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Class Readers

Class Readers

Class reading books are used to promote a love of reading and allow children to access texts of a higher level or more challenging content than they might be able to on their own. Teachers read daily to the children, and model how to read aloud. Reading time is special and valued.


Class reading time happens outside of the English curriculum.  These shared texts will sometimes link to the writing curriculum or to other curriculum areas, eg Romans, WW2, rainforests or a science topic. Throughout the key stages, there are opportunities for children to experience ‘classic’ stories as well as contemporary titles.


Our class readers include texts which demonstrate:

  • Diverse representation
  • Relevant social issues, big ethical questions and moral dilemmas
  • Joyful literary experiences
  • Ways in which our children can feel inspired, empowered and aspirational

In Early Years and Year 1, opportunities to listen to the teacher read aloud happen daily, and staff draw from our well-stocked shelves. As the children get older, a greater emphasis is placed on longer, chaptered novels, to stimulate imaginations and challenge thinking. Our whole 'class reader' spine includes the following titles. This list is, of course, subject to change as new stories are released and teachers' plans and ideas develop.


The Magic Faraway Tree 

Enid Blyton 

A Bear Called Paddington 

Michael Bond 

Too Small Tola 


Marv and the Mega Robot 

Alex Falase-Koya 

Flat Stanley 

Jeff Brown 

Nim’s Island 

Wendy Orr 

The Abominables 

Eva Ibbotson  

The Fastest Boy in the World 

Elizabeth Laird 


Peter Bunzl 

Operation Gadgetman! 

Malorie Blackman 

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory 

Roald Dahl 

The Sandman and the Turtles 

Michael Morpurgo 

Charlotte’s Web 

E.B White 

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe 

C.S Lewis 

Kensuke’s Kingdom 

Michael Morpurgo 

The girl that stole an elephant 

Nizrana Farook 

The Explorer 

Katherine Rundell 

Danny Chung does not do maths 

Maisie Chan 

Asha and the Spirit Bird

Jasbinder Bilan

Anglo-Saxon Boy

Tony Bradman

Esperanza Rising

Pam Munoz Ryan

When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr

The boy at the back of the class 

Onjali Q Rauf 

Embassy of the Dead 

Will Mabbitt 

Darwin’s Dragons 

Lindsay Galvin 


Peter Bunzl 

Crater Lake 

Jennifer Killick 

White Fang 

Jack London