Home Reading Activities
Lots of authors, illustrators and publishers are using social media to support children reading for pleasure at home. You can find an extensive list of free resources on the Knowsley Public Library Service website. 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
- Julian Clary will be reading a chapter of his new book The Bolds Go Wild everyday at 4.00p.m. from 6th July
- Podkin One Ear author Kieran Larwood has created a fantasy map-drawing video for all you Podkin fans out there – that includes us too!
- J.K. Rowling has written a new story called The Ickabog which will be available in instalments on her website.
- 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 due to be published in August.
- 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
- J.K. Rowling is bringing Hogwarts to you at Harry Potter At Home
- David Walliams reading free audio stories from the World’s Worst Children
- Cressida Cowell reading from This Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown and How to Train Your Dragon
- Frank Cottrell Boyce is posting stories on Instagram
- Authors Vashti Hardy and Lisa Thompson reading from their books, plus lots of free downloadable activity sheets from Scholastic Publishers
- Vashti also has some great fun home learning support on her website
- Draw along with illustrators Rob Biddulph #DrawWithRob and Steve Lenton Draw-Along-A-Lenton
- Oliver Jeffers will be reading on Instagram Live every weekday at 6.00p.m. stayathomestorytime
- Chris Haughton reading his books and making crafts live on his Facebook page everyday
- Great #StoryStarters for young writers on Twitter from author Alex T Smith
- Author Robin Stevens will be posting Writing Prompt Mondays on her website
- Robin is also the first author to appear on the Book Wanderers Live Book Club
- Poet Sarah Crossan is posting #poetrychallenge on her Instagram for 11+ years
- There are some great free apps out there too. Try CBeebies Go Explore and Teach Your Monster To Read. Or the official YouTube Kids app and Scratch Junior coding fun for kids.
- Scott Evans (The Reader Teacher) will be posting daily book extracts, videos and resources on Twitter #TheReaderTeacherRecommends
- Daily e-book recommendations from professional librarians at National Shelf Service First week focuses on young adult novels.
- Try BookTrust Home Time for free online books, author videos, games and quizzes
- BookTrust have also put together an extensive list of fun book related things to do at home Fun at home with authors and illustrators
- Lots of fun ideas, crafty activities and free booky resources are available on the World Book Day website
- You can find more free resources including audiobooks, videos and competitions on the National Literacy Trust (NLT) website Family Zone
- The NLT have also developed an online portal for students aged 13+ called Zone In
- The Open University has lots of social media and online suggestions for fun reading activities here
- For parents, you can find daily lessons for home schooling at BBC Bitesize
- For teachers, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education have some free Power of Reading literacy plans available to download at CLPE
- Also 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.