Further home reading suggestions


Classic children’s stories such as Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy and Owl Babies. Children can watch the stories or join in with the books as they are read aloud. Remember, there is always the option to turn your speaker off so that children can read the book by themselves. Older devices may not be able to support these storybooks.


Free downloadable children’s books in PDF format.


Fiction and non-fiction ‘Comprehension Student Workbooks’ for children in Year 2 to Year 6. Each workbook contains comprehension tasks relating to short extracts.


A collection of illustrated short stories, fairy-tales, rhymes and poems that are free to view online.


Stories and poems by classic authors such as Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens. (Absolutely lovely!)


You can access the ‘Home Learning Hub’ part of the Twinkl site without having to register or log-in.

Age 3-5: ‘Twinkl Originals Storytime’ and ‘Share a Story’ – eBooks read aloud by teachers. Remember to pause and mute the video if you would like your child to read independently.

Age 5-7: ‘Twinkl Originals Storytime’– eBooks read aloud by teachers. ‘60-Second Reads’ – short reading comprehension tasks.

Age 7-9 and age 9-11: ‘Guided Reading’ – daily reading sessions. No printer needed as children have the option to type onto the sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper. ‘60-Second Reads’ – short reading comprehension tasks.


Online audio stories for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 primary school pupils. Stories cover a broad range of primary topics. They are grouped by theme and Key Stage and are typically about 5 minutes long. Ideal for fostering speaking and listening skills and stimulating children’s imaginations. New stories added week by week.


Elevenses – daily audio instalments of David Walliams reading one of his books aloud at 11.00am Monday to Friday.


A selection of videos featuring some familiar faces reading a collection of popular children’s books.


Register to find author videos, book extracts and cross-curricular schemes of work based on different children’s books. Lots of new titles along with some old favourites. Suitable for children in Key Stages 1 and 2.


Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and storyteller. A new story is added to the YouTube channel at 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Suitable for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children.


Inspiring films, writing tips and creative resources for aspiring authors and illustrators of all ages. Includes workshops run by the writers such as Matt Haig and Cressida Cowell.

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