April Reading List: Boredom-busting eBooks

Things are a bit out of the ordinary at the moment, which is why we’ve made this month’s reading list a bit different too. We know that lots of your pupils will be learning at home for now, so this time we’ve gathered together a selection of recommended eBooks that are easy to access – and most importantly, completely free! All of our recommendations are available in the Oxford Owl for Home free eBook library. Parents will simply need to register for free to start reading. What’s more, all of these books have been chosen for their feelgood factor and boredom-busting power. Whether they offer an opportunity to marvel at the world around us, or a way to escape from it all, we hope they bring a smile to your face!

The Dragon Balloon

The Dragon Balloon
Oxford Reading Tree Story Sparks
Oxford Level 1+ (Reception/P1)

Pip lets go of her dragon balloon and it floats away. Can it be saved? This phonically decodable story is designed to develop comprehension skills, with lots of questions to help parents talk about the story with their child. 

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Toads in the Road

Toads in the Road
Floppy’s Phonics Fiction
Oxford Level 3 (Reception-Year 1/P1-2)

With so many toads trying to cross the road, how can Dad help them safely across? With a little bit of help from Biff, Chip and Kipper and a few other friends, of course! Join them in this heart-warming story that’s full of phonics practice for children who are also starting to read common tricky words that can’t be decoded.

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Ice Crystal Robbery

Ice Crystal Robbery
Hero Academy
Oxford Level 6 (Year 1/P2)

At a time when most children aren’t in their usual classroom, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit an extraordinary classroom in the Hero Academy. This unusual lesson involves some powerful ice crystals, and when they’re stolen, it’s time for the heroes to spring into action. An adventure-packed story that’s great for motivating reluctant readers.

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We Can Play!

We can play!
Read Write Inc. Phonics Book Bag Books
Read Write Inc. Orange Level (Year 1-2/P2-3)

Find out what really goes on when you’re not in the classroom… The toys come to life! This book is designed to be used at home for reading practice outside the classroom, which means that it includes supportive notes for parents and carers, as well as pre-reading activities and a Vocabulary Check.

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Incredible Animals

Colour Codes (from Incredible Animals)
Read with Oxford Non-fiction
Read with Oxford Stage 4 (Year 1-2/P3-4)

Discover some of the incredible animals that we share our world with in this fascinating non-fiction text, full of attention-grabbing photographs. This eBook is ideal for children who are gaining more reading confidence and also includes plenty of bonus facts and interactive actitivites.

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Dinosaur Safari

Dinosaur Safari
Project X Origins
Oxford Level 8 (Year 1-3/P2-4)

Take your class on a safari – from the comfort of their own homes! They will join Ant as he travels back to the time of the dinosaurs to learn heaps of fossil facts. They’ll also find plenty of ideas for fun things to do once they’ve finished reading. 

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden
Project X Origins: Graphic Texts
Oxford Level 16 (Year 4-6/P5-7)

Adapted from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale, this graphic novel is a powerful way to develop comprehension skills. Beautifully illustrated, and with handy notes to help parents support older children with reading, this eBook offers a much-needed bit of escapism.

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So You Want to Build a Castle

So You Want to Build a Castle
TreeTops inFact
Oxford Level 19 (Year 5-7/P6-S1)

Packed full of facts and activities, this book has everything children need to know to help them design the best castle EVER! With stories of sieges from history, each told in a different way, including letters, newspaper reports and diary entries, this engaging book will keep readers entertained for hours. 

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That’s just a small selection of the free eBooks available on Oxford Owl for Home. Browse the full library here.

Happy reading!

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