Reading books with your class is rewarding and motivating. But it can also be challenging.
The choice of books is so big, that once we as teachers start looking for a good book to offer our students, we may become overwhelmed. And then we would also like to have some activities to go with the book, wouldn’t we? But what is certainly the most important of all, is that the class is engaged in the story and reading.
We have chosen 20 books that are great for using in class, having divided them into two age groups, and also added some links to the activities*. Hope you will find this list useful.
The best-selling series from award-winning Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, written by Camilla Reid.
Pip and Posy are best friends – they love to play, and make things, and have fun. But just occasionally they get cross or sad, and sometimes things go wrong that are beyond their control. And that’s when kindness and understanding – and a cuddle – make everything better.
Show the children how they can be superheroes with the characters from the hit show PJ Masks!
The Day the Crayons Came Home (Scholastic UK) is the hilarious sequel to the prize-winning, international bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit! Hilarious text and joyful illustrations in the form of letters and postcards from the crayons.
By Daywalt Drew
The third warm and funny adventure in the bestselling HOW TO HIDE A LION series is guaranteed to delight children everywhere.
Other titles from How to Hide the Lion series are also available.
By Stephens Helen
Read with Oxford phonics series (Oxford Children’s Books) – each book has four well-loved traditional tales that have been retold in line with phonics learning at school. Read with Oxford Stage 1 collection is ideal for children who are taking their first steps in reading. Read with Oxford Stage 2 collection is ideal for children who are developing early reading skills.
Percy the Park Keeper (HarperCollins Children’s Books) is an award-winning series that has recently celebrated its 30 years. With more than 9 million books sold worldwide, it’s an engaging and funny reading for your primary class.
By Nick Butterworth
The Complete Family Series Collection by Enid Blyton. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children’s author of all time, taking her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain’s true heritage children’s authors. The Family Series Collection includes The Saucy Jane Family, The Pole Star Family, The Caravan Family, The Seaside Family, The Buttercup Farm Family and The Queen Elizabeth Family.
By Enid Blyton.