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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 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!

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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.


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

A Monster Calls
'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness will be streamed live through the Old Vic YouTube channel at 7pm on Friday 5th June and will be available to watch until 11th June. Suitable for ages 10 and over

Anansi the spider Re-spun
The Guardian & Unicorn Theatre bring you 3 tales about the mischievous webspinner Anansi the spider. On the Guardian website and Unicorn YouTube channel from Saturday 30 May at 11am

Empathy Day
Loads of brilliant online events and fun activities to do at home to celebrate Empathy Day on 9 June

I Want My Hat Back trilogy
The Little Angel Theatre Company has produced three charming videos of these Jon Klassen books.
Puffin Festival of Big Dreams
To celebrate their 80th birthday Puffin books are launching a seven-day online festival from 8th June featuring a range of its authors and illustrators including Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt.
Shipwreck: An online musical for kids!
Poplar Union and the East London Children’s Choir have launched a new online programme to get you singing over lockdown!

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

Malorie Blackman
Award winning writer for Children and Young People whose best-seller “Noughts and Crosses” was a recent TV adaptation

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.

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!
Tom Palmer
Loads of free reads, videos and resources for fans of football, rugby and historical fiction.
Michael Rosen
The brilliant Youtube channel with poems and stories for children of all ages.

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.

Francesca Simon
Loads of great activities to download will keep you entertained for hours!
David Walliams
There’s loads to do and download from the wacky world of Walliams!
Jacqueline Wilson
This is the place to be for all things Jacqueline Wilson!