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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.

 

Oaks Academy Library

Each week you can read a new e-book or audio booksplus access videos, activities and recommendations from a featured author.

 

https://library.thenational.academy/

 

This now features 24 authors including Clifford Road favourites Kwame Alexander and Kevin and Katie Tsang.

 

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.

 

https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/help/joining-the-library/

 

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

 

https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/elibrary/

 

You can also go into the library in person! Click and collect online (like ordering from Amazon but free!) or go in and browse. Find your nearest library and opening times here:

 

Find my local library

 

 

Listen and watch online

 

*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

 

https://www.worldbookday.com/

 

Visit their website for free audiobooks and extracts, hundreds of printable activities (you can search by author/character). 

 

Click on the link below to find a great selection of audiobooks including Abi Elphinstone's new story "Jungle Drop".

 

Free Audiobooks

 

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.

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/

 

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:

 

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/

 

 

Magazines

 

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

 

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/

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.

 

https://www.aquila.co.uk/

 

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.

 

https://www.firstnews.co.uk/

 

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

 

https://theweekjunior.co.uk/

 

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!).

 

https://www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk/

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