There are some incredible authors and companies who have made content available free online during this time.
The best of these will be gathered together here so we can build a kind of online library (but one where there's no need to wait in a reservations queue!)
We'd love to hear about what you've been reading and listening to so please post your recommendations in the thread: what are your summer must-reads?!
At Home with 4 Indies
Fancy an author visit broadcast directly to your home? Then ask your parent or carer for permission to check in with this fantastic programme of author events on Facebook Live!
Highlights to catch up on include Onjali Rauf ('The Boy at the Back of the Class') and Andy Griffiths ('The 13-Storey Treehouse).
Audible have made lots of their audio books for children and young adults free to listen to online. Click on the link to explore!
Book Trust Home Time
Filled to bursting with fantastic content, this is the place to go for author readings of the whole of 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'Elen's Island' by Children's Laureates Cressida Cowell and Eloise Williams, writing tips from bestselling authors like Andy Stanton ('Mr Gum') and Sarah Crossan ('One'), drawing tutorials from professional illustrators and loads more.
Coronavirus: A Book for Children
Written with the help of medical experts and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (who created the drawings for 'The Gruffalo'), this is a really informative but easy-to-follow guide to what the virus is and how we can protect ourselves and each other.
If you like 'Big Nate', 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and the 'Weird but True' series, you'll love this app!
Packed with a fantastic range of comic books, chapter books and non-fiction series, create an Epic! account to read for free for two hours a week throughout the summer.
Accept the invitation sent to your school e-mail address and enter GCMS' class code: wbx9601.
Harry Potter at Home
Listen to Stephen Fry read the whole of Harry Potter's first adventure, free throughout April.
Does that set you wondering which Hogwarts' House the Sorting Hat would place you in?
Maybe you want to learn how to draw Fantastic Beasts or quiz on Harry's first year?
Visit the Harry Potter at Home Hub for an ever-changing spellbook of wizarding activities!
Hay Festival Digital
Twenty fantastic Children’s and Young Adults' authors share the inspiration behind their latest books as well as tips for your own writing and illustration.
Click on the link below to catch up on highlights including Cressida Cowell ('How to Train Your Dragon'), Science Rapper Jon Chase’s Guide to the Environment, and Liz Pichon ('Tom Gates').
Throughout the next half term, J.K. Rowling will be publishing free-to-read instalments of her latest children's novel, 'The Ickabog', and inviting readers to illustrate the story as it unfolds.
Follow the link below to read from the beginning and find out how to enter the Ickabog Illustration Competition!
James and the Giant Peach with Taika and Friends
Join actor and director Taika Waititi (The Mandalorian, Avengers: Endgame, Thor: Ragnarok) and a phenomenal cast of his actor friends for an utterly glorious reading of Roald Dahl's classic in 10 episodes.
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Can't get enough of The Library of Doom? Itching for more caped crusades with Batman?
Follow the link to myON where loads of our favourite Quick Read books are now available online.
Want to read and listen to the best new fiction and non-fiction free online?
Head over to Scribd for fantastic titles like 'Cogheart', 'Mortal Engines' and 'Five Feet Apart'!
Ask your parent or carer to sign up for a 30-day free trial.
Towards the end of the 30 days, ask them to extend your free trial by inviting friends to join!
Seven Stories: Where Stories Come From
Did you know that there is a theory that there are only seven types of story in the world?
Ahead of its new exhibition, the National Centre for Children's Books has put together a fantastic collection of book recommendations, creative activities and digital exhibitions for all seven plots.
Click on the link below to explore Seven Stories' Seven Stories!
Summer Reading Challenge
Click on the link to join The Reading Agency's Silly Squad for this year's Summer Reading Challenge!
Get brilliant recommendations from other readers via the interactive Book Sorter, earn fantastic digital rewards while you read and take part in loads of great games and activities.
World Book Day's World of Stories
Love hanging out in 'The 13-Storey Treehouse' and adventuring with 'The Bolds'?
Head over to World Book Day's World of Stories where you can listen to a fantastic range of fiction for children and young adults.
The World of David Walliams
Can Frank break his dad out of prison, dodge Mr Big and put right his dad's bad deed?!
Find out with an audio instalment of Walliams' hugely popular 'Bad Dad' every day from 11am.
Follow the link below to download a bumper edition of this superb magazine for curious minds.
*New issue!* Beano *New issue!*
Join Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx as they prank the adults around them in a specially extended issue of the classic comic free to download every month via the link below!
The Day Home
A free, daily e-newsletter to help keep families up-to-date with current affairs, each edition explores a Big Question that the whole household can debate.
Just ask your parent or carer to sign up via the link below.
Phoenix Q Club
Our favourite comic's gone digital!
Featuring comic-book drawing guides, activities and puzzles, click on the link below to download Phoenix Q Club for free every month.
Follow the link below for a special edition of this wonderful magazine, packed with articles, short stories, activities and lots more, all wrapped up in the hug of this issue's theme - love.