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

Use our Free Teaching Sequences

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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Wishlist

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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Core Book of the Week

It Starts with a Seed

As the leaves fall from the trees, this book is a lovely reminder of how it all begins and their ongoing life cycle.

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It Starts with a Seed

Reading Collections

Girl holding up book to a boy

Foundation

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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Boy reading a book on the floor

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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Girl carrying a pile of books

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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Upcoming Training

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 - 10:00am

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Friday, 1 December 2017 - 10:00am

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017 - 10:00am

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