It’s World Book Day today and we wish teachers and children everywhere lots of fun, especially those who will be dressing up as their favourite fictional characters. It’s established in over 100 countries now and is the biggest celebration of reading of its kind. Ten books have been especially written for World Book Day and we hope youngsters here in the UK will be redeeming their tokens this month.
We particularly like the Storycraft section of the World Book Day site which features more than 50 top author Storyguides who share their top tips for storytelling in different genres. It’s a great storytelling tool for young writers at every stage.
We thought we would take the opportunity to feature some our favourite sites for free online books for children.
We Give Books is a digital initiative that enables anyone with Internet access to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them. Books have been donated with the aim to foster the love of reading and promoting literacy in communities all over the world. You can search for books by age range up to 10, by genre or by author.
Another website with free online books is the Bug Club Reading Challenge which has free ebooks for children from 5 to 11 years of age. Some books have additional printable activities.
Oxford Owl Reading aimed at parents now has 250 tablet friendly eBooks to choose from. You have to register but there are also tips, activities and games to help parents support their child’s reading at home. We think it is worth recommending to parents particularly if children use the Oxford Reading tree reading scheme at school.
Enjoy World Book Day!