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Dear Parents and Carers,

Here are some good places to kick start, develop or sustain your child’s reading habits.

Online Book Readings

1. David Walliams – every day at 11am.


2. Cressida Cowell on Youtube reading from How to Train Your Dragon

3. Wonder Read Aloud (parents you may need to access Twitter for your child)

On Twitter starting Wednesday 25 March 12 to 12:45 on Twitter Live  #WONDERreadaloud

4. Neil Gaiman reads Coraline and The Graveyard Book on mousecircus.  Both excellent reads for KS3.


Videos - MouseCircus.com - The Official Neil Gaiman Website for Young Readers

“Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit…” “There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain…”


Online Books, Quizzes and Drawing

  1. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/
  2. Ebooks at Audible – now offering a free audiobook service for students


  1. Draw with Ed Vere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO-BE75faTs
  2. Draw with Steve Anthony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQRhktCO04&t=106s
  3. Homelearning and activities: https://www.vashtihardy.com/home-learning-support
  4. Accelerated Reader free ebooks: These are brilliant!

https://readon.myon.co.uk/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVdObE1qRmpZalU1TmpNMSIsInQiOiJ2Z3pMbzRoS0 VhXC9RZzJzbFZ0XC9hR2c4RWdnZmlzMzIzRUpUS0NaZGpLOEcrQ1h4WjFEdTIwTlBaMUFacVE1RkpRM UVXTVNNbERZYmcwSVR5RWplcm96b3d3ajVcL29YTDVsTGV1WDRxS2Nudm1aa09CUlh2bm1BOUFxc HljMkkxRiJ9

  1. Leicestershire County Council also offer a digital library service.  See below and follow their instructions:


  1. Students can use BorrowBox (Leicestershire libraries online ebook / audio book collection) they will need a library card or their parents will.  The other source is the Online Library, which provides a good number of the books on the lists.  
  2. Kindle does have some free books but a majority you pay for.  You can download the kindle app on your phone or iPad.  You also have as well Spotify and Apple but these tend to have the more traditional books available for free

Book and play tie-ins

YouTube by the National Theatre are planning to stream Treasure Island, Jane Eyre and Twelfth Night which would be excellent for our students to see a live performance of these tests. Especially suitable for Year 9s.

Reading Rampage

The books on this list are books just out which students would find particularly relevant.


Suggested Reading List for Year 7

Suggested Reading List for Year 8

Suggested Reading List for Year 9

03 Apr 2020

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