5 of the best interactive book websites

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Stories are so much more than simple words on the printed page, as these websites demonstrate. Your child will be able to hear favourite authors talk about their work, enter the world of Harry Potter (what House will the Sorting Hat select for them?), play games based on classic books and find out more about some of their favourite characters. Log on to look around – then go back to the books and read more!

Puffin Virtually Live

View free webcasts of Jacqueline Wilson, Quentin Blake, Eoin Colfer and other best-selling authors discussing their work and answering children’s questions on Puffin Virtually Live – and register for upcoming webcasts and ask questions yourself!

Pottermore

There will be no more new Harry Potter books, but if your child is a fan they’ll love J.K. Rowling’s online experience Pottermore, built around the stories and featuring new content from the author herself. You can explore the series and characters, follow the story and compete for the Pottermore House Cup – all for free. The scenes and sound effects are fantastic, and there are badges to unlock, galleons to find and potions to make… enjoy!

Booktrust

Stories, rhymes, poetry, competitions and book-themed games... the Booktrust website is a treasure trove for bookworms. We love the themed booklists for children (looking for ghost stories? Detective stories? Books with strong heroines or books about space?), the latest author interviews and the Charlie and Lola interactive storybook from Booktime, which will give two free books to 765,000 Reception-aged children in England and Wales in this school year.

StoryCloud

A collection of online stories to read, listen to and download from children’s story centre Discover. You can choose to read or listen to each of the stories, then look for surprises and challenges in the pictures. Or why not be inspired to write a story of your own?

YouTube

Yes, really! YouTube is packed with bookish content; subscribe to children's publishers' channels for book trailers, story readings, author interviews and lots more. Channels we love include Puffin Books, Abrams Books, HarperCollins Children's Books,