Online Stories and Learning Activities

We have pulled together a selection of online stories and learning activities to help you while you are learning at home. We will update this page each week, so keep checking for new things to do.

Online Stories

  • You can find lots of lovely interactive books to read online at BookTrust
  • Books for Topics have compiled a host of online story times for children to access freely from home. And what’s more they are all read aloud by their author or illustrator at Storytime Online
  • Listen to Maz Evans, one of our favourite authors, talk about her new book VI SPY
  • Read the first chapter of The Ghost Garden by Emma Carroll; another one of our favourite authors!
  • Listen to online sessions from well known authors like Frank Cottrell Boyce as part of the Stratford Literary Festival Authors For Schools project
  • Author Piers Torday will be hosting Lockdown Storytime every weekday at 2.30 p.m. on his YouTube channel.
  • Head to BookTrust Home Time for lots of fun book related activities for the family to enjoy.
  • Author S F Said will be hosting a live twitter chat every Tuesday from 2.00 – 3.00 p.m. use the hashtag #whatSFSaid You can also watch SF’s session from Barnes Childrens Literature Festival here
  • Tune in every day to the National Literacy Trust Virtual School Library to hear a new instalment from their author of the week.
  • The Bookwanderers Club  is back every other Friday at 10am and will feature three different author segments as well as a reading round up and a bookseller top tip.
  • A Library Lady blog has updated her very comprehensive list of resources to help children enjoy books at home.

Learning Activities

  • Learn at home with lessons by special guest teachers at Bitesize Daily  on BBC iPlayer
  • Daily lessons will also be broadcast on CBBC and BBC2 from Monday 11th January. Find out more here
  • The National Literacy Trust Words For Life page has lots of activities to help parents, children and young people improve their language, literacy and communication skills at home
  • Parents, pupils and teachers can access free video lessons and resources at Oak National Academy
  • The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) have a bank of free teaching resources available to download from their website
  • CLPE also have a bank of author, illustrator and poetry videos ideal for home learning  
  • Read the latest DFE guidance on remote education for teachers here


You can find more of our links listed here