The best books Primary Teachers can use in their lessons


Books provide a dependable resource for primary teachers, offering everything from inspirational ideas to guidance on lesson planning.

Given the wide range of the primary curriculum, these resources are often pivotal to enabling teachers to be successful in the classroom too.

Not only can primary teachers utilise the resources to form the basis of their lessons, but it should also enable the creation of fun and engaging learning environments.

Of course, it’s important to know what sort of books and resources to look out for, so that they can maximise the potential benefits of their use.


Given the nature of the subject, English stands to benefit most from the use of reading materials in lessons.

Primary teachers may wish to look to the works of famous children’s authors such as Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson to pique the curiosity of their class

Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog series are both popular, as they provide numerous opportunities to be creative in lessons too – from weaving in drawing and art to exploring aspects of the English language.

Another popular classroom choice is Biff, Chip and Kipper; first written by Roderick Hunt and illustrated by Alex Brychta in 1986, hundreds of stories have since been published for use in classrooms around the world.

The School Reading List details an array of useful books that a primary teacher could weave into lesson plans.


Books are also an incredibly useful way of introducing mathematical concepts to young children, especially those which use picture-book type presentations.

Not only do they provide a visual representation of math problems such as pie charts, probabilities, and fractions, they often do it in a way that is both entertaining and easy to understand.

Edward Einhorn’s A Very Improbable Story and Fractions in Disguise are two such examples, alongside 2x2=Boo! by Loreen Leedy and Spaghetti and Meatballs for All by Marilyn Burns.

In addition to books, primary teachers may want to incorporate other resources into their lesson plans for maths, toys such as Lego, sweets, coins and even paperclips can aid counting and basic arithmetic.

The sciences

Science teaching can be taught very creatively too, as there are a wide array of ways to introduce concepts and theory, both in the classroom and in other environments too.

Teaching Science in the Primary Classroom by Hellen Ward and Judith Roden provides plenty of creative and engaging options for primary teachers, as does Helena Gillespie’s Science for Primary School Teachers.

In addition, details how science can be taught through popular stories, and teachers can find a range of readily-available resources on the website to aid the development of lesson plans.

Should primary teachers still need inspiration, the Book Trust created a list of the 100 best children’s books in 2015, split into resources for different age groups.

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