We love books here at Dayspring. 

Reading isn’t just fun, it’s a fantastic way to expand your vocabulary and improve your English – whatever your age or nationality.

At Dayspring we read to our children every day, whether in class or in our after-school reading club – we think it’s so important that we’ve made it part of our timetable.

The books and stories on this page all come highly recommended by the staff at Dayspring. There’s something to suit every taste, from The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson’s tale of a brave and cunning little mouse who gets more than he bargained for during a walk in the woods, to Michael Rosen’s modern classic We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.


  • A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
  • Avocado Baby By John Burningham
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Gorilla by Anthony Browne
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen
  • Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  • Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll
  • Mr Guppy’s Outing by John Burningham
  • Not Now, Bernard, by David McKee
  • Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
  • Oi Frog! by Kes Gray
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
  • Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • Spinderella by Julia Donaldson
  • Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
  • There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly by Pam Adams
  • They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Traditional tales

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Chicken Little
  • Cinderella
  • Dick Whittington
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Rapunzel
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White
  • The Elves and The Shoemaker
  • The Enormous Turnip
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The Hare and The Tortoise
  • The Little Red Hen
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Thumbelina

Rhymes and songs to sing with your children

  • Five little ducks
  • Five little speckled frogs
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • I’m A Little Teapot
  • Incey Wincey Spider
  • Jack and Jill
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Little Miss Muffett
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
  • One, Two, Three, Four, Five
  • Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake
  • Peter Piper
  • Polly Put The Kettle On
  • Old Macdonald
  • Rain, rain, go away
  • Round and round the garden
  • Row, row, row your boat
  • The Dingle, Dangle Scarecrow
  • The Grand Old Duke of York
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Wind The Bobbin Up