Over the past couple of years we have been promoting reading. We want your child to have more than the ability to read… we want them to have a love of reading!

Imagine a primary school where over 7 or 8 years, children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with around 82 core books. These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is the ‘Reading Spine’.

The ‘Reading Spine’ has been created by Pie Corbett – a guru of children’s learning in English. His work underpins a lot of the ways teachers approach their work.

Please have a read of the ‘Reading Spine’ information. We plan to use the books in every year group over the school year. If you would buy these books for your children that would be brilliant. By the time they get to Year 6 they will have read 82 of the most fantastic books available to children in school and at home.

The teachers will be working their way through the books in the list in order. They will be using them as class readers, guided reading books and even sometimes as a focus for literacy work. We will be sending out information on how to buy through school soon. Until then, watch out for the titles! They are really popular books and you may have quite a few in the house already!


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Please click on the link to have a look! or go to the Website (click here).

Nursery (Click Here)

Where’s Spot?

Dear Zoo

You Choose

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Jasper’s Beanstalk

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

Each Peach Pear Plum


The Train Ride

Come on, Daisy!

Reception (Click Here)

Owl Babies

The Gruffalo

Handa’s Surprise

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

Rosie’s Walk

Six Dinner Sid

Mrs Armitage

Whatever Next

On the Way Home

Farmer Duck

Goodnight Moon


Year 1 (Click Here)

Peace at Last

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?

Where the Wild Things Are

The Elephant and the Bad Baby

Avocado Baby

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Lost and Found

Knuffle Bunny



Cops and Robbers


Year 2 (Click Here)

Traction Man is Here

Meerkat Mail

Amazing Grace

Pumpkin Soup

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets

Not Now Bernard


The Flower


Emily Brown and the Thing

Frog and Toad Together

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me

Fantastic Mr Fox

The Hodgeheg

Flat Stanley

Willa and old Miss Annie

Year 3 (Click Here)

The Iron Man

Cat Tales: Ice Cat

The Sheep-Pig

The Abominables

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

Hansel and Gretel

Year 4 (Click Here)

Bill’s New Frock

Charlotte’s Web

Why the Whales Came

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

The Snow Walker’s Son

Perry Angel’s Suitcase

Voices in the Park

Year 5 (Click Here)

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Varjak Paw

Wolf Brother

Street Child

The Midnight Fox

Tom’s Midnight Garden


Year 6 (Click Here)



The Hobbit



River Boy

The Arrival