Are you looking for activities to keep your family busy over the summer? You're in the right place. The organisations that are bringing you the Summer of Reading have lots of activities to share. There are read-alongs, games, quizzes, book clubs and so much more.
More resources will be added over the summer, so check back to find out what's new.
Lots of our partners have online hubs where you'll find videos, games, activities and more, all available for you to access for free.
- Chatterbooks is the UK's largest network of children's reading groups from The Reading Agency, run in libraries and schools to generate discussion and encourage children to enjoy reading. The groups are run by librarians, teachers, teaching assistants, or volunteers - anyone with a passion for reading. Chatterbooks groups can access free resources and offers from publishers.
- Looking for something fun as a family this summer? Enjoy storytime with BookTrust's free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters. Go to BookTrust HomeTime.
- Check out the British Library's inspirational free webspace, Discovering Children's Books. It's brimming with videos, printable packs and activities inspired by the wonderful world of children's stories. Create a comic or cookbook, dream up an imaginary school, write an animal tale or a miniature book, or Pack your suitcase with Paddington. Share your creations with us on Twitter @BL_Learning and we'll be sure to celebrate your work.
- This is the first edition of The Story Corner, Bookmark's new magazine. It is packed full of stories, activities and games. It can be read online here or downloaded to keep. In December, over 16,000 free copies of the magazine were sent out to 106 schools across England for children to take home and enjoy reading over the Christmas break. In January, we gifted 13,000 more and were particularly grateful for the support of a large number of food banks and community groups who shared our magazine with families in their local communities. Keep an eye on our website, because there will be a new edition ready to read over the Summer holidays!
- Scavenger hunt activity sheets from World Book Day in partnership with Twinkl - why not try one of our fun book-themed scavenger hunts over the summer? We have challenges for different age groups so you can pick the one that is best for you:
- The Summer Reading Challenge from The Reading Agency encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun as well as helping to prevent the summer reading 'dip'. This year's Summer Reading Challenge theme is Wild World Heroes, created in partnership with WWF and illustrated by award-winning children's authors and illustrator Heath McKenzie. Join in the Summer Reading Challenge in your local library and online.
- Reading Well for children from The Reading Agency provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children's mental health and wellbeing. Books have been chosen and recommended by leading health professionals and co-produced with children and families. The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.
- Mini Book Club from Book Clubs in Schools and Speakers for Schools - Year 7 transition is an engaging set of questions and activities based around everyone reading the same book. It is for new Year 7s to do over the summer as part of their preparation for secondary school. It will help build their confidence as readers and means that when they start school they will all have something in common.
- The World Book Day Book Club brings you one exciting book each month, with videos and downloadable resources to make talking about books together more fun, memorable and magic. The May Book Club title is Two Terrible Vikings by Francesca Simon, published by Faber. You can read an extract from the book, download questions to use for discussion in your own book club, or find tips to start your own book club. Be sure to watch our brilliant Q&A videos with Francesca Simon, where she reads from Two Terrible Vikings and discusses the fantastic illustrations in the book.
Videos - Read alongs and events
- Read along to Lara the Yellow Ladybird with Nousha from Bookmark in this video. Children can watch the video and open and download the PDF of the story to read and keep.
- Read along to The Bounce with Aurélien from Bookmark in this video. Children can watch the video and open and download the PDF of the story to read and keep.
- From the Storybarn: Join The Reader each week online for stories, crafting and fun! As part of this regular weekly session, we'll feature our some of our favourite stories from The Reader Bookshelf designed to nurture a love of stories and spark a life-long reading for pleasure. Dates: Weekly, Friday at 11.30am Facebook: @caldiessb. Half hour live stream, which will then remain online for families to re-watch and share again.
- Book at Bedtime: Free videos on YouTube Classic titles shared chapter-by-chapter by some of The Reader Storyhunters - The Secret Garden, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or The Wind in the Willows free to watch whenever you want! Access: Free stream via The Reader website or by subscribing to The Reader You Tube channel
- Share a Story Corner video books and activities from World Book Day - take ten minutes to share stories with your little ones. Our video books have familiar characters and easy-to follow-stories, as well as fun activities to complete and tips for reading together. New video stories include Ruby's Worry and Ravi's Roar from the Big Bright Feelings series by Tom Percival and Supertato stories launching in July.
- 10 minute story shares from World Book Day - pick and choose which of your favourite authors & illustrators you'd like to share story time with in our short story reading videos.
- Anna James is the bestselling author of the Pages and Co. series for readers aged 9+, which celebrates all that is best in life: books, adventure, friendship - and cake. Nicola Skinner is a middle grade rising star whose previous books have been longlisted for both the Blue Peter Book Award and Branford Boase Book Award. Friends in real life, they sat down to talk about their latest books and what it's really like being an author before answering children's questions! Watch the event from The Reading Agency now.
- A blog post where Bookmark has collated tips and advice from various sources to help you read with the children in your life.
- A blog post where Bookmark has collated reading resources for children that are available online and for free.