CoronaVirus Update

This is a very strange time for everyone, and there isn’t a single part of any of our lives which feels unaffected by COVID-19. We miss hearing about what you are reading as well as sharing recommendations with you in person.

A number of organisations are offering their resources and products for free during these more challenging times. Here’s our pick of the best around (do visit our resources and links page for further ideas and inspiration).

– Oak National Academy has just set up a new virtual school library as of 18th January 2021. Each week, a children’s author or illustrator will share one of their books in an easy-to-read online format, a video and their top three recommended reads. This week it’s the ever-popular Jacqueline Wilson and her story, The Story of Tracy Beaker. Do visit the site each week to see which surprise guest is next. Fans of Jacqueline Wilson, you will not be disappointed!
– Visit the National Literature Trust’s (NLT) Family Zone (Years 7 and 8) which is chock full of free activities and ideas including the Beautiful Book of Hope.
– Also from the NLT for Years 9 and above, their Zone In hub contains weekly challenges, exclusive celebrity videos, free audiobooks and activities on a wide range of topics from breakdancing to stand-up comedy to CV writing.
#Quaranteens sees a diverse mix of reading and writing creative activities for all interests.
Audible Stories – access to free eAudiobooks for as long as schools are closed. We recommend Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone narrated by Stephen Fry, The Secret Garden​ narrated by Johanna Ward, Squint written by Chad Morris and Frankenstein narrated by Dan Stevens​.
Authorfy’s 10 minute writing and drawing challenges set by bestselling authors and illustrators including Laura Dockrill, Derek Landy and Ben Miller.
Project Gutenberg – a library of over 60,000 free out-of-copyright eBooks.

Please note that all loans have been extended and fees waived whilst the LRC is closed. Take good care of any books you have out on loan – we look forward to seeing these and you as soon as school reopens.

Stay safe over the coming weeks with these top tips:

  • try to develop a daily routine which builds in some relaxation time
  • practise social distancing
  • read and then read a little more
  • stay in touch with your school friends