Top 10 Best Books for Key Stage 1

Starting KS1 can be a challenging time for kids as they're confronted with all sorts of tricky topics and tests! However, these brilliant books will reassure young learners and give them a head-start at school. Featuring books on literacy, numeracy, science, geography and more, see below for the best books for Key Stage 1.

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1. My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things

DK

Perfect for inquisitive kids who want to know everything there is to know about everything, this exciting encyclopedia is full of fun facts, colourful illustrations and games. Sure to ignite their imaginations, it also supports the National Curriculum and is split into four sections: All About Me, Animals, People and My Planet. The information within is complemented by vibrant illustrations and photographs, and children are sure to impress friends and family with all the fascinating facts they learn.

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2. Times Tables: A Pull-the-Tab Book

This ingenious book will help kids master the 1-12 times tables in a fun, easy and interactive way. As they work through their times tables, they can write down their answers on the wipe-clean spreads and pull out the tab on each page to see if they're correct. This colourful book comes complete with an at-a-glance times-table chart, too.

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3. Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1

With a whopping 31 books in the series, these intergalactic adventures are perfect for kids who are looking to tackle their very first chapter books. They're full of space-tacular stories, activities and facts that will build children's reading confidence, progressing from Oxford Reading Level 7 to Level 11. The malevolent Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis, and it's up to Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day! Join the adventure in these riveting reads.

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4. See Inside: Your Body

Katie Daynes and Colin King

Uncover the amazing world of our very own bodies in this brilliant book, which reveals the body's inner workings in a humorous, interesting and inventive way. It features fun flaps to lift, bright illustrations and diagrams that display the major organs of the body, accompanied by funny and informative text.

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5. The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas

Ruth Brocklehurst

Explore our wonderful world and all the people and places within it with this engrossing children's atlas. Journey from the arid African plains to the frozen Arctic tundra, picking up heaps of fun facts on the way about countries and their capital cities, famous landmarks, the longest rivers and the highest mountains. Kids are sure to be kept engaged as they test their knowledge with quiz questions and spot interesting objects on the pages. This inventive introduction to our planet and the different cultures around the world is perfect for little learners.

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6. Spell Check

DK

With this colourful spelling book, kids will learn all the vital spelling rules as well as how to spell over 2,000 words. Featuring an appealing visual style, discover useful spelling tips and tricks, key word lists and tricky words that trip up spellers of all ages! With plenty of practice and support provided, kids are sure to become spelling experts with this indispensable book.

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7. Letts KS1 English SATs Revision Help Series

Letts

This indispensable series of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of English and achieve success at Key Stage 1 level. However your child learns best - whether by seeing, hearing, doing, or a mixture of the three - these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them unravel the often difficult subject of English. The series includes a practice workbook, a revision guide and useful practice test papers.

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8. Lift-the-Flap: Telling the Time

Rosie Hore

This fun and funky book shows children how to tell the time in an entertaining way. It also features interesting information about different time zones and the sunrise. It reveals the time birds wake up and provides an introduction to the months of the year, and even gives kids the chance to make their own clock with moving hands. Kids will be having so much fun, time will fly as they read this book!

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9. Carol Vorderman: Top of the Class KS1

Carol Vorderman

Help your child become the class clever-clogs with these Key Stage 1 workbooks that cover all the important subjects for children aged 5-7. They come in a fun and handy bag, and feature activities and exercises that will help children have fun as they learn. Plus, kids can enjoy 150 gold sticker stars, sure to keep them motivated!

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10. First Animal Encyclopedia

DK

Explore the awe-inspiring animal kingdom with this comprehensive creature compendium. From tiny critters that live on the jungle floor, to enormous beasts that dwell in the depths of the ocean, this bumper book is perfect for any young animal enthusiast. Watch animals in action, investigate their habits and quirks, and take a trip around the world to explore their habitats. Learn all about the different animal groups, including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, insects and fish, through stunning colour images, fun fact boxes and engaging 'curiosity quizzes' that are sure to make learning exciting.

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Don't forget to explore our full range of the best books for Key Stage 1.

  • UCP2 3 years +
    Ruth Brocklehurst
    3 years +
    (4)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £5.00
    The Usborne Children's Picture Atlas gives readers aged 3 and over an intriguing look at the world - from the hot African plains to the frozen Arctic tundra.

    Featuring fun facts about countries and their capital cities, their famous landmarks, longest rivers and highest mountains - and with picture stories throughout as well - this is a brilliant home resource for young children as they begin to explore the wider world and the people and places within it.

    With quiz questions to engage the reader and interesting objects to spot on the pages, this is a simple and appealing introduction to maps and different cultures for preschool children.
  • SIB 5 years +
    Katie Daynes
    5 years +
    (8)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    The perfect book for uncovering the amazing secrets of the human body, See Inside Your Body will allow children to discover the body's inner workings in a humorous, accurate and inventive way.

    This hardback contains flaps to lift, bright illustrations and diagrams that display the major organs of the body and are accompanied by a witty, clear and informative factual text.

    An exciting book that reveals how thousands of different body parts work together to keep us alive, and will be ideal for children as they begin to learn about the human body at school.
  • Carol Vorderman: Top of the Class KS1 Collection - 10 Books in a Satchel - Collection - 9780241199602 - Carol Vorderman
    CVTO 5 years +
    5 years +
    (5)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £39.90
    • Save £29.91
    • Just £1.00 per book
    Help your child become 'Top of the Class' with the help of Carol Vorderman and these 10 Key Stage 1 workbooks that cover the most important subjects for children aged between 5 and 7.

    Coming in a handy carry bag and with exercises and activities that will help children have fun as they learn, the books also come with 150 gold reward sticker stars so you can let them know when they are doing a good job.

    Sure to come in extremely useful and a great addition to what they're learning at school, the books cover everything from English and spelling to maths and science. A first-class edition to your child's learning, with each book progressing in time with the curriculum so that the information is relevant and will come in useful during their lessons.
  • Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1 Collection - 31 Books - Collection - 9780192739841
    PXAA 6 years +
    6 years +
    (58)
    • £19.99
    • RRP £154.90
    • Save £134.91
    • Just 64.00p per book
    Packed with fantastic artwork and ideal for preparing Year 2 schoolchildren aged 6 and above as they look to tackle their very first chapter books, our Project X Alien Adventures Collection is full of fun stories, activities and facts that will help young readers build their confidence in reading at Oxford Reading Level 7 and then progress right through to Level 11.

    Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis. Now Exis's only chance for freedom is for Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day, free Exis from Badlaw and save Nok's parents, too!

    Gripping and sure to have even the most reluctant reader wanting to turn the pages and read on, this huge collection of 31 books is specially written by the creators of the Oxford Reading Tree (Biff, Chip and Kipper) to encourage children to enjoy reading independently.

    This 31-book collection covers Oxford Reading Tree Levels 7 to 11 (book bands Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White and Lime). It is suitable for children in Year 2/P3.

    Please note the books in this collection vary in size. The dimensions stated are for the wallet that the books are presented in.
  • LTFM 5 years +
    Rosie Hore
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    Telling the time is an essential life skill and it's never too early to learn how to do it. This fun book explains not only how to figure out what time it is but also answers questions about different time zones and the sunrise.

    It reveals fascinating information including the time that birds wake up and provides an introduction to the months of the year. An essential book for preschoolers, this will come in very useful and help them learn everything they ever wanted to know about time.

    This book is highly useful and even gives children the chance to make their own clock with moving hands!
  • AOXVT 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £7.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £2.00
    Bursting with animal facts for kids, First Animal Encyclopedia reveals everything kids want to know about the animal kingdom. From tiny critters that live on the jungle floor to giant creatures that dwell in the depths of the ocean, First Animal Encyclopedia reveals the mysteries of the animal world. Watch animals in action, investigate their habits and find out their habitats in this first animal encyclopedia. Kids will learn all about different animal groups, including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, insects and fish through beautiful colour images, quirky "Did you know" fact boxes and engaging "curiosity quizzes" make learning engaging and exciting. DK's First Reference is a great for children who want to explore the world around them.
  • SPCH 5 years +
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    This book not only teaches children all the spelling rules but also will help them learn how to spell over 2,000 words.

    With an appealing visual style, it explains the useful spelling rules and patterns; focuses on the key word lists your children need to know; and will explain about some of the tricky words that trip all ages up.

    Providing plenty of practice and support, Spell Check is sure to make your children spelling superstars.
  • Times Tables: A Pull-the-Tab Book - Hardback - 9781488907289
    PLTT 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £2.49
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £5.50
    One of the trickiest subjects children learn at school, this book will help children learn the 1-12 times tables in a fun, easy and interactive way.

    Children will be able to work through their times tables aloud and write down their answers before pulling out the tab on each page to see if they are correct.

    This wipe-clean book has been designed especially for repeated practice and comes complete with an at-a-glance times-table chart.
  • EVIT 5 years +
    5 years +
    (1)
    • £7.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £7.00
    Especially designed for little learners who want to know everything there is to know about everything, DK's My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things is full of fun facts, colourful illustrations and games.

    Sure to ignite and inspire their imaginations, the book supports the National Curriculum and is split into four different sections: All About Me, Animals, People and My Planet. A combination of illustrations and photography surround the facts and there are so many facts and figure for children to dip into.

    Children aged 4 and over will love to read, learn and discover more about our planet and the people, animals and places that exist on it.
  • Letts KS1 English SATs Revision Help Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007961870
    LKSE 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £5.99
    • RRP £15.97
    • Save £9.98
    • Just £2.00 per book
    This unique collection of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of English and achieve success at Key Stage 1 level.

    Whether your children learn best by seeing, hearing or doing (or even if a mixture of the three works well for them), these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them find the answers they need for the notoriously difficult subject of English.
    Featured in the collection are a practice workbook, a revision guide and even some practice test papers.