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Best Books for KS1 Children

We’ve hand-picked a list of 20 recommended books for Infant School children. Update your Key Stage 1 class library or home book collections with our list of the best books for KS1 children, featuring everything from fashion-conscious flamingoes to pesky pirates to sizzling sausages.

Featuring popular KS1 storytime reads like Hotel Flamingolaugh-out-loud choices like Narwhal, classic picturebooks like Elmer and top-notch non-fiction like Meet the Microbes!, this list really does have something for everyone.

So, if you’re a parent or teacher looking for the best books for infants, look no further than our list. Whether you are looking for classic tales, funny read-alouds, new releases or educational reads, we have something to suit every young reader’s interests. Our Key Stage 1 booklist includes both fiction and non-fiction recommendations to help open minds and spark imaginations.

There is also a downloadable checklist and a printable poster, and schools can purchase full packs of these books from Peters or select packs of the Primary books or KS2 books instead.

If you are looking for more specific recommendations, you may like our Year Group Lists(see below) or Curriculum Topic Booklists.

Best Books for Primary School Children

Browse our reading list of 50 recommended books for Primary Schools. Update your class library or home book collections with our list of the best Primary School books, featuring everything from fashion-conscious flamingoes to hilarious skeletons, greedy monsters to angry pirates, murder and intrigue to super scientists.

This primary reading list includes books to read with children alongside books for them to read themselves. Featuring popular storytime reads like The Highway Ratlaugh-out-loud choices like Funnybones, action-packed chapter books like Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and top-notch non-fiction like The Rainforest Book, this list really does have something for everyone.

Our team of experts carefully curated this collection of primary books with the help of our Review Panel members, who have tried and tested hundreds of titles in their primary school settings to bring you only the best of the best.

So, if you’re a parent or teacher looking for the best books for Primary School children, look no further than our list. Whether you are looking for classic tales, funny read-alouds, new releases or educational reads, we have something to suit every young reader’s interests. Our Primary School booklist includes both fiction and non-fiction recommendations to offer primary school children a deliciously tempting offering of reading-for-pleasure choices. There is also a downloadable checklist and a printable poster, and schools can purchase full packs of these books from Peters or select packs of the KS2 books or KS1 books from the list.

If you are looking for more specific recommendations, you may like our Year Group Lists (see below) or Curriculum Topic Booklists.

The best pirate stories and pirate children’s books

Discover a treasure trove of swashbuckling tales with our list of the best children’s books about pirates!

Featuring laugh-out-loud stories like Pirates Love Underpants alongside classics like Skeleton Crew, this list of children’s pirate stories has something for everyone. Sunk! and The Pirate Tree offer captivating stories of friendship, while children can learn their first anatomy facts in Give Me Back My Bones! or count along with Ten Little Pirates.

If you are looking for recommended pirate story books for children, this specially selected reading list for EYFS has got you covered…

Chapter book

Beautifully illustrated in two colours, this NEW series from the world of Isadora Moon introduces Isadora’s mermaid friend, Emerald!

Emerald is learning how to be a mermaid princess, but she doesn’t feel like one at all. She’s not very good at waving to crowds and royal headdresses just aren’t her thing – her hair is too spiky and wild. Emerald’s wriggly pet octopus, Inkibelle, doesn’t much like living at the royal palace either. The annual Ocean Parade is coming up. Will Emerald be brave enough to be a mermaid princess but do it her own, special way?

Isadora Moon is such a popular series with early readers and is known for flying off the shelves in KS1 classrooms and libraries. We can’t help feeling that Emerald and her underwater world will also make waves with children looking for first chapter books.

Picturebook

Pasta Man has run out of Pasta Power. . . Can our young hero help him to get his powers back and defeat evil Madame Chilli, who wants to rule the world with lashings of chilli sauce?

With action-packed adventure and bright, detailed artwork, this is the ultimate fun-filled counting storybook!

Best Books for Reception (Children Aged 4-5)

We’ve hand-picked a list of 50 recommended books to read with 4- and 5-year-olds. Update your class library or home book collections with our list of best Reception books, covering everything from fashion-conscious flamingoes and super-greedy monsters to dreams of space travel and expeditions into faraway places. Not to mention the odd heroic potato or pancake-making bunny, too…

The Reception year of primary school is an impactful phase in children’s literacy development. Our booklist includes popular Reception stories such as Supertato, Oi Frog and Elmer, as well as some lesser-known storytime delights that we highly recommend, like Puffin Peter and Blue Monster Want it All.

This collection of books has been carefully curated by our team of experts with the help of our Review Panel members, who have tried and tested hundreds of titles in their primary school settings to bring you only the best of the best.

So, if you’re a parent or teacher looking for what you should read with reception children, look no further than our list. Whether you are looking for classic tales, funny read-alouds, new releases or educational reads, we have something to suit every young reader’s interests. Our Reception booklist includes both fiction and non-fiction recommendations to read with children in this age group to develop their vocabulary, comprehension skills and creativity.

As well as the Reception booklist below to browse, we’ve also got a printable poster and downloadable checklist for you, and schools can purchase full sets of the books via Peters.

Scroll down to find more purchasing options and printable resources.

Best Storytime Books for the Early Years

We have selected a list of favourite storytime books for EYFS (ages 3-5)which includes books that are particularly well suited for being read out loud to younger children. From the best classroom read-alouds to favourite bedtime stories, browse our list of brilliant books for capturing the magic of storytelling in the Early Years.

Our curated collection of stories for the Early Years helps to immerse young minds in the enchanting world of storytelling, featuring beloved tales such as What the Ladybird Heard – perfect for introducing children to the wonders of animal characters and rhyming narratives. We also recommend whimsical and humorous adventures with titles like Aliens Love Underpants, adding a delightful touch of laughter to story sessions. Our selection includes timeless classics like The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Elmer, featuring favourite characters that have been entertaining little ones for generations.

Explore these and other carefully chosen stories picked by BooksForTopics, especially for young readers. These stories promote language development and fire up imaginations as well as making for special storytimes together that create lasting memories and foster the joy of shared reading experiences.

From dolls and teddies to sticks and balls, toys can hold a special place in the hearts of children. It’s no surprise that the topic of toys and games is always a hit with children, who love learning about toys from the past and toys around the world. We’ve put together a selection of the best children’s books about the topic of toys.

Best Children’s Books about Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are often a topic of great interest to children. From the terrific T-Rex to the brilliant Brachiosaurus, we’ve selected a list of recommended children’s books about dinosaurs to help you to dig deep into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods!

For young kids that love dinosaurs, My Encyclopedia of Very Important Dinosaurs  is bursting with up-to-date facts and discoveries and is easily accessible to young readers or try The Dinosaur Department Store  – a truly wild picture book that will appeal to dino-loving, adventurous children everywhere.

So, if you are looking for recommended dinosaur story books for children, this specially selected reading list for EYFS and KS1 has got you covered…

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