A number of you have approached us with concerns about your child’s access to reading materials during this lockdown period. We recognise that those children not in school at present may have very limited access to new books to read and hope that the information that we have listed below might help. All of the websites detailed below are free. Some require you to create a free account, usually needing just your name, an email address and a password. Some of the sites are American but please do not be put off by this. Their grades are very similar to ours. For example, if your child is in Year 1, select ‘1st Grade’ and so on.
This site is a great place to start. Register for free and simply log in to read a book. It contains an excellent choice of books sorted by age group. Children using the Book Bands (Colours Scheme) can also select a book from their usual band.
This is a lovely site with a huge range of audio books for all primary ages. The text appears under the video for your child to follow, or even read without the audio. Explore the site for a multitude of links to other fun educational activities.
Free Children’s Stories
The stories on this site are all free. They are read aloud with most having text for the children to follow. It covers all primary ages with the stories grouped into ages 3 to 5, 5 to 8, 8 to10 and 10+. Select the story you want and press play.
Oak National Academy
Every week a popular children’s author from the National Literacy Trust provides free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. Your child can read the book or listen to the audio, or both!
The site has a choice of 14 stories aimed at KS1. There are also games and stories read aloud by well-known people via a You Tube Link. It also gives recommendations by age group for books to buy for your child.
Storyline Online features well-known people reading some of their favourite children’s books. Each story comes with a free Activity Guide and can be viewed on YouTube. When you select a book, it will give you a recommended grade/year to help you decide if it is suitable.
The International Children’s Digital Library
Register free to access the Kirklees online libraries. Once you have registered, you will receive a unique library card number and pin. Your child will be able to use their login details to borrow books and magazines. They should also be able to reserve popular books that are in high demand.
This site contains a great range of books from around the world. Children read the text independently by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the screen to turn a page. Select ‘Read Books’ on the left of the screen. Select the age group you wish to view and then ensure you have selected English as the language. Books are grouped by ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-13.
We are delighted so many parents and carers are keen to encourage their child to read at home. Don’t forget that listening to stories is very important too. Listen to some stories with your child and talk about it afterwards to check their understanding. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us in school or via the year group email addresses.