6 of the best interactive book websites
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!
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!
Stories, rhymes, poetry, competitions and book-themed games... the Booktrust website is a treasure trove for bookworms. We love the Bookfinder, the themed booklists for children (looking for ghost stories? Detective stories? Books with strong heroines or books about space?), the quizzes and the interactive storybooks.
StoryCloud is 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?
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,
US children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring well-known actors reading children’s books alongside lovely illustrations. Readers include Kristen Bell, Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Eva Longoria and dozens more, and all the books are free to watch / listen to.