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Fiction sites/podcasts: reviews & recommended reads

try the links below for great reviews, recommendations and activities about wonderful reading.

Children’s Book Reviews, Recommendations and Free Opening Extracts | Lovereading4kids UK

ReadingZone – so many ideas and suggestions for new reading

Children’s Book Reviews | Toppsta – not reviews from publishers, but from readers

Armadillo Magazine  – brilliant bi-monthly magazine with very honest reviews of fiction and non-fiction titles

BookTrust Bookfinder – Simply choose an age range, pick as many themes as you want to search through thousands of book reviews

Recommendations | Suffolk Libraries – Readers and librarians book choices for you

World Book Daynot just for the one day (3rd March 2022 is the next one) but lots of recommendations all year. Try the YA Power List and Top 100 stories to share.

Welcome to the We Are YA Podcast! – Penguin Teen – Young adult books news and reviews in a podcast

Children’s Book Sequels (  there are links to buy titles; obviously borrowing is far better! – books for 10-15 year old readers by 10-15 year old reviewers 000s of reviews

Myths and Legends – Telling the stories of the past in the language of the present (– over 200 podcasts telling the stories of world mythology

BBC Radio 4 – Books and Authors – Downloads – mostly about writing for 18+ this link is to all podcasts of Radio 4 book programmes, always thought provoking

2021 Book Collections & Guides | Empathy Lab“Empathy is learnable – only 10% of our empathic ability is genetic. Scientists say that reading builds empathy, and this will play a direct role in helping raise an empathy-educated generation.”  – Miranda McKearney OBE, EmpathyLab’s founder

Online courses for young people – National Centre for Writing – start your short story or novel here!

The Poetry Society – Connecting you to the transformative power of poetry

(  – A new image is published each day as a basis for creative writing. Story starters, questions and drawing ideas are provided. You need to register an individual account.

Poetry By Heart – collection of written, audio and video poetry including a poetry timeline, Shakespeare’s sonnets and WW1 poets. For all Key Stages


Fiction sites/podcasts: reviews & recommended reads

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Visual and Performance Arts KS4/GCSE resources

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English, Film, French, German and Spanish KS4/GCSE resources

Humanities KS4/GCSE resources

Ideas – Online libraries/museums/galleries, FUN FACTS and quizes

Teen wellbeing resources

Resources for KS4/GCSE Child Development, D.T, Engineering, Food & P.E,

Resources to develop research, enquiry, study and notetaking skills