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.
*NEW* Oaks Academy Library
Each week you can read a new e-book plus access videos, activities and recommendations from a featured author.
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 apps to any device.
Listen and watch online
Audible have made a selection of audiobooks free. These change regularly. Our current favourite for younger readers is the classic Velveteen Rabbit. There's a creepy R.L Stine novel Camp Red Moon for all you horror fans (I know there's a few!) and if you want a challenge, why not try White Fang for your wolf category?
*NEW* Books to build empathy
Open the pdf and use the links to the video and audio books. You can find a wide range of fiction and non fiction books by diverse authors. Find out what it feels like in someone else's shoes. These are great for all ages and we use some of them in school in lessons and for the reading challenge.
World Book Day
Visit their website for free audiobooks and extracts, hundreds of printable activities (you can search by author/character). The website is currently being updated ready for the next World Book Day on 4th March so keep checking back for new content. They have got some amazing authors lined up for 2021 so take a look to see if your favourite is there.
Book Trust 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. Over Christmas, David has been reading his book "Slime" and there are also loads of "Code Name Bananas" goodies and competitions to enjoy. Both of these books count in your "published in 2020" category.
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!).