Black History Month October 2020
October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years.
The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations.
Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.
Bradford Libraries have some amazing resources to help us celebrate Black History. We also have some of these books in our school library so please email Miss Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to borrow any.
National Literacy Trust - Virtual School Library
The National Literacy Trust have recently launched their Virtual School Library. Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books and exclusive video content.
Having access to a school library is really important for children. School libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing. The Virtual School Library will complement existing school libraries and will ensure that children have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether they are learning at school or at home.
Usborne are making lots of resources available to parents and children in the Play and Learn at Home area of their website as it is very important that children keep exploring the world through books, reading widely and following their interests.
Books for Topics
Story time online. The QR codes and links in the document link to story readings on Youtube and all of the books are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.
Walker Books have a wonderful YouTube channel packed full of full readings of books.
Lots of activities related to some of your favourite books and characters.
Storytime with President and Mrs Obama
There are some truly wonderful resources on here including free online books and videos, games, competitions, book-themed quizzes and videos by famous illustrators showing you how to draw some of your favourite characters.
The Open University
This collection of top 10 tales, often read by the author, are suitable for 3-7-year olds (though older children may enjoy them too).
This collection of top 10 tales, often read by the author, are suitable for 7-11 year olds (though other children may enjoy them too).
Download a copy of curated digital favourites, with visuals so children can CHOOSE! The collection includes stories, poetry, comics, information books and magazines and so something to tempt every reader.
World Book Day
Please see the link below for lots of wonderful book ideas for keeping the children entertained at home.
Start under 5s on their reading journey with video books of classics including Little Red Riding Hood and The Gingerbread Man and the latest Tales from Acorn Wood:
There are also free audio books for all ages:
There is now a new SECOND SERIES of creative, inspiring and interactive films for you to watch at ANY TIME that suits you. Featuring a sensational line-up of authors and illustrators including Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell, Eoin Colfer, Matthew Syed, Francesca Simon, Matt Haig, Muhammad Khan and Katherine Rundell.
We are Teachers
A HUGE list of children's authors who are doing online read-alouds and activities.
You Wouldn't Want to be..
Free web books about periods of history
Lots of wonderful stories to watch from some amazing authors, including, Tom Fletcher and Jacqueline Wilson.
You can now find over 500 books on this fab website - ranging from activity sheets and colouring pages, through to lesson plans, literacy exercises and even videos.
A daily schedule of online events from children's authors, illustrators and publishers:
JK Rowling has a NEW story out called The Ickabog. It will be published for free, in instalments, over the next seven weeks online. The most exciting part is that JK Rowling would like children to illustrate The Ickabog for her. There is an official competition for children's artwork to be included in the printed version of the story which will be out later this year. Please click on the link below to read the book and enter the competition.
Here are some classic children's books, free to read or listen to. Perfect for a long break from school!
A different story read each night just before bedtime. For more stories, head over to the CBeebies Storytime app.
There are some fantastic links to learning and reading resources on the Bradford Libraries website. Follow this link:
Have you read all your books at home? Feeling a bit bored? Want something new? Did you know that Bradford Libraries have hundreds of EBooks for children, with new titles added daily during the current Covid-19 Pandemic. EBooks are FREE to borrow requiring only a library card to access. You’ll need the library card number and your PIN (which is your date of birth and last two digits of the year you were born e.g. 1006 for 10th Feb 2006). Take a look via the following link to see all the books available to read. Parents you can borrow EBooks too! Why not try something different during this StayatHome.
And if you can’t find a book you’d quite fancy reading you can email email@example.com with your suggestion.
Don’t get bored. Get Reading.
The Love of Reading
For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out Authorfy's '10 minute challenges' which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators.
Join Michelle Obama and other authors reading some of their favourite childrens books.
Read for Good
Reading can help with our mental health and well-being: reading for just 6 minutes has been shown to reduce stress levels by 68%. But more than that, taking time to share stories, losing ourselves in a book, travelling the high seas or the Milky Way from the comfort of a sofa might just be the tonic we all need.
Here’s a list of suggestions for parents, ideas and links that we hope will provide some inspiration for reading for fun at home.
Nosy Crow have released some amazing resources for children. They have activity sheets to download and a bedtime story to listen to every night. There are also lots of videos for children to watch. Well worth a visit. Click below:
They have also released a free downloadable information book explaining Coronavirus for children:
Listen to the wonderful Cressida read her How to Train your Dragon books on her YouTube channel:
Listen to Tom reading extracts from his wonderful books on his YouTube channel.
You can also read some of the first chapters of all his books here:
Listen to Matt and his wife read poetry. Great fun!
Join James Mayhew on his YouTube channel as he reads stories and shows off his amazing illustrations.
Peter Bunzl is the author of the wonderful Cogheart series of books. His website is full of wonderful resources and activities.
Some fantastic resources all about reading and books.