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Reading for Pleasure

Books to Read Before you leave Primary School

These are some of our favourite books that we think you would love to share and read.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: fiction

A beautifully illustrated story of a caterpillar eating his way through the book.

Mr Wolf's Pancakes

Title: Mr Wolf’s Pancakes
Author: Jan Fearnley
Genre: fiction

Mr Wolf wants to make pancakes but is unable to read the recipe book, write the names of the ingredients or count the money to buy them. His neighbours are unwilling to help him, but are soon lured by the delicious smell of pancakes when he successfully completes his task.

Room on the Broom

Title: Room on the Broom
Author: Julia Donaldson
Genre: fiction

A very funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Title: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Author: Michael Rosen
Genre: fiction

Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Title: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Author: Eric Carle
Genre: fiction

Exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours.

The Otter Who Wanted to Know

Title: The Otter Who Wanted to Know
Author: Jill Tomlinson
Genre: fiction

Pat is an adorable little sea otter. She likes turning up her toes and floating in the sea, chasing fish and asking a hundred and one questions. One day Pat's quiet life is turned upside down when she gets caught up in a pretty scary adventure.

Hansel and Gretel

Title: Hansel and Gretel
Author: Anthony Browne
Genre: fiction

Hansel and Gretel is perhaps the darkest and greatest of the fairytales from the Brothers Grimm. This extraordinary book brings the classic childhood tale to a new generation courtesy of one of the world's greatest picture book artists, Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Anthony Browne.

Little People, Big Dreams: Muhammad Ali

Title: Little People, Big Dreams: Muhammad Ali
Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Genre: non-fiction

Learn about African-American boxer Muhammad Ali in this accessible picture book biography for young children. Born in Kentucky, USA, in 1942, Ali started boxing aged 12 and went on to become an Olympic gold medalist and renowned heavyweight boxing champion.

What’s the Difference?

Title: What’s the Difference?
Author: Emma Strack
Genre: non-fiction

Ever wondered what makes a mandarin different from a clementine? A nectarine from a peach? A
tornado from a cyclone? Then this is the book for you!

The Wonder

Title: The Wonder
Author: Faye Hanson
Genre: fiction

This is a story about a boy whose head is always full of wonder. We follow him on an average-seeming school day, where his daydreams transform the world around him. Unfortunately, lots of other people - the park keeper, the bus driver, the lollipop lady - all tell him to get his head out of the clouds. It is only in art class that he realises he can bring the wonder out of his head for the whole world to enjoy.

Staff Favourite Books

Our staff have listed their favourite books, have a look through and see how many you’ve read!

Special Book - Nana's Stories

Staff: Special Book
Title: Nana's Stories
Author: Joan Collier
Genre: fiction

"Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me with this story book. Thank you to James for sorting out the tech stuff, to Barry for helping with the computer, to Perryfields who are part of this story, to Artspace where I painted the illustrations, to Origin Arts where I have learned such a lot about watercolour, to Clare and Jef, Danny, Marth, Henry, Peter, Xanderand, Ro and of course to the knitted toys, without whom this story could not be told" - Joan Collier

Ms Vaughan - The Smartest Giant In Town

Staff: Ms Vaughan
Title: The Smartest Giant In Town
Author: Julia Donaldson
Genre: fiction

George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides its time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes...until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help - and his clothes!

Mrs Harvey - Cinderella

Staff: Mrs Harvey
Title: Cinderella
Author: Charles Perrault
Genre: fiction

Mrs Harvey's favourite story is the Fairy Tale Cinderella. The story involves handsome Princes, wicked step-mothers, A fairy Godmother, helpful mice, some lovely sparkling shoes and a huge sprinkling of magic! When Cinderella's cruel stepmother prevents her from attending the Royal Ball, she gets some unexpected help from a variety of sources. At the ball, she dances with the Royal prince and it looks as if all her dreams are coming true. However, when the clock strikes midnight, it all falls apart and disaster strikes. Will Cinderella get the happy ending she deserves?

Mr Morgan - The Twits

Staff: Mr Morgan
Title: The Twits
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: fiction

My favourite book is Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’. I love this book because it makes me laugh out loud. Even though the main characters are horrid to each other, all of the other characters work together to overcome the terrible Twits! Like other Roald Dahl books, the book is full of funny words and phrases and it even shares some of the characters from other books (like Muggle Wump and the Roly Poly Bird). Give it a read, you will love it!

Mr Hines - Fantastic Mr Fox

Staff: Mr Hines
Title: Fantastic Mr Fox
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: fiction

Mr Hines' favourite book is Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. He loves the way that Mr Fox and his family manages to get one over on Farmer Boggis, Farmer Bunce and Farmer Bean!

Miss Robins - Matilda

Staff: Miss Robins
Title: Matilda
Author: Roald Dahl
Genre: fiction

‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl is Miss Robins favourite childhood book because the leading female characters are independent, intelligent and hardworking. It encourages children to be proud of their school work, to embrace their intelligence and persevere even when things get difficult.Matilda is a young girl with an exceptional gift. She loves to read and learn and is intelligent beyond her years. Her parents have no interest in education, and do not encourage her at all. When she starts school, Matilda faces another challenge – Miss Trunchbull, the terrifying headmistress! Matilda gains the support and love from her school teacher Miss Honey who encourages her to continue enjoying learning. Matilda then discovers that she has a very special and unusual power...

Miss Davies - A Christmas Carol

Staff: Miss Davies
Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Genre: fiction

Miss Davies' favourite book as a child and even now, is a book called A Christmas Carol, which was written in Victorian times by someone called Charles Dickens, it was first published in 1843. I love this book because it made my imagination work and I started to visualise the scenes. The main character is a man called Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas but then three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future, they all show him different Christmas scenes which then make Scrooge become a generous man who loves Christmas. This book made me become an avid Charles Dickens fan and I started collecting all of his works.

Mrs Allen - The Magic Faraway Tree

Staff: Mrs Allen
Title: The Magic Faraway Tree
Author: Enid Blyton
Genre: fiction

The Magic Faraway Tree was Mrs Allen's all time favourite book as a child. The stories take place in an enchanted wood in which a gigantic magical tree grows. I wanted to join Joe, Beth and Frannie and their cousin Rick on a journey full of magic and adventure up the Magic Faraway Tree!

Mrs Read - Each Peach Pear Plum

Staff: Mrs Read
Title: Each Peach Pear Plum
Author: janet & Allan Ahlberg
Genre: fiction

Mrs Reads favourite book is Each Peach Pear Plum. It is a timeless rhyming, picture book classic. Each beautifully illustrated page encourages young children to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character. It's a book which will be read over and over again....

Mrs Brown - A Squash and a Squeeze

Staff: Mrs Brown
Title: A Squash and a Squeeze
Author: Julia Donaldson
Genre: fiction

Mrs Brown loves the book A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia DOnaldson - in fact she loves all her books and enjoys reading to her grandchildren. Mrs Brown said "The reason I have chosen this one is because I like the rhyming and the moral behind the story which is perfect for our society, as in be happy with what you have got!"

Mrs Halliday - Mrs Wobble The Waitress

Staff: Mrs Halliday
Title: Mrs Wobble The Waitress
Author: Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Genre: fiction

Mrs Halliday loves to read funny books, and this book always makes her giggle! If you like this story, there are lots more in the Happy Families series to look forward to, and they are all funny.

Mr Neale - The Jungle Book

Staff: Mr Neale
Title: The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Genre: fiction

Although I love travelling to Africa - especially Kenya - to photograph all the beautiful animals, I would love to one day visit India and have the opportunity to photograph; panthers, bears, tigers, indian elephants, pythons and all the other amazing native wildlife... as featured in this wonderful story book about a young man cub called Mowgli.
As a baby, Mowgli is abandoned in the jungle and raised by a pack of wolves. A man-eating tiger called Shere Khan threatens the pack and Mowgli must leave their safety and be escorted to the man village by a panther named Bagherra and a bear named Baloo. Along the way he has many adventures which involve snakes, orangutans and avoiding the deadly Shere Khan. It really is a great story which I'm sure children of all ages would enjoy.

Mrs Ratcliffe - Hairy Maclary

Staff: Mrs Ratcliffe
Title: Hairy Maclary
Author: Lyndsey Dodd
Genre: fiction

Mrs Ratcliffe loved reading about the adventures of Hairy Maclary and his doggy friends, often trying to escape Scarface Claw, a black cat who scared all of them!

Mrs Ellerton - Charlotte's Web

Staff: Mrs Ellerton
Title: Charlotte's Web
Author: E B White
Genre: fiction

I love this book because I imagined myself as Fern raising a piglet. I also loved that E.B. White gave the animals voices, it brought the whole book to life. Fern's Dad is a farmer and has a new litter of pigs but he is going to get rid of the smallest one, Fern begs him to let her keep it. She named him Wilbur and he becomes firm friends with the most unlikely animal, a huge spider named Charlotte, and the adventures begin!

Mr Bourne - Running Wild

Staff: Mr Bourne
Title: Running Wild
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Genre: fiction

I really loved how the elephants and other animals helped the main character go on a fantastic adventure through the jungle.

Ms Holt - Watership Down

Staff: Ms Holt
Title: Watership Down
Author: Richard Adams
Genre: fiction

Ms Holt's favourite book is Watership Down, by Richard Adams who told the story initially to his own children on a car trip. It tells the adventures encountered when a rabbit named Fiver has a vision that the future of their warren is unsafe and they have to flee from the destruction of their home when it is invaded by man. They have to leave immediately and other rabbits are persuaded to join them on the long journey ahead when Fiver leads them to a safe place. There are so many different and unique characters in this book and it not only teaches the cycle of life but also lessons of kindness, bravery, confidence, perseverance and teamwork.

Mr Harrison - Peter Pan

Staff: Mr Harrison
Title: Peter Pan
Author: J M Barrie
Genre: fiction

My favourite ever book is Peter Pan by JM Barrie. Originally, it was written as a playscript and tells the story of a young boy who can fly across the sky and who never grows up!
Peter has endless adventures on a magical Island called Neverland, where his best friend is a fairy named Tinkerbell. Together, they have countless battles with Native Americans and Pirates - especially the evil Captain Hook. Peter Pan and his gang of Lost Boys, together with Wendy, John and Michael (who flew all the way to Neverland from the heart of London) embark on an epic exciting adventure.

Mrs Baker - Ned The Lonely Donkey

Staff: Mrs Baker
Title: Ned The Lonely Donkey
Author: Noel Barr
Genre: fiction

Mrs Baker's favourite book is Ned the lonely donkey. She loves this book as it reminds her of being a little girl and reading ladybird books.

Mrs Sutcliffe - Katie Morag

Staff: Mrs Sutcliffe
Title: Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers
Author: Mairi Hedderwick
Genre: fiction

Mrs Sutcliffe loves the Katie Morag stories, by Maira Hedderwick, because they remind her of being at home in Scotland.

Miss Ferman - Monkey Puzzle

Staff: Miss Ferman
Title: Monkey Puzzle
Author: Julia Donaldson
Genre: fiction

Miss Ferman loves the story Monkey Puzzle because she listened to it when she was a little girl. She always called it Punky Muzzle and sometimes when she forgets she still calls it that now!