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Please vote for OBS to win £5000 worth of National Book Tokens, just use the link below.




2020 Virtual Summer Reading Challenge




This year, the Library Service are running their Summer Reading Challenge virtually. They are setting you the challenge of reading as many books as you can between June and September. Click on the link above to sign up and begin keeping a log of how many books you read. The website also includes lots of games and book recommendations. Children who take part will also be awarded a prize at school in September! Good luck and happy reading!



Free audio books for children



Corona Virus - A book for children 

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read or print out. 




The Book of Hope

 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, Jacqueline Wilson and Katherine Rundell.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.




A selection of free children's audio books read by famous people. 



A selection of children's stories read by astronauts in space: 



Chris White's  (OBS Patron of Reading) website

- includes a selection of Chris' poems to read and ideas for writing your own poems and stories. 



World Books Online

World Books Online have a fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audio books suitable for all ages available for free for children to access at home. Please copy and paste the link below to find them.



Free children’s audio books to steam on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.



David Wallliams reading his own stories



Faber – a children’s publishers have free resources relating to their books.




Watch Chris White's online drawing tutorial.



Learn to draw with children’s author Rob Biddulph



Create your own comics



Colour banded free e-books 


Have a listen to some of ‘Our Bedtime Stories’

Click on the links below. 


Reading Activites

Den making:

  • Make a den using what you like pillows, blankets, chairs!
  • Find your favourite book and snuggle up inside.
  • If the den is big enough for more people make up your own stories and tell them inside.

Write a book review

You could write about things such as the author, the title, your favourite part of the book, your least favourite part of the book and draw a picture to represent the book

Extreme reading

Try reading in different places for example in the garden, in the bath, in your kitchen etc.

Read on the phone

With the permission of an adult ring a family member or friend and read them part of your favourite story. They could also read a story back to you too.

Retell your favourite story in drawings

Become an illustrator and draw your favourite story as a cartoon then retell the story to a member of your family.  

Book Scavenger Hunt

Have a go at a book scavenger hunt and see how many books you can find. Open the word document below so that you can print it off and edit it if you wish.