A Birmingham-based website company which is aiming to improve literacy levels among children has reached a landmark milestone.

Wood of Words is a subscription website created by Digital Ink Drop on which families, schools and libraries can explore children's books via extracts provided by leading publishing houses as well as puzzles, games, colouring tasks and other activities.

The not-for-profit outfit said it had reached 700,000 children in the first seven months since the site was launched

Debbie Mynott launched the firm in Digbeth after stints as a children's librarian and school's librarian and senior lecturer at Birmingham City University.

She said: "It's a dream come true for us to offer so many children the opportunity to explore The Wood of Words, having fun in a secure and safe online environment whilst developing their skills as readers and writers.

"We're delighted that publishers such as Walker Books, Random House and Barrington Stoke back the website, sharing some of the best new books with our community, as well as the fun activities that support them.

"To reach 700,000 children is a great milestone for us and we're working to make the website better than ever to ensure that the children get the best content possible and encourage new schools, families and library services to get on board with the programme."

The website also has free content available while subscriptions cost £18 a year.