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FREE Online Reading Activities

As you know, reading for at least 15 minutes a day is extremely beneficial to a child’s overall progress. During this time of home learning, please read, read and read some more. Short periods of reading with lots of discussion around the book (prediction, defining words, answering and creating questions and summarising what has been read) is the easiest and most beneficial thing you can do at home and is a lovely, relaxing time which you can enjoy together. 

As well as sharing your home readers and any of your favourite books from home, we have gathered together some fantastic FREE resources available online for you to share with your children :-

 

 

Oxford Owl for School and Home

Discover expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children's learning at primary school and at home, from Oxford University Press.

https://www.storylineonline.net/

www.oxfordowl.co.uk

 

 

Audio Stories

Some famous children’s authors are sharing their stories for free:

 

  • David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ The daily treat is called Elevenses and children and grown-ups can tune in every morning at 11am to listen to one of his short stories from The World’s Worst Children. He will be releasing a story a day for the next 30 days.

 

  • Chris Haughton 5pm (Facebook live) He has also uploaded all of his live readings to his website so you can go back and enjoy them all  – they are called ‘#stayathome…’ etc.  https://www.chrishaughton.com/home

 

 

  • Mac Barnett 7pm (Instagram live)

 

  • RJ Palacio 4pm (Twitter live) She is reading one of her most famous books Wonder which is recommend for 8-12 year olds. She will be reading the book every day until she finishes it.

 

 

Audible Books

 

Audible has released a collection of audiobooks for free which they say will be available for as long as schools are closed. Books include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh, Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter and many more.

 

 

Book Trust

 

This link brings up a whole host of information including some of the previously mentioned resources. Examples include Cressida Cowell reading How to Train Your Dragon and children can learn to draw some of their favourite authors.  There are lots of wonderful resources to access across the whole of this website.

 

 

World Book Reader

 

World Book ebooks have just made their fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free. They have books suitable for all ages.

 

 

 

There are many other amazing reading resources available – please let us know if you come across any others which you think other children and parents would enjoy!

 

Happy reading! 

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