Reading-Related Resources

Activities, videos, author and illustrator websites, suggested good reads, etc., chosen by your Librarian

What you’ll find on this page:

Authors and Illustrators - stories, activities, videos

Find here authors and illustrators sharing their stories, talking about their books, plus activities and videos

Listen to some of the amazing authors and illustrators who have entertained young people at the Hay Festival in recent years! More

We look forward to being able to take pupils from YHT again soon.

Live webcasts featuring some of the biggest names writing books for children and young people today - Kwame Alexander, Ross Mackenzie, Joseph Coelho, Malorie Blackman, Phil Earle, Marcus Sedgwick and many more

This excellent website from the Scottish Book Trust provides an amazing array of videos of authors live on demand! More

Authors include Charlie Higson, Malorie Blackman, Liz Pichon, Anthony Horowitz, and many more

A fantastic collection of short stories, poems and pictures from over 100 authors and illustrators, including Anthony Horowitz, Liz Pichon and Robin Stevens. More

This collection has been made available free to read here online during lockdown. A hardback edition can be purchased, with a donation from each sale going to NHS Charities Together.

Authors are interviewed by members of the Booklings reading group at Glenthorne High School, Surrey. More

This talented group is run by fantastic Glenthorne school librarian Lucas Maxwell.

Loads of creative activities focusing on Peter Bunzl's Cogheart series of exciting adventures.

Abi Elphinstone shares her wonderful adventures, with video clips and activities based around them

Abi Elphinstone talks about her book, Jungledrop.

Videos of Neil Gaiman reading his books aloud, plus booktrailers and downloadable activities.

Official home of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts More

Harry Potter at Home aims to bring a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives

The latest news and info about the Alex Rider series, plus games and activities

Each weekday, fabulous author Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his stories and sharing some of the things which went into making it.

Tom Palmer's site has a wealth of information, video clips and links to explore, all linked to his books.

Tom Palmer reads his book D-Day aloud to his dog, Finn. More

Visit his website for lots more info and video clips - https://www.tompalmer.co.uk/

The wonderful author Tom Palmer is making available Scouted and Kick-Off, the first Roy of the Rovers fiction and graphic novel, free to download and keep as ebooks, plus 25% off the Season 1 books.

Liz Pichon is the author and illustrator of the fantastic Tom Gates series.

Some great podcasts for children aged 9-12 to listen to.

Written by Smriti Halls and illustrated by David Litchfield, this beautiful book has been made available to read as a free ebook. More

To raise awareness of the Save the Children Save the Stories campaign, which is helping children most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Poems and stories on Michael Rosen’s official YouTube channel.

Activities revolving around the fantastic series that is Murder Most Unladylike

For the latest in football news, quizzes and football biographies from the team bringing us the excellent Ultimate Football Heroes series, and others

Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. More

A great way of keeping reading wherever you are!

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams, including free audio stories More

Go to the Activities tab for lots of fun things to do too!

Website of local author and Children's Laureate Wales More

Check out her fantastic stories Gaslight and Seaglass. Wilde due out soon

Lots of activities for a wide range of ages to support learning.

Online Access to Books, eBooks and Audiobooks

Audible are making a small selection of their audiobooks available temporarily for free, for as long as schools are closed. More

Stream stories, including titles across six different languages, free from your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

eBooks and audiobooks to download and enjoy – free from our local public libraries.

This collection of Empathy Shorts were written by leading authors especially for EmpathyLab to make sure everyone can access an empathy-boosting story on Empathy Day - and every day! More

Enjoy reading them on your own, or share with your family and friends.

Some generous authors and illustrators have filmed readings so we can all share one of their empathy-boosting stories or poems!

Buy Books, eBooks, DVDs, Blu-ray, Stationery, Music CDs & more with FREE UK Delivery on all orders. More

Support your local bookshop by shopping with Hive.co.uk (nominate Victoria Bookshop in Haverfordwest or Tenby Bookshop, for example, when you order)

Comics and magazines to download and enjoy, free from our local public libraries.

Book News, Reviews, Activities...

Fantastic 10 minute challenges set by authors and illustrators each day. First up is the amazing Abi Elphinstone

Advice, information and free resources for parents and carers of children with dyslexia

Stephen Fry starts a new Big Read - Listen in to hear A Seven-Letter Word by Kim Slater [starts 9 minutes in]

Recommendations, news, and reviews – plus BookFinder to help find a good book

Storybooks and games for younger members of the family

Lots of information and activities, including making a mini book and drawing a Gruffalo.

Being developed and updated over the coming days/weeks/months, this is a resource with simple activities to engage your children up to age 12 at home.

Tips on boosting your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills for young adults

The National Shelf Service is a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. More

Launched by CILIP (the Library & Information Profession), and the Youth Libraries Group the daily videos will focus on helping children and families discover new, diverse reading experiences. The broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am each day

Author interviews, activities and creative writing packs

Book news, competitions, reviews, and interviews

A fantastic site with lots of recommendations, activities and links

Interesting creative activities from local author and Children's Laureate Wales, Eloise Williams

Gear up for World Book Day 2021 on Thursday 4 March! Sneak preview of the fantastic line-up of free books for this year...

Mindfulness Colouring

Free colouring sheets from local artist Dorian Spencer Davies. More

Mainly South Wales scenes. Free of charge for a limited period.

Fantastic artist Millie Marotta has made available some free downloadable colouring sheets to help distract and relax.

Competitions

Remember Mouse from the fabulous There's a Bear on My Chair... The Challenge: Design a jumper for Mouse! Mouse loves to wear jazzy jumpers to make himself stand out. Can you design a cosy and colourful creation for him to wear? More

Open to everyone 13 and under Closing date: 28 February 2021, 12 am