Suggested Reading List for Reception

Class Pages

Classic books as suggested by the Literacy Trust

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

Watch carefully as Handa’s basket of delicious fruits, carried on her head, is nibbled from above as she walks to her friend’s village.

The Shopping Basket by John Burningham

Another basket, another walk, another world, more animal encounters.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

If you want a pet why not write to the zoo? Who knows what they will choose for you.

So Much by Trish Cooke, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

So many visitors, so much attention, so much excitement for one much loved baby.

The Blue Balloon by Trish Cooke

The day after a party doesn’t have to be dull. Not if you are lucky enough to find magic in the garden.

There’s No Such Thing As A Dragon by Jack Kent

Oh yes there is!

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

Stock up on tiger food just in case something big, furry, stripy and very hungry should drop by.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, illustrated by Eric Carle

Turn the pages very slowly to guess what the animals can see and absorb the colours at the same time.

Peace At Last by Jill Murphy

Even bears can suffer from sleepless nights. It doesn’t help when you are surrounded by night time noises.

My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes by Eve Sutton, illustrated by Lynley Dodd

It’s surprising just how cats around the world spend their time. But my cat sticks with boxes.

The Elephant And The Bad Baby by Elfreda Vipont, illustrated by Raymond Briggs

You too can go ‘rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta, all down the road’ with this tale of mayhem through the town, collecting goodies as you go.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson

The ultimate owl story – words and pictures perfection. Is there anyone who doesn’t dissolve while reading or listening to the ending?

Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

This looking-game book is set in the past, with a big pram and loads of washing. Questions encourage you to examine each picture and for babies to look ‘inside’ and see how the small picture in the hole and the big picture fit together. Everyone loves joining in with the ‘Peepo!’ response!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

How can the hungry caterpillar change into a butterfly? By eating as much food as it can! Little fingers can follow it through all of the holes that it makes as it munches.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, pictures by Axel Scheffer

Bold little mouse sets off on a stroll through the deep, dark forest. Little does he know, Fox, owl, and snake see him as a tasty snack! How can he keep himself safe? This is a brilliant rhyming book about trickery and cunning.
For suggested reading books by topic please visit:

Literacy Trust - Early Years Booklists
Music Mark School
Diocese of Westminster