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Great Reads for Foundation Stage

Research has frequently highlighted the importance of learning poems and nursery rhymes by heart in the Early Years. Nursery rhymes help children develop vocabulary, rhythm, counting and number sense, physical development (action songs), and allow them to build an understanding of the world around them. Repetition and familiarity help the child to remember and supports language development, whilst engaging a child fosters social development. 



Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Autumn 1: Belonging in My School



Baa,  Baa Black Sheep

The Farmer’s in his Den

Twinkle, Twinkle

Jack and Jill

One, Two, Buckle my Shoe

If you’re happy and you know it

My Little House


Spring 1: The Natural World Around Me


As I was walking down the street

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

Row, Row, Row your Boat

1 Finger, 1 Thumb

2 Little Birds

Incy Wincy Spider

Hey Diddle Diddle

Summer 1: Past and Present


In and out of the dusty bluebells

Hickory Dickory Dock

A sailor went to sea

Tall Buildings in a Town

Oh Soldier, Soldier

Ring –o- Roses

London’s Burning

The Muffin Man


Autumn 2: Special Times and Special Places


Here’s the Church

Wind the Bobbin

Away in a Manger

This Little Piggy

Old King Cole

Here we go Lou-by Lou


The Grand old Duke of York

Spring 2: Growing and Changing


Down by the Station

 Mary had a Little Lamb

London Bridge

Sing a Song of Sixpence

This Old Man

Old McDonald

The Wheels on the Bus

There was an old woman who swallowed a fly


Summer 2: Moving on up!


She’ll be coming round the mountain

Down in the Jungle

Cobbler, Cobbler Mend my Shoe

There was a Princess Long Ago

The Animal Fair

My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

Bobby Shaftoe

Peter Rabbit


Counting and number rhymes:

5 little ducks, 5 currant buns, 10 in the bed, 10 green bottles, Two-by-Two, 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish, 5 peas in a peapod, 5 little speckled frogs

Books I like to read


Abie Longstaff

The fairytale hairdresser

Adam Relf

Fox Makes Friends

Aleksei Tolstoy

The Gigantic Turnip

Ana Martin Larranaga

The Big Wide-mouthed Frog

Andy Dixon

Dragon Quest

Arthur Howard

Cosmo zooms

Brian Robertson

Penguin’s First Flight

Caryl Hart

How to Grow a Dinosaur

Cavan Scott

Skylander Spyro’s adventure

Colin West

“I don’t care!” Said the Bear

Cynthia Rider

Poor Old Rabbit!

Dee Reid

Bingo wants to play

Donna Bailey

Two Folk Tales

Dr Seuss

Cat in the Hat Comes Back

Ellen Titlebaum

Beauty and the beast

Enid Blyton

Far Away Tree

Eric Carle

The Hungry Caterpillar

Francesca Simon

Don’t Be Horrid, Henry!

Hannah Wood

Bunny Boing Boing

Helen Nicoll

Meg’s Cauldron

Jan Ormerod

Doing the Animal Bop

Julia Donaldson

Dig Dig Dig

Julia Donaldson

Hippo Has A Hat

Julia Donaldson

Tara’s Party

Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

The Odd Pet

Julia Donaldson

Where Were You Bert?

Michael Rosen

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Nicola Baxter

The magic snowman

Nicola Baxter

Who am I?

Roderick Hunt

Hungry Floppy

Roderick Hunt

The Palace Statues

Roderick Hunt

The Pirate

Rosalinda Kightley

Sophie’s Ballet Show

Sarah McConnell

Don’t Mention Pirates

Steve Parker


Sue Graves

Bertie and the Big Balloon

Sue Graves

Jack and the Beanstalk

Susan Akass

Pirate Pete keeps fit

Susan Akass

Pirate Pete loses his hat

Thomas Taylor

The Loudest Roar

Tony Mitton

Mr Marvel and the cake

Vera Southgate

The Little Red Hen

Walt Disney



Books that I like someone to read to me


C.S. Lewis

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Claire Freedman

Aliens love Panta Claus

David McKee


David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

Dorothy Edwards

My Naughty Little Sister

Dr Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

Enid Blyton

The Magic Faraway Tree

Enid Blyton

The Mystery of the Secret Room

Enid Blyton

The Secret Seven

Faustin Charles

The Selfish Crocodile

Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Holly Webb

Smudge the Stolen Kitten

Ian Beck

The Ugly Duckling

Igloo books

Smelly Stories

Jenny Nimmo

Pig on a Swing

Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

The Gruffalo’s child

Julia Donaldson

The Snail and the Whale

Kes Gray

Daisy and the trouble with Coconuts

Laura Owen

Winnie on Patrol

Lauren Child

I completely know about guinea pigs


Lego Official Annual 2013

Lynley Dodd

My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes

Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit

Martin Waddell

Rosie’s Babies

Mary Man-Kong

The Princess and the Pauper

Michael Bond

Paddington Bear

Mike + Peggy Briggs

The Encyclopaedia of World Wildlife

Miriam Moss

I Forgot To Say I Love You

Peter Bently

Cats Ahoy!


Disney Princess

Phil Roxbee Cox

Mouse Moves House

Rev. W. Awdry

Henry the Green Engine

Roald Dahl

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl

The Twits

Robert Frederick

Wild animals

Robie Harris

Mail Harry to the Moon

Ronda Armitage

Small Knight, George and the Pirates

Sue Hendra

Barry the Fish with Fingers

Valerie Thomas

Winnie in Space

Walt Disney

101 Dalmatians

Walt Disney

Disney Fairies

Walt Disney

The Little Mermaid