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Welcome to the Broke Hall Library

Welcome to the Library page. Here you will find out about all the exciting things happening in the world of books - from new books to old favourites and links to the world of children’s books.

"Promise me you'll always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think."

Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh.

Stop Press!! 

Mrs Gibbon's dad, Paul Jennings, was a humorist who wrote for Punch and the Observer but also wrote three children's books. One of his books is called 'The Great Jelly of London.' 

In order to support the lockdown, The Albert Hall will be broadcasting a special storytelling event, with Samuel West reading this book, at 11am on Saturday 9th May. As you can imagine, Mrs Gibbons is very excited - not least because the publishers may want to reprint the book. Apparently, the illustrator, Gerald Rose, is still alive - in his nineties - and was delighted about the recording. Click on the picture to find out more (and maybe even donate if you feel that you can). 

A free information book, illustrated by the Gruffalo illustrator, has recently been released. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds: 

  • What is the coronavirus?
  • How do you catch the coronavirus?
  • What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
  • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
  • Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
  • Why are some places we normally go to closed?
  • What can I do to help?
  • What’s going to happen next?

A free copy of the book can be downloaded here, or by clicking on the picture above.

A message from Mrs Gould

In the current situation it is important for children to keep reading. Books can be an escape, a solace and entertainment, as well as sources of information. There are lots of ways to expand on the content of favourite stories and enhance learning, with many websites offering freely available resources, ideas and activities to download. If you have exhausted your home library, then ebooks are readily accessible. Authors are also reading their books online, via Twitter, Instagram and You Tube.

Do explore the links below, which I hope will be useful. If you need any help or advice you can 'Ask a Librarian' on the Great School Libraries website. 

Don’t forget if you still have your book fair leaflet, now is the perfect time for children to test their reading strength; you can also find a copy here. Children can challenge themselves with the Reading Strength-O-Meter by trying four new books. Inside the book fair leaflet, you’ll find a Test Your Reading Strength-O-Meter where children can record the four books they read to complete the Author Challenge. Send in the completed challenge and Travelling Books will be selecting twenty winners who will receive a free author visit for their school in the Autumn term in 2020! The closing date is 31st July; entries should be sent to the address given.

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Ebooks and Audiobooks

World Book Online is giving free access during school closures. If you fill in the form by clicking on the picture below, they will send you a username and password straight away. It has an ebook database of non-fiction books (more suitable to primary children + Year 7s maybe). However, it also has children's fiction classics and just fiction classics (similar to the ones in Project Gutenberg).


Oxford Owl have a free eBook collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with their range of over 100 free eBooks.



Suffolk Libraries are providing free access to thousands of eBooks, eAudio, magazines, newspapers, films, courses and streaming for children and adults.

epic! is an amazing collection of books for children of all ages. There is an app for tablets and you can access the books through the internet. It is very easy to use. Parents can set up individual profiles for their children. There is a promotion now offering the subscription at no cost for three months. Enter this promotional code to take advantage of the offer: 3monthsfree   

Storyline Online The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. 



The International Children’s Digital Library
The ICDL features books from around in the world and in the world’s languages!  



Amazon Kindle Store There are 100s of free kindle books for children. The Amazon site is searchable by age level. Note: About half of them seem available through the Kindle Unlimited subscription. Requires Kindle or Kindle app for tablets. 

Audible Stories For as long as schools are closed, 'Audible' is open. At the moment, children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being children. All stories are free to stream on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.  



Online Storytimes and Exploring Books

Science, Scribbles and Stories Former ‘Blue Peter’ presenter, Konnie Huq, has launched a fun-but-educational YouTube channel. She’ll be sharing videos at 10am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. She promises reading, writing, Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and arts-and-crafts activities suitable for children between the ages of 6 years and 12 years old.

BookTrust Home Time If you are looking for something fun as a family, you will enjoy 'storytime' with BookTrust's free online books and videos. You can play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes and even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. You can also listen to Cressida Cowell reading aloud How to Train Your Dragon, a chapter a day. 



British Library Online: Discovering Children’s Books Here you can explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations with Discovering Children's Books. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages. Learn how to draw a Gruffalo, make a miniature book, create an animal character and much more.  





National Literacy Trust Family Zone As a response to school closures, the National Literacy Trust have developed a comprehensive web portal to support parents during this time. Over the next days, weeks and months they will be keeping this up to date. Split up by age group, you will find ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.

You'll be able to access free reading and writing resources, audiobooks, videos, competitions and reading challenges. Every resource is available for free, although to access some you may need to create a free account. 






Resources and Activities

A wide range of resources, activities, news and information about children’s books and reading can be found on the websites below. Many publishers also provide these on their websites, along with newsletters you can sign up to. Examples are Puffin, Usborne and Walker Books.

World Book Day For all year round! News, a very large range of resources, videos and competitions. 





Toppsta A website aimed mainly at parents and other carers/family members, reviewing and recommending books. Bright, cheerful and up-to-date with lots to discover. 



Words for Life The National Literacy Trust’s website for parents with activities and information. 



Scholastic Home Learning Hub In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK, Scholastic Resource Bank have put together a range of FREE home learning packs for Early YearsKey Stage 1Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 children to help parents (and teachers) prepare for all eventualities.

Love My Books With lovemybooks you will find out about wonderful books to read with your child. You will find many creative activities based on each book to make reading even more enjoyable and interactive. 

Books for Keeps This is a children’s book review magazine. The current issue is now available to read or download and there is further news and some interviews on the website. 


BookLife is a publisher and bookseller for schools. Their website features a wide range of free downloadable resources which are available to parents and teachers. BookLife is now also releasing a new free ebook each week, plus there are lots of resources available to download on the website. These include 'Why Do I Wash My Hands' which shows children how to wash their hands and, most importantly, explains why they should wash their hands. Click on the link and then look under the 'Free Resources' section. 


The Reading Agency - Chatterbooks resources The Reading Agency works every day towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life. They believe that it doesn't matter what you read, as long as you read. Click on the picture to find lots of book related resources and ideas.