Express your interest


In 2024/25 we will be working in the following areas: Blackpool, Black Country, Swindon, Essex (Basildon, Braintree, Harlow, Thurrock, Southend and Canvey Island), Lancashire (Preston, Fleetwood, Skelmersdale), County Durham (Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe, Stanley, Crook, Chester-Le-Street), Bradford, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight.

If your school is located in one of the above areas and you would like to express an interest in signing up for the programme for this year or next year, please click on the link below.

What does World of Stories offer?

Each participating school receives for free:

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    400 brand new books from Puffin

    From much-loved classics like Roald Dahl and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, to new voices.

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    100 books from our partner publishers

    Including from Barrington Stoke, Lantana, and Knights Of.

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    Bespoke training

    For participants, delivered by the National Literacy Trust.

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    Audiobook downloads

    Introducing schools to the power of audiobooks to reach children who struggle to read.

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    Colourful resources

    To bring reading spaces in schools to life, including posters, bookmarks and bunting.


World of Stories has made more of a difference than I could ever have imagined. Our Library Coordinator is constantly coming to me with new ideas and has already put many of them in place. There is a long queue outside the library most lunchtimes, with children waiting to borrow or swap their choice of the fantastic books we have been given, and the student librarians are enjoying running the system.

I am so grateful that we were chosen to take part.

Teacher at participating Essex school