Keeping our children engaged in reading is so important in our current climate. Not least because that diving into a good book is a fabulous way to escape and explore, beyond the confines of lockdown.

There are many online resources out there to help fill the void of libraries being closed and children not being able to access their school reading books.

Here are a few ideas which may be useful or fun ways to encourage the discovery of new authors and their books.


The Virtual School Library – Oak National Academy in partnership with the National Literacy Trust
Every week a popular children’s author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
This last week it has been Jacqueline Wilson. Check back every week to see who is featured.

Virtual School Library | Oak Academy (


Story Explorers: our new podcast for kids, by kids!
A podcast from the National Literacy Trust. The series is hosted by CBBC’s Ben Shires and each week story explorers from different primary schools will interview, chat with and challenge a top children’s author.
This can be a fun way for the children to be introduce to new authors and their books.

Story Explorers: Our new podcast for kids, by kids! | Words for Life


Oxford Owl – Free E-books

Designed for children between 3 and 11, the Oxford Owl website has many E-books available for you to access for free. Mrs Taylor set up password for each year group on the letter below.

Free eBook library | Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press

Reading Owls for PP & JS