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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This is affecting us all at work and at home. We’re working hard to keep services running and will focus our efforts on the most critical elements. In doing so disruption to many services is likely.

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Reading Club

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  1. Virtual Reading Club
  2. Book reviews
  1. E-books free to download

Virtual Reading Club

Reading club

Welcome to the Coventry SLS Virtual Reading Club

We would like to help keep the children and young people of Coventry to keep reading for pleasure in this difficult time. To do this we have created a special online reading club for every pupil in Coventry to be able to share their reading achievements. There will also be a series of mini challenges that will appear over the next few weeks for you to have a go at. There are also downloadable resources to support reading for pleasure at home and links to online reading 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.

Easter eggs

Easter Mini Challenge

Read and review three books over the Easter Holidays. Submit your reviews and when you have added three reviews you can download the completion certificate. Look at other reviews that have been sent in. 

Illustration Challenge


This is a chance to create your own book character. Draw your character and if you want to you can add some extra details to your drawing such as the character's name, special skills or abilities, backstory or anything else you can think of. This challenge can just be for fun but we are also offering a prize for the best character. To submit your drawing just email it to SLS and the deadline to submit entries is Sunday 10 May

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 have gathered together e-books for children that publishers have made free to download or read online. There are non-fiction books, support for parents home schooling 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.

Children’s classic books such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the Railway Children which are free to read or listen to 

Downloadable resources

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