Reading for pleasure

Learning Resources for Education can help you develop a love of reading amongst your students.

Here at LRE we can't express the benefits of reading for pleasure enough! Studies have shown that reading for pleasure and developing a love of reading is more important for children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.

We have a range of options available, through our subscriptions and tailor made offers, to help you and your school promote a reading for pleasure culture in your school.

Further information

Let Learning Resources for Education boost your school library stock. Whether you use them for your main school library, or for classroom book corners, long term leasing offers excellent value for money. Why buy the books when you can lease them, and get them exchanged each year?

Type of stock available

With stock including board books, picture books, first readers, chapter books, young adult fiction and an array of non-fiction titles, we can help you create a comprehensive school library with a focus on reading for pleasure and information literacy.

How to borrow leasing stock

To help keep your library current and fresh, schools can exchange a proportion of their LRE book stock up to 3 times a year. You can either send your requirements to LRE and we will select the books for you and deliver to the school, or you can arrange to visit the showroom yourself to pick your own books and take them away on the day. You can even bring up to 4 students with you so they can select books for themselves and their classmates.

Long term leasing stock is part of all primary, secondary and special school subscriptions. Schools can also select long term leasing from our 'tailor made' service menu.

Learning Resources for Education have created a selection of literacy collections. Some collections focus on certain authors, others focus on themes. These are perfect if your class is learning about a certain author, or looking to explore a specific genre.

What a collection includes

Collections contain around 15 to 20 titles, which can be used to support independent reading or as a whole class read.

How to borrow a collection

Subscribing schools can borrow literacy collections as part of the project box loans in their subscription, or non-subscribing schools can borrow collections on an ad-hoc basis.

Fiction Express by Boolino is an innovative book platform that connects students with professional authors, encouraging reading for pleasure through fun co-creation of stories.

Every half-term, three books are published on the Fiction Express website in weekly chapters. What happens next is entirely up to the readers. Using their votes, they are able to decide where the plot goes next. Then the author will bring the most popular choice to life.

View information about Fiction Express

ePlatform from Wheelers is an innovative eBook and eAudioBook service for your school.  When you subscribe via LRE, you gain access to over 2100 titles for your school, as well as a personalised portal with your school logo and information, and log ins for every student. Students can read on the go, being able to access the ePlatform app for free on the most popular app stores, as well as via a desktop. Wheelers add new titles every month, and schools can add to their e-collection by purchasing their choice of eBooks and eAudiobooks through the platform.

Benefits of ePlatform 

  • Library never closes – access 24 / 7
  • Easy to use Mobile App
  • Fully integrates with LMS
  • Settings Wizard for own style, Dyslexia or other challenges
  • Promo support and material available
  • Admin / Reporting Suite
  • Can easily Age Restrict titles
  • Create your own Custom Compilations
  • New titles added every month
  • Accessible Tech Support team

Students can also change the style to suit reading challenges such as Dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome or even just for comfort night time reading. Simple prompts enable users to adjust settings such as background colour, font size and spacing.

Subscribing through LRE gives your school a fantastic discount compared to subscribing direct with Wheelers.

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and best-loved children's book awards, awarded by children's librarians, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people, whilst the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Find out more about the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals collections

Every year LRE put together boxes containing the shortlisted titles for the awards, which are loaned to schools to support the award shadowing schemes.

How to borrow a collection

These can be borrowed as part of your project loans that form part of your subscription. LRE will contact schools in the spring term to ascertain which schools are interested in shadowing and borrowing the collections.

Chatterbooks is a children's reading group model designed by the Reading Agency. Learning Resources for Education can provide Chatterbooks collections suitable for primary and secondary. They are aimed at children with a lower reading ability.

View information about Chatterbooks

Dyslexia friendly collections contain a carefully selected range of books that are specifically aimed at children with dyslexia.

View information about dyslexia friendly collections

Group readers are designed to support reading interventions with groups of up to six pupils. Each group reader collection contains six copies of each title. Titles include a wide range of reading material, such as plays, non-fiction and picture books.

View information about group readers