Rotherham Loves Reading


Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for our children’s academic achievement, future wellbeing and success in life: in school, in training and at work. It offers both educational and emotional benefits through not only opening up the academic curriculum but though opening up the world of books and therefore, life.

To the individual it matters emotionally, culturally and educationally; because of the economic impacts within society, it matters to everyone.

Developing a love of books and reading at the earliest opportunity enables every child to have improved life opportunities.

This is why we are committed to continuing to raise standards of literacy for all and are supporting ‘Rotherham Loves Reading.’

What is the Early Years & Childcare Service involvement?

It has been two years since we launched our Early Years Rotherham Loves Reading campaign and we have been delighted with the support that early years and childcare providers have shown for it.

We now have twelve books for each of the age groups:

  • 2’s and under
  • 3 to 4 year olds
  • Foundation 2 (Reception)

Each book has comprehensive activity sheets that can be used to facilitate planning and to share home learning ideas with parents over a two year rolling cycle.

In addition to the activity sheets, over the next two years we will be adding vocabulary sheets to accompany each of the books. The vocabulary sheets have been differentiated to reflect the age and stage of the target children and provide practitioners and parents with the word and an accompanying image to support children’s understanding. For the books for the 3 to 4 year olds and F2 children there is a core vocabulary list and an extension vocabulary list with more sophisticated words to offer challenge.

It is always great to see how you are all supporting Rotherham Loves Reading in your settings, so please share what you’ve been up to with your Tiny Talkers on the Tiny Talkers Rotherham – Early Years Professionals Facebook group - Tiny Talkers Rotherham - Early Years Professionals | Facebook

The twelve books for the two year rolling cycle are:

Year 1 2's and under 3 to 4 Year Olds F2/Reception

Book 1

March and April

Go, Go Pirate Boat – Katrina Charman The Smeds and The Smoos by Julia Donaldson Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Book 2

May and June

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox Farmyard Hullaballoo by Giles Andreae Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs

Book 3

July and August

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell Shark in The Park by Nick Sharratt Jo Jo and Gran Gran Go to the Beach by Laura Henry Allain

Book 4

September and October

Ducky’s Bathtime by Lucy Cousins Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Book 5

November and December

Peppa’s Christmas Wish by John Sparkes The Gingerbread Man by Alan MacDonald The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson

Book 6

January and February

Getting Ready by Cocoretto My Pet Star by Corinne Averiss All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold


Year 2 2's and under 3 to 4 Year Olds F2/Reception

Book 7

March and April

Noisy Farm by Rod Campbell Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury

Book 8

May and June

Busy Holiday by Campbell and Sebastien Braun The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda & David Armitage Who’s Hiding at the Seaside by Katherine McEwan

Book 9

July and August

Colours with Ladybird by DK Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

Book 10

September and October

When we grow up by Melanie Walsh Topsy and Tim go to the Dentist by Jean and Gareth Adamson Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Book 11

November and December

Garden by Anna Milbourne (Usbourne little lift & look book) It’s Only One! by Tracey Corderoy Clean Up! by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola

Book 12

January and February

I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth Peace at Last by Jill Murphy Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson and Lucy Richards