• Melissa Thom

Episode 3: Supporting Children Starting School

Updated: a day ago

Books for children around the ages of 4-5 years old.



Melissa welcomes UWE primary specialist, Jane Carter, back into the Spellbound studio. They talk about the importance books play in all aspect of (primary) school life - from preparing them for what to expect and beyond.


Melissa also pops along to independent book store, Max Minervas in Bristol and chats to children's author, Rachel Bright, who has written several books for children, including Love Monster, The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could. Rachel is also the winner of the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize and the Sainsbury's Book Award.




The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak on YouTube


Max Minervas Bookshop, Bristol


Rachel Bright




BOOK LIST: Starting School (the following list contains affiliate links)


The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

The Snail & the Whale by Julia Donaldson

Tiddler by Julia Donaldson

Fox in Socks by Dr Seuss

Dr Seuss’s ABC by Dr Seuss

Starting School by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Lucy And Tom At School by Shirley Hughes

Harry And The Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow Go To School by Ian Whybrow


I Am Too Absolutely Small For School by Lauren Child


A Cultivated Wolf by Becky Bloom and Pascal Biet

Little Red Reading Hood by Lucy Rowland and Ben Mantle

We Are In A Book by Mo Will

I Do Not Like Books Anymore by Daisy Hurst

Making Books by Paul Johnson

The Big Book of The Blue by Yuval Zommer

Oi Frog by Kes Gray

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright


The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell

Into the Forest by Anthony Browne


Spellbound Book List PDF: Starting School







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