Find out about the very best children’s books with Corebooks

Corebooks helps primary schools choose the very best children's literature for their school or classroom libraries. This site contains a comprehensive selection of high quality texts for children from ages three to eleven and a selection of free teaching sequences. Use the ready-created booklists or create your own wishlists in the knowledge that you are selecting from the best books to engage, enthral and excite children.


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Teaching Sequences

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Our teaching sequences guide planning and provide the best teaching approaches to explore texts in depth, enhancing reading comprehension and providing meaningful contexts and purposes for writing.

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Create or view a wishlist

Create personalised lists of your favourite books. Once created, your lists are saved in your profile and can be downloaded or printed. You can even send a list to a bookseller to purchase the books for your school.

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March 21st is World Puppetry Day. Celebrate this week by reading about one of the most famous puppets of all time!



Reading Collections

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This collection is particularly supportive in helping children to tune into the rhythms and patterns of language and introduce quality engaging texts, as they begin their journey into reading.

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Key Stage 1

As children become more confident, independent readers this collection showcases a range of high quality picture books and longer reads which support their progress and engagement.

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Key Stage 2

The books in this collection both support those children who are still developing reading skills, as well as introducing a range of texts that develop higher order thinking skills and reading stamina.

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