In light of the current situation we thought it might be handy to pull together all of the free resources that we offer all year round. From reading guides to colouring in sheets, our Young Editors Scheme to author videos, there’s something for every age of reader and hopefully we can help you all to power through this uncertain time. We’ll also be sharing and supporting the #UnitedByBooks campaign on social media, where you’ll be able to check out even more teach from home help.
The Young Editors Scheme
Our Young Editors site allows schools, carers or book-groups the opportunity to sign-up and download manuscripts of our upcoming titles before publication. Hundreds of young readers already take part, offering valuable insight on our new books and helping to shape what and how we publish. There’s a selection of Teen Fiction and 8-12 Fiction manuscripts available to anyone who wants to get involved, and over the next couple of weeks we’ll be adding some extra manuscripts to help see our readers through school closures and a lot of time at home.
Click here to find out more and sign-up for the Young Editors scheme.
We provide class discussion guides for a lot of our books, including titles like the Blue Peter Book Award shortlisted Owen and the Soldier. If your readers have enjoyed one of our books and you’d like to keep their comprehension skills growing, why not try working through the provided questions and exercises. Here are some of our favourites:
And you can find lots more to choose from by clicking here.
Studying the First World War? We’ve got a host of handy videos and resources from the brilliant Tom Palmer and Linda Newbery on our Reading War page. Click here to listen to them chat about Over the Line, Tilly’s Promise and the inspiration behind each title.
Looking for something a little more creative? We’ve got plenty of activity sheets with lots of fun options for keeping readers engaged and entertained! They could build their own globe theatre, imagine their own monster, dragon, hot-air balloon or beautiful dress. Or how about helping grandpa and his rocket through a maze or testing their knowledge with a history quiz? Plus there’s oodles of wordsearches and colouring in fun to while away the hours.
Click here to download all of this and more!
Resources from the rest of the web
Of course we’re not the only place to offer up plenty of free and fun resources to help you tackle life in self-isolation. Lots of our book friends, the brilliant companies we work with and our own authors have great resources to offer on their websites too. Click on the links below and check out #UnitedByBooks over on social media for loads more teaching from home inspiration:
Authorfy: Free author videos and writing resources
BookTrust Home Time: Free online picture books, activities, competitions and lots of video content
LoveReading Kids Zone: Free activities, competitions and videos
National Literacy Trust Family Zone: Guided activities to develop reading and writing while learning at home
Reading Zone: Book reviews, news, competitions and activities for all ages
The Reading Realm: Free app with creative writing exercises, author interviews and other resources
Tom Palmer’s Website: Lots of free resources – videos, creative writing tips, book quizzes …
Toppsta: Sign-up to review and recommend books and enter giveaways