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A list of books to read aloud to your child

Once children become fluent and independent, they may start racing ahead if they have found the books that hook them into reading. It's important at this stage that you continue to read aloud with your child too. When you read aloud, you can share books that offer a challenge in language and content to keep them excited and hungry for more. Choose older classic fiction with literary language as well as contemporary fiction written in a modern style. Choose books with interesting language and rich vocabulary. Short novels that can be serialised and read a chapter or two each night are perfect. Include the literary fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen or Oscar Wilde.


1.    Michael Bond The Tales of Olga da Polga (Oxford University Press)

2.    Frank Cottrell Boyce Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again(Macmillan)

3.    Roald Dahl The BFG (Puffin)

4.    Berlie Doherty Fairy Tales (Walker Books)

5.    A F Harrold Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (Bloomsbury)

6.    Tove Jansson Tales from Moominvalley (Puffin)

7.    Edward Lear The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear (Faber and Faber) (poetry)

8.    Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking (Oxford University Press)

9.    David Lucas The Lying Carpet (Andersen Press)

10. Angela McAllister Leon and The Place Between (Templar) (picture book)

11. Mick Manning & Brita Granström Roman Fort and other books in the Fly on the Wall series (Frances Lincoln) (non-fiction)

12. James Mayhew Katie and the Sunflowers and other books in theKatie series (Orchard Books) (non-fiction)

13. Jill Murphy The Worst Witch (Puffin)

14. Brian Patten Thawing Frozen Frogs (Frances Lincoln) (poetry)

15. Francesca Simon The Sleeping Army (Profile Books)

16. David J. Smith If the World Were a Village (A & C Black) (non-fiction)

17. Dodie Smith The Hundred and One Dalmatians (Egmont)

18. E B White Charlotte's Web (Puffin)

19. Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Penguin)

20. Ursula Moray Williams Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse (Macmillan)


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