Core Books 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. Use the ready-created booklists or create your own wishlists in the knowledge that you are selecting from the best books to engage, enthrall and excite children. Register now for free to use the site.

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Core Book of the Week

Alexis Deacon will be speaking at our Power of Reading information conference on May 26th. Find out more about Alexis' work on our Power of Pictures website.

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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.


Key Stage 1

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


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