School Library Pack
The School Library Pack and Special School Library Pack are reading for pleasure programmes, providing free books to mainstream schools in England, with a year 7 intake (or equivalent) plus those with a substantial number of children on free school meals.
The pack contains carefully selected books, to help boost school libraries, broaden students reading and encourage them to try different genres and authors. The Special School Library Pack includes books and resources to support students with additional needs.
Thanks to the funding by Arts Council England, as well as BookTrust’s partners and donors, we can make this pack free to eligible schools.
Which schools will receive the pack?
Covid-19 has put a great deal pressure on charities, and we need to ensure that we use our resources to reach the children who really need our support in these extraordinary times. To that end, we are distributing the packs directly to schools, with no registration process, focusing on mainstream schools and those with a substantial number of children on free school meals along with other factors.
We will be contacting eligible schools directly to let them know to expect the free pack.
For more information on this and other key details of the School Library Pack, please visit our FAQ page.
Find out more about the packs
School Library Pack
For students in Years 7-9, the free pack includes fifteen titles, split across three categories – Future Classics, Reluctant Readers and Non-Fiction. There are five titles in each category. Five of these titles come with six copies as they are great for reading groups, making a total of 40 books.The pack is perfect for promoting sociable reading experiences and reading for pleasure.
Special School Library Pack
For students with additional needs, this collection of ten books was selected by a panel of SEND practitioners. Covering themes and topics appropriate for 11-14 year olds, the pack includes a variety of accessible formats including sensory books, interactive books, picture books, dyslexia friendly books, short fiction, books with audio CDs and graphic novels.
Five ways to use your School Library Pack
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