Read, Watch and Listen to Complete Books and Magazines


 Read, Listen & Watch - Ebooks, Newpsapers, Audiobooks, & TV




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  Herts Libraries  (Children & Adults)

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.

  • click here for free ebooks and audio books on Borrowbox.
  • click here for free newspapers and magazines for adults.
  • click here for free reference resources (Junior Encyclopedia Britannica)

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.




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.



  BBC    CBBC – shows from books                            

Watch books turned into TV series, including The Worst Witch, Tracy Beaker, Deadly 60, Hetty Feather, Hank Zipzer, The Demon Headmaster.



  BBC    Jackanory Junior                                            

Watch stories. Storytelling using videos and read alouds.



 BBC Sounds

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.



The Book of Hopes

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.



   Bookbugs and Dragon Tales 

Watch on Facebook. Norwich children's bookshop has a Facebook Live storytime every weekday at 1pm and 5pm.  You can also watch some of them afterwards on their Facebook page. So far, Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man, The Runaway Pea, Space Tortoise, the Hug and more.



 Collins Big Cat

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:   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



 First News (Children’s Weekly Newspaper)

Read a newspaper. Digitally free for limited time during current closures. Current issues of First News newspaper (PDF edition), Activity Sheets, Teaching Resources and an extended 6-week trial of the iHub.

Also click here for a free front pages newspaper template from Teachwire magazine.



 Free Children’s Classics: PDFs, Word & Audiobooks                         

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! 

This is currently free of charge. To access the Kitabu Dual Language Library, all you need to do is fill in the form below, and they will send an email with the access code. You can read the books on your computers, laptops, tablets or smart phones. This access ends on 31 August 2020.




Read books. During school closures, thousands of enhanced digital books through myOn and articles from myON News have been made available. Includes graphic novels. Excellent resource.



Oxford Owl                                                                            

Read books. Free Oxford Owl eBooks.  Also, advice and support for parents, educational activities and games.



Project Gutenberg                                                                

Read books. Free children’s and adult’s books to read online or download. Mostly classics. Includes old, classic picture books.



Serial Mash & Purple Mash (2Simple)         Free during closures          

Read books. Free access to both Serial Mash and Purple Mash for the duration of school closures. Just sign up to access.  Online library of guided reading books. Chapter packs add up to a growing library of more than 50 books, including the exciting ‘Fire Bolt’ series for less confident readers. Ready-made writing activities, quizzes, grammar sequencing and open ended questions.



Storyline Online                                                       

Read and watch. Online reading/videos of hundreds of books. American based but some recognisable books from the UK.



  Storyshed – Children’s Storytelling Podcast                     

Listen to stories. Children's storytelling podcast for kids of all ages. A new and original story each episode. A family friendly podcast which can be used for school assemblies, car journeys, bedtime, anytime!



  Time for Kids

Read a magazine. Free for the remainder of the school year. American publication. The new TIME for Kids digital library will provide access to new issues of TIME for Kids each week and will also make available a complete library of previously published editions from 2020 along with additional educational resources and activities.

Read, Watch and Listen to Complete Books and Magazines