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Virtual School Library

Free reading and writing activities from your favourite children's authors from the
National Literacy Trust.

About our library

Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.

Having access to a school library is really important for children. School libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing. Our Virtual School Library will complement existing school libraries and will ensure that children have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether they are learning at school or at home.

We’ve worked with brilliant publishers and inspiring authors and illustrators to ensure that the books and activities in our Virtual School Library will support children’s wellbeing through reading.

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Don't reach rock bottom with Ross Montgomery

Read Rock Bottom by Ross Montgomery, watch a video with the author, discover his favourite children's books and read a Q&A.

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Meet the Bolds with Julian Clary and David Roberts

Read The Bolds by Julian Clary and illustrated by David Roberts, watch a video on how to draw the characters and discover the author's top recommended reads.

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Pick your favourite poem with Kate Wakeling

Author of the week Kate Wakeling shares poetry book, Moon Juice, an exclusive video about writing, her top three children's books and tips about reading,

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Discover The Legend of Kevin with Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Watch an exclusive video from Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre and read an exclusive Q&A!

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Read about Rashford with Dan Green and Simon Mugford

Read Rashford Rules for free, watch a video with the author Simon Mugford, learn to draw De Bruyne with illustrator Dan Green and discover top children's books.

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Be a poet on the football pitch with Kwame Alexander

Read Booked by Kwame Alexander for free, watch a video with the author and find out Kwame's favourite books.

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Discover your shiny magical powers with Harry Heape

Read Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest by Harry Heape for free, watch a video with the author and discover his favourite children's books.

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Pick a poem with Valerie Bloom

Read Valerie Bloom's Stars with Flaming Tails poetry book for FREE, watch an exclusive video and read a Q&A with the author.

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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant with Derek Landy

Listen to the Skulduggery Pleasant audiobook by Derek Landy, watch a video with the author and read a Q&A

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Defeat the Evernight with Ross MacKenzie

Read Evernight by Ross MacKenzie for FREE, watch a video with the author to find out about his new book, Feast of the Evernight, find out Ross's favourite books and read a Q&A.

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Make the world disappear with Ben Miller

Listen to The Boy Who Made the World Disappear by Ben Miller, watch a video and read a Q&A with Ben Miller and find out his top three children's books

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Take a journey of survival with A. M. Dassu

Read Boy Everywhere by A.M. Dassu for FREE, watch a video about how why she wrote the book, discover her favourite books and read a Q&A about reading.

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Enter the dragon realm with Katie and Kevin Tsang

Listen to Dragon Legend by Katie and Kevin Tsang, watch a video with the authors and discover their favourite reads!

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Fight climate change with Andy Prentice and Eddie Reynolds

Read Climate Crisis for Beginners by Andy Prentice and Eddie Reynolds for free, watch an exclusive video and find our their fave children's books!

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Face facts with Freddie Yates and Jenny Pearson

Read The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson for FREE, watch a video with the author, read a Q&A and download fun activities.

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Set your imagination soaring with Vashti Hardy

Read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy for free, watch an exclusive video and find out her fave children's books

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Visit Victorian Scotland with Barbara Henderson

Read Punch by Barbara Henderson for FREE, watch a video with the author and discover her favourite children's books and reading tips

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We're on the ball with Venessa Taylor

Read Baller Boys by Venessa Taylor for FREE, watch an exclusive video with the author and read a Q&A.

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Go back in time with a hamster and Ross Welford

Listen to for Time Travelling with a Hamster for free, watch an exclusive video and discover his fave children's books.

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Head on an adventure with Will Mabbitt

Read The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones for FREE, watch an exclusive video with the author, find out his favourite children's books and download activities to colour in or design your own pirate!

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Steal a moment with Katherine Rundell

It's the week of World Book Day and our author of the week, Katherine Rundell, is sharing an audiobook of The Good Thieves for you to listen to for FREE!

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Step into a magical world with Dominique Valente

Listen to an audiobook of the first in the Starfell series, watch an exclusive video with the author, discover Dominique's favourite children's books and read a Q&A.

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Head back to the Roman Age with Jeremy Strong

This week hilarious author, Jeremy Strong, is sharing Romans on the Rampage with you to read for FREE!

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Get to know Cookie and Konnie Huq

Listen to Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World by Konnie Huq for free, watch an exclusive video and find out her fave children's books.

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Meet Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon with Sally Gardner

Read Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon completely free, watch an exclusive video with the author Sally Gardner to hear and discover her favourite books!

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Steal an elephant with Nizrana Farook

Read or listen to The Girl Who Stole an Elephant completely FREE below, watch an exclusive video about Nizrana's new book, discover her top three children's books and read an interview all about reading.

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Spend time with Tracy Beaker and Jacqueline Wilson

Read The Story of Tracy Beaker for free, watch an exclusive video with Jacqueline Wilson and download fun activities.