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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.

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.

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!

Konnie Huq

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.

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!

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.

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.