Welcome to Book Ahead

Book Ahead is an initiative by the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in England, which aims to get enjoyable books into the hands of young children in Early Years settings to develop enjoyment in reading at an early stage, and also to strengthen the links between those settings and their local public and Schools Library Services.

It is based on a booklist commissioned from the School Library Association, written by Julia Eccleshare, with contributions from other library organisations. The booklist is available free and each local authority in England has been funded by DCSF to purchase books from the list to use with Early Years settings such as playgroups and nurseries in their area.

The full version of the booklist is available online, including search and index facilities, the introduction and the appendices. The whole booklist is also available to download as a PDF file.

Please use the submenus at the top of the blue column on the left of each page to navigate to different sections of the Book Ahead site, or to view the SLA parent site.

Book Ahead was officially launched by Schools Minister Jim Knight in June 2008, and the books and booklists are being rolled out by local authority library services around England over the next few months.


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