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Good buys for developing readers


As parents and carers, a key responsibility we have is to pave the way for reading, even if we are not keen readers ourselves.


Recently, I was asked to suggest books for two families: some for a developing reader, and some to help to increase vocabulary. Vocabulary is a buzz word at the moment, and introducing children to new words is crucial so that they know what they are when they meet them in their own reading and writing. One of the best ways to do this is through sharing a story as often as possible. This isn't always easy, so I always recommend audio books. Audible is a good option (https://amzn.to/2Rup7Qe) but there are plenty of free providers, including Amazon Story Time on an Alexa-enabled device (https://amzn.to/3z8w62d) .


For books, here are some of my recent recommendations, with Amazon affiliate links for a quick way to find them:


Picture book sets to read together - just a few of the many amazing sets available


Hairy Maclary https://amzn.to/3c44MZm


Paddington Bear https://amzn.to/34wTQzd


Julia Donaldson https://amzn.to/3pf3EYc


Mr Men https://amzn.to/2SHDKzZ

Beatrix Potter (the language is a little old fashioned) https://amzn.to/34Cq3oN


Longer stories/chapter books for adults to read to children


My Naughty Little Sister https://amzn.to/34wJXSb


The Famous Five https://amzn.to/3p7T70O


The Faraway Tree series https://amzn.to/3fAvY3S


Roald Dahl https://amzn.to/3vDeR73


Dick King Smith https://amzn.to/3yZWUSz


Winnie and Wilbur https://amzn.to/34wElaf

Wonder https://amzn.to/3fRa1wg (There's also a film but read the book first!)

Shakespeare collection https://amzn.to/3p6HXcA

The World's Worst Children https://amzn.to/3uxmpXK


The Day I Fell into a Fairy Tale https://amzn.to/3z7s2PZ


Charlotte's Web https://amzn.to/3g2wic6 (book first, then film!)


David Walliams https://amzn.to/3crXaQy


There are so many more! Please get in touch if you would like more ideas.

Phonics books for children to read (check reading levels carefully - these are suitable for end of reception/start to mid year one)

Superhero phonics https://amzn.to/3uydXHD

Disney phonics https://amzn.to/3p9j00o

Phonics bug pack 4 https://amzn.to/3c4P7ZA

Phonics bug pack 5 https://amzn.to/3p6iMHb

Joke books

Jokes for 5 year olds https://amzn.to/34YkuRQ


Jokes for 6 year olds https://amzn.to/3uDFcR9

Jokes for 7 year olds https://amzn.to/3c6Y1Ws


Jokes for 8 year olds https://amzn.to/3gk3Q42

Books (shorter pages) for readers desperate to try chapter books!

Jill Tomlinson set https://amzn.to/3yQNkB4

Mr Gum set https://amzn.to/34yOhQJ

The Worst Witch https://amzn.to/3c6kpj0

Tom Gates, Ten Tremendous Tales https://amzn.to/3fD9JdH


Pamela Butchart, Baby Aliens set https://amzn.to/3geNvxG


Harriet Muncaster, Isadora Moon set https://amzn.to/3g0xlJj


Laura Ellen Anderson, Amelia Fang set https://amzn.to/3ptbVaQ

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