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Year 2 (age 6-7)

A selection of books especially selected for children in Year 2 (6 - 7 year olds) of average reading ability for the 2018/19 academic year.

If your child is a competent reader or has read all these titles then try the books from the Year 3 list. Alternatively if these books are a little challenging try books from the Year 1 list. Our overall mission is to promote reading for pleasure with quality texts that are perfectly pitched for the age group and the curriculum. We have particularly avoided blockbusters, classic or set texts, known to everyone, so that we can include poetry, stunning information texts and inspirational books in which all children and young people can find themselves reflected.

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How to be a Lion

How to be a Lion

Key Stage 1

Author: Ed Vere Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Leonard is not your average lion. He isn’t interested in chomping and crunching other creatures. He likes to stroll, think deep thoughts and write poetry with his friend, Marianne the duck. The fierce lions can’t accept this but Leonard, Marianne and the powerful words encourage them to think differently.  This is a book for everyone who wants to live life their own way.

The New Neighbours

The New Neighbours

Early Years Key Stage 1

Author: Sarah McIntyre Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2018

UKLA Longlist Book Awards - 2019 | Told with her characteristic verve and lively illustrations this makes a brilliantly powerful case for understanding difference and developing empathy for others.

Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

Author: Victoria Southgate Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2018

Meet Belka and Strelka, the two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process! In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers. This quirky and delightful picture book tells the incredible true story of these heroic strays. Selected from a number of potential canine cosmonauts, Belka and Strelka are put through their paces on the ground, as they practice rocket simulations and wearing spacesuits, before being launched into outer space as the first ever living creatures to successfully orbit the Earth. Miraculously, the dogs survive the mission and upon their return embark on a tour of the USSR, clad in their carefully tailored jumpsuits - one red, one green - becoming international celebrities. As for their legacy, less than a year after their safe return the Soviet space programme felt confident enough to send the first human into space.

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