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Edwards Hall

Reading Spine

Reading Spine

Reading for pleasure is known to have a significant impact on children's attainment and life chances. We have developed a 'reading spine' of key books that we believe will enrich children's experiences, bring enjoyment and nurture a love of reading.

Some of these books will be read in their entirety; others will be studied in extract form. All will be available for children to enjoy.


This reading spine was compiled using the principles of Doug Lemov's '5 Reading Plagues', combined with our drive to represent diversity in the books children read and the authors who have written them. We have aimed to include a range of well-known authors and high-quality, recently published stories.