Library Resources

Storytelling and Resources

Caroline our librarian recommends some fantastic website for families to enjoy while their children are home learning.


Oxford Owl eBook library (phonics books)

The World Book Day website has lots of readings of books for a range of ages and interests

BookTrust Hometime has new stuff added regularly



Phonics games:



Creative writing:

Authorfy masterclasses:





Schools and Young People’s Competition
Competition Objectives:

  • Encourage children/young people to be innovative and creative.
  • Promote and develop an awareness and appreciation of diversity, citizenship, inclusion and respect for all
  • Help children and young people learn more about Black British History
  • Young People take a pride in their heritage, to which their ancestors have contributed, and assisted in the development of modern Britain



The prestigious Young Walter Scott Prize: A UK-wide historical writing prize for 11-19 year olds is open for entries is inviting aspiring young writers with time on their hands to imagine the past.

Link: Digital Poster 2020 ARTWORK


PODCASTS: This is a great selection of podcasts, aimed at Pathways 1 and 2 students, focusing on COVID-19 but they have different themed sets:

Book of the Month

Rain Before Rainbows

Rain Before Rainbows
by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield
A free eBook to support the #SaveWithStories campaign from @SavechildrenUK. It’s an uplifting story of hope, which can be downloaded FREE here >

VE Day 2020

VE Day – 8 May 2020

Tom Palmer has some great ideas on his website to commemorate VE Day’s 75th anniversary based around his upcoming book which is suitable for Pathway 1 and 2.


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National Pet Month

Caroline recommends for National Pet Month:

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Tiny Owls Stories


Tiny Owls: An independent, global publisher of beautiful multicultural picture books for EVERYONE!
New videos every Friday.

Tiny Owl stories:

Michael Rosen


Visit Michael Rosen’s websites for storytelling videos.
‘Here you will be able to read about me, my books and what I’m doing.’ – Michael Rosen


Tomorrow: In this storytime video, Nadine Kaadan reads her book Tomorrow (2018), a moving and uplifting story about a little boy named Yazan wishing he could go outside and play. Nadine wrote this story to express what she saw happening around her in Damascus. But now we feel that children from all over the world may be feeling the same way as Yazan, forced to stay home during lockdown and longing to see their friends and even go back to school.


Link: Tomorrow | Youtube

Stay Home Story Time


For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks due to COVID, I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together.

Watch LIVE on Oliver’s instagram (@oliverjeffers) at 7 PM GMT/ 2 PM EST




One Chapter a Day

Author and illustrator Tom Percival reading Attack of the Heebie Jeebies, one chapter a day.



Free resources


Text © Nosy Crow

While so many of us around the world are currently at home and staying inside with young children, we want to help – so we’ve put together lots of activities, resources, free Nosy Crow books and other content which we hope will help keep your families happy.

Resources to download link:



Emily Gravett reading and drawing


Text © Emily Gravett

For all the families stuck at home during the Covid 19 crisis, I’m going to be reading some of my books, talking about what I do, and showing you how to draw some of my characters. There’s lots more to do and see on my website




Sarah McIntyre


Silly sharks galore! Learn how to draw your own shark with the writer and illustrator of There’s a Shark in the Bath, and sing along with the shark song! Find more book-related activities at



Rob Biddulph


Text © Rob Biddulph

Rob Biddulph is an internationally bestselling and multi award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019, 2020 and 2021.




Book Trust


Lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing



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Oxford owls


Loads of activities on Oxford Owls (including phonics books)



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