Help children find free E-books/E-audiobooks for the Summer Reading Challenge 2020
Children/young people can read free e-books/e-audiobooks with Salford Community Libraries. With help from parents/carers, children can use the BorrowBox app to read E-books or E-audiobooks as part of their Silly Summer Reading Challenge 2020.
There’s enough to keep young people in KS3/4/5 reading through the summer holidays too. If they are not a library member, children can ask parents/carers to help them join online.
NB: Children under 16 need permission from parents/carers and must provide parent/carer e-mail address.
For all the pupils who have asked in the Library about writing your own book please see link below for tips and advice.
If you are writing a story or thinking of writing one I would love to read it, so do bring it in when we are back in September!
Happy writing from Mrs Wilkinson.
More Home Learning Resources from organisations that promote a love of reading
National Literacy Trust Family Zone: Home-learning ideas for EY/KS1/KS2+11/12 yr-olds and parents/carers
National Literacy Trust: Zone In: Boredom-busting ideas and challenges for KS3/KS4 students aged 13+
The Poetry Society: Poetry database, home learning ideas and poetry competitions for KS1-KS5 and adults
The Reading Agency: Home-learning resources from a range of Reading Agency programmes
Scottish Book Trust: Home-learning hub with links to a range of activities for EY/6-11 yr-olds and teens aged 12+
Home Learning Resources from Publishers
Walker Books: Stay home with the Walker Bear Playlist: This YouTube playlist is the place to find full readings of Walker Books to support home-learning activities for EY/KS1/KS2. Recent additions include Marcia Williams re-telling “Romeo and Juliet” from Tales From Shakespeare and Jarvis reading his picture book “Follow me, Flo”
This menu of other Walker Bear Playlists has a wide range of book-related videos with some for KS3/KS4 readers.
The Stay Home with the Walker Bear website has more useful activity sheets and teachers’ notes for EY/KS1/KS2
02.06.20 - Countdown to Empathy Day
Empathy Day is on 9th June this year and the countdown has started with online activities for children of all ages. Families can join in daily activities in the run-up to Empathy Day by downloading the Read for Empathy: Family Activities Pack and there’s an exciting programme of online events on Tues 9th June. On the Empathy Read Aloud you can watch authors sharing books from Empathy Lab’s collections of books for primary/secondary schools. The Empathy Shorts collection of short stories by 8 well-known authors has an empathy-boosting story suitable for every child to read for themselves on Empathy Day. Popular children’s artists will post new pictures every day on the 2020 #Read for Empathy Illustrators’ Gallery and keen readers can follow the 2020 #ReadforEmpathy Blog Tour between 1st June and 9th June.
Well-known authors and illustrators help pupils understand coronavirus
Publishers and well-known authors/illustrators have created a range of e-books to download and share with children. Nosy Crow has published “Coronavirus. A book for Children” by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine worked as a Consultant on the book. The illustrations have been provided by well-known illustrator Axel Scheffler. The e-book is suitable for primary age children and can be downloaded from the Nosy Crow blog or from Axel Scheffler’s website
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have worked together on some cartoons for children in EY/KS1, featuring well-known characters from their books, updated with new rhymes, to encourage the youngest readers to stay home, wash their hands and practice social distancing. You can see the cartoons on The Guardian website. Colouring pages of more Axel Scheffler’s illustrations, can be found here.
Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, creators of the “Princess in Black” series of books have created The Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus , an accessible comic book for younger readers which gives tips on how to fight the coronavirus, explains why washing hands is important and outlines why staying home and keeping your distance is essential.
Sally Nicholls, Viviane Schwarz and Andersen Press have produced: “Staying Home”, a free e-book for EY/KS1 about a family of raccoons and how they spend a day in “lockdown”. Download it from the Andersen Press.
A note from Mrs Wilkinson.
I am aware quite a few of our pupils buy and read their own books at home but are not sure if they are Accelerated Reader books, so here is a list of books that I know most of you have spoken with me about that you are reading at home.
The books listed below are Accelerated Reader books and you will be able to test on them. Please do not test on any book you haven’t read till the end as this will effect your word count if you don’t get it correct.
Please remember if the book has 5 questions you need 3 or more for a pass.
10 questions you need 6 or more for a pass.
20 questions you need 14 or more as a pass.
Any David Walliams Book
Any Jacqueline Wilson Book
Any Tom Palmer Book
Tom Gates Series
Alex Rider Series
Harry Potter Series
Princess Diaries Series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
Cat in the Hat Series
Barry Loser Series
Noughts and Crosses Series
Mystery Mob Series
Michael Morpurgo Books
Eoin Colfer Books
Dark Materials Trilogy (most books by Philip Pullman)
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Goodnight Mister Tom
Most books can be tested from the following authors
Pupils can also check book titles and levels out at https://wmsd44.org
Obert Louis Stevenson
Older pupils year 9 can test on certain Stephen King books and Dan Brown books.
If a pupil does have any problems with logging on to test on their book they may email for their password and username.
Did you know you can continue to read from home? Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Hawley have pulled together a host of free websites you can access e-books from. You can also carry on with Accelerated Reader and take quizzes online. Click here to find out more.
National Literacy Trust to help parents with all ages of children while schools are closed.
The link below is for pupils to enter Competitions to win a selection of prizes form authors and artists. Parents can also log on to Book Trust and find many activities for younger children and Secondary children.
The link below is showing - New book title for children from April – July 2020