Wider Reading Resources

Many organisations are allowing free access to previously paid for reading and audiobook resources. Here we include just a few of the options available.

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  • FREE READS from the popular author Tom Palmer -You can also watch and listen to Tom Palmer on his YouTube channel.
  • Oak National Academy Website in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.  Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
  • Penguin website  Penguin talks programme for young adults, Puffin story time for younger children
  • Hertfordshire Public Libraries  Digital books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines 
  • Buckinghamshire Library  Use your bucks library account to borrow ebooks and audiobooks to view on your Chromebook or phone 
  • Audible  Free 30 day trial for audiobooks 
  • Audible Stories  Audible have made a selection of their children’s audiobooks available for free, including literary classics, texts in French and Spanish, and folk Ckmjjc o 400x40057bb44960c7bdb6238247e8c world book day mintales
  • BookBub  A selection of free ebooks for Kindles 
  • Google Books  Google Books has a vast index of books, many of which are available to read in full, but some will only be available as samples or for limited access.
  • Project Gutenberg  ebooks of texts out of copyright
  • BookTrust  Bookfinder - find out about books in a wide variety of genres
  • BookTrust  HomeTime - resources for younger students
  • World Book Day: World of Stories  Audiobooks
  • World Book Day Secondary Resources  Extracts and activities 
  • Librivox  Audiobooks of texts out of copyright, read by volunteers 
  • Poetry Foundation  Contemporary and classic poetry


Podcasts are available covering every possible area of the curriculum, and are free to listeners.

To listen, you can either download a dedicated podcast app like Overcast or Pocket Casts, listen via Spotify, or listen via a podcast’s own website. Here are a few recommendations: 

  • 99% Invisible - design and society 
  • The Allusionist - language and communication 
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class - history 
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage - science Ted logo1
  • 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy - design, history, business and politics 
  • Articles of Interest - fashion and textiles 
  • Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast - politics 
  • Song Exploder - music 
  • More or Less - economics and maths 
  • BBC Sounds: Documentaries - various topics 
  • You’re Dead to Me - history 
  • We Can Change the World - interviews with inspiring young people 
  • TEDTalks - various topics400x400bb
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