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Support with reading during lockdown

During any period of lockdown, we still encourage children to read at least as much as they would be expected to whilst schools are open. However, with reduced access to books, this may seem like a challenge.


However, there are a number of sources from which families can access a wide range of reading materials.


Physical books

If you are a member of a West Sussex Library, they offer a 'select and collect' service, where you are able to reserve books online to pick up outside your selected library. Click below for the link to be able to do this.

Library Click and Collect

You are able to join the library service online at the following link:

Join a West Sussex Library


Purchasing books

As you are probably aware, there are a variety of sources to purchase books - from Amazon to Tesco. Book collections can be better value for money, and are available from many different websites, such as The Works and Books2Door - but do shop around as prices can vary greatly.


As a school, we often purchase second hand books as these provide good value for money. There are many companies that provide this service, such as World of Books which is based in Worthing. They have provided a discount code for ten percent off orders if you wish to use it: WORLD10



During the previous lockdown, several companies opened up access to free eBooks from their scheme, or offer discounts for families that wish to purchase any. Please see below for links for companies that have repeated these offers.


Oxford Owl

Oxford Press produce many books that are used within school - including Read Write Inc texts and Oxford Reading Tree. Families will have to register to access these, which you can do at the link below:

Register with Oxford Owl
Oxford Owl eBook Library

West Sussex Library eBooks

Library members are also able to download free eBooks from West Sussex Library Service. Details can be found at the link below:

eBooks from West Sussex Library Service

You will need to join the library service online to access these, at the following link:

Join a West Sussex Library


National Literacy Trust: Virtual Library

The National Literacy Trust run a 'virtual' library, where they share an audiobook once a week. This can be accessed from the link below. The book changes weekly, with a new episode released daily.

Virtual Library