These texts are studied as part of our Talk for Reading curriculum.


Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

You Choose by Pippa Goodhart

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr

Jaspers Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Hug by Jez Alborough

The Train Ride by June Crebbin

Come on, Daisy by Jane Simmons

What Colour is Love? by Linda Strachan and David Wojtowycz

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson

Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney

Goldilocks and The Three Bears by various authors

Three Little Pigs by various authors

Mad About Minibeasts by Giles Andreaw

Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough

Gingerbread Man by various authors

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

There is a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

I Want My Potty by Tony Ross

Alfie Gives A Hand by Shirley Hughes

My Little Gifts by Jo Witek


Starting at School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

There’s a Monster in your Book by Tom Fletcher

Albert Le Blanc by Nick Butterworth

Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen

Little Red Riding Hood by various authors

Who’s in a Family? by Robbie Harris

Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Aliens love Underpants by Claire Freedman

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Stickman by Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson

Lights on Cotton Rock by David Litchfield

Percy the Park Keeper- One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Planet Awesome: My First 4.54 Billion Year by Stacey McAnulty and David Lichfield

Funny Bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Supertato! Supertato - Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

Harry and the Bucket Full of Dinosaurs by ian Whybrow

Duck in a Truck by Jez Alborough

Dear Dinosaur by Chae Strathie and Nicholas O’Byrne

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

Caveman Dave by Nick Sharrett

Not Now Bernard by David McKee

The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Wolfe

Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Little Red Hen by Jonathan Allen

Oi Frog! by Kes Gray

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson

Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Princess and the Pea by various authors

Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont

Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell by Sue Hendra

Elmer by David McKee

There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Fly by Child’s Play

Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy by Zoe Tucker

Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

The Three Little Pigs by various authors

Shhh! by Sally Grindley

On the Way Home by Jill Murphy

The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan

Katie in London by James Mayhew

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Superworm by Julia Donaldson

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup

What if by Anthony Browne


The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Hairy McClairy from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Something Else by Kathryn Cave

Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson

Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda Armitage

Now I am 6 by AA Milne

Bob Bartram Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram

The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley

Jack and the FlumFlum Tree by Julia Donaldson

Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis

Please Mrs Butler by Allan Ahlberg

By the Light of the Moon by Tom Percival

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

There’s Room for Everyone by Anahita Teymorian

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Imagine the World by Moira Andrew

Oscar and Hoo by Theo

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

After the Fall by Dan Santat

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah

The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka

Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum by Julia Donaldson

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

No Dragon in this Story by Lou Carter

Silly Billy by Anthony Browne

Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Came Back by Drew Daywalt

Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles


Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

The Book of Trees by Piotr Socha

The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith

At the End of the School Day by Wes Magee

Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks - Roald Amundsen

Little People, Big Dreams: Amelia Earhart by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

The Three Little Pigs by various authors

Gorilla by Anthony Browne

I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Miss Flotsam by Joseph Coelho


The Only Way is Badger by Stella J Jones and Carmen Saldana

Rosa Parks by Lisbeth Kaiser

One Love by Cedella Marley

Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Tin Forest by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

The Promise by Nicola Davies

Greta’s Story by Valentina Camerini

Bug in a Vacuum by Melanie Watt

The Book of Bees by Piotr Socha

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt

Leon and the Place Between by Angela Mcallister and Grahame Baker-Smith

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo

Sea Fever by John Masefield


Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman

The King of Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Fantastic Beasts by J.K. Rowling

Varjak Paw by SF Said

Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T.S Eliot and Arthur Robins

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlman

Neil Armstrong by Martin Howard

Bright Star by John Keats

Beetle Boy by M G Leonard

The Beetle Collector’s Handbook by M G Leonard

Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom

Storm in the Rainforest


Hansel and Gretel by various authors

Grimm Tales For Old and Young by Philip Pullman

House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies

The Boy in the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf

The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

The Listeners by Walter De La Mare

Wildspark by Vashti Hardy

When Whales Walked by Dougal Dixon

Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species by Sabina Radeva

Beowulf and the Sea Hag by Michael Morpurgo

Invictus by William Ernest Henley


Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

The Island by Nicky Singer

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton

Lament to Syria by Amineh Abou Kerech

Oranges in No Man’s Land by Elizabeth Laird

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Anne Frank by Anne Frank

Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

Clockwork by Philip Pullman

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Skellig by David Almond

Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Holes by Louis Sachar

How to Survive Camp Green Lake by Louis Sachar

Caged Bird by Maya Angelou

Martin Luther King’s speeches by Martin Luther King

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine

Wonder by R J Palacio

Do you know Me? by Rebecca Westcott and Libby Scott


Please note that some books throughout this literature spine reoccur within different year groups. This is because they are either suggestions for supplementary texts, linked to other areas of the curriculum or, are recommended for a particular age group.


Please note that some books throughout this literature spine reoccur within different year groups. This is because they are either suggestions for supplementary texts, linked to other areas of the curriculum or, are recommended for a particular age group.


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