Pupils library/Resources

 Reading Websites

Oxford Reading Tree

A wonderful website with booklists, online reading books, spelling games and language games. Over 300 ebooks on the site. You need to register in order to gain access.Age-categorised reading lists are available via the ‘brilliant books’ section.The site is helpfully divided into different types of fiction (humour, mystery, adventure etc). As with the channel4 site, a slightly longer synopsis of each title would be more helpful, in order to provide a better/more informative overview of the selected books.  There are also a large range of free e-books that can be downloaded from this website.

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The Book People

Good site with a large range of books and a search function by age and other categories. Each book title has a good synopsis and some have reviews with star ratings. It also has a Top 10 section and best sellers. You can also order the books at a discounted rate.

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Scholastic

A large range of books plus a child friendly search function. This website gives the ability to search by age and genre. Some books have also been rated using a star system.  You can order books directly from the site.  The website also has games and competitions for children as well as a book club that they can join.  The book wizard promises to find you a good book based on your preferences.  This is reliant on your child’s knowledge of television and movie characters and gives limited choices. There is also an author’s section with a short blurb about each author.

LiteracyTrust

Literacy Trust

Resources for educators as well as students of all ages.  The parent and family section has some interesting information but is limited in terms of book selection.  There is guidance for literacy milestones with information on how to check your child’s progress. The age ranges for the reading recommendations are rather broad with age categories for 7 – 11 year olds classed as one group.  

BBCBitesize

BBC Bitesize

A good site for teachers and parents. It provides very good resources for helping your child to learn at home. It covers all the subjects tackled in primary school as well as valuable help with revision in Key Stage 2. Short videos relating to all aspects of literacy. These seem to be classroom resources but could be useful for parents trying to understand the different aspects of teaching literacy.

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Channel4learning

This site features over 30 of the most popular children’s authors with links to their best works.  The site also has links to story writing notes and useful tips, including a creative writing toolkit for parents and children.The main downside is that the synopses of the selected books could be more extensive..

Reading Eggs

ABC Reading Eggs | Where Children Learn to Read Online

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Booksforkeeps

Describes itself as the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine and probably is!  Good selection of books, appropriately categorised. Beautifully written, extensive reviews of each recommended book, providing a great insight of what the book is about and the writing style.Appeared to be the strongest site for sourcing a good range of suitable books for the 9-12 yr-old age group. (5 Stars!)

Guardian

Guardian

Not really a resource for identifying and selecting good books but more like just a few books/author orientated articles e.g.  an interview with Lauren Childs presented by some young children.

Love4kids

Love reading 4 kids

Another good site. In addition to a wide suggestion of appropriately categorised books, one can download extracts selected books (after registering to the website). Usefully, one can order a selected book via a payment link.

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Reading agency

Appears to be a site for reading-related activities but not specifically on books themselves. E.g. useful information about Chatterbooks, a library-centred outreach activity for children and details of the Summer Reading challenge.

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Achuka

Provides a smallish selection of books, presumably published by this organisation. No age guide provided and just a one line description for each featured book. Doesn’t compare with Booksforkeeps in terms of description, guidance and range of books covered.

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Readingthegame

Features a lot of books but not helpfully categorised either by genre or reading age/ability. Short descriptions of each book. Not much more useful than just going into a bookshop. I had to spend time searching around for suitable titles.

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Blue Peter Book Awards

Categories include ‘Best Story’ and ‘Best Book with Facts’. The books don’t appear to be categorised into ages (unfortunately). However, still a good source of children’s books that are well thought of. Inaugurated in 2000, the awards are now managed by the Book Trust.

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Mum’s net children’s book club

Limited number of reviews but does provide a large selection of good children’s books with a paragraph overview of the content and genre. The site has a picture of each book with a link to its Amazon entry so one can buy the book directly.Features a star-rating system. ‘Reviews’ are mostly just short lines by parents of children who have read the book. Nevertheless a useful site if you want to get a quick overview of what’s out there.

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