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group one books

These stories and associated activities are action packed and movement based. Great for younger children with emerging language skills who need to get up and move around to keep them engaged.

Here you will find ideas, activities and resources to support language development when reading these stories.

For more ideas and information, see our Resources and Launchpad Cards too.


Choose a story book (one of your own, or one from our resources section).

  1. Pick a Launchpad Card (suitable for any book) or a Rocket Card (specific to the books listed)
  2. Watch the matching video
  3. Read the story with your child, and link in the advice from your Launchpad or Rocket Card

What Does the Crocodile Say?

'What Does the Crocodile Say?' book cover

© Text and illustrations Eva Montanari 2018. Cover image used with kind permission of Book Island.

This story has lots of opportunity for making sounds and recognising parts of your daily routine.


What Does the Crocodile Say? video playlist


What Does the Crocodile Say? Rocket Card (pdf, 361 KB)

What Does the Crocodile Say? Retell Resource (pdf, 151 KB)

There's a Monster in Your Book

'There's a Monster in Your Book' book cover

Cover image from THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK written by Tom Fletcher and illustrated by Greg Abbott (Puffin, 2017). © Tom Fletcher, 2017. Reproduced by permission of Penguin Books Ltd. Buy at Penguin UK

Get your child involved! There's lots of chances to join in with this story.


There's a Monster in Your Book video playlist


There's a Monster in Your Book Rocket Card (pdf, 383 KB)

There's a Monster in Your Book Retell Resource (pdf, 197 KB)

Get Out of My Bath!

'Get Out of My Bath!' book cover

© Britta Teckentrup 2015. Reproduced with permission of Nosy Crow Ltd.

It's a busy bath time with Ellie and friends. There's lots of chance here to join in and interact with the story.


Get Out of My Bath! video playlist


Get Out of My Bath! Rocket Card (pdf, 377 KB)

Get Out of My Bath! Retell Resource (pdf, 233 KB)

Who Sank the Boat?

'Who Sank the Boat' book cover

© 1982 Pamela Allen. Reproduced by permission of Penguin Random House LLC.

We know what happens, but do we know who did it? It’s fun to guess together who might have sunk the boat.


Who Sank the Boat? video playlist


Who Sank the Boat? Rocket Card (pdf, 373 KB)

Who Sank the Boat? Retell Resource (pdf, 305 KB)