Crab Lane Library
Stories for all age groups. Online available for free!
The QR codes and links in the document lead to free story readings on Youtube and all of the books are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.
Find plenty of opportunities for reading:
- Would you like to become a detective? Take the summer reading challenge and you will become one: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/Get rewards, play games and earn badges as you discover awesome books to read this summer! They launched the Winter Mini Challenge on the same website. Check it out!
- Hungry Little Minds: https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3
- National Literacy Trust: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/birth-4/
- Creative space at home by North City Library: https://mailchi.mp/cdee6dc27503/announcing-express-yourself-the-10-week-challenge-3903653?e=e3c2ebd8ad Join their 10 week challenge https://www.creativespacesmcr.com/ten-week-challenge/
- Manchester council's website, an amazing range of online resources are available: https://mailchi.mp/manchester.gov.uk/music-media-in-conversations-celebrationslibraries-in-november-601081?e=857e121a02
- https://www.booktrust.org.uk/ BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Each year we reach 3.9 million children across the UK with books, resources and support.
- Vooks: https://www.vooks.com/parent-resources A kid-safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks.
MantraLingua has arranged to have 550 dual language eBooks in 37 different languages made available for free until August 31st. See here for info https://uk.mantralingua.com/homereading
150 online books in 30 different languages www.worldstories.org.uk
Polish texts taken from the Polish National Curriculum. Arranged by age phase https://lektury.gov.pl
readingteacher.com – free login due to Covid-19
https://bilingualkidspot.com/2019/02/19/free-online-books-for-kids/ – a list of online books
http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ – The International Childrens Digital Library
https://www.storylineonline.net/library/ – Stories read by authors
https://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library-translations.htm – Books in Multiple languages
https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=el -Songs and rhymes from around the world
https://www.storynory.com/ – Audio stories with script. KS2
https://pbskids.org/games/reading/ – reading games
https://www.readingiq.com/web/learning/#/home – levelled books online (US).
Audible has made books for children free, including in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese
What are you reading? Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Cover Competition
We have a book cover competition in our school. Drawings are still coming in and the display looks wonderful with lots of different book covers that the children have designed. Some of the children wrote book review as well to accompany their art work.
This time, I have an easy job as I am not going to be the judge.
Children are allowed one vote for their favourite cover design and the lucky winner will get an ASDA £5 gift voucher. The competition is on until 24th of May and the winner will be announced after the two weeks holiday, in the Good Work Assembly.
Book Cover Competition update...
What a popular competition this was! I received and put on display 47 book covers...
and then the voting began. I Received 175 valid votes from our students.
Initially, the intention was to give out three certificates but the votes were so close and all the work was so good. So instead, the top five received shiny certificates and the winner happily collected a £5 Asda voucher too!
A special certificate went out to one of the children, as he entered the competition himself but he voted for a classmate's book cover, saying :''He tried hard!''.
Which shows how our students are carrying the mission of Crab Lane,
‘Building confidence and resilience’. Congratulations children!
The books and reading material are organised into different categories:
Accessing the library from home
We are all very excited about the library and the school has purchased an excellent software package to help us keep track of which books are on loan. Please see the next page of this letter for more information about how you can access this software at home.
Accessing the library software at home
The software package we have purchased is called ‘micro librarian’.
To access it, type in the following address:
To enable access to microlibrarian, you may be directed to 'Silverlight' which is a free download. Simply double click the 'Silverlight' icon and follow download instructions. Once loaded, on future visits, you will go directly to the microlibrarian site.
You will then be directed to the following homepage. Click ‘log on’ and type in your reader number (your teacher will give this to you).
Your reader number is both the username and the password.
Once you are inside the website you can use the search function at the top of the page. In this example, somebody has searched for ‘the wizard of oz’. Our computer system then searches the school library to see if we have that book.
Remember you can search by author, title or key word.
If you find a book you like the look of (like Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot below) you can click on the green circle and reserve it.
If you click on the pink button, it lets you write a review of the book, so whenever you bring a book back, make sure you let everybody else know what you thought of it!
Don’t worry if you do not have the internet at home. You can access the website in school or simply browse the library to find the perfect book to borrow!