Useful Websites

Useful Websites

Recommended national and local websites on the theme of books, reading, literacy and language development for children. Includes well-known names like World Book Day, The Reading Agency, National Literacy Trust, BBC and many more!

Bag Books -multi-sensory stories for people with learning disabilities.

BBC - a huge range of activites for all ages, including Jackanory Junior (storytelling for younger children), Tiny Happy People  (activities and play ideas to help you develop your child's communication skills), CBBC Puzzles (mind-boggling puzzles to try), and CBeebies Nursery RhymesBedtime Stories and Radio (for rhymes, stories, shows and more!). Read or listen to all the shortlisted stories and the winners in the BBC's 500 words short-story competition for children.

BookTrust - fun at home with authors and illustrators - loads of activities for you to try with your children while they are at home.

Scottish BookTrust - authors on demand - watch authors read from and discuss their books.

British Library - discovering children's books - explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations.

Hay Festival Digital - this included a five-day programme for primary and secondary school children from 18 - 22 May with free films aimed at inspiring creative reading which is now available on Hay Player.

Hungry Little Minds - simple fun activities for newborns to five year olds

LoveReading4Kids - great recommendations for children's books.

National Literacy Trust Family Zone- ideas and guidance for simple activities to do with your children at home. Includes Zone In with some great stuff for 13+ year olds!

Poetryline - find out more about poems and poetry and listen to them being read aloud.

Scottish BookTrust - books, songs, rhymes and activities.

Short Breaks - a wiki with helpful activities, learning and information for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Small talk - great ideas for chatting, playing and reading with your 0-5 year old.

Stay at Home with Wally - Wally and his friends are back! Discover Where’s Wally? at home – with links and downloadables for you to watch and use. 

The Reading Agency - Chatterbooks - Download free packs full of reading related activities for children aged 4-12, including colouring sheets, puzzles, games, author videos and plenty of reading recommendations!

World Book Day - World Book Day may have been and gone but there are still masses of activities on this fun website!

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