Reading Spine

At Meadowdale, we have developed a ‘Reading Spine’ of core, high quality texts for each year group from EYFS to Year 6. Teachers have carefully chosen a selection of books that sit at the very core of the curriculum for their own year group. The books sometimes link to our topics but not always. They are shared with all of the children in different ways – they may be read to the children, used a stimulus for writing in English lessons or as a guided reader whereby children read and respond to them in a small group.




Year 1

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear – Martin Waddell

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

The Elephant and the Bad Baby – Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

Avocado Baby – John Burningham

The Tiger Who Cam to Tea -Judith Kerr

Dogger – Shirley Hughes

Cops and Robbers – Alan and Janet Ahlberg

Elmer – David McKee

Knuffle Bunny -Mo Willems



Year 2

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roahl Dahl

The Twits – Roahl Dahl

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson

Meerkat Mail – Emily Gravitate

Traction Man is Here – Mimi Grey

Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

The Stick Man – Julia Donaldson

Mog’s Christmas Calamity

Spy Dog – Andy Cope

A Boy Called Christmas – Matt Haig

Toby and the Great Fire of London



Year 3

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

Beowolf – Michael Morpurgo

Revolting Rhymes – Roald Dahl

The Sheep-Pig – Dick King-Smith

Leon and the Place Between – Graham Baker Smith

Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown

Voices in the Park – Anthony Browne



Year 4

Maroo and the Winter Caves – Ann Turnbull

Stone Age Boy – Satoshi Kitamuri

The First Drawing – Mordicai Gerstein

Stig of the Dump – Clive King

The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke

Gabriella’s Song – Kay Pollack

Escape from Pompeii – Christina Balit

The Firework Maker’s Daughter – Phillip Pullman

The Thieves of Ostia – Caroline Lawrence



Year 5

Bob – The Man on the Moon – Simon Bartram

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson

The Highwayman – Alfred Noyes

The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore –  W.E. Joyce

Tuesday – David Weisner

Holes – Louis Sachar

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce


Year 6

Skellig – David Almond

Clockwork – Phillip Pullman

Arrival – Shaun Tann

Way Home – Libby Hat-horn

Wonder – R J Palacio

Macbeth – William Shakespeare

The Odysseaus – Homer

Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz