Authors, poets, illustrators and publishers to follow on websites, YouTube and Instagram for help with home schooling
Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...
Dear Reader. With home schooling having to make a comeback, here are some resources from well-known authors, illustrators and publishers to help you keep the little ones occupied...
The illustrator of What the Ladybird Heard, Lydia Monks, will be uploading new content on YouTube in the next few weeks. Until then you can take a look at all of her original lockdown videos #DrawWithLydia.
#DrawWithRob is back! Author and illustrator Rob Biddulph will be on hand to help with art lessons.
As well as the brand new #DrawWithRob videos, he'll be posting one from the archive every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am. Make it part of your home schooling routine at www.robbiddulph.com.
Nick Sharratt shares lots of videos with drawing activities based on his well-known books such as the Daisy series by Kes Gray plus the characters from Jacqueline Wilson's books and more. He'll be adding more Sharracters in the coming weeks at www.nicksharratt.com.
Learn how to draw alongside illustrator Jim Field with some great videos of him drawing Oi Frog and other characters. See www.jimfield.me/draw for more.
Illustrator Sarah McIntyre has free activities for each of her books on her website, with printable activity sheets and drawing workshop videos. Get them at www.jabberworks.co.uk/books.
The author and illustrator of Tom Gates and Shoe Wars, Liz Pichon, will be posting Shoe Wars doodle-along videos at www.lizpichon.com.
Author and illustrator Clara Vulliamy has started sharing entertaining art and drawing activities on her YouTube channel based on the characters from her much-loved books.
Authors and Poets
Children's author Emma Carroll is providing free online creative writing sessions at www.emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com. Emma is writing a new book and sharing the stages of her writing journey twice a week until February half term. You can join in by writing your own story.
SF Said, author of the best-selling Varjak Paw, will be doing live Twitter chats between 2pm and 3pm, answering questions about his books and reading from them. Parents and teachers can tweet questions from their kids using the hashtag #whatSFSaid.
Andy Shepherd, author of The Boy Who Grew Dragons series, has a teachers' pack and video writing prompt as well as lots of fun activities at www.andyshepherdwriter.co.uk. You can also listen to her reading the first book on YouTube and she has a series of videos on @Authorfy.
There are lots of poetry writing ideas on Brian Moses' blog at http://brian-moses.blogspot.com.
Author Abi Elphinstone has shared seven videos on YouTube of her chatting about her latest book, Jungle Drop.
Tune in to the official Michael Rosen video channel on YouTube. All videos and playlists on this channel have been approved by Michael and are safe to watch.
Catch author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers reading one of his books every weekday on Instagram and talking about some of the things that went into making it. The videos have been collated at www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday.
This year's Children's Book Award winner Tom Palmer has a range of fabulous resources on his website www.tompalmer.co.uk. He also provides a daily video of him reading aloud from his books.
The author of The Murder Most Unladylike series, Robin Stevens, has lots of activities linked to her books, plus 'How to Have the Perfect Midnight Feast' and other such delights, at www.robin-stevens.co.uk/top-secret.
Piers Torday will be reading The Dark Wild at 2.30pm every weekday – a chapter a day – live on Instagram, or catch up later on YouTube, until we're out of lockdown.
Publisher Nosy Crow has put together lots of activities, resources, free Nosy Crow books and other content which it hopes will help keep families happy. There are lots of links to fabulous stuff at www.nosycrow.com/free-resources.
Tiny Owl has created some lovely resources linked to its books, including author readings, bedtime stories, activity packs, crafts and teacher resources, at www.tinyowl.co.uk.
Walker Books has activity sheets galore at www.picturebookparty.co.uk. Drawing, spot the difference, mazes... there's something for everyone!
Chicken House Books has educational resources that work alongside its books. Although designed for use in schools, the videos and PDF downloads can be enjoyed at home too. Get them at www.chickenhousebooks.com/schools.
Barrington Stoke provides everything from reading guides and colouring sheets to its Young Editors scheme and author videos. There's something for all ages at www.barringtonstoke.co.uk.