Reading club

Welcome to the Coventry SLS Virtual Reading Club

To help children and young people of Coventry keep reading for pleasure SLS has created a special online reading club for every pupil in Coventry to be able to share their reading achievements. There have been a series of mini-challenges over the last year which you can see the winners of further down this page. To celebrate Easter and the start of Spring we have a new competition the details of which are just below. There are also downloadable resources to support reading for pleasure at home and links to online reading resources. If you would like some help and advice from our specialist children's librarians on what book to read next then please send your enquiries to our Book Doctor and we will do our best to recommend some fantastic reads to try.

Book Themed Easter Egg challenge

Thank you to all the children and young people who entered this competition. We had some brilliant entries making the job of judging the winners that much more difficult! The competition was to design your own book-themed egg and as you can see by the winning entries it sparked some amazing levels of creativity. 

Winner of the Primary Category

Harrison from Keresley Grange Primary school won with this amazing tribute to the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle all made from painted eggs! Harrison won a signed book and certificate.  

Hungry caterpillar egg 2

Winner of the Secondary Category

James from Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School won with this brilliantly drawn homage to the world of Harry Potter. James also won a signed book and certificate.

Harry potter egg

Honorary mention

We also wanted to give an honorary mention to this brilliant effort from the librarian at Cardinal Wiseman, Ms Gould. Her creation of a Skulduggery Pleasant egg complete with a crackling fire backdrop was so good we thought we should share it with you all. 

Skulduggery egg

Reading activities for the holidays

The Virtual School Library has lots of reading and writing activities from a wide range of authors

Staycation Activity Pack Andersen Press has created an activity pack that features free colouring sheets, word searches, spot-the-difference games and more based on a selection of their popular children's books, including: Luna Loves Art by Joseph Coelho and Fiona Lumbers, The Baby Beast by Chris Judge, Duck and Penguin Are NOT Friends by Julia Woolf and The Bolds on Holiday by Julian Clary and David Roberts. 

There are more suggestions of resources to support reading and literacy in our digital update pages.

The Coventry Inspiration Book Awards are also a great way of finding out about a wide range of brilliant books and has 5 different categories to cover everyone from 4 -16!  

Creative Writing Challenge

Thank you to everybody who entered this competition. The judges really enjoyed reading all of your imaginative and creative entries. Our winner was Amy (11), her entry written as a letter to an old friend, can be seen below. Congratulations to Amy and we hope she enjoys the new books she won. 

Dear Mia,
Hasn’t everything changed so much since we were 11! Just to think there was no robots no TV’s in the table and the days were only 24h long! They're twice as long now! Everything is so dark since the sun fell into that black hole. My new shoes are broken, I told them to take me to town but they took me to Sainsbury's ! I’m going to get some new ones now.
McDonalds has broken, all the robot guards are throwing the chicken nuggets and the burgers at the customers! My children are having problems with the robot teacher he keeps eating their lunch!
Hope you are all OK.
From Amy.
We also awarded a highly recommended to Rose (9) for her brilliant newspaper article on the launch of self driving flying cars! Rose has also won a book prize so we hope that she enjoys her summer reading.
Creative writing challenge

Try these resources to learn more about creative writing

  • Lots of help from Oxford Owl on how to unleash your creative writing talents. Includes tips from top authors such as Malorie Blackman and Christopher Edge
  • Jacqueline Wilson interviewing Lauren Child and discussing top tips for writing stories
  • Videos from BBC of poet Joseph Coehlo giving lots of useful tips on how to create your own poetry. 

Illustration Challenge


Thank you to all of those who sent in their wonderful pictures to us. It was very hard to judge the winners!





However, we do have three winners and would like to congratulate the following:

Heath (aged 9)


Mia (aged 9)


Julia (aged 6)


Well done all of you for sharing your wonderful artwork with us. We hope you enjoy your prize of brand new books to read, ideal for a lazy afternoon in the sun. We will be launching a new competition next week so keep an eye out for it!

Try these resources to learn more about drawing from top illustrators

  • Drawing lessons with illustrator Rob Biddulph
  • Lydia Monks who has illustrated many of Julia Donaldson's books shows you how to draw a pirate
  • Local author and illustrator Alex T. Smith gives a step-by-step guide to drawing a Knight
  • The fabulous illustrator Sarah McIntyre shows you how to draw Grumpycorn
  • Lunchdoodles with the brilliantly funny illustrator Mo Willems

Reading resources to access from home

SLS has gathered together e-books for children that publishers have made free to download or read online. There are non-fiction books, support for parents homeschooling dyslexic children, picture books and non-fiction book to help children learn more about the Coronavirus and alleviate fears and worries. Just go to our free e-book page and click on the links to get instant access to these great resources 

If you already have a library card then check out the e-resources all available for free, there are e-books, e-magazines and comics, audiobooks and even e-newspapers so there is something for all the members of the family to enjoy. Don't worry if you don't already have a library card as you can register online and get a temporary membership.

Free audiobooks for children from Audible. They are put into age groups and contain a slightly random mixture of titles but do include some classic favourites such as Beatrix Potter and White Fang as well as a few more up to date books such as Kid Normal.

Downloadable resources