School Library Pack

School Library Pack

The School Library Pack is a reading for pleasure programme which is available free to any secondary school or education provider in England with Year 7 students.   


Containing over 40 free books, the pack can not only boost your library resources but also encourage students to try different types of books they might not usually consider reading.



Sign up for the free School Library Pack 2016-17


What's included?

Your pack will include more than 40 books from a range of genres and supporting resources that aim to help staff create a reading culture that reaches all students. The pack encourages students to talk about reading and join in activities such as reading groups. School Library Pack titles will include sets of: Future classics, Reluctant Readers and Short Story Collections.

The 2016-17 School Library Pack books:

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Schools will receive:


1 copy of each of the following Reluctant Reader titles:

At the World's End by Catherine Fisher
Shadow Girl by Sally Nicholls
Bulletcatcher by Chris Bradford
Charlie Merrick's Misfits in Fouls, Friends and Football by Dave Cousins
Extreme Sports by Emily Bone


1 copy of each of the following Short Story anthologies:

Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones
Mystery & Mayhem by Katherine Woodfine & 12 more authors
Girls, Goddesses and Giants by Lari Don
Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett
Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

6 copies of each of the following Future Classics:

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel and Jon Klassen
Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
The Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen
Dreaming the Bear by Mimi Thebo

We also offer an alternative pack of 10 carefully chosen books for special schools. 


Find out about the Special School Library Pack


When will the School Library Packs be delivered?

Schools that registered before 14 October will get their packs towards the beginning of November.

Schools that registered after this date will get their packs in March 2017.


Feedback about School Library Pack:

In 2015-16, 4,700 secondary schools in England registered and received the free School Library Pack. The pack was enjoyed by staff and students, with staff reporting that the pack encouraged students to try new authors, new types of books and to talk more about books as well as supporting a culture of wider and more frequent reading for pleasure at the school.

'Every year I look forward to the free books we receive.  Budgets are always a problem and the boys in my school benefit so much from these gifts.  They are used continuously and the posters brighten up the LRC. Thank you so much for continuing with this every year - keep it up.' (School librarian)

'What a wonderful opportunity you provide for school libraries to enhance their library stock with some seriously brilliant books. I also love the guides for reading groups which we will be putting to very good use.' (Resources & Independent Learning Assistant)

'It's introduced me to books that otherwise I probably wouldn't have read.' (Student)

Read more about the School Library Pack  from  Book Trust CEO Diana Gerald


 Supporting resources

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You'll receive printed resources but you can also download them here, including reading guides, posters and information on how to start a reading group...



Find the 2016-17 School Library Pack downloadable resources


For more information about the School Library Pack please contact us by emailing


The Bookbuzz programme supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure. Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for children in Year 7 or Year 8 and selected by a panel of experts.

What can we offer your secondary school?

We work with teachers and librarians and families in England and Wales to deliver great programmes for secondary schools. Our teaching resources are hugely popular with teachers and students as they encourage wider reading, support creative thinking and development.