Stories from the Web


This is an inspired and inspiring online resource. Previously only available to libraries, this beautiful, colourful website is now available on subscription to schools and for home use. Stories from the Web is designed to encourage and support reading and creative writing in children of varying ages and abilities and is a great combination of screen and traditional print. The bright, cheerful appearance and ease-of-use has instant appeal. The site is divided into sections or categories - 'Read' contains a wide range of 'virtual book extracts' including the delightful picture book 'You Choose' by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart; Francesca Simon's 'Horrid Henry'; 'Soccer Squad' by Bali Rai; 'Sleepovers' by Jacqueline Wilson; and 'Escape from Shadow Island' by Paul Adam. It also includes poems and comic book extracts. All have accompanying ideas for children's own creative writing. The reading level is indicated by 'Tadpole' (learning to read - books with lots of pictures and not too many words); 'Bee' (liking books with new words to learn)' and 'Bookworm' for the really confident reader. This key reduces the stigma attached to age and ability. Hopefully, these 'Story tasters' will encourage the would-be reader to read the whole book. Other sections include 'Watch' - videos of storytellers such as Sandra Agard and Clive Cole - each story is about 5 - 6 minutes long and captivatingly told; 'Listen' - story extracts from audio books ; interviews with (including audio extracts) and information about individual 'writers and illustrators' eg Nick Sharratt; Benjamin Zephaniah; Michael Rosen; Valerie Bloom; the section 'Write' contains an 'Ideas Factory', writing tips and story starts; 'Create' - on-screen design-and-make activities which can then be printed off; 'Word Games' - crosswords, quizzes and wordsearches all based on books; a portfolio where children can store their work and a Teacher's area with lesson plans and practical downloadable materials. A new feature coming shortly is podcast interviews with authors. There is limited audio facility so children will need to have attained a reasonable reading level to get the most out of all areas of the site. However, 'Stories from the Web' could really encourage emerging and able readers to become lovers of reading and to be the authors and storytellers of the futue.

KS1 KS2 KS2s KS3s online resource suitable for special needs/reluctant readers

Formats available

On Line Resource


Fiction | Non-Fiction | Poetry/Rhyme | suitable for SEN/reluctant readers but not specifically designed for them