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Core Stories


Prospect Hill Infant and Nursery School

Core Stories


Literature Collection

These are books which will form the basis of a literature curriculum and the collection has been designed to introduce children to a growing range of texts.  Whilst some children in the class may not be able to read all the books independently, an important function of the collection is to give them access to a wider range of titles, authors and genres than they might otherwise meet.. Books in this collection are likely to be:

  • texts that are multi-layered - capable of being read at different levels
  • books that deal with important themes
  • books in which language is used in lively, inventive ways
  • books by skilful and experienced children's writers and illustrators
  • traditional and contemporary 'classics' of children's literature
  • stories with different cultural settings 
  • texts that promote disucssion and reflection

Each year group has a set of CORE STORIES that they will hear throughout the year. 


Nursery  (15 books)

 Elmer- David McKee

Dear Zoo- Rod Campbell

Peace at Last- Jill Murphy

Three Little Pigs

Polar Bear, Polar Bear-Bill Martin

We're Going on a Bear Hunt-Michael Rosen


Little Red Hen

Jaspers Beanstalk- Nick Butterworth

Elmer- David McKee

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs-  Ian Whybrow

Kipper's Birthday - Mick Inkpen

Peepo- Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The Little Red Hen- Byron Barton

The Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle


Reception ( 16 books)

 Can’t you Sleep Little Bear- Martin Waddell

Avocado Baby- John Birmingham

Croc and Bird- Alexia Deacon

Dogger- Shirley Hughes

Here's a Little Poem – Various

Hooray for Fish!- Lucy Cousins

I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!- Emma Chichester Clark

Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs -Kaye Umansky

The Gigantic Turnip- Aleksei Tolstoy

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr

What the Ladybird Heard- Julia Donaldson

The Way Back Home- Oliver Jeffers

The Scariest Thing of All- Debi Gliori

Down the Back of the Chair- Margaret Mahy

The Rainbow Fish- Marcus Pfister


Year 1   ( 20 books)

 The Snail and the Whale- Julia Donaldson

Gruffalo’s Child - Julia Donaldson

Avocado Baby - John Burningham

Funnybones - Allan Ahlberg

The Jolly Postman - Allan Ahlberg

The Princess and the Pea - Minnie Grey

Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman

Toys in Space- Minnie Grey

The Koala Who Could- Jim Field

Handa’s Surprise- Eileen Brown

The Cat in the Hat- Dr, Seuss

My Friend Bear- Jez Alborough

Don’t Forget the Bacon –Pat Hutchin

Beegu- Alexis Deecon

Peace at Last – Jill Murphy

The Lion Inside- Rachel Child

A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond

The Bear Who Stared- Duncan Beadle

On a Sudden Hill- Linda Sarah

The Bear and the Piano- David Litchfield


Year 2 ( 20 books)

 Man on the Moon- Simon Bartram

Little Old Mrs.  Pepperpot and other stories- Alf Proyson

Hermelin- Mini Grey

How to Hide a Lion- Helen Stephens

Biscuit Bear- Mini Grey

Meerkat Mail- Emily Gravett

Flat Stanley- Jeff Brown

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark-Jill Tomlinson

A Squash and a Squeeze- Julia Donaldson

Mr Wolf’s Pancakes- Jan Fearnley

Lila and the Secret of Rain -David Conway

The Day the Crayons Quit- Drew Daywal

The Diary of a Killer Cat- Anne Fine

Fantastic Mr. Fox- Roald Dahl

The Bear, The Piano and the Dog and The Fiddle- David Litchfield

Mr. Wolf’s Book of Badness- Ian Whybrow

The Tear Thief- Carol Ann Duffy

Mr. Majeka –Humphrey Carpenter

Don’t Look in this Book- Samuel Langley Swan

Rhythm of the Rain – G Baker Smith