Ebooks, TV, Audiobooks & Newspapers
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Read ebooks and listen to audio books without having to go to the library. Parents can also read ebooks and digital newspaper and magazines. All you need is your library card and your pin number.
Not a member of Herts Libraries? You can sign up today here.
Access above online services immediately using the temporary member number provided on sign up, until they are able to issue you with a permanent library card once libraries re-open fully.
Listen to books. A large selection of books and stories have been made free during school closures. Listeners can access the site from their computers, tablets and smartphones and enjoy selections in six languages – English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. There’s no log in and no need to be an Audible member. Now available: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Watch books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer, The Demon Headmaster.
Watch stories. Storytelling using videos and read alouds.
Excellent website for listening to books and other activities. Entertainment, comedy, drama, music, activities, facts, sport. Listen to Carrie's War, War Horse, Tracy Beaker Podcast, Shakespeare, The Tales of Beatrix Potter and more.
Read a book. 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 and Jacqueline Wilson.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.
Read a book & do activities. 330+ free KS1 (age 5-7) ebooks from our primary reading programme but can be used by older children who are less confident readers. Also free downloadable worksheets.
Go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:
Username: email@example.com Password: Parents20! and click Login.
*Please be aware that when you are using parent access to Collins Big Cat ebooks, you cannot use My Classes – any classes that are set up will disappear.*
Read a book. Full of free ebooks for all levels on a range of topics. Digital library for children 12 and under. Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes and more. American based. Full of free ebooks for all levels on a range of topics. Digital library for children 12 and under. Instantly access 35,000 titles.
First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds. They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged.
They cover issues which are relevant to children and which specifically affect them. Inside you’ll find a mix of world news and UK news, but also loads of fun stuff, such as entertainment, games, animals, sport and puzzles.
They are offering free access to their newspaper for a limited period of time, to help parents and children during school closures. To access the latest issue simply enter your email address below. You will then be given an access code that you can use each week to read the latest issue of First News on a tablet, phone, laptop or desktop.
Read and listen to classic books. Including Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows, Railway Children, Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Black Beauty. In Word, pdf and audiobook formats. A few pages missing here and there in audio format.
Mantra Lingua (dual language books)
Mantra Lingua publishes books in dual languages - English and another language. Huge online library of over 550 books and 38 languages. Each book is read aloud in English and your Home Language. There are folk tales, myths, stories of multi-cultural life here in the UK and reference books. Each book has a video and a set of activities to help build language skills. The library covers reading ages from 3 to 15 years, so other members of your family can also access and enjoy together! You can read the books on your computers, laptops, tablets or smart phones. Please note that there is a charge for this service.
Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. The first virtual book is Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson.
Read books. Free Oxford Owl eBooks. Also, advice and support for parents, educational activities and games.
Read books. Free children’s and adult’s books to read online or download. Mostly classics. Includes old, classic picture books.
Read and watch. Online reading/videos of hundreds of books. American based but some recognisable books from the UK.