E-books free to download
To help children to be able to access more e-books from home for free SLS have collected together those that are being currently offered by publishers. Just click on the link to either access a downloadable copy (pdf) that can be read offline or to a copy that can be read online. All of these are free for you to use with no hidden catches!
BookLife have also created a new series of books based on the colours of the rainbow which are designed to help young children express and understand the emotions they are feeling. They have kindly provided one of the series as a free downloadable e-book. The Purple one explores feelings of nervousness and worry and gives children and parents positive advice on recognising and expressing the emotion as well as practical tips and activities to help children explore and cope with their feelings.
Books for Keeps is a magazine all about children's books with reviews of the latest fiction and non-fiction books plus articles about reading and interviews with children's authors and illustrators. They have currently got their latest edition available on their website as a pdf which can be downloaded and read for free.
All the ways in which our bodies are different and wonderful. This book features an inclusive selection of people from all walks of life and looks at what skin is and the different things it can show. Perfect for supporting work on ourselves and the Human Body for Key Stage 1. My Body, Your Body: Skin e-book
Sometimes being who you are can be a hard thing to do. Learn about people from across the LGBTQIA+ community who celebrate who they are and never stop fighting for what they believe in. No matter who you are, inside or out, this book is here to show you that you can be proud of who you are. Be proud to stand up and speak out! Pride in Change e-book
Walker Books has released Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield as a free eBook to raise awareness for Save the Children’s Save with Stories campaign which is helping children most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The rainbow has become an incredible symbol of hope and optimism during this time and this uplifting story will hopefully be a source of comfort and light to children and families.
Non-Fiction book with potted biographies of a range of sport stars such as Serena Williams, Geeta Phogat or Usain Bolt. Written by Shalini Vallepur and published by Book Life this is ideal for ages 7-11 (available as a pdf download). I Can be Sporty! e-book
With Wilbur’s fun ideas and a flick of Winnie’s wand, staying at home can be lots of fun. Fantastic new picture book starring your favourite characters by Valerie Thomas, illustrated by Korky Paul and published by OUP (available to read online). Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home e-book
The Really Big Pants Theatre Company have created a new adventure for Grandma and Red, from their storytelling show. Even Suddenlier written by Joe Bromley has humour, adventure, pirates and nasty villain Covid and his daughter Corona bent on World domination! (available to read online). Even Suddenlier e-book
Non-Fiction book about the human body with accompanying infographic illustrations. Written by Harriet Brundle and published by Book Life this is ideal for ages 8-12 (available as a pdf download). Infographics Human Body e-book
Non-Fiction book with facts and stats about outer space and space travel. Written by William Anthony and published by Book Life this is ideal for ages 7-11 (available as a pdf download). Super Stats Space e-book
Non-fiction book illustrated by Axel Sheffler which explains the Coronavirus pandemic in a way that children can understand. Published by Nosy Crow (available as a pdf download) Coronavirus a book for children
A family of energetic raccoons are going through a day in lockdown, no school, nursery or work – and explaining to the youngest members of the family how they’re doing their part to save lives just by staying at home! Picture book by Sally Nicholls, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz and published by Andersen press (available as a pdf download). Staying home e-book
Support, resources and tips from publisher Barrington Stoke on how to help dyslexic children with their reading while home learning (available as a pdf download). Home learning support pack
In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about Coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, and you will find plenty of ideas for dealing with Coronavirus in a positive way. Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman (available to read online). Everybody Worries e-book
A collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures with contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson. Published by Bloomsbury this lovely book is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals (available to read online). The Book of Hopes e-book