Virtual world - Reading

Published on 27 March 2020

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We’re sharing some of the amazing announcements from authors, publishers and other organisations that are providing virtual support and services to keep families entertained, well-read and educated during this period.

Have you checked out the eAudio books available with your library membership through BorrowBox and Wheelers? Kids looking for more?  Amazons eAudio book platform Audible have come to the party and released a collection of stories across six different languages that are now free to stream, check them out here. There are also magazines, eBooks and eAudio freely available for 30 days from Scribd.

Author David Walliams has announced he is releasing an audio story every day for the next thirty days, yes, that’s thirty free funnies! Not sure who David Walliams is? You might know him better from Little Britain or Britain’s got talent. He is tweeting his freebies daily via Twitter or check out his website

Once you’ve worn out your library card with the awesome videos of Australian children’s stories read in StoryBox library I recommend browsing Storyline Online. This website features celebrated actors reading children’s books, like StoryBox Library it also includes suggested activities themed with some of the books. Staff member Fallon, says her favourite is Betty White reading Harry the dirty dog.

Author, Nail Gaiman who is an avid supporter of libraries has videos on his website of readings featuring himself and some fellow authors of the entirety of his books Coraline and The graveyard book; check them out here

If you’re in the mood for classics, check out author Eric Carle reading the iconic The very hungry caterpillar

Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at home and Bestselling children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems have been releasing drawing lessons called lunch doodles, grab some paper and pencils and check out the available episodes.

If you need to get moving after all that you could join in with virtual P.E. with Joe. P.S. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in keeping fit!