Reading at Home
Please click the links below arranged by Year Group to view a selection of great informative booklets which give guidance on how to effectively and enjoyably read at home with your child. Underneath these are all English resources and documents on the website gathered in one handy place for reference, as well as a whole range of other resources, book suggestions, free online books, author readings and other reading activities for you to download and view at home. Happy reading!
Phonics Apps and Websites
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH SUBJECT-SPECIFIC VOCABULARY
Other Online Reading and E-Book Resources
- Audible Stories – Audible are currently offering free audiobooks for children
- Book Trust Hometime – There are free online books, videos and games
- British Library Children’s Books – You can explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations, as well as watching Axel Scheffler draw a Gruffalo!
- Literacy Trust – Lots of useful resources for reading, writing and language development
- Twinkl – e-books and reading comprehension resources
- World Book Day website – There are lots of useful resources, videos and story activities
Author Readings and Activities
Lots of authors have begun sharing stories on their websites or YouTube pages for children to watch or creating activities and bonus material. We have listed a selection below, but if your favourite author is not here, do have a look at their website or social media.
- #phoenixqclub on Twitter – there are lots of comic based activities from The Phoenix comic
- Alex T Smith @Alex_T_Smith (author of the Claude books) is providing #StoryStarters every day on Twitter
- Cressida Cowell is reading stories on her YouTube page.
- Emily Fox (illustrator) – Free drawing activity sheets to download
- Joanne Nadin – She is reading a story every day on her YouTube page, which can be accessed from her website
- Michael Rosen – He has lots of videos on his YouTube page which you can link to here
- Neil Gaiman – Neil and some famous friends read the Graveyard Book and Coraline in its entirety
- Oliver Jeffers – He is reading a story every day on Instagram, then posting it to his website
- Rob Biddulph – Regular draw-along videos with illustrator Rob Biddulph Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10am
- Robin Stevens – There are activities and bonus material to link with her Murder Most Unladylike books
- Steve Anthony – 12 week drawing masterclass for ages 6+ plus lots of other resources
- Swapna Haddow – Free activity ideas
- Tom Palmer – Free chapters, new stories and links to Tom’s YouTube channel