August Reading List: Super Summer Holidays

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The summer holidays are flying by and it will soon be time to head back to school. To help you hold on to that holiday feeling for just a little longer once you’re back in the classroom, we’ve brought together a sunny selection of books all about holidays – perfect for your start of term lessons focusing on what everyone has been up to during their break!

Home for a Night

Home for a Night, by Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta
Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper
Oxford Level 3 (Reception/P1)

Join Biff, Chip and Kipper as they head off to spend the night in a yurt! Like all of the books in the Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper series, this book is topic-linked to a non-fiction book, to encourage children to read across both genres and includes an Explorer Challenge to engage them.

Take a look at the whole Level 3 pack or buy Home for a Night on Amazon.

This book is also available on Oxford Reading Buddy, with accompanying quiz to test comprehension.

A Trip to the Beach

A Trip to the Beach, by Claire Llewellyn
Oxford Reading Tree: Floppy’s Phonics
Oxford Level 4 (Reception-Year 2/P1-3)

Take a trip to the beach with this decodable non-fiction book and explore all the things you can do at the seaside with some help from Biff, Chip and Kipper. 

Take a look at the whole Level 4 pack or buy A Trip to the Beach on Amazon.

This book is also available on Oxford Reading Buddy, with accompanying quiz to test comprehension.

The Seagull

The Seagull, by Tim Little
Project X Alien Adventures
Oxford Level 5 (Reception-Year 2/P1-3)

A day out at the seaside leads to a perilous adventure as the micro-friends try to escape from a seagull. This story from the Project X Alien Adventures series includes an important message about protecting the beach from litter. 

Take a look at the whole Level 5 pack or buy The Seagull on Amazon.

Find a quiz to test comprehension for this book on
Oxford Reading Buddy.

Holiday in Japan

Holiday in Japan, by Roderick Hunt & Alex Brychta
Biff, Chip and Kipper: Decode and Develop
Oxford Level 7 (Year 1-3/P2-4)

Even if you haven’t had an exotic holiday this summer, you can head to the other side of the world from the comfort of your classroom! Holiday in Japan is a Decode and Develop story, which means that it’s phonically-based to support children who are ready to move into richer reading.

Take a look at the whole Level 7 pack or buy Holiday in Japan on Amazon.

Princess Pip's Holiday

Princess Pip’s Holiday, by Sally Prue
TreeTops
Level 10 (Year 2-4/P3-5)

Princess Pip goes on holiday to the seaside in this TreeTops story, designed to help your junior readers develop their own reading tastes as they build their stamina. Pip expects the trip to be boring, but perhaps her new friend Daisy can help. This story provides a great starting point for encouraging children to talk about their own holidays – and what they did or didn’t enjoy about them!

Take a look at the whole Level 10 pack or buy Princess Pip’s Holiday on Amazon.

From the Deep, by Hawys Morgan
Oxford Reading Buddy Coaching eBook
Level 15 (Year 3-5/P4-6)

It’s the summer holidays and Noah has been sent to stay with his aunt and uncle. One day, Noah notices a strange, shimmering wave in the sea. Is this a creature from the deep?

From the Deep is a Coaching eBook containing a personalised reading buddy who supports the child as they read and asks questions to deepen comprehension. From the Deep is available as part of a subscription to Oxford Reading Buddy.

Holiday of a Lifetime

Holiday of a Lifetime, by John Dougherty
TreeTops Reflect
Level 18 (Year 5-7/P6-S1)

Join budding writer Izzy as the Travises set out looking for adventure in this hilarious and insightful story about a chaotic family holiday. Use this TreeTops Reflect story to get your class thinking about interactions between generations, resolving sibling conflicts and the effect of mood and attitude on our experiences. 

Take a look at the Levels 18-20: Mixed Pack or buy Holiday of a Lifetime on Amazon.

Find a quiz to test comprehension for this book on
Oxford Reading Buddy.

Space Holidays

Space Holidays and Other Freaky Futures, by Paul Mason
Project X Origins
Level 20 (Year 4-6/P5-7)

What is the world going to be like in 60 years’ time? How will advances in technology change our day-to-day lives? Get ready for a completely different kind of holiday in this exciting non-fiction book and ask your class to predict what their holidays will be like in the future!

Take a look at the whole Level 20 pack or buy Space Holidays and Other Freaky Futures on Amazon.


Hopefully we’ve done enough to make that holiday feeling last long into the Autumn term! 

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