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.