World of Stories

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World of Stories is a programme developed in partnership with Puffin, part of Penguin Random House. The programme equips primary schools with the books, materials, training and resources they need to champion reading for pleasure across the whole school, and reinvigorate their school libraries and reading spaces.

About the programme

World of Stories is a programme developed in partnership with Puffin, part of Penguin Random House. The programme equips primary schools with the books, materials, training and resources they need to champion reading for pleasure across the whole school, and reinvigorate their school libraries and reading spaces.

What participating primary schools get

  • 500 free books

    Including favourite authors and exciting new voices, plus a wide selection of audio books.

  • Training

    Online library coordinator training delivered by the National Literacy Trust. Face-to-face training may recommence subject to regulations.

  • Exciting resources

    To help encourage reading for pleasure across the whole school

  • Colourful materials

    Including bunting, bookmarks and posters, to bring the magic of reading to life.

  • Newsletter

    Regular World of Stories newsletter packed with inspiration and the opportunity to share good practice.

  • National Literacy Trust membership

    A year of membership providing access to resources and tools to support reading and literacy across the whole school.

World of Stories opportunities

The World of Stories programme aims to address some of the key challenges facing reading for pleasure in schools. So far, we’ve worked with 225 primary schools, supporting them to transform their libraries and reading spaces into hubs of creativity and imagination.

Each year we recruit primary schools to participate in the programme. These will normally be in a range of geographic areas which vary year by year, allowing participating schools to build a local reading for pleasure network.

For the school year of 2021/22 we have been recruiting schools for World of Stories in the following areas:

  • Black Country
  • East London (Newham and Barking and Dagenham)
  • Essex (Thurrock, Basildon, Harlow and Braintree)
  • North East (Stockton-on-Tees, Gateshead, Redcar and Cleveland)
  • Swindon
  • Blackpool

Express your interest

For 2021/22 the programme is now full, but it you would like to register interest for the future, please fill in this expression of interest form

Other Love Our Libraries

We also have further Love Our Libraries school library activity in:

  • Birmingham
  • Doncaster
  • Dundee
  • Enfield
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Leeds
  • Newport
  • Nottingham
  • Southwark
  • Suffolk
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster

For 2021/22 programmes are full and now underway, but if your school is based in one of these areas and you would like to express interest for the future, please email worldofstories@literacytrust.org.uk

Love our Libraries elearning

Our primary library elearning course is accessible to any school that holds a current membership subscription with the National Literacy Trust.

So if you want to develop your understanding of how to create an effective reading environment and develop a culture of reading for pleasure in your school, please explore the Love our Libraries elearning course.

You can find out more about school membership subscription here.