The 40 best books for reluctant readers revealed
40 children’s books have been selected for new starter packs which will benefit children supported by Beanstalk reading helpers in primary schools across England.
Beanstalk is a literacy charity which recruits, trains and places volunteers in primary schools across England to provide one-to-one support to children who have fallen behind with reading – has revealed 40 children’s books that will be used by the charity’s volunteers to kick-start reading engagement for the children they support.
Beanstalk’s ‘Top 40’ has been handpicked by children’s literacy experts including Beanstalk staff, trained reading helpers and literacy consultant. Here they are! You can find out more about theis project here
Lower Key Stage One Titles:
Alborough, Jez – Some Dogs Do
Axtell, David – We’re Going on a Lion Hunt
Campbell, Rod – Dear Zoo
Collins, Ross – There’s a Bear on My Chair
Donaldson, Julia – Wriggle and Roar! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Gannon, Frann Preston – Dave’s Cave
Goodhart, Pippa – You Choose! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Murphy, Jill – Peace At Last
Parr, Todd – It’s Okay to be Different
Scheffler, Axel – Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle
Upper Key Stage One Titles:
Bromley, Nick – Open Very Carefully (Illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne)
Brown, Ruth – A Dark, Dark Tale
Gravett, Emily – Tidy
Gray, Kes – Oi Frog! (Illustrated by Jim Field)
Hoffman, Mary – The Great Big Book of Families (Illustrated by Ros Asquith)
Jarman, Julia – Class Two at the Zoo
Novak, B.J. – The Book With No Pictures
Robinson, Hilary – Mixed Up Fairy Tales (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Tullet, Hervé – Press Here
Willems, Mo – That Is Not a Good Idea!
Lower Key Stage Two Titles:
Ahlberg, Allan – The Children Who Smelled a Rat (Illustrated by Katharine McEwen)
Ardagh, Philip – Norman the Norman from Normandy (Illustrated by Tom Morgan Jones)
Baker, Jeannie – Window
Browne, Anthony – Little Beauty
Christopher Wormell – Eric… the hero?
Lobel, Arnold – Frog and Toad are Friends
McNaughton, Colin – Once Upon an Ordinary School Day (Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura)
Robinson, Hilary – The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Saunders, Matt – There’s No Such Thing as a Snappenpoop (Illustrated by Matt Saunders)
Willis, Jeanne – Lottie Potter Wants an Otter
Upper Key Stage Two Titles:
Ahlberg, Janet and Allan – It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Browne, Anthony – The Tunnel
French, Vivian – The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart (Illustrated by Matt Saunders)
Gaiman, Neil – The Wolves in the Walls (Illustrated by David McKean)
Norriss, Andrew – Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week (Illustrated by Hannah Shaw)
Pichon, Liz – The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Roger, Marie-Sabine – What Are You Playing At?
Rosen, Michael – The Laugh Out Loud Joke Book
Stanton, Andy – You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! (Illustrated by David Tazzyman)
Willis, Jeanne – Tadpole’s Promise (Illustrated by Tony Ross)
To view more information about the books in Beanstalk’s ‘Top 40’ visit the reading resources area of the website: https://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk/beanstalk-top-40 (this link will be live from 1st May 2018).