Literacy Websites

Mother Goose Club
For a great selection of classic rhymes and songs try Mother Goose Club.  The site has many multimedia resources for teachers, including videos, rhyme lyrics, rhyme histories, songs, printable sheets, and alphabet writing pages.  Click here to visit the site.

Vocabulary Games
Visit Vocabulary Games to play a wide range of games that are designed to improve your vocabulary skills and word knowledge.  Click here to check out the site.

Book Lamp

Are you looking for a new book to read these holidays?  Enter the title or author of a book you like and Book Lamp will come up with suggestions for books with similar themes and writing style.  Now you can visit the library to see if the book is there, then pass away some hours over the next week of the holidays enjoying your new book.

Learning English Kids

Welcome to LearnEnglish Kids! Lots of free gamessongsstories and activities for children - you can have fun and learn English too! You cansearch for your favourites, or have a look at the Explore section and find out where everything is.
This is a great way to improve your use of words.  The site has more than 40,000 questions designed to help you learn words.  As you answer, it tracks your progress and asks harder questions.  Click here to visit the site.

Duffy Books in Homes  
The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, better known as Duffy Books in Homes, is proud to provide free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year. On the website you can find information for schools, parents and kids of course! You can also find out how to support literacy in New Zealand by donating, sponsoring a school or becoming one of our Role Models.Click here to visit the site.

Storybee contains hundreds of stories for a range of ages (4-18).  Told by professional storytellers, genres include myths, legends, folk tales, fairy tales and some original works.  Click here to check out the site.

Meddybemps Young Writers Workshop

The Meddybemps Young Writers Workshop has heaps of great story writing ideas.  Click here to check it out for some writing inspiration.

Book Adventure
Book Adventure is a FREE reading motivation program for primary school children. Children create their own book lists from over 7,000 recommended titles, take multiple choice quizzes on the books they've read, and earn points and prizes for their literary successes. Book Adventure was created by and is maintained by Sylvan Learning.  Clickhere to check it out.

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee lets you choose your level, then listen to a story and type the required word in the blank space.  This is a great interactive site for improving your spelling skills.  Click here to give it a go.

Reading Bear
Reading Bear is an interactive site for teaching beginning readers vocabulary and concepts through the principles of phonics.  Designed for ages 4-7, each presentation is playable either as a video or an interactive slideshow and introduces one or a few related phonics rules.  Click here to visit the site.

Building Language for Literacy

This is a collection of activities to help children learn to read and spell.  Three characters - Newt, Lobster and Rhino - each have their own activities to help you learn.  Click here to check out the site.

Between the Lions
This is a website designed to encourage kids to 'get wild about reading'.  There is a wide range of reading activities, as well as helpful information for students and teachers.  Click here to visit the site.

Snappy Words
Snappy words is an online visual dictionary and thesaurus.  Simply type a word in the search box, click 'go' and a word map is instantly created.  Words are also colour coded according to parts of speech.  Click here to check out the site.

Starfall opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. The systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first year, second year, special needs, home school, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Click here to visit the site.

This is another great way to improve your use of words. You're shown a sentence with a word missing.  Click the on-screen keyboard to fill in the blanks.  It's against the clock and there are various levels of difficulty. Teachers, this is an excellent close reading activity.  Click here to visit the site.

Woodlands Junior literacy

Woodlands Junior literacy is a great site for ages 5-11 it has a range of fun games and activities for kids who are struggling or don't find maths interesting. Click here to check it out and have some fun!

First 55

Here's one for our junior students; First 55.  This site features the first 55 words a child is supposed to learn to read.  The lessons allow students to work independently and for teachers and parents to check their progress.  Click here to check it out.

Beat the Clock

Beat the Clock is a game where players have to complete a sentence by choosing the right word before the time runs out.  There are lots of categories to choose from for this game.  Click here to try it out.

Literacy Activities
Literacy Activities. This is a great site for juniors, it teaches you basic literacy. Click here to check it out.
The Book Seer
'I've just finished reading _____ by _____.  What should I read next?"  Fill in the blanks, ask the question and The Book Seer will do it's thing.  You'll get two lists of recommendations from Amazon and 'Library Thing'.  This could be a way to introduce you to new authors and books.  Click here to visit the site. 

This is a great online dictionary that will help to develop your word knowledge and vocabulary skills.  Click here to visit the site.

This is a great online dictionary.  There's suggestions if your word isn't quite right, and there's a fun 'word of the day'.  Click here to check it out.

The Great Word Quest
Develop your vocabulary skills and practise phonics on The Great Word Quest.  Click here to visit the site.

Grammar and Vocabulary
This website (which you will need to register for) has a range of information and activities for learning English grammar and words.  The site has a large number of fun educational games.  Click here to visit the site.

Kids Spell
The absolutely free and totally fun way to improve your spelling. Kids Spell helps to dramatically improve your students ability to learn and retain spelling words.  Click here to check out the site.


BookHive is a web site designed for children ages birth through twelve, their parents, teachers or anyone interested in reading about children's books. 


Lexipedia is a great looking thesaurus.  The results for searching on words are displayed in a pin-wheel fashion, with word types - nouns, adverbs, synonyms, etc. all colour coded.  This is a great site for learning about and understanding words.  Click here to check it out.

Best Children's Books Ever

Click here for a list of the Guardian (UK) newspapers best children's books ever.  The list is broken up into age groups to make it easy to select a book for your reading or listening pleasure.

Starfall opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. The systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, junior school, special education, homeschool, and English language developmentStarfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.