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Suggested reading for Reception and Year 1: Spring Term

The Wildest Cowboy

Here are some of out favourite books that are perfect for pupils in Reception and Year 1 to read during the Spring term.

  • You Choose In Space

    Author: Pippa Goodhart Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 3-6

    You choose how this story unfolds, so a new adventure can be enjoyed each time of reading. A spectacular book to stimulate creative storytelling and language development, full of vibrant illustration. Not to be missed!

  • Little Red Reading Hood

    Author: Lucy Rowland Illustrator: Ben Mantle
    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 3-6

    Written in witty verse and accompanied by colourful illustrations, this wonderful contemporary tale is great to read aloud and ideal to show young children that stories have the power to take readers on all sorts of exciting, imaginative journeys.

  • Ella Bella Ballerina and The Magic Toyshop

    Author: James Mayhew
    Publisher: Orchard Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 3-6

    This charming picture book with timeless illustrations is ideal for children who love ballet, theatre and a touch of magic. 

  • Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet

    Author: Sanae Ishida
    Publisher: Little Bigfoot
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 7+

    Little Kunoichi is a ninja-girl-in-training and has a very special pet – a fearless, powerful, super-duper Ninja Bunny. A charming picture book, combining the search for a suitable pet with a fun look at selected aspects of Japanese folklore and culture.

  • Rapunzel

    Author: Bethan Woollvin
    Publisher: Two Hoots
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Bethan Woollvin, winner of The Macmillan Prize for Illustration for Little Red Riding Hood, gives a 21st century twist to the traditional tale of Rapunzel: creating a strong, independent heroine who prefers to escape with a pony rather than a prince.

  • This Zoo is Not For You

    Author: Ross Collins
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 2-5
    Reading age: 3-6

    It is interview day at the zoo! Gentle humour, rhyming text and fabulous illustrations combine to create this wonderful picture book, which highlights the importance of being open, friendly and welcoming to all. 

  • The Wildest Cowboy

    Author: Garth Jennings Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 3-7
    Reading age: 5-7

    The Wild West isn’t usually a setting for many picture books (at least in the UK), which seems a shame based on this riotous, colourful adventure, which fuses the joy of fancy dress with the dusty remoteness of a pioneer town. 

  • Stardust

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Briony May Smith
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    A little girl keeps hearing that her sister is a ‘star’. Desperate to be a star too, the little girl makes a wish, but then her grandad tells her all about how the world began... A gentle story of sisters and stars, which captures the busy scenes of family life.

  • Still Stuck

    Author: Shinsuke Yoshitake
    Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
    Interest age: 3-4
    Reading age: 5-6

    A boy wants to get ready for his bath on his own, but his top gets stuck over his head. What if he is stuck forever? This charming, funny picture book shows the boy realising that everything is OK – and thinking of all the advantages of this new point of view.

  • Bathroom Boogie

    Author: Clare Foges Illustrator: Al Murphy
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 3-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Bathtime gets boisterous when no-one’s at home: flannels, toothbrushes, loofahs and even the power shower boogie the day away to DJ shampoo’s groovy beat! A cracking comical story for young children, for whom bathtime will never be the same again…

  • Come All You Little Persons

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Jessica Courtney-Tickle
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 3-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Captivating and vibrant illustrations complement the lyrical text in this joyous, inclusive story by celebrated poet John Agard. Perfect for reading aloud at bedtime, this book celebrates childhood and the natural world in all its rich diversity.

  • Perfectly Norman

    Author: Tom Percival
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 4+

    Norman has always been normal, perfectly normal… So he is very surprised to have wings suddenly one day! This is a sweet and truly uplifting story that celebrates diversity in a subtle but unique way.