Reading and Literacy

Pupils can download children’s texts and audiobooks for free from the Libby Library app.

(Pupils will need a Kent County Council library card.)

When searching for available reads, it is worth knowing that all texts written before 1923 are in the public domain, as are those where the author died more than 70 years ago. These public domain books may be listened to or read for free.   

Here is a link to an amazing website where hundreds of such copyright free classic books can be downloaded for free.

Nineteenth century classics recommended by your teachers of English

This list covers a variety of genres – romance, adventure, horror, comedy, mystery, SF. Not everything on this list will necessarily be to your taste, but it is important to discover what is. To help you find what is most appealing to you, try talking to your teachers, Mrs Sherry or your parents.  

  Nineteenth century fiction may seem a more challenging read as you are getting used to it. So, while some of you will be reading whole texts, others may prefer abridged versions.

  These nineteenth century texts are out of copyright so are in the public domain and can be downloaded for free.

  • Edwin Abbot Abbot – Flatland
  • Jane Austin - (any, really!)
  • Anne Bronte – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre; Villette
  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  • Wilkie Collins – The Woman in White (any, really!)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes texts
  • Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist; David Copperfield; Great Expectations; Complete Ghost Stories (any, really!)
  • Alexander Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo; The Three Musketeers
  • George Elliot – Silas Marner
  • Nikolai Gogol – The Nose
  • Thomas Hardy – Far from the Madding Crowd; The Woodlanders
  • Jerome K. Jerome – Three Men in a Boat
  • Charles Kingsley – The Water Babies
  • Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Books
  • Jack London – White Fang
  • Robert Louis Stephenson – Treasure Island; Kidnapped; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
  • Edgar Allan Poe – short stories
  • Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
  • Bram Stoker – Dracula
  • Mark Twain – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Adventures of Huckleberry Fin
  • Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; Around the World in Eighty Days
  • H.G. Wells – The Time Machine; The Island of Dr Moreau; The Invisible Man; The War of the Worlds
  • Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray

Twentieth Century Classics

All texts written before 1923, and any text that was written by an author who died seventy or more years ago is in the public domain so may be downloaded for free. Not all books on this list are available for free.

  • Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451
  • Daphne De Maurier – Rebecca
  • E.M. Forster – any
  • George Orwell – Animal Farm; 1984
  • William Golding – Lord of the Flies
  • Joseph Heller - Catch 22
  • Aldous Huxley – A Brave New World
  • Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Jean Rhys – Wide Sargasso Sea
  • JD Salinger – Catcher in the Rye
  • John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men; East of Eden
  • Kurt Vonnegut – Slaughterhouse-Five; Cat’s Cradle; Breakfast of Champions

World Book Online

World Book Online have made their collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. They have books suitable for all ages. Click on the following link to access them.