Reading is an essential skill, which we all use in our daily lives. The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health.
Reading aloud is an enjoyable activity that both parents and children alike can enjoy and reading with children can also help to create a love of reading for life.
Because of the learning potential, the effects of reading on child development are vast and multiple studies have highlighted its benefits. As such, it is important to ensure reading is a key part of a child's daily routine.
The Book of Hopes
The collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including: Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson. The collection is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.
Free books to read online
Click below to access the BookTrust website to find lots of lovely interactive books.
Click below to access the Oxford Owl free eBook reading library.
Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Click below to access the website.
You can find free Kindle books for children categorised under the Children’s eBooks section; all you need to do is download the app. There are several subcategories like: Action and Adventure, Animals, Early Learning, Sports and Outdoors, each with 100 free eBooks to pick from. Click on the link below to browse the books.
Free books to listen to online
For as long as schools are closed, you can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. Click on the picture below to access the website.
Teach Your Monster to Read
A series of games that help children learn to read. They cover letters and sounds to reading full sentences. You can play for free on the website or download the app. Click on the picture below to access the website.
For a daily dose of creativity and fun, click on the photo below to check out the '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - they add a new challenge to this page every single day!
See if you can be an author yourself by completing some of the writing activities below.