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Storytime Online & World of Stories
Watch a range of famous authors and stars reading children’s books and short stories for kids of all ages. Storytime Online and World of Stories makes storytelling possible at any time of the day—a brilliant way to help develop their language skills.
Cressida Cowell: Children's Laureate for 2019-21.
The role of Children's Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children's books. Cressida Cowell is the author-illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books.
Find out more about her here:
Children's book author David Walliams is reading an audio story from The World's Worst Children every day for a month, starting in March.
Looking for some fun reading-related activities to do at home? Then just click here:
Oliver Jeffers - author and illustrator - will be reading one of his books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it.
If you are interested in some fun activities, try these:
Here you can find lots of interactive books to read online or watch with signing. There are classic children's stories such as Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson and newer favourites such as Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.
Ideas for younger children
Perfect activity ideas, complete with dressing-up inspiration, all based on twenty of our favourite picture books, including classics such as Elmer and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and newer titles such as The Pirates Next Door and Oi Frog!