Homework Reception

Reading in the Early Years


  • Reading remains the most important part of your child’s homework and they should hear stories and read books regularly at home.
  • All children have the opportunity to bring a book of their choice home from the school library. Please find opportunities to share this book with your child.
  • It is expected that children in the Early Years should share a book for at least 5-10 minutes each night. Below are the recommended books which can be found in the local library.


Bug Club

As a school we have purchased ‘Bug Club’ which is an exciting online reading resource for children. At the moment teachers are sharing this resource with the children in class and as the year progresses we may provide children with a username and password so that they can access the resource at home. If you have access to a computer at home you can go to www.oxfordowl.co.uk for further FREE resources for reading and maths.


Other ways to support your child

  • Take your child to the library and help them choose suitable books;
  • Provide the right environment in which they can share a book;
  • Retell stories and this can be done in your home language so that children become interested in hearing stories and can build up their imagination.
  • If you require any further information, please feel free to discuss the matter with your child’s class teacher.


Useful websites:




Early Years Recommended Reading list

This list is intended to be a guide to books suitable for your children. The list covers a range of genres. Some of the texts are more difficult to read than others and care should be taken when choosing the books for enjoyment and ability. Please discuss the books your child reads and remember that although a book might be difficult for your child to read, he/she will probably still enjoy having it read by an adult.

Raymond Briggs The Snowman
Frances Thomas Little Monsters Book of Numbers
Emma Garcia Toot Toot Beep Beep
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Sam Mcbratney Guess How Much I Love You
Janet & Allen Ahlberg Peepo!
Michael Rosen We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
Julia Donaldson Room on the Broom
Judith Kerr The Tiger who came to Tea
Lynley Dodd Hairy Maclary
Patrick Benson Owl Babies
Jill Murphy Peace at Last
Julia Donaldson The Gruffalo
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are
Shirley Hughes Dogger
Judith Kerr Mog the Forgetful Cat
Jez Alborough Where’s My Teddy? My Friend Bear
Julie Sykes I Don’t Want to go to Bed
Aleksei Tolstoy The Gigantic Turnip

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