Who says we have to leave picture books behind in Key Stage 1? These wonderful books use spellbinding illustrations to introduce children to big ideas.
Age: 5–8 | Oxford Level 15
In 1974, Philippe Petit walked across a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Centre in New York. This picture book tells the story of the event through glorious images and well-chosen words. For adults reading, the ending is especially poignant.
Age: 7–9 | Oxford Level 10–11
When a black dog appears at the Hope family’s door, everyone but the youngest Hope hides from it. The dog grows bigger and bigger until it is confronted. A beautifully-illustrated allegory perfect for talking to children about confronting their fears.
Chart: Book Bands and Oxford Reading Levels
|Age 4–5||Age 5–6||Age 6–7|
|Year: Reception||Year: 1||Year: 2|
|Band: Lilac / Level: 1||Band: Blue / Level: 4||Band: Turquoise / Level: 7|
|Band: Pink / Level: 1+||Band: Green / Level: 5||Band: Purple / Level: 8|
|Band: Red / Level: 2||Band: Orange / Level: 6||Band: Gold / Level: 9|
|Band: Yellow / Level: 3||Band: White / Level: 10|
|Band: Lime / Level: 11|
|Age 7–8||Age 8–9||Age 9–10|
|Year: 3||Year: 4||Year: 5|
|Band: Brown / Level: 9–11||Band: Grey / Level: 14||Band: Dark Blue / Level: 16|
|Band: Grey / Level: 12–13||Band: Dark Blue / Level: 15||Band: Dark Red / Level: 17|
|Band: Dark Red / Level: 18–20|