Suggested reading for Reception and Year 1: Summer Term

The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily

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

  • Almost Anything

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Interest age: 2-5

    Sophy Henn has the perfect touch when it comes to tapping into childhood emotions and readers both young and old will relate to George’s wobbly feelings about trying new things. A brilliant book for sharing, and for giving little ones a little extra self-belief.

  • Nimesh the Adventurer

    Author: Ranjit Singh Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini
    Publisher: Lantana Publishing
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    This captivating picture book will delight young children, encouraging them to invent their own imaginative adventures. The striking collage illustrations contain vibrancy and depth, drawing the reader into Nimesh’s exciting fantasy world.

  • Spyder

    Author: Matt Carr
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Spyder is a spunky secret agent who lives in Tom’s loft. The pace of this story is kept fast and exciting, and there are plenty of puns to keep families chuckling away.

  • The Story of Tantrum O'Furrily

    Author: Cressida Cowell Illustrator: Mark Nicholas
    Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Set on a wild and windy night, a stray cat called Tantrum O'Furrily is out and about with her three hungry kittens. Soon, they discover the power of stories and the courage they can give you. Cressida Cowell's story reads like a heartwarming fairy tale.

  • Teacup House: Meet the Twitches

    Author: Hayley Scott Illustrator: Pippa Curnick
    Publisher: Usborne
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Delightful illustrations, bursting with colour, bring this gentle adventure to life. This is the first title in what promises to be an enchanting series of chapter books for newly confident readers.

  • Read The Book, Lemmings!

    Author: Ame Dyckman Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Welcome aboard the S S Cliff with first mate Foxy, Captain Polar Bear and three little lemmings. According to Foxy’s book, lemmings don’t actually jump off cliffs. There’s just one problem: the lemmings haven’t read it. An absolute joy to read.

  • Juniper Jupiter

    Author: Lizzy Stewart
    Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Juniper Jupiter is a real-life superhero, but something is missing. What is a hero without an amazing sidekick? An utterly witty and earnest story about the quest for friendship and realising special bonds already forged.

  • They Say Blue

    Author: Jillian Tamaki
    Publisher: Abrams
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    In They Say Blue, we follow a young girl as she explores the colours in the world. A beautiful, poetic picture book that will inspire conversations with your child about what they can see around them, and the free association ideas and memories this prompts.

  • Cycle City

    Author: Alison Farrell
    Publisher: Chronicle Books
    Interest age: 3-5

    This colourful, absorbing hardback is full of tiny but witty intimate scenes of the animal residents of Cycle City. It's also a seek-and-find tour of this town, where everyone is on wheels: pigs, elephants, snails and polar bears!

  • The Coral Kingdom

    Author: Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber
    Publisher: Words & Pictures Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    The great beauty and diversity of the coral reef is explored in this stunningly beautiful picture book, which is a true work of art. The rhyming non-fiction text scans well and the information about coral reef conservation is pitched at the right level.

  • Ten Fat Sausages

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Tor Freeman
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    Everything in this sausagey counting book works perfectly: from the big, bold illustration to the satisfying rhyme that works well for preschoolers. It will also entertain adults and older children, who will really get the silly humour.

  • Dave Pigeon (Racer!)

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 6-10
    Reading age: 7+

    The third book in the brilliantly funny Dave Pigeon series continues its light-hearted focus on friendship and the trials and tribulations younger children can face. In this instalment, Dave and Skipper have to face a too-cool-for-school gang of other animals.

  • All The Year Round

    Author: John Yeoman Illustrator: Quentin Blake
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    With Quentin Blake's instantly recognisable illustrations, this picture book contains 12 funny poems by John Yeoman: one for each month of the year, with suggested activities. A lovely, funny book that captures the fizz and farce of close family life.

  • Raymond

    Author: Yann and Gwendal Le Bec
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 4-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Colourful, clever and witty, Raymond offers something to readers of all ages. While essentially a story about a dog having a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, adults and older readers will pick up a meaningful message about the work/life balance.

  • Yoga Babies

    Author: Fearne Cotton Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    For those that are new to yoga, TV celebrity Fearne Cotton’s charming picture book about the benefits of easy stretching for little ones might be just the inspiration needed for the start of a new family yoga practice, or just a cute story about everyday life.