Nursery Core Books

We believe an important part of learning to read is to develop a love of books. Through sharing high quality books children develop a range of skills and become confident readers. In our nursery we have chosen a selection of books which we call our Core Books. Each book has been chosen because of the special qualities it has. Most are repetitive allowing young children to quickly join in and retell the story in the absence of an adult. Repetition is really important so we ensure we regularly read these stories to the children and they are always available for them to access in our book corner. We also focus each half term on one of these books, linking a variety of opportunities and experiences to the chosen book. 

The children will no doubt love sharing these books with you at home too. 


Here is a list of our Core Books:


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Whatever Next by Jill Murphy

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

Jasper’s beanstalk by Nick Butterworth 

Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

Hairy McClary by Lynley Dodd

Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Alberg

Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin

Pete the Cat I love my White Shoes by Eric Litwin

The Train Ride by June Crebbin

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Little Pigs

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Gingerbread Man

If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to come and chat to us.