Virtual Library

Unite for Literacy was voted as one of the best teaching and learning resources for 2019. It provides free access to many online books in Spanish and English. It also has a read aloud option and you can select from 43 languages for read alouds.

A free website of astronauts reading your favourite stories to you from space! A great selection of stories here like "Rosie Revere Engineer" and "Ada Twist Scientist".

Watch and listen to your favourite actors and actresses reading your favourite story and read along with them! Some books to get you started: "Here Comes The Garbage Barge", "Stellaluna" and "Enemy Pie".

This is an award winning website. Explore the world of children's literature. There's a section for kids' crafts, read out loud and some drawing instruction videos. Did you know that your reading comprehension will never be better than your listening comprehension? Well, now you can improve your listening comprehension by tuning in to their podcasts!

For as long as schools are closed audible will be free. Join thousands of children worldwide in streaming free audio books with many different titles that will support you to dream, learn and be kids. You can stream on any device, just sign up. Remember to always get your parents permission before signing up to anything online!

Tumblebook is a Canadian online library that has made their books free for the duration of the lock down in Canada. After reaching out to them, they have kindly agreed to make their books free to St. Joseph's pupils too. We will have free access until August 2020. Have a look at books under their "Health and Hygeine" section. There are also some new books related to COVID-19!

Tumblemaths Books free until 31 August 2020!

Online Dictionaries

Word Central is an online dictionary that uses the Mirriam-Webster dictionary to provide results. If a user misspells a word, the dictionary offers suggestions for the correct spelling. Each definition also offers a link to an audio file so kids can practice the proper pronunciation. Options include finding rhyming words and an online thesaurus too.


Little Explorers Picture Dictionary is designed to be browsed rather than searched, and so behaves more like an encyclopedia than a dictionary. It looks a little clunky and old fashioned, but is really very useful for young learners.

Kids Wordsmyth is available on the web, as an App and also on Google Play. It is a full-feature dictionary with entries that include pronunciations, animations, synonyms, photographs, and word etymology. There are also various topics that can be explored with associated vocabulary.

General Research Websites

If you are looking for information remember to use a Safe Search Engine like "Duck, Duck Go", "Dinosearch" or click on the button to go to "Safe Search Kids".

Go to DK Findout to learn about coding, history, the human body, science and more!

What wonderings do you have? Go to Wonderopolis to find some answers to questions that you may have.

Scholastic Study Jams will introduce you to the world of Science and will help you with some Maths concepts too. Sing along to some songs to help you learn scientific vocabulary.

Do you want to try some experiments? Look no further than Science Bob for help. Remember to ask your parents permission first before trying something!

Here are a few links to story times, and other book-related activities.

Kyle Meburn's Storytime Channel NZ author

Ruth Paul NZ author/illustrator

Margaret Mahy Down the Back of the Chair- Yes Margaret Mahy herself!

Joy Cowley NZ author

Duncan Eddy NZ author (audio only)

Neal Shusterman reading short stories for teens

RNZ Story Time

NZ Writers Read - some adult, some children, not many picture books.

Oliver Jeffers Stay at Home Story Time

Walker Books Activity Hub lots of great children's authors and activity sheets

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Harry Potter at Home and Harry Potter Escape Room online

(Thanks to Dorthy Butler Bookstore)