Byerley Park Primary School

60 Books to Read Before You Leave Byerley Park.

 As part of our continued drive to instil a love of reading in our pupils we are proud to share our new reading challenge that aims to encourage the children to read a range of 60 books before they leave school at the end of Year 6.

The list has been compiled from a wide range of book reviews and includes timeless classics as well as some contemporary stories and authors.

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The onus is on each individual child and family to record the stories that they have read and to keep their ‘60 Books’ reading record safe. Upon completion the children will receive a special certificate and a small gift as a reward for their achievement.

All of the books on the list are in school and are available to borrow and read.

Click on the link below to see the recommendations for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Key Stage 1 60 Books                     Key Stage 2 60 Books

Frances completed our 60 Books challenge in April 2023, just over a year since it was launched!

Frances has used the 60 Books section in our school library to help her complete the challenge and would often wake up early to read before school. Her favourite book was ‘Naughts & Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman.  Well done, Frances!

Secret Reader~ December 2023

Paul Cookson – Author Visit November 21st 2023

We were delighted to welcome Paul Cookson, poet & illustrator into school for a day.

Paul read and performed from his vast repertoire of poetry and shared some of his tips to help when writing poetry. At the end of the day the children had the opportunity to meet Paul & have signed one of his poetry anthologies.

Secret Reader ~ October 2023

New for 2023  – Book Worms Reading Club!

Starting in September 2023 the Book Worms from Y2 – Y6 will meet every Wednesday lunchtime  in Y2 to simply read and share the  love of reading.


World Book Day 2023

Here are a selection of pictures from World Book Day. The children & staff dressed in their pyjamas, dressing gowns and onsies and brought their favourite bedtime story to share with their friends. The oldest children in Y6 read to the youngest children in Reception and lots of other reading and story sharing activities took place throughout the day.

World Book Day 2022

Here are a selection of pictures from World Book Day. Children spent the day dressed in their pyjamas, dressing gowns & ‘oodies’ and brought their favourite bedtime story to school with them.

Wednesday Assembly is Reading Assembly!

Autumn Term 2023: The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy & Invisible Stanley by Jeff Brown

Summer Term 2023 : Bill’s New Frock by Anne Fine

Spring Term 2023: Mr Kip by Michael Morpurgo

Autumn Term 2022: Flat Stanley  & Flat Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown

Spring Term & Summer Term 2022: Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

Autumn Term 2021 : Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Secret Reader. Ssh!

Every half term a mystery member of staff shares a favourite story or poem with a class that they don’t usually teach. The children have no idea who will be reading to them until the Secret Reader steps into their classroom!


Secret Reader ~ Summer Term 2023

Secret Reader ~Wednesday 29th March 2023

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