FREE Digital Libraries
Click on the links below to visit digital libraries where you can click on a book and it will take you to a video of an author reading that book. Brilliant for bedtime or any time you fancy listening to a lovely story. A big thanks to Steph at alittlebutalot.com for these links.
Books for Topics
Story time online. The QR codes and links in the document link to story readings on Youtube and all of the books are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.
Walker Books have a wonderful YouTube channel packed full of full readings of books.
Lots of activities related to some of your favourite books and characters.
Storytime with President and Mrs Obama
There are some truly wonderful resources on here including free online books and videos, games, competitions, book-themed quizzes and videos by famous illustrators showing you how to draw some of your favourite characters.
https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/open-the-hometime-cupboard/?_cldee=YmV0aC5ncmFudEBiZWNrZm9vdGFsbGVydG9uLm9yZw%3d%3d&recipientid=contact-6ba3753e0ecbe911a969000d3ab5a84e-d5283c8783874dc6851855e9631d364b&esid=48a37baf-f68d-ea11-a811-000d3ad87f60This collection of top 10 tales, often read by the author, are suitable for 7-11 year olds (though other children may enjoy them too).
Download a copy of curated digital favourites, with visuals so children can CHOOSE! The collection includes stories, poetry, comics, information books and magazines and so something to tempt every reader.
World Book Day
Start under 5s on their reading journey with video books of classics including Little Red Riding Hood and The Gingerbread Man and the latest Tales from Acorn Wood:
There are also free audio books for all ages:
There is now a new SECOND SERIES of creative, inspiring and interactive films for you to watch at ANY TIME that suits you. Featuring a sensational line-up of authors and illustrators.
We are Teachers
A HUGE list of children's authors who are doing online read-alouds and activities.
You Wouldn't Want to be..
Free web books about periods of history
Lots of wonderful stories to watch from some amazing authors, including, Tom Fletcher and Jacqueline Wilson.
You can now find over 500 books on this fab website - ranging from activity sheets and colouring pages, through to lesson plans, literacy exercises and even videos.
Here are some classic children's books, free to read or listen to.
A different story read each night just before bedtime. For more stories, head over to the CBeebies Storytime app.
Have you read all your books at home? Feeling a bit bored? Want something new? Did you know that Bradford Libraries have hundreds of EBooks for children, with new titles added daily during the current Covid-19 Pandemic. EBooks are FREE to borrow requiring only a library card to access. You’ll need the library card number and your PIN (which is your date of birth and last two digits of the year you were born e.g. 1006 for 10th Feb 2006). Take a look via the following link to see all the books available to read. Parents you can borrow EBooks too! Why not try something different during this StayatHome.
And if you can’t find a book you’d quite fancy reading you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestion.
Don’t get bored. Get Reading.
The Love of Reading
For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out Authorfy's '10 minute challenges' which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators.
Read for Good
Reading can help with our mental health and well-being: reading for just 6 minutes has been shown to reduce stress levels by 68%. But more than that, taking time to share stories, losing ourselves in a book, travelling the high seas or the Milky Way from the comfort of a sofa might just be the tonic we all need.
Here’s a list of suggestions for parents, ideas and links that we hope will provide some inspiration for reading for fun at home.
Nosy Crow have released some amazing resources for children. They have activity sheets to download and a bedtime story to listen to every night. There are also lots of videos for children to watch. Well worth a visit. Click below:
They have also released a free downloadable information book explaining Coronavirus for children:
Listen to the wonderful Cressida read her How to Train your Dragon books on her YouTube channel:
Listen to Tom reading extracts from his wonderful books on his YouTube channel.
You can also read some of the first chapters of all his books here:
Listen to Matt and his wife read poetry. Great fun!
Peter Bunzl is the author of the wonderful Cogheart series of books. His website is full of wonderful resources and activities.
Some fantastic resources all about reading and books.