Wider Reading Resources
Many organisations are allowing free access to previously paid for reading and audiobook resources. Here we include just a few of the options available.
Reading/Audiobooks for pleasure
- FREE READS from the popular author Tom Palmer -You can also watch and listen to Tom Palmer on his YouTube channel.
- Oak National Academy Website in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
- Penguin website Penguin talks programme for young adults, Puffin story time for younger children
- Hertfordshire Public Libraries Digital books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines
- Buckinghamshire Library Use your bucks library account to borrow ebooks and audiobooks to view on your Chromebook or phone
- Audible Free 30 day trial for audiobooks
- Audible Stories Audible have made a selection of their children’s audiobooks available for free, including literary classics, texts in French and Spanish, and folk tales
- BookBub A selection of free ebooks for Kindles
- Google Books Google Books has a vast index of books, many of which are available to read in full, but some will only be available as samples or for limited access.
- Project Gutenberg ebooks of texts out of copyright
- BookTrust Bookfinder - find out about books in a wide variety of genres
- BookTrust HomeTime - resources for younger students
- World Book Day: World of Stories Audiobooks
- World Book Day Secondary Resources Extracts and activities
- Librivox Audiobooks of texts out of copyright, read by volunteers
- Poetry Foundation Contemporary and classic poetry
Podcasts are available covering every possible area of the curriculum, and are free to listeners.
To listen, you can either download a dedicated podcast app like Overcast or Pocket Casts, listen via Spotify, or listen via a podcast’s own website. Here are a few recommendations:
- 99% Invisible - design and society
- The Allusionist - language and communication
- Stuff You Missed in History Class - history
- The Infinite Monkey Cage - science
- 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy - design, history, business and politics
- Articles of Interest - fashion and textiles
- Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast - politics
- Song Exploder - music
- More or Less - economics and maths
- BBC Sounds: Documentaries - various topics
- You’re Dead to Me - history
- We Can Change the World - interviews with inspiring young people
- TEDTalks - various topics