At Bawtry Mayflower, we believe that one of the most important skills we can teach children is the skill of reading. If a child can read, they can access all areas of the curriculum and this will lead to them becoming life long learners. We aim to develop a love of reading in all children and would like to work with parents and carers to achieve this.


Please click on the link below to a website called Oxford Owl. If you create a free login for this website, you will be able to access a whole library of e-Books which your child will be able to read with you or independently.


Below is the 2016 Great Books Guide produced by The Book Trust. All of the books in this document have been recommended to children and they are grouped according to age.




Below are the books that were shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016. These books are suitable for a range of ages and have been recommended.

The Children's Laureate is a prestigious award received by notable children's authors.

Here is a list of authors who have won this award in the past. How many books has your child read by these authors?


Children’s Laureate Authors

Chris Riddell (Current Children's Laureate 2015 - 2017)

Malorie Blackman (2013 – 2015)

Julia Donaldson (2011- 2013)

Anthony Browne (2009 – 2011)

Michael Rosen (2007 – 2009)

Jacqueline Wilson (2005 – 2007)

Michael Morpurgo (2003 – 2005)

Anne Fine (2001 – 2003)

Quentin Blake (1999 – 2001)

Click on the links below to take you to websites where you can purchase children's books. If you sign up to some of these websites, they will email you with special offers and discounts.


These fantastic websites will provide more information about reading at home and help you to choose suitable books for your child.

The videos below show the expected standards for children in reading at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. Please click on the links to view these videos.

KS1 Expected Standard

KS2 Expected Standard - Word Reading

KS2 Expected Standard - Comprehension/Understanding

Please click the links below to download recommended book lists for each year group.

Foundation Stage 

Years 1 and 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6