Engaging reluctant readers with books and activities is often easier said than done. That’s why we asked our reading helpers across the country to share all the great websites they use for inspiration when planning their reading sessions. Here are some of the websites they mentioned and what they use them for.

Activities, games and puzzles

  • All Kids Network | Resources for parents, teachers and anyone who works with children. They’ve got thousands of fun kids activities like kid crafts, worksheets, colour pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more.
  • Activity Village | Thousands of colouring pages, kids crafts, educational resources, puzzles, pintables of all sorts, worksheets, Sudoku for kids and lots more fun activities for kids.
  • BBC Bitesize | Provides a full range of excellent resources covering every subject in the national curriculum, from early years to secondary education. Their excellent multi-media and printable resources are great for engaging reluctant and struggling learners.
  • Frankie’s Magic Football | Following on from his series of children’s books, Frank Lampard has created a range of fun resources for download and print.
  • Kids Puzzles and Games | A selection of original, hand drawn colouring sheets, puzzles, and activities to help you keep your children entertained. These are all free to download for you to print and share, and are perfect for parents, teachers and carers of children.
  • The Kidz Page | Hundreds of free kids games, puzzles, activities, colouring pages, clip art and more for children, families, parents and teachers.
  • PuzzleChoice | The home of online and printable puzzles and games.
  • Roald Dahl | The official home of Roald Dahl has free downloads of quizzes and activities based on some of the most beloved children’s books of all time – making it a perfect way of engaging with a child who loves the works of Roald Dahl.
  • The Teacher's Corner | This site enables you to create your own free crossword
  • World Book Day | They’ve got a whole range of resources including lesson plans, activity sheets, discussion sheets, discussion guides and more, covering nursery, primary and secondary year groups.

Resources for teachers

  • A to Z Teacher Stuff | A teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily.
  • Oxford Owl | An award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home or at school. Enjoy helpful tips and activities to support your children’s learning and discover 250 eBooks.
  • TES | Created to share fantastic resources with teachers and to provide classroom support, they have a range of resources to help engage reluctant and struggling learners. Great for use in Beanstalk reading sessions or for supporting your own children. Follow them on Twitter for their latest publications.
  • SparkleBox | 1000s of free primary teaching resources to browse, download and print.
  • Twinkl | Instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resources packs, PowerPoints and teaching ideas.

Book and reading suggestions

  • Amazon | Perfect for picking up new cheap or 2nd hand books.
  • The Book People | Thousands of books across all genres and purposes for sale and delivery.
  • Ebay | Perfect for picking up cheap 2nd hand books which may be of interest to the children you read with.
  • School Reading List | Provides exciting, stimulating and engaging reading suggestions for Primary and Secondary school children. The lists are designed for parents, teachers, school English departments, librarians and anyone who buys books for children.
  • Love Reading 4 Kids | Created to provide the best recommendations for children’s books from toddlers to teens.
  • National Geographic: Perfect for finding articles and information to print for reluctant readers who are particularly interested in geography and the environment.
  • Wikipedia | Perfect for researching and printing information on a range of topics and subjects, perfect for engaging reluctant readers who prefer non-fiction reading materials.
  • World Stories | A collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children.