The following list is just a small selection of inspiring books to get started. However, we will be updating the list regularly so look out for more titles coming soon.
Michael Rosen is looking for reviews of fiction books that have worked well in your teaching, particularly with a whole class. Your shared insights as to why a particular story made a lesson exciting can help inspire your colleagues to start their own Reading Revolution.
In particular, Michael would like to hear about instances where the children:
So, if you want to share a great book you’ve used with your class with your colleagues, simply fill in the book review template below and we’ll add your favourites to the website.
There are three phases for the book reviews:
Please write the relevant phase at the top of your review (see below).
Here are the book review categories for each phase:
Key Stage 1
Traditional and Fairy Tales
Lower Key Stage 2
Adventure and Mystery
Myths and Legends
Imaginary Worlds and Fantasy
Issues and Dilemmas
Upper Key Stage 2
Traditional stories, Myths, and Legends
Stories with Flashbacks
Myths and Legends
Choose one book review category from the list for the phase you teach. Write the name of this category at the top of the Book Review Template below:
This picturebook is great for Key Stage 1 readers, and the themes of life, death, and friendship make it appropriate for use with Key Stage 2 children too. There is a section on PSHE for both key stages, as well as cross-curricular ideas for science, art, ICT and other subjects.
Discover creative ways of using the diverse poetic forms and styles in Tony Mitton's poetry collection. Active teaching and learning ideas incorporate the use of role-play and performance, and additionally cover the work of other high-quality poets.
These teachers' resources feature inventive ways of using three of Satoshi Kitamura's picture books in the classroom. The teaching suggestions helpfully cover Years 2, 3, and 4, information on the curriculum context, and support for development through music. There is also a list of other books by the same author.
This interactive picture book about the adventures of Sunny, the travelling Meerkat, features lift-the-flap postcards and a shadowy jackal for children to find on every page. The teachers' resource includes a synopsis and six lesson ideas with intended learning outcomes.
The story within a story element of this atmospheric picturebook provides a good launch pad for classroom discussions as well as for writing activities.
There's a rich array of ideas on how teachers can use this poetry collection in the classroom. For example, the resource considers in some detail the way McGough uses a twist at the end of a poem to avoid sentimentality.
Michael Rosen shares ideas and activities for starting a Reading Revolution.
Michael introduces a broad range of ideas that can be adopted or adapted to shape your school.
More ideas and great books to help start your Reading Revolution.
Take a look at Literacy Evolve, created by Heinemann in association with Michael Rosen.