There are a wide range of resources to help you to continue accessing books during lockdown. While many independent bookshops have closed, Amazon and Waterstones are still open online, although delivery may take longer than usual.
Scholastic Learning Zone Library
All children in Key Stage 2 (Year 3-6) have access to the Scholastic Learning Zone Library, with lots of ebooks available both fiction and non-fiction for them to read.
Amazon and Audible
For as long as schools are closed, Amazon have made some their Audible resources for children free. Children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being children. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet – just follow this link to start listening.
Amazon have also made a number of Kindle Books available for free download. Click here for more information.
Oxford Owl have a wide range of free ebooks on their website suitable for the whole primary age range, as well as a section on Phonics and Maths Games. Take a look here.
The British Library has a host of activities inspired by well know children’s stories, poems and illustrations. Find out more here.
Coventry City Libraries
If you are a member of Coventry City Libraries, you can access all of their e-books, e-comics and audio books for free using the service provided by Borrow Box. Don’t worry if you haven’t joined up already – you can sign up online for temporary access. You can find more information here.
The Schools Library Service are also running a Virtual Book Club with challenges and ideas to inspire you.
National Literacy Trust
The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown has been released today, which can be read exclusively online at the National Literacy Trust. It’s a collaboration of short stories, poems and illustrations with contributions from over 100 authors and illustrators – it’s well worth a look!
Some publishers have put together activities based on their books, and are releasing audio stories daily. Click on the links below to see what they have on offer for you.
Toppsta is a book review website where you can win a book in exchange for a review, many of which before their publication date. Find out how here.
CBeebies Bedtime Stories
Many of the bedtime stories from CBeebies can be accessed on their YouTube Channel, here.
And don’t forget to:
- Check our school Twitter feed every day for a list of lots of bookish activities, whether it’s a chat with an author, a draw a long session, or storytime.
- Listen to your class story every week day at 3pm in your Google Classroom.
If you are stuck for ideas about what to read next, you can always ask in your Google Classroom. I’m sure we can come up with some great ideas together!