Getting to Grips with Reading in EYFS & KS1 May 16, 2019 – Posted in: Book News

Learning to read can be really tough, not only do our children have to learn all 26 letters of the alphabet but also the many additional letter combinations we have created to be able to make sense of our very complex English language. It’s a lot of work and takes time but the rewards are beyond measure.

Learning to read is an incredible gift but it’s not just about having the skill of ‘decoding’; it is so much more than just the letters on the page. It is important that children learn not just how to read but that they choose to read and that they love reading! Whilst children are taking those early steps into the world of reading in Reception and KS1 – practising with their learn-to-read scheme books – it is more important than ever to make sure we keep sharing the wonderful ‘real’ books that can inspire them to love books and to want to keep reading – it’s the carrot we keep dangling!

Before long children will have developed enough skills in reading, and will have enough phonemic awareness, to want to choose their own books, and start reading according to their own interests. This is important because not only can these books bring the greatest sense of achievement and joy but they can help children learn so much more as a reader. Through a wide variety of both stories and non-fiction writing children can learn about subtleties in humour and inference, they can travel to fantastical places and meet mythical creatures and characters they would never meet in day-to-day life, they will learn other ways of looking at the world around them and can completely escape. Reading real books helps children to stretch their imagination, to grow their vocabulary and to develop as storytellers themselves.

For the very young, providing quality picture books which can be taken home and read whilst children are just starting to learn to read themselves will be essential, especially for those children who don’t have access to a wealth of books at home.  Stocking school libraries with current and engaging authors who write for the earliest readers will keep children enthused about reading.

We have collected together a list of ‘real’ books that can be read by children at an early stage of reading. Starting with the very simplest picture books, through to some early chapter books for more advanced Key Stage 1 children.  These are books that have engaging illustrations, exciting storylines and are presented on the page in a way that is not daunting… with fewer words or a well-spaced print.

Here are a few of our favourites :

Keep an eye out for our next blog post for books suited to older children who are getting to grips with reading!