Discover and get inspired with this page full of free reading and learning things to do. Browse for eBooks and eAudio stories to enjoy together, education and revision resources and more including regular Storytime with Stacey and online Stories and Rhymes for Little Ones, all brought to you by talented library staff.
We'll keep updating this page with new content - so you will never run out of things to enjoy together!
This year’s Winter Mini Challenge is here! Running from Tuesday 1 December to Friday 15 January we challenge you to read as many books as you think you can over the festive period.
The Reading Agency is teaming up with children’s publisher Knights Of to bring you the Everyone Is A Hero reading challenge, where you’ll meet characters from Knights and Bikes, High-Rise Mystery, and the Run series.
To take part all you need to do is:
- Sign up on the website, click here
- Create a profile (you’ll need a grown-up to help with this)
- Choose a reading goal (we recommend three books)
- Read that many books before the end of the Challenge! You can read whatever you like; books from the library, books at home, stories you listened to online. Whatever makes you happy!
Rate and review your books on the website while the Challenge is on and you’ll unlock a limited-edition virtual badge for your profile AND a special certificate that you can print out and keep. There will also be activities, book recommendations and a brand new competition to enter.
As well as the challenge we have lots to keep you entertained.
Superheroes Don't Get Scared... Or Do They? Kate Thompson reads her awesome rhyming tale especially for us!
Scared Maisie Brown dreams of being a fearless superhero – because they never get frightened, right? But when Dad explains that even the strongest, boldest and bravest hero can sometimes feel afraid, and that’s perfectly fine, Maisie realises there's a superhero in all of us.
With fun characters, rhyming text and a wonderfully relatable take-away message about normalising feelings, this heart-warming book is an amazing addition to any little hero's bookshelf.
Release your own inner superhero with Claire Clements in her brilliant superhero activity for you to complete, after all, Everyone’s a Hero!
See both films below!
Kate Thompson reads Superheroes Don't Get Scared... Or Do They?
Release your inner superhero with Claire Clements!
It's Storytime with Stacey
You are never too old to listen to a good story!
There are a lot of ways to listen to stories online, for you to listen to with your child or for them to read along with the author themselves. There are children’s books on our eAudio and eBooks too.
Story Explorers - brand new children's radio and podcast series
All about stories for 7 to 11-year-olds, available weekdays at 6.15pm on the national children’s radio station Fun Kids.
The series, hosted by CBBC presenter Ben Shires, will feature a different children’s author and group of school children each week. Young podcasters from Years 5 and 6 will interview and chat virtually with top authors about their work, the stories they love and also take part in fun games together.
Each episode will be released weekdays at 6.15pm throughout November and December on Fun Kids during The Club with Bex, available on their website at funkidslive.com and in all popular podcast apps.
What’s more, at the end of each week, there will be more fun content and quizzes on Words for Life specially created for listeners of Story Explorers based on the episodes from the week for teachers to share with their class or for children to do at home.
Storyline Online is an award-winning children’s literacy website which streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations storyline online
A treasure trove of fantastic activities, book info and more, all inspired by David Walliams’ tremendous tales.
Listen to Oliver Jeffers read one of his picture book stories every day.
Oliver Jeffers stories
Remember Jackanory? You can watch and listen to the stories read here too!
Settle down for 20 minutes of storytime magic with Puffin authors or follow a fantastic draw along from amazing illustrators. New content every day.
Books Alive! Enjoy this YouTube account that encourages reading through colourful, characterful and fun storytelling. Hear the stories, see the pictures, read aloud or read along with some fantastically fun and exciting new and classic children’s books. Supertato, Oi Frog!, We’re going on a Bear Hunt, Aliens love underpants, Funnybones and lots more!
The British Library
Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages. Click here to go to the website
Egmont books are offering 14 Stories for 14 Days for families– story videos, activities, giveaways and more to share anytime! This website was launched back in March but well worth looking at if you haven't had chance yet. Click here to go to the website
Draw along with Oi Frog illustrator Jim field – follow Jim’s videos and draw Jim’s popular characters.
100 awesome indoor activities for kids that you can do without leaving the house. Activities, games, craft ideas galore.
You can find loads of book linked resources to download and print out plus craft ideas, quizzes and more on the Ladybird website.
Fun for Little Ones
Nottingham Children's Book Award 2020.
Watch the three video story times and vote for your favourite book, will you choose this year's winner?Click here to find out more
Stories and Rhymes for Little Ones
Sing along, laugh along and read along with us every Wednesday at 11am on Facebook as we entertain you and your little one with some of our favourite stories and nursery rhymes.
Enjoy readings of classic children's picture books such as Room on the Broom and sing along with your favourite nursery rhymes. Don't worry if you miss it, you can catch up on the fun on our main YouTube Channel.
Here is a list of great websites offering a whole range of different things to do with your pre-school children. From storytelling, learning a new nursery rhyme or finding a different activity to complete, you will find all you need here to help you.
SSBC Big Little Moments Campaign
Babies and toddlers are growing and learning every day and the little moments you share can make a big difference. From morning time to bedtime, waiting for the bus to playing together, every moment is a chance to help build a child’s brain.
Check out the Small Steps Big Changes website for different ideas on how to help your little one grow.
BookStart has lots of interactive books to read online or watch, with signing, fun and interactive online games and activities too. Whether you want a story, some number games, puzzle games, colouring or the Shape Game, you'll find lots of things to try.
Songs and rhymes are a great way to have fun with your child – and one of the best ways to support their development. Here you will find 166 songs and rhymes with videos to follow – something to suit every mood or time of the day. Discover your child’s favourites!
Stories and Rhymes for Little Ones
Enjoy this collection of well-loved nursery rhymes in video format with song words too. Children will love singing along and joining in with the actions. Nursery rhymes online
CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Listen to a variety of favourite bedtime stories read by a host of different celebrities. A perfect way to end the day!
There are lots of ways to educate, help and entertain your child and you
Fun learning ideas and help with homework
Discover BBC Bitesize - free resources, games, lessons and more to help children and young adults with homework and general questions.
Get creative, get connected, get coding!
Join the fantastic Raspberry Pi Team as they demonstrate how to code and create projects at home that will inspire you to have fun, solve problems, and express yourself creatively with technology. There are different projects each week - code along or create something on your own!
Coding with micro:bit: Short, easy-to-follow coding activities to try at home. There's hours of fun learning for parents and children ages 7+ and you don't even need a Micro:bit.... just click the link here to get started
If you haven't done coding before, no problem! Follow this link which takes you straight to the Micro:bit code with loads of tutorials and projects for new users.
Usborne books have lots of resources for all ages from babies to 11 years to help you to keep your children entertained and engaged with topics they are already studying at school and with new ideas that will expand their minds.
Primary Homework Help
Hundreds of pages of easy to read information and facts on many homework topics including Tudors, rivers and mountains, literacy and maths.
National Geographic Kids
Find amazing facts about animals, science, history and geography, along with fun competitions, games and more. Subjects covered are English, Maths, History, Geography, Science, Art & Design and PSHE.
Maths is Fun
Maths explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, worksheets – up to year 12
A Maths Dictionary for Kids
A Maths Dictionary for Kids is an animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains over 630 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language with definitions, examples, activities, practice and calculators. Suitable for up to GCSE level.
GCSE and A-Level:
A great site to help with revision in Maths, sciences, economics, English, Psychology and computer science. It has notes, flashcards, exam questions and past papers for GCSE and A-Level.
A great tool to help memorise content in languages, Maths, sciences, English and humanities subjects. Sign up for free and discover a vast selection of ready-made flashcards, quizzes and games and also create your own flashcards too.
Free revision for your GCSE & A-Level exams. You can set up an account or just browse the resources such as past papers, flashcards and notes.
Fun learning resources from well known authors
Resources, activities, quizzes etc based on Rick’s popular books - ideal for Percy Jackson fans!
Teaching resources for most of Michael’s books plus links to Interviews with Michael and more for Morpurgo fans!
Need something new to read?
Don’t forget there are over a thousand eBooks and eAudio books for children and young adults, free to borrow on our BorrowBox website or the BorrowBox app.
Just choose young adult or children’s from the list at the top, then on the line below you can choose to look at all releases to see the whole collection, or click on categories or genres to help you choose your favourite type of books. If the book you want is out on loan, you can reserve it for free and BorrowBox will let you know when it is available for you.
Do Dragons really grow on trees? Find Fun Freebies, resources, things to do and more on Andy’s webpage.
Activity sheets, videos and games based around Michelle’s exciting books!
Games, puzzles, activity sheets, book info and more fun from popular Nottingham author Jonathan Emmett.
Meet the characters, Ask Nikki and loads more Dorky stuff on this interactive website!
Never be bored again! From Wimpy Kid quizzes to puzzling crosswords, masks of your favourite characters and loads of other cool stuff – there’s tons to do here!
The World Book Day website is available all year round! A celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading with free audio-books, fun activities and resources for all ages, plus video books for under 5’s.
Popular children’s author Tom Palmer provides free video book readings, first chapters, colouring and other literacy resources on his website – updated daily.
Listen to the stories, things to do indoors, homework help, quizzes etc.
Reading Well for Children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. Books have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families.
The book list is targeted at children aged 7-11, but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.
The Usborne Children's Books website has a page devoted to helping wellbeing. It’s important to look out for how you’re feeling, and remember that worries are just thoughts inside your head. There are all sorts of activities to take your mind off them, and stop them getting too big... including colouring activities and games to download and links to age appropriate websites on things like mindfulness and yoga.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought huge change to all of our lives and children can become very worried about the changes they see all around them.
The following websites give child friendly explanations about Coronavirus and offer advice and tips for parents and carers who want to talk to children about it.
Every Mind Matters
The NHS website to help parents and carers support children and young people to give them the best chance to stay mentally healthy and help them cope with whatever further changes we all may face.
Nosy Crow is a small, multi-award-winning, independent children’s publishing company. They have produced an illustrated digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, you can download a copy of the book here.
Young Minds is a mental health charity dedicated to achieving a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. They have created a blog page with some handy tips on talking to young people about Coronavirus.
Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. The webpage is full of information and activities helping you and your family adjust to spending more time at home.
Save the Children is a global charity helping children stay safe, healthy and to keep learning so that every child can reach their full potential. Here they list 7 simple tips on talking to kids about Coronavirus.
Newsround, the BBC’s news service for children and young people has been covering the story, with lots of child focused news stories, advice and information which you can read here.