Reading is Fun!



It will come as no surprise that at Charlestown, our teachers LOVE reading! We love to read books, magazines, newspapers and so much more! We think reading is fun and that you should read for enjoyment at home with your children. Take a look at some of the extra reading you and your child can do at home.


Authors Reading


It’s nice to read to ourselves but sometimes it’s even nicer to listen to other people reading to us. Below, you can find links that your teachers have found where different authors are reading their work and the work of others. Get comfy and get listening - there's some really good ones!

Oliver Jeffers reading a range of his books

Kes Gray reading all the "Oi!" series of books

Julia Donaldson reads her books in the 'videos' section on her Twitter


First News



First News is the UK’s National Newspaper for young people. Children at Charlestown get these newspapers delivered weekly to school. During the school closures, the people at First News kindly said that we could share the weekly editions of their newspaper with you through our website, so now we’re also lucky as we can read some issues at home! If you would like to take a read of any of these, then please click the files at the bottom of this page and they will open in a new window.  


Coronavirus – A Book for Children



The brilliant Axel Scheffler has produced a book about Covid-19 Coronavirus just for children - and it's available as a FREE download, below. Please share so it's available to every family who needs it. The Gruffalo illustrator worked with consultant Professor Graham Medley, two head teachers and a psychologist to make sure the book got the messages right, answering questions about quarantine, how you can catch the virus and what happens if you get ill.

Publishers Nosy Crow have asked for donations in lieu of payment, to go to our fantastic health workers: 

This is great for our little ones and to keep as a keepsake to remember how we came together️. To download it, simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the file. It will then open in another window.


Reading with Manchester Library