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Booklists

The downloads in this area of our website are all book lists.

These feature some of our favourite titles and there are selections to suit all ages.

We will add to this area regularly, so please check back soon to see what's new.

Booklists
14/06/2018
11 Reasons to Publish Children's Writing

11 Reasons to Publish Children's Writing

The terms ‘publishing’, ‘published writing’ or ‘published outcomes’ are often bandied about – we’ve definitely been mentioning them a lot during our recent moderation visits, but what do they mean in real terms; why should we dedicate time to publishing…

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01/06/2018
June Literature Review

June Literature Review

Following this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which ran from May 14th-18th, and rather ironically coincided with key stage 2 SATS week, this month’s literature review theme is one of health and well-being: both physical and mental. Its not ‘news’…

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30/04/2018
May Literature Review

May Literature Review

‘Toxic masculinity’, misogyny and the empowerment of girls are oft-used themes of late – and, in many ways, rightly so. With the market flooded with children’s literature that champions women’s rights, we’ve seen brilliant titles in recent years such as Goodnight…

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17/04/2018
Six Tips for Moderation

Six Tips for Moderation

Our moderation team put our heads together to create our wishlist for a smooth moderation, so we thought we'd share them with you in the form of our six top tips! Tell us about the child. We don't know them…

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25/03/2018
April Literature Review

April Literature Review

With the vernal equinox in mind, this month’s selection of texts is full of life and colour: all three are beautifully illustrated and all convey a sense of vitality, newness and growth. But the growth element runs deeper too because…

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27/02/2018
March Literature Review

March Literature Review

 Last month, we reflected upon the power of literature that explores the darker side of life and how important this can be for children in supporting them to develop resilience to, and understanding of, their world. We shared Matt de…

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20/02/2018
An Ode to Audio

An Ode to Audio

So half-term is over for us but picture this if you will.  We're in a (very small) car and It's raining. We have five hours to go until our final destination, which is not the most cheering of thoughts, but…

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29/01/2018
February Literature Review

February Literature Review

After a brief time of hibernation with the many amazing books we were gifted for Christmas, we are delighted to bring to you our first literature review of this shiny New Year and this particular one is something of a…

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10/01/2018
Spelling: New Year, Knew Ewe

Spelling: New Year, Knew Ewe

Okay, forgive us the title - we find it hard to resist a good pun at The Literacy Tree, especially when it includes a homophone, but this last year we have done a lot of thinking and talking about spelling…

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29/11/2017
Christmas Bibliotherapy: Staff Picks for 2017

Christmas Bibliotherapy: Staff Picks for 2017

We believe books can make for the best presents and as we are often asked what books we would buy for our own family or friends, and particularly in a year with such a huge range of excellent new releases…

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27/10/2017
November Literature Review

November Literature Review

What if thoughts really do become things? What if the power of the human mind could be used to summon that which we needed? And what if our imagination could save us in the most unexpected of situations? It’s not…

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02/10/2017
Meeting Lauren Child and Kate DiCamillo

Meeting Lauren Child and Kate DiCamillo

We had a wonderful opportunity last week to spend an evening with Lauren Child, UK Children's Laureate and Kate DiCamillo, the former U.S National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. This was hosted by another favourite author (and children's book blogger/radio…

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30/09/2017
October 2017 Literature Review

October 2017 Literature Review

It is the human condition to have preferences, to enjoy predictability and routine but there is much to be said about leaving one’s comfort zone, trying new things and pushing boundaries. There have been numerous studies on ‘growth’ versus ‘fixed’…

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21/09/2017

Books with Strong Geographical Links

We have chosen some of our favourite books that have clear and distinct geographical links! There is a mixture of longer and shorter narratives with specific geographical settings, narrative non-fiction texts that give us information about geography or have strong…

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18/09/2017
Why the Book is the Hook

Why the Book is the Hook

A few years ago, when the curriculum we've come to know, and (maybe love is too strong a word) make our own was merely in draft form, we were asked to prepare an example of planning for a group of Heads…

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29/08/2017
September 2017 Literature Review

September 2017 Literature Review

In times where things may appear rather bleak in our world, literature is always going to be the medium through which beauty, tales of resilience, exploration and discovery can be transferred to readers the world-over. And what better time than…

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09/08/2017
Thinking Thematically

Thinking Thematically

One of our favourite things is when we are asked to visit a school to help shape their English curriculum. This is an enjoyable task for many reasons: it allows us to recommend texts that we believe will both engage…

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01/08/2017
August Literature Review

August Literature Review

With the summer holiday in full-swing, some of us are away, planning to be away or about to return home and so there is something of a theme to this month’s Literature Review - there’s no place like home! And…

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27/07/2017

Full and Fractured Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are vital to refer to for plot and character when it comes to teaching any narrative form...Hans Christian Anderson’s tales feature heavily here and The Brothers Grimm are widely attributed as being the collectors of many of these…

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26/07/2017

Books with Distinct Historical Links

Some of these books are based on actual events but have a ‘fiction feel’ about them. Others are based in that time period and do well to create an authentic story within the time frame.

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26/07/2017

Books with Distinct Scientific Links

We have chosen some of our favourite scientific books – there’s something here for everyone to get geeky about! There is a mixture of narratives that contain scientific characters and contexts, narrative non-fiction texts that give us information about scientists…

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Sequences

  • Can We Save the Tiger

    KS: LKS2 / UKS2, Upper KS2

    Year Group: Year 6

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  • Sidney, Stella and the Moon

    KS: R & KS1, R & KS1 / LKS2

    Year Group: Year 1

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  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

    KS: LKS2 / UKS2, Upper KS2

    Year Group: Year 5

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Training

  • 06 Sep

    An Introduction to the Literary Curriculum

    Suitable for: New teachers at existing Literary Curriculum schools, School leaders/English subject leaders

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  • 12 Oct

    Entitlement: Teaching Reading Comprehension in Years 3 & 4

    Suitable for: Years 3 & 4

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  • 19 Oct

    Entitlement: Teaching Reading Comprehension in Years 5 & 6

    Suitable for: Years 5 & 6

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Blog & Booklists

  • 11 Reasons to Publish Children's Writing

    Posted On: 14/06/2018

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  • June Literature Review

    Posted On: 01/06/2018

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  • May Literature Review

    Posted On: 30/04/2018

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