Love Reading

Welcome to our Love Reading Webpage

This page is dedicated to the love of reading. We will update this page regularly with more Good read articles, activities and Teachers sharing their favourite books.   

Please find below some links for you to access recommended reading lists for your children. You will see they are divided into year groups, which will help you to decide which books are suitable for your child. It would be lovely if you could go over this list with your child – you never know, they may have already read some of them.

I do hope you find these lists useful. I have to confess I have not read all of these books, so when you do read any of them, it would be great if your child could do a book review and recommendation for other children. This could then be posted on our website too. Please email your book reviews to;

'The School Reading List' that I have chosen to use describes itself. It is curated and reviewed by a small group of librarians and English teachers who meet each summer to discuss books which have worked well with groups of children, new releases within the last 12 months and the shortlists for children's literature awards.

'The School Reading List' also decide on a book of the month which is featured on the website, normally after the 20th of each month. These titles tend to be selected from pre-release lists, or copies provided via national and local book sellers or publishers. Only books which have been read to children or 'road-tested' with classes are reviewed or suggested.

Happy reading!

Miss Z Gulam
Reading Lead

PHIA Reading Guidelines - Book bands introduction
First page of the PDF file: phia-book-band-guidelines
Reading Challenge - Spring Break 2021
First page of the PDF file: phia-reading-challenge-spring-break-2021

World Book day is approaching and we will be celebrating! Although World Book Day is officially on Thursday 4th March, the academy will be celebrating our love for reading throughout the week by immersing in activities related to year group book themes. Here are the following themes for each year group:

Reception – We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen.

Year 1 – Exploring and immersing in poetry linked to Shirley Hughes ‘Out and About’.

Year 2 – The day the crayons quit by Drew Daywalt.

Time to get creative! On World Book day, Thursday 4th March, we would love for all the children – those who are currently attending the academy and those learning remotely at home - to dress-up as their favourite character from a story or dress up related to their year group theme. This year, like many previous years, we are encouraging children to wear clothes you have available at home or to get creative to make accessories for the dress up!

Share a story LIVE event! For the first time, the World Book Day website have organised an event for best-selling authors to read their stories LIVE for no-cost. The event will take place on World Book Day Thursday 4th March at 10:30am and can be accessed on their page. We hope you can join the session as we will be too!

New: Love Reading Webpage The academy are proud to announce and launch our Love Reading webpage on our Pound Hill Infant Academy website. This webpage will be updated frequently with our good read articles featured in our newsletter each week, it will include recommended reading lists and activities, as well as Teachers’ favourite stories.

Keep your eyes peeled on your inbox! A huge thanks to National Book Token and booksellers for continuing with the World Book Day £1 token this year. The £1 token will be sent electronically this year, we hope you enjoy swapping the token at participating book stores for an exclusive new story.

A Year 1 pupil at Pound Hill Infant Academy, loves reading so much she was inspired to rap for world book day, see YouTube link below:

I hope all of you enjoy it as much as she did when she recorded it.

A Good Read

Storytime Online with West Sussex Libraries

View more videos here.

Oxford Owl

At Pound Hill Infant Academy the love of reading is at the heart of the academy. Another great find this week is the Oxford Owl free eBook library. The website has a fantastic range of books to support the development of reading skills for children, the texts available include stories that include the much-loved characters such as Biff, Chip and Kipper as well as most children’s favourite, Winnie the Witch stories. There are also great non-fiction texts available to support the development of ore and wonder of our world. To access the books, you will have to sign up first for free.

Pearsons Education Reading guide for parents

Pearsons Education Reading guide for parents, we hope that this guide will help answer some of your questions, as well as give you some advice and inspiration on how to help children enjoy reading.


Reading a book is important for reading development, however listening to an audiobook is another way to immerse yourself in a story and develop great imagination. The Harper Collins website includes free audiobooks for you to listen to – click on the link to explore their handpicked selection of audiobooks for children to enjoy!    You can also visit - here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to ready online or watch with singing.

Winter wonderland

With the chilly and frosty season in full flow we have enjoyed launching our Winter Wonderland topic across the academy. Reception took a trip to Antarctic when reading ‘Blue Penguin, year one enjoyed reading the traditional tale ‘The Nutcracker’ and year 2 have been getting very creative whilst writing their own winter poems. 

What is your favourite winter themed book? If you were an author, what would your winter story be about? Who would be the main character of your story? What would happen at the beginning, middle and end of your story?

Virtual school library

The virtual school library brought to you by Oak National Academy in partnership with the National Literacy Trust is a great way to access free books online. Each week a popular children’s author will provide you will free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended best reads! The Author of the week this week is Jacqueline Wilson. Happy reading!

Rhymers are readers!

It is World Nursery Rhyme week next week from 16th-20th November. Why not set yourself a nursery rhyme challenge sing a different nursery rhyme together each day of the week. There are also lots of activities and videos that can be accessed on the World Nursery Rhyme website . What is your favourite nursery rhyme? Could you challenge yourself to create your own rhyme? Also visit BBC Radio for more Nursery Rhyme fun.

Have you filled a bucket today?

Linking closely to our Academy charter, we have read ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ by Carol McCloud. This child friendly book demonstrates the idea that every person has an invisible bucket which holds happy feelings and thoughts. It gives an insight to children about their own feelings and emotions and how others may be feeling too. The book focuses on encouraging children to become ‘bucket fillers’ by expressing daily kindness, appreciation and love to the people around them. Have you been a ‘bucket filler’ today? Who has /  anyone filled your bucket? 

We love to read at Pound Hill Infant Academy - Sharing our favourite books

Miss Gulam, Reception Teacher and Reading Lead would like to share her favourite book called ‘We’re going on a Bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen. This is Miss Gulam’s absolute favourite as the story takes you through an incredible adventure whilst squelching through thick oozy mud and swirling whirling through a snowstorm. 
Would you be brave enough to go on a bear hunt? What do you think you would see? 

Mrs Thwaite, Year 1 Teacher would like to share her favourite book called ‘Look up’ by Nathan Bryon. This is Mrs Thwaite’s favourite book because it is about an enthusiastic girl called Rocket who is inspired to become the greatest astronaut, star-catcher and space traveller that has ever lived! But… can she convince her big brother from always looking down at his phone to looking up at the stars with her? What do you think you would see if you LOOKED UP?