Resources and Useful Links

Useful websites for home learning

We have put together the following list websites to help support teachers and parents at this time. Don't forget to folllow our Twitter @CheshireELS and Facebook feeds for regular updates and information too. 

General literacy websites

 Books for Keeps

Online magazine featuring book reviews and articles.

Books for Topics

Book recommendations by topic and key stage.

Book Trust

Reviews, book lists, reading tips and the rather brilliant Book Finder tool (great for finding read-a-likes and books to engage reluctant readers.

The Children’s Book Review

American site dedicated to reviewing and showcasing children’s books and authors.

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE)                                                                                                                                                          

Hundreds of quality book recommendations and free resources.

CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway

Free resources for the picture books shortlisted for the Greenaway award.

Love Reading 4 Kids

Book recommendations by topic/key stage/year group. Reviews from children, teachers and librarians

Pen and Inc

A new magazine and listings guide celebrating diversity and inclusion in children's publishing.

The Reading Agency

Free resources, including discussion guides and activity packs. They also run giveaways and competitions for schools and libraries.

Reading Hack

Aimed at teenagers but activities can be adapted for younger children.

The School Reading List 

Book recommendations for primary and secondary children.

Spoilt Child (blog of Alan O’Rourke)

Useful database of key people/organisations in children’s publishing.


Children’s book reviews and giveaways.  

World Book Day

Great range of free resources and activities.

Online learning websites


Free resources based on the novels of some of the UK’s most popular children’s authors. Includes hundreds of videos, reading guides and activities.

BBC Teach

Thousands of free educational videos, guides and audio clips.

British Library

Includes the Exploring Children’s Books online exhibition and activities.


Literacy Shed

Resources and teacher CPD

Links to a wide range of learning resources including SEND provision.

Reading Realm     

Free creative writing and reading resources.

Scholastic Blog

Links to high quality teaching resources


Useful accounts to follow on Twitter

School librarian Lucas Maxwell – @lucasjmaxwell                  

Children’s writer and librarian Jo Clarke@bookloverJo

Chief Executive of the School Library Association Alison Tarrant – @fictious_cat

School librarian and campaigner Caroline Roach – @HeartOTSchool

School Library Association – @uksla

Youth Libraries Group – @youthlibraries

Primary School Book Club – @PrimarySchoolBC ‏

Reading Rocks – @_Reading_Rocks_ ‏

Funny Book Chat (monthly) – @FunnyBookChat


Online catalogue

We are pleased to announce that you can are now able to look at our online catalogue to view the resources that we have. Please note that you will not be able to log in but you will still be able to see the wide range of resources that your school can borrow.

There are range of useful weblinks available on the catalogue covering a vast range of subjects. 

We have produced a range of guides to help you make the most of the catalogue, please get in touch with us if you need more help.

Catalogue help guides 

BBC class clips

If you're after more extra audio-visual material to support any curriculum topics that you are teaching in the classroom, why not try the BBC's Learning Zone Broadband Class Clips. There are lots of short videos available, which have all been selected to match the curriculum.You can search for all clips using a keyword search, or browse for secondary or primary clips by subject or topic. There is a also a help section available if you need assistance using the site.


eResources, offered by Cheshire libraries, contains links to many useful online resources all containing a wealth of information, including Britannica Online, Credo Reference and Newsbank. It can be accessed via Cheshire East and Chester West and Chester libraries website. You will need to be a member of Cheshire Libraries to access the resources.

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