School Library Pack Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We've tried to answer all your questions about this year's School Library Pack and Special School Library Pack in the list below.

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  • What is the School Library Pack?

    The School Library Pack and the Special School Library Pack, provide free books to mainstream schools in England, with a year 7 intake (or equivalent) and with a substantial number of children on free school meals, along with other factors.

  • What’s inside the pack?

    The free pack includes fifteen titles, in three areas – future classics, reluctant readers and non-fiction. There are five titles in each category. Five of these titles come with six copies, making a total of 40 books. The pack also includes hints and tips for teachers and librarians on how they can use the pack and some activity suggestions.

    Schools will be sent either a mainstream School Library Pack or the Special School Library pack for children with additional needs.

  • Who will be receiving the School Library Pack this year?

    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, this year 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.

  • Do I need to register for the School Library Pack?

    No, this year we have removed the registration process for school library packs. We will be contacting the schools who will be receiving the pack directly to let them know to expect the free pack.

  • How much will the pack cost my school?

    Nothing! The pack is free! We can keep the secondary school library pack free of charge thanks to funding from Arts Council England and the generous support of our donors.

  • Which pack will my school receive?

    There is one pack per school. SEN schools will receive a Special School Library Pack and mainstream schools will receive the School Library Pack.

  • When will I receive the pack?

    Packs will be sent directly to your school during November / December 2022. Participating schools will be contacted by email nearer the time.

  • How can I use the pack?

    All the books are relevant for students aged 11-14 and can be used flexibly in the classroom, school library or support group reading from lunchtime book groups to in-lesson interventions. The packs also include tips and resources to help you create enjoyable, social reading experiences such as book clubs to help make reading fun!

  • What other programmes do you offer secondary schools?

    This year we have extended the registration period for our Bookbuzz programme until 23 September 2022. Bookbuzz is a great reading for pleasure programme for years 7 & 8. For just £3 per student, Bookbuzz enables every pupil to choose their favourite book to keep from a list of 17 fantastic titles. And your school also gets two copies of each book, which means 34 books for your school library at no additional cost.

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