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We have been sent some links to reading materials from the Library book service. There is a wide range of genres and options available. We will not be able to specifically recommend books for individual pupils at this point, it is more about providing wider options to families.

Any questions please feel free to email your child's teacher via the contact details that have been provided. Diolch

Library Online Service


-books and Online Library Resources


JOIN US FROM HOME! You can now use the RCT Libraries online eBook, eAudio and e-comics by joining online. Please go to our online library catalogue page by clicking the link below:


Click on the ‘Join the Library’ link on the right of the page then follow the instructions. Once you have completed the registration form you will be given a library number which will allow you to sign up for our online services. If you’re not already member of your local library, you can join online at our website.


E-zines - RBDigital

Welsh Libraries are proud to be offering an enhanced eComics service from April 2020 to all library users throughout Wales, which will include over 3,500 titles. The enhanced collection will include popular Disney titles such as Frozen, Mulan & Finding Nemo, as well as Marvel classics such as Spiderman and The Incredible Hulk, and other top comics such as Transformers, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters. The eComics collection can be accessed through either the RBdigital app or website, which are available free through your library membership in Wales. For further information, go the website, or visit your local library website


Borrowbox - eBooks and eAudiobooks

Click on the link on the library website


Or download the Borrow Box app to start downloading e-books and e-audiobooks. We’re working with Borrowbox to make more titles available for you to enjoy.

Websites and links


Boredom Busters – Literacy websites

Many authors, illustrators, publishers and other organisations have added more free content for children and families onto their websites.

We’ll share those links, but please note that Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries is not responsible for the content of external websites. Some of our external links may be to websites which also offer commercial services, such as online purchases.


Welsh language websites for children (N.B websites are bilingual)



Websites for children 0-5years


Childrens’s books & stories

Join Chris Bradford, author of the Young Samurai and Bodyguard series, for a virtual author visit like no other on YouTube on Friday 10th April 2020 at 10am GMT! Author Chris Bradford reveals the martial arts skills, bodyguard techniques and hands-on research behind his bestselling books.

This virtual visit is completely FREE to all, as well as free access to the virtual visit resource website (until 31st July 2020). Suitable for 8 to 80 years, boys and girls. To find out more watch his video:


Peters Library Book Suppliers have compiled a list of books that children could read at home, along with downloadable activity sheets for each book. They have collated a range of activities from publishers and their own team of librarians and curriculum specialists. Visit their website to view the whole list.

Wales' legends in a way you've never seen before!

Split into age groups; birth-4; 5-8; 9-12.

BBC 500 Words story competition. Tips on how to write your own, but you can also read the past winners' stories.



Publishers websites

Many publisher’s websites have author interviews, book excerpts and downloadable activities for children.

Andersen Press; Barefoot Books; Barrington Stoke; Bloomsbury; Bonnier; Caryl Hart; Egmont; Faber; Little Tiger; Nosy Crow; Puffin; Salaria Books; Scholastic; Walker


Author websites

Many authors are creating new content for children on their websites for the period of the school closures.

Kwame Alexander; Steve Antony - drawing/creative writing class 6+; Rod Biddulph #drawwithRob; Emily Fox; Neil Gaiman's Mouse Circus; Swapna Haddow; Chris Haughton; Oliver Jeffers reading one of his books a day live on Instagram, posted to his website afterwards; Derek Landy - video Skulduggery themed story prompts posted daily on Instagram; Sarah McIntyre; Meg McLaren; Nicola Morgan - diary competition; Garth Nix; David O'Connell; Tom Palmer; Phillip Reeve; Michael Rosen; Nick Sharratt; Robin Stevens; Piers Torday; David Walliams