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Children & Learning

Reading Resources

Reading Resources

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.

World Book Day Digital Library

Picture Books Digital Library

Younger Chapter Books Digital Library

Older Chapter Books Digital Library

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.

Storytime online

Walker Books

Walker Books have a wonderful YouTube channel packed full of full readings of books.

https://www.youtube.com/user/WalkerBooksUK

Lots of activities related to some of your favourite books and characters.

http://stayhome.walker.co.uk/?utm_campaign=Bear%20Talk%20-%20May%202020&utm_source=emailCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-hTKWCX7hc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR07mSqYyR-h4GTCoRfU-eP5nUVwNOptv54O8ESx-VvYiPIxTXHWdgD6dJc

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:

https://www.worldbookday.com/videos/acorn-wood-postman-bear/

There are also free audio books for all ages:

https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/

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. 

https://www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/

A HUGE list of children's authors who are doing online read-alouds and activities.

https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/

Free web books about periods of history

https://www.youwouldntwantto.be/web-books/#start

Lots of wonderful stories to watch from some amazing authors, including, Tom Fletcher and Jacqueline Wilson.

https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1

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. 

https://toppsta.com/blog/view/childrens-books-with-teachers-notes-activity-packs-or-videos

Reserachify

Here are some classic children's books, free to read or listen to. 

https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html

A different story read each night just before bedtime. For more stories, head over to the CBeebies Storytime app.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b00jdlm2/cbeebies-bedtime-stories

Bradford Libraries

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.

https://www.bradford.gov.uk/libraries/library-services-online/e-books/

And if you can’t find a book you’d quite fancy reading you can email christinea.donnelly@bradford.gov.uk with your suggestion.

Don’t get bored. Get Reading.

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.

https://authorfy.com/10minutechallenges/

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.

https://readforgood.org/reading-inspiration/?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2foareadathon.ctml2.com%2foa_readathonlz%2f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Covid-19+Readathon+update&utm_term=Readathon+during+COVID-19&utm_content=56696

Nosy Crow

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:

https://nosycrow.com/free-resources/

They have also released a free downloadable information book explaining Coronavirus for children:

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

Listen to the wonderful Cressida read her How to Train your Dragon books on her YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyUNZa7_Gjo&list=PLBHPLU9xAmxfoJvqBzIlGLTypOm-cy8Tu

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:

https://tompalmer.co.uk/free-reads/

Listen to Matt and his wife read poetry. Great fun!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUuFyDOWqe7QT0hPpmnZwyA

Peter Bunzl is the author of the wonderful Cogheart series of books. His website is full of wonderful resources and activities.

http://www.peterbunzl.com/

LoveReading4Kids

Some fantastic resources all about reading and books.

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/kids-zone/

Reading Bingo

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