Welcome to the reading zone.
The Year Group links on this page give details of the Queen's School reading scheme for your child's age group. You'll find information about what your children will be reading, what the school will do and, just as importantly, what you can do to help.
During this period of lockdown please click on the link for our Read 20 books for 2020 reading challenge where you will also find links to recommended books for each year group.
Branching out and trying new authors is a fantastic way to widen and improve reading opportunities.
There are many ways you can source books for children during this time including using:
- Richmond library is offering a cloud library and audio books. https://www.richmond.gov.uk/libraries
- Oxford Owl – has a free eBook library (please note, you will need to log onto their website) https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page
- Amazon is also streaming hundreds of books for free through its Audible Stories Site
The Book of Hopes has been launched online with words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain children in lockdown. Edited by Katherine Rundell, with contributions from more than 100 children’s writers and illustrators.
This is completely 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 and Jacqueline Wilson.
The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals. Click here to open this fabulous resource.
Many children’s authors are live streaming their work, some suggestions are listed below:
- Julia Donaldson and friends - a weekly series on Facebook – bringing her stories to life with puppets
- Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is reading her ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ - on her YouTube channel
- Oliver Jeffers, author of ‘Lost and Found’ is streaming himself on Instagram every day at 6pm and made his book available on line on his website https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books
- David Walliams is releasing a free audio story each day, form his ‘World’s Worst Kid’ series on https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/
- Publisher Nosy Crow’s website is offering a free e-book that explains the corona virus Written by Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson, or available here
- https://authorfy.com/masterclasses/ has many children’s authors, their books and even writing challenges (please note, you will need to log onto their website).