry: Dragon Poems (John Foster & Korky Paul)

Year 5



Harry Potter series


Listen to the Moon

Michael Morpurgo


Roald Dahl

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan


Antony Horowitz

The Box of Delights

John Masefield

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes

The Neverending Story

Michael Ende

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Phillipa Pearce

Whistling in the Dark

Shirley Hughes

The Owl Service

Alan Garner

Non-fiction: The Vicious Vikings (Horrible Histories)

Poetry: The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry

Year 6



Goodnight Mr Tom

Michelle Magorian

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens


Louis Sachar


David Almond

A Stitch in Time

Penelope Lively

Dark Materials series

Philip Pullman

Carrie’s War

Nina Bawden

The Borrowers

Mary Norton

The Sword in the Stone

TH White

Inkheart series

Cornelia Funke

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Treasure Island

R.L. Stevenson

Tell Me No Lies

Malorie Blackman

Lion Boy

Zizou Corder

The Hobbit

J.R.R Tolkien

Why the Wales Came

Michael Morpurgo

Charmed Life

Diana Wynne Jones

My Sister Jodie

Jacqueline Wilson

The Stones are Hatching

Geraldine McCaughrean

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Black Beauty

Ann Sewell

Non-fiction: Boy (Roald Dahl); Going Solo (Roald Dahl)

Poetry: The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry