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Reading for Pleasure


As told by your teacher's many times reading does improve your spelling and vocabulary, it also broadens your minds.

Therefore, now is the best time to switch off the TV or put down the games console remote and pick up a book instead.

If you have ever enjoyed reading for pleasure and escaped to another land or dimension in your head you will agree it is an amazing experience.


How can we motivate each other to read for pleasure?

1. Choose a book with a theme or topic of your choice that you will enjoy.

2. Ensure it is challenging to keep you engaged (if it is too easy, you may loose interest).

3. Set a time or place to read e.g. garden, tent (chair with blankets draped).

4. Share your reading and ask for opinions of your family and even when you Face Time your friends.

5. Recommend your book and persuade someone else to share your reading experience.

6. Set up a reading competition in your home (who reads the most words, pages, books).

7. Tell your teacher about your reading when they ring you.


Oxford Owl :

Highly recommended site with a good selection of online books. You will be able to access some books for your current reading level. But read whatever you choose! There are some interesting online and printable activities that go alongside some of the e-books provided.


Magic Keys  :

Lots of books like ‘The Gingerbread Man’ for younger readers, to the ‘Halloween House’ for older readers. Just the text here, so you can enjoy some silent reading. There is audio on some books.


Open Library :

For older children, an excellent selection of books to read online. Includes some classics like Peter Rabbit, Andersen’s Fairytales and The Jungle Book. Parents might want to help you select one to read.


Classic books :

For pure classic texts as PDF, Word, or audiobook, look no further! ‘The Railway Children’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ are examples. The older children can get lost in the world of these wonderful stories.


Gateway to the Classics :

A vast array of well-known literature for all levels. It is all text, so enjoy reading for pleasure. The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic!


The Jungle Book e-book :

The original jungle book.



To listen to stories being read aloud, whilst you read the text.

Storyline online :

Lots of lovely stories to choose from to be read to you by storyteller. You can follow the text with the video too!


Talking Stories LGFL KS2 :

Choose from a range of stories or non-fiction for it to be read to you whilst you follow text. Stories can be read in other languages too.


Audible :

Free children’s audio books with many talented and well-known actors bringing stories to life for you.


Early Shakespeare  :

A fantastic introduction for Primary children to the works of the master – Shakespeare. There are four levels to choose from, so the language used can be close to original or simplified for younger children. As they are plays, you can click on the characters to hear their speech.