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  • Authors and illustrators doing online storytime Here’s the entire list of authors and illustrators that are doing online story time courtesy of This is a great way to have an author read to your kids and have them be exposed to different books and authors they might not have otherwise.

  • Amazon - Audible For as long as schools are closed, Amazon are open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

  • BBC iPlayer - CBeebies Bedtime Stories Up to 30 different picture books read aloud by celebrities. More available on the CBeebies Storytime App.

  • The Book Of Hopes The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown

  • Books for Topics: Story Time Online Book sFor Topics have been busy finding some of the best online storytimes for children to access freely at home. The QR codes and links in the document link to story readings on Youtube and all of the books they've chosen are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.

  • Book Trust - Time for storytime The Book Trust's youtube channel. Have a listen to some of your favourite authors read you their books, while the pages come to life before your eyes.

  • Elevenses - The World of David Walliams Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!

  • First News First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds that aims to get kids talking about the news in an easy to understand and non-threatening way. During the period of school closures, the weekly editions of First News will be free to read online with a free subscription.

  • The Ickabog A new book written for children by J K Rowling being published for free 2 or 3 chapters at a time over 7 weeks.

  • James and the Giant Peach, with Taika and Friends Over the next few weeks, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi will be reading James and the Giant Peach in full, across 10 episodes - and he'll be joined by some rather famous faces along the way.

  • Norfolk Library Services Online Norfolk library Services offer a range of eBooks, eAudio books, eNewspapers and eMagazines that library members can download free of charge, with no reservation or overdue charges. All you need is a library card. Read or listen on your computer, smartphone, tablet or eBook reader.

  • Oxford Owl Free E-Book Library Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with this eBook library, containing over 100 free eBooks. The eBooks have been developed for children aged 3–11, to teach them to read using phonics. As well as much-loved characters such as Biff, Chip and Kipper and Winnie the Witch, you’ll also find some great non-fiction eBooks to help your child explore their world.

  • Puffin Storytime Storytime and draw alongs daily at 3:30pm. Under 5s Mondays and Fridays, Tuesday to Thursdays for ages 6 plus.

  • Storyline Online The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

  • StoryNory FREE audio stories for kids, including fairytales, original stories, myths, poems, music, history and audiobooks all read beautifully by professional actors.

  • Teach Your Monster To Read The groundbreaking game that makes learning to read fun. It covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. It complements the phonics programmes used in school. The computer version is 100% free as is the app version currently (normally £4.99)