Dingle Reading Spine

As part of our continued push to engage more pupils with reading for pleasure, we have set up The Dingle Reading Spine.  This is a spine of 10-12 books chosen for each year group.  We would like the children to read as many books as they can from the reading spine over the course of the year.

We have tried to choose a variety of different books for each year group in order for children to find something which engages them. It is vitally important that children are reading a wide range of different texts throughout their time at school.


Reception Reading Spine

Mrs Armitage on wheels by Quentin Blake

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

On the way home by Jill Murphy

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

Shhh! By Sally Grindley

Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr


Year 1 Reading Spine

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Avocado Baby by John Burningham

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Can’t you sleep, Little Bear? By Martin Waddell

Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Elmer by David Mckee

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont

Where the Wild Things are? By Maurice Sendak

Year 2 Reading Spine

Mr Majeika by Humphret Carpenter

100 Mile an Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong

Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram

Traction Man by Mini Grey

Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine

The Naughtiest Unicorn on Holiday by Pip Bird

Gorilla by Anthony Browne




Year 3 Reading Spine

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

Kindlekrax by Phillip Ridley

The Boy who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson

The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith

Varjak Paw by SF Said

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

The Angel of Nitshill Road by Anne Fine

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake




Year 4 Reading Spine

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pulman

The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson

Paddington by Michael Bond

Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook

The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross                             

Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling




Year 5 Reading Spine

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Street Child by Berlie Doherty

The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Clockwork by Phillip Pulman

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell





Year 6 Reading Spine

Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

Wonder by R J Palacio

Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin

Journey to Jo’burg by Beverley Naidoo

Boy by Roald Dahl

Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Burton

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

Kick by Mitch Johnson

Dingle Primary School

Headteacher: Mr B Cox

The Dingle, Haslington, Cheshire, CW1 5SD

Main Contact: Miss Charlotte Clark - School Business Manager

Tel: 01270 918988

Email: office@dingle.cheshire.sch.uk