Welcome to the Broke Hall Library
Welcome to the Library page. Here you will find out about all the exciting things happening in the world of books - from new books to old favourites and links to the world of children’s books.
A message from Mrs Gould
It is always important for children to keep reading. Books can be an escape, a solace and entertainment, as well as sources of information. There are lots of ways to expand on the content of favourite stories and enhance learning, with many websites offering freely available resources, ideas and activities to download. If you have exhausted your home library, then ebooks are readily accessible. Authors are also reading their books online, via Twitter, Instagram and You Tube.
Do explore the links below, which I hope will be useful. If you need any help or advice you can 'Ask a Librarian' on the Great School Libraries website.
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Ebooks and Audiobooks
Oxford Owl have a free eBook collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with their range of over 100 free eBooks.
Suffolk Libraries are providing free access to thousands of eBooks, eAudio, magazines, newspapers, films, courses and streaming for children and adults.
epic! is an amazing collection of books for children of all ages. There is an app for tablets and you can access the books through the internet. It is very easy to use. Parents can set up individual profiles for their children. Once signed up you can read one book per day for free!
Storyline Online The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
Amazon Kindle Store There are 100s of free kindle books for children. The Amazon site is searchable by age level. Note: About half of them seem available through the Kindle Unlimited subscription. Requires Kindle or Kindle app for tablets.
Online Storytimes and Exploring Books
Reading for Pleasure If you would like to find out more about reading with your children, then please click on the image below.
BookTrust Home Time If you are looking for something fun as a family, you will enjoy 'storytime' with BookTrust's free online books and videos. You can play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes and even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. You can also listen to Cressida Cowell reading aloud How to Train Your Dragon, a chapter a day.
British Library Online: Discovering Children’s Books Here you can explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages. Learn how to draw a Gruffalo, make a miniature book, create an animal character and much more.
National Literacy Trust Family Zone As a response to school closures, the National Literacy Trust have developed a comprehensive web portal to support parents during this time. Over the next days, weeks and months they will be keeping this up to date. Split up by age group, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Every resource is available for free, although to access some you may need to create a free account.
Resources and Activities
A wide range of resources, activities, news and information about children’s books and reading can be found on the websites below. Many publishers also provide these on their websites, along with newsletters you can sign up to. Examples are Puffin, Usborne and Walker Books.
Scholastic Home Learning Hub In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of FREE home learning packs for Early Years, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 children to help parents (and teachers) prepare for all eventualities.
Love My Books With lovemybooks you will find out about wonderful books to read with your child. You will find many creative activities based on each book to make reading even more enjoyable and interactive.
BookLife is a publisher and bookseller for schools. Their website features a wide range of free downloadable resources which are available to parents and teachers. BookLife is now also releasing a new free ebook each week, plus there are lots of resources available to download on the website. These include 'Why Do I Wash My Hands' which shows children how to wash their hands and, most importantly, explains why they should wash their hands. Click on the link and then look under the 'Free Resources' section.
The Reading Agency - Chatterbooks resources The Reading Agency works every day towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life. They believe that it doesn't matter what you read, as long as you read. Click on the picture to find lots of book related resources and ideas.