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Reading for pleasure

Reading for pleasure and developing a love of reading is more important for a child's cognitive development than their parents' level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.

We have a range of options available, through our subscriptions and tailor made offers, to help you and your school promote a reading for pleasure culture in your school.

Let us boost your school library stock. Whether you use us for your main school library, or for classroom book corners, long term leasing offers excellent value for money. Why buy the books when you can lease them, and get them exchanged each year?

Type of stock available

With stock including board books, picture books, first readers, chapter books, young adult fiction and an array of non-fiction titles, we can help you create a comprehensive school library with a focus on reading for pleasure and information literacy.

How to borrow leasing stock

To help keep your library current and fresh, schools can exchange a proportion of their book stock up to 3 times a year. You can either send your requirements to us and we will select the books for you and deliver to the school, or you can arrange to visit the showroom yourself to pick your own books and take them away on the day. You can even bring up to 4 students with you so they can select books for themselves and their classmates.

Long term leasing stock is part of all primary, secondary and special school subscriptions. Schools can also select long term leasing from our 'tailor made' service menu.

We have created a selection of literacy collections. Some collections focus on certain authors, others focus on themes. These are perfect if your class is learning about a certain author, or looking to explore a specific genre.

What a collection includes

Collections contain around 15 to 20 titles, which can be used to support independent reading or as a whole class read.

How to borrow a collection

Subscribing schools can borrow literacy collections as part of the project box loans in their subscription, or non-subscribing schools can borrow collections on an ad-hoc basis.

Foundation stage

Literacy collections

  • Board Book Collection
  • Fairy Tales Collection
  • Picture Books for Early Years
  • Rhymes for Early Years

Author and illustrator collections

  • Giles Andrae Collection
  • Kipper Collection by Mick Inkpen
  • Percy the Park Keeper Collection by Nick Butterworth
  • Spot Collection by Eric Hill

Key stage 1

Literacy collections

  • All Join In - stories, rhymes and plays to read aloud
  • Classroom Collections - 6 copies of 4 popular childrens picture book titles
  • Explanation Texts
  • Fairy Tales
  • Fantasy Worlds
  • Information Texts
  • Instructions
  • Level 1 Reading Book Collection
  • Poems to Perform for Year 2
  • Rhymes and Poems for Year 1
  • Story Box Collection – a collection of popular picture books and stories suitable for KS1
  • Traditional Tales for Year 2

Author and illustrator collections

  • Anthony Browne Collection
  • Beatrix Potter Collection
  • Elmer by David McKee Collection
  • Emily Gravett Collection
  • Eric Carle Collection
  • Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon Collection
  • Julia Donaldson Collection
  • Lauren Child Collection
  • Local Northamptonshire Illustrators Collection
  • Mick Inkpen Collection
  • Oliver Jeffers Collection
  • Paddington Bear by Michael Bond Collection
  • Quentin Blake Collection
  • Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake Collection
  • Sue Hendra Collection

Lower Key stage 2

Literacy collections

  • Adventure and Mystery
  • Doctor Who
  • Dragon Stories
  • Fantasy Worlds
  • Historical Fiction
  • Poems and Play scripts
  • Poetic Form
  • Ribtickling Reads
  • Tales Around the World

Authors and illustrator collections

  • David Walliams Collection
  • Eoin Colfer Collection
  • Harry Potter Collection
  • Jeremy Strong Collection
  • Michael Morpurgo Collection

Upper key stage 2

Literacy collections

  • Adventure and Mystery
  • Children’s Classics
  • Doctor Who
  • Fantasy Worlds
  • Flashbacks
  • Greek Myths
  • It's A Goal!
  • Myths and Legends
  • Poems and Play scripts
  • Poetry
  • Ribtickling Reads
  • Science Fiction Stories
  • Tales Around the World

Authors and illustrator collections

  • Anthony Horowitz Collection
  • David Walliams Collection
  • Eoin Colfer Collection
  • Harry Potter Collection
  • Michael Morpurgo Collection
  • Roald Dahl Collection
  • Shakespeare

Key stage 3

Literacy collections

  • Adventure Stories
  • Detective Stories
  • Doctor Who
  • English Literature Post -1914
  • English Literature Pre -1914
  • Eoin Colfer Collection
  • Fantasy Stories
  • Historical Fiction
  • Poetry
  • World Literature

For all ages

Wellbeing

  • Empathy Lab Collection 2021
  • Reading Well for Children/Young People Collection

New

Local Northamptonshire Illustrators Collection

Carnegie Greenaway

  • Greenaway Collection 2021 (past years may be available - please enquire)
  • Carnegie Medal Collection 2021 (past years may be available - please enquire)

Dyslexia collections

We have many books suitable, please specify what ability and age and we will put together a selection of up to 20 titles.

Fiction Express by Boolino is an innovative book platform that connects students with professional authors, encouraging reading for pleasure through fun co-creation of stories.

Every half-term, three books are published on the Fiction Express website in weekly chapters. What happens next is entirely up to the readers. Using their votes, they are able to decide where the plot goes next. Then the author will bring the most popular choice to life.

ePlatform from Wheelers is an innovative eBook and eAudioBook service for your school. When you subscribe via LRE, you gain access to over 2100 titles for your school, as well as a personalised portal with your school logo and information, and log ins for every student. Students can read on the go, being able to access the ePlatform app for free on the most popular app stores, as well as via a desktop. Wheelers add new titles every month, and schools can add to their e-collection by purchasing their choice of eBooks and eAudiobooks through the platform.

Benefits of ePlatform

  • library never closes – access 24 / 7
  • easy to use mobile app
  • fully integrates with LMS
  • settings wizard for own style, dyslexia or other challenges
  • promo support and material available
  • admin / reporting suite
  • can easily age restrict titles
  • create your own custom compilations
  • new titles added every month
  • accessible tech support team

Students can also change the style to suit reading challenges such as dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome or even just for comfort night time reading. Simple prompts enable users to adjust settings such as background colour, font size and spacing.

Subscribing through us gives your school a fantastic discount compared to subscribing direct with Wheelers.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and best-loved children's book awards, awarded by children's librarians, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people, whilst the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals collections

Every year we put together boxes containing the shortlisted titles for the awards, which are loaned to schools to support the award shadowing schemes.

How to borrow a collection

These can be borrowed as part of your project loans that form part of your subscription. We will contact schools in the spring term to ascertain which schools are interested in shadowing and borrowing the collections.

Chatterbooks is a children's reading group model designed by the Reading Agency. We can provide collections suitable for primary and secondary. They are aimed at children with a lower reading ability.

Dyslexia friendly collections contain a carefully selected range of books that are specifically aimed at children with dyslexia.

Group readers are designed to support reading interventions with groups of up to six pupils. Each group reader collection contains six copies of each title. Titles include a wide range of reading material, such as plays, non-fiction and picture books.

Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the council changes.

Last updated 15 March 2022