Core Texts To Read to Your Child.

These are recommended boks for Early Years. You will find that the local libraries have most of these books, or swap with your friends.

Books marked with an R are good for rhyme Books marked with an * are particularly good for early readers

Five Minutes Peace Jill Murphy & all the other ‘Large’ family books

Whatever Next Jill Murphy

So Much! Jill Murphy

Peace at Last Jill Murphy

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Helen Oxenbury

The Bear Under the Stairs Helen Cooper

Walking Through the Jungle Julie Lacome

Titch Pat Hutchins

You’ll Soon Grow into them Titch Pat Hutchins

Mei Ling’s Hiccups David Mills

Lullabyhullaballoo Mick Inkpen

The Blue Balloon Mick Inkpen

Kipper * Mick Inkpen

Kipper’s Toy Box * Mick Inkpen

Dinosaur Roar Henrietta and Paul Stickland

Bumper to Bumper Jakki Wood

Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car John Burningham

Mr Gumpy’s Outing John Burningham

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider Eric Carle

The Pig in the Pond Martin Waddell

Farmer Duck Martin Waddell

Can’t you Sleep little Bear? Martin Waddell

Owl Babies Martin Waddell

Who Sank the Boat? Pamela Allen

Mr Archimedes Boat Pamela Allen

Lima’s Red Hot Chilli David Mills

Handa’s Surprise Eileen Browne

Handa’s Hen Eileen Browne

Elmer David McKee

Peepo Janet Ahlberg

Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak

The Rainbow Fish Marcus Pfister

Goodnight Owl Pat Hutchins

Don’t Forget the Bacon Pat Hutchins

Oi! Get Off My Train John Burningham

Knock Knock, Who’s There? Sally Grindley

The Wheels on the Bus many versions

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly Pam Adams

Old MacDonald had a Farm Pam Adams

Rosie’s Walk Pat Hutchins

As Quick as a Cricket Audrey & Dan Wood

The Red Ripe Strawberry Audrey & Dan Wood

Once Upon a Time Nick Sharratt

You Choose Nick Sharratt

Dear Zoo Rod Campbell

It’s Mine Rod Campbell

Hairy McClary Lynley Dodd

Fish Go Woof Miranda Maxwell-Hyslop

Ahh Said Stork Gerald Rose

Not Me Said the Monkey Colin West

Pardon? Said the Giraffe Colin West

Hello Great Big Bull Frog Colin West

Have You Seen the Crocodile? Colin West

The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Ketchup on my Cornflakes Nick Sharratt

A Dark, Dark Tale Ruth Brown

Nine Ducks Nine Sarah Hayes

Jasper’s Beanstalk* Mick Inkpen

Where’s Spot?* Eric Hill

Brown Bear, Brown Bear*

Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle

Polar Bear, Polar Bear* Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle

Mrs Wishy Washy* Joy Cowley

Cat on the Mat* Brian Wildsmith

How do I put it on?* Shigeo Watanabe

Ten in the Bed* Penny Dale

All Fall Down* Helen Oxenbury

Dig, Dig, Digging R Margaret Mayo & Alex Ayliffe

Each Peach Pear Plum R Janet Ahlberg

Mister Magnolia R Quentin Blake

Mr McGee Goes to Sea R Pamela Allen

The Train Ride R June Crebbin

My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes R Eve Sutton

This is the Bear R Sarah Hayes & Helen Craig

Pass the Jam Jim R Kaye Umansky & Margaret Chamberlain

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Ian Whybrow

My Mum and Dad make me Laugh Nick Sharratt

Shark in the Park Nick Sharratt

Also Traditional tales, Nursery Rhymes

Literacy: Reading and Writing

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

In Early Years we will be working towards children developing their:

  • Reading skills: by the end of reception children will read and understand simple sentences. They will use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
  • Writing: by the end of reception children will use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.

How can you help?

  • The most effective way to help a child to learn to read is simply to read aloud to them regularly and often.
  • The learning of nursery rhymes helps them to notice the sounds in words and the tunes help them to remember the words.
  • Read stories regularly to your child, they will want to hear their favourites over and over again and will soon know them off by heart, reprimanding you if you miss out parts or change the order!
  • The books that are best are books your children like! You will soon discover which they are!
  • Join your local library, it is free and a wonderful source of good quality literature!
  • Before they can learn to write children must learn to control a pencil and form the shapes they want, so don’t try to teach your child to write letters until they have had lots of drawing experience.
  • Free drawing enables them to explore shapes, gain confidence and develop the right muscles for writing. Your child will start by making marks that look like scribble. This is a very important first stage to develop good pencil grip and control. The children will enjoy working with a variety of implements – pencils, crayons, chalks, felt-tips, paints, etc. Show them how to hold a pencil correctly.
  • Show them how to hold a pencil correctly.
  • Gradually your child will start to draw shapes that look more like letters, often starting with the letters in their own name. If your child is showing an interest in writing letters use a capital letter for the start of their name and then lower case letters for the rest of their name.
  • Make sure your child sees you writing, so that they know writing has a purpose.
  • Get them to take a short shopping list to the shops with you and cross off the items as you put them in the basket.
  • Encourage your child to do their own emergent writing. They may start by writing initial and dominant sounds from the words; this is normal, praise all of their efforts and be very proud of your child
  • If your child is left-handed don’t do anything to alter this. It really doesn’t matter and it’s wrong to force a child to change.

Finally: Attend the phonics talk in the Autumn term, pheck out the Phonics blog and knock on Mrs. Quinn’s, or your class teachers door, with any questions or concerns.

Check out the core reading texts recommended for your child.