Reading at home.

Reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them which is especially important in today’s circumstances.

As you are all aware reading daily will greatly benefit your child with reading being seen as the key to learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s learning.  

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.

Whether your child is only just beginning to learn to read or whether they are fluent, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books together.

To support you in supporting your child to read during these unprecedented times we have compiled a list of resources to support you and child in continuing to read.

As with any online content please monitor carefully. Children should be always be supervised in ‘family’ areas when using devices, especially when accessing live content. We advise if content is not live that you view materials before showing to your children. 



Free during closures

EYFS / KS1 / KS2

A large selection of books and stories have been made free during school closures. Offering a mix of education, entertainment, and general-interest titles, from the classic to the contemporary, with a focus on stories that are suitable for children.

The collection includes favourites like Winnie the Pooh, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Aladdin.  You can access the site from their computers, tablets and smartphones. There’s no log in and no need to be an Audible member.

BBC    Cbeebies Alphablocks  



BBC    Cbeebies Bedtime Stories  



BBC    CBBC – shows from books   



View books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer,            The Demon Headmaster.


BBC    Bitesize


 KS1 / KS2    KS2 English    KS1 English

BBC    Jackanory Junior


 KS1 / KS2

Storytelling for younger viewers, using videos and read alouds.

Blue Peter  


EYFS / KS1 / KS2

Videos on author writing tips, who to read next, Blue Peter Book Awards, story dice challenge, author chats, story challenge with Matt Haig, Cressida Cowell and more…


Books for Keeps  


EYFS / KS1 / KS2

Books for Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. Over 12,500 reviews on website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews with the top children’s authors and illustrators. The whole magazine can be viewed online, browsed, printed or downloaded.



EYFS / KS1 / KS2+

Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters

Use Bookfinder to look for books that suit your tastes and interests, browse archive of interviews with authors and illustrators, watch online storybooks, or just see latest releases. Also reading tips and book recommendations for children of all ages, from babies to teenagers.

Here you can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing. Also, free, fun kids' games to enjoy online. Whether you want some number games, puzzle games, colouring or the Shape Game, you'll find lots of interactive activities to try.

The British Library


EYFS / KS1 / KS2+

Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages. Examples: write an animal tale, how to draw a Gruffalo, make a miniature book, how to develop a character, the book of me – you as the main character, interviews with Joseph Coelho and Jacqueline Wilson, poetry for children and more.


Curriculum Visions

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EYFS / KS1 / KS2+

This is a resource we use at school that has access to hundreds of reading resources, particularly nonfiction topics.  This will be great to support the children’s topic work.




EYFS / KS1 / KS2

Full of free ebooks for all levels on a range of topics. Digital library for children 12 and under. Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes and more. Make your own quizzes to go with the books.

Great resource and free to educators. Children can use a class login to go on and read books you’ve assigned to them or they can search for their own. American based but still popular.

Note: Epic will only work in the school hours of 9-3.

Love My Books!



Created by literacy experts it is a totally FREE not for profit resource to encourage parents to share great books with their children and support schools’ home learning initiatives. It includes activities based on over 200 carefully chosen books. With lots of story based play, enquiry and make and do

Lovemybooks brings together brilliant books with creative reading activities specially designed to engage and excite young children’s interest. Book related activities, family book reviews, books and illustrations, reading with your child, theme, lovemybooks cafes information.



The National Literacy Trust  

Part free, part sub

EYFS / KS1 / KS2+

As a response to school closures, we have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents, to support you during this time. Over the next days, weeks and months we will be updating this as often as we can with new and useful content for parents. Split up by age group below, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.

You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Every resource is available for free, although to access some you may need to create a free account.

Early years activities - CBeebies magazine resource

We teamed up with CBeebies magazine to produce an Early Years resource packed with exciting ideas for fun and learning.

Free Writing Friday: Cressida Cowell's top writing tips for primary pupils

Children's author and illustrator Cressida Cowell has created some fantastic resources for primary school pupils, packed full of writing tips and inspiring...

A River of Stories - Tales and Poems from Across the Commonwealth

Explore intercultural understanding with your class using four beautifully illustrated anthologies of poems and stories from around the world, with comprehensive supporting...

Authors inspiring reading classroom posters

Download our posters featuring illustrations and cover art from well-known children's authors, and an inspiring quote encouraging your pupils to pick up a book.


Storyshed – Children’s Storytelling Podcast


EYFS / KS1 / KS2

Children's storytelling podcast for kids of all ages. A new and original story each episode. Stories with a heart, designed to encourage discussion... Perfect for parents and teachers! A family friendly podcast which can be used for school assemblies, car journeys, bedtime, anytime! Proud member of Kids Listen, a grass roots organisation promoting content just for children.


Oxford Owl  

Part  free, part sub

KS1 / KS2

Educational resources, teaching notes and free eBooks to support children's learning at home.    Free Oxford Owl eBooks

For home – Advice and support for parents, Educational activities and games, Free eBook library for 3- to 11-year-olds.



Teach your Monster to Read        

Free computer version

Ages see  below

Covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. Designed in collaboration with leading academics. Complements all synthetic phonics programmes used in schools. Computer version is 100% free whilst app is subscription. The game is for children in the first stages of learning to read or for older children who need a bit more practice.  3 different games covering 3 levels of the reading journey.


World Book Day website


EYFS / KS1 / KS2+

Excellent site. Not just for World Book Day but all year round.

Resources include: book extracts, teaching guides & resource packs for particular books & authors, author & illustrator masterclasses which include videos and teacher’s resources, brief themed booklists, recommended reads, Storycraft: expert story writing tips, Imagination author videos, booktrailers, colouring, cooking, make and do – and lots, lots more.

Also on website under Inspiration heading, World of Stories podcasts has a selection of free audiobooks. Available to stream until 29th March 2020 (as at 15.03.20)


As with any online content please monitor carefully. Children should be always be supervised in ‘family’ areas when using devices, especially when accessing live content. We advise if content is not live that you view materials before showing to your children.