Core Book Lists

 Core Stories, Songs and Rhymes

  We provide opportunities for children to ‘behave like a reader’ and discuss:

- the author (who wrote the story) & illustrator (person who drew the pictures / took the photos)

- publisher (usually a picture logo)

- directionality of print left to right

- the cover, inside title page, blurb on the back

- the purpose of punctuation

- key words

- letters in words that are meaningful e.g. in their name

- pick out long/unusual words

 To support learning in literacy we would like children to have experienced these stories, songs and rhymes during their time in our setting:

Under 3s


Over 3s



We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

The Gruffallo

Walking Through The Jungle

Room On The Broom

Lullaby hullaballoo

Each Peach Pear Plum 

The Train Ride



Shark in the Park – Nick Sharratt


The Animal Boogie – Debbie Harter


Interesting Text

Handa’s Surprise

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Dear Zoo

The Pig in the Pond

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Once upon a time (John Prater)

Polar Bear, Polar Bear

The Jolly Postman

Mr Gumpy’s Outing

Would you rather?

The Shopping Basket

Little Mouse’s Big book of fears

Owl Babies

Man on the moon   – Simon Bertram

Peace At Last

Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers

Hungry Caterpillar

Oi get off our train

So Much – Trish Cooke


Traditional Tales

Key Authors

Gingerbread Man

Julia Donaldson           Emily Gravett

3 Bears

John Burningham         Oliver Jeffers

3 Little Pigs

Shirley Hughes             Nick Sharratt

3 Billy Goats Gruff

Anthony Browne         Allan Ahlberg

The Enormous Turnip

Mick Inkpen                  Jill Murphy

Jack and the Beanstalk

Eric Carle                      Jez Alborough

The Little Red Hen


 Songs and Rhymes

Traditional Nursery Rhymes

Circle Song Games

Twinkle Twinkle

Humpty Dumpty

Incy Wincy

Hickory Dickory Dock (change numbers)

2 Little Dicky Birds (change - children’s names)

Little Miss / Mr Muffet (role play)




Farmer’s in the Den / Seed is in the ground

Hokey cokey

Ring a ring o’ roses

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Brown girl in the ring

1 little teddy bouncing up and down (e.g. on parachute / lycra)

Bear likes honey

Sandy girl / boy

There was a princess long ago (Sleeping Beauty)

Action Songs

Number Rhymes

Hello / Name Songs

Makaton - ‘Good Morning everyone’

I’m Driving In My Car

Head Shoulders Knees And Toes

Old Macdonald - story sack

Ms Polly / Mr Jolly

Sleeping Bunnies

Row Your Boat

If You’re Happy And You Know It

I Am The Music Man

Turtle Song

Row Your Boat

Wheels On The Bus

Big Red Bus

Incy Wincy

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

Head, Shoulders

*5 little ducks - story sack

*5 little monkeys / crocodile - story sack

5 little speckled frogs

5 currant buns

5 little firefighters

5 little kangeroos

5 little men

5 little teddies sitting on a wall

10 green bottles

1,2,3,4,5,once I caught a fish………

1 little elephant balancing

Zoom, zoom, zoom

The Ants go marching 2 by 2