English Reading Diploma grades 1-2

This HelMet English Reading Diploma is for 1-2 grade students.

When you have read ten (10) books, you get a diploma. You can select books from this list or select books that are interesting to you that are not found on this list. Ask your teacher if books not on the list can be used for the Reading Diploma. You can also ask a librarian for ideas.

You can also read audiobooks and e-books.

When you have completed the Reading Diploma you can then complete a bonus diploma by reading ten (10) different books. Ask for help from your teacher and or a librarian.

Table of contents

Picture books • Easy readers • Children's fiction • Poetry, Fairy tales and Comic Books • Nonfiction • Graphic Novels

Picture books

Little people, big dreams series

Little people, big dreams series

This series explores the lives of outstanding people who all began life as children with a dream.

Bear's House of Books Bishop Poppy

Bear's House of Books

Rabbit loves adventure stories, Hedgehog adores happy endings, and Mouse and Fox enjoy reading together. So when the friends discover a mysterious house full of books, it's a dream come true!

The Way Home for Wolf Bright Rachel

The Way Home for Wolf

Wilf is as strong and independent as a wolf cub can be. He doesn't need help from his friends and family - whatever it is, he can do it all by himself.

The Secret garden Brill Calista

The Secret garden

The classic story is retold and beautifully illustrated! Open the door to a world of wonder and enter the secret garden...

My teacher is a monster! : (no, I Am Not) Brown Peter

My teacher is a monster! : (no, I Am Not)

Are all monsters what they seem?

Air miles Burningham John

Air miles

A poignant book about new horizons and saying goodbye from best-loved creators: John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury. Miles is a difficult dog who loves to ride in his motor car.

Swashby and the Sea Ferry Beth

Swashby and the Sea

Captain Swashby loves the sea, his oldest friend. And he loves his life by the sea just as it is: salty and sandy and serene.One day, much to Swashby's chagrin, a young girl and her granny commandeer the empty house next door. All Swashby wants is for his new neighbors to GO AWAY and take their ruckus with them.

This is Finland Havukainen Aino

This is Finland

Tatu and Patu’s guide contains hard facts couched in hilarious form. Those wacky Oddville brothers Tatu and Patu do not leave a stone, a sauna, or even a Santa unturned in their quest to get to the bottom of Finland, its history, its wild natural landscape, or even its quirky inhabitants.

Starbird King-Chai Sharon


Starbird's songs weave the richest dreams and delight all who hear him, but when the Moon King traps him in a cage, the colour and life in his voice begin to drip away. What follows is a story with the feel of a timeless myth, with the message that that captivity dims even the brightest star.

I Want My Hat Back Klassen Jon

I Want My Hat Back

This hilarious book tells the story of a bear who's hat has gone. And he wants it back.

The tale of a toothbrush Leonard M.G.

The tale of a toothbrush

Children use their toothbrush each morning and evening, and get new ones every few months.That's billions of toothbrushes! What happens to them all when they're no longer needed?

The bear and the piano Litchfield David

The bear and the piano

What happens when the bear learns to play the piano?

In a jar marcero deborah

In a jar

When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets a young girl named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.

A book of feelings McCardie Amanda

A book of feelings

Feelings. We all have them, all the time. This book is about them.

Endlessly ever after Snyder Laurel

Endlessly ever after

Grab your basket and your coat. Put on some walking shoes. Turn the page and begin: Which story will you choose? Award-winning creators Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat transform a crowd of classic tales into an ever-changing, fascinating, laugh-out-loud choose-your-path picture book, in which you may find a sleeping maiden, waste away in a sticky licorice cage, discover the gold at the end of a wild goose chase, or maybe (just maybe) save yourself and the day!

The astro naughty naughty baddies Sperring Mark

The astro naughty naughty baddies

The Naughty Naughty Baddies are wickedly wicked, awfully awful and diabolically dreadful, and they have just come up with a mischievous plan to blast off to the moon and to stitch up the President.

Easy readers

Reading champion series

Reading champion series

Exciting stories and beautiful artwork.

Usborne first reading series

Usborne first reading series

An exciting series of for children who are just starting to learn to read.

Little Gems series

Little Gems series

Fun, colorful pictures and easy to read books.

Read it yourself

Read it yourself

Reading these Ladybird's books is fun.

Green Bananas series

Green Bananas series

Three easy and fun stories in each book to learn reading.

Blue bananas series

Blue bananas series

Blue Bananas are exciting short stories for beginner readers that bridge the gap between picture books and fiction.

Red bananas series

Red bananas series

Red Bananas helps students progress from the first stages of fluent reading to the demands of a chapter book.

Early Reader series

Early Reader series

Early Readers are fun stories that help starting readers go from picture books to reading books.

DK Super Readers

DK Super Readers

Combining DK's four-level reading program with the ever-popular Marvel comics, this book will help kids learn how to read-and learn to love reading.

Yasmin series Faruqi Saadia

Yasmin series

Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems.

Zoe's Rescue Zoo series Cobb Amelia

Zoe's Rescue Zoo series

Zoe lives at her uncle’s rescue zoo that takes care of lost and homeless animals. But Zoe also has a secret: she can understand what animals say and talk to them!

Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World Davies Jacqueline

Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World

Sydney is a skunk and Taylor is a hedgehog, but no matter how odd the pairing may seem, their friendship comes naturally.

Swallows and spiders : two stories in one Donaldson Julia

Swallows and spiders : two stories in one

Two delightful animal tales that are just right for young readers.

Gnomes Gnomes Gnomes! Fine Anne

Gnomes Gnomes Gnomes!

Sam loves making gnomes out of clay. When Sam's mum says the gnomes will have to go, he plans a send-off for his clay friends.

Batman Has a Plan Gallo Tina

Batman Has a Plan

Batman Has a Plan was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading!

Reading Ladder series Hargreaves Roger

Reading Ladder series

Level 1 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for new readers who are beginning to read simple stories with help.

The Beast of Bramble Woods Hart Caryl

The Beast of Bramble Woods

Nell and Freddie go camping and have the best time ever! But the Beast of Bramble Woods wants to join in the fun...

Dorling Kindersley readers Jenner Caryn

Dorling Kindersley readers

Fiction and nonfiction titles from DK for early and emerging readers.

Miles Lewis Lyons Kelly Starling

Miles Lewis

Miles Lewis loves science and sports. But when his teacher announces a class field trip to an ice skating rink to learn about physics, he isn't so excited.

Rainbow magic series Meadows Daisy

Rainbow magic series

These fairy books are divided to smaller book series. You can read any book from this series.

Read it yourself with Ladybird Philpott Ellen

Read it yourself with Ladybird

A renowned series featuring non-fiction as well as modern and traditional stories. Designed so that children can read them for themselves, the stories are carefully graded into five reading levels.

Unipiggle Shaw Hannah


Meet the princess who loves breaking the rules and her Royal Unicorn, who happens to be a pig! A madcap and much-loved adventure series for 6-8 year olds, perfectly bridging the gap from picture books to chapter books.

Battle for Naboo Stock Lisa

Battle for Naboo

A reading book based on the climatic battle of Naboo from ""Star Wars Episode 1"". Learn about the characters and their weapons and vehicles.

Animal Stories series Webb Holly

Animal Stories series

These beautifully illustrated stories introduce a host of lost and lonely puppies and kittens. These books are guaranteed to melt your heart!

Sophie Takes to the Sky Woodfine Katherine

Sophie Takes to the Sky

Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while everyone else goes to watch him fly in his marvellous balloon.

Children's fiction

Super Cute series Bird Pip

Super Cute series

Prepare to enter a whole world of cute! Pip Bird's laugh-out-loud, heart-warming stories celebrate the differences in us all.

Anna Liza and the happy practice Colfer Eoin

Anna Liza and the happy practice

Anna Liza likes to cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients.

Billy and the Mini Monsters series Davidson Zanna

Billy and the Mini Monsters series

Billy is an ordinary boy until one night he finds five mini monsters living in his sock drawer.

Rabbit and Bear series Gough Julian

Rabbit and Bear series

This is a brilliantly funny series of a rabbit and a bear who discover that things are always better when they're shared with a friend. Ideal for readers moving on from picture books.

The princess in black Hale Shannon

The princess in black

When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia becomes the Princess in Black!

The secret rescuers series Harrison Paula

The secret rescuers series

Can Sophy and the other children manage to keep their rescued baby dragons and other mythical animals secret?

Kitty series Harrison Paula

Kitty series

Kitty is a superhero-in-training with feline superpowers. She dreams of being like her superhero mum one day, but she's still got a lot to learn.

Bad Nana: Older not wiser Henn Sophy

Bad Nana: Older not wiser

Jeanie’s Grandma is BAD. Not bad like a vampire or a gangster or anything, more like . . . up to no good. Sometimes she can be a bit embarrassing but most of the time she’s REALLY fun, especially when she gets Jeanie involved in her mischievous schemes.

Cosmic Creatures Huddleston Tom

Cosmic Creatures

On a faraway planet, cute alien animals need help! Luckily, Charlie and her robot friend, Random, are ready for any rescue adventure...

Freddie Mole, lion tamer McCall Smith Alexander

Freddie Mole, lion tamer

Freddie is an ordinary boy who joins the circus one day. He can't believe his luck as he is asked to understudy some of the acts. But is he brave enough to go into the lions' cage?

Magic Animal Friends series Meadows Daisy

Magic Animal Friends series

In this magical world animals can talk and play just like us. Read about their magical adventures.

Mimi and the mountain dragon Morpurgo Michael

Mimi and the mountain dragon

A Christmas tale from Switzerland about a brave little girl and a terrible mountain dragon...

The worst witch series Murphy Jill

The worst witch series

Mildred Hubble is a trainee witch at Miss Cackle's Academy, and she's making an awful mess of it.

Penny Dreadful series Nadin Joanna

Penny Dreadful series

Penny’s name is not actually Penny Dreadful. She just happens to be a magnet for disaster…

Bicycling to the moon Parvela Timo

Bicycling to the moon

Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on top of a hill.

Space detectives series Powers Mark

Space detectives series

Dog lost in space? Grown an extra head and don't know why? Pocket money stolen by a green blob? You need the Space Detectives!

Winnie the Witch series Thomas Valerie

Winnie the Witch series

Winnie the Witch lives in a black house. She has black chairs and black stairs, black floors and black doors. Winnie’s cat Wilbur is black, too. And that is how the trouble begins!

Marshmallow Pie series Vulliamy Clara

Marshmallow Pie series

Marshmallow Marmaduke Vanilla-Bean Sugar-Pie Fluffington-Fitz-Noodle is a big, fluffy (and grumpy) cat.

Poetry, Fairy tales and Comic Books

Billy and the Minpins

Billy and the Minpins

Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does!

Stories to Read Aloud Brooks Felicity

Stories to Read Aloud

Perfect for storytime, this collection of ten traditional and much-loved stories includes The Princess and the Pea, Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood.

Smile out Loud Coelho Joseph

Smile out Loud

Waterstones Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho presents another brilliant compendium of poetry to read out loud and make you smile! From the fantastic duo behind Poems Aloud comes twenty five original poems designed to be read aloud to project confidence, conjure happiness, make you laugh or cheer others up.

The enormous crocodile Dahl Roald

The enormous crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!

Revolting rhymes Dahl Roald

Revolting rhymes

This book is filled with revolting rhymes!

The hare and the tortoise Davidson Susanna

The hare and the tortoise

“I’m so fast!” boasts Hare. “Humph!” says Tortoise, in a grump. “Hare, I challenge you to a race!” But who will win?

The town mouse and the country mouse Davidson Susanna

The town mouse and the country mouse

Town Mouse loves to live the high life, while his cousin Country Mouse prefers a quieter life. When the two visit each other’s homes, will they realise that sometimes differences aren’t always a bad thing?

The scarecrows' wedding Donaldson Julia

The scarecrows' wedding

Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay know just what they need for the perfect wedding day: a goose-feather dress; two wedding rings and lots of pink flowers! But as they search the farm to find everything on their list, things don't quite go to plan and the scarecrows' special day is almost ruined by wicked scarecrow, Reginald Rake.

Shuffle and squelch : poems and rhymes for children Donaldson Julia

Shuffle and squelch : poems and rhymes for children

A wonderful rhyme book full of action and noise!

Looga and Barooga Etherington Robin

Looga and Barooga

Join friends Looga and Barooga on two awesome adventures with hungry pirates and sea monsters, as they use their imagination to face their fears!

Stories from Moominvalley Jansson Tove

Stories from Moominvalley

Anything can happen in Moominvalley!

Always Pooh and me : a collection of favourite poems Milne A.A:

Always Pooh and me : a collection of favourite poems

This selection of poetry features Christopher Robin and his dear friend, Pooh, with beautiful decorations from Winnie-the-Pooh artist E.H.Shepard, making it the perfect book for those who would like to be six for ever and ever.

Kites Mole Simon


The day that David moved to Fivehills, The first thing he noticed was the kites. David knows that to fit in at Fivehills, he needs a kite.

Who is King? : ten magical stories from Africa Naidoo Beverley

Who is King? : ten magical stories from Africa

This book has African fairy tales, for example one story tells how elephants got their trunks.

The little red hen Patchett Fiona

The little red hen

Who will help the Little Red Hen plant some grains of wheat? Not one of her three best friends.

Green tights -18 funny rhymes Rissanen Riikka

Green tights -18 funny rhymes

Green Tights is a playful rhyme and word-gymnastics book for young and older schoolchildren and all wordniks who take an interest in English. The colourful illustrations contain terms in both English and Finnish.

The Little Prince Saint-Exupery Antoine De

The Little Prince

Meet the Little Prince, a young fellow who hails from a tiny, distant planet. He loves to watch sunsets and look after his flower, to ask questions and to laugh. And now here he is on Earth, appearing out of nowhere in the middle of the desert, looking for a friend.

Pip, Lop, Mip, Bop Smart Jamie

Pip, Lop, Mip, Bop

Join Pip, Lop, Mip and Bop on two fun adventures in the garden! Can the friends come to the rescue when they discover a star has fallen from the sky?

Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems Stevens Roger

Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems

This beautiful book features a full alphabet of shape poems of different animals, birds, and insects.

Interstellar Cinderella Underwood Deborah

Interstellar Cinderella

Once upon a planetoid, amid her tools and sprockets, a girl named Cinderella dreamed of fixing fancy rockets. With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball.


Everyday journeys of ordinary things Stella Gurney

Everyday journeys of ordinary things

Why does a light come on when you flick a switch? How can cheese from the supermarket have come out of a cow? What happens when you send a text?

Around the world in 80 ways

Around the world in 80 ways

Travel around the world by yacht, tram, train, jetpack, camel...

Usborne pet guides series

Usborne pet guides series

Looking after cats, dogs, rabbits or gerbils is fun. But what do they need?

100 Things to Know About... Series

100 Things to Know About... Series

These richly illustrated books are perfect for broadening knowledge of an essential subject, away from the classroom.

The story of people Barr Catherine

The story of people

When did the first humans live? How did humans spread all over the world? What will happen to humans in the future?

Let's save the Great Barrier Reef : why we must protect our planet Barr Catherine

Let's save the Great Barrier Reef : why we must protect our planet

Discover why we must protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change.The Great Barrier Reef is a wonderland of colour beneath the waves. The largest coral reef in the world, it is home to a quarter of all ocean life.

Stephen Biesty's incredible cross-sections of everything Biesty Stephen

Stephen Biesty's incredible cross-sections of everything

How many rivets and bolts hold the wings of a Boeing 777 plane together? Why does an astronaut's space suit have a layer of liquid-cooled underwear? Who puts the jam in doughnuts?Find out the answers to these questions and much, much more in Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections of Everything.

Usborne Young beginners series Bone Emily

Usborne Young beginners series

You can read about woodland creatures, dinosaurs or seashore.

Daredevil's guide to outer space Brett Anna

Daredevil's guide to outer space

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Blast off!

Meet the Ancient Egyptians Davies James

Meet the Ancient Egyptians

What did the Ancient Egyptians wear? How did they build the pyramids? These and many other questions are answered in this book!

What is a virus? Daynes Katie

What is a virus?

All the big questions children are asking about viruses (and adults are struggling to answer) are covered in this much-needed addition to the ever-popular First Questions & Answers series.

Usborne lift-the-flap computers and coding Dickins Rosie

Usborne lift-the-flap computers and coding

Learn how computers and coding works.

Dinosaurs Durley Natasha


This is a dinosaur book with a difference!

My first orchestra book Helsby Genevieve

My first orchestra book

There are all kinds of instruments in the orchestra, do you know them all?

What do animals do all day? Hunt Wendy

What do animals do all day?

What do animals do on a tropical island or in a desert? This book introduces animals from 14 different habitats from a jungle to a coral reef.

My Book of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life Lomax Dean R.

My Book of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life

From the first living cells to fearsome dinosaurs and giant mammals, take a journey through prehistory to find out about the supersized, the scary, and the downright bizarre animals and plants that inhabited Earth in ancient times.

Amazing animal journeys Packham Chris

Amazing animal journeys

Many animals migrate to other places each year. Find out more about them.

Big Dreams series Sanchez Vegara Isabel

Big Dreams series

Discover the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

The big book of bugs Zommer Yuval

The big book of bugs

"Just how slow does a snail go? Are bugs afraid of the dark?" Find the answers to these questions and even more from this book.

Graphic Novels

Saving Sorya Nguyen Trang

Saving Sorya

Written by scientist and environmental activist Trang Nguyen, Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear is an inspirational graphic-novel adventure, based on a true story about a young conservationist who overcomes the odds to save a sun bear.

Agent Moose O'Hara Mo

Agent Moose

Agent Moose, the best (worst) secret agent in the Big Forest, and his slightly-more-intelligent sidekick Owlfred are on the case in this new full colour graphic novel series.

Sir Ladybug Tabor Corey

Sir Ladybug

Ladies and gentlebugs, presenting the duke of the dandelion patch, champion of truth and justice, the one, the only - Sir Ladybug! With his herd, Pell, and his trusty squire, Sterling, he never shies away from a guest, no matter how dangerous.