Story Shop: Stories For Literacy
By Nikki Gamble
Myths, legends, folk tales, fables, trickster stories, humourous stories, adventure stories, mystery stories, historical stories, fantasy, science fiction, stories with familiar settings, stories that raise issues ... all kinds of complete stories for Literacy and reading for pleasure. Chosen by an expert in the use of children's literature in the classroom, this is a collection of 70 complete texts from a range of cultures which are perfect for the requirements of the National Literacy Strategy at KS2. It is also an exciting and immensely varied treasury of short stories that will be enjoyed by all readers. Authors range from Aesop and Arthur Ransome to a role call of the very best for today's young, including Anthony Horowitz, Morris Gleitzman, Alexander McCall Smith, Michael Rosen, Michael Morpurgo, Philippa Pearce, Jan Mark, Jeremy Strong, Adele Geras, Paul Stewart, Malorie Blackman, Jamila Gavin and Beverley Naidoo.
The Story of a World War II Evacuee
By Andrew Donkin
Evacuated to the countryside to escape the nightly German air raids in London, Harry and his friends decide to play their own Battle Of Britain. But as a German plane, chasing a British Spitfire, steams into the sky little does Harry know how dangerously real his battle is about to become.
Spider In The Bath!
By David Orme, Beccy Blake
Start Reading is a new series of highly enjoyable books for beginning readers at KS1. They have been carefully graded to correspond to the Book Bands now widely used in schools. This enables readers to be sure that they choose books that match their own ability. There is very careful and gentle graduation from Band to Band. The books can be shared with an adult or read independently. They promote the enjoyment of reading through reading real, satisfying stories with a beginning, a middle and an end. Freddy's Family is at Book Band 4 in the Start Reading series. Freddy and his family have great fun- they go to the park, they play tricks on each other but sometimes they are very naughty...
By Mick Gowar, Francois Hall
It's the Cactus Thorn town picnic and Sheriff Stan is going to sing for the crowd.
The Stinky Giant
By Karen Wallace, Cathy Brett
A thirsty giant arrives at the palace and asks for a drink. The queen won't let him in-he stinks! Princess PJ wants him to stay. Whatever can she do go get him to wash?
By Claire Llewellyn, Lauren Beard
Everyone is having fun at the beach
The Stolen Egg
By Karen Wallace, Jackie Harland
Goose has lost her egg, but where could it be? Detective Dog looks all about the farmyard but he cannot find it anywhere. Detective Dog is a series of four books at green band 5 of the Start Reading programme.
By Peter Bently, Elisabetta Ferrero
When a huge storm causes a tree topple over and trap Smokey and Rascal, Tara and Dad are besides themselves with worry. How can they rescue the horses? Luckily Plod saves the day! The Storm is part of the Starcross Stables series; four books for Band 7 of the Start Reading programme.
Snow White and The Enormous Turnip
By Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Snow White lives with the seven dwarves, safely in the wood. She likes to spend her time planting seeds and gardening. When a turnip sticks fast in the clay, she and the dwarves need more help to pull it out. So when a kind old lady offers Snow White a piece of tart to give her energy, she accepts. But is the kind old lady all she seems?
By Louise John, Andy Elkerton
Just Like You: Small is about a boy with dwarfism. His family are all tall but one day he is far taller!All the stories in the Just Like You series focus on disability with a positive approach, highlighting how children and adults have overcome their disabilities and are just like you.
The Spotless Pig
By Joe Hackett
Patty the pig doesn't like getting dirty. She won't join the cookery club or the art club, they are just too messy!Each story in the Animal School series centres around the animals at Animal School. Each character is the opposite of what you would expect- a cowardly lion, a speedy tortoise, a pig who doesn't like getting dirty and a frog who is afraid of the water.
Start Reading: My Sports Club: Judo
By Jillian Powell
Judo follows Ella as she learns all about judo, from chest holds to break falls.
By Kay Barnham
The 'Popcorn' series aims to develop children's knowledge and understanding of the world by covering a wide range of topics in a fun, colourful and interactive way. Each title has a lively design, engaging text and features an activity at the end of each book. The titles have been written in conjunction with a literacy consultant to ensure the text is completely appropriate for the age-range.
The Shoemaker's Boy
By Joan Aiken, Alan Marks
As Jem, the Shoemaker's boy, works at night in his father's shop he has three strange visitors asking for some silver keys. Jem must keep the silver keys safe, but how...?
The Steel Whale
By Tom Easton
Sea Force Four are called to the rescue when some sea urchins are trapped under a big metal object in the water. All the sea creatures are scared and no one knows what it is! Blob the pufferfish thinks it might be a whale made of steel...
By Shannon Eric Denton
These classic fairy tales provide young children with an essential introduction to storytelling. Strikingly illustrated, each story brings the fantasy world of fairy tales to life for emergent readers.
By Brian Moses, Ellie Jenkins
This anthology of poems, compiled by Brian Moses, contains a mix of light-hearted poems and more serious ones, poems that rhyme and those that don't. There are plenty of good 'read alouds', thumping choruses, and the sort of poems that children can use as models for their own writing. Poetry is a key feature of the new National Curriculum and these fantastic poems are perfectly suited for this.Beautiful illustrations bring each poem vividly to life.Includes poems such as: Spring Phoned by Ian Souter; Spring by Clare Bevan; Springtime in Bluebell Wood by Wes Magee; Spring in the City by Brian Moses; What is Summer For? by Kate Williams; Summer Clouds by Penny Kent; Bed in Summer by R.L.Stevenson; Dear Summer by Kenn Nesbitt; The Swallow by Christina Rosetti; Autumn? by Chris White; Autumn Song by John Rice; Autumn Action Rhyme; Sounds Like Winter by Chris White; I Hear Thunder; December by Daphe Kitching; Mr Snowman by Debra Bertulis; Snow Joke by Clare Bevan; The Seasons in Me by Jane Clarke; Time by Trevor Harvey.For other titles compiled by Brians Moses, look for Poems About Animals, Poems About the Seaside and Poems About Festivals.
Survivors: A Victorian Mine Disaster: A Young Boy's Story
By Neil Tonge
It's the 1840s in a Victorian mining town and disaster is about to strike. For young John Elliot and his family, life in the shadow of the grinding colliery wheel has always been hard, but there is no alternative for them. The risks are huge and the rewards are few. Part of a unique collection of fictional stories about young people caught up in real-life conflicts and disasters. Through their eyes we experience the day-to-day hardships and dangers of living through troubled times from throughout history.
Survivors: The Holocaust: A Young Boy's Story
By Stewart Ross
Bandi Guttmann is a 14-year-old Hungarian Jew, living in Budapest in 1944. German forces have occupied the city and life for Bandi and his family is about to become unbearable. Set apart from the rest of the Hungarian community, and denied basic human rights, the family's only weapon is their determination to survive. But in the face of mindless hatred, will the Guttmann's strength, love and courage be enough to hold them together?Based on the memoirs of Andor Guttmann, a survivor of the Holocaust. Part of a unique collection of fictional stories about young people caught up in real-life conflicts and disasters. Through their eyes we experience the day-to-day hardships and dangers of living through troubled times from throughout history.
Stop Bullying Me!
By Jenny Powell
Harry loves going to school and learning about everything. That is, until Louis arrives. Soon, Harry is refusing to go to school and would rather stay at home with his mum. Something is wrong but Harry won't say what it is...This play for children at Key Stage 1 and 2 is set at a school and deals with issues of bullying and loneliness. With parts for a group of children and extras, this play is ideal for reading for fun or performing as a group. With notes on staging, costumes and props, you'll have all you need to put on a play!The Putting on a Play is a series of fun plays for children that can be performed as a class or read during a literacy lesson.