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Reading resources

These are links to support reading, particularly to help children to read for pleasure. The first set of links are suitable for all age groups. They are then split into different year groups to help you find the right resources for your child.

Suitable for all ages

World Book Day is 4 March 2021. Their website has lots of great online resources including a brand new Book Club and Share a Story corner which feature videos from children's authors and illustrators as well as related activities and challenges

Coventry School Library Service have created a Virtual Reading Club which includes competitions, links to online reading resources, downloads to help parents support reading for enjoyment at home, the Book Doctor to help with reading conundrums and you can add your book reviews too! They also have a page of free e-books for children that is continually being updated with more books as they become available. 

If you already have a library card then check out the e-resources all available for free, there are e-books, e-magazines and comics, audio books and even e-newspapers so there is something for all the members of the family to enjoy. Don't worry if you don't already have a library card as you can register online and get a temporary membership.

The Reading Realm have lots of video resources to support reading and literacy with quizzes, author interviews and sharing books online, including material on poetry and illustration. 

Free audio books for children from Audible. They are put into age groups and contain a slightly random mixture of titles but do include some classic favourites such as Beatrix Potter and White Fang as well as a few more up to date books such as Kid Normal.

Oxford Owl are offering over 100 free e-books for children aged from 3-11. Parents can also learn more about how to support their child's reading by visiting their Reading pages including phonics top tips.

Seven Stories has partnered with the publisher Andersen Press to provide free virtual story times 

The books and reading section of the Book Trust's website has some really useful information to help children find the right book. They have recommended book lists, a bookfinder that will give you targeted recommendations and tips and advice for parents.

The National Shelf Service is a YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. The books recommended will be available to borrow as e-books from most local libraries via their website.

Cornerstones have made their ‘Love to Read’ guides which cover Years 3 to 6 and centre around an enjoyable fiction book. Every guide includes a whole range of suggested activities, both for independent reading and talking points with parents.

Transition book list to support year 6's moving on to Secondary school. Includes e-books that are available to borrow for free from Coventry Public Libraries. Great way to support reading for pleasure over the summer holidays.

Free poster from the publishers BookLife for your school library celebrating the joy of reading for pleasure to open up a world of adventures

Nursery and Reception

If your little one loves the Gruffalo then check out these great activities based on the book.

Julia Donaldson doing The Gruffalo song.

If you have got tired of doing the same books for bedtime and want to try something else then take a look at all the different CBeebies bedtime stories.

Love my Books brings together brilliant books with creative reading activities, including videos specially designed to engage and excite young children’s interest

Booktrust have a brilliant collection of interactive books to read online or watch with signing. Also has educational games to play.

The Booktrust have announced this year’s shortlist for the Storytime Prize which is awarded to the best book for sharing with young children. You can explore the books through the videos on their web page. 

Floella Benjamin’s You Tube channel has lots of brilliant videos of the Nation’s favourite story teller sharing lots of classic stories.

Brightly Storytime present ‘Read Aloud Picture Books’ videos which let you follow the text as the story is read to you.

Free downloadable colouring and activity sheets for all of Sarah McIntyre’s fantastic books

Visit Story Time from Space and watch the video of the picture book ‘A Moon of My Own’ being read by actual astronauts on the International Space Station!

StoryNory has fairy Stories, poems, myths and traditional tales from around the world that are free to read online or to listen to the audio book.

For fans of Nick Sharratt, check out his reading of Shark in the Park followed by a draw-along where Nick will show you how to draw Timothy’s dad.

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)

For fans of Oliver Jeffers books (Lost and Found, the Book eating boy, Stuck etc.) then you can watch him reading his books and then try some of the puzzles, colouring and craft activities based on his books

BBC collection of video clips and read aloud's to support storytelling for younger children 

Love my Books brings together brilliant books with creative reading activities, including videos specially designed to engage and excite young children’s interest

Mo Willems has created new drawing videos every single day! His lunch doodles show can help you to draw your own naughty pigeon or duck! They’re a lot of fun to join in with

StoryNory has fairy Stories, poems, myths and traditional tales from around the world that are free to read online or to listen to the audio book.

Visit Story Time from Space and watch the video of the picture book ‘A Moon of My Own’ being read by actual astronauts on the International Space Station!

 For fans of Nick Sharratt, check out his reading of Shark in the Park followed by a draw-along where Nick will show you how to draw Timothy’s dad.

Great lesson ideas and activities from writer/illustrator Steve Anthony linked to his picture books and the wider curriculum which are free to download 

Free downloadable colouring and activity sheets for all of Sarah McIntyre’s fantastic books

Floella Benjamin’s You Tube channel has lots of brilliant videos of the Nation’s favourite story teller sharing lots of classic stories.

Michelle Obama reading entertaining picture books 

Learn how to draw Claude with this video from Alex T. Smith.

Key Stage 2 (Year 3,4,5 and 6)

Anthony Horowitz is doing his bit for all of those children who are stuck at home by reading from his new Alex Rider book Nightshade.

David Walliam’s World’s Worst Children Stories 

Children’s classic books such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and the Railway Children which are free to read or listen to 

Barrington Stoke who specialise in publishing accessible books which are dyslexia friendly have got lots of fun activity sheets related to their books available to download for free.

Learn how to draw Claude with this video from Alex T. Smith.

Author Jeff Norton has read his whole book ‘Alienated’ online, chapter-by chapter. A sci-fi comedy that would appeal to fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Philip Reeve books.

Video from author Konnie Huq with a first look at the cover for the second book in the Cookie series and an exclusive reading from Cookie and the Most Annoying Girl in the World and how to make your own personalised kaleidoscope.

Watch authors from the Hay Festival Programme for schools filmed over the last 3 years. There are 55 author events to choose from including ones from Ade Adepitan, David Baddiel, Eoin Colfer, Andy Stanton and Cressida Cowell.

Listen to Neil Gaiman read from a selection of his spell-binding tales with Coraline and Graveyard Tales in their entirety, there are also free printable resources and reading guides. 

Go to Cressida Cowell’s You Tube channel and check out her collection of videos where she reads from her How to train your dragon and new Wizards of Once series of books as well as showing you how to do your own illustrations and talks about creating books.

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