With children now at home during lockdown, we hope you can take the opportunity to use any additional time to read with your child for pleasure. Sadly, as a school, we cannot currently supply books for you to read but we can direct you to some great free online reading resources.
Parents and carers play a leading role in helping children acquire the reading skills they need to succeed. Throughout lockdown it is really important that your child continues to read daily and continues to have many experiences to read aloud to an adult.
Below is a list we have put together of some good websites where our parents and carers can access a range of children’s reading materials and stories during lockdown. The material ranges from early phonic reading books to read-along picture stories and chapter books. Some sites also direct you to other reading materials, such as comics, magazines and newspapers. All of the resources we have researched are free to access, although some do require an access account to be created by an adult first.
We have also included a helpful parent guide to helping children read. This guide includes practical top tips – getting your children into reading, helping them to stay engaged with books and how to have fun reading together within the family.
We hope you find the resources listed useful:
Borrowbox – Islington Library Services
This service allows you to download free eBooks. They have the latest releases for children. If you are not currently a library member it is possible to join online. Islington Library Services
Books for Topics
This reading site directs you to a Storytime Online Hub. You then link to story readings on Youtube. All books chosen are read aloud by well known authors and illustrators.
Good online stories and resources are also available from:
Reading schemes, Oxford Owl and Collins Connect offer a host of books that may look familiar to children using schemes at school. The books are available to filter by age group or reading level. They have lots of accompanying resources to use which work alongside the reading material.
You can also follow authors and illustrators on social media. Check out regular, live story time and illustrating slots –
- Julia Donaldson (4pm on Thursdays via Facebook)
- David Walliams (11am daily, via Instagram)
- Rob Biddulph (10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays via Twitter).
Parent Guide – Top Tips
If you are looking for ways to get the best experience out of reading with your child during lockdown the following guide gives some excellent top tips on how to keep your child engaged and how to make the experience enjoyable:
If you find yourself struggling to find opportunities to read with your child during lockdown, please speak to us as school. We will always do our best to find ways to help.