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Online Resources for Parents, Teachers and Librarians

With digital escape rooms, virtual field trips and author masterclasses all becoming available online, we are ready to see out the spring in the great indoors. Luckily there is no limit to the stories and activities available online.   

These are a few of our favourites. We will be updating this list regularly, so please do keep checking.

For Children to Watch, Listen and Learn

Read the world: International Publishers Assoc, WHO and Unicef bring confined children closer to their favourite writers.  Launched by Elisabetta Dami reading Geronimo Stilton for #ReadTheWorld 

Kids Zone An area of the lovereading4kids website just for children. No adults allowed! Jam packed with videos, competitions, reading and fun activities.

Hachette The top children’s publishers brings us yummy recipes for children to follow, how to doodle videos, book trailers with Toto The Ninja Cat, King Flashy Pants and other heroes. HCG YouTube channel

Walkers ‘Stay home with the Walker Bear’ video playlist with readings and activities to keep little ones busy, with Anthony Horowitz and other great authors.

Puffin Read and draw-along with Puffin Storytime big-named authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, and a Puffin podcast with comedian/author Humza Arshad .

Harry Potter at Home “Bringing Hogwarts to you” boredom busting craft videos, puzzles and quizzes and even how to knit a Weasley-inspired scarf.

Words for Life UK’s National Literary Trust offers a child friendly website, conveniently split into age groups with downloadable activities and fun ways to keep children reading

BookTrust Packed with so much including Cressida Cowell reading a chapter a day of How to Train Your Dragon, illustrators showing us how to draw, and a round-up of lockdown activities

Down the Rabbit Hole Radio show dedicated to children’s books, 70 episodes packed with reviews and book discussions and author and illustrator interviews.

Storyline Online Children’s stories and bedtime classics read by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Chris O’Dowd.

14 Stories for 14 days Inspired by the recommended 14 days of self-isolation, discover 14 days of free content, including video, books and activity sheets.

Audible Audible has made a great selection of audio books for children available for free:

Unite for Literacy Perfect for younger children, here you will find colourful picture books covering art, craft, nature, numbers, games and more.

Get Creative with the British Library Invent your own superhero, make a pop-up book and much more!  Includes videos by Axel Scheffler on how to draw the Gruffalo and other creative ideas.

Quarto Knows Downloadable guides covering historical and contemporary artists including Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe and David Bowie.

Doodles with Mo Willems Grab some paper and join illustrator and children’s author Mo Willems in his studio everyday

Hashtag Heroes

A growing number of literary heroes are performing online readings, which can be found with these hashtags:

#CoopedUpKids: Author readings with gardening, craft and even cooking to keep children busy and happy

#operationstorytime Eric Carle narrates The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Sophie Blackall reads The Lighthouse as well as other readings from wonderful children’s authors and illustrators.

#unitedbybooks Authors and illustrators including Cressida Cowell join forces for reading and entertainment at home. Aimed at children up to year 7 and 8.

#freeBookResources Initiated by Sarah McIntryre, a huge list of resources from schools, publishers and authors.

#littlebrownyoungreaders Leading publisher brings us ‘Little, Brown Books For Young Readers’ featuring Story Time with Bill and Todd and plenty of other fun reads.

#MyKindaBook The place to discover upcoming YA books, authors and get access to exclusive content.

LitFest Children’s Author Favourites

Click here Readings, illustration and creative activities from authors that have featured in previous Emirates LitFest programmes:

Have we missed someone? Please let us know!

Resources for Teachers and Librarians and Parents

UAE School Librarians tips from our local heroes and the first in a series of videos on how children learn to read and how parents can help. and

Pooble 365 kooky and creative pictures, one for each day, to inspire children to write and draw imaginatively, with a daily webinar for teachers to join.

Toppsta A great resource to discover the perfect books for your children by age, and interest. home-learning resources Specially-curated resources to support parents with structuring and delivering home learning for children for a global leader #ToppstaBookClub running every weekday on Twitter.

Virtual Librarians Digital escape rooms and excellent list of resources from UK’s School Librarian Association.

CNET’s Tech Treasures With virtual field trips, Minecraft, language learning and much more, CNET is a treasure trove of ideas.

Authorfy Class Room Find the perfect author masterclass for your child or class. Includes videos and book extracts that can be adapted for classwork.

Multilingual International Children’s Library Downloadable books in the main languages spoken by UAE residents; Arabic, Tagalog, Hindi, Farsi, Russian and more.  

Oxford Owl With more than 150 free children’s ebooks, Oxford University Press brings us a one-stop resource for reading activities.

Everywhere Bookfest Opening its virtual doors on May 1-2, 2020, get ready for this online festival of authors, books, and readers.

Publishers Permissions

A selection of children’s publishers have given permission for teachers/librarians to create online readings of their books, as long as they follow certain guidelines, below are a few to start with:

Penguin Random House



The twitter account @PanPubPermit is constantly sharing more resources from publishers.

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