Tips for Parents

A few golden hints on how to enthuse and motivate your child at home.

Recommended Reading List

I just can’t get my child to read.” 

Does this sound familiar?  Many reluctant readers just haven’t found the right book yet and, with a little encouragement, can quickly turn into a bookworm.

Year 1

I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle

Funny Bones by Allan Ahlberg

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr

Dinosaurs In The Supermarket! by Timothy Knapman

Dear Greenpeace by Simon James



Years 3 and 4

Oliver and the Seawigs by Phillip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman

The Bolds by Julian Clary

Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine

Horrid Henry Series by Francesca Simon

Any book by David Walliams

Any Book by Roald Dahl

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

Birthday Boy by David Baddiel

Animal Ark Series by Lucy Daniels

Dork Diaries Series by Rachel Renee Russell

The Worst Thing About My Sister by Jacqueline Wilson


Year 2

Gorilla by Anthony Browne

Don’t Look In This Book by Samuel Langley-Swain

Mr Majeika by Humphrey Carpenter

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Adventures Of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

Pirate School: Just A Bit of Wind by Jeremy Strong

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley

Press Here by Herve Tullet

The Twits by Roald Dahl

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

The Cat Who Lost His Purr by Michelle Coxon



Years 5 and 6

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Room 13 by Robert Swindells

Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurgo

Belly Flop by Maurice Gleitzman

Journey to Jo’Burg by Beverley Naidoo

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

There’s A Boy In The Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sacher

Artemis Fowl Series by Eion Colfer

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Killer Mushrooms Ate My Gran by Susan Gates

Trust Me I’m A Trouble Maker by Pete Johnson

Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson

What is ‘INFERENCE’?

The latest ‘buzz’ word in schools at the moment is ‘inference’.  When it comes to reading, it is all about what your child can infer from the text.  So what does this mean exactly?  Here is my best answer:

“Using what you know already, and additional clues, in the text to ‘read between the lines’ and work out what the writer is trying to tell you.”

It is basically the equivalent of maths reasoning in English.  In practical terms, this means that questioning styles are no longer ‘What colour is the girl’s dress?’ and more ‘How did the girl’s feelings about her dress change?’.

So what can we do to help?  I found this super website: which provides lots of beautiful illustrations with inference questions to answer.  A perfect way to practice for all ages!

Young children are fantastic at using inference before they learn to read.  Picture books are an ideal way of encouraging your child to read beyond the text.