Online Learning Resource Centre

Welcome to your Online Learning Resource Centre

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In this area you can access links to free online books and get information about your reading and favourite authors. Check out reading lists [links below] for recommended reads. Don’t forget you can search up books on

Students can email LRC staff with enquiries about books and reading at during normal school hours.

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Quentin Quarantino the hedgehog highly recommends that you check out the following sections below.

New Books in the LRC

Click on the book cover for full details
Email if you would like to borrow one during school closure.

Watch us rise Watch Us Rise 
Renee Watson, Ellen Hagan
Dear justyce Dear Justyce
Nic Stone
An enchantment of ravens An Enchantment of Ravens
Margaret Rogerson
Black and british Black and British: A short, essential history
David Olusoga
Girl in the window Girl in the Window
Penny Joelson
Stick dog chases a pizza Stick Dog Chases a Pizza
Tom Watson

Free Reading Resources

Project Gutenberg


Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is an online library with thousands of free eBooks.



Interactive reading fun with BookTrust

BookTrust Home Time, launched by Waterstones Children's Laureate Cressida Cowell, is a new digital hub created specially to help entertain and support students at home. The hub is packed full of free books, videos, games, recipes, competitions, quizzes and much more. Plus, watch live readings and draw-a-longs with celebrated children's authors and illustrators. Find out more at


Get free e-books from Barnet libraries

All Barnet libraries are closed at the moment but the good news is that you can still borrow e-books, audiobooks and other online resources. If you’re not a member, you can still join.  Find out more here


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Open library has over 30,000 children’s books you can borrow for free or listen
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A website where you can read extended excerpts from books and see some free reads.
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This service from amazon offers a 30-day free trial where you can listen to you’re the world’s largest collection of audiobooks. Once the free trial has ended the service costs from £7.99 a month.
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This learning resource site is mainly for primary school students but it does have a selection of free ebooks across most book levels that are quizible, including easier adaptations of classics.
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A great place to browse for free resources with a literary theme, including talks by authors such as Cressida Cowell, Tom Palmer and Neil Gaiman.
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Loads of great reading-related activities especially compiled for students staying at home. You can win prizes too!

If you haven't heard of Caboodle, it's a website from National Book Tokens that features monthly book recommendations and competitions. (This is where we sourced the fun Hidden Books game for the LRC.)


In the current climate and with the Black Lives Matters movement at the front of our minds, Caboodle have put together a list of books by black authors. Just click the link.


Virtual School Library


The Virtual School Library

Created by Oak National Academy in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, offers a new online reading initiative.  Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. Jacqueline Wilson is the first author with the Story of Tracy Beaker.


Lit to go


Lit 2 Go

Free books and essays, mainly classics.

Reading Lists

Some suggested reading for students in Year 7 to Year 10. 

Year 7 and Year 8

Year 9 and Year 10

Appreciating Differences

Reading Aloud

Listen to a book read by the author on YouTube. 

We’re always keen to help you access reading material. On YouTube we’ve found plenty of authors reading aloud from their own books.

Book 1

Jason Reynolds reads from his own book Ghost - AR Book Level 4.6

Book 2

DOB31 on YouTube has children’s stories read aloud by a lively reader. Books include Harry Potter and some by David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.

Book 3

Jeff Kinney reads Diary of a Wimpy Kid AR Book Level 5.2

Book 4

Cassandra Clare reads from Chain of Gold (this came out in March 2020) AR Book Level 5.8

Book 5

Animalcolm by David Baddiel read by a very good reader who is still at school! AR Book Level 4.1

Book 6

A classic book, The Velveteen Rabbit read by Margery Williams AR Book Level 4.9 
You get to see the beautiful illustrations with this video.

Book 7

A classic book, also a movie, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald actually read by American actor Jake Gyllenhall! Whoop! AR Book Level 7.3

Book 8

Horton Hears a Who by Dr Seuss, read aloud over the zany illustrations. AR Book Level 3.3 This is a great story about acceptance.

Book 9

A classic book about the invasion of Earth by Martians, The War of the Worlds by H.G .Wells. Not on AR. When this book was read aloud on American radio in 1948, people believed it was a news report and that they really were being invaded. Many people hurried to their cars to drive away from their cities!


LRC News

 Book of the Month

'Our favourite reads recommended to students'
Book of the Month


Friday 12th February

The Real Alice in Wonderland
An exciting new exhibition at the V&A Museum - Alice:Curiouser and Curiouser
Opening Sat 27th March 2021

If you have read or heard of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you’ll be familiar with the little girl with the long blonde hair, whose curiosity leads her down a rabbit-hole and into a whole world of very strange adventures. This is fictional Alice but she was based on a very real child, Alice Liddell, a family friend of the author Lewis Carroll.

Nothing is as it seems in Carroll’s world, even his own name. He was really Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a maths tutor at the University of Oxford.

His vivid story-telling captured the imagination of the young Alice and her two sisters and one day, after he had spent a lovely afternoon making up the story of Wonderland, Alice decided that, being a stubborn and determined person, she would persuade Lewis Carroll to get the story published. Thank goodness she did. The story became so famous worldwide and is still hugely popular and influential today. Think of the iconic images from the books and think where you have seen them used since, in movies, games and advertising.

Alice Liddell did the world a great service, enriching people’s lives with the strange and often cryptic adventures in this land underground.

You can read more about Alice at

The Imagery of Alice
The Cheshire Cat for Penguin Audiobooks
Tweedledum and Tweedledee for a chocolate company
The Rabbit-hole for OMO detergent
The Rabbit-hole for Thomas Cook
The Mad Hatter for M&S
The Court of the Queen of Hearts for Mazda Lighting


The Story of Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was brutally shot in the head at the age of 15 by a Pakistani Taliban gunman, on 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District of her town. Two other girls were shot. Malala was targeted for assassination because of her activism asserting women’s rights to an education.
Since her dramatic recovery she has continued to campaign for women’s rights and earned a Nobel Peace Prize. So much for trying to silence her.

When a girl, extremists took over her town in Pakistan and banned TV and music. Her appearance this weekend on Desert Island Discs will be a sweet irony where Malala can choose her 8 most influential and favourite tracks for the world to hear.

You can find out more about Radio 4’s programme through this link:-


Page Downloads Date  
Links to Your Favourite Authors 01st Apr 2020 Download
Guide to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Authors 23rd Jun 2020 Download
Author Birthdays 05th Feb 2021 Download
LGBTQ Month 26th Feb 2021 Download