Online Storytelling and Activities for Kids


Oliver Jeffers via Instagram Stories


If you're at home with small people, these children's authors and illustrators have created online storytelling and activities to keep them entertained.

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Oliver Jeffers via Instagram Stories

The best selling author reads one of his books live via Instagram stories every weekday at 6pm.


For everyone stuck at home, from Monday 16th March 2020, best selling author Oliver Jeffers reads one of his books live via Instagram stories every weekday at 6pm. The writer and artists behind beloved picture books 'How to Catch a Star' and 'Stuck' also reveals the inspiration behind the story and some of the things that went into making it. Even if you can't watch them live, these videos are available on Instagram for 24 hours and via his website to watch later. To access Instagram stories, click on the profile icon, two options will pop up: 'View Story' or 'Watch Live Video', choose 'Watch Live Video.


Rob Biddulph: #DrawWithRob


Official World Book Day Illustrator for both 2019 and 2020, award-winning author Rob Biddulph is keeping children entertained at home with a series of draw-along videos on Instagram. Parents can watch the 10-minute videos by the Blown Away author with their kids and be inspired to create their own pictures. The first #DrawWithRob is a Gregosaurus. Tips on how to create texture and the secret to making your characters smile are all in the video for you to watch with your little (or big) ones when you find yourselves at home looking for things to do. All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and ten minutes to spare.


BookTrust: Storybooks and Games


At BookTrust you can find lots of lovely interactive books for early readers to read along with online or watch with singing. There are classic children's stories for the under sevens, including Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd and Chris Haughton's Oh No, George! read by Eamonn Holmes. Free, fun online kids' games will keep youngster busy from number games to puzzles, colouring or doing the animal bop. On the BookTrust website, you can 'meet' Ed Vere, BookTrust's Illustrator in Residence for six months of 2020. The illustrator behind How To Be A Lion and Max the Brave is on a mission to encourage all of us - children and grown ups - to draw more.


CBeebies Bedtime Stories


A lifeline for parents of young children, from newborns to pre-schoolers, all over the UK, CBeebies is brilliant at making engaging TV for the very young. Settling little ones down for the night, Bedtime Stories is an essential part of a successful bedtime routine for millions of families. Every night at 6.50pm a different celebrity reads a story as part of the snooze inducing Bedtime Hour - a wind down period which effectively envelopes youngsters in a cloud of sleep dust and signals they're off to the land of nod. Everyone has a favourite - whether that's the actor you admire, Elton John or astronaut Tim Peake reading Goodnight Spaceman all the way from the International Space Station. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin...





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