Top 40 Children’s Books for Struggling and Reluctant Readers

Beanstalk – a literacy charity which recruits, trains and places volunteers in primary schools across England to provide one-to-one support to children who have fallen behind with reading – has revealed 40 children’s books that will be used by the charity’s volunteers to kick-start reading engagement for the children they support.

Lower Key Stage One Titles

Alborough, Jez - Some Dogs Do
Alborough, Jez – Some Dogs Do
Axtell, David - We’re Going on a Lion Hunt
Axtell, David – We’re Going on a Lion Hunt
Campbell, Rod - Dear Zoo
Campbell, Rod – Dear Zoo
Collins, Ross - There’s a Bear on My Chair
Collins, Ross – There’s a Bear on My Chair
Donaldson, Julia - Wriggle and Roar! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Donaldson, Julia – Wriggle and Roar! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Gannon, Frann Preston - Dave’s Cave
Gannon, Frann Preston – Dave’s Cave
Goodhart, Pippa - You Choose! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Goodhart, Pippa – You Choose! (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Murphy, Jill - Peace At Last
Murphy, Jill – Peace At Last
Parr, Todd - It’s Okay to be Different
Parr, Todd – It’s Okay to be Different
Scheffler, Axel - Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle
Scheffler, Axel – Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Jungle

 

Upper Key Stage One Titles

Bromley, Nick - Open Very Carefully (Illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne)
Bromley, Nick – Open Very Carefully (Illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne)
Brown, Ruth - A Dark, Dark Tale
Brown, Ruth – A Dark, Dark Tale
Gravett, Emily - Tidy
Gravett, Emily – Tidy
Gray, Kes - Oi Frog! (Illustrated by Jim Field)
Gray, Kes – Oi Frog! (Illustrated by Jim Field)
Hoffman, Mary - The Great Big Book of Families (Illustrated by Ros Asquith)
Hoffman, Mary – The Great Big Book of Families (Illustrated by Ros Asquith)
Jarman, Julia - Class Two at the Zoo
Jarman, Julia – Class Two at the Zoo
Novak, B.J. - The Book With No Pictures
Novak, B.J. – The Book With No Pictures
Robinson, Hilary - Mixed Up Fairy Tales (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Robinson, Hilary – Mixed Up Fairy Tales (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Tullet, Hervé - Press Here
Tullet, Hervé – Press Here
Willems, Mo - That Is Not a Good Idea!
Willems, Mo – That Is Not a Good Idea!

 

Lower Key Stage Two Titles

Ahlberg, Allan - The Children Who Smelled a Rat (Illustrated by Katharine McEwen)
Ahlberg, Allan – The Children Who Smelled a Rat (Illustrated by Katharine McEwen)
Ardagh, Philip - Norman the Norman from Normandy (Illustrated by Tom Morgan Jones)
Ardagh, Philip – Norman the Norman from Normandy (Illustrated by Tom Morgan Jones)
Baker, Jeannie - Window
Baker, Jeannie – Window
Browne, Anthony - Little Beauty
Browne, Anthony – Little Beauty
Christopher Wormell - Eric... the hero?
Christopher Wormell – Eric… the hero?
Lobel, Arnold - Frog and Toad are Friends
Lobel, Arnold – Frog and Toad are Friends
McNaughton, Colin - Once Upon an Ordinary School Day (Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura)
McNaughton, Colin – Once Upon an Ordinary School Day (Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura)
Robinson, Hilary - The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Robinson, Hilary – The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups (Illustrated by Nick Sharratt)
Saunders, Matt - There’s No Such Thing as a Snappenpoop (Illustrated by Matt Saunders)
Saunders, Matt – There’s No Such Thing as a Snappenpoop (Illustrated by Matt Saunders)
Willis, Jeanne - Lottie Potter Wants an Otter
Willis, Jeanne – Lottie Potter Wants an Otter

 

Upper Key Stage Two Titles

Ahlberg, Janet and Allan - It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Ahlberg, Janet and Allan – It Was a Dark and Stormy Night
Browne, Anthony - The Tunnel
Browne, Anthony – The Tunnel
French, Vivian - The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart (Illustrated by Matt Saunders)
French, Vivian – The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart (Illustrated by Matt Saunders)
Gaiman, Neil - The Wolves in the Walls (Illustrated by David McKean)
Gaiman, Neil – The Wolves in the Walls (Illustrated by David McKean)
Norriss, Andrew - Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week (Illustrated by Hannah Shaw)
Norriss, Andrew – Archie’s Unbelievably Freaky Week (Illustrated by Hannah Shaw)
Pichon, Liz - The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Pichon, Liz – The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Roger, Marie-Sabine - What Are You Playing At?
Roger, Marie-Sabine – What Are You Playing At?
Rosen, Michael - The Laugh Out Loud Joke Book
Rosen, Michael – The Laugh Out Loud Joke Book
Stanton, Andy - You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! (Illustrated by David Tazzyman)
Stanton, Andy – You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum! (Illustrated by David Tazzyman)
Willis, Jeanne - Tadpole’s Promise (Illustrated by Tony Ross)
Willis, Jeanne – Tadpole’s Promise (Illustrated by Tony Ross)

 

40 children’s books have been selected for new starter packs which will benefit children supported by Beanstalk reading helpers in primary schools across England.

 

Beanstalk – a literacy charity which recruits, trains and places volunteers in primary schools across England to provide one-to-one support to children who have fallen behind with reading – has revealed 40 children’s books that will be used by the charity’s volunteers to kick-start reading engagement for the children they support.

 

Beanstalk’s ‘Top 40’ has been handpicked by children’s literacy experts including Beanstalk staff, trained reading helpers and literacy consultant Marilyn Brocklehurst – founder of The Norfolk Children’s Book Centre. The selection process involved careful consideration of the types of books Beanstalk-supported children would find fun and motivational. The books will be provided to Beanstalk schools as part of a starter pack resource which will be used by the charity’s trained volunteers placed in that setting.

 

Beanstalk has been working in schools for over 40 years supporting thousands of children each year across the country who have fallen behind in reading.  By bringing together the expertise of its long-standing reading helpers and highly respected literacy experts, Beanstalk has developed a resource which will ensure its network of reading helpers are well equipped from the outset to help more children than ever before. 

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