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

Still a few places left on our Let's Write course on February 27th, lead by Rachel Rooney. Rachel will be chairing our panel of judges for this year's CLiPPA, the CLPE Poetry Award

The Language of Cat and other poems


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