For the folk at Westbridge Academy, Battersea

Ideas for storytime

Books and stories allow us to explore far off places and imagine fantastic adventures and characters. Listening to audio books and podcasts is a great activity to encourage some quiet time at home whilst igniting imagination and learning new things! There’s no better time to create a cosy story nook in your homes and try some of the below resources for interactive books and audio stories:

Ideas for storytime

  1. Audible Children’s Audiobooks

    During this period of school closures, Audible are streaming a selection of children’s stories for free. There’s hundreds of books to choose from and they are categorised by age making it easy to select the perfect one.

  2. CBeebies Storytime

    This one is for the younger readers - full of interactive stories, read-alongs and shows. You’ll spot familiar TV characters and shows like Mr Tumble, Bing and Hey Duggee.

  3. Elevenses With The World of David Walliams

    Every day at 11.00 am you can listen to one of the excellent “World’s Worst Children” stories by David Walliams. Kids will love this 20-ish minutes burst of pure fun!

  4. Oxford Owl

    Browse Oxford Owl’s free ebook library. It’s very easy to filter by age or book category so you’re sure to find what’s right for your children. Don’t forget to check out the weekly schedule for author storytime and draw-alongs!

  5. Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights

    This really sweet YouTube channel is brought to you by an award-winning independent book shop in Bath. Different members of the shop’s staff read lovely children’s stories. This is particular good for the younger ones who are not independent readers yet.

  6. Read along with Michelle Obama - PBS Kids

    PBS Kids have done a special collaboration with Michelle Obama for a 4 week read along series with each one being released on a Monday. They will feature Mrs Obama reading aloud beloved children’s books starting with everyone’s favourite, The Gruffalo!

Hope you find these links useful. Let me know if there’s any really good ones that I have missed!

Aiman