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The Reading Spine

At Raunds Park Infant School, we want our School to be a place where children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with high quality books.

The 'Reading Spine' is a core of books that create a living library inside a child's mind.  It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story.  We have provided the 'Pie Corbett Reading Spine' in our Classrooms so that children have access to these high quality texts.

We plan to use the books in every year group over the School Year.  If your child has spent 3 full School Years at Raunds Park, by the time they leave at the end of Year 2, they will have been immersed into 42 of the most fantastic books available to children!

The Reading Spine Books

The Reading Spine Books 1 Reception Reading Spine Books
The Reading Spine Books 2 Year 1 Reading Spine Books
The Reading Spine Books 3 Year 2 Reading Spine Books

List of each Year Group's Reading Spine Books

As we are beginning the Reading Spine in Term 3 this academic year, children at Raunds Park Infant School will be covering the following books in the Reading Spine.

Year Group Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Owl Babies

The Gruffalo

Handa's Surprise

Rosie's Walk

Whatever Next

On the Way Home

Farmer Duck


Year 1

Where The Wild Things Are

Avocado Baby

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Lost and Found

Knuffle Bunny


Cops and Robbers


Year 2

Traction Man

Meerkat Mail

Amazing Grace

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

Dr Xangle's Book of Earthlets

The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me

Not Now Bernard

The Flower

Fantastic Mr Fox


Emily Brown and The Thing

Flat Stanley


It would be fantastic if children could also be exposed to these stories at home so if you wish to build your child's book collection, please use the lists for guidance.


We echo the thoughts of Pie Corbett;

"Great books build imagination.  Each great book develops the imagination and equips the reader with language.  Great stories build our language because around 75% of our vocabulary comes from our reading'


Picture 1 Owls & Robin's Reading Spine Area
Picture 2 Reception Reading Spine Display
Picture 3 Owls enjoying their Reading Spine Book outside

Pie Corbett's Reading Spine

Kingfisher Woodpecker