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School closures? Long Summer holiday? Home Learning through story fun with Lovemybooks


With schools closures and a long summer holiday we wanted to highlight our ideas for fun, creative, reading activities at home.

We hope that schools and early years settings will recommend our site to parents and grandparents. While some  libraries remain closed, it is possible that some online or local book stores will be open. Perhaps you can swap books with other parents and friends in a similar situation. 

SHARE lots of great books something old or something new. Read the books aloud to your child. Not sure how to choose books? Here’s what we look out for.

REVISIT books Children love returning to stories they have enjoyed, often lots and lots of times! Encourage children to join in as you read with the rhyming or repeated parts, by being one of the characters or just with the sound effects!   

TALK about books Share favourite characters or parts of the story, talk about what you want to happen next. Find the rhyming words, think about what unfamiliar words might mean. 

PLAY the story Act it out together or make sock or stick puppets to retell the story.

MAKE a mini book To retell the story or draw the main characters.

Explore Lovemybooks for 200 + activity pages They are all based on great books for children aged 0-11, all with ideas for sharing, talking or playing the story, lots to make and do and find out about.

Unable to visit the library or buy books? We have lots of videos with stories read aloud on our website.  See this example based on Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt with video and our activities.