Book Recommendations for Teachers – Roundup – Nov 2021

 

With over twenty years of experience, having taught every year group in primary education from reception class to year six, Trisha has read a LOT of books.

Here’s a roundup of her book recommendations for teachers so far this year.

P.S They’re grouped in to EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two – Scroll down to get to your relevant year groups.

Alternatively you can click HERE to head to straight to our dedicated and curated book recommendations for teachers page on our website.

 


Book Recommendations for Teachers – EYFS / Early Years Foundation Stage

 

‘Mr Wuffles’ by David Weisner

 

Mr Wuffles

 

For those of you who enjoyed David Weisner’s book ‘Tuesday’ (Which if you haven’t already you should definitely purchase) this book is equally brilliant.

Great for 4-7 year olds.

Teachers – excellent for recounts, journalistic writing, dialogue and sequencing events.

Parents – Really good for promoting discussion with your child as these books have very few words.

 

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‘There’s an Ouch in my Pouch!’ by Jeanne Willis

 

Children's Book Review

 

There’s an Ouch in my Pouch!

This is a super book for children aged 3+.

It’s all about Williby Wallaby’s reluctance to become independent from his mum.

A rhyming book – it’s also good for year 1 and 2 teachers.

 

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‘How Big is a Million?’ by Anna Milbourne

 

Children's Book Review

 

How Big is a Million?

This book is fantastic for maths!

All about a penguin, who wants to know how big a million is.

Helps children understand the concept of big numbers.

At the end, his mum shows him the stars, which (in the book) is a special fold-out poster with EXACTLY 1 million stars!

I’ve used this from year 2, right up to year 6! Beautifully illustrated by Serena Riglietti too.

 

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‘Oi Frog’ by Kes Gray and Jim Field

 

Children's Book Review

 

Oi Frog!

This came highly recommended by a good friend.

A brilliant book for aged 3+. Brilliant for years 1/2 if you are doing rhyming words.

All about where animals should sit.

A very funny ending too.

 

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‘Moletown’ by Torben Kuhlmann

 

Moletown

 

I came across this book by accident (thankfully).

A clever story about one, solitary mole, who moves beneath a meadow.

Soon he is joined by other moles and before we know it a whole busy, community is created.

It’s actually quite a sad little book. It gently touches on the subject of immigrants and shows children what can happen to a place over time.

With limited text, the illustrations tell the story beautifully.

Suitable for 5+.

 

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‘Winnie the Witch’ by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

 

Winnie the Witch

 

It’s Halloween ????

This gives me a good excuse to talk about this gem of a book.

Winnie the Witch – Korky Paul is my favourite illustrator and I never get bored with his pictures.

They are so detailed, you could study them for hours.

This book is about a witch who lives in an all black house.

She decides to change her black cat to green and the trouble starts.

The story itself is quite short, the beauty is really in the illustrations…

Happy Halloween!

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Book Recommendations for Teachers – KS1 / Key Stage One

 

‘The Whisperer’ by Nick Butterworth

 

Book Review

 

About two gangs of cats that are always fighting and how a rat controls them to keep himself safe.

Brilliant for year 2 – loads of activities online.

Very cleverly touches on segregation and racism.

 

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‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough

Book Review

 

Do you really know how a toaster or a dishwasher works?

Until you’ve had them explained by Dudley you shouldn’t assume anything!

This book is fantastic if you’re teaching explanations.

 

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‘The Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship’ by Fiona Foden

 

Children's Book Review

 

If you (like us) have girls.

You probably have lots of bedtime chats about how to deal with friendship issues.

As parents, we don’t always have the right answers and quite often it’s hard not to get carried away in their emotions and give a measured response.

This book was recommended by a friend.

It covers everything from fall-outs to tricky moments, to having boys as friends and the ten friendship commandments.

It was a great book to read with the girls when they were having this playground issues.

 

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Rebecca Dautremmer

 

Children's Book Review

 

 We all know this story and there are many versions out there, however this one is rather special.

It is illustrated by a very talented French lady called Rebecca Dautremer .

I have only recently discovered her and have become somewhat obsessed with her work.

Her pictures are hauntingly beautiful and quite simply, stunning.

Check out her blog www.rebeccadautremer.com.

 

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‘The Write Stuff’ by Jane Considine

 

Children's Book Review

 

If you haven’t already purchased this book, I thoroughly recommend that you do so.

It has totally transformed how i teach writing.

Suitable for both KS1 and KS2.

 

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‘The Fox and the Star’ by Coralie Bickford Smith

 

Children's Book Review

 

A visually stunning book.

You could literally frame every page.

Voted @waterstones children’s book of the year in 2016, it is a story of the friendship between a fox and a star.

I have to say that I prefer the pictures to the actual story, but it still makes a lovely bedtime read.

Suitable for aged 6+.

 

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‘Spaghetti & Meatballs for All’ by Marilyn Burns

 

Children's Book Review

 

Spaghetti and Meatballs For All! (A Mathematical Story)

This book is great if you are teaching area and perimeter.

Brilliant for year 3.

Mr and Mrs Comfort are having a family reunion and need a table and seating plan.

Very clever and thoroughly engaging.

Lots of lesson plans available online too.

 

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‘The Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris & Deborah Allwright

 

The Night Pirates

 

This book refuses to stick to stereotypes.

All about a little boy called Tom and his adventure with GIRL pirates!

A great story and perfect for Year 2 – if you are teaching similes, repetition, enriching vocabulary, speech bubbles and plenty more.

Loads of activities available online. T

here is also a CBeebies bedtime story of this read by Rupert Penry Jones.

 

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‘Moletown’ by Torben Kuhlmann

 

Moletown

 

I came across this book by accident (thankfully).

A clever story about one, solitary mole, who moves beneath a meadow.

Soon he is joined by other moles and before we know it a whole busy, community is created.

It’s actually quite a sad little book. It gently touches on the subject of immigrants and shows children what can happen to a place over time.

With limited text, the illustrations tell the story beautifully.

Suitable for 5+.

 

Visit our book store to purchase or see more book recommendations for teachers!


‘Winnie the Witch’ by Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

 

Winnie the Witch

 

 

It’s Halloween ????

This gives me a good excuse to talk about this gem of a book.

Winnie the Witch – Korky Paul is my favourite illustrator and I never get bored with his pictures.

They are so detailed, you could study them for hours.

This book is about a witch who lives in an all black house.

She decides to change her black cat to green and the trouble starts.

The story itself is quite short, the beauty is really in the illustrations…

Happy Halloween!

 

Visit our book store to purchase or see more book recommendations for teachers!


Book Recommendations for Teachers – KS2 / Key Stage Two

 

‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar

 

Louis Sacher Holes

 

 I read this to my Year 5/6 class and they loved it.

It’s about a young boy called Stanley wrongly accused of stealing.

He is sent to Camp Green Lake a juvenile prison in the middle of a desert.

It’s a story of friendship and determination. F

or teachers, there is a “read and respond” book that goes with this for guided reading lessons.

 

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‘Millions’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce

 

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

 

I’m a massive fan of Frank Cottrell Boyce and this book is one of his best (I can’t decide between this and ‘Cosmic’ which I like the most).

Good for 9+ years and seems to go down especially well with the boys for some reason.

Certainly in my class anyhow. It’s a story about two brothers who find a sack of money and have to spend it quick!

Really funny in places and full of adventure.

 

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‘The Wonder Garden’ by Kristjana S Williams

 

The Wonder Garden

 

I’m so excited about the new trend of non-fiction books that are being made.

They are so engaging and interesting.

This one is my current favourite. First of all, the illustrations are incredible.

The structure of the book is visually stunning and the content is very interesting.

This book is especially good for showcasing the Year 6 grammar requirements. Suitable for all ages, but mainly aged 7+.

The author takes us on a journey to look at 5 habitats around the world. Just brilliant.

 

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‘Herstory’ by Katherine Halligan

 

Children's Book Review

 

I mean the title says it all really.

This book is an absolute gem.

Both my girls love it and they are teenagers.

Suitable for KS2.

It is set out lovely too – great if you are teaching biographies.

 

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‘Until I Met Dudley’ by Roger McGough

 

Book Review

 

Do you really know how a toaster or a dishwasher works?

Until you’ve had them explained by Dudley you shouldn’t assume anything!

This book is fantastic if you’re teaching explanations.

 

Visit our book store to purchase or see more book recommendations for teachers!


‘The Smart Girl’s Guide to Friendship’ by Fiona Foden

 

Children's Book Review

 

If you (like us) have girls.

You probably have lots of bedtime chats about how to deal with friendship issues.

As parents, we don’t always have the right answers and quite often it’s hard not to get carried away in their emotions and give a measured response.

This book was recommended by a friend.

It covers everything from fall-outs to tricky moments, to having boys as friends and the ten friendship commandments.

It was a great book to read with the girls when they were having this playground issues.

 

Visit our book store to purchase or see more book recommendations for teachers!


‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Rebecca Dautremmer

 

Children's Book Review

 

 We all know this story and there are many versions out there, however this one is rather special.

It is illustrated by a very talented French lady called Rebecca Dautremer .

I have only recently discovered her and have become somewhat obsessed with her work.

Her pictures are hauntingly beautiful and quite simply, stunning.

Check out her blog www.rebeccadautremer.com.

 

Visit our book store to purchase or see more book recommendations for teachers!


‘The Write Stuff’ by Jane Considine

 

Children's Book Review

 

If you haven’t already purchased this book, I thoroughly recommend that you do so.

It has totally transformed how i teach writing.

Suitable for both KS1 and KS2.

Visit our book store to purchase or see more book recommendations for teachers!

Every poem you’ll ever need at school. No teacher should be without one of these books.

I am always using mine. Also great for students too.

In the first edition the poems are chosen by Paul Cookson and the key stage 1&2 editions are chosen by the wonderful Pie Corbett.

Really easy to use, I simply cannot recommend these books enough!

 

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