February reads

Snuggle up with some good reads for February . . . .

Ten Tremendous Tales

The latest brilliant instalment in the number one bestselling series from author and illustrator, Liz Pichon.

A laugh-out-loud, fully illustrated collection of stories starring Tom Gates and his friends, family and foes!

Featuring: a delicious chicken pie, getting stuck in a lift with Delia, the horror of winning afternoon tea with teachers as a tombola prize, the Incredible Wafer Boy and some ants in some very tiny pants…

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh

A heartfelt, hilarious, against-all-odds triumph of a story about a boy with a stammer.

Billy is an eleven-year-old boy with a big dream: a stand-up comedian delivering pinpoint punch-lines and having audiences hang on his every hilarious word. A tough career for anyone, but surely impossible for Billy, who has a stammer.

How will he find his voice, if his voice won’t let him speak?


Mindful Monsters

A fun and exciting picture book to introduce children to mindfulness Mindful Monsters supports the charity Scope.

This exciting picture book is packed with monster fun and friendly advice for parents and children to try out mindful activities at home. A funny and thoughtful read-aloud story.

Welsh Fairy Tales, Myths & Legends

A complete collection of much-loved Welsh fairy tales, myths and legends, bound in a beautiful new edition.

Enjoy Wales’s rich heritage of myth and fairy tales.

From magical Welsh dragons that destroy a castle night after night, to a princess made out of flowers and a fairy changeling bother.

Jelly Had a Wobble

The next picture book from the bestselling picture book duo, Michelle Robinson and Tom Knight.

Jelly learns that the things that make us different should be celebrated… and that it’s definitely OK to have a  every now and then.

A fantastically funny book about being true to ourselves and letting our emotions shine.

Chicken Little

A brand new take on the enduring classic, Chicken Little.

When something falls from the sky and bops Chicken Little right on the head, he looks high and low to figure out what it was.

The debut picture book from NYC-based artist, Sam Wedelich. This is the real and totally true tale of Chicken Little.

Reading online

We believe in nurturing children’s pleasure for reading as children who read on a regular basis, in school and at home, have a higher chance of fulfilling their academic potential and achieving success in later life.

We would like to share the below resources and websites that can be accessed by your children throughout their time taking part in remote learning at home or digitally at any time:

Oxford Owl eBook Library – Y1-6

We have access to the Oxford Owl eBook library. Go to and click on Log in. Your child’s class teacher should have shared the username and password with your child. Once you have logged in, click on Oxford Owl eBook library and choose the appropriate age group for your child. Children can read any of the books from within that section. You can also search for specific books which your child’s teacher may share with you.

Borrowbox – Gateshead Library

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you about Borrowbox, an online library service offered by Gateshead Library. It is a downloadable app on which your child can borrow up to 10 eBooks to read at home. This would be great for promoting reading for pleasure but also for ensuring that your child has access to a range high-quality books during the week at home. If your child is not already a member of Gateshead Library, you can join online and you are given log-in details to sign into the Borrowbox app. For more information and to join the library online, please visit

Letters and Sounds – Early Years and KS1 – Additional Phonics Lessons

If your child is in KS1, they will still be receiving phonics work. There is a good range of Letters and Sounds online videos arranged by year group and focus sounds available at .

Virtual School Library – Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy have partnered with National Literacy Trust to bring children a virtual school library. Every week a popular children’s author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. To access this, visit

Authors Reading their Novels Aloud

Children can access videos of authors reading their novels aloud on the below website: https://www.booksfortopics/com/storytime-online

CBeebies Storytime – Early Years

This app has been designed to support reading in EYFS. The stories are interactive and there are currently over 40 stories in the library (with more being added all the time).

Oak Academy Virtual Library

Oak Academy are thrilled to launch the #VirtualSchoolLibrary in partnership with @Literacy_Trust, which will offer free books and audiobooks to pupils as they learn from home. 📚
This week, you can read @FansofJWilson’s The Story of Tracy Beaker. Visit

Share a story corner for younger readers

Take ten minutes to share stories with your young children. Share A Story Corner videos have familiar characters and easy to follow stories, and tips for reading together. Look at the pictures together, guess what the characters are up to and ask your child what they think will happen next. Your child will soon be asking to read together again and again!

It’s never too early to read stories with your child and spending just ten minutes every day enjoying books together can make a BIG difference to their development. Sharing stories boosts creativity and imaginationimproves wellbeing, is a positive experience for parents, carers, guardians, grandparents – everyone! – and is great fun!


Reading around the Christmas tree

We have brilliant, Christmassy reading recommendations for the whole family to snuggle up with and enjoy together. Channel the Christmas spirit with these vibrant stories, featuring familiar character favourites and some fresh faces too.

For under 8’s  . . .

For over 8’s . . . .