Remote learning: Virtual school library opens

A virtual school library has been launched in a bid to ensure access to books for pupils during the latest national lockdown.

The digital library has been created by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) and the government-funded online Oak National Academy.

The Virtual School Library will host free reading and writing content and will see popular children’s authors offering free electronic copies of their work on weekly basis.

Every week, the author or illustrator will provide free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.

The first author is Dame Jacqueline Wilson, who has put forward The Story of Tracy Beaker, illustrated by Nick Sharratt. Other upcoming titles include Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World, written by Konnie Huq, which explores a girl's passion for science, as well as books from authors including Jeremy Strong, Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross.

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