Learning from home 

Further ideas for Reading

The book of Hopes

Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown.

Edited by Katherine Rundell, with contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators

Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine herself.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.


Below are some more websites that will give ideas about what books you might like to read next, other places where you can post reviews of books that you have read and many more suggestions for reading.


Toppsta is a great website for book worms where you can browse books and write book reviews which are then published on the website. Prizes can be won for good reviews!



The Literacy Trust has developed a new web portal for parents, Family Zone, to support them during this time. Split up by age group, parents can find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. The website features free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges.



Epic! is the Leading Digital Library for Kids 12 & Under

Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more



The Kids Zone is an area of the LoveReading4Kids website just for kids. Capturing loads of content especially for children, this is a home where kids can engage with videos, watch interviews, read book reviews from their peers, and enjoy tons of activities and competitions.



Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy story-time with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.



There is also a service called Borrowbox for eAudiobooks


Audible hosts free audio books including longer titles more suitable for older children.



Vooks is a library of animated read-aloud storybooks; a great way to share books as a family!