Useful Websites For Family Reading

A Story For Bedtime

This is a community sharing site for parents and children. You can download MP3 files of stories to play to children, these can be burned to CD or loaded onto an MP3 player. Rather than professionally produced audio books, the stories are recordings of parents reading stories to their children. You can also record your own stories and send them in to the site. Users who register on the site can post in the discussion forums, comment on stories and also submit new stories, songs and drawings so that everyone can share them.

BBC’s Digger and the Gang

This BBC website was developed in partnership with the Department for Education and Skills to guide children aged five to 11 and their parents through the National Curriculum in England.


Booktrust is an independent charity that works to bring together readers and books. It runs the books for babies project Bookstart, funded by Sainsbury’s. The site includes lots of information on books for children and adults, and book prizes.


The Child Literacy Centre

The Child Literacy Centre offers information for parents on methods used to teach reading to their children in school, and advice and tips on activities to share in the home.

Phonics Play

A very useful website for helping children from Reception to Lower Key Stage Two with decoding words through phonics.