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World of Stories

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.

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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.

We still have a handful of places left on our 2023/2024 programme in the following areas:



County Durham



Isle of Wight









Express your interest

To express interest in participating in this programme, email

Further work with libraries

We are also recruiting for Libraries for Primaries projects in other areas across the UK. Visit our Libraries for Primaries programmes page for further information.