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Summer 2020 Reading Challenge https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Calling all children aged 4-11 years – sign up to the

‘Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020!’ 

 

The annual Summer Reading Challenge for children aged 4-11 years is being delivered online this year and  supports reading and literacy and helps promote reading for pleasure. 

 

This year’s challenge is already underway, but you can join in at any time. The theme is Silly Squad with a focus on the enjoyment of reading for pleasure; you can read anything that makes you happy and  youcan register for the challenge here   https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

 

You can read books available at home, provided by school or those free to download and borrow from Worcestershire Libraries. Remember, library membership is free and Worcestershire residents of all ages can join instantly online with a digital membership – a wide range of junior fiction is available from the digital library including a dedicated ‘Silly Squad’ collection of books in ebook and eaudio format using the ‘Borrowbox’ app. 

 

Unfortunately, due to the impact of Covid-19, Worcestershire Libraries are unable to host the Summer Reading Challenge in their library buildings or run any face to face events and activities. However, many library services, events and activities are now available online - visit the Digital Library Hub to explore or access the SRC events and activities via Worcestershire Libraries Facebook page. 

 

Reading Challenge

                   Reading at home

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.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 19TH MAY

The Hay Festival Schools Programme is running all this week on their website. Today's events - available from 8am - include sessions with Konnie Huq (Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World), Emma Carroll (The Somerset Tsunami), Sue Cheung (Chinglish) and Karl Nova (Rhythm and Poetry

9am - Authorfy 10 Minute Challenge with poet AF Harrold on the Authorfy website

 

9.30am - Pie Corbett will be on live radio show Radioblogging with Roger Robinson & Coral Rumble

10am - Tim Healy is reading You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus on the Hexham Book Festival Facebook page

+ Rob Biddulph #DrawWithRob video on Twitter

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Emily Gravett will be reading one of her books, on Insta

+ David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Bad Dad, on his website

+ The Reading Realm is running a live online lesson with poetry, stories, art activities and fun quizzes on Facebook

12pm - Listen to the first book in the spine-tingling Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy on the Skulduggery website

1pm - SF Said will be running a bookish chat on Twitter

+ Justin Somper will be launching a new creative challenge around creating your own Vampirates Pirate School on Instagram

2pm - Faber Booktime with Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar (The Hug) on Youtube

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

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

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime with Jeremy Strong on Youtube

4pm - Matt Brown will reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip onFacebook

5pm - Sit back and listen to a chapter of the Nosy Crow book at bedtime, The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, by Pamela Butchart, on the Nosy Crow website

6pm - If you missed it yesterday, the first two episodes of James and the Giant Peach are being read by a host of stars (including Meryl Streep and Benedict Cumberbatch) on the Roald Dahl Youtube Channel.

+ Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube 

8pm - Patrick Ness will be talking about his new book, Burn on the AtHome4Indies Facebook page

 + #BooksNearBedtime with Ben Harris talking about ebooks, on Twitter

 

 

 

MONDAY 18TH MAY

 

9am - New 10 Minute Challenge with Matt Robertson (Do You Love Bugs?) on the Authorfy website

9.30am - Pie Corbett will be with Robert Macfarlane on live radio show Radioblogging running literacy games and activities.

10am - Stephen Fry is reading chapter four of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on the Wizarding World Website 

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Bad Dad, on his website

12pm - Head over to the Skulduggery Pleasant website to listen to the first spine-tingling book in the series or catch up on missed episodes.

1pm - Justin Somper will be launching a new Vampirates Challenge on Instagram

2pm - Anna James will be chatting with Ross Montgomery, author of The Midnight Guardians, on Youtube 

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

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

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime on Youtube

4pm - Holly Jackson will be chatting about her book, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, with Fiona Noble on Twitter 

Matt Brown will be reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip, on Facebook

5pm - Sit back and listen to Nosy Crow's Book at Bedtime over on their website

6pm - Dan Freedman is doing a Q&A with IsoRead, set up by 17yo Moussa who wanted to do something to unite communities around books

+ Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube

6.30pm - Tom Fletcher will be reading his stories live on YouTube and Insta

7pm - Stay at home storytime with Oliver Jeffers on Instagram Live

 

 

 

 

MONDAY 11TH MAY

 

9am - New 10 Minute Challenge with Sue Hendra & Paul Linnet on the Authorfy website

9.30am - Lisa Thompson will be talking about how to plan a story on Instagram Live

+ Pie Corbett will be on live radio show Radioblogging running literacy games and activities

10am - If you missed it, Noma Dumezweni is reading chapter two of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone over on the Wizarding World Website 

+ AF Harrold is reading a poem every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over on his website

11am - David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Fing, on his website

12pm - Head over to the Skulduggery Pleasant website to listen to the first spine-tingling book in the series

1pm - Katy Cannon will be reading an extract and revealing the cover of her new book LA Exchange on Youtube

+ Justin Somper will be launching a new Vampirates Challenge on Instagram

1.45pm - Andy Shepherd will be reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons on Youtube

2pm - Anna James will be chatting with Justin Somper, author of The Vampirates series, on Youtube 

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

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

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime with Lucy Walters, on Youtube

+ Justin Davies will finish reading Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf on Instagram Live this week

4pm - Matt Brown will be reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip, on Facebook

5pm - The last 'Mondays with Michelle Obama' where the former First Lady will be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, on Youtube

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

6pm - Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube

6.30pm - Tom Fletcher will be reading his stories live on YouTube and Insta

7pm - Stay at home storytime with Oliver Jeffers on Instagram Live

 

 

THURSDAY 7TH MAY

9am - 10 Minute Challenge with Gargantis author, Thomas Taylor, on the Authorfy website

9.30am - Pie Corbett will be on live radio show Radioblogging running literacy games and activities

10am - Rob Biddulph will be releasing a new #DrawWithRob video on Twitter

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Emily Gravett will be running a draw-a-long on Insta

+ David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Fing, on his website

12pm - Listen to the next episode (or catch up from the beginning) of the first Skulduggery Pleasant book by Derek Landy on the Skulduggery website

1pm - Justin Somper will be launching a new Vampirates Challenge on Facebook

1.45pm - Andy Shepherd will be reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons on Youtube

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

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

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime with Sophie Kinsella on Youtube 

+ Justin Davies will be reading from Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf on on Instagram Live

4pm - Tune in to watch Julia Donaldson and friends performing Zog and the Flying Doctors on Facebook

+ Matt Brown will be reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip, on Facebook

+ Guy Parker-Rees will be showing you how to draw animals on Youtube 

5pm - Sit back and listen to a chapter of the Nosy Crow book at bedtime, The Boy Who Flew, by Fleur Hitchcock, on the Nosy Crow website

 

6pm - Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube 

7pm - Stay at home storytime with Oliver Jeffers on Instagram Live

8pm - #BooksNearBedtime with Ben Harris talking about Children's Picturebooks, on Twitter

 

WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY

9am - 10 Minute Challenge with Alex Milway (Hotel Flamingo) on the Authorfy website

9.30am - Pie Corbett will be on live radio show Radioblogging running literacy games and activities

10am - Ed Vere is posting easy how-to-draw videos on his website

 - AF Harrold is reading one of his poems in a podcast on his website

11am - David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Fing, on his website

+ Emily Gravett is doing a draw-along on the Book Nook Facebook page

12pm - Listen to the first book in the spine-tingling Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy on the Skulduggery website

1pm - Justin Somper will be launching a new Vampirates Challenge on Instagram

1.45pm - Andy Shepherd will be reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons on Youtube

2pm - Anna James will be chatting with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Way Past Winter, on Youtube

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

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

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime with Struan Murray, author of Orphans of the Tide, on Youtube

+ Justin Davies will be reading from Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf on on Instagram Live

4pm - Matt Brown will reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip on Facebook

5pm - Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is running a LIVE storytime on Facebook

+ Sit back and listen to a chapter of the Nosy Crow book at bedtime, The Boy Who Flew, by Fleur Hitchcock, on the Nosy Crow website

6pm - Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube 

7pm - Stay at home story time with Oliver Jeffers on Instagram Live

 

 

7.30pm - #ToppstaBookClub with the brilliant Derek Landy, talking about Seasons of War, the latest book in the hugely popular Skulduggery Pleasant series, on Twitter

 

 

TUESDAY 5TH MAY

9am - Authorfy 10 Minute Challenge with Alex T. Smith on the Authorfy website

9.30am - Pie Corbett will be on live radio show Radioblogging running literacy games and activities

10am - Tom Palmer will be running a Facebook LIVE session around reading and writing on the Second World War 

+ Rob Biddulph #DrawWithRob video on Twitter

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Emily Gravett will be reading one of her books, on Insta

+ Caryl Hart will be reading Lunch on a Pirate Ship on the Author Events Online Facebook page

+ Steve Antony will be running a draw-a-story masterclass on Twitter

+ David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Fing, on his website

+ The Reading Realm is running a live online lesson with poetry, stories, art activities and fun quizzes on Facebook

12pm - Listen to the first book in the spine-tingling Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy on the Skulduggery website

1pm - #WhatSFSaid chat with SF Said, author of Varjak Paw, on Twitter

+ Justin Somper will be launching a new Vampirates Challenge on Instagram

1.45pm - Andy Shepherd will be reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons on Youtube

2pm - Faber Booktime with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick talking about YA book, On Midnight Beach, on Youtube

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

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

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime with Sophie Kinsella, reading Mummy Fairy and Me, on Youtube

+ Justin Davies will be reading from Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf on on Instagram Live

4pm - Matt Brown will reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip onFacebook

+ Guy Parker-Rees will be showing you how to draw animals on Youtube 

5pm - Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is running a LIVE storytime on Facebook

6pm - Sit back and listen to a chapter of the Nosy Crow book at bedtime, The Boy Who Flew, by Fleur Hitchcock, on the Nosy Crow website

6pm - Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube 

8pm - #FunnyBookChat with Jenny Pearson, author of The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates, on Twitter

8pm - #BooksNearBedtime with Ben Harris talking about Children's Picturebooks, on Twitter

 

MONDAY 4TH MAY

9am - New 10 Minute Challenge with David Baddiel, on the Authorfy website

+ Sarah MyIntyre & Philip Reeve are launching a new five-part daily story time on Youtube

9.30am - Pie Corbett will be on live radio show Radioblogging running literacy games and activities

10am - AF Harrold is reading a poem every Monday, Wednesday and Friday over on his website

11am - David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Fing, on his website

12 midday - Listen to the first book in the spine-tingling Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy on the Skulduggery website

1pm - Justin Somper is launching a new Vampirates challenge on Facebook

1.45pm - Andy Shepherd will be reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons on Youtube

2pm - Anna James will be chatting with Katherine Rundell, editor of The Book of Hopes on Youtube 

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

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

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime with picture book author and illustrator, Jo Empson, on Youtube

+ Justin Davies will be reading from Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf on on Instagram Live

4pm Matt Brown will be reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip, on Facebook

5pm - Michelle Obama will be reading Miss Maple's Seeds, on Youtube

 + Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is running a LIVE storytime on Facebook

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

6pm - Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube

6.30pm - Tom Fletcher will be reading his stories live on YouTube and Insta

7pm - Oliver Jeffers is reading a story and doing a draw-along on Instagram Live

 

FRIDAY 1ST MAY

 

9am - 10 Minute Challenge with Holly Jackson on the Authorfy website

+ Draw-a-long with Sarah McIntyre over on Youtube

9.30am - The Pyjamarama Festival of fun begins on the BookTrust website where there's a whole day of activities for you to enjoy

+ Pie Corbett will be on live radio show Radioblogging running literacy games and activities

10am - Ed Vere is releasing a how-to-draw video on his website

+ Smriti Prasadam-Halls is reading The Little Island, on the 7 Stories Facebook page

+ Football School Friday with Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton on Youtube

+ AF Harrold is releasing a poetry podcast on his website

10.30am - Litfilm Fest daily writing videos on Youtube

11am - Chris Riddell will be drawing your requests LIVE on the Booktrust website

+ David Walliams is reading chapters from his book Fing, on his website

 

+ Steve Antony is running a draw-a-story masterclass on Twitter

12pm - Listen to the first book in the spine-tingling Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy on the Skulduggery website

1pm - Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz will be performing I Am Bear in their pjs on the BookTrust website

+ Justin Somper will be launching a new Vampirates Challenge on Instagram

1.45pm - Andy Shepherd will be reading The Boy Who Grew Dragons on Youtube

2pm - Anna James will be chatting with SF Said, author of Varjak Paw, on Youtube

2.30pm - Piers Torday will be reading The Last Wild on Instagram Live

3pm - Cressida Cowell draws, reads and answers YOUR questions on the Booktrust website

+ Nosy Crow are releasing a free picture book each day, which you can read along to on their website

3.30pm - Puffin Storytime and draw-along with Sophy Henn on Youtube

+ Justin Davies will be reading from Whoa! I Spy a Werewolf on on Instagram Live

4pm -  Matt Brown will be reading his book, Mutant Zombies Cursed My School Trip, on Facebook

5pm - Picture book author/illustrator Chris Haughton is running a LIVE storytime on Facebook

+ Sit back and listen to a chapter of the Nosy Crow book at bedtime, The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, by Christopher Edge, on the Nosy Crow website

6pm - Jeff Norton is reading a chapter from his book, Alienated on Youtube 

7pm - Stay at home storytime with Oliver Jeffers on Instagram Live

 

 

 

 

Lesson 1 - Reception

Watch Reception Lesson 1. First released Monday 27th April. A new Reception lesson is uploaded every week day at 10am and is suitable for children who can bl...

Lesson 1- Year 1

Watch Year 1 Lesson 1. First released Monday 27th April. A new Year 1 lesson is uploaded every week day at 10:30am and is suitable for children who can confi...

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

Audiobooks - we have a list here of some of our favourite audiobooks but Borrowbox, which are ebooks and audiobooks loaned out by your local library should be your new best friend. Audible have also put a small selection for free and there are apps like Cloudaloud which have some free titles too. 

Podcasts - Soundcloud (where you can listen to extracts, author readings, kids interviewing authors and more)

Videos - We're adding videos to our book pages (see this author video for The Train to Impossible Places and a gorgeous video review of Captain Whiskers from one of our Video Panel Reviewers) 

Publisher Youtube Channels: See Walker BooksUsborneDorling KindersleyNosy CrowHarperCollins Children'sPuffin BooksEgmont PublishingMacmillan Children's BooksHachette Children's BooksLadybird Books (including Peppa Pig), Little Tiger PressLit Film Fest are releasing a daily video or writing tips.

Author Youtube Videos: Michael RosenAndy Stanton reads Mr Gum and the Biscuit BillionaireAbi ElphinstoneJeff NortonPhilip Ardagh

Illustrator Youtube Videos: Steven LentonNick SharrattTom McLaughlin

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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