Easter Reading Challenge

Easter Reading Challenge

Hello Everyone,

I hope you and all your family are all keeping safe and well at this time. With all that has been happening over the past weeks, I know that children may or may not be taking part in the Easter Reading Challenge. We started this on World Book Day (5th March) and we have one week left, our closing date is Wednesday 1st April. If your child is partaking, I hope he/she is having fun. If your child has not been doing it, he/she may like to get involved for the remaining week.

  • Junior and Senior Infants are reading stories with an adult and drawing a smiley face on their Easter Reading Challenge calender.
  • 1st and 2nd Class are reading books independently and giving their book a score out of 10.
  • 3rd- 6th Class are reading books independently and writing a book review.
Every child has an Easter Reading Challenge Record Sheet.

As we will not be in school next Wednesday to give out book prizes, which had been our intention, can I suggest that a half hour of Golden Time or other be given at home by parents/guardians for participation in our Challenge. This is where the child chooses a favourite activity that they would like to do (within our limitations!) e.g. bake cookies, paint, phone a friend.

There are lots of free books online to read and audiobooks to enjoy. I will list some links that you might like to try below.

Hope children enjoy the world of books during these days,

Thanking you for your continued co-operation,

Stay safe,

Mrs. Dooley Ryan


  • 1.David Walliams-Enjoyed by young and old!

Daily free audio story from The World's Worst Children! Short, entertaining and fun! Worth a try!

 2.World Book Day- Junior Infants to 6th Class

World Book Day website offers lots of lovely audio books for children to enjoy.


There are lots of other resources available on the website also like interviews with authors, such as Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

3. .EPIC – suitable for all levels

Epic! is an online library which offers over 35000 resources including "Read to Me" books, audiobooks and student tracking. It also offers high interest texts such as National Geographic Kids and Guinness Book of Records. It is suitable for children from ages 4-12.


4.BorrowBox - suitable for all levels

If you or your child are a member of the local library, you can access an App or website called BorrowBox. It is free and can be used for both audio books and ebooks. There is a children's section.


Please note: To register, you need your library card which has your membership number on the back.

5. Vooks - suitable for all levels

Vooks is a resource for families to keep kids reading at home. Vooks can also be a welcome distraction for parents, allowing them to enjoy time with their kids, watching and discussing books together. To help, Vooks have created take-home lesson plans that provide children with 20 minutes a day of read aloud time and activities.


Please note: Free one month, sign up required

6. Oxford Owl Ebook Reader Library - Junior Infants to 2nd Class

Oxford Owl has an ebook library with over 250 books in it and offers free access to parents once you create an account at www.oxfordowl.co.uk They also have some vocabulary and comprehension activities for most of the books. 

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