On this page you will find access to links to free online books.
To log in using your six digit library card number please follow the steps below.
1. Visit our login page: https://login.exacteditions.
2. Select the “library card” option in the top right-hand corner.
3. Enter your 6 digit code into the “card number” bar and log in.
The six digit code for Sha Tin College is 805308.
A free online resource for primary school children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages, the site explores the history and rich variety of children’s literature, drawing on inspiring material from medieval fables to contemporary picture books.
Over 100 treasures are waiting to be found, including messy sketchbooks, scribbled manuscripts, dummy books and story boards by renowned authors and illustrators including Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Jacqueline Wilson, Kenneth Grahame, Judith Kerr, John Agard, Quentin Blake, Axel Scheffler, Lauren Child, SF Said, Zanib Mian and Liz Pichon. You’ll also discover some of the earliest printed works created for a young readership and an array of movable, miniature, noisy and toy books, propaganda stories, comics, poems and fairy tales.
For the writers and artists of the future, the resource offers a bank of creative activities that will encourage children of diverse abilities and interests to work on their own stories, poems, illustrations, miniature books, graphic novels and more. Users might create their own comics; invent a superhero; write a nonsense dictionary; make a pop-up book; develop an imaginary school; create a recipe book or a city guide.
The site includes films showing illustrators at work in their studios, including Axel Scheffler’s masterclass on how to draw a Gruffalo. Plus there are interviews with authors and illustrators such as Quentin Blake, Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen, Lauren Child, Andy Stanton, Zanib Mian, Joseph Coelho, Jacqueline Wilson, Viviane Schwarz and SF Said, revealing their creative processes, memories of childhood reading and tips for budding writers and artists.
Discovering Children’s Books was created in partnership with Newcastle University, Seven Stories, the Bodleian Library (University of Oxford) and the V&A.
Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.