"There are regular opportunities for students to read simply for pleasure in the school day as part of the Learning Resource Centre's range of programmes."

Ofsted 2014

Reading Zone

Here is a list of helpful websites, all to do with reading and books. If you have any other websites that you think could be added to this list, please share them with us.

Achuka Children’s Book publishers, site includes author interviews, what to read next and search by category, author and illustrator.

Online shop for all sorts of resources including books, tapes, CDs and DVDs of film adaptations of books. Included here because book reviews are included as well as information on authors.

Online author directory. Takes you to their official websites, their publisher’s information on them and any relevant official fan sites. Odd selection of authors e.g. no Horowitz or Jennings but there is Shan and Nix.

News of the competition, including most recent winner. Includes quiz.

Calls itself The Bookpl@ce Magazine, it is a publisher site but has some good links to author information, interviews and book reviews.

Format is keen readers recommending books to other keen readers. Also contains details of the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Limited but interesting.

A bit dull but useful – includes forthcoming titles and you can search by author and awards/prizes.

Book portal with strong American bias – has many useful links to the best book-related content on the Web.

Publisher that is part of Random House group –loads of author and book information, both adult and junior.

Site aimed at adults primarily but lots of interesting information on new children’s books, reviews and author interviews.

“Bringing books and readers together”. Site aimed at adults – parents, teachers, and librarians. Contains suggestions for reading. Over 700 forthcoming books

Reading resource for young people with 12-16 year olds reviews. It has links to sites about reading. You can search by author, theme, fiction/non-fiction or do quizzes.

Great for brief summary of authors and the main Channel 4 site has loads of information relevant to curriculum areas

Site run by the British Council – a bit dull but loads of useful author information. Can search by author, book title, and award/prize.

Brilliant site – run by 10-15 year olds for 10-15 year olds. Book reviews and recommendations.

The 'global bookclub' supported and run by the British Council - you can search by age group 12-18 and then category. There are reviews, quizzes, author information etc.

150 library, gallery and museum websites (funded by New Opportunities Fund). Lots of wonderful resources for all curriculum areas and general knowledge.

Latest information on a variety of authors – aimed at adults but covers teenage and adult reading. Aimed at the confident 12+ reader. Comprehensive bibliographies of science fiction, fantasy and horror authors.

Federation of Children’s Book group – good site for information about The Book Trust and the annual Children’s Book award.

Many reviews and links by young adult librarian and genre expert, Diane Herald. Strong American bias.

International Children's Digital Library - tries to inspire children to become members of the global community by making the bestin children's literature available online. Various languages and age groups catered for. The images are not brilliant quality but worth a look.

Huge site set up by University of Michigan and recommended by the School Library Association – access to general knowledge and related sites.

A site similar to Amazon in that you can buy books – you can also get author, illustrator information and book reviews. Well worth a look.

Kids at Random House – good site to find out about the authors and illustrators published by Random House.

Part of Book Report Network, has information on books, series and authors and, although has US bias, well worth a look. Also has trivia games, word scrambles and contests. Set up by a ‘passionate reader.’

This is not the official Harry Potter website, but is well worth a visit for all fans – it contains reviews of the books, interviews with J.K. Rowling, games and ideas on how to throw a Harry Potter party.

National Literacy Trust and National Reading Campaign. Includes http://www.readon.org.uk. Site aimed at educators and parents to encourage reading.

The award-winning journal of science fiction and fantasy, with interviews, reviews , and recommended reading lists. Aimed at American audience.

Government initiative in 2006 to encourage us of public libraries.

Loads of bookplates to download for free. Book reviews for up to 14 years old by Anne Fine. Some ideas on how to get hold of books cheaply.

Gives you remote 24-hour access to RBWM library services, all you need is your library card and your PIN number (obtainable from the library). You can then: - search the library catalogue/request items/renew books/check personal details/use a range of we based reference tools including – Oxford Reference (searches over 100 OUP titles), XreferPlus (searches over 100 directories e.g. Who’s Who), InfoTrac Newspaper search (keyword search of over 20 newspapers).

Free downloads of over 10,000 books in 10 different formats. At the moment the books tend to be classics but might move on to new/popular novels in the future.

A website about books for younger readers, with a special focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia. Fascinating to see a different take on books in English.

Site promotes literacy for everyone through running schemes and working with libraries.

More boys and men are discovering the benefits and pleasures of reading. Reading Champions uses the power of reading role models to inspire other men and boys to take up the reading habit.

Reading roles models include:

  • Harvey (actor and rapper)
  • Monty Panesar (cricketer),
  • Andy McNab (author),
  • John Cena (WWE wrestler),
  • David James (goalkeeper), MatthewHoggard (cricketer)
  • Danny Wallace (author and comedian)
  • Alan Titchmarsh (author and presenter).

Site run by the National Literacy Trust.

Information on authors, awards and forth-coming books, plus links to bibliographies and audiobooks. Includes information about British science fiction and fantasy awards.

Tangled Web. Virtual library for British crime, mystery, horror, fantasy and science fiction with loads of book reviews.

Student books and resources, aimed at older years Y11+ - includes a section of book reviews.

An annotated bibliography of novels, essays and short storeis about alternate histories, or 'what-ifs'. Covers both American and British authors.

UK Children’s’ Book Directory of Authors, Illustrators etc – guide to online book information including contact details for authors.

This book is available in the LRC. The website covers books for both age groups : 8 - 12 and 13 - 19, and includes information on authors, books, different genre and quizzes. Although primarily a marketing tool for the book the website contains book reviews written by both teenage reviewers and writers of teenage fiction.

Search for books by using definitions of content – links to local library authorities so you can see if book recommended is available in your area. Don’t always agree with the recommendations, but interesting way of choosing new books.

A site aimed at parents, teachers and writers but also suitable for keen readers to find out loads of information about the book world in general. Not the most interesting graphics but useful information.

A new offering from the love reading website, that is particularly aimed at the 14+ age group.

Disclaimer : All websites were correct at time of this page being published. By opening any of these web sites, you will be leaving the Desborough College website, and Desborough School cannot be held responsible for their content.