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Primary book lists and recommended reads

Book lists covering key themes and popular primary curriculum topics, curated and regularly updated by our team of librarians and curriculum specialists. 

We also create lists exploring topical issues, events and key themes such as diversity and inclusivity, sustainability, empathy, refugees and LGBTQ+. Can't see the topic or theme you're looking for? Let us know – we'd be happy to help with a tailored collection of books for you.

Children's Mental Health Week 2021

Books to support Children's Mental Health Week, which runs from 1st - 7th February. This year's theme is Express Yourself.

Storytelling texts - best books to read aloud

The best 'storytelling' books for reading aloud to your pupils, whether in the classroom or online!

Read for Empathy 2021

The 2021 Read for Empathy Primary Collection contains 30 books for 4-11 year-olds, selected by EmpathyLab's expert panel to help children develop new perspectives or recognise and name emotions.

Diverse reads for primary schools

More so than ever, it's crucial to find books that represent the diverse and varied experiences and cultures of all pupils.

100 books to read before leaving primary school

How many have you read? Our team have chosen their top 100 books for primary school children.

Black History

Recommended reads to support the teaching of Black History in primary schools.

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