Have you seen my new header? It has been designed by Charlene Mitchell. Charlene trained as a professional illustrator at one of the UK’s top Art Schools. She has worked with some of the world’s most famous greetings card companies and won awards for her wonderful illustrations.


Chilling with Lucas header designed by Charlene Mitchell


She now works with her husband, Simon Hood, and together they produce beautiful children’s books. Simon has always had a flare for side-splitting rhymes. He worked with one of the world’s top investment banks before escaping the rat-race to follow his real passion… story-telling!

They are currently campaigning to get children reading. Get kids Reading is a literacy campaign helping parents understand the importance of reading for a child’s brain development and attainment in the modern world. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness around the dangers of social media for our children’s literacy and to give parents access to high quality self-help resources to start (and keep boosting) their children’s reading ability.

Developing a passion for reading early can help to steer our children away from the mental health challenges of excessive social media consumption towards a happier, more fulfilled childhood. Reading can have a direct impact on our child’s ability to learn effectively, study optimally, pass exams and ultimately open up career opportunities that will lead them to a happy and prosperous life.


A selection of free children’s stories on sooper books


Charlene and Simon created Sooper Books which offer a free online children’s library to help bridge the gap between children’s fascination with technology and our need to get them reading. A fast-growing selection of lovingly crafted, contemporary, award-winning short children’s stories for the busy, modern family. To be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you anything!

They have a wonderful selection of bedtime stories that I will be reading to Lucas. They have divided them into sections, according to how long you want the story to last so even if you only have 5 minutes to spare, there is a story to read. The classic stories have been retold by Simon and illustrated by Charlene to enjoy some quality time as a family.


Award-winning Free Children's Stories


11 Comments on Free stories for children

  1. How cool is your new header! Definitely something really different as well – it’s amazing how people come up with these ideas. I wish I could draw. It sounds like such a great way to get kids reading as well without it costing parents so much!

  2. Your new header is lovely, and I think if illustrations and pictures can encourage kids to read more then that’s a great thing x

  3. Wow I love this. This takes the financial pressure of parents and still allows the kids to read and learn xx

  4. Oh my gosh! Your header is absolutely gorgeous!!!!! Charlene has such a wonderful creative talent! Totally agree, reading is so important – loving the idea of a free online children’s library! Sim x

  5. I love your new header, it looks so trendy and yet so fresh. The both of them sounds like a great couple and they are doing such a great job to help bridge the gap between kids who love reading and using gadgets to stay entertained

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