24 Of The Best Books To Teach Kids To Read

Raising a reader starts from day one, from reading to your tummy to storytime before bed reading is a lifelong journey.

However, teaching a child to enjoy reading on their own can be a huge task. So whether you’ve just started on your learning to read journey, are looking for some tips to help you prepare or have hit a wall and need some extra ideas, stick around, we’ve got 24 of the best books to help you teach your child to not only read but to love reading.

We'll take you from reading together with books for ages 2-5, to learning to read with books for ages 3-8 all the way to reading independently (or as a team) with books for ages 6-12.


Picture books to read with your children

Let’s start at the beginning, bedtime stories are great for so many things, routine, language, bonding and of course learning to read. So we’ve compiled a short list of our favourite picture books to read with your children.


We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Nothing takes us back to our childhood quite like the sound of the swishy swashy grass.

This classic tale from Michael Rosen’s  includes stunning imagery by Helen Oxenbury and since its first print in 1989, it has become an essential feature on any child’s first bookcase.

We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? 

wre going on a bear hunt


Mr large in charge

Any family story from the bestselling 'Large Family' series will be enjoyed by children and parents alike, but we think the story of Mr. Large taking charge of the family while Mrs. Large isn’t well, has to be our favourite.

mr large in charge


Football Fever Peter Rabbit

This may not be the Peter you remember from your childhood but If your little one is already a fan of the hit CBeebies  series then they’ll love this interactive book, with maps and adventures you can complete together.

peter rabbit football fever


Peppa Work and Play

Now this Pig needs no introduction, Peppa has become a staple in every household. What better way to get children excited about reading than to read with their favourite character.

peppa pig work and play


Peppa pig tales bundle

Want more Peppa Pig? Why not check out our amazing bundles with 10 books for just £10 explore all of the most fantastic Peppa pig tales in this picture book bundle! From The Boat Pond to Peppa's Day at the Beach, discover all of the fun adventures to be had with this bundle of Peppa Pig stories!


Educational Books for children

When you’re ready to start helping your child learn to read on their own we’ve got a huge range of books to help them stay excited about reading and learn at the same time.

Perfect for ages 3-8.


Peppa Pig WC First Words

Learn along with Peppa, this brilliant book helps children practice their pencil control and develop first reading skills!

peppa pig first words


Dino Handwriting

Learning to read is ‘rawsome’, the A-Z dinosaur pictures in this book are designed to help children remember their alphabet and to motivate children beginning to read.

dino handwriting


Ready Set Learn Ready School

Created to support your little superstar's learning and build their skills at home, this bumper workbook includes information on starting school, vocabulary, and of course letters and words.

ready set school


WC Flashcards First Letters

Practice makes perfect! This box contains 30 double-sided wipe-clean flashcards to practice upper and lower case letters, perfect for pen-control, visual recognition, and of course reading skills.

reading flash cards


Ready Set Learn Sight Word Skills Workbook

This amazing workbook includes stickers and a certificate, an amazing way to introduce reading and spelling sight words with your little one.

sight reading


Ladybird Tales Classic Collection

Children have always loved, and will always remember, these classic fairy tales and sharing them together is an experience to treasure. Perfect for young readers age 3+.

Includes such classics as Dick Whittington, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Elves, and the Shoemaker, Puss in Boots, and many more.

lady bird books


Snappy Learner: Reading and Writing

We love using positive reinforcement to help children learn, this book includes a reward chart with reusable star stickers that help encourage children and boost confidence.

With extra reusable stickers throughout to encourage your little reader, all activities are linked to school topics to help with your child’s development.

snappy learner


Fiction box sets for children

Once your child has learned to both read and love it you can start to introduce some more complex books, try choosing some classics from your childhood and take it in turns reading to each other.

Perfect for ages 6-12.


Peter Rabbit Library

Enter the magical world of Peter Rabbit and his friends once again with these 10 beautifully illustrated black and white tales, each told with Beatrix Potter's trademark wit.

peter rabbit box set


Narnia Chronicles Slipcase

It doesn’t get more classic than the chronicles of Narnia this collection features all 7 novels that make up the Chronicles, now you can read the adventures of Aslan and his friends together again and again.



Horrible Histories: blood-curdling book box

Now we know reading can be fund why not discover the fun side of history? This box set includes all the foul favourites from the Horrible Histories series, from The Rotten Romans, The Terrible Tudors and Awesome Egyptians and many more.

horrible histories


Harry Potter Box set

You’re a wizard harry!

Every home needs a Harry Potter box set. Now they have discovered the magic of reading it’s time to pass the magic of Harry Potter. This brand new edition of the classic and internationally bestselling phenomenon that is Harry Potter is sure to keep your child entertained for nights on end.

harry potter box set


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