Use of Core Texts

    Recommended books for whole class reading

    At Riverview, we follow Little Wandle for our SSP. Little Wandle suggests many of our recommended texts. These include our wordless books and stories for the Foundations for Phonics.

    We also use Pie Corbett’s spine lists as the foundation for our texts to ensure they are age appropriate. On occasion, we would teach texts outside of these year groups if it fits with a topic the children are learning.

    To foster a love of reading, we have compiled a list of core books for each year group.  Our aim is that all children read these books during their time at Riverview.

    NURSERY

    Book

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    Where’s Spot?

    Eric Hill

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Dear Zoo

    Rod Campbell

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    You Choose

    Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    We’re going on a bear hunt

    Michael Rosen

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

    Bill Martin and Eric Carle

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Jasper’s Beanstalk

    Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Eric Carle

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

    Lynley Dodd

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Each Peach Pear Plum

    Allan and Janet Ahlberg

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Hug Jez Alborough Pie Corbett's Reading Spine
    The Train Ride June Crebbin Pie Corbett's Reading Spine
    Come on, Daisy! Jane Simmons Pie Corbett's Reading Spine
    Kindness makes us strong Sophie Beer Little Wandle - Foundation for Phonics
    Monster Clothes Daisy Hirst Little Wandle - Foundation for Phonics 
    Where's Lenny Ken Wilson-Max Little Wandle - Foundation for Phonics

    RECEPTION

    Book

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    Owl Babies

    Martin Waddell

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Gruffalo

    Julia Donaldson

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Handa’s Surprise

    Eileen Browne

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Mr Grumpy’s Outing

    John Burningham

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Rosie’s Walk

    Pat Hutchins

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Six Dinner Sid

    Inga Moore

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Mrs Armitage

    Quentin Blake

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Whatever Next!

    Jill Murphy

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    On the Way Home

    Jill Murphy

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Farmer Duck

    Martin Waddell

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Goodnight Moon

    Margaret Wise Brown

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Shhh!

    Sally Grindley

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Before After

    Anne-Margot Ramstein and Matthias Aregui

     

    Owl Bat Bat Owl

    Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

     

    YEAR 1

    Book

     

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    Peace at Last

    Jill Murphy

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Can’t you sleep little bear?

    Martin Waddell

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Maurice Sendak

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Elephant and the Bad Baby

    Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Avocado Baby

    John Burningham

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Tiger Who came to Tea

    Judith Kerr

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Lost and Found

    Oliver Jeffers

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Knuffle Bunny

    Mo Willems

     

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Beegu

    Alexis Deacon

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Dogger

    Shirley Hughes

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Cops and Robbers

    Alan and Janet Ahlberg

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Elmer

    David McKee

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Professional Crocodile

    Giovanna Zoboli

    Matthew Courtney on Little Wandle

    YEAR 2

    Book

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    Traction Man is Here

    Mini Grey

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Meerkat Mail

    Emily Gravett

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Amazing Grace

    Mary Hoffman

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Pumpkin Soup

    Helen Cooper

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

    Lauren Child

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets

    Tony Ross

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Not Now Bernard

    David McKee

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Tuesday

    David Wiesner

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Flower

    John Light

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Gorilla

    Anthony Browne

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Emily Brown and The Thing

    Cressida Cowell

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Frog and Toad Together

    Arnold Lobel

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

    Jill Tomlinson

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me

    Roald Dahl

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Fantastic Mr Fox

    Roald Dahl

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Hodgeheg

    Dick King- Smith

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Flat Stanley

    Jeff Brown

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Willa and old Miss Annie

    Berlie Doherty

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Island

    Mark Janssen

    Matthew Courtney on Little Wandle

    YEAR 3

    Book

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    The Iron Man

    Ted Hughes

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Cat Tales: Ice Cat

    Linda Newberry

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Sheep-Pig

    Dick King-Smith

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Abominables

    Dick King-Smith

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    C.S. Lewis

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

    Philippa Pearce

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Hansel and Gretel

    Anthony Browne

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Museum Trip

    Barbara Lehman

    Matthew Courtney on Little Wandle

    Hike

    Pete Oswald

    Matthew Courtney on Little Wandle

    YEAR 4

    Book

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    Bill’s New Frock

    Anne Fine

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Charlotte’s Web

    E.B. White

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Why the Whales Came

    Michael Morpurgo

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Firework-Maker’s Daughter

    Phillip Pullman

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Snow Walker’s Son

    Catherine Fisher

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Perry Angel’s Suitcase

    Glenda Millard

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Voices in the Park

    Anthony Browne

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Mirror

    Jeannie Baker

    Matthew Courtney on Little Wandle

    YEAR 5

    Book

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

    Joan Aiken

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Varjak Paw

    S.F. Said

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Wolf Brother

    Michelle Paver

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Street child

    Berlie Doherty

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Midnight Fox

    Betsy Byars

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Tom’s Midnight Garden

    Philippa Pearce

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    FArTHER

    Grahame Baker-Smith

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Migrants

    Issa Watanabe

    Matthew Courtney on Little Wandle

    YEAR 6

    Book

    Title

    Author(s)

    Where it’s recommended from

    Holes

    Louis Sachar

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Clockwork

    Phillip Pullman

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Hobbit

    J.R.R. Tolkein

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Skellig

    David Almond

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    Fireweed

    Jill Paton Walsh

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    River Boy

    Time Bowler

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

    The Arrival

    Shaun Tan

    Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

     

    Matthew Courtney on Little Wandle