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Free Author Events Online

Authors and illustrators are responding to the Coronavirus outbreak by creating loads of resources that children, teachers and families can access from home. These include videos, live broadcasts and printables. Huge thanks to the brilliant Caryl Hart for coordinating this!

So if you are self-isolating and looking for fun things to do, check out what we have for you!

Whatever platform you use, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, search for the hashtag #FreeBookResources and you’ll find loads of amazing things that you and your children can do at home.

Author Live Broadcasts on Instagram
We’re putting together a timetable of LIVE events on Instagram that you can tune into. The beauty of a LIVE event is that you can post comments for the person broadcasting. They can then respond to those comments in real time.

Here’s what we have so far. Keep checking back for updates!
Please note that all times are UK time.

Monday 16 March
2.00 – 2.30
Holly Webb – Museum Kittens: The Midnight Visitor

I’m starting off with Museum Kittens – find out about the stories behind my new series, and hear the first chapter of The Midnight Visitor!

Here’s a link to my Instagram to watch!

Wednesday 18 March
2.00 – 2.30
Jonathan Emmett – The Clockwork Dragon

The Kingdom of Rodney is being terrorised by Flamethrottle the dragon. Fortunately Max, a young toymaker, and Lizzie, an armourer, are more than a match for this man-eating monster and the two of them come up with a clever plan to drive the dragon away.
Join author Jonathan Emmett for a live reading of The Clockwork Dragon, his picture book illustrated by Elys Dolan.

Visit Jonathan’s website here

Find Jonathan on Instagram here

Thursday 19 March
Caryl Hart – Meet the Planets

Join Caryl on a Rocket Ship flight through space to meet all the planets in our solar system – and learn some Fun Space Facts Too!

Visit Caryl’s website here

Here’s Caryl’s Instagram to watch

And from 5.00-5.30pm…
Toby Little – Dear World, How Are You?
Thirteen year old Toby has written and received letters from every country in the world – over 1200 letters so far!

Toby’s website

And here’s Toby’s Instagram

Free Resources

There are loads of brilliant free book resources available to print and use at home – here are just a few!

Caryl Hart books and activities

Jonathan Emmett Books

Sarah McIntyre Books

Jane Porter Activities

Viviane Schwarz Activities

Clara Vulliamy Activities