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Reading is a wonderful thing to share at home and once that needs constant practice to keep skills sharp. But that doesn't mean you have to stick to the books you have at home. Listening to a story can be equally as beneficial. Lots of authors are reading online to children daily during this time. Each day I will add the times and places I can find so it's easier to share.

FRIDAY 3RD APRIL

9am - 10 Minute Challenge with a new author each day on the Authorfy website

OR - David MacPhail is reading from his Thorfinn book over on Youtube

9.30am - Pie Corbett is running a daily podcast with fun activities

 

10am - Damien Love will be talking about his new book, Monstrous Devices on the #ToppstaBookClub on Twitter (@toppsta ) 

 + Ed Vere how-to-draw on his website

 + AF Harrold is releasing a poetry podcast on his website

 + Konnie Huq is releasing fun creative writing videos on Youtube

 + Seven Stories & Andersen Press are running a storytime on Facebook

 

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

 

11am -  Jonathan Emmett will be reading his picture book, Bringing Down the Moon, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban on Facebook

+ Steve Antony is running a Mr Panda session on Twitter (@MrSteveAntony)

+ David Walliams is reading a story from The World's Worst Children, on Soundcloud

 

12pm - Sarah Crossan is running poetry workshops and bookish chats (for ages 11+) on her Instagram channel (@Sarahcrossanwriter)

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live (@piers_torday)

3pm - Nosy Crow are releasing a free picture book, which you can read along to on their website

- James Mayhew Storytime over on Youtube

3.30pm - Kwame Alexander will be reading The Crossover on Insta (@kwamealexander)

4pm - Matt Brown will reading his book on Facebook (@MattBrownWriter) and then chatting about writing etc.

4.30pm - Paul Morton will be launching his new book, Bug Belly on Insta (@hot.frog)

5pm - RJ Palacio will be reading Wonder LIVE on Twitter (@rjpalacio)

 - Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is doing a reading on his Facebook page (@abitlost

- Mo Willems invites you to his daily doodle over on the Kennedy Centre Website

- Sit back and listen to Nosy Crow's Book at Bedtime over on their website

6pm - M.G. Leonard will be reading her new book, The Tale of a Toothbrush Live on Insta (@mglnrd)

7pm - Oliver Jeffers is reading Once Upon an Alphabet over on Instagram

THURSDAY 2ND APRIL

9am - 10 Minute Challenge with a new author each day on the Authorfy website

9.30am - Pie Corbett is running a daily podcast with fun activities

10am - P.G. Bell will be talking about his new book, The Great Brain Robbery with #ToppstaBookClub on Twitter (@toppsta ) 

+ Anthony Horowitz will be launching his new Alex Rider book, Nightshade, live on Youtube

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Emily Gravett will be running a draw-a-long on her Insta channel (emily_gravett)

+ David Walliams is reading a story from The World's Worst Children, on Soundcloud

+ Steve Antony will be running a draw-a-story masterclass on Twitter (@MrSteveAntony)

12pm - Sarah Crossan is running poetry workshops and bookish chats (for ages 11+) on her Instagram channel (@Sarahcrossanwriter)

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live (@piers_torday)

3pm - Nosy Crow are releasing a free picture book, which you can read along to on their website

+ James Mayhew Storytime over on Youtube

3.30pm - Kwame Alexander will be reading The Crossover on Insta (@kwamealexander)

4pm - Matt Brown will reading his book, Aliens Invaded My Talent Show, on Facebook (@MattBrownWriter

5pm - RJ Palacio will be reading Wonder LIVE on Twitter (@rjpalacio)

+ Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is doing a reading on his Facebook page (@abitlost

+ Mo Willems invites you to his daily doodle over on the Kennedy Centre Website

+ Sit back and listen to Nosy Crow's Book at Bedtime over on their website

WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL

9am - 10 Minute Challenge with a new author each day on the Authorfy website

 - David MacPhail is reading from his Thorfinn book over on Youtube

9.30am - Pie Corbett is running a daily podcast with fun activities

10am - Tom Percival will be talking about his new book, Attack of the Heebie Jeebies on the #ToppstaBookClub on Twitter (@toppsta ) 

 - Ed Vere how-to-draw on the Author Events Online Facebook page

 - AF Harrold is releasing a poetry podcast on his website

 - Konnie Huq is releasing fun creative writing videos on Youtube

10.30am - James Nicol will be live-streaming a creative writing session on his Facebook page.

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Caryl Hart will be introducing the Albie books and sharing fun activities on the Author Events Online Facebook page.

 - Steve Antony is running a draw-a-story masterclass on Twitter (@MrSteveAntony)

 - David Walliams is reading a story from The World's Worst Children, on his website

12pm - Sarah Crossan is running poetry workshops and bookish chats (for ages 11+) on her Instagram channel (@Sarahcrossanwriter)

2pm - Anna James will be bookwandering with Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Youtube 

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live (@piers_torday)

 - Adam Bushnell is doing a live storytelling of his books with fun activities on Youtube 

3pm - Nosy Crow are releasing a free picture book, which you can read along to on their website

 - James Mayhew Storytime over on Youtube

3.30pm - Kwame Alexander will be reading The Crossover on Insta (@kwamealexander)

  - Justin Davies will be reading from Help! I Smell a Monster on Insta (@flyingscribbler)

4pm - Matt Brown will reading his book on Facebook (@MattBrownWriter) and then chatting about writing etc.

5pm - RJ Palacio will be reading Wonder LIVE on Twitter (@rjpalacio)

 - Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is doing a reading on his Facebook page (@abitlost

 - Mo Willems invites you to his daily doodle over on the Kennedy Centre Website

 - Sit back and listen to Nosy Crow's Book at Bedtime over on their website

6pm - Oliver Jeffers is reading his book The Hueys - None the Number over on Instagram

 

TUESDAY 31ST MARCH

 

9am - Authorfy 10 Minute Challenge with guest authors on Authorfy website

9.30am - Pie Corbett is running a daily podcast with fun activities

OR - Live Story Time from the Chicken & Frog Bookshop Insta (@chickenandfrog)

10am - ToppstaBookClub with Emer Stamp, talking about her brilliantly funny and illustrated new book, PESTS! (@toppsta #ToppstaBookClub)  

OR - Konnie Huq is adding fun, creative activities on Youtube

OR - Rob Biddulph Draw-A-Long video #DrawWithRob on Twitter (@RobBiddulph)

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Join author Kate Cunningham reading her book, Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure over on her Facebook page (@readingriddle)

11am - Steve Antony will be running a draw-a-story masterclass on Twitter (@MrSteveAntony)

OR - David Walliams is reading a story from The World's Worst Children, see his website for the link.

12 midday - Sarah Crossan is running poetry workshops and bookish chats (for ages 11+) on her Instagram channel (@Sarahcrossanwriter)

1pm - SF Said will be talking about reading, writing and books on Twitter (@WhatSFSaid)

2pm - Dr Joanna Nadin will be talking about her Penny Dreadful books on Youtube

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live (@piers_torday)

3pm - James Mayhew Storytime over on Youtube

3.30pm - Kwame Alexander will be reading The Crossover on Insta (@kwamealexander)

OR -  Justin Davies will be reading from Help! I Smell a Monster on Insta (@flyingscribbler

4pm - Matt Brown will be reading his book Aliens Invaded My Talent Show on Facebook (@mattbrownwriter

5pm - Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is reading his books on Facebook (@abitlost)

OR Mo Willems invites you to his daily doodle over on the Kennedy Centre Website

OR  - RJ Palacio will be reading Wonder LIVE on Twitter (@rjpalacio)

 

MONDAY 30TH MARCH

9.30am - Lisa Thompson will be revealing her writing secrets on Insta (@lisathompsonwrites

OR - Pie Corbett is running a daily podcast with fun, educational, activities

10am -  #ToppstaBookClub on Twitter (@toppsta) with Lou Abercrombie (@ladyGrimdark) talking about her new book, Fig Swims the World

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Steve Anthony will be running a draw a story masterclass for ages 6+ on Twitter (@MrSteveAntony

OR David Walliams is reading a story from The World's Worst Children, on Soundcloud (check his website for the link)

12 midday - Sarah Crossan is running poetry workshops with guests on Insta (@Sarahcrossanwriter

1pm - Authorfy 10 Minute Challenge with J.M. Joseph, author of Fire Boy on Authorfy website

2pm - Anna James will be bookwandering with Ross Welford on Youtube 

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live (@piers_torday) - EVERYDAY

3pm - James Mayhew Storytime over on Youtube

3.30pm - Justin Davies will be reading from Help! I Smell a Monster on his Insta channel (@flyingscribbler)

4pm - Matt Brown will be reading his book on Facebook (@MattBrownWriter) and then chatting about writing etc.

5pm - RJ Palacio will be reading Wonder LIVE on Twitter (@rjpalacio)

OR Join picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton for a fabulous live storytime on Facebook  (@abitlost

OR - Mo Willems invites you to his daily doodle over on the Kennedy Centre Website

6pm - Oliver Jeffers is reading The Day the Crayons Quit on Instagram

 

FRIDAY 27TH MARCH

9.30am - Pie Corbett is running a daily podcast with fun, educational, activities

10am - ToppstaBookClub on Twitter (@toppsta #ToppstaBookClub) with the incredible Laura Ellen Anderson talking about her new picture book, I Don't Want to be Quiet

AND Tony Ross will be reading his book, I Don't Want to Wash My Hands, on the Seven Stories Facebook Page

AND - Join Ed Vere on a How to Draw video on the Author Events Online Facebook page

11am - Join Jonathan Emmet for a story and Q&A session on the Picture Book Author Events Online Facebook Group

AND David Walliams is reading a story from The World's Worst Children, on Soundcloud (check his website for the link)

AND - Steve Anthony will be running a Mr Panda session on Twitter (@MrSteveAntony

12 midday - Try the Authorfy daily 10 Minute Challenge on their website

AND - Sarah Crossan is doing poetry workshops and bookish chats (for ages 11+) on her Instagram channel (@Sarahcrossanwriter)

1pm - Sally Doran will be reading from Boom! Bang! Royal Meringue! on the Picture Book Author Events Online Facebook Group

2pm - Anna James will be bookwandering with Robin Stevens (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries) on Youtube 

AND - Dr Joanna Nadin (Penny Dreadful series) will be talking bookish things on Youtube (Joanna Nadin)

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live (@piers_torday)

3pm - James Mayhew Storytime over on Youtube

3.30pm - Justin Davies will be reading from Help! I Smell a Monster on his Insta channel (@flyingscribbler)

4pm - RJ Palacio will be reading Wonder LIVE on Twitter (@rjpalacio)

AND - Matt Brown will reading his book on Facebook (@MattBrownWriter) and then chatting about writing etc.

5pm - Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is doing a reading on his Facebook page (@abitlost)

AND - Mo Willems invites you to his daily doodle over on the Kennedy Centre Website

6pm - Oliver Jeffers is reading from his books over on Instagram 

 

 

 

AND MORE BOOKISH IDEAS TO TRY AT HOME

 

Involve the grandparents - call/skype grandparents and ask them to provide the first line of a story. The kids then sit down and write for 30 minutes then phone them back to read out their story.

 

Get the kids to write a diary - these are extraordinary times and this will help not only to record these crazy days but writing things down can also help with anxiety.

 

Maps & Atlases -  I printed off a world map and asked the kids to think of/research 10 books set in different countries and add them to the map. If you have an atlas at home you can also set them challenges to find where places are e.g. "Find the Galapagos Islands"..."in which country is St Petersburg in"..."write down 10 facts about Turkey" etc etc

Celebrity author David Walliams is also reading extracts from his books each day at 11am.

They are available to watch on the YouTube channel across the day.

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Phonics at home

For all of our children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 (YR, Y1 and Y2) daily phonics practice is still a big part of reading and exploring words.

To support this there are lots of resources online but Oxford Owl are particularly helpful (I have signed up as a parent for my own child). The link below gives a guide to pronouncing the sounds accurately. There are futher resources on the website too.

 

Phonics Comics

There are also a new set of phonetically matched comics online. So as a parent you could work on a sound- pronouncing it and writing words with it in- before reading a comic with the sound in. Super easy!

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