Wherever possible, please read with your child at home and expose them to a variety of fiction and non-fiction. Not only is reading an essential life skill but it can be a really rewarding past-time where quality and interesting texts are available and it will help build your child's vocabulary as well as their written skills. The lists attached are not exhaustive, but aim to provide an overview of potentially suitable books for your child to read with an adult and/or independently. Fairy tales and nursery rhymes are the ideal place to start learning to read and we would expect children to begin school with an understanding of the most well-known of these tales and rhymes. Older children still very much enjoy traditional fairy tales: The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, as well as 'twisted fairy tales' are always very popular in our assemblies. EYFS are enjoying their 'poetry basket' to learn poetry and song, so please ask your child to share these with you at home. Please see your child's teacher if you would like advice as to how to help encourage your child to read.
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Recommended Reads (Fiction)
Recommended Reads (Non-fiction)
http://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/ : Children's newspaper
http://thehappynewspaper.com/ : A Newspaper that only reports good news
http://www.booksfortopics.com/ : Topic-related reads
Magazines are a very useful resource for encouraging children to read in short bursts and to broaden their curriculum learning, interests and world knowledge vocabulary, for example:
- National Geographic for Kids
- First News
- The Phoenix
- The Week Junior
- Wildlife Watch
Recommended Reads: Chosen and Written Independently by our Children
Books for Boys
We asked our male staff to share what they enjoyed reading as children to help boys who might be reluctant to pick up a book or who might like some additional suggestions. Children from all year groups will also be posting their own reading recommendations on this page, but meantime this is what our staff have chosen to share as potential inspiration:
Mr Regon: he loved Spike Milligan's poems and other nonsense poetry, Goosebumps, Horrible History and Horrible Science series.
(the Poem Hunter website provides access to a range of poets)
Mr Minei: he was obsessed with Ronald Dahl books and even used to collect them! His favourites were The Twits, The Witches, The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine. When he was in year 5/6 he loved Fighting Fantasies books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. These are books where the reader has to make decisions and turn to the relevant page based on what they choose to do...he was engrossed these books.
Mr Hoban: he enjoyed Ronald Dahl, books by Dick King-Smith (especially Charlotte's Webb), a magazine called Aminal Ark, Happy Families, Winnie the Pooh, Wind in the Willows, The Littlest Vampire, The Beano, Oor Willie, Goosebumps. Mr Hoban says he read loads as a child. He particularly liked the poetry in Winnie the Pooh and also a poem called 'When Daddy Fell into the Pond' by Alfred Noyes (of The Highwayman fame) that was his favourite for ages. As young teenage reader, he enjoyed Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.