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Reading and Writing

'Books are a uniquely portable magic' - Stephen King

Whether you love to curl up with a book or take pen to paper yourself, we value the way reading and writing can transport you to different worlds or help you make sense of your own.


Our top picks

CSSC Book Club

Focusing on a different book each month, from a variety of genres and authors, we hope to introduce our community to new tastes and ideas and kick off some interesting conversations.

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Recommended Reads

Looking for your next book? We'll be putting together lists of five book recommendations every month to make sure you're never without a book in your hand.

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Journaling can improve your mood and productivity, reduce anxiety and help you to keep track of and achieve your goals. Try adding a gratitude section to remind yourself what you're thankful for.

Our top tips

Reading and writing discounts

With your CSSC membership you can access discounts on books, audiobook subscriptions, stationery and music streaming services through the My Savings+ platform. 

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Children's section


We've collated some of our favourite children's authors who are streaming live story times that you can watch with your little ones.

Unleash the magic

Writing and Drawing

Check out some of these writing and drawing activities with your kids - don't forget to share your pictures with us using #AtHomeWithCSSC!

Get creative

A Little Bit of Everything

Get creative with your playtimes and learning with our top tips, from story times to drawing resources to learning worksheets.

Our top picks

Children's Creative Writing Competition

We invite you to tell us a tale, send us a story, come at us with a comic, provide us with a poem, dazzle us with a drawing or generate your own genre for a chance to win a £25 National Book Token voucher.

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So many books, so little time
If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me
Books may well be the only true magic
There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books

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