The Core Booklist has been published by CLPE since 1996. It is a selection of carefully chosen texts for teachers to use when they are developing collections for their classrooms and schools as part of their reading and literacy programmes. The list demonstrates the key role that children's literature can play across the curriculum, and in forwarding children's progress as readers. The books are chosen because they support children learning to read and in their development as readers.
This booklist draws on the book knowledge and reading expertise of CLPE staff working in close consultation with teachers. It contains books which have been tried, tested and found to work successfully in classrooms, providing children with memorable and positive reading experiences. The Core Booklist was originally a printed publication and it was updated every two years. By putting it online we are able to keep it up to date, to add new books when they are published and ensure that we have useful and relevant information available to teachers all the time.
At CLPE we believe that the use of high quality books within the reading curriculum is at the heart of a school's successful approach to engage and support children to become motivated and independent readers. If children enjoy reading, they read more frequently and become better readers. If teachers and those who work in schools know about the best children's literature available they will be able to share that with the children they teach and encourage them to be inspired as readers and motivated to read for themselves.
We want this resource to be available to as many schools and teachers as possible and we are very grateful to the Man Charitable Trust whose generous grant funding has enabled us to keep registration free. Once you have registered as a user you can view all the lists and search the entire database. You can see books sorted by collection, by age group, by author or by publisher. You can search for an individual book or for a collection. You can also build your own wishlist which you can then use to help you plan and purchase your school collections.