Read and Listen

Read and Listen to our digital collections including eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines suitable for kids of all ages.
Stuck what to read next? With Find Your Next Read there's plenty of resources to help parents and kids encourage a love of reading.


Era Books Online

Read and Listen with Bunji the Platypus. Books read aloud for young children to improve reading, comprehension, maths and science skills.  Era Books Online also links to storybooks in World language books (LOTE4Kids).

Suitable for Ages: 3-10

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Get started with Era Books Online

Apps Available:

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  • Picture books and traditional tales to nurture cultural connections
  • Phonic books and instructional videos for letter and sound recognition
  • Level 1-26 in Guided Reading with guides and comprehension quizzes
  • Mathematics and science readers for contextual learning and vocabulary
  • Sing-alongs, picture dictionaries and interactive learning activities
  • Links to LOTE4Kids in world languages
  • Accessibility tools available to adjust text and contrast.

Story Box Library

Watch and Listen to children's stories being read aloud by Australian and New Zealand storytellers.   Puzzles and activities available to complete and download at the end of the stories.

Suitable for Ages: 3-12

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Get started with Story Box Library

Apps Available:

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  • Videos of various lengths, read aloud by engaging storytellers such as actors and authors
  • Search stories by age group, video length, theme, award, author and illustrator or by storyteller
  • Puzzles and activities available after most books or short films

Help guide for Story Box Library

LOTE4Kids

LOTE4Kids allows children to enjoy the magic of storytelling with books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English) from the comfort of home.  Each book is provided with an English translation to help develop multilingual reading and listening skills to help kids learn languages. Read, Watch and Listen to a selection of books in world languages.

Suitable for Ages: 3-14

LOTE4Kids

 

Get started with LOTE4Kids

Apps Available:

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  • Help ESL kids to learn English while holding onto their mother tongue
  • Children can also read each LOTE title translated and narrated in English to help with reading and literacy development.
  • Popular languages available: Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Kannada, Mandarin, French, Italian, Hindi, Polish, Spanish, Tamil, Ukranian, Vietnamese.
  • Classic stories available such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and more ..

BorrowBox

Browse, borrow and download both eBooks and eAudiobooks from Australia's leading publisher Bolinda.

Suitable for Ages: 3-13

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Get started with BorrowBox

Apps Available:

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  • Australian and International authors
  • Over 1,500 titles for children
  • Fiction and non-fiction titles
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Borrow 50 items at one time
  • 3 week loan period
  • Liverpool library membership required to set up your account

To browse children's books, sign in to BorrowBox and click on eBooks or eAudiobooks, then select Children.

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Magazines

Good Reading for Kids

Good Reading for Kids, (formally PK Magazine) is suitable for primary school students, covering book reviews, interviews with authors, art, poems, competitions and more. Past issues can be found by clicking the three lines in the top right corner.

Suitable for Ages: 5-11

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Get started with Good Reading For Kids

  • Highlights Australian and New Zealand content
  • Kids can submit content to be published
  • Provides book and art reviews, author profiles, short stories, book trivia and more
  • Issues go back to 2004
  • Full text replica issues available
  • Website fully searchable to look for your favourite book or author

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids magazine gets kids excited about their world around them. Each issue is packed with fun features and facts about animals, science, technology and more. It makes learning fun!

Suitable for Ages: 6-14

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Get started with National Geographic Kids

  • Topics include science, nature, culture, archaeology and space
  • Provides all National Geographic Kids magazines from 2009 to present
  • Searchable collection of books, maps, images, and videos
  • Full text replica of magazines available

Help guide for National Geographic Kids

Find Your Next Read!

Not sure which book to read next?  Search by author, genre, theme, or browse award winning book lists from the following digital resources:

Who Next...? A guide to children’s authors is an online tool designed to help encourage children and young people to read more widely, by suggesting authors they might enjoy.

Suitable for Ages: 0-14

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 Log in with your Library Card number and PIN from the library catalogue

Features:

  • Browse by authors names to find a list of similar authors
  • Select from a list of options such as genres, ages, or more to create a list of authors that might interest your child
  • Under 'Features' on the website, find different categories such as Graphic Novels or Book Awards

Gale's Books and Authors provides new ways to explore authors and books to help you choose what to read next.

Suitable for Ages: All Ages

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Get started with Books and Authors

Features:

  • Browse genres and sort by Children, Youth, and Adult
  • Search for authors or book titles to find reviews and read-a-likes
  • Book lists available for book awards, expert picks, and librarian favourites
  • Fiction and non-fiction included

Books and Authors Gale User Guide (679 KB, PDF)

The Source is a subject guide to children’s fiction, poetry and short stories from around the world. Only available in the library.

Suitable for Ages: 5-14

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Get started with The Source

Features:

  • Search by Books & Authors, Poets & Poetry, Short Stories and Awards
  • Includes children's classics as well as modern children's literature
  • Emphasises Australian and New Zealand literature
  • Only available in the library

The Source User Guide (194 KB, PDF)

The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature.

Suitable for Ages: 5-14

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Get started with the Premier's Reading Challenge

Features:

  • Booklists are sorted into groups based on school year: K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9+
  • Browse by title, author or category
  • Updated yearly
  • Don't have to participate in the Challenge to use the booklists, but books read after the Challenge closes do count towards the next year

Premiers Reading Challenge User Guide (165 KB, PDF)