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Sunshine Books – Teaching the World to Read

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Sunshine Online for Schools

An effective literacy programme delivered digitally

Sunshine Online is a digital literacy and maths programme. There are over 900 fiction and non-fiction books, all with voice-over and activities, that can be used for literacy learning and practice with hundreds of skills activities, as well as project-based inquiry for STEAM writing and research. There are 91 books covering 22 levels introducing mathematics. Sunshine Online is organised into three Learning Spaces for Emergent, Early and Fluent readers.

New Zealand primary schools can apply for a free grant from the Pye Foundation to access Sunshine Online free for 12 months. Click the link below.

All about Sunshine Online

Sunshine Online Content

  • Over 900 books (Levels 1-30+)
  • 24 Letter Combination and 32 Word Family books for early readers
  • 26 Alphabet books
  • 91 books covering 22 levels introduce mathematics within the context of engaging stories
  • Over 2000 interactive activities focusing on phonics and words, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, fluency and writing
  • For use on all devices
  • Choose between a managed or non-managed account

Types of Subscription

Sunshine Online is available as a managed or non-managed account. A managed account allows you to set up classes, teachers and students. Each student has their own logon and can save their work for teachers to view later. A non-managed account provides one username and password for all students and teachers to use and does not allow students to save their work. Sunshine Online contains more than 900 carefully levelled books and over 2000 interactive activities for whole class teaching using an interactive whiteboard – perfect for shared reading in literacy and for tuning into maths concepts in the numeracy block. It is also designed for small group teaching and individualised learning using classroom computers, iPads or Android devices.

Fiction e-books

Sunshine Online includes a great selection of highly engaging texts by different authors, they offer narration and text highlighting to support the reader. Each e-book is followed by interactive activities.

Non-fiction e-books

The non-fiction e-books feature high-interest and age-appropriate topics. Some of the text include video. Many of the texts are ideal for inquiry-based learning and support STEAM education.

Te Reo Māori Readers

The 16 titles in our te reo Māori Beginning Readers pack are included in Sunshine Online with te reo Māori voice over. These stories are ideal for new learners of te reo Māori and will help engender a love of reading and speaking the language.

Interactive activities

Sunshine Online includes fun, interactive activities that explore a wide range of skills. As the program develops, many of the activities become more open-ended, allowing students to demonstrate their understanding of the text in creative ways.

Teacher resources

The Staffroom section provides teaching support resources. These include teaching notes, activity sheets, curriculum-linking documents, Skill Overview Charts etc.


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