What should I read?

  • Whatever you like. Old favourites, graphic novels, non-fiction, fan fiction online – this is reading for pleasure and to just keep the habit going. If you want to challenge yourself and read something a little bit different, check out the reading lists – and see if it’s going cheap on Kindle or Amazon! If you read something over 100 years old, it is often available on the internet as it’ll be out of copyright.
  • Look at the different reading lists on this page


I haven’t got much choice at home – where can I get books from? There are many free books out there:

  • NEW! Virtual School Library. Every week a popular children’s author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. 
  • Project Gutenberg is a non-profit organisation that maintains an online library of e-books. All of the books in the library are free. The books in the Project Gutenberg library are part of the public domain which means they are no longer protected by copyright laws. There are over 60,000 books in the Project Gutenburg library so it can be a bit of an overwhelming website. Click HERE for some suggestions on what to read first.
  • Harper Collins. You are going to LOVE this handpicked selection of audiobooks for children and their grown-ups. Turn up the volume and get ready to listen to The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer, read by Nathaniel Parker and Boy Giant by Michael Morpurgo, read by Akbar Kurtha.

Literacy Trust: The Book of Hopes. Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.