Alnwick Library will be closed at lunchtime today, Thurs 18 Jan from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. It will also close at 6pm on Friday 19 Jan.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Items can be renewed online or by telephoning 01670 50 50 16. Please note that this is an automated system and you will need your library card number.

Take a look at a selection of our favourite reading websites for children.  Please note Northumberland Libraries are not responsible for the content of external website links.


  • Advice on books for all ages from babies to teens to adults.
  • Different websites for different ages.
  • Bookfinder for different ages.
  • Best new books / booklists.
  • Games and activities.


  • Information and advice on books for babies to children under 5.
  • National Bookstart Week information.
  • Interactive – lots of activities and suggestions for books for babies and children under 5.

Words for Life

  • Suggests suitable books by age: baby to 3, 3-5, 5-7 etc.
  • Songs and rhymes as well as books.
  • Downloadable activities.
  • Premier League Reading Stars.
  • Technology and under 5s.
  • Milestones for all ages from babies to 11 years

Summer Reading Challenge

  • Different summer theme every year for school age children up to age 12.
  • Also available to use year-round.
  • Book Sorter – suggestions by kids for kids.
  • Reading Club / Chat / Games.
  • Information for parents or carers.

Read On Get On

  • supporting a national campaign to get every child reading well by age 11.
  • sign up for top tips for reading and activities to support reading.

Booktrust 100 Best Books

  • 100 best books from the last 100 years, from 0-14
  • 25 books in each of 4 age band – up to 5, age 6-8, age 9-11 and 12 plus

Children's Laureate

  • Vote for your favourite book and competitions.

Carnegie and Greenaway Awards 

  • awards for writing and illustration chosen by children’s librarians.
  • living archive of previous award-winning books.
  • shadowing website – children read the books on the shortlist every year, and post reviews.

Children's Book Sequels

  • Easy to use – find that sequel!