FREE eBook Library from Oxford Owl

Welcome to our free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. If you'd like to learn more about how to support your child's reading, visit our Reading pages.

Please note: During school closures, our friends at Oxford Owl for School kindly loaned us hundreds of extra eBooks so that children had books to read while away from the classroom. At the end of September 2020, this eBook library will revert back to its normal size, with more than 100 eBooks remaining completely free for children to read. If your child’s school uses Oxford Owl for School, you may be able to get access to more eBooks through them.

All our eBooks are tablet-friendly. Just register or above to start reading.

Learning to read with phonics? Click the '+' for advice.

Learning to read with phonics

If you live in England, your child will learn to read using phonics. Their school is very likely to use either the Letters and Sounds phonics framework or the Read Write Inc. programme. Check with your school if you’re not sure which one they use.

Using Letters and Sounds?

If your child is using Letters and Sounds, you can find books suitable for them by clicking on the ‘Levels’ menu below and using the 'Letters and Sounds Phase' filter to select the right Phase. Bear in mind the following:

  • If you don’t know your child’s Phase, you can check with your school. As a guide, most Reception children will be on Phases 1–4 and most Year 1 children will be on Phases 4–5. Beyond Phase 5, your child will be able to decode most books.
  • In Letters and Sounds, there are ‘sets’ within the Phases – so your child might not know all the sounds in every book within their Phase.
  • Some series contain occasional ‘tricky words’ that your child can’t decode using phonics. Use the inside front cover notes to teach your child these words before they start the book.
  • Find out more about Letters and Sounds >
Using Read Write Inc. Phonics?

If your child is being taught to read using the Read Write Inc. programme, you can find books suitable for them by clicking on the ‘Levels’ menu below and using the 'Read Write Inc.' filter to select the right level.

Find more support and resources for Read Write Inc. in our parents' guide to Read Write Inc. >

Looking for printed books for phonics practice at home?

Not reading to practise phonics?

Sharing books and independent reading

If your child is reading simply for enjoyment, comprehension, or practice, just browse the library or use any of the other filters. You can check which level is right for your child with this simple test from Read with Oxford.

Reading for pleasure

Are you a teacher? Find out about the Oxford Owl for School eBook library.

More available on Oxford Owl for School

From 1 October, schools who are registered with Oxford Owl can provide pupils with access to an additional 30 Oxford Primary eBooks, plus a separate library of 50 Read Write Inc. titles all for free using a class login associated with their Oxford Owl for School.
How to set up a class login >

If you need more eBooks, Oxford Owl for School is introducing a new subscription of up to 550 titles. For more information, please visit the OUP website.

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