The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a set of standards for the learning and development of children up to the age of 5 years old. Schools, and Ofsted-registered early years providers are required to follow the EYFS curriculum.
Early years reading forms an essential part of a child’s literacy development. It helps improve a child’s understanding of words and helps develop their speech and imagination. The more children read at home in the early years, the more likely they’ll be to enjoy reading in the classroom and develop a lifelong love of books.
Reading with your child can also help develop their listening skills and vocabulary and give them a head start in spelling, grammar and punctuation. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite early years reading books that you and your child can enjoy at home.
Mr Men Books by Adam Hargreaves
The Mr Men and Little Miss books have become a children’s classic. From Mr Tickle to Mr Happy, these books are ideal for reading with children aged 2 years and up. With their sense of humour and funny antics, the Mr Men series has been popular bedtime reading for generations.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Younger children love books that are interactive. Rod Campbell's lift-the-flap book will take your child on a tour of a zoo, lifting the flaps to reveal the animals. Dear Zoo was first published in 1982 and has remained a firm favourite with children and parents ever since. With its bright, bold illustrations, this book is ideal for improving your child’s animal vocabulary.
Stories with Sophie Collection
Originally manufactured as a squeaky toy giraffe in the 1960s, Sophie now has her own book collection. There are four books in the series: Goodnight Sophie, Sophie on the Move, Playtime with Sophie and Sophie's Busy Day. Because these are board books, they’re ideal for under twos.
Biff, Chip and Kipper Series by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta
Part of the Oxford Reading Tree, Biff, Chip and Kipper books are the UK's best-selling home reading series. The series has sold over 5 million copies in the UK since 2005 and continues to be a family favourite. These books are still used in primary schools today and are specially written to introduce children to everyday words.
Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr
First published in 1970, Judith Kerr’s story about Mog the cat is a firm favourite with younger children. Your child will enjoy reading about Mog’s forgetfulness and its unexpected benefits. This beautifully illustrated book is based on the writer’s family home in London. The two children in the book are named after the middle names of her own children.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Another one from Judith Kerr, The Tiger Who Came to Tea was first published fifty years ago and is now available as a board book. The story tells the tale of Sophie, who gets a surprise visit from a tiger at tea time. Perfect for reading aloud with your child, this book has never been out of print since it was first published in 1968.
Hugless Douglas by David Melling
The Hugless Douglas series tells the story of a young bear who wakes up one morning and goes looking for the perfect hug. The series has sold over 1.5 million copies and has been translated into 26 languages. With its imaginative illustrations, Hugless Douglas is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s books.
The Man on the Moon by Simon Bertram
The Man on the Moon is a beautifully illustrated book about a man called Bob who lives on earth and commutes to work on the moon every day. With its 1950s-style illustrations, this is a great book that will capture your child’s imagination.
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Our early years reading list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of Winnie the Pooh. Set in 100-Acre Wood, these stories have been enjoyed by children since 1926. With their classic characters including Christopher Robin, Piglet, Eeyore and Kanga, this is a great bedtime reading book.
At Edu Prints Plus, we make early years educational posters that inspire children to read for pleasure. All of our motivational prints are printed on thick, luxurious 350 gsm art card with a velvet finish. They also have surface protection to combat sun, sticky fingers, and juice.
If you want to give your child that extra bit of encouragement and motivation for reading, then you’ll find our posters about reading particularly inspiring. They’re also a great way to brighten up any classroom or bedroom. Here are two of our favourite reading posters: