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Children's Book Corner

The Children's Book Corner is a collaborative project between the PGCE Primary English team and the UCL IOE Library. 

It aims to:

  • Expand students' knowledge of children's literature.

  • Provide guidance in selecting books for class focuses and as shared, read aloud texts.

  • Indicate the wide range of books which should be available for children in the primary and early years classroom.

  • Demonstrate the importance of the teacher's role in promoting reading for pleasure.

The area includes a curated collection of recommended titles organised by phase and reading intention (see below), and includes a model book corner which gives some ideas for how books might be displayed in a classroom setting. 

This is a display collection, and books cannot be borrowed.  However there are loanable copies of all of the books in the main Curriculum Resources Collection.  

What's in the collection?

The Children's Book Corner collection is arranged by four phases:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Years 1 & 2.
  • Years 3 & 4.
  • Years 5 & 6. 

Within each phase are two sections:

  • Read aloud.
  • Independent read.

These sections are made up of recommended titles which include picture books, fiction/chapter books, non-fiction and poetry for that age range and reading purpose.  

You can download the title lists, which also show the location of borrowable copies of these books in the main Curriculum Resources Collection, for each phase and section, below:

Author Focus

In addition to the lists above, the Children's Book Corner highlights the work of specific authors for each phase.  The Author Focus approach is a way of engaging young people with the work of one author in order to explore their writing, themes and styles across a number of recommended titles.  

You can download these lists, below: