Lincs Inspire Libraries - shut but still open

A list of online services and fun things for both children and adults to do whilst at home.

  • The Reading Agency offer a range of resources including advice on using books to reduce isolation.

  • Author and actor David Walliams is sharing a free audiobook download on his website every morning at 11am.

  • Authorfy will be posting a 10 minute creative writing challenge, hosted by bestselling children's authors and illustrators, every day for the next 2-3 months.

  • Explore centuries of stories, poems and illustrations on The British Library's Discovering Children's Books website. For children, teachers and book-lovers of all ages.

  • Michael Rosen has an amazing website of him reading and performing his poems, plus more resources.

  • Project Gutenberg – the website for books out of copyright – has a range of books for children.

  • Book publishers Penguin offer a range of quizzes based on some of your favourite children's characters from Peppa Pig to Wimpy Kid.

  • BookTrust Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy story time with our free online books, play games, win prizes, or test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes.

  • Enid Blyton's Malory Towers - you can watch the full series of Malory Towers, based on the classic series by Enid Blyton, watch it for free on the CBBC iPlayer.

  • A Monster Calls – the movie adaptation was shown on BBC and is now available free. A monster calls on iplayer

  • Family zone from the National Literacy trust is full of free activities and ideas to keep your child busy at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. 

  • Join Michelle Obama every Monday for storytelling on you tube in collaboration with Penguin young readers and Random house publishing

  • Actor Hugh Bonneville voices audio for Nosy Crow’s coronavirus book for children. Listen to it here: Coronavirus, a book for children

  • Mansfield school teacher, Jade Topliss has written a brilliant children’s book to help children understand the virus. Coronasaurus book

  • Stay-At-Home with Nicola Davies: Award winning Nicola Davies has written a wonderful blog for us about DNA to celebrate the publication of Grow, illustrated by Emily Sutton which you can read on Picture book party. There are also some Teachers notes for the book.

  • Look out for Anna McNuff’s instagram stories takeover on @WalkerBooksUK as she talks about her new book, 100 Adventures to Have before You Grow Up. It is packed with adventure ideas you can do right now in your home and garden & those big bucket list adventures that you can start planning now! You can see Anna talking about her book here: 100 adventures to have before you grow up

  • We’re  going on a Bear Hunt has gone global – find out all the latest information join in the fun here Join the Bear Hunt

  • Chris Haughton, author-illustrator of such favourites as - Oh No, George! Shh! We Have a Plan, Goodnight Everyone, A Bit Lost, and the soon to be in paperback Don't Worry, Little Crab - is keeping kids across the world busy with his read-alongs, live art tutorials, and activities. You can see more here: Picture book party

  • From the award-winning creator of Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth comes Follow Me, Flo a hilarious and heartfelt daddy and daughter cautionary tale, sure to get all young readers laughing and singing.  You can watch Jarvis sharing his story here:
    Follow me Flo

  • ?Are you looking for some more reading material and activities to do with your children? If you are then check out ‘Oxford Owls’. This fantastic website by Oxford University Press provides children with free access to their eBooks as well as activities to teach and entertain your children.

  • Memrise have free online language learning packages for a range of different languages.

  • Sumdog can help children age 5–14 years-old, practise maths through games. Free access gives you six different games for children to use. You can also sign up as a member.

  • PE with Joe Wicks – visit his YouTube channel every morning at 9am for a workout.

  • Keep yourself active for 60 minutes a day: NHS Change4Life has lots of games and activities.

  • Gonoodle offers free movement and mindfulness videos for families to use when exercising at home.

  • Cosmic Kids has a range of activities to get under-fives active and to develop motor skills.