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Ways to keep engaged with reading during school closure:

The audiobook platform Audible has announced that anyone can listen to a vast selection of titles for free, for as long as schools remain closed.  Just visit  to begin. Logins and bank details are not required.

You will find a wide variety of education, entertainment and general-interest titles available, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

Other titles include White Fang, The Owl and the Pussycat, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Wind in the Willows. Readers include Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson and Peter Dennis.

The National Literacy Trust has launched an online zone for parents looking for ideas and activities whilst their children are home due to school closures. It includes reading and writing activities, book lists, videos, competitions and reading challenges.

With your library card you can access online public library services at  E-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines and e-comics are available via the RBDigital app or

If you do not have a library membership call 020 7926 0750 or email

Keeping up with the news?  Daily papers and magazines from around the world can be found at

You will find our recommended reading lists in the links below.

Keep reading and keep safe!

Reading can transform people’s lives. The more you read, the more you know. The more you read, the more you imagine. The more you read the better you understand and the better you connect to people

The Reading Agency

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