In these strange times, reading offers escapism and comfort to many. As it is no longer easy to get hold of new books we can look to the internet to support us with this. The websites listed below are my personal favourites for accessing books online. There is something for every age and most of them are available at no cost. I hope you are managing to stay safe and that this provides a little support.
A website containing over 20,000 stories for children to read! All texts are beautifully illustrated with translations available into different languages. Most books come with teaching points, questions and notes for parents. Highly recommended and suitable for all ages.
A beautiful online book with contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators. This book is completely free and is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators. Recommended as an independent reader for Y3-6 but contains many stories for parents to read aloud to any age.
Oxford Owls have a good selection of their books available as free e-readers. You need to register but they can be accessed at no cost. There is a good range of fiction and non-fiction. This is mainly recommended for younger readers as they offer the same colour book bands as we use in school. Suitable for Reception – Year 3.
Instructions to access more book-banded e-books. Titles range from red level up to lime level and cover fiction and non-fiction. Suitable for Reception – Year 3.
Amazon have a range of free books for Kindle and many more titles at less than £1. Suitable for all ages.
This website has popular book related activities. There are good ideas to encourage children to think like authors and illustrators. Suitable for all ages.
A great website which includes everything from authors reading aloud their own books to texts for your child to read. Suitable for all ages.
This website has texts read aloud by authors, tips from illustrators and book recommendations. Suitable for all ages.
https://stories.audible.com/start-listen Suitable for all ages to listen to stories.