If lockdown has been good for anything, it has given children a break from their busy schedules and much more time to read.
With libraries firmly shut and bookshops not due to open until the middle of June, here are some free sources of e-books and audio books which regularly appear on 11-plus reading lists.
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free e-books. You don’t even need to sign up – you simply click on the book title and either download them or read them online.
Most of the books are classics, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
Local libraries have e-books you can borrow – a wide variety of books are available. The summer reading challenge, Silly Squad, is going ahead, celebrating funny books, happiness and laughter.
Audible which has an ever-growing selection of children’s books offers a 30-day free trial and is £7.99 a month there after which gives you one book. E-book seller Kobo didn’t have any free children’s titles at the time of looking.
If you are signed up to Amazon Prime, you can read up to 10 selected e-books, comics, and magazines at once for free. Two Harry Potter books are available and a David Walliams among others.