You might not be able to head out to your local library or bring a book back from school but there’s loads of resources out there from e-books, audio books and celebrities reading bedtime stories.
Books Explaining Corona Virus to Children
- If you are finding it difficult to explain to your children about the corona virus you can download or read on screen this free information book explaining the corona virus to children aged 5-9 illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/
- Something Bad Happened - Reading Well for children author Dawn Huebner has published a free reading of her book Something Bad Happened - a great way to approach talking to children about Covid-19 and the stories they might be seeing in the news.
- Award-winning children’s author, Katherine Rundell, has launched The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown. Completely free for all children and families thanks to the Literacy Trust, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 100 well-loved children’s writers and illustrators. https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/
- Check out your local library website. You can join for free easily and then you to loan e books and audio books for free. You’ll also find local librarians reading children’s stories.
- Wolverhampton Libraries has several children activities taking place online. Please visit their Facebook and Twitter pages. Online children storytimes take place every Tuesday. More e-books and e-audiobooks are being added to our Borrowbox apps. You only need your membership number and pin. If you’re not a member and haven’t used Borrowbox yet, don’t worry. Go to the “join the library” page then head to your apps store and download the Borrowbox app. https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/libraries
- Staffordshire County Council. With a library membership, you can borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics. All you need is a library card and a PIN.
- Dudley Libraries (‘Better Libraries’). Libraries all across Dudley are offering an extensive catalogue of audio books and books to download. Members can access magazines and newspapers by registering with the Press Reader app. If you’re a member of Dudley Libraries you can now access Ancestry Online from home for free! This resource has been temporarily expanded to library card holders. Simply login to your library account to see the link.
- Herefordshire libraries are running online book group sessions, story time and events. You can join the library online. Library members can access thousands of free e-books and audiobooks through the borrowbox app. https://www.facebook.com/HfdsLibraries/
- Solihull Libraries – if you are a member you can access eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and a virtual reference library online. https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Libraries/Find-a-library/Library-from-home
- Warwickshire Libraries – You can access eBooks, audio books, magazines, newspapers and music as well as Home Learning resources online - https://library.warwickshire.gov.uk/iguana/www.main.cls?p=ec959c66-8eae-11e1-8539-1c0cc229eddc&v=6667d21e-c83f-11e2-b019-1c0cc229eddc&p=ec959c66-8eae-11e1-8539-1c0cc229eddc&v=6667d21e-c83f-11e2-b019-1c0cc229eddc
- Worcestershire libraries. Our digital library just got bigger and better! Read or listen now! Access FREE e-books and e-audiobooks from Worcestershire Libraries with BorrowBox whilst you stay at home.http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20786/digital_library
- Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust is running Virtual Tunnel Tots each Monday at 10am. Live storytelling sessions on their Facebook page. You can look back at the videos here if you have missed any: https://www.facebook.com/watch/DudleyCanalTrust/604375923448016/
- At Franche Primary School in Kidderminster, teachers have been recording themselves reading stories and publishing them on the school’s YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5g8ltv4sBSRQjO4G8VF74RXyRiqVK4fL
- Tamsin Rosewell of Kenilworth Books rounds up a few of the new books to look out for. You can read her reviews here: https://raring2go.co.uk/articles/reviews/spring-book-reviews-from-kenilworth-books
- Project Gutenberg is a Children’s online library with over 60,000 free ebooks. Find a book you’d like to read, download and read online. Visit http://dev.gutenberg.org for more information.
- Bloomsbury - Resources to download and links to your favourite authors’ websites.
- National Literacy Trust – Family Zone - Ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage your children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. Free resources.
- Seven Stories - Facebook page of the National Centre for Childrens Books, posting weekly virtual story time sessions in partnership with Andersen Press.
- BookTrust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. There’s loads of resources online including a link to find your next book https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/
- The BookTrust review lots of new books every month, and here's where you can find the ones they liked best of all. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-recommendations/best-new-books/
- It's never too early to start enjoying rhymes with your little one! Head to #BookTrustHomeTime for recordings of some of your favourites and rhyme sheets you can download: https://booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/rhymes/… #UnitedByBooks
- The World Book Day site has loads of resources including free audio books to stream now, reading recommendation for each age group, and competitions https://www.worldbookday.com/
- Puffin Books will be airing 20 minute story time sessions every weekday at 3.30pm on their YouTube, Instagram and Facebook channels, with separate sessions for ages 0-5, 6-11 and 7+, including readings and draw-alongs from brilliant authors and illustrators to help children connect with the stories.
- Julia Donaldson will be performing stories, songs and poems every Thursday at 4pm on The Gruffalo Official Facebook page, joined by her husband and a host of illustrators she works with, including Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb, Lydia Monks, David Roberts and Nick Sharratt.
- Stay At Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers on Instagram @oliverjeffers – Oliver will be reading one of his stories every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm
- Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell is reading How to Train Your Dragon in daily chapters on her YouTube channel along with writing tips and drawing
- Frank Cottrell Boyce will be reading The Astounding Broccoli Boy on Instagram @frank_cottrell_boyce
- Joanna Nadin’s Story Shenanigans – Joanna Nadin will be reading from Penny Dreadfuls and more every day on Instagram Live @jonadin and on YouTube
- Watch The Biggest Book Show on Earth – Author and Illustrator Extravaganzas for younger and older readers
- A.F. Harrold Limited Edition Kids Poetry Podcast (AFHLEKPoPod) – released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the next seven weeks
- Jez alborough reads his books https://youtu.be/0qvHZ2JT3KA
- Piers Torday will be reading from The Last Wild and offering creative workshops for children every day from 2.30pm on Instagram
Tune in to Philip Ardagh’s Books and Things, where he will be reading from his books as well as showing some of the odder items from around his home, on YouTube
- Author/illustrator, James Mayhew will be doing a Storytime at 3pm to round off the school day on YouTube
- Join Sarah Crossan‘s poetry workshops for older readers (11+) and adults, Monday to Friday at noon on Instagram
- Publishers, authors and illustrators are happy for you to create and share your own readings of books online for children to access – please follow their guidelines
- Check out the Facebook Page @AuthorEventsOnline organised by Caryl Hart with videos and livestreams created by picture book authors and illustrators for kids, teachers, parents and carers
- Watch illustrator Richard Jones doing a special reading of his new picture book Perdu on YouTube
- Enjoy the wonderful Sue Hendra doing a special reading of Barry the Fish with Fingers (featuring Betty the dog) on YouTube
- Older bookworms can relish Stanley Tucci reading The Official World Book Day Bedtime Story, Roald Dahl’s The Witches.
- Audible are offering a free 30 day trial. You can download David Walliam’s The Beast of Buckingham Palace for free at the moment. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
- CBeebies Bedtime Stories are shown at 6:50pm every evening as part of the Bedtime Hour. The story is read by a different celebrity every night. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/bedtime-stories-readers
- Take a look at Oxford Owl website. Take ten minutes out and let their professional storytellers take you on an adventure! Browse their videos for stories suitable for all primary school ages including stories from Biff, Chip & Kipper, Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds, Winnie and Wilbur, traditional takes and chapter books. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/storyteller-videos/
- You can also see celebrities reading stories on the Oxford Owl YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCllFxIfCNYQvsRepWxT7n8A
Supertato Carnival Catastro-pea by Sue Hendra. A very popular super hero among the 5 and unders, great story and pictures. Supertato comes to the rescue and helps save the veggies carnival at the supermarket when someone tries to wreck it.
Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman because kids love these two themes! Great rhyming story, and bright illustrations. Has been a hit at many a story time for 5 and under. Good for underpants craft activity!
Oi Frog – by Kes Gray Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gohers sit on sofas – but frog does not want to sit on a log! The best rhyming story going that is great fun to read out loud and will have children and adults laughing together as they enjoy the silliness of the fast paced rhyme and the lovely illustrations.
I love my Grandma by Emma Dodd I enjoyed the rhythm of this book, as well as the simple and easy to follow text. The story was simple, but excellently showed the bond between child and grandmother- including how nice it is to be able to give the child back at the end of day. I love the bright colours of the illustrations. 10/10.
Shark in the Park! by Nick Sharratt Engaging, bright and bold, Shark in the Park! is the perfect choice of picture book to read aloud to young children. The story of Timothy Pope and his brand new telescope never fails to provoke intrigue and delight from a captivated young audience, who are invited to participate in looking for the elusive shark. The clever cut-out peep holes give the book a fun, interactive quality and Nick Sharratt’s vibrant illustrations catch the eye of even the youngest children. The rhyming and repetitive text works perfectly for reading aloud and means that youngsters are soon able to join in with reciting the words (usually very loudly!). Shark in the Park! is the perfect pick for a successful and stimulating storytime and can be followed up with Shark in the Dark! and Shark in the Park on a Windy Day!, also by Nick Sharratt.
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