English reading lists – where can I find a list for my child?

Below you’ll find some lists as a useful start point but there are lots and lots available and as many views about what makes a good list as people with views.

You will be winning if you manage to deliver some or all of the following:

  • Make sure your child is reading for at least half an hour per day from year three onwards.
  • Do some sessions of paired reading. You read a section, they read a section while both looking at the page.
  • When looking for something to do your child often goes off to their room and reads.

Don’t worry if your child doesn’t absolutely adore reading, some children do not, especially stories. Often forgotten are those children more interested by non-fiction. They will need some literary understanding and so will need to read some stories but allow them a balance, they will still be developing their vocabulary with non-fiction and it’s better than not turning the page at all.

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