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Children and Families

We miss seeing you at our Idea Stores and Libraries so we've put together some fun activties for all the family to share!

idea store story time

Idea Store staff will continue to provide a Storytime every day of the week except Sundays

Watch Idea Store staff sharing a favourite book or singing some of our favourite nursery rhymes from their home. Join in make some noise and have some fun!

Watch Story Time Online

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There's still time to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge! This year it celebrates happiness, fun and laughter! Join the team of seriously funny animals as they get up to all sorts of mischief and mayhem in some of the best books around!

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Watch our brilliant Art Club videos with load of things to make at home! View all of the artwork you've sent us in our Art Club gallery.

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We've chosen our favourite online activities which are sure to keep the whole family entertained!

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Summer Activites
This summer, families and young people can take part in over 200 free online and outdoor activities organised by the council and voluntary organisations, including sports, music, reading, virtual baking and much more.
Many of the council summer programmes include free nutritional meals to help children through a day of active fun
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I Want My Hat Back trilogy
The Little Angel Theatre Company has produced three charming videos of these Jon Klassen books

fantastic authors

Your favourite children’s authors have some totally brilliant websites with lots of fun things to do! Here are some of our favourites:

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Malorie Blackman
Award winning writer for Children and Young People whose best-seller “Noughts and Crosses” was a recent TV adaptation
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Roald Dahl
Visit the best-selling children’s author page for some wonker-tastic entertainment!

Julia Donaldson
Lots and lots to play and explore in the wonderful world of the Gruffalo.

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Jeff Kinney
The hilarious Wimpy Kid world comes to life across these websites – so much to do while we wait for the next book in the series!

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Tom Palmer
Loads of free reads, videos and resources for fans of football, rugby and historical fiction.

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Michael Rosen
The brilliant Youtube channel with poems and stories for children of all ages.

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J.K. Rowling
Delight in the magical world of wizardry and find all out you ever wanted to know about Harry Potter. She has also just published a new story online called “The Ickabog” for children to enjoy during lockdown.

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Francesca Simon
Loads of great activities to download will keep you entertained for hours!

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David Walliams
There’s loads to do and download from the wacky world of Walliams!

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Jacqueline Wilson
This is the place to be for all things Jacqueline Wilson!