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Where to find things to read

Need something new to read?


Here are some of our favourite places to get FREE books online, either as ebooks or audio books. They all count towards your reading challenge as long as you fill in a book review. Or you can just enjoy them because you love to read.

Join your local library

Now is a great time to join Suffolk Libraries. If you don't already have a library card, you can join online here.


Once you have a library card number, it's easy to borrow ebooks and audiobooks - just download the Library app to any device.


Physical libraries are now open again. You can browse online and then order your books using the reservation service - you decide which library you would like to pick them up from. The library will email you when they are ready to collect.



Listen and watch online

Audible have made a selection of audiobooks free. There are lots of fairy stories and classics like Winnie-the-Pooh and Alice in Wonderland. Also the first book of JK Rowling's magical series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone read by Stephen Fry has recently been added.


You know how at the beginning of March we tell you "Every day is World Book Day"? Well, it really is!


Visit their website for free audiobooks and extracts, hundreds of printable activities (you can search by author/character) and crazy challenges like "read wearing a silly hat". If you feel inspired to get drawing/writing there are some great videos by famous authors/illustrators such as Pamela Butchart and Rob Biddolph.


The Book Trust have also launched "Home Time" where you can find Cressida Cowell reading from How to Train your Dragon and loads of other fun stuff to do including quizzes, competitions and recipes.


If you have BBC i-player, don't forget CBeebies Bedtime Stories. They're not just for little ones - big kids can enjoy them too.



The Book of Hopes

An inspiring collection of short stories, poems and illustrations by 100 favourite authors and illustrators, you can read this amazing book for free. Find it here:



Get to know some authors

Writers and illustrators everywhere are getting really excited about the opportunity to connect with the children who read their books. Get your grownups to look for the creators of books you love on whatever social media they are signed up to.


Here are a few to get your started (we'll keep adding to this list and will be using them in our activities)


David Walliams. World's Worst Children. Every day. (Listen to ten and you can use it for your "short stories" category in the reading challenge and earn 50 credits!).


Visit the page and click on "Elevenses".


Neil Gaiman. For older readers, you can see Neal reading The Graveyard Book and Coraline on his website.


What makes this worth a visit is that he has got lots of his author friends to do a chapter each including Lemony Snickett (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and R.L. Stine (the Goosebumps series).




Library favourite National Geographic Kids has lots of free non-fiction content on its website, great for researching your own projects.

Here are some other children's publications we have had in the library. These are not free, though some have subscriber offers at the moment - you can get copies for £1 but don't forget to cancel if you don't want to continue at full price. However, magazine subscriptions make great birthday presents, so here are our top picks:


Aquila - once a month topic based magazine which we have in KS2 classrooms. It describes itself as "the ultimate intelligent read for inquisitive minds". Perfect for the child who always asks why.


First News - weekly newspaper full of current events and interests presented in a child friendly way. At the moment you can download a free digital edition while schools are closed.


The Week Junior - similar to first news but in a magazine format. At the moment you get 6 free issues if you subscribe.


Phoenix Comics - weekly comic book stories. Seriously brilliant writing and illustrating - we have lots of the graphic novels published by Phoenix in the library and they are checked out as soon as they come back in (or sometimes swapped in the queue before they get as far as the shelf!).