LRC Online

Some exciting news from the LRC

The LRC will soon be launching the LRC Virtual Online Library of e-books, which will allow every student in the school access to thousands of e-books, to read remotely.

Each student will be isssued with a unique ID number, allowing access to a library of different genres of books.

In the meantime why not click on the e-books on the shelves of Mrs Austen's bookcase, allowing you to read the different stories, there are many to choose from.

Enjoy and happy reading.

Mrs Austen, LRC Manager

Welcome to Mrs Austen’s LRC ‘Online Library’ 

It can be hard to get reluctant children and teenagers to read when a phone screen, tablet, or games console offers easy and instant gratification.

Although a number of students love nothing better than to sit reading a book, there are still a number of students who have never read a book or enjoyed reading, and see it as something they consider as ‘work’ and getting these students to start reading can certainly be a challenge.

To ensure all students have access to reading books and resources, please make the most of these links to reading resources and useful websites, so everyone can keep up with reading, even if you can’t get to the library or bookshop.

Quick Links:

Whatever your favourite choice of read is, whether you like a classic read, Fiction or Nonfiction, Graphic novels, Spooky or funny stories, this is reading for pleasure and so you can keep the habit going, or you simply wish to challenge yourself and read something completely different, check out the reading lists.

Reading Challenge:

Why not challenge yourself and start a new hobby of reading:  remember you don’t have to read it all at once, even if you start off gently and start with reading for 10 minutes a day and increase this gradually over time, research has shown even reading for as little as 20 minutes a day, improves your vocabulary and helps you improve in all subjects.


Forming a habit involves having a cue and a reward. The cue might be finding somewhere comfortable and quiet and going there specifically to read, or making yourself a drink or a snack to have while you’re reading.

You could set a challenge for yourself to read a certain number of pages – it’s really good to feel like you’ve achieved a goal and it’ll make you more likely to want to do it over and over again!

Obviously with the majority of us working remotely from home, with most libraries and shops closed, there aren’t many places to go and get books, but there are many websites available online, offering access to free books.

Included is a list for you with various links, Just by clicking on the link, opens up a world of possibilities, free books or lists of recommended reads for different age groups.

Strategies to encourage children to read: 

  • Encourage pupils to switch off devices half an hour before they go to bed, and read instead. It’s a habit, and they only need 20-30 minutes a night regularly. Start with shorter times if needed. Taking away the blue light will also ensure that your child gets better quality sleep, allowing the brain to process the day’s learning and ensure what they have learned is remembered.
  • Use rewards to help motivate your child to read if they are reluctant, and praise and encourage them as they read
  • Talk to your child about your reading habits, or books you enjoyed at their age
  • Take advantage of all the amazing free reading resources online during the lockdown – see below.
  • Read to your child – you’d be surprised how much even grumpy pre-teenagers actually like being read to – even if you think they are too old for it
  • Let them listen to audio books as an alternative
  • Don’t discourage them from reading non-fiction, graphic novels , comics or magazines – everything helps. Similarly, don’t comment on their choice of book even if you think it is too easy – get them reading first, and they are more likely to move onto more challenging reads later.
  • Ask them about their reading. Get them to read their favourite bit to you. Ask them questions about what they think will happen next. Borrow their books and read them and then discuss them.
  • Help them with reading at home by checking they understand the words, directing them to a dictionary to check unfamiliar words, getting them to read it to you or summarise it for you.
  • Build in some quiet reading time into the day – maybe half an hour after lunch – then chat about what they have read.

Websites to find book recommendations: (Click on links)

Amazon – look at second hand and used options as they are often a lot cheaper than brand new.

Another option for students who would rather sit quietly and listen to someone read, there are many audio books available, just click on the link, find the book of your choice, sit back and listen.

Shorter Read

For those who sometimes find it hard to finish a lengthy book, why not try reading a short story instead, here are a few mystery stories you can try out.

I’d like to get ready for GCSE or A Level courses – what can I read?
GCSE Literature

A Level Literature

A Level Language and Literature

Online Resources Free books

Other reading themes resources:

For younger siblings as well:

Some other websites

SEN resources

As well as all the resources on here, there are many more online, so worth taking a look !!

Kind regards and ‘Happy Reading’ Mrs Austen