Home Reading Activities
Lots of authors, illustrators and publishers are using social media to support children reading for pleasure at home. Here are some of our favourites to start you off….
- Watch the inimitable Basil Brush reading Sadsville by Martin Roberts. Plus, you can download a fun home school work book from Martin’s website here
- Embark on an adventure with Little Red Riding Hood and the cheeky wolf with this free Once Upon an Adventure activity pack from the British Library
- Podkin One Ear author Kieran Larwood has created a fantasy map-drawing video for all you Podkin fans out there – that includes us too!
- Visit #SaveWithStories to hear a great selection of celebrity reads including David Tennant reading the Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
- Julia and Axel have also produced twelve lovely illustrations of their favourite book characters to help young children understand social distancing.
- Also for younger children, Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar have released a video of their picture book While We Can’t Hug
- Axel Scheffler has also illustrated a free digital booklet about coronavirus aimed at primary school age children, published by Nosy Crow.
- Join more celebrities reading chapters of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl on YouTube
- Cressida Cowell reading from This Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown and How to Train Your Dragon
- Author Vashti Hardy has some great fun home learning support on her website
- Draw along with illustrators Rob Biddulph #DrawWithRob
- Author Robin Stevens will be posting Writing Prompt Mondays on her website
- There are some great free apps out there too. Try CBeebies Go Explore or the official YouTube Kids app and Scratch Junior coding fun for kids.
- For teachers, there are free resources for your classroom at Puffin Schools
- You can also check out publisher websites such as Chicken House and Walker Books
Check out your favourite authors on You Tube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and their websites too. You can also use #UnitedByBooks to find lots of reading activities and tips.