FREE CHILDREN’S BOOKS FROM THE NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST’S VIRTUAL LIBRARY
National Literacy Trust and Oak National Academy launched their new Virtual School Library, providing free access to books for children across the UK during the third lockdown.
The Virtual School Library hosts free reading and writing content from much-loved children’s authors - providing a free-to-access book every week from the platform’s author of the week.
The initiative aims to increase access to ebooks and audiobooks for the most disadvantaged young readers during school closures and support the literacy of children most adversely affected by COVID-19.
Research by the National Literacy Trust found that reading during the pandemic has a significant impact on wellbeing, with 3 in 5 (59.3%) children and young people saying that reading makes them feel better and 3 in 10 (31.6%) that reading helps them when they feel sad because they cannot see their family and friends.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s The Story of Tracy Beaker, illustrated by Nick Sharratt was the first book to feature and is entirely free to access and read for a week from the 17 January.
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