Welcome to The Gilberd Library

How to support and encourage reading at home

Weekly reading bulletins

Audible book streaming service - free during school closure

Books for Topics - book recommendations for children who have been hooked in by a particular series or author and are ready to branch out

Shakespeare learning zone

First News

Picture News

How it Works - Digital Edition

Hay Festival

Katherine Rundell launches ‘The Book of Hopes’: a free children’s book by over 110 authors and illustrators | National Literacy Trust

Toppsta books - where children can recommend books to each other

British Library - Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations for children

The Guardian newspaper - recommended childrens and teenagers books

Childrens book sequels

Harry Potter wizarding world

Google Arts & Culture - Harry Potter

Author and Illustrator Masterclasses

Reading with your children

Literacy Trust

Reading Cloud –  You can view and create book reviews, author information


Essex Libraries




Young Author Book Prize 2020

World Book Day  - resources, competitions, recommended reads


Young Poets Network


Books For Keeps – online childrens book magazine, loads of suggested reads and reviews by age range


You Tube Channels of famous authors eg Michael Rosen


BBC Bitesize


Booktrust – UK’s largest children’s reading charity, book lists, book finder tool


Penguin talks

Puffin books and activities

Library Chairs

Comic Book Week 2020

Design a bookmark competition


Our bookmark competition winners: Brianna, Fraser, Aishnni, Isabella, Thomas, Martyna, Delme and Sonia who all received a new book as their prizes.


Students raised an amazing £191.50 for the charity ‘Read For Good’ and we gained £39 of free books. Congratulations to our Year 7 student who won a signed book in the prize draw for taking part.

ReadReadathon Winner

We have a great selection of magazines and newspapers that we subscribe to

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