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George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl | BBC Teach

Presenters Dick and Dom explain why 'George's Marvellous Medicine' by Roald Dahl is their favourite children's book. They discuss the story, and read an extr...

 Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine helps every child build their inner kingdom of stories. “Imagine a school where pupils enjoy, discuss and work with a core of books. These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is the Reading Spine… a common bank of stories that bind the community together.” That’s how literacy expert Pie describes the Reading Spine. We love the idea – and if you love it too, this book will help you get started, with six simple steps to follow, plus top tips and teaching notes.


  • Six steps towards creating a Reading Spine in your school
  • Discover a core selection of classics to share with your pupils
  • Bring the books to life in class with engaging teaching notes
  • Follow Pie’s top tips for reading aloud with different age groups


Our free downloadable guides provide invaluable support for teachers using the Reading Spine to teach comprehension, drama and writing.

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Reading Podcast - World Book Day 2024

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Oxford Levels Explained

Oxford Reading Levels (Progression Chart)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame | BBC Teach

Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson explains why The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is his favourite children's book. He talks about the lovable charact...