Pyjamarama: fun books to read with children in Reception

Gina Kaminski Saves the Wolf

Reading books to children has lots of amazing long-term benefits. Sharing a story or a fascinating information book is a great way to bond, and it improves children's overall wellbeing. But, most importantly, it's fun! We hope you enjoy reading these brilliant books together.

  • Gina Kaminski Saves the Wolf

    Author: Craig Barr-Green Illustrator: Francis Martin
    Publisher: Little Tiger
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 6+

    Retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a neurodivergent protagonist.

  • Big Bad Dragon Club

    Author: Beach
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 2-5
    Reading age: 5+

    A funny picture book about dragons learning they don't always have to be bad!

  • Geoffrey Gets the Jitters

    Author: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 4-5

    Geoffrey’s jitters are out of control! How can he get rid of them? Told with humour and great empathy, this picture book from the author-illustrator of Barbara Throws a Wobbler is both funny and helpful.

  • This Rock is Mine

    Author: Kaye Umansky Illustrator: Alice McKinley
    Publisher: Alison Green Books
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 4+

    This is a fabulously funny picture book by the author of Ten Fat Sausages brimming full of Michelle Robinson’s trademark silly humour. So The Thunk is a beast, a bit like a skink, although more like a skunk on account of the stink, thought to be extinct but young explorer Hector Voltaire who’s had his fair share of other kids saying his head’s full of air, i…

  • The Thunk

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Deborah Allwright
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 4-5
    Reading age: 4+

    This is a fabulously funny picture book by the author of Ten Fat Sausages, brimming full of Michelle Robinson’s trademark silly humour. 

  • Whose Dog is This?

    Author: Andrew Sanders Illustrator: Aysha Awwad
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    It’sonly been ten minutes since Albert’s dad left the living room, but in that time, chaos has occurred! Dad comes in to find a flustered Albert lying amongst toppled-over furniturewith mud and macaroni cheese covering the walls. Albert blames the mess on the dog in the room. But wait a minute – Albert doesn’t have a dog...Whose dog is this? 

  • Femi and the Mindfulness Machine

    Author: Flo Fielding Illustrator: Sawyer Cloud
    Publisher: Doring Kindersley in association with Woke Babies
    Interest age: 4-5

    Femi’s wind machine for Science Day doesn’t always work. Gran has some useful advice – but what will happen at school when it matters? With techniques to calm anxiety, and gorgeous illustrations, this picture book will stimulate conversations about feelings. 

  • The Egg Incident

    Author: Ziggy Hanaor Illustrator: Daisy Wynter
    Publisher: Cicada Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Humphrey the egg isn’t allowed to do anything energetic – especially not climb walls. But when he and his new friend are locked in the park, he has to escape somehow! A very funny graphic novel that will have children giggling out loud. 

  • Space Pirate Bears

    Author: Alastair Chisholm Illustrator: Jez Tuya
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6-7
    Reading age: 7+

    A funny and inventive picture book that celebrates the power of storytelling. One dreary day Dad tells Jamie and Abby a story about a band of intergalactic heroes - the Space Pirate Bears - who must defeat evil Doktor Drab and save the galaxy from dullness...

  • My Family Your Family

    Author: Laura Henry-Allain Illustrator: Giovana Medeiros
    Publisher: Penguin
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    An accessible, useful non-fiction guide to all types of families. 

  • Who’s Afraid of the Light?

    Author: Anna McGregor
    Publisher: Scribble
    Interest age: 4-5

    Meet Fergus, who is a real deep-sea creature. But we can only see his eyes. What could he be? An enjoyable anarchic mash-up of fiction and non-fiction, with facts at the end, and a surprise reveal.

  • Who Rules the Rockpool?

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Crab boasts that he is the ruler of the rockpool, as he’s so brave and strong, but Prawn insists that there’s more to survival than just being tough. An entertaining picture book with colourful, cartoon-like illustrations and plenty of witty one-liners.