27 Mar

Below is a short list of some useful resources related to recreational reading, creative writing and general reference. It’s not exhaustive! But these are resources which are available at any time (not just during the Covid-19 lockdown).


Culture Perth & Kinross Digital Library:  free access to e-books, e-magazines, audio books and many reference sites including Britannica.  Click here to join OR if you are already a Library member, click here to log in.

Scottish Book Trust:   lots on this site but we particularly recommend the following:
Authors Live On Demand: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/authors-live-on-demand
Book Lists: https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-lists
Bookzilla app:  https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading-and-stories/bookzilla

Twitter:  search the hashtag #UnitedByBooks to find lots of publishers, authors, illustrators and more posting read-alouds and other book-related activities.

The National Literacy Trust has just launched a Family Zone to provide parents with reading & writing ideas and activities

Toppsta.com:  kids/teen book review site.  Check their blog post on Bookish Ideas If You’re Self Isolating with the Kids

lovereading4kids.co.uk: another kids/teen book review site.  Again, we recommend checking out their Blog, Kids Zone and Competitions.  (There is a sister site for adults too!)

Comixology.co.uk:  amazing website dedicated to comic books.  Reviews include age-ratings so you can decide which are appropriate for your young’uns.  There are free comics to download under the Quick Links too.

Authorfy is free to join and provides access to loads of activities, including masterclasses from a huge range of well-known authors.

NaNoWriMo has lots of tips, ideas and challenges for budding writers.  It’s an American site but try their High School (S4-S6) and Middle School (S1-S3) resources:  https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/pages/writer-resources

Rivetedlit.com is the site for US publisher Simon & Schuster.  It’s aimed at an older teen/young adult audience and always has a range of online free reads.


Crash Course: an excellent YouTube channel with fun but very informative videos on a wide range of subjects.  Everything from Othello to Engineering! Click on “Playlists” to filter videos by subject.  Click here for their Literature 1 playlist as an example.

The School Library subscribes to two databases for pupils, both covering topical issues affecting the world today:
Complete Issues: https://www.completeissues.co.uk/               
Issues Online:  https://www.issuesonline.co.uk/
Email the Librarian for log-in details:  gw17burnshelen@glow.sch.uk

The National Library of Scotland provides access to a wide range of digital resources, including thousands of books, journals, newspapers and databases.  (Especially useful for senior pupils looking for credible, academic sources).