Online Reading Support

Katherine Rundell – The Book of Hopes.

From the National Literacy Trust – free to read as a downloadable PDF –

Award-winning children’s author, Katherine Rundell, has today launched The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown, which we are thrilled to be hosting exclusively on Family Zone.

Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson – and Katherine herself.

The Book of Hopes aims to comfort, inspire and encourage children during lockdown through delight, new ideas, ridiculous jokes and heroic tales. There are true accounts of cats and hares and plastic-devouring caterpillars; there are doodles and flowers; revolting poems and beautiful poems, and there are stories of space travel and new shoes and dragons.

The collection is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

World E-Book Reader


A selection of non-fiction and fiction e-books to share. The site is predominantly American but still a great read!


The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities

With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many of our favourite authors are offering online read alouds and activities on social media. This site has rounded up some of the best virtual author activities click on the image below and click again on the name of the author to load the read-aloud session.