At Granby, we have developed a library of ‘core books’ to encourage an early love of reading. The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education recommends ‘a small collection of high-quality picture books will be much better than a large number of books of variable quality’.

Our selection here at Granby includes The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Handas Surprise, we’re going on a Bear Hunt, Tad & Quiet, to name but a few. These have been chosen for their repetition, story structure and potential to trigger children’s imagination.

Children learn so much from sharing books with a special person. Not only are they learning important skills for reading and writing in later life, but sharing books also helps with talking, listening, and communication skills, as well as encouraging imagination and curiosity. Books can also help children explore and understand emotions such as loss, anger and jealousy safely.

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