While students normally get to choose from tens of thousands of books in our libraries, they are currently unable to access our physical library. To support students in continuing their reading and engagement with books during this challenging time, the library team have curated a list of online sources of reading materials.
Lit2Go is a free online source of stories and poems in both text and audiobook. These books tend to be classics, and you can explore them with your children by genre, author, collection or readability.
Unite For Literacy is a brilliant source of non-fiction books for younger children. The narration is available in multiple languages, including Chinese.
Another great source for younger children is Storynory. These stories are audiobooks of traditional and classical stories. It also has poems and rhymes.
The Big Myth is available both online and as an app. It provides a wide range of traditional myths from around the world.
The International Children’s Digital Library shares children’s literature from around the world. There are many different ways to search for books, including by country or by language. The interface is available in many languages, including Chinese (http://www.childrenslibrary.org/icdl/SimpleSearchCategory?ilang=ChineseSimplified) and Korean (http://www.childrenslibrary.org/icdl/SimpleSearchCategory?ilang=Korean).
Storyline Online is a fabulous website that enables children to read both classic and modern books, and enjoy story time through animation and recorded readings by engaging people. When you play a book, choose the SchoolTube option.
Oxford Owl is a website by Oxford University Press that incorporates ebooks from Oxford Reading Tree. It also has mathematics games and activities that you may want to explore with your child. Parents can easily sign up for a free account or use a class login if your child’s teacher has provided one.
The resources given here are predominantly in English. However, as always, the library team is happy to hear suggestions for similar websites in Chinese or other languages. Plus, we are trialing LibGuides, an online hub for the library service where students, staff and parents can find information and resources that support their learning. These resources include eBooks, audiobooks and databases covering many topics. Click here for LibGuides.
Thank you and happy reading.