Recommended Sites and Events to keep you all smiling...

Before putting the shutter down at the shop last night I spoke to all the toys and explained why we all needed to take a little holiday. So, they've all promised to look after each other and to take turns reading stories. I've banned drawing on the walls and partying too late into the night.

At the end of my first day at home I'm already missing them and you all dreadfully!

Today I've been wondering what we can do to help.... so, I have popped some useful links and resources and recommendations here. As we hear about other wonderful offers we will keep you updated - I promise.

Okido Magazine- a science and art magazine is a wonderful resource for 3-7 year olds. You can sign up for a subscription online. You can also enjoy their website and the free resources they have put up there.

Authors of Funny Books

Mac Barnett - Kid Spy storytime on Instagram a chapter every evening - (can be watched after the event) 

Phoenix Magazine - a brilliant comic from David Fickling Publishers.

Check out their offer on facebook

Middle Grade Fiction Authors

Lisa Thompson- insta live

Piers Torday- instagram book readings

Abi Elphinstone- youtube resources and check out authorfy

Scoop Magazine is a wonderful resource for children 8+ who like reading / books/ stories and you can sign up to receive the magazine.

Suggested resources: •

Authorfy- sign up for free and their resources are brilliant!!!

Walker Books YouTube channel - We have an array of authors interviews, readings and book trailers available to watch

Simon and Schuster Publishers-

Downloadable activities on our website:

Teaching resources & book notes on TES:

Children's YouTube videos: is a great resource for getting reading recommendations for your children by age and interest. They are also launching a new #ToppstaBookClub running every weekday on Twitter at 10am.

• BookTrust – the charity BookTrust have a number of book reviews, interviews with authors and illustrators, and tips and advice on sharing stories as a family.

• CLPE – The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education – CLPE have a number of free Primary materials and teaching resources from their Power of Pictures project • National Literacy Trust also host a number of resources on their own page as well as the child friendly site

• CBeebies Bedtime stories – There’s a delightful array of picture book readings from Cbeebies bedtime stories available on iPlayer

• Down the Rabbit Hole podcast – DTRH is a radio show dedicated to children’s books, broadcast on Resonance FM and then available to download as a podcast. They have 70 episodes available to listen to now, packed with reviews and book discussions and author and illustrator interviews.

Art Activities

DJECO- who we love have posted some activity sheets for you to print out and use

...we all look forward to seeing you all again soon