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Picture books are not just glorious to look at and a pleasure to share, they also encourage children to develop a range of strategies, such as inference and visualisation, that enhance their reading comprehension. When teaching children to read the difference between those that have had access to lots of different picture books and those that have not is clear and the Department for Education’s Reading Framework (updated July 2023) outlines the importance of teachers sharing picture books with children to encourage reading for pleasure during this crucial stage in the reading journey. Our picture book boxes represent our recommendations of the best picture books for children in KS1 (age 5–7) for primary school classrooms to give children the experiences and love of books they need to become confident readers.